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Multipurpose Cooking Tools/Gadgets

MMRuth Jul 24, 2008 11:22 AM

I've been using a couple of items for awhile now that have great multitasking potential:

This one isn't a cooking gadget to start with, but a sewing gauge is an excellent way to measure things in the kitchen (including when you roll out dough) when you are feeling particularly "anal retentive":

http://missourifamilies.org/learningopps/learnmaterial/tools/toolsjb/tools400/gaugesqr3400.jpg

http://www.chowhound.com/photos/96470

I bought a wok scrubber over Christmas, before I had a wok, and it turns out it is the best thing I've found to clean graters:

It sort of looks like this, but doesn't have a handle - sort of a tight horse shoe shape of bristles:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hoohing.com/acatalog/25142.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.hoohing.com/acatalog/Products__Brabatia_159.html&h=65&w=165&sz=6&hl=en&start=38&um=1&tbnid=Qb7Vbig6im43hM:&tbnh=39&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522wok%2Bbrush%2522%26start%3D20%26ndsp%3D20%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

Lastly, it finally occurred to me that I could use my zester to make lovely "strips" of carrots:

http://www.chow.com/photos/204184

Any tools that you've found great other uses for:

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    maxandrick Jul 30, 2008 02:41 PM

    I use small plastic paint scrappers as pot scrubbers and inside the micro/convection oven when things spill and cook on. Really gets up anything stuck on and does not scatch the surface, saves my nails too!

    1. meatn3 Jul 28, 2008 03:44 PM

      I have weak hands. This multi-opener tool has made a huge difference for me - it is better than any other type I've tried. I found mine at Sears, but this link has a photo:

      http://www.kitchencollection.com/Temp...

      1. MMRuth Jul 24, 2008 11:31 AM

        Here's a photo of what I have that I think is a wok brush:

         
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        1. re: MMRuth
          Caitlin McGrath Jul 29, 2008 07:13 PM

          My mother has one of those next to the prep sink in her kitchen; she uses it for scrubbing vegetables like potatoes and carrots!

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