Reader question… “I really enjoyed your post about the small appliances. How about kitchen gadgets? Could you do one on them?” –Kendra

OK… here is a list of my kitchen gadgets, with gadgets listed in no particular order.

  • Rolling pins… I have five. Two are very, very old. One is made of marble and the other is hand-carved out of a single piece of wood. The rolling pin I use the most is thin, more like a thick stick than the regular size rolling pin. I also have a very inexpensive all-plastic rolling pin that I like.
  • French fry cutter… This is quite old as well. Just pressing down on the handle forces a potato through the blades to cut perfect French fry pieces. My father gave me this cutter many years ago, so it is special to me.
  • Old-fashioned juicer… I love this little juicer, but I’m always afraid I will break it because it is so delicate. It’s made of a very thin china and has a yellow design on the base. It’s basically just a little low cup with a handle and a manual juicer (made of the same china) that fits on top, but it can juice a lemon or orange faster than a mechanical juicer.
  • Food mill… My father gave me this too… again, many years ago. I used to use this a lot for making tomato juice.
  • Cast iron meat grinder… I haven’t used it for a while because we don’t eat much meat these days. It’s also wonderful for grinding up the onions, cucumbers, and peppers for a certain relish that my husband loves.
  • Flour sifter… the old-fashioned type with the hand crank. Mine is old and I like using it better than using a sieve.
  • Egg slicer… I think this is old too. Once the egg is put in position, the top pulls down and makes perfect slices of egg.
  • Adjustable stainless steel steaming basket… The basket collapses flat and opens up to fit any size of pot. This was a gift from an aunt and probably not something I would have bought for myself, but being able to adjust the size is really convenient.
  • Very large one-piece stainless steel spoons and spatulas… I really like using these. Because they’re one piece, they never lose their handles, and they’re long enough to get down into the bottom of even the tallest pot.
  • Colanders… I have these in several sizes in stainless steel, and I use them all… all the time.
  • Black silicon spoons and spatulas… These came with one of the electric skillets. I like using them because they’re heat resistant, but they’re not as long or as strong as my one-piece spoons.
  • Salad spinner… We love salads, so this gets a lot of use.
  • Garlic press… I need a better garlic press. Mine comes apart (it isn’t supposed to) every time I use it, but we like garlic, so it gets a lot of use anyway.
  • Potato masher… for mashing potatoes, strawberries for shortcake, or whatever.
  • Cookie press… This is the kind with the fancy inserts for making shaped cookies with designs. I also have quite a few cookie cutters for rolled cookies.
  • Cake decorator… or whatever it is called, with all the decorative tips. I almost never ice cakes, except for birthdays, so although this is nice to have, it doesn’t get much use.
  • Pasta machine… I make noodles and ravioli a lot, so this gets some use. I also have a ravioli form, so I can just put a sheet of rolled pasta on the form, fill the little pockets, cover with another sheet of pasta, and run a rolling pin over the form to cut the individual raviolis. It sure makes making ravioli a lot easier than cutting each one by hand!
  • Popcorn popper… the old-fashioned kind that you hold over a fire… also an electric hot air popper. What can I say… we like popcorn!
  • Bread toaster… again, old-fashioned and to be held over the fire, but it sure comes in handy for those times when we have a power outage.
  • Bowls… I have a real weakness for bowls. I have several very old ones, but I also like new bowls… any type. I have lots of stainless steel bowls, ceramics bowls, even plastic bowls. I like them all. I also sort of collect cookie jars (especially cows with an attitude!) and old crocks. I use them for display and hidden storage.
  • Measuring cups and spoons… stainless steel, plastic, and glass cups, and stainless steel and plastic spoons. I especially like my stainless steel measuring cups that are like big spoons with long handles.
  • Plastic or stainless steel large-quantity measuring containers… I use these for everything from measuring to berry picking.

Other kitchen tools:

  • Scissors
  • Tongs
  • Whisks
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Biscuit cutters
  • Funnels
  • Box grater

I know I have probably forgotten something, but these are the kitchen gadgets I use the most. While I was making the list, it sort of surprised me to see how many of my favorites are old.

So tell me… what kind of gadgets do you all have in your kitchen?

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Christy King

I’ve been feeling like it’s time to get rid of some of our gadgets – this is a good reminder that it’s okay to keep the ones we use and love.

Jo

It’s almost strawberry shortcake time! My strawberry corer comes in handy, and my heart-shaped biscuit cutter.
Also, I wouldn’t be without my Oscar. I use it a lot. It is old but runs like new.
I don’t know about anyone else here, but most of my handy gadgets are kept in what we call our junk drawer. I am always amazed at what I find in there when I am looking for something else!
Most of my kitchen stuff was my Mum’s and when I use it I feel close to her. Brings back nice memories.

RochelleS

Marinade Injector Syringe — makes the best roasted chicken and tenderizes wild game (elk, venison).

Hamburger Patty Press

Grain Mill — hand operated, but will soon be motorized:) I love making bread and milling my own flour!!

Sue K.

Very interesting post!! The kitchen gadget I want is one of those metal mesh strainers that fits your kitchen sink. It would be so handy for washing vegetables. No more spilled collanders!!

Gretchen

I have my food processors (large and small, toaster, blender, pressure canner. I have ordered a food mill. I would like a yogurt maker. I know that I need new tongs and a new rolling pin!

sarah

I just found your site and it’s truly appreciated. I’m trying to simplify my life a bit- but would be so sad without my oxo salad spinner, my garlic press, kitchen tongs, and my favorite little serated kitchen knife. I just read your post about the homemade ice cream and think that life would be a little sweeter with an ice cream maker, too. So much for simplicity :)

Ellen

I have an unreasonable passion for kitchen tools, especially old ones. I’m always on the hunt for very old wooden spoons that are perfectly seasoned and have a deep bowl, cooking spoons with bakelite handles, and vintage jars to hold spices, grains, etc. I live in Mennonite country and there are several thrift stores run by this sect. The prices are great and so are the treasures I find for my kitchen. I have a wonderful old garlic press from Germany that belonged to my daughter-in-law’s grandmother. The holes are large and it doesn’t take a lot of strength to use. Although my food processor is new, I wouldn’t want to live without it! My husband often wonders if I need a new cooking spoon, but when I’m cooking a big meal, I tend to use alot of them! Great website. I’m glad I found it.

Katie

I just ran across your site. I am really enjoying reading all the different things you have written about.
Here are some of the items I like, alot,microplane,tortilla keeper,mini food processor, thai stone mortar and pestle,I recieved an egg slicer from my father and mother ,as well as an an an apple slicer that I cherish .They are both gone on now. My mother bought me a set of large stainless steele bowls the Christmas before she died and I would be at a loss without them .They are great.There is a small wooden handled half moon shape turner I got fromm my grandmother. It is very old and I use it more than anything to toss veggies in cooking.I wish I could find it in stores to buy another one but have not been able to. Thanks for your site!

Frances

I’ve just recently found this site, and I love it! Thanks for starting it and keeping it going.
I’m enamoured of kitchen gadgets and utensils, especially older, simpler ones.
I collect colanders, the old kind with feet– I use them all the time. Have 5 of them, and keep looking for more.
Funnels– My favorite is one meant for filling jars when canning, wide mouthed and has a wide bottom as well. It gets a lot of use.
I love cutting boards, rolling pins and tongs. I have lots of tongs, but my favorite hangs within easy reach.
Old Hickory knives. They just keep getting sharper and sharper. My favorite has a long slender blade. I use it for slicing, dicing, as a paring knife– it’s my go-to knife.
I have a knife sharpener used by my father-in-law decades ago in his little general store. it looks a little like a poker, but has a nice handle and hangs within reach. Whipping the knives across this a few times keeps them in good working order.
And of course, I’m a bowl fanatic too. I collect stainless steel ones, and old crockery ones in all sizes.
Oh yes, I have my mother’s old rotary egg beater. It’s handy for smoothing lumps out of sauces and gravies.
I haunt the resale shops and estate sales–