What is your favorite unitasker?
I was discussing unitaskers with my wife last nite after making crepes in a crepe pan which I use as a unitasker. I said my favorite unitasker was a battery operated flour sifter: http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-140-Batt... I have arthritis in my hands and this makes sifting sooooo easy!
What's your favorite unitasker?
Without giving it much thought, I have to admit that I really like a cheap little gadget I bought last year that holds small to large Ziploc bags upright & totally open for filling. Has a weighted rubber base & 2 retractible arms with clips on top to hold the bag top fully open. I can't tell you how much easier it is to bag anything from solids to liquids without getting the bag lip messy, etc. I find myself using the thing all the time - especially when bagging liquid stocks, marinades, etc., etc.
Can a kitchen ingredient count? If so, I say baking soda. Not only is it good for baking, but it's great for scrubbing pots and pans, brushing your teeth, exfoliating your skin, scouring the sink, removing ink marks from the inside of the fridge, removing the gunk left behind after removing a label, absorbing odors in the fridge, etc, etc, etc.
<I say baking soda. Not only is it good for baking, but it's great for scrubbing pots and pans, brushing your teeth, exfoliating your skin, scouring the sink, removing ink marks from the inside of the fridge, removing the gunk left behind after removing a label, absorbing odors in the fridge, etc, etc, etc.>
I don't know about exfoliating skin, but I agree with most of your other assessments. However, don't you think this is the opposite of an "unitask" item? :) Sound to me that it is a "multitask" item. :D
I think the definition of an unitask item is unclear. I see many people use it in very different manners.
If the definition of an unitask item is a tool which does one thing and one thing only, then most tools are unitask items. My kitchen knife is an unitask item (which does nothing but cutting). My cutting board is an unitask item (which does nothing but being cut on). Same thing for my sauce pan, kitchen towels....etc. Yet, most people would say that these are not unitaskers.
Some people define unitask items as tools which sole purpose is to produce one specific product, in which case, a cherry pitter, a pineapple slicer and an Ebelskiver Pancake Pan are unitask gadgets:
I tend to go with the latter definition. However, if we go with this latter definition, then your Norpo flour sifter may not be an unitask item. It is a gadget, but it is not an unitask item. On top of my head, I think my favor unitask tool is this:
which obviously produces one specific product.
Without looking at the other thread, my microplane.
It may be a unitasker as well as a multitasker though. Its function is only to grate, but the sheer number of things I can grate and zest, and the number of different times I use it make me have a difficult time it is only a unitasker.