My fellow food blogger Tricia over at Jonski Blogski proposed that we write about the kitchen gadgets during the month of February. Given that tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought I'd use the occasion to blog about my love affairs with kitchen gadgets. I have relationships with many gadgets at the same time - I "get around", if you know what I mean. The thing is, I have trouble picking just one to love....and guess you could say that I am "easy" when it comes to buying gadgets. I am somewhat of a kitchen gadget "playa" as the gangsters might say. You know my type - I'll go for just about anything once, but most of the time I break up with a gadget the next morning, and then I don't see them again. I try to let them down easy as I place them in the kitchen drawer for the seldom used implements (or for the really ugly ones, they go straight to the garage sale box in the storage room downstairs). I stare at them tenderly and tell them..."It's not you, it's me....I love you but I am not in love with you". Or sometimes I look to song lyrics for some words to help me break it to them. How about a little REO Speedwagon?
I just love the hair in this video - the funny thing is that in the 80's, I wanted my hair to look just like their hair. I was getting perms every couple months and had a hair pick. Not being a fan of REO, I didn't realize that their lead singer played the guitar. I remembered him as a piano player. Evidently, he's pretty talented! But back to kitchen gadgets.... let's just say I've "had a few". Here are my top gadgets:
I hooked up with one at my bridal shower, can you believe it? Almost 20 years later, there's not a week that goes by that I don't spend some time with him - wink wink, nudge nudge. He just stands there right on my counter top, waiting until I need him. And I never get bored with him because he's got plenty of attachments to keep me satisfied.
This fellow is relatively a newcomer to my kitchen - I found him on the clearance rack with some other kitchen gadgets that were passed over by other cooks. He looked so sad and forlorn I felt sorry for him, and I brought him home for only a dollar. I figured I could send him right to the garage sale box if things didn't work out. However, I find myself turning to him at least once a week and he is always ready for me to quickly juice a lemon or lime for a recipe without getting the citrus juicer attachment out for the Kitchen Aid. (shhhh...don't tell KA about this, he'll be jealous). The best thing about him is that after I have used him, I just rinse him off and throw him back in the drawer. No one needs to know....
I guess you could say I have a thing for the Swiss...because I have many Zyliss gadgets in my kitchen. I've got a Zyliss salad spinner, a cheese grater, my aforementioned citrus reamer, etc. I know some women go for tall dark and handsome Italians, I guess my type is the Swiss. If I have lots of garlic to chop, or nuts, or cilantro, I go for the chopper instead of doing it by hand. It's much quicker. However, note that when it comes to washing, the Zyliss Food Chopper is a little "high maintenance". I am onto my 3rd one now because the tend to distort if placed in the bottom rack of the dishwasher. So, I have to wash him by hand just to be careful. And these guys aren't cheap either, but still I will reach into my wallet and buy one every time. He's well worth the money.
So, for now, these guys are what I really go for in the kitchen. Someday soon, I will write about the gadgets I had to dump. But for now, happy Valentines Day, and treat yourself to a kitchen gadget to celebrate.