What is your most useful/best beloved non-mechanical device in your kitchen?
For me it's a tossup between my Japanese non-stick rice paddle (what a joy not to have to soak it) and my insulated coffee mug (can't drink cold/tepid coffee).
Funny, I was just going to post a similar question, as I've reading another thread of the "most useless kitchen gadgets":
Mine is actually a new item I just picked up, so maybe I'm still in the honeymoon period, but it's a $5 board scraper. I never thought I'd want to use one of these, as I don't need to divide dough, and I'd just my chef's knife to pick up chopped veggies and transfer them to the pan. But after picking up countless little bits of mirepoix off the counters and floors, I'd figured I'd give this a shot.
So far, it's awesome. Last night I chopped a bunch of chocolate for hot chocolate, and used the scraper to get it to the scale, and then the pot of milk. I know that if I used my 10" chef's to do the same, I'd have 70% cocoa everywhere.
So did you like that- Microwave Splattered Eggs Interior maker? LOL!
Anyway, I have several. Some plastic and some metal. Several kitchen uses for those other than just dough. Although I do use mine for dumpling making at times.
I have one that is a heavy metal, deep drawn "T" shape that I consider a handle-less meat cleaver. I would say it is one of my G-G-fathers inventions.
Mine's got to be my serrated vegetable peeler. It's sharp enough to peel tomatoes straight from the yard.