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Old 03-30-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Favorite Kitchen Tools or Gadgets

I got to use my favorite little kitchen tool tonight, my immersion blender. I know it's kind of silly, but I just love to pull that thing out and buzz up a sauce. I used it on marinara tonight and had to hold myself back because I sometimes tend to overdo with it. It's just sooooo cool!

My husband loves to use "his" mandoline. Lol, I buzz sauces, and he slices.

Do you have a favorite tool or gadget that just makes you smile and brings you joy when you use it?

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Old 03-30-2009, 09:52 PM   #2
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My fork. It gets food to my mouth very efficiently.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:56 PM   #3
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My favorite gadget is a hand cranked food chopper. I love the thing.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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That reminds me of my second favorite gadget/tool, an electric mini-chopper. It minces onions and pickles very fine so it's great for making tartar sauce. Easy to use and easy to clean up, that's what I like.
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Old 04-17-2009, 04:35 AM   #5
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It'd be a toss up, when it comes to electronic gadgets, between my immersion blender and my "salad shooter". The latter is the modern day adaption of a hand-cranked version that was in our house when I was growing up, a wedding present my mom thought was crazy, she'd never use it, and she used and used until the suction cups dried up (that kept it in place on the counter) and the cast aluminum the basic piece was made from started wearing away, and the entire thing fell apart .... at the time she'd given it to me and it was probably 40 years old. I replaced it with a salad shooter, which I use so often that I've had 3 of them and the motor on this one (8 yrs old) is starting to groan when I hit the on button. The immersion blender is my second, and since I don't bake, it has replaced any other kind of mixer I have. SO handy. I make a lot of soups, stews, and sauces, and it's great for putting right into the pot, or in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup when making salad dressings.

For non electric gadgets, I like the newer silicone "spoonulas".
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:14 AM   #6
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OH YEAH Cooksie, I absolutely love my immersion blender. My DH laughs at me because sometimes I whip that thing out of the case like I was drawing a gun from it's holster.
Second I would have to agree with Andy M, the fork! What a wonderful invention.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:46 AM   #7
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I like my immersion blender but love my Microplanes!
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:26 PM   #8
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[quote=Claire;814078 I like the newer silicone "spoonulas".[/quote]

Agree - I have one red silicone spoonula, and I love it. I had a salad shooter once upon a time but have no clue what happened to it.

Lol getoutamykitchen--

marigene--sounds like you have a whole set--jealous--
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:36 PM   #9
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In addition to most of the things already mentioned, I like this thing -- it's fun to use, makes quick work of a pile of apples, and the slices are just the right size for pie:

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Old 04-17-2009, 10:12 PM   #10
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My 1957 Case XX 8-400 Chef's knife.
It is one of a set my parents got as a wedding present.
Slicing and dicing! wheeee!
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