Collecting and using kitchen gadgets is our superpower. Herb Shears? Check. A microplaner grater? Check? Garlic press? Check.
Our kitchen drawers are full of hand kitchen tools. And there is always room for more. We are not alone. We know this because we asked friends on the NEO Foodies Facebook page. Using their favorites – and ours – we’ve put together a list of relatively new and useful tools to add to your kitchen.
For siblings, parents and friends, we buy a set of Air Fryer magnetic cheats ($ 11.45) in multiples. We all love the results of the fryer, and these favorite lists list the cooking time, temperature and size of the food. And because we like magnets, we’re considering other Cooking Cheatsheets.
In the summer, we love five-blade herb scissors ($ 13.95), which we use to cut fresh chives into pieces. Every time we make salsa or guacamole, scissors cut fresh coriander leaves into pieces.
Cabbage stalks and herb stems can cause food to chew as if you were adding mulch. We use a cabbage and herb removal tool ($ 10.99) to remove cabbage stems for our green smoothies and to peel off small thyme and tarragon leaves for our favorite scalloped potato recipes.
We do not own these – reusable silicone fryer inserts ($ 11.95 / 3-pack). But we will soon. Regarding the use of parchment paper to unload the basket? This is a big NO if you don’t want flames in your kitchen. Don’t ask how we know. These silicone pads are easier to work with and clean.
Fresh, ripe pineapple is sweeter than canned fruit. That’s why we’re considering the Pineapple Corer and Slicer Tool ($ 12.99).
Kitchen snobs tear lettuce leaves for salad. But why? Salad scissors ($ 14.98) are much easier. And fun.
The Microplane Classic Zester / Grater ($ 14.99) is one of our favorite tools. We use lemon to peel, then we peel up everything from cake dough to pasta to vegetables. It is also great to grate fresh nutmeg, hard cheeses and fresh ginger. We also use it to shave chocolate on our homemade tiramisu.
Our friend Lisa recently showed us how important a silicone pastry mat ($ 8.49) is in making cake batter. The mat contains a flour mess.
We have two submersible mixers – one for soups and sauces, the other for soap making. The KitchenAid hand-held variable speed mixer ($ 59.99) is Amazon’s choice for this versatile tool.
Forget the debate about the health qualities (or lack) of leftover bacon fat. We use it for frying eggs, dripping roasted halved cabbage and preparing dressing for spinach salad. This ceramic bacon fat container with strainer ($ 24.99) belongs to our kitchen.
Mom taught us to freeze and give us a summer reward. When local sweet corn is in season, this corn removal tool ($ 8.99 / 2 pack) makes it easy to remove and prepare for winter fun.