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What is your favorite unitasker?

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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?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Bacardi1

      What do you call that bag holding gadget? I need one!

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Patrincia

        <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

        1. re: Patrincia

          LOL - Oops, I obviously misread the question. And by all means, try it as a skin exfoliator... just mix a little with your favorite cleanser and scrub away. There are lots of google hits on the subject.

          1. re: Patrincia

            <try it as a skin exfoliator... just mix a little with your favorite cleanser and scrub away.>

            Interesting. I will look it up. Thanks. :)

        2. Lots of favorite unitaskers shared in the November thread:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879440

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          1. re: janniecooks

            Had I searched for uni-tasker instead of unitasker, I might have found this...

            1. re: travelerjjm

              just wanted to share what's already been posted, hope you found enlightenment there. BTW, that November thread shows up in the search results regardless of whether you spell it hyphenated or not hyphenated.

              1. re: janniecooks

                I appreciate your shar4ing that. Odd that I couldn't find it before. Musta been a bug.

          2. 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:

            http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

            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:

            http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

            which obviously produces one specific product.

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            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Hmmm, I don't know what to do with the sifter besides sift. The egg waffle pan seems good. But I know people who pit olives with a cherry pitter...But I don't want to be pedantic :)

              1. re: travelerjjm

                <Hmmm, I don't know what to do with the sifter besides sift>

                I know, but presumably you don't sift for one product. You sift for all kind of cookies, all kind of pies...etc.etc.

                I mean I use my knives to cut and only to cut. :)

                This is why I generally get confused by this.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  i've used my knives to retrieve olives and pickles out of jars, to smash cloves of garlic, to spread butter, as a spatula. definitely multi-tasking.

                  1. re: Vidute

                    I use mine to open cans of paint and to tighten screws.

                    Wait, no I don't. I do smash garlic and chop and slice and dice and julienne and chiffonade and probably more though. Definitely a multi-tasker.

                    1. re: Vidute

                      Yeah, yeah, maybe for you, but what if I only use it to cut? However about this? I have a sharpening stone, and I only use it to sharpen tools. Should it be considered as a unitask tool? Oh and my oven, I only use my oven to heat food. My stove too, it only serves to produce heat.

              2. 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.