Kitchen gadgets

I decided for no apparent reason to make a list of our kitchen gadgets, and how often we use them. Begin pointless infodump!

Electric gadgets:

  • Blender – We made smoothies and stuff with this for about a year after we got it, but that ended suddenly. Has been used maybe once or twice in the past couple of years.
  • Food processor – Used once a week or so for things like pureeing pumpkin or potato for soup, chopping nuts, pureeing fruit, etc.
  • Microwave oven – Used a few times a week, mainly to reheat food, but also sometimes to melt butter, or cook vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli.
  • Electric wok – We used to use this a lot for stir fries, but it’s large and stored inconveniently so we’ve moved away from it. Gets pulled out maybe once a month or two.
  • Ice cream maker – Used to make a batch of ice cream every few weeks. We’ve got a lot of use out of this!
  • Electric hand mixer – Used frequently for beating ice cream mixture (see above), cake batters, pancakes, whipping cream, etc.
  • Sandwich press – Used two or three times a week for hot sandwiches, mostly on weekends.
  • Toaster – Used nearly every day to make toast.
  • Electric kettle – Used daily to make tea and coffee.
  • Electric scales – Battery operated. Used to measure ingredients when baking cakes and stuff.

Non-electric gadgets:

  • Garlic press – Used this a couple of times, years ago. It’s impossibly fiddly to clean, so we gave up using it.
  • Apple corer – I use this occasionally to core apples or pears for baking.
  • Tea balls – Used regularly for loose leaf tea.
  • Citrus reamer – Used occasionally for extracting lemon juice.
  • Wine bottle pump – Used a few times a month to keep half-drunk bottles of wine sealed and oxygen-free.
  • Bamboo steamer – Used a few times a year to steam Chinese dumplings.
  • Pizza pan – Used frequently to bake pizzas.
  • Various cake and muffin tins – Used a couple of times a month for baking.
  • Cooling racks – As above.
  • Potato masher – Not used much; we never have mashed potatoes. Occasionally used to mash pumpkin for soup.
  • Egg rings – Occasional use for making neat fried eggs to put on hamburgers.
  • Wooden trivets – A few times a year for presenting hot food dishes on the dining table when guests are over.
  • Hotplate heat dispersers – Used frequently to avoid the gas flame from over-heating saucepans.
  • Cookie cutters – Never used as far as I can remember.
  • Corkscrew – Used on wine corks, which is only about 20% of the bottles these days.
  • Corn holders – Used when we have corn on the cob, a few times a year.
  • Pastry brush – Used rarely, it’s so evil to clean that I hate using it.
  • Chopsticks – Never use these at home.
  • Meat tenderiser – Used maybe once, ever.
  • Teapot – Almost never used; we usually make tea one cup at a time.
  • Coffee percolator – Used once or twice years ago; I don’t drink coffee and M. prefers instant to percolated.

The usual suspects, used fairly frequently:
Cutting knives, eating knives, spoons, forks, wooden spoons, serving spoons, slotted spoons, tongs, vegetable peeler, can opener, oven mitts, colander, spatulas, egg-flips, cheese grater, ice cream scoop, cheese knife, various pots and pans, cutting boards, casserole dishes, pie dishes.

Some more-or-less common gadgets we don’t have:
Rolling pin, mortar & pestle, bread maker, rice cooker, lemon zester, deep fryer, egg cups, blow torch, pressure cooker.

Not listed:
Crockery and glassware – that’s a whole ‘nother post (except it would be even more boring).


4 Responses to “Kitchen gadgets”

  1. Erik says:

    Just wanted to comment that I’m happy to learn that I’m not the only one who likes eggs on hamburgers. (don’t know if it’s common over there though). And quite a big list, I don’t even have half of the things you have.

  2. Eggs on hamburgers is pretty common here, yes. Any place that sells hamburgers will have the option of adding an egg. Except McDonalds – but then they don’t really qualify as hamburgers anyway.

  3. Kjartan says:

    Interesting post, one thing struck me; “Corkscrew – Used on wine corks, which is only about 20% of the bottles these days.” – are corks really that uncommon? Is it an Australian thing? Most wine here(I’d guess ~90%) in Iceland(It’s all imported) has corks, and those bottle that don’t are usually considered low-grade, which is, of course, a stupid way to measure quality of a bottle of wine.

  4. Most wine makers in Australia and New Zealand use screw caps nowadays. You can find screw caps on top quality wines. I understand that in Europe cork is still king.

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