As I travel throughout the western U.S. for the Taste of Home Cooking School, I’m often asked what my favorite kitchen gadget or tool is. I always struggle to come up with just one thing! I admit, I’m a kitchen gadget collector, and I love to try fun, new tools at home, and then take the best of them on the road with me to my shows. So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you! I’ve included links to where I found some of them, but you might be able to find them in a local store. And don’t forget to look for more fun gadgets on www.shoptasteofhome.com!
I’d probably be lost without my microplane grater; it’s so handy for fresh citrus zest, Parmesan cheese and chocolate! I use it all the time :)
I recently found an avocado multi-tool that I’m taking on the road with me this spring, and I love it! Fresh avocados are great, and now it’s so much faster and easier to get them ready to use.
Silicone scrapers or spatulas also get a lot of use in my kitchen. I probably have 8-10 different colors and sizes, which may or may not seem like a lot to you! A fellow Culinary Specialist, Jamie Dunn, introduced me to the Scoop & Spread, and I find myself using it all the time!
Onion goggles are one of my new favorites; I’ve always struggled with cutting onions because I get teary-eyed every time! And believe me, I tried all of the different tips and tricks out there, but the onion goggles have saved the day! As you can see from the photo, I definitely use them at my shows :)
Finally, I love cooking with fresh herbs, so I was excited to come across some herb scissors with 3 blades, to make preparation of the herbs even faster!
These are just a few of the things I enjoy using in my kitchen. What are some of your favorite gadgets?