Favorite and Useless Kitchen Gadgets
Posted 07 November 2006 - 07:11 PM
I have followed the spotlight discussion with great interest. Your answers are wonderful and I'm enjoying your peripatetic life vicariously.
I have a bit of an addiction to kitchen gadgets, some old, some newfangled and I started wondering if in those 3 varied kitchens you cook in, you have accumulated any interesting gadgets. Particularly for baking, do you have any favorites? How about any that you have found totally useless?
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:23 PM
When Pierre Herme came to my kitchen in New York for the first time, he said, "You have more stuff than I do!"
But do I use the things?
Here's what I use lots (in no particular order):
Heavy baking sheets
Silicone baking mats
Rubber and silicone spatulas
Food processor (primarily for making pie and tart dough)
Rolling pins (I've got two French pins, one nylon [I love it] and one wood, and two pins with handles, one wood and one covered in silicone)
Stainless steel mixing bowls in every size
Baking pans -- of course -- rounds, squares, rectangles, bundts and fluted tart pans
Serrated knife -- a long one for chopping chocolate
Measuring spoons and measuring cups -- metal for dry ingredients, glass for liquids
Graters -- I'm addicted to Microplane graters
Maybe there's more, but this is what comes to mind as I scan my NY kitchen in my mind.
I have pretty much the same equipment in Connecticut. My sparest kitchen is the one in Paris, although it's still pretty well equipped. In fact, I'd say Paris is the best equipped because the proportion of essentials to bought-on-a-whim-because-they-were-cute gadgets is most favorable.
Posted 08 November 2006 - 05:17 PM
(because its cute, useless, over-designed, whatever)
And, is it possible to have too many and too varied a collection of baking pans?
Posted 11 November 2006 - 04:58 PM
I have "cute" and useless gadgets that I'm giving space to that I really shouldn't -- the adorable green loop that scoops out avocado (it does a good job, but by the time I remember I have it, I've already cut the avocado); the tiny cutters to make sweet little flowers out of carrots (maybe in my next life -- and if I use them, I'll use the butter curlers, too); the huge scissors to cut small grapefruit sections; duplicates of the sliding measuring spoons that are a good idea, but I never reach for them; and, and ... I'm sure there are tons more.
As for the bigger stuff -- why do I need not one, but two deep fryers? And why don't I use them? I fry very rarely and when I do, I'm more apt to just put some oil in a pan and bring it up to temp. However, when I do haul out the fryers, I have to admit they're fun and easy to use.