Five for Friday: 5 Kitchen Gadgets You’ll Actually Use

Five for Friday

Do you watch Food Network’s “The Kitchen“? I love it. One of the segments they do somewhat regularly is a Tool Takedown where the hosts face off using kitchen gadgets (like a strawberry huller) versus standard techniques (like using a paring knife). Nine times out of 10 the standard techniques are just as effective (if not more) than the gadgets, but there are always a few gadgets that would be a great addition to my own kitchen.

So for today’s Five for Friday, I thought I would share five of my favorite kitchen gadgets that I use regularly (ie at least once every few days).

1. Silicone ties – I’ve mentioned these before in my stuffed pork tenderloin post. These ties are dishwasher safe, freezer safe, heat safe. They are great for stuffing meats, for keeping chip bags closed, for keeping kale together, for trussing chicken or turkey, you name it. Pretty much anywhere you could use kitchen twine or a twist tie or chip clip, these ties can be used.

2. Garlic press – I seriously don’t know how I got through life without this. I know that sounds overly dramatic, but I use my garlic press almost daily. It’s so much faster than trying to mince up a bunch of garlic — and — your hands don’t smell after using it!

3. Citrus squeezer – Sure, you can just chop a lemon in half and squeeze it with your hand, but I find that doesn’t get all of the juice out. This tool — which works for lemons, limes, and small oranges, does a great job of really getting all of the juice out of your citrus. Use it to make these fajitas!

4. 5-in-1 Wine Tool – We didn’t even know we needed this until we had it. We had (have) a bunch of silicone wine stoppers, but after a few months they seem to shrink. After finding one too many half drunk bottles of wine poured all over the counter thanks to faulty stoppers, we decided it was time to invest in a better solution. So, we asked our local wine shop (Grateful Red) what they recommend. They pour (almost) all of their wines using these stoppers. They are fantastic. Not only do they keep the wines in the wine fridge in the bottle, they aerate and filter the wine. The cap seals nice and tight so wines with a little effervesce don’t loose their bubble. Pick up a few of these — you won’t regret it. One note, if you drink a lot of screw cap wines, you’ll need this version instead

5. No Touch Hand Soap Dispenser – We put this on our wedding registry as a might be nice to have thing. EVERYONE SHOULD BUY THIS. I don’t even know the number of times my hands have been covered in raw chicken, or flour, or something gross you don’t want to get all over your counter and sink. All I need to do to wash up is put my hands under the sensor and soap magically appears in my hands. This is a great housewarming gift or gift for a new mom — imagine a toddler being able to soap his/her own hands without Mom’s help! Clearly, I’ll be putting a no-touch faucet in my house to go along with this!

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

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