All this talk about favorite kitchen gadgets has me salivating!
I love kitchen gadgets. When I lived in a Royal Oak, Michigan, I'd go
to the mall to buy a blouse that I desparately needed - "wander" into
the housewares department, and go home with a new casserole dish, or a
gadget that I didn't have, and just keep wearing the same old blouse.
My favorite gadgets are a Krups coffee grinder that I use for
grinding spices, and a hand-held gadget for juicing lemons. It's about
the size of the old darning egg. (You do remember darning eggs, don't
you?:) From the tip of the tool to the end of the handle, it's
six-and-a-quarter inches long, the hand-held end three and a quarter
inches, and the top part somewhat egg shaped, two-and-a -half inches,
with deep grooves all around, and a 1/2 inch point at the end. I find
myself reaching for this almost every day. When you've cut a lemon in
half, it's so easy to insert the point, twist, and voila! juice! It's
replaced the traditional lemon reamer in my kitchen. I still have
the reamer, but I no longer use it.
Another favorite is the potato ricer. It's so quick and easy, and
you can serve lumpless "mashed potatoes" in minutes.
(Is this a genetic thing? My dad used to bring kitchen gadgets home
to my mother. One thing he brought her was a jar opener - something like
a pair of big pliers only with a great ring at the end lined with
corrugated rubber. It was the neatest thing for opening jars - I've
never seen one since that was as effective.)
I think I need to go buy a blouse --