Hand Held Kitchen Tools

November 11, 2014 lisa63 miscellaneous

I was reading an article on one of my favorite sites, Urban Farm Online.  The article, 7 Multi-Purpose Kitchen Tools to Save You Space, lists its favorite “go to” hand tools for the kitchen.

I have a number of hand tools that I use on a regular basis in my kitchen.  As a general rule, I don’t use electric gadgets.    I have a stand mixer, a hand mixer, a small food processor, and a large food processor.  I have used the food processors twice in the last 2 years, and the stand mixer a total of 4 times.  Electric kitchen gadgets have their purpose, but I seldom use them.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am not against electric tools in the kitchen.  I’m just too busy and probably a bit too lazy to wash all those pieces.  And speaking of pieces, I only bring out the meat slicer when it is absolutely necessary.

I am a hand-held gadgets girl.  My favorite store is Lehman’s, of course.  We travel to Kidron at least twice a year to visit Lehman’s and look for new gadgets.

I also have very old kitchen gadgets that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother that I still use today.

So I have decided to make my own list of kitchen tools to save space and save electricity as well.  The following is my “goto” list of kitchen gadgets.

  1. Sharp Knife and Wooden Cutting Board – I know I just listed two items, but the knife and cutting board go hand in hand.  I have several cutting boards.  Some are new, some are older, and some are at least 50 years old.  A good cutting board is a must in kitchen for cutting meats, vegetables, and fruit.  I use one cutting board for meats and another for fruits and vegetables (one side for fruit, one side for vegetables).  The boards take only a small amount of space and can be hung on the wall or slid into the side of a cupboard.
  2. Wire Whisk – A wire whisk takes minimal space and has multiple uses.  I use  whisks (I have several) for many things including eggs, pancake mix, and gravy.  Wire whisks are also available with a silicone coating for non-stick pans.
  3. Pastry Blender – My pastry blender is about 50-60 years old and still works like it is new.  I use the pastry blender for pie crusts, or any other baking needs that require butter to be cut into flour.  I don’t use it often, but it is indispensable when baking.
  4. Can Opener – My  hand-held can opener hangs on the wall with my other kitchen gadgets, measuring cups, and whisks.  I haven’t used an electric can opener in 25 years.  Since my kitchen is very small, I don’t have counter space for one.  My hand-held can opener lasts a few years and when the blade wears out I spend $3 and buy a new one.
  5. Kitchen Shears – Kitchen shears are just a good pair of scissors used only in the kitchen.  Scissors can be used to cut herbs, thinner cuts of meats, twine used on roasts, and just when your pizza cutter snaps, you can slice up a pizza.  Just keep the scissors in the kitchen.
  6. Hand-held Box Grater/Slicer – My box grater is probably more than 50 years old but still works like a charm.  Each side of the grater provides a different function.  The side that is most used in my kitchen is the slicer for potatoes and other vegetables.  If anyone is considering purchasing a grater, spend a few dollars more and buy a metal grater.  It will last longer than the plastic models.
  7. A Simple Fork – No, not a serving fork, just a plain dinner fork.  We use the dinner fork almost every day in our kitchen.  We use it to flip bacon, stir pots, turn meat, whip eggs, and test for doneness.  A simple dinner fork is a very versatile kitchen tool.

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