February 12, 2008

Favorite Kitchen Gadgets - Part 1

Whenever Jay asks me for gift suggestions, I always come up with kitchen items, and he always rolls his eyes and groans, "I'm not going to give you that. That's boring." But then I always explain that kitchen gadgets are "toys" for someone like me who spends a lot of time in the kitchen.

So, here are a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets. More to come.

Since the only peanut butter we eat is the all-natural kind (and we eat a LOT of it) with the separated oil floating on top, this item (discovered by my mom at the incomparable Lehman's in Ohio) is a huge time-saver (and mess-saver) for me. (We go through at least a jar a week.) It is truly amazing. And to think I used to torture myself stirring that mess without this wonderful low-tech gem.
For someone who rolls a lot of dough, a tapered French rolling pin is the ultimate. I will never go back to one with handles. You have a lot more control this way, and it covers a much larger area. Now I can roll an enormous circle of dough in seconds.
When you need to slice a large bowl of strawberries, a basket of mushrooms, a can of olives, etc. (or eggs of course), this cheap little egg slicer does the trick in a jiffy. Way cool!

6 comments:

  1. Do you actually go through a jar of pb a week? That's insane!

    I must get one of those French rolling pins! I trust your dough-rolling judgement, but how does it roll dough evenly if the pin is tapered? Like I said, I trust you do I want it even though I don't know how it could work.

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  2. that's judgment.

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  3. Sarah, I can't really explain it... I would have to show you. I wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't seen it demonstrated at Shar's.

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  4. Okay, I can't wait to get the peanut butter thingy. Wow - that will come in sooooo handy! Thanks.

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  5. I just got the peanut butter stirrer too. Did you see it in Real Simple? I haven't used it yet though> I'm so excited!

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  6. I like to cook very at home. Cool fun. Like me. Thanks.Greetings from Poland. :|

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