Multi-tasking is vital in my life…it’s something I practice daily, and I expect no less from my kitchen gadgets! If I am looking to buy something new for my kitchen, it must pass the 3 point inspection:
1.) Is it affordable
2.) Is it a “Multi-Tasker”
3.) Is it durable
Below is a list of common kitchen gadgets that pass the test…. and how to get the most out of them!
*The Box Cheese Grater- These little beauties can be used to grate, zest, and shred so many things. If you like to add onions to your food but your kids can spot them a mile away, try grating them! You will add the flavor and no onions will be visible to the all discerning eye. Shred potatoes for hashbrowns or casseroles. Run a few carrots over the shredder holes to make a carrot cake. The teensy holes on the side can be used to zest lemons, limes, and oranges if you don’t want to spend the money on a separate zester.
*The Pizza Cutter- Obviously the tool takes care of slicing your favorite pizza, but I like to use mine on other pies as well. I cut my pie dough into strips with my pizza wheel to weave into a lattice pie top. Run your pizza wheel over a pile of fresh herbs, then sprinkle into your favorite dish.
*The Blender- We all know the blender makes great smoothies, milkshakes, and margaritas…But this great little machine can make quick work of chopping nuts, grinding bread or graham cracker crumbs, creating a homemade salad dressing, or frothing up some egg whites or fresh whipped cream.
*The Waffle Iron- I’ll whisper this to ya…(the waffle iron is KINDA a uni-tasker) But because I love mine soooo much, I use it in as many ways as I can. The classic waffle, savory wild rice waffles, and dessert waffles made with cake batter. The cake batter waffles are great when cut and made into ice cream sandwiches! Believe it or not, the waffle iron can also produce crispy and delicious waffled hashbrowns! I will post that recipe soon…
*The Vegetable Peeler- I use this tool for a variety of vegetables, however I also use this little gizmo for making chocolate curls to adorn cakes or pies. The skins from many fruits and vegetables can be peeled and curled to make appealing garnishes.
*The Muffin Tin- Muffins yes…ho hum! Try using your muffin tin to make baked apples! The pan holds the apples perfectly in place, and when the apples are cored and stuffed with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon….DIVINE! You can also use these little pans to make your favorite meatloaf recipe into cute, pre-portioned little servings by simply scaling back the cooking time. I also use the muffin pan for making mini breakfast bakes with beaten egg, sausage, and cheese.
*The Bundt Pan- One of my most versatile pans…Known mostly for the beautiful cakes it produces, the bundt pan can do Ohhh so much more! Meatloaf, potato casseroles, and bread rings all turn out beautifully when baked in these pans. One of my favorite ways to use this pan is to use it as a roaster. I place big chunks of potatoes, carrots, and onion in the bottom, season and olive oil a whole chicken, and stand the chicken up on the tube in the middle. I brush the chicken occasionally with butter while roasting and cook at 350 for about 20 minutes per pound of chicken. Delish!
That about covers my favorite multi-taskers….I would LOVE to hear YOUR favorite, out of the norm uses for kitchen gadgets!
Modern Mrs. Cleaver