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Critical Kitchen Gadgets

Do you have a kitchen gadget that you can't do without?

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  1. Is a cuisinart a gadget? Mine is 32 years old (and has been dropped twice) and in independent poll been most often voted 'best of my kitchen.'

    1. I would put my vote in the my cuisinart - probably an appliance not a gadget. Gadget wise my instant read thermometer or microplane.

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      1. re: ptrefler

        Love the microplane. Changed grating for me.

      2. Microplane, old-fashioned stand alone timer (I use this all day long...to time tea, coffee + the usual suspects), pot holders (do these quality as gadgets?), my cheap, simple, effective Smith's knife sharpener, Cuisinart toaster oven, not perfect but reliable & indispensable....there must be more but these are what jump immediately to mind.

        1. In addition to those already mentioned, kitchen scale, thermometers - all kinds (bit of an obsession of mine), citrus reamer. I have one of those citrus presses but still prefer my old wooden reamer. Also my Kitchenaid mixer, if that can be classed as a gadget.

          1. Silicon spatulas, spoonulas and basting/pastry brushes. I love these! Cookie scoops, biscuit cutters...

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            1. re: Bean Counter

              There are some great silicone gadgets out there. Another fav of mine that you missed is the potholder, which doubles as a trivet, which triples as a garlic peeler. Just crush the clove a bit and roll it up in the potholder and the skin slides right off!

              1. re: Bean Counter

                I love my digital probe thermo, steel bench knife, silicone pastry brushes, silpat.

              2. Tongs, box grater, microplane and my handy V Slicer.

                1. 1. Krups immersion ("hand") blender, the kind where the shaft/blade assembly turns and pops off so you can put it in the dishwasher. I use this almost daily, for everything from making hummus (in a measuring cup) to pizza sauce (puree the tomatoes in their can) to mayonnaise ... so much easier to clean up than the full-size blender or the food processor.

                  2. Melon baller. For coring apples and pears. I don't think I've ever actually made melon balls with it.

                  3. Dishers. I have several different sizes and use them whenever I quickly need to distribute something semi-solid (or sticky) in uniform portions. Cookie dough, falafel paste, ravoli/dumpling fillings, gnocchi. Makes mashed potatoes look fabulous on the plate. And, of course, the classic skirted scoop of ice cream.

                  1. You know what I really love, and rarely see, is a chopper-basher, used to be made for the Galloping Gourmet and now made for Hoffritz as their Stainless-Steel Scraper/Chopper, or the Chefmate line of implements (often at Target), or others. This looks like a pastry scraper, but is one piece, stainless steel, with a rolled edge as a handle. I use it to scoop up anything on a cutting board, from cut up carrots to sliced meats, and it works beautifully when you spill that coffee or sugar, to pick it up from a level surface. They usually cost less than $10. I've given them as presents to friends, who now swear by them.

                    1. My kyocera ceramic slicers, good heavy duty 18 inch tongs, multiple styles of micro planes.

                      1. 1. Electric coffee grinder for pulverizing whole spices (I cook a lot of Indian/Asian).

                        2. Cherry pitter (during cherry season, no idea what I'd do without it).

                        3. Rubber scrapers (with and without handles).