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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Josh and I started watching "Good Eats" on the Food Network a couple of years ago.  Josh loves the scientific info thrown into each episode (some more than others), and I love watching the yummy food and checking out the fun gadgets Alton uses!  A little more seriously, he makes delicious food, but makes it seem very easy!  I have ventured out a lot because of him!  Two years ago Josh had the brilliant idea to get me a different kitchen gadget for each night of Hanukkah!  This plan falls into his top five of gift-giving, probably :)  There had been so many neat things used on the show, and Josh paid attention and went on a hunt to find them or similar items--THAT is an attentive and thoughtful husband :)  I would say all of this sparked me to say I enjoyed cooking and ever since I've enjoyed finding new recipes and trying out new gadgets!  Here are some of my favorites:
1. Pampered Chef Mix n Chop (This was the entire reason I attended a Pampered Chef party!!!  LOVE this thing!)
2. Pizza wheel (this is the one we have, but in white--I imagine any of them accomplish the same thing except I do like the control I get by not having a handle...) I use my pizza wheel for lots of things: slicing pizza, cutting quesadillas, making homemade tortilla chips, cutting dough, and other things I can't think of at the moment!
3. Muffin pan cleaning brush--how brilliant is this???  My mom gave it to me as a present, and I love it--she's so good at finding neat things like this :)
4. Melon baller--one of my top fave wedding shower presents :)
5. Silicon brush--I used to use a bristled brush for brushing butter on top of things or doing an egg wash, but the brush NEVER seemed clean :(  Then I found these brushes--fun colors, smooth application, and totally dishwasher successful!
6. Magnetic measuring spoons--gave these as a shower gift this summer...and then went out and bought my own!
7. Adjust-a-Cup measuring cup--Alton Brown uses something similar on "Good Eats," and Josh found one for me!!!  It makes measuring sticky things a breeze :)
8. Crate and Barrel Mini Bowls--I have a set of these and have given many as gifts!  They are SO cute and so useful for all sorts of different things: toddler snacks, dips, ingredient prep, desserts, etc.
9. Cookie dough scoop--I'm actually not sure if this is the size I have, BUT I do know I'm asking for various sizes for the holidays!  These scoops are good for all kinds of baking projects!  I use mine for cookies and muffins.  I just do two scoops for muffins and cupcakes, but it still stays so much neater!
10. Munchkin Bottle brush--this one I am a little brand specific on because the reason I love it and keep it around is it has the completely detachable nipple brush that comes out of the end.  The nipple brush is the perfect size to clean all sorts of things with narrow entryways!  Even if you don't have kids, this is a must-have in my opinion!

For more fun lists, check out Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Oh Amanda!

1 comment:

Miranda said...

I love my cookie scoop! My mom gave me a Pampered Chef one for my birthday and I really like it.