Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets
I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I use different kitchen utensils and tools. So this week I thought I would give you a brief run down on five of the kitchen gadgets I have, that I couldn’t cope without. I did struggle to narrow it down and I’m sure if you asked me the same question this time next year, there would be some change, but anyway, here goes my current.
1. Joseph Joseph Chop 2 Pot Plus Folding Chopping Board
In the past I found it really difficult transferring my prepared vegetables from the chopping surface to the pan, especially if it was small, like diced onion or chilli. My chop to pot chopping board really helps with this, as if you squeeze the handle, the sides fold inwards forming a shoot, which allows you to safely carry your prepared vegetables over to the cooker and aim them in to the pan without missing. Sometimes, I admit, I still do miss, but its a lot less frequent now I have one, or actually several of these. They are also really good because they come in several sizes, so you don’t need to use a massive board if you are only chopping something small and a variety of colours so you can get them to match your kitchen.
2. Garlic Peeler and Chopper
These are actually two separate tools, but I have slightly cheated and stuck them together as I generally wouldn’t use one without the other. The peeler is a Joseph Joseph one made from silicone that I wrap around the garlic clove and rub between my hands. The friction causes the skin to break and separate from the clove, making it easy to remove.
It has taken me a while to find a garlic crusher that I really like, but recently I discovered the Lakeland Garlic Slice and Dice. It is really compact, easy to use and easy to clean. I like having the option to have crushed or sliced from the same tool and that the crushed garlic is collected in a tray that can be easily accessed and removed in order to transfer it to the pan. I put garlic in pretty much everything I make, as I love it. Its also really good for you, as it has been found to help reduce cholesterol, heart disease and cancer.It is also a good source of vitamin B6, which promotes metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat, and helps in the development of healthy skin, hair and red blood cells.
3. Measuring Cups and Spoons
My measuring cups are an old set of Joseph Joseph ones that I picked up cheap in the boxing day sales one year. I only ever really use the cup and half cup from the set, but these I use all the time. I use the cup to measure our milk daily for our breakfast porridge and the half cup to scoop oats and dried fruit when making overnight oats, again for breakfast, especially when I am away and don’t have access to my talking scales.
For a long time I really struggled to find a good set of measuring spoons that I could work with, but this magnetic set from Lakeland are great. I like that they are double ended with one end being narrower, so better for scooping from small pots like spice jars. As they are magnetic it means they are easy to store together, so that you don’t keep losing the smaller ones.
4. OXO Good Grips Vegetable Peeler
If you read my blog post on peeling vegetables, you will understand why this has made it in to my top 5. I can’t seem to effectively peel vegetables with any other peeler. It just feels so comfortable in my hand and is easy to control, so I couldn’t do without it. In fact I know this for sure. as when I lost my first one, it stressed me out for days before I could find the replacement.
5. OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter
A bit of a curveball this one, as I probably could do without it, and it is a very niche tool. However I love mango and using it makes mango preparation so much easier. If I didn’t have it, then I don’t think I would eat mango anywhere near as much, as the faff of slicing it off the stone would stress me out too much, and possibly cause me to lose a finger or two. It is a bit like a cookie cutter, as it has a sharp bladed oval cut out that slices through the mango flesh, splitting it in half and removing the stone. If you have a particularly big mango, then it won’t work, but I’ve only ever had this problem twice and I’ve prepared a fair few mangoes since I got it 5 years ago. If only there was a tool that would remove the skin as well, instead of having to slice it off with a knife, then that would be fantastic.
On completing this, I’ve already realised I’ve missed out one tool that I would struggle without and thats my talking scales. I’m really shocked at myself that I forgot to include them as they are vital to my preparation and portion control, so I feel they also deserve a mention. You can read more about how I weigh my ingredients here.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts on kitchen gadgets you have, that you couldn’t do without. Please share in the comments below, as you never know, it might help someone else in the future.
Thanks for reading and speak soon.