Collecting and using kitchen gadgets is our superpower. Herbal scissors? Verify. Microplane grater? Verify? garlic press? Verify.
Our kitchen drawers are filled with hand-operated cookware. And there is always room for more. We are not alone. We know this because we asked friends on Facebook’s NEO Foodies page. Using their favorites – and ours – we’ve put together a list below of relatively new and useful tools to consider adding to your kitchen.
We buy the Magnetic Air Fryer Cheat Sheet Set ($11.45) in multiples for siblings, parents and boyfriends. We all love the results of the air fryer and it displays cooking time, temperature and food size for popular items. And because we love magnets, we also think of other kitchen cheat sheets.
In the summer, we like Five-Blade Herb Scissors ($13.95) for slicing fresh chives into even pieces. Every time we make salsa or guacamole, the scissors chop up the fresh coriander leaves.
Kale stalks and herb stalks can make a dish chew as if you’ve added mulch. We use the Kale and Herb Stripper Tool ($10.99) to remove the kale stems for our green smoothies and to remove the tiny leaves of thyme and tarragon for our favorite potato recipes.
We don’t own these – $11.95/Pack Reusable Silicone Air Fryer Liners – yet. But we’ll do that soon. As for using parchment paper to line the basket? It’s a big NO if you don’t want flames in your kitchen. Don’t ask how we know. These silicone liners are easier to work with and to clean.
A fresh, ripe pineapple is sweeter than canned fruit. That’s why we’re considering the Pineapple Coring and Slicing Tool ($12.99).
Kitchen snobs tear lettuce leaves for salad. But why? Kitchen salad shears ($14.98) are so much easier. And funny.
The Microplane Classic Zester/Grater ($14.99) is one of our favorite tools. We use it to grate the lemon and then we use the zest to brighten everything from pie crust to pasta to vegetables. It is also ideal for grating fresh nutmeg, hard cheeses and fresh ginger. We also use it to grate chocolate onto our homemade tiramisu.
Our friend Lisa recently showed us the importance of a silicone pastry mat ($8.49) when baking pie dough. The mat contains the mealy mess.
We have two immersion blenders: one for soups and sauces and one for making soap. The KitchenAid Variable Speed Hand Blender ($59.99) is Amazon’s choice for this versatile tool.
Forget the debate about the health (or lack thereof) of leftover bacon fat. We use it to fry eggs, to drizzle over halved roasted Brussels sprouts and to make spinach salad dressing. This Ceramic Bacon Grease Container with Strainer ($24.99) belongs in our kitchen.
Mom taught us how to freeze and preserve the summer bounty. When local sweet corn is in season, this Corn Stripper Tool ($8.99/2-pack) makes it easy to shred and prepare for winter fun.