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Aug 19, 2006 02:28 AM

Best Multi-Taskers

As Alton Brown says, why give kitchen space to anything that you're not going to be using regularly. As a reformed gadget whore who still has entirely too much crap taking up space and entirely too small a kitchen, I'm wondering what you guys think are your most versatile tools. And what you've learned to get along without.

For my part, I've discovered that my potato ricer also doubles as a spaetzle press and a food mill. Of course, it helps that it has interchangeable dies for fine/med/coarse applications.

Thanks for your ideas.

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  1. I love my small food processor. I first got it to make baby food for my nephew but i use it for everything and its small it doesn't take up a lot of space. I have a tiny kitchen and I remember when I first bought it thinking i should get the bigger size but this works just fine. I also love my microplane- zester- grater i use it for everything.

    I have a great electric juicer that I have used maybe twice and now its gathering dust under the sink.Also this is kind of random but I love poached eggs and I have a pot designed for poaching eggs and for some reason i never use it. I still always make my poached eggs just using a ladle.

    1. Good tongs - I stir with them, toss pasta, remove hot pot lids, dress a salad and, of course, use them as tongs.