First off, I would like to wish all my American friends and readers a Happy 4th of July! Hope y’all have fun celebrating your country’s Independence (see? I threw a y’all in there, just to make y’all feel welcome).
On to today’s post….Kitchen tools. I prefer to use the word ‘tool’ as opposed to the word ‘gadget’. Tools just sound much more professional and cool, plus they have a purpose and they function well. ‘Gagdets’ are toys masquerading as ‘tools’. Like the Slap Chop….which is plainly a ‘gagdet’ being touted as the next best thing since sliced bread. Have you ever seen the size of the thing? It would hold maybe a half cup of chopped anything. I don’t know about you, but when I need chopped up stuff, I need way more than a half cup. The Slap Chop surely has Food Processor envy.
So what is your absolute must-have tool in the kitchen? (and no, your husband doesn’t count). I have several must-have’s but without a doubt, my cheese grater tops the list.
I purchased this sleek beauty from Ikea, yes, Ikea, more than just furniture and storage solutions. I love Ikea for so many things, least of all is actually their furniture. Most of the styles are not my fancy, but I do love their ‘Marketplace’ section. I dare anyone to walk through one and NOT buy anything. It is impossible, even if you just buy a cheese grater or a 100-pack of tea light candles for 4.99.
I originally bought this grater for up at the cottage as I needed one there. After giving it several test runs and loving it, I went back the next week and bought one for the house and pitched my old tupperware one. Which actually just smooshed the cheese more than grating it. It was a pretty useless ‘gagdet’…yes, I am relegating the old Tupperware one as a ‘gagdet’ as it clearly didn’t do the job it was supposed to.
What I like best of the Ikea cheese grater is the style of it and the ergonomic handle. Shaped like a triangle, it is easy to hold and narrow enough that you could grate it over a platter or bowl without it going everywhere. It has a fine and a larger grate blade and shreds cheese beautifully. It also cleans up in a snap and is very durable.
Pretty darn good deal for a 4.99 tool…beats the Slap Chop anyday.
So what is your best kitchen tool? Would love to hear about them as I am always looking for a decent tool to replace the lousy gagdets I have compiled over the years…..