*I hope you got the Sound of Music reference in the post title or the next diversion won’t correlate*
When my sister and I were little, a wonderful woman named Jackie would come and care for us occasionally if my parents were out of town. Jackie also watched us during the day for a week when I had chicken pox and my parents had to work. She had this glorious four poster bed with a big, fluffy white down comforter and the Disney channel–which was a big deal in 1992 (the Disney channel, not a down comforter). I was allowed to lay in her enormous bed and eat chocolate pudding when I was sick (remember I said white comforter…and I was 6). She was the best.
Whenever she looked after us, we watched all sorts of musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein. Carousel and The King & I were some of our favorites but none more so than The Sound of Music. My sister and I knew all the words to those songs–including My Favorite Things.
So what is this post really about? Not chocolate pudding and white comforters.
I’m obsessed with kitchen gadgetry and tools. Anything to make a task easier. One of the reasons I love cooking shows and watching people prepare food so much is getting to observe what types of tools they use.
Here are a few of my favorite things–gadgets if you will–in the kitchen. These are items I use the most–hands down. Some may seem quite obvious and standard but my life wouldn’t be the same without them.
I love this knife! I use it for everything–carving meat, slicing fresh bread without squishing the loaf, and it
does wonders on tackling large watermelons.
I have yet to use this rack for it’s designated purpose. Don’t get me wrong–I would kill for a double oven when cooking for parties but only have one to speak of now. This rack will absolutely help with space in the oven–I just haven’t needed it for that purpose as of yet. As I went to put the box away (and found myself cramming it into another over crowded cabinet) I had a light bulb moment. While it’s a highly beneficial item, it’s not like I was going to be using it everyday. Why not use it to help with storage in said over crowded cabinet?!? Sometimes I open the cabinet just to peek at the organization and relish in the neat stack of bakeware that no longer tumbles onto my feet. I’m not exaggerating here.
Growing up my mom had measuring cups and spoons that were linked by a big key ring and neatly organized–until you actually had to use one. Then you were faced with the dilemma of removing that one off the key ring or washing the whole set. I’ve seen individual cups and spoons before but what makes these so magical (yes, magical) is the strong magnet in the handle. They all stack and stay together! No tumbling around the kitchen drawer and searching for that darn 1/4 tsp!
What are your favorite tools and gadgets in the kitchen? I’d love to hear!
*Note–I was not asked/paid to endorse any of these items. I’m recommending based on my own opinion and experience*