>I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets. I love to troll kitchenware stores for fun tools to make cooking easier. While that means that my drawers are overflowing with some fairly useless gadgets, I also occasionally find some tools that I adore.
So off the top of my head, here are my favorite 5 gadgets in my kitchen:
- Silpat Baking Mats – When Silpats first came out, probably a decade ago, I thought they were an expensive gimmick. At the time they were close to $20 a mat. I bought a couple anyway, and soon fell in love with them. Ten years later, I’m still baking with the original ones, making them a great investment. Why are they great? They let me turn out batch after batch of cookies and meringues without worrying about greasing the pan. I’ve heard some rumblings about cookies not turning out as brown when cooked on a Silpat, but I’m a fan. Current price: $15 to $20 on Amazon.
- Silicone Oven Mitts – Again, these seemed gimmicky when I bought one a few years ago, but they really are incredibly heat-proof. When I’m making jelly, I literally stick my hand encased in a mitt in the boiling water to remove the cans. They are a little cumbersome to work with, especially when handling heavy pans, but I love the protection they provide. Current Price: around $15 on Amazon.
- Digital Scale – I’m not going to recommend a specific scale but I’ll just throw this up on the list because you can’t beat weighing things when it comes to baking. No need to sift, just put your flour on the scale and life will be less messy, and more accurate.
- Food Mill – Again, no specific brand to recommend. The one I have was passed down to us by my mother in law, but I love my food mill. I use it to rice mashed potatoes to make silken mashed potatoes that are almost as good as at Craft.
- Hand Blender – I just got a new hand blender because my old one overheated and died. A Cuisinart Smart Stick. Does this give you a sense of how often I use one? In the winter, I make a soup every week, and I just pop in my hand blender to get it to the right consistency. I love how easily it rinses and goes right back in the closet til the following Sunday. Boggles my mind how such a useful tool can be so cheap. I bought it on sale for under $30 and it still is that cheap at Amazon.
So let’s keep this discussion going. What tools can’t you live without?