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Critical Kitchen Gadgets

lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 05:20 AM

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

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    serious RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 10:57 AM

    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.'

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      ptrefler RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 11:38 AM

      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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        serious RE: ptrefler Oct 19, 2006 12:05 PM

        Love the microplane. Changed grating for me.

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        fauchon RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 11:49 AM

        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.

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          cheryl_h RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 01:21 PM

          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.

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            Bean Counter RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 05:48 PM

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

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              slowcali RE: Bean Counter Oct 19, 2006 05:52 PM

              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!

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                Kelli2006 RE: Bean Counter Oct 19, 2006 05:59 PM

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

              2. macca RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 06:20 PM

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

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                  ladelfa RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 06:40 PM

                  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.

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                    EclecticEater RE: lemonfaire Oct 19, 2006 09:56 PM

                    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. Scrapironchef RE: lemonfaire Oct 21, 2006 12:59 AM

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

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                        allegro805 RE: lemonfaire Oct 21, 2006 01:06 AM

                        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).

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