I suspect my list may come up short because I despite single-use gadgets -- hot dog cookers, George Forman grills, rice cookers, pizza cookers, etc., etc., etc. Let's see how it goes.
Ten Favorite Kitchen Gadgets, In No Particuar Order.
- Corkscrew. Duh. I bought this one over 40 years ago, haven't seen one like it since. It requires no strength; you just twist the t-handle at the top and the cork comes right out.
- Herb mincer. I could probably get rid of this one, since I can mince herbs with a chef's knife just fine.
- Jar opener. Inherited from my mother's kitchen, this is probably older than I am. It works great, though.
- Egg slicer. It delights me every time I use it.
- Knife honer. Necessary to keep that chef's knife sharp.
- Spreader knife, tomato knife, chef's knife with 6" blade. Back in the early 1990s I took several cooking classes and learned, among other things, to use a chef's knife.
- Mortar and pestle, for grinding spices. We also use it every day to grind up Lucy The Intrepid's meds, the better to mix them with canned dog food, aka The Daily Treat.
- Jar funnel. I have a crappy plastic one, too, but that is relegated to the bag of thistle seed for the bird feeders.
- My collection of whisks. No flimsy wire handles for me, only sturdy solid handles..
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- My espresso maker. For the daily latte. This is not mine, but it looks the same, right down to the pyrex measuring cup for the milk.
Smokey would add hand blender and waffle iron to this list. At one time I might have included my free-standing griddle and bread baker, but I don't use them much since I started avoiding gluten. There are the blender (for salad dressings and smoothies) and the food processor (for grating cheese) and the KitchenAid mixer and the microwave/convection oven (for EVERYTHING), but those are appliances, not gadgets.