So, last week (or so) Melanie listed some things from her kitchen that she was grateful to have around, and a fee days ago, ghostmmnc posted a list on her blog (I’m sorry, I don’t know her name). They’re both interesting reads… go and give them a look. I’ll wait. 🙂
Anyway. I figured I’d jump on that bandwagon and list some things from my kitchen that have made my life a little easier, because why not? So here they are in no particular order:
Like Melanie, I am so happy someone invented jar openers. I have a different one than she has. Mine looks like this:
It’s super handy to have around, and these hands and wrists ain’t getting any younger, you know. That jar opener has served me well for many years and I’m happy to have it. For the longest time, I didn’t know what the hole was for, but it’s to give your fingers a grip on the lid. So much easier! Like ten times easier once I figured that out. Now I pop open the most stubborn jars with ease… most of the time. ^_^
Next is these bad boys:
Those, dear reader, are long handled teaspoons. And I will keep at least six in my kitchen. Right now I have about nine? I think? I don’t know if you can tell but there are two different shaped bowls on these. The one pointing to the right has a slightly rounder, deeper, and smaller bowl. It’s great for getting things out of wide-mouthed bottles (like ketchup, mustard, or honey). Way better than a knife. And these are great for scooping the last bit of mayo or peanut butter out of jars — again, way better than a knife. Also, I prefer eating with them over a regular dinner spoon. Because the bowls are smaller than those that come with dinner sets.
And then there’s these little guys:
Those are what my mom called paring knives, for paring (peeling) apples and so forth. But I understand that they’re called other things. These two are the only ones that I can find of the eight or so that I used to have. And I don’t even have kids anymore. I use them for quite a few things — opening packages, unscrewing small screws, cutting things, even paring apples — sometimes. They’re handy to have around.
The next thing is a two-fer. As in two for the price of one, though they are two different things that we purchased separately; they work well together.
The thing inside the drain is a mesh strainer, and it keeps all kinds of stuff from going down the drain and into the septic system — it also keeps the drain from smelling bad. The thing on top is a bigger kind of strainer that keeps, well… bigger stuff from falling into the drain. I have similar strainers in all of our drains because we have three dogs and a cat, dear reader, and let me tell you something — fur gets everywhere. I also have this (it’s not a kitchen thing, but it’s a thing)
It’s called a “Tub Shroom” and it keeps hair out of the bathtub drain like no one’s business. We have a septic tank, dear reader… keeping the drains clean is something we *really* want to do.
Oh, and ghostmmnc mentioned dishtowels. I have something similar. I have these (ignore my dying plants):
Those are washcloths. I buy them by the dozen and use them until they fall apart. I still use paper towels when the occasion calls for it, but I have these just behind my sink and use them constantly. They’re great for cleaning up messes, impromptu pot holders, something to put hot microwaved meals on (to protect the counter) and whatever. The only thing I don’t use them for is cleaning dishes — that’s why I have sponges.
Let’s see… what else? Oh yeah. Funnels. I love the funnel I got with my canning pot. It’s great and has a wide mouth and I use it all of the time. I forgot to take a picture of it though. I also love this little contraption:
If you’re anything like me, dear reader, you hate to waste food (or lotion, or shampoo). This do-hickey clamps onto two bottles and has a funnel in between. It’s great for getting that last little bit of something out of one bottle and into another. Just set it and forget it. No more balancing act with two bottles of ketchup (or lotion, or conditioner)! I love this thing. It won’t save you a fortune, but it does make me feel less guilty because I’m not wasting as much of… anything.
Oh, and there is of course, my Keurig coffee maker. We bought it because we really couldn’t think of what to buy with our Macy’s gift card — we never shop there. Well, Macy’s had a Keurig, so we bought that. I’m the only one who drinks coffee, and it seemed like a good idea. I use my own coffee with reusable k-cups (so I’m glad someone invented those too!) and I can make tea in it too. I know you’re supposed to seep tea for ten minutes and not run a blast of hot water through it, but I don’t care. I’ll make it this way. It’s easier for me. Right now, because I’m making the egg coffee, that’s what the Keurig is mostly being used for — tea. But at least it’s still getting used. 🙂
And that’s it. I didn’t count them, and there are probably a few more things that I’m glad to have around, but those are the things that came to mind… the ones I use most often anyway. Thanks for stopping by and listening to me ramble about kitchen gadgets. I used to have a ton more in my kitchen, but I used to cook a lot more too. 🙂