Tuesday, January 19, 2010

kitchen gadgets

Confessions from the gastrointestinal bug girl. . .

I started feeling better but was so enjoying your get well wishes .. .

I let you continue on all day . .

Thanks for being such great friends. . .I just appreciate you all.

Okay .. .what happened to my island counter you ask?

I actually was going to call this post. .

What a Girl Needs.

Then I realized that I'd be fibbing a bit and stretching the reality besides.

Yesterday in a moment of renewed energy and spring like sunshine coming through the windows . ..

I emptied my three kitchen gadget drawers in an attempt to bring some semblance of order back to the bungalow's kitchen.

If confessions are good for the soul ...

here is mine .. .

I have a wee bit of a fascination with kitchen gadgets.

They all look so "sure to make life easier" in the stores . . .

and yet . .

I find I'm often disappointed with their ratio of work effectiveness and rapid cleanabiltiy. (sure I know that isn't a word but I did smile when spell check offered "gullibility" instead .. .how did they know?)

I have a few things I couldn't live without.

I say that with personal disdain knowing full well if an earthquake would strike the bungalow .. . I could well be thankful for water and shelter.

However . . .as far as kitchen gadgets go . . .

please don't take my medium sized ice cream scoop that I use for my drop cookies . . .

nor my bench scraper . . .

nor my slotted wooden spoon . .

oh .. and please not my little serrated knife to slice tomatoes . .

to name a few.

If the saying goes in a woman's wardrobe that you should remove everything you haven't used for a year . ..

perhaps that makes sense for the kitchen gadgets as well.

I laid out all the gadgets that every kitchen should have.

  • A bench scraper (starting at the top left hand corner)
  • a pizza cutter
  • a pastry cutter to make a nice edge ( okay . .not necessary but nice to have)
  • a corkscrew
  • different sized ice cream scoops for the obvious but for cookies mostly
  • a melon ball maker (there is no such word as baller apparently)
  • a pronged spaghetti lifter/spoon
  • a potato masher
  • a small grater (and of course a larger one but it doesn't fit in my drawer)
  • a very fine grater
  • a flat metal spatula . .for decorating cakes
  • various sized rubber spatulas . . a narrow one is especially handy for narrow jars
  • a non metal egg flipper
  • two sizes of ladles .. .a smaller one is nice for sauces
  • a large metal egg flipper which I most often use for cookies
  • a wavy vegetable cutter. . not necessary but nice
  • a garlic press
  • a knife sharpener (dull knives are more dangerous than a sharp one)
  • a pastry brush
  • several sizes of whisks . (actually need a medium sized one . .. mom)
  • serrated knives for bread ( a large one for proper loaves and a smaller one for banana bread type loaves)
  • chefs knives for chopping .. .I like the ones that have little wedges in the blade . .it seems to make them slice easier. You really need various sizes.
  • a narrow fillet knife to remove bones from fish
  • a candy thermometer
  • different sized serving spatulas for pie and lasagnas and dessert
  • a can opener
  • another bent blade metal spatula again for cake decorating
  • several small tongs and one large tong (which is not shown)
  • a paring knife
  • a small serrated knife for tomatoes and soft fruits
  • a small chef knife for cutting small vegetables
  • a citrus reamer (love that thing)
  • various wooden spoons. . I have a thing that I can not use a metal spoon in mixing against metal or china.
  • the large opening in the wooden spoon is my favorite for batters
  • large slotted spoons
  • a meat mallet
  • a meat fork

Oh .. and a few more necessary things I have in my cutlery drawer simply because it is right where I need it quick.

  • 2 sets of measuring spoons. I have found that the narrow spoon set is wonderful to get into spice jars. . .look for one of those sets.
  • a vegetable peeler
  • a pastry blender

Sure. . and when you look back into two of my drawers you'll see more was put back than was on my necessary list.

I love those bag clips. . .I maybe don't need that many.


I shoved it all back in. ..

but at least it got a good wipe and one box is set aside for my dil's perusal.

Oh and do run past Judy's front porch today . ..it's her birthday!

All for now. .

18 comments:

  1. Oh, my, that's a lot of gadgets!! Glad you're feeling better.

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  2. When I cleaned out my gadget drawer a few months ago, I dumped everything into a clothes basket and plopped it in the laundry room way down in the basement. I said that I would bring back anything that I really needed... Haven't needed one thing so I guess it's time to donate to the cause.

    Of your wonderful gadgets, my favorites are off-set spatulas. I love them. And I use long-handled iced tea spoons for all my reaching into jars. Perfect.

    What a fun idea for a post and I'm so glad that you are feeling so much better.

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  3. I agree with your list -- all very good and useful. I just need to get a bench scraper! I'm stuck using a spatula. Must put it on the list.

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  4. Oh it was fun to see in side your gadget drawers :) I love my scoops too and garlic press...and ..yea, I could probably do with a few less too!
    Glad you were feeling up to this.

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  5. Your gadget drawers look like my husband's - he's also addicted to kitchen gadgets, and he being the cook in the house, I let him indulge to his heart's content. I so admire cooks, and follow Mennonite girls with fascination - but not being a cook, am so happy that somebody in this house is. I do find it difficult to understand sometimes how one can 'need' so much stuff - but then again, just look at all the stuff I have for quilting and needlework LOL

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  6. Big smile over here! I have one large and one small gadget drawer and was just yesterday thinking I'd better do something about them before hosting a baby shower on Saturday. I'm glad that you're recovering from that bug!

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  7. wow Lovella, those a are a lot of gadgets.....but considering what you all create out of your kitchen, each of those is a valuable asset, no doubt.

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  8. Glad you're feeling better! I appreciate the peek into your gadget drawers...that's almost a guilty pleasure like peeking into someone's medicine cabinet. ;)

    I'm happy to say that I own most of those gadgets, so does that mean I have a well-equipped kitchen?

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  9. Going Check Check Check right down the list with you. I used to have catagories of items (wood spoons, whisks etc) in upright containers on the counter next the range and that was really handy. I try to used drawer dividers to corral items as much as possible. Do your items stay side by side for long?

    Glad you got a burst of energy!

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  10. Oh boy do your gadgets looks good all organized so well!! Love it...

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  11. Ooh I want a bench scraper - I don't really know why. But I want one.

    My favourite is my cookie dough ice cream scoop type thingie. I got it from a Magic Pantry party - paid an outrageous sum - $20 I think. But I've had it for years and years and it works like a charm.

    You clean out drawers the same way I do - the dumping method.

    Glad you're feeling better!

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  12. Which reminds me, I need to buy some new wooden spoons. I also need a new box grater, as ours seems to have gone missing (how?)??

    Your gadgets are fun...melon baller...definitely!

    Kimmie
    mama to 7
    one homemade and 6 adopted

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  13. Oh yes...we are all having a few sprints of cleaning again...it's that time of the year.
    I have too many gadgets..
    I need all those gadgets plus and then I sure know when they are missing.
    I helped my daughter clean up her studio this weekend, and you'd be surprised what I all found.
    I hope you can enjoy a nice walk.

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  14. I deem you The Queen of Gadgets!
    I think many of us will open up our gadget drawers and see what we have that we need and what we could do without. A good wipe of the drawer may be in order for my kitchen drawers. Kathy (MGCC)

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  15. I'm so glad you are feeling better, which you must truly be, considering all the work you've been doing with your gadgets drawers!! I notice a few items there that I do not own...but you cook a lot more than I do. You appear to be well prepared for anything.

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  16. I hate cleaning out those exact drawers because I find things I never use and just someday might. I don't have the fancy pie crust cutter, the citrus reamer nor the wooden spoons with holes in them... but my list would be quite similar. Funny how you get used to your own things and feel like you can't do without them.

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  17. Who but you would have me smiling as I read down through your list of kitchen gadgets? Honestly, you do it everytime...you take the most ordinary of circumstances and I find myself totally interested. Sadly enough, I believe I have one of most of what you shared, and don't think I could part with them yet.
    Thankful that you are feeling better. Your organization was inspirational.

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  18. You can get to buy Knife Set online as well. So, in this case you need not have to worry about going out in the scorching heat of the sun to get one for you.

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Thank you!