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Three gadgets I Can Live Without But Choose Not To

snax Feb 20, 2010 02:18 PM

Tuna & Veggie Press and Strainer

I stumbled across this the other day at a kitchen/storage shop and I was like “ohh that’s exactly what I need”. Draining canned veggies isn’t a big drama, but being able to squish this into a can of tuna and get out all of the water/oil is a huge bonus.

13" Silicone Splatter Screen

I’ve only used my father’s metal mesh screen and I have bad memories of it. I remember it being rusty, and half of the mesh had popped out of the side. Granted he likes to find thing at the rubbish dump or op shop if it’s cheap enough. So it probably wasn’t quality to start with. Now I’m usually sceptical of plastics in the kitchen, but this screen really does its job at letting enough steam out of the pan to allow food to fry, and it stops the massive mess that 1, is on the cook top (which I don’t really mind), but 2, it stops my floor from getting greasy (which I end up having to mop or use some paper towel on after cooking). Very happy with this.

Cling-Wrap Cutter

I love this. I fumble with plastic wrap and end up wasting a fair quota of each roll. But this cutter takes up next to no extra space in my draw, does its job quickly and can easily be changed onto a new roll of wrap quickly.

Now if I can only find a good use for Dyno Dips!

Anyone use have gadgets they can live without but choose not to?

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: snax Feb 20, 2010 02:45 PM

    Neat. I am thinking what is a gadget. I like my wok, my dutch oven, chopping block... but I don't think they are gadgets. I suppose you mean a gadget that has its place by does not play a major role.

    In that case, I say my DMT diamond. It can sharpen my knves and it can lap my waterstone and it is very easy to use.


    I will add a few when I remember

    1. grnidkjun RE: snax Feb 20, 2010 04:58 PM

      Microwave, dishwasher, garlic press

      technically to me, the microwave and dishwasher are gadgets as you can cook/clean without them.
      garlic press.. I use this several times a week.. can't imagine not having one, though I know I could get by without it.

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        Chemicalkinetics RE: grnidkjun Feb 20, 2010 05:01 PM

        Ok, if microware is considered a gadget, then I definitely will pick that as a gadget which I choose not to live without. Thanks.

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          Ambimom RE: Chemicalkinetics Feb 21, 2010 06:21 AM

          Another vote for microwave...

          2. Kitchen scale (to weight ingredients for my weekly baking of no-knead sourdough)

          3. Food processor

      2. Freq Band RE: snax Feb 21, 2010 07:54 AM

        That olive pitter I've used twice...
        The spring loaded tea strainer that made a mess...once.
        ...And that fancy antique butter knife that's never been introduced to butter.

        1. tim irvine RE: snax Feb 21, 2010 02:49 PM

          If the definition of gadet is that you don't need it to cook, then I guess 99% of the stuff in my kitchen is gadgets (I guess techmically I could fry and boil things in the same pan and stir and flip things with a knife) . So I am taking gadget to mean something you just don't see in a lot of kitchens, is small, and didn't cost a fortune, and I could really do just fine without them but when I pull them out I am glad I don't have to do without them. Definitely the olive/cherry pitter. I would add a citrus juicer that fits on its own little base which collects the seed and pulp free juice. I know I could fish the seeds out, but it is nice not to have to!

          1. Soop RE: snax Feb 22, 2010 06:33 AM

            I'm not a fan of gadgets, but some of those are pretty good. I also admit I could use a splatter guard

            1. BobB RE: snax Feb 22, 2010 09:40 AM

              Ordinary rotary (manual) can opener anyone? Definitely a gadget I'd hate to be without. I've tried the old Swiss Army knife "can opener" approach and believe me, it's WAY more trouble than it's worth!

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