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Jul 31, 2013 02:05 AM

You down with OTP? Yeah you know me!

Question linked to another thread. What OTP (One Trick Pony) gadgets do you make room for in your kitchen? By OTP I mean gadgets used for one purpose that are replaceable by something else. Here's a couple of mine:

An "X" on a stick used for breaking up ground meat, replacing a spatula or spoon. It's not something I would have bought for myself, but it was given to me as a gift, and to my surprise it really works well. Far from languishing in a drawer, it gets used three or four times a month.

A scraper meant to move chopped veggies from the cutting board to a cooking pan. This was something I always did with the knife blade, but the scraper does a really good job of grabbing all the veggies at once. Again, not something I would have bought for myself, but now I wouldn't be without it.

For me the utility of a doodad is not just asking whether or not I have room for it, but whether it's worth cleaning it once I use it. These two passed the test. What are yours?

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  1. I officially LOVE the title of this thread.

    Pie shields. I used to just form some foil and put it on pie crust until someone bought me proper pie shields. The real deal works better and is easier than performing last-minute aluminum foil origami.

    Apple corer. When the CSA starts giving me apples by the dozen come autumn, I am very thankful for the corer that sits in my gadget drawer all year long.

    1. A long time ago, I asked for the definition of a one-trick pony.

      <By OTP I mean gadgets used for one purpose >

      That is the kind of definition I see too, but then we have to define "one purpose". Afterall, I can say a kitchen knife is a one trick pony which can do only one thing: Cut. Or the cutting board which is to be cut on. Yet, extremely few people would associate a cutting board or a knife being a one trick pony.

      My guess is that the task itself has to be very specific, restrictive and rare. For example, I saw a watermelon cutter just last week. The task is specific because the tool is design to cut a melon. It is also restrictive because it cut the melons in a very specific pattern. Finally, this occurs rarely.

      In term of unitaskers, I have two which I like. I have a Korean Dolsot, and I have an egg waffle iron. I don't use them very often and they are specific, but they are great.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        As with so much in life, it's an I know it when I see it thing rather than defined. A gadget designed for opening, pitting and slicing avocados = OTP. Paring knife = not OTP. Pastry brush = on the border, since you can use it for slathering on both egg washes on rolls and BBQ sauces on meat.

        I don't demand that things be clearly defined, which probably explains my politics.

      2. There's no room for relationships, just room to HIT IT. Appropriately enough (in a few ways, you see what I did there?!), the meat mallet. Before being gifted this thing, I was using a large rubber hammer, which has all kindsa uses in and out of the kitchen. If the meat mallet ever breaks, I wouldn't be too upset

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          I love my rubber mallet. I have 2; one for the garage and one for the kitchen (handles marked appropriately).

          As I posted elsewhere, my latest 2TP (strawberries and tomatoes) is this:

          1. re: Pwmfan

            Oh, I have an OXO strawberry huller of about the same design. Never considered using it for tomatoes! Will have to give that a try next time I am canning tomatoes.

        2. I have a parmesan cheese knife that was gifted to me maybe 10 years ago???..I love it and use it 3X a month, since I go through a lot of hard cheeses. It makes me happy and looks like it would be equally at home on the workbench in my garage, with its wooden handle and short, putty-knife like blade. And yes, awesome NBN reference.

          1. I have many OTP's. I love them but space is not an issue at all for me.
            I tend to use these gadgets more when I am cooking in quantity (and I do that almost every weekend, as I freeze and jar things all the time).
            I use: garlic press, ricer, multiple designs of shredders and peelers, several micro planes/rasps and juicer gadgets and various kinds/designs of strainers. I might have 5 or 6 different designs of an item for different purposes.

            My wine gadget stash is in it's own category! Lol.

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            1. re: sedimental

              Right off the top of my head would be a citrus wedge squeezer(no, I never use it but its old and it was a quarter at a yard sale), my asparagus tongs(also old) egg cups, rotissery oven, salt cellar andstrawberry huller. I know there are many more.

              1. re: suzigirl

                How did my post end up here? Oh well. Als my cheese knife.

                1. re: suzigirl

                  To reply to the thread, you need to select "reply" at the end of the original post. I think you hit "reply" to sedimental's post, not the original one. And then you hit "reply" to your own comment.

                  1. re: nofunlatte

                    I have been here for a year. I replied to the original poster. This same thing happened to another poster on WFD board the other day. Obviously it happens sometimes.

                2. re: suzigirl

                  (Slaps forehead) Egg cups! How could I forget egg cups? Good one, suzi. I have 'em too.

                3. re: sedimental

                  I don't have much of a wine gadget stash, but otherwise, I'm with you. I like my unitaskers, even if I"ve never used them.

                  That's my story and I'm stickin' with it.