I love gadgets. I can spend hours looking at them in a kitchen shop. I don’t own a lot of them anymore though… since downsizing our inventory of ‘possessions’ when we moved onto the sailboat a few years ago. Even though we are now land-based again, I have only been buying things as I find a need for them.
But there are a few tools in my kitchen that I find myself reaching to use over and over again… and I thought I would share them with you today. These are all non-motorized gadgets and tools... not appliances.
The first is my new Oil Sprayer.
It is distributed by Weight Watchers... see that little swoosh logo? And yes, I am a meeting receptionist/employee of Weight Watchers Canada, and no, they didn’t pay me to talk about this on my blog!
What I love about this particular sprayer is that you can pump it 10 times, and then the oil actually comes out of it in a nice light spray. I also have a much more expensive one made by Paderno, without the pump, and the oil comes out of it in blobs.
And another bonus with this new sprayer, which only Weight Watchers members will appreciate, is that one full spray amounts to 1 tsp of oil, which counts as 1 P+ on the Weight Watchers program. No guessing how much oil you have used.
I spray my veggies before making chips and you can also spray your popcorn…. easy and no mess! It comes apart very easily for cleaning too.
The second gadget I want to share is my Lemon Juicer/Reamer.
It is a handy little tool and I love it…. every morning I squeeze the juice from half a lime into a glass, then toss in the lime, and fill the glass with cold water. It is my morning cocktail, and this little gadget helps prevents a big mess on the counter, believe me.
The juice falls through some holes in the cup but the seeds stay behind. Very clever. I used it whenever I need to have fresh lemon or lime or orange juice in a recipe. This picture was taken a while back when I was making Babaganoush.
The third is an Egg Ring… actually I have a pair of them.
I was kinda skeptical when The Captain brought them home. And it did take some experimenting before I finally realized I need to coat the insides with a non-stick spray to prevent the eggs from sticking to them. (Hey I should be using my new oil sprayer now for this.)
But I do like to use them for making breakfast sandwiches for The Captain. He likes his on waffles or pancakes and these little rings keep the eggs compact and neat.
I just coat the insides and set them in the skillet, and then break the eggs into them. I normally put a cover over it so the eggs cook quicker. And sometimes, I pierce the yolks and spread them throughout the white too.
The fourth gadget I want to share today is my Grapefruit Knife.
That’s The Captain, using the serated edges of this little tool to slice around the inside of the grapefruit, to separate the flesh from the rind. You can certainly use a sharp knife for this, I know, but this little tool is curved just right for the job at hand. Love it.
Tupperware, hmmmm…. Can you even buy that anymore?
I think I have a few more… but will save them for another time.