I love my kitchen gadgets. I am not a kitchen gadget obsessed person (though my mother would disagree). The items in my kitchen drawer are invaluable, and once you have them all, too, surely you’ll agree.
Having now acquired the following items (My Top 6 favs), I realize I was previously lost without them.
I’m here to save you from a life of kitchen gadget deprivation, my friend.
- Garlic Press– Professional chefs may be able to safely chop garlic cloves a hundred miles per hour, but I cannot. My four year old frequently asks me, “Mommy, did you cut yourself again?” if she hears the slightest gasp or exclamation from me while I prep dinner. A garlic press saves your fingertips, as well as time and energy!
- Lemon Squeezer– Fresh citrus tastes better and is more versatile than bottled concentrate. It also has zero preservatives. Rachael Ray is adept at squeezing a lemon with her bare hands and catching those slippery seeds in her hand. I, however, am not. It never fails, the seeds slide right into the bowl along with the juice. Get a lemon squeezer, and you’ll never have that problem! Plus, doesn’t that seem gross? No matter how much you wash your hands…there’s bound to be germs. Or soap residue…bleh.
- Mesh Strainer– I debated about this one myself, but it totally comes in handy for rinsing anything smaller than the holes in your typical colander. Gone are the days of rinsing quinoa while it all runs away down the drain. This is also perfect for making gravy, or any kind of sauce, that maybe apt to lump up. Or, if like me, you suck at tempering eggs…(Ever make homemade chocolate pudding? I excel at chocolate scrambled egg pudding. 😉 If only I had more patience…) Also, if you make your own homemade broth, a mesh strainer is perfect for straining out even the tiniest chicken bones and skin, garlic cloves, vegetable scraps- anything and everything you throw in that crockpot.
- Immersion Blender– Great for frothing milk (as seen here), blending soup right in the pan (thus saving a dish, time, and effort), pureeing baby food, homemade salad dressing….
- Jar Opener– I remember struggling to open a jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce as a teenager, and my mom asking me what I would do when I moved out and she wasn’t there to open my jars anymore. Fast forward 10 or 15 years, and I still can’t open jars. I literally have no strength in my hands. Without the amazing Oxo jar opener, we might have starved (slight exaggeration). Pampered Chef sells a jar opener too. That’s what I have now, after my faithful Oxo opener finally bit the dust and flew apart in pieces. Jar openers- not JUST for arthritic old folks.
- This Oxo can opener which leaves NO sharp edges! I aspired to someday own this kitchen gadget as a teen. My neighbor down the road (whom I often cooked with- she taught me to make homemade noodles!) owned this useful gadget. I was amazed and astounded the first time I used it. It’s not expensive, and it will save you on band-aids!
Bonus Kitchen Gadget that is sure to enrich your culinary life:
You know the kind – they use it at Olive Garden to add extra cheese to your dishes.
This is one of those kitchen gadgets that instantly fancifies any meal. Grate your own fresh parmesan or asiago for soups, scrambled eggs, pasta, casseroles…the possibilities are endless.
Freshy grated parmesan cheese tastes a million times better than the pre-shredded crap (with additives) you buy in plastic bags. It’s good in a pinch, but there’s a better option.
Buy fresh. Grate your own cheese.
Sounds like a great motto to me!
Last night, I made an amazing alfredo sauce. I topped it with freshly grated cheese, thanks to my Zyliss Rotary Cheese Grater from my mom one Christmas. Mom is good at fulfilling my kitchen gadget culinary dreams.
I cook most of our meals from scratch (leftovers and weekends excluded, haha!), so these kitchen gadgets are all used at least once weekly, sometimes more. Ok, and I admit it, sometimes less… I mean, I’m not straining homemade chicken broth every day of the week. But when I do, my mesh strainer is indispensable! Who wants feathers and bones floating in their broth?
My husband just needs to learn how to deal with all these gadgets crowding up my kitchen drawer.
If I’ve convinced you of the necessity of any of these items, please click the links provided below. Just click the item you’re interested in, and it will take you to the item on Amazon. If you buy, I will get a small percentage of your purchase. It doesn’t cost you any more, but would help me justify the time I took to write this post, take photos and create the images for it. 🙂
Jar Opener – See your Pampered Chef Rep, or ask me for mine!
I recommend just about any Cuisinart and Oxo brand products. Cuisinart is highly rated, and very reliable. And Oxo has awesome customer service!!
Next on my Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets Wish List is a torch, so I can make homemade creme brûlée and caramelize sugar. ‘Cause as a stay at home mom, with two little ones, I have so much time on my hands for stuff like that.