Upcoming Product Review & Kitchen Gadgets I love

by Kelly on June 13, 2010

kitchen gadgetsI will admit to being a kitchen gadget-a-holic (which has gotten worse since my new apartment no longer has the space issues of my old condo) so when CSN Stores, who kindly sponsored a giveaway on my blog back in April, l contacted me with the opportunity to review a product from one of their over 250+ specialized online stores I was thrilled. Whether you’re looking for a vanity or a stovetop smoker, they seem to carry just about anything and everything.  Sure, I need another kitchen tool like I need a hole in my head, but what cook doesn’t love discovering a new toy to cook with.  (I know I have been coveting Erin’s Zoku Quick Pop Maker although I can just imagine that if it were to grace my kitchen it would be greeted with a sarcastic “What do you need that for?” from my mother.)  My CSN product review is soon to come (Thank you CSN Stores!), but in the meantime I wanted to share with you a few of my current favorite kitchen toys.  Given that Father’s Day, college graduations, and wedding season are all upon us it seemed like a great time to share should you need some suggestions of what to get a favorite foodie in your life.

My Dutch Oven

le creuset dutch ovenOf all my cookware and bakeware, my dutch oven is the most versatile.  I’ve acquired a few different pots and pans over the years and this is the one I often reach for most.  I have a 7 1/4 quart Dutch Oven that I find to be the perfect size for simmering soup, braising meats, deep frying, and everyday sautéing.  Mine is Le Creuset which although pricy I have found to be well worth the money.  That’s because it retains heat incredibly well (perfect for when you’re entertaining and need food to be warm for awhile) and also washes up like a dream.  The fact that it has a stylishly simple design doesn’t hurt either.

My Food Processor

cuisinart food processor

To say that my food processor is the workhorse of my kitchen is an understatement.  This gadget is almost always whirling, whether it’s making kneading pasta or bread dough, creaming a lovely dip or shredding lettuce.  In fact, it gets used so much that the Cuisinart name has completely worn off.  When I have the time I love to chop and knead by hand, but for busy days this helps me speed up my pace immensely.

My Meat Slicer

Meat slicer

This lovely gadget came not from a high end kitchen store, but from my grandmother’s basement.  She brought it back from Germany in the 1980’s and recently passed it along to me.  It’s a great hand-crank Geka meat slicer.  But don’t let that convince you that it’s usefulness is limited, I’ve been using it to slice everything from homemade bacon to green tomatoes to homemade bread with precision.  I love that it allows me to adjust the thickness of what I am cutting so I can get paper thin slices of veggies or a generously thick slice of cheese.  It’s as handy as my mandoline, but gives me a better control of thickness.  I’d definitely keep a look out for it on eBay or vintage stores.

My Wine Pump with Stoppers

wine pump

If you’re anything like me maybe you’re afraid to open a great bottle of wine because you’re afraid you won’t be able to finish it and it’ll go bad.  Not so with a lovely wine pump and stoppers.  The packaging of mine claims that it will allow wine to last up to 5 days and I’ve definitely found this to be true.  Now whenever I’ve opened a bottle of wine the first thing I reach for is my stoppers.  I’ve definitely noticed it keeps wine fresher longer and has stopped me from pouring extra down the drain.  Now I definitely don’t feel as bad opening a bottle just to use a glass or two for a recipe because I know I can drink the rest later.  (If you don’t have a wine stopper, however, I still recommend freezing any extra wine in ice trays.  It’s great for using later in recipes or for dropping in a pitcher of sangria.)

What about you, what gadgets are your favorites these days?

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CaSaundra June 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

Ooo love your collection of kitchen gadgets–you can never have enough! 😉
My favorites would have to be Wolfgang Puck breadmachine, Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, quesadilla maker, and George Form lean deep frying machine!

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Kelly June 14, 2010 at 10:58 am

CaSaundra – Good list. I actually intended to add my mixer to the list as well, but in all honesty got exhausted toward the end of writing this post and just hit publish. I will say that a bread machine is one of the few things I don’t own although we grew up with one.

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Erin June 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for the shout-out re: the Pop Maker. Honestly it’s a cute gadget but I never would have purchased it for myself. If you can get someone to buy it for you out of the blue (like I did) then you wont need to feel a bit of guilt when you use it twice and it sits in a closet somewhere 😉

I love that we have all of the same pink accessories (KitchenAid, bowls from Williams-Sonoma etc…).

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Kelly June 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hahaha. Erin, I actually got a gift card to williams sonoma awhile ago (for my birthday maybe) and it’s been just sitting around so I think I might buy it for myself. Silly, yes, but I cannot wait.

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Juliana June 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Like you love kitchen gadget…you sure have lots of them 🙂

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Carolyn Jung June 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

You are a true gadget girl if you have your own meat slicer. My hubby, aka Meat Boy, is so jealous! 😉

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Kelly June 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Carolyn – I still love that you call your husband Meat Boy. My owning it is even funnier because I am not even much of a meat eater.

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Mo@MommyRD June 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I’d have to go with my food processor. (I have the exact same one as you.) Between hummus, homemade veggie burgers, pesto, etc. I think I use it at least twice per week, if not more.

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Kelly June 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Mo, I absolutely agree. I forgot about the homemade veggie burgers. Great for that!

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Melissa June 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

I don’t have any great kitchen gadgets because I don’t have enough space. But every day I am reminded that I NEED a food processor…reading blogs, looking at recipes. I will prob buy a cheap one soon.

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Hannah June 17, 2010 at 8:34 am

I have a problem collecting all sorts of odd kitchen gadgets- They’re all just so much fun! My current favorite is my spiralizer though, as I’ve already managed to post about on the blog. Soon I’ll be moving on to my electric grill though… It’s definitely the season to break it out of storage.

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Kelly June 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

Hannah – I’m just starting to get into my spiralizer. I’ve only used it once or twice and am not thrilled with the results yet. I think I need more practice.

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Grandma F. July 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm

You can pass this on to your mother – Annie saw that pop maker at William Sonoma and she wanted to buy it. Annie thinks it is great that you have one!

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L. Wilkinson February 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm

I bought this same slicer in Bitburg, Germany in 1970. It was purchased to slice bread and rouladen meat. In all these years, it’s never let me down and has never
Needed to be sharpened.

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