Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Top 8 Most Useful Kitchen Gadgets

I wanted to write about my favorite kitchen gadgets and utensils for a long time now, but never got around to it. As you may know, I love cooking, so in this post I want to talk about some of the items that I use regularly, that are good and make cooking easier. Except one, these are not expensive things, and you can find them all online.

1. Misto Oil Sprayer

Even though this is a new gadget in my kitchen, it has now become something I can't live without. It's a spray bottle for all kinds of oils. There are no chemicals in this, you pump the lid to create pressure, which then sprays the oil out of the bottle. You fill the bottle half way with your oil, and make sure to release the rest of the pressure by opening the cap and closing it again, for long use.


2. Adjust-a-Cup

This is somewhat of a eye opener. Perfect for sticky things you have to measure out like, honey, mayonnaise, packed brown sugar, peanut butter. You pull the bottom part out of the cup to the desired measure (you will find many of them here), fill the cup up, and slide the contents out by pressing the bottom part back up. Easy and mess free,

3. Microplane Grater

This is a classic, but essential too. The Microplane grater is perfect for hard cheeses and rinds of lemons and oranges. But you can also grate nutmeg, ginger, etc. Make sure to get the one from the professional line. It's much sturdier.

4. Good Quality Knife Block

A blunt knife can be a dangerous thing. I love my knife set, which was a gift from my friend Selma. The knifes are sharp, and the knife block comes with all the essentials. Make sure you get a knife sharpener as well there. My knife block is from the German manufacturer CS Kochsysteme.


5. Free Standing Mixer

It doesn't have to be a fancy Kitchen Aid (although the sure look pretty), but a good free standing mixer is absolutely useful in the kitchen. While the Kitchen Aid mixer has its design going for it, most cooks get other kinds of mixers that are more powerful. This one here from Moulinex comes with all the essential attachments, but also with a blender attachment, and a meat grinder, which is very useful. I don't buy minced meat anymore. I buy quality meat and mince it up myself. Comes out perfect!

6. Heavy Bottom Pans

Doesn't matter if they are copper or stainless steel, a good heavy bottom pan set is very useful. The heavy bottom holds heat in better and you use up less energy in order to cook. But since the heat is distributed equally, each part of the pot or pan is at the same temperature, and that's important when it comes to cooking. Also they look very nice, but that's just a side benefit.

7. Measuring Jugs

I get teased for my measuring jugs, because it seems like I'm always on the lookout for the next one. But they are so useful to me, that they had to make this list. Only buy glass jugs. I don't care for plastic, and in fact my rule is to buy only wooden, glass or steel implements and tools. Get a nice big one that holds 6-8 cups of water. But also make sure to get the smaller ones 2-4 cups, because you will use them regularly.

8. Big Glass Containers

Have to have these. I don't like sipping out flower and sugar from big bags, that's always messy. I use these heavy and huge glass containers. I love their look and the way they display the food, but also that they have a proper rubber covered lid. Nothing gets in our out without you wanting it to.


What are your favorite and essential kitchen tools and gadgets?

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24 comments:

  1. i really like that measure that slides out the sticky stuff and the sprayer to. have not seen either of those before. i have 3 different sizes of the glass measuring cups, i use the really big one a lot for mixing in it, not measuring.

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    1. I got both the oil sprayer and the adjust-a-cup from amazon.

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  2. Genau! Ohne Ölspray geht hier auch gar nichts mehr! Das tolle ist ja, dass man immer wählen kann, welches Öl man drin haben will und nicht auf irgendwelche Hersteller angewiesen ist, die zufällig gerade ihres in ne Sprayflasche verpackt habe. Ja und die Küchenmaschine. Ohne die würd ich auch nicht mehr backen. Was für eine Erleichterung! Ich freu mich auf deinen nächsten Kochpost ;-D! GlG Anne

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    1. Danke Anne. Diese Ölsprayer sind auch ohne Chemikalien, was natürlich sehr vorteilhaft ist.

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  3. Completely agree with you on your list of useful kitchen gadgets. I don't have a good oil sprayer. Had one for a while, but it failed and I haven't replaced it. The adjust-a-cup and microplane are both essential tools. Nothing better than a really good set of knives. They are the workhorses of all kitchens, and a good knife block is the only way to keep them. Your mixer looks like a better one than the old one I use, but it works fine. Interesting post.

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    1. I was on the lookout for a good knife block, and started saving up for an expensive WMF one, but found out there are a lot of other ones that are great but less costly, like this one. It's German as well, just as the most popular WMF one, but costs 3 times less.

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  4. Oh, these are great, Mersad!! I do have similar ones and use them frequently, but yours look a lot better!! I'm going to have to look for some new one for my kitchen!! Thanks, as always, for sharing!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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    1. I have been equipping my kitchen for a year now, so everything will be newer. I do have some old plates and baking dishes, but otherwise most of it is new.

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  5. These are great, Mersad, thank you for sharing them! I hope you enjoy my Sunday post on relaxation. :)

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  6. I wish I had the room for a free standing mixer

    Mollyxxx

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  7. I have some of what is on your list however i might invest in those sharp looking knives

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  8. Sjajna selekcija pomagala u kuhinji; slazem se sa svim tvojim stavovima, ukljucujuci izbjegavanje plastike.

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  9. I think it would be fun to watch you work in your kitchen!

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  10. I do use a Kitchen Aid and have for many years. Restaurant grade baking pans and Le Creuset cookware is a must.

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    1. Le Creuset iron cookware will last you a lifetime and is great. I have a iron frying pan, but it's not Le Creuset. Ideal for getting things crispy.

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  11. Ja, kann ich dir nur zustimmen, ausser dem Sprayer hab ich diese Gadgets auch (nicht so hochmodern teilweise) und möchte sie nicht missen. Finde es eh klasse dass du da auch soviel Freude dran hast.

    Schönen Wochenstart und viele Grüsse

    N☼va

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  12. I used to have a oil mister but I never really got used to it. I love your moveable mixer and would like to have one of those in my kitchen. I've had my knife block for about 20 years and am ready for a newer better set. Measuring cups and measuring spoons are my essential go-to tools in my kitchen. Great post.

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  13. I, too, am a gadget man and kitchen gadgets abound in my house although I've been trying to cull some of them. I didn't get on with the oil sprayer I have to admit and I missed a trick with the adjust-a-cup. I got rid of mine. I hadn't thought about using it for sticky things. Silly me. An onion holder for slicing and dicing is definitely one of my favourite gadgets.

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  14. Wow you are so up-to-date with your kitchen gadgets. It just shows you really can cook well. And they go well for a very nice and tidy kitchen, and a handsome cook, haha!

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  15. I think I only have two of those things. Interesting.

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  16. Very nice list! I have a Kitchenaid mixer that I adore (it has a grain or coffee grinding attachment also) and I used to own the oil mister, but the nozzle eventually became clogged with the oil and would no longer spray. I probably could have soaked the nozzle in something to get rid of the gummed oil. I love my new measuring "jug" a 4-cup Pyrex my daughter & son-in-law gave me. Oh, and I should share with you something else I love...it's a garlic peeler that is so easy and even fun to use. I'll post it one day so you can see.

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  17. awesome collection of kitchen tools and equipment..thanks for sharing

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  18. Amazing and Creative Gadgets and Tools of Kitchen

    The kitchen is one of the most fun rooms in the house; your chance to be innovative on a daily basis. Owning these amazing and creative gadgets and tools would make the time spent there that much better just, and might send you running to the actual oven to cook much more often!

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