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Aug 28, 2010 10:03 AM

Unitaskers you don't want to do without

I bet even Alton Brown has more than he'll admit to. Here are a few of mine-

I use the heck out of my cherry pitter during cherry season. I had a funky one and then I saw one that was heftier and more ergonomic-looking so I got it. Now I have two, because I don't want to just throw the old one away- I'll yard-sale it eventually or something.

Vinturi- because it turns cheap wine into drinkable wine a lot of the time (I'm not a connoisseur of wine in general, obviously- just a fan)

Octodog- I've never used it but it cracks me up every time I see it in the cupboard

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  1. +1 on the cherry pitter -- I pitted a few by hand yesterday and it was so annoying I don't know why I bothered. I also have two, one new fangled ergo one and the other from the 50s, looks like the Eiffel Tower.

    1. Totally agree on the Vinturi. It's amazing the difference it can make especially if you then decant the wine as well.

      1. Corkscrew. I have no idea what else you can use it for, but I can't think of a viable replacement for it either.

        1. Agreed. My OXO cherry pitter.

          1. My french presses- not exactly sure what I could make with them besides coffee.
            Cherry Pitter-duh!
            The grease screen for over the frying pan- I hate cleaning grease off my entire kitchen

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              1. re: iluvcookies

                Thought of another one -- chocolate "pick" for chipping hunks of choc off a block. Nothing works as well that I've found.

                  1. re: toodie jane

                    Would a splatter screen make a difference when I'm sauteeing filets of fish? It seems like such a small amount of time, yet I sometimes set the fire alarm off when I'm sauteeing. Would a screen keep enough of the fat, or the heat, in the pan?

                1. re: MamaCrunch

                  I'm with you on the french press... Darn thing has spoiled me! Drip coffee is nothing, nothing I tell you compared to a good french pressed cup. I also use it to strain my cold-brewed coffee.... I guess it's still coffee though, so I don't know if I can count that as another use lol!

                  1. re: MamaCrunch

                    I hadn't really thought to get a grease screen. I don't care much about the immediate area over the stove (it's tile and easy to clean), but I'm constantly getting grease on my glasses, and it's horrible to clean off.

                    1. re: Mestralle

                      Dishwashing soap will do the trick on the glasses.

                      1. re: Mestralle

                        I have three grease screens.... in a drawer! I find the problem with them is that they ONLY work when they're on the pan. Take them off for just a minute to turn the bacon over and VOILA! The whole area is spattered! Am I the only one this happens to???

                        1. re: Caroline1

                          I tend to take my pan off the heat for a minute before removing the screen. It slows things down slightly, and in some recipes it might cause a problem, but most of the time it's worth it. Definitely so for bacon or sausages in the morning.

                          1. re: elsiecat

                            Yeah, that works to a greater or lesser degree. For me, it depends on my mood and the timing for whatever I'm cooking. Sometimes I just grit my teeth and come to terms with the fact that whatever I do, I'm going to have to get out the Windex and use up a few paper towels to get the kitchen back to normal. Now, if someone would just invent spatter free fats, I'm there! '-)

                            1. re: elsiecat

                              If memory serves me right, Alton used a splatter screen in a curry episode.