I have several different kitchen gadgets that I love. I have a whole lot more I need to get rid of at a garage sale, but I thought I’d share the ones I value.
– Crinkle cutter. I can make crinkle potato chips, crinkle carrots, or crinkle cucumber slices for pickles.
– Spaghetti measurer. This is a life saver. The white part slides up and down to measure the exact right amount of pasta.
– Egg slicer. This makes it convenient to make even slices of hard boiled egg for cob salad or to chop eggs for egg salad. Plus, it is in a cute little egg-shaped character that makes me smile. 🙂
– Apple wedger. This was a life saver when I was pregnant and craved apples dipped in caramel. It cores and cuts an apple into wedges. Very cool. It’s also helpful for cutting up an onion to make a bloomin onion.
– Pineapple corer. This makes a nice, even hole down the center of a pineapple. It has a little “handle” thing to get it out of the pineapple easier.
– Garlic mincer. All you have to do is peel the garlic clove then squeeze it through this. It also releases the garlic juices to make it more flavorful.
– Lemon squeezer. This is a really cool tool. You place half a lemon in it and bring the handles together. It turns the lemon half inside-out to squeeze out the maximum amount of juice. It also keep seeds from escaping.
– Brown sugar saver. This little disk (made of clay, I think) is awesome at keeping brown sugar moist. Just toss it in the storage container with the brown sugar.
– Cherry pitter. This is especially helpful when canning cherries or making something like cherry jam or jelly. You place the cherry on it, squeeze the handles, and it pops the pit out. It even leaves an X shape like you see in purchased cherries.
– Lid popper. I don’t know what it’s really called, but that’s what I call it. It breaks a jar lid’s seal so I don’t always have to ask my husband to open the lid.
– Round cookie cutter. These are awesome. They come in all different sizes, they have a smooth and a fluted side, and they have a plastic container to hold them. Good for cookies, biscuits, and more.
– Chop-stir. This tool is really neat. It helps to break up ground meat into small, even pieces.
– Cake leveler. This takes the guesswork out of using a serrated knife to level a cake. You adjust the height of the wire cutting edge then cut the domed top off a cake using a sawing motion.
– Tip cover. This covers up a cake decorating tip in a coupler in a pastry bag, if that makes sense. It keeps the frosting in the tip from drying out while you store it for transportation or use another pastry bag. Wilton used to make these, but now I think they have a different style of basically the same thing.
– Rose lifter. Rather than using scissors to lift an icing rose, this handy tool makes it easier. The “blades” of the lifter are pliable to make it easier to lay the rose on a cake.
– Garland template. This makes it easy to create even garland along the side of a cake. You adjust the width then gently press the little spikes into the base icing on the side of a cake. Then use the indentation as a guideline to pipe the garland.
– Cake strips. You soak these handy things in cold water, ring them out, then wrap them around a cake pan prior to baking your cake. It keeps the cake from pulling away from the edges and helps it rise more evenly.
And that’s it, for now. Do you have some kitchen gadgets that you just love to use? Please leave a comment and tell me about it!