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There are thousands of kitchen gadgets out on the market that can do everything and anything for you quicker, easier…slice, dice, shred, hold, shape, mold, clean, cook it fast, cook it slow, fry it…just try it! I’d wager that the vast majority of gadgets end up relegated to the back of a cabinet or drawer to collect dust after the first few uses. I try really hard not to purchase gadgets for the kitchen unless I know for sure that they will get a lot of use. So if you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a wedding gift that’ll actually get used, here is a short list of my favorite kitchen gadgets. And, yes, I actually do use these.
#1 – Inspiralizer – I tried a few different hand held spiralizers that promised to be easy breezy, but they were not. They lied. This one, however, I love. It has suction so that it stays firmly in place on your counter, 4 different blades for variety of size/shape and is pretty easy to clean. My daughter won’t get near a zucchini with a 10-foot pole, but she loves zoodles…go figure. Another bonus is that there is an Inspiralizer app that has awesome free recipes.
#2 – Mircoplane – This is great for zesting citrus, parmesean or spices. Easy to use and clean.
#3 – Immersion Blender – This is my go to tool when I’m making soups. Forget letting it cool and ladling it into a blender and then back and forth….just use this immersion blender and that chunky potato or broccoli soup becomes thick and creamy.
#4 – Kitchen Aid Blender – I love love love ice. Forget hot tea, I’ll take an iced-tea any time of the year! I also, shhh, have quite a love affair with slushy blended drinks. So while others may use their blenders for smoothies, soups, etc….I have used mine mostly for yummy icey blended drinks. Here’s my favorite at the moment…Frozen Lemonade with Coconut RumFollow my drinks board on Pinterest for other great ideas I’ve found and saved.
#5 – Cuisinart Food Processor – Most of the time I get out the trusty old knife and cutting board, but when I’m doing a big prep for the week or freezing garlic or ginger cubes (post coming soon) I couldn’t do without this baby. Also…it’s makes whipping up a pie crust a cinch! They also have a mini which is great for smaller jobs.
I live for comments — What is your favorite can’t-live-without-it kitchen gadget?