I’m not really a gadget person, but will occasionally find a kitchen tool that I absolutely love. Here are my top five right now:
I’ve owned every knife sharpener imaginable, and none compares to the AccuSharp. The AccuSharp is small and compact (making it easy to store and hold), and sharpens all of my knives with just a few swipes. It’s also cheap: less than 8 bucks with Amazon Prime!
I’ve owned this spiralizer for over a year now and have really enjoyed it. It’s a bit of a pain to store because of it’s size, but that slight inconvenience is worth it. We make “zoodles” all the time and serve them like pasta with bolognese sauce on top.
More recently, we made the most amazing fish dinner and used the spiralizer for the veggies. It was so easy and still so delicious! (Spiralized veggies, white wine, butter and S&P, topped with fresh wild cod and your favorite pesto. Cover with foil and bake at 415 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.)
And if you’re trying to get your kids involved in the kitchen, the spiralizer just might do the trick. Both of my kids enjoy zipping a zucchini through the machine — it really is like magic, watching the golden strings pile out onto a plate :)
I’ve owned this pizza cutter for at least 10 years and yet it still seems brand new. It’s strong and sturdy, unlike some pizza cutters that wobble or bend when you hit a tough spot.
Even if you don’t make pizza at home very often, this pizza cutter is good for all sorts of things. For example, I use it to cut lattice strips for pie crust; the strips need to be long and straight, and this cutter does the job.
You can also use it for slicing quesadillas into wedges, French toast or waffles into strips, or giant cookie cakes into squares. Overall, it’s just a great tool to have around and will last you a long time.
(4) A Good Ladel Set
As I’ve realized too many times, trying to serve soupy foods (beans, sauce, soup, chili, etc.) with a shallow spoon is oh-so frustrating! It’s much easier to scoop up just the right amount of whatever with a perfectly-sized ladel. I use the largest size for big jobs like transporting chicken broth from pot to storage container, and the smallest for serving myself a cup of broth or tea. The others are good for reaching in medium-sized pots or bowls.
This stuff is like gold. The parchment paper sold in a roll is never the right width for my pans, and I can never cut a straight edge with the serrated cutter on the box. Worse, it always rolls up when I’m trying to lay it on the pan. Argh! I’m frustrated just thinking about it ;) Having precut parchment avoids all of these issues: just grab a piece, place it on the pan and you’re good to go! I use it several times a week (if not every day) for baking things like cookies, bread, salmon, veggies, chicken nuggets and pizza. I also use it as a placemat under my kids’ crafts when they are particularly messy.
What are your five favorite tools in the kitchen? I’d love to know what makes cooking easier for you! Any of you have an instant pot? Would love to hear how you like it!