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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.