If you are one of those people who think kitchen gadgets are not necessary, you may want to think again.
By having certain kitchen tools available, it can make the process of cooking dishes easier and in some cases saves you TIME.
Here are some of my favorites I use frequently and hope you will find these helpful when prepping recipes in your kitchen. Some of these simple items can be found cheaply at your local dollar store.
1. Vegetable Peeler
This is an essential kitchen gadget to have which obviously peels vegetables including fruits. But it can be used other ways such as hulling fresh strawberries, making chocolate shavings or even creating zucchini and carrot ribbons for vegetable or pasta dishes.
2. Coffee Grinder
Besides coffee, a coffee grinder is great for grinding fresh spices. Make sure to dedicate strictly for grinding spices as the essential oils from them will linger.
3. Coffee Pour Over Cone
Speaking of coffee, this is another affordable option. Instead of a traditional coffee pot, coffee pods or machine, this gadget is on repeat in my kitchen. The reason being is it is so simplistic to use, but also, there is no waste as you can make by the cup full, or you can buy a bigger one with a carafe for multiple people. It's a great travel companion as you can make your own fresh coffee using just hot water and your choice of ground coffee.
4. Box Food Grater
This is essential for grating cheese and even aromatic vegetables such as onions. It can also be used to shred potatoes, grating ginger, carrots and even hard spices such as cinnamon sticks. Using this gadget does require a little more arm work, but it gets the job done! There are various options also on a box grater which can even slice peppers!
5. Blender & or Food Processor
Having both is ideal, but both can be used similarly in certain applications. The food processor provides a better option for making things such as making a homemade pesto or grinding up nuts and seeds.
The blender can do these options also, but some of the food can tend to sit at the bottom which can be challenging to take out. The blender is better suited for your healthy smoothies and hot soups to finish for a smooth finish.
There are many gadgets you can use to assist you in your kitchen, but these basic gadgets will go a long way for most basic cooking needs! So, if you are lacking in any of these items, make a plan to get them soon.
Eat Good! Look Good! Feel Good!
Vanessa LaBranche/Chef Instructor-Culinary Educator