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#1 JKor

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:30 AM

As we know, 9 times out of 10 these things are gimmicks that don't improve on the tried and true method but occasionally, likely by chance, the gadget marketers come up with something.  What kitchen gadgets have you put in your rotation because they just work?

 

For Christmas i got re-gifted a "Copper Chef Perfect Egg Maker" which is really just an egg steamer.  i assume you can get many versions of this.  Well, it works beautifully.  The person who re-gifted it to me didn't know that our family has hard-boiled eggs for breakfast virtually every morning.  This egg steamer has been used every day since.  It cooks the eggs perfectly in 18 minutes and every egg I've made has been ridiculously easy to peel (unlike the boiling method).  Highly recommended if you like hard-boiled eggs.


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#2 Genesee Ted

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:15 AM

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:32 AM

Bottle opener/corkscrew
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:28 AM

Whipped cream bottle
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:39 AM

Whipped cream bottle

That reminds me, I need to get one of those

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:49 AM

We got this thing that goes in the freezer and it automatically makes ice cubes. It took about a half hour to install, but it is so much better than filling up those little trays all the time.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:07 AM

Tongs with a proper sliding-rivet locking design. Point 'em up, they lock, point 'em down, they unlock. Glorious one-handed operation. No stupid widget you have to slide in and out with your other hand.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:08 AM

Wife broke my wire whisk the other day. I yanked out the trash drawer and said, "That was the ONLY useful thing in this drawer! And you broke it ..." Then we went upstairs and talked about her shoes. Then, the kids. Everything is fine now. I've got more whisks than kids and the wife found out what it feels like to step on a lego.  


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:54 AM

That reminds me, I need to get one of those


Just be warned that if you own one, you'll go through whip-its even faster.

We got this thing that goes in the freezer and it automatically makes ice cubes. It took about a half hour to install, but it is so much better than filling up those little trays all the time.


Lol. I actually just bought a box that keeps my food cold, else I'd want to talk to you about getting some of that ice!
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:58 AM

Just be warned that if you own one, you'll go through whip-its even faster!

https://www.ebay.com...AyABEgL-h_D_BwE
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:59 AM

Lol. Nice. I actually bought a 50 pack some time back, but this is a whole new level of giggling!
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:01 AM

My birthday is coming up. I may spring. It will be a whole new level of eye rolling from my wife lol

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:53 AM

 

That’s a good price.  I usually go through this site.

 

http://www.creamrigh...ASAAEgIYkfD_BwE


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:01 PM

It's pointless.... my kid bought it for me as a gag gift... but I'll admit, it does work

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:20 PM

we have a pineapple corer, actually works awesome.  we had pineapples on sale here two summers back and we bought like 6 of them for a party we were having, cored them out, used the remaining as a drink vessel for the ladies, mixed up about 2gal of a nice rum punch, had an all day cookout with friends, saved the leftover pineapple rings and used those for cooking and on the grill for desserts.

 

it is admittedly a one trick pony but it was cheap and worth it for just that one party.  only use it sparingly anymore, 1-2x per year.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:23 PM

I have a pineapple core device as well, we eat a lot of pineapple here, so it gets used often
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:25 PM

Banana slicer from Amazon.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:28 PM

I honestly can't think of any. I may try to buy those tongs when our regular ones wear out. Someone bought me those bear claws which don't work any better than forks for shredding meat (and I tend to use the stand mixer, anyway). They look awesome for home defense, though.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:31 PM

 Someone bought me those bear claws which don't work any better than forks for shredding meat (and I tend to use the stand mixer, anyway). They look awesome for home defense, though.

i bought a set of those, they are useless, I typically use thick silicone gloves for that similar to these


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:33 PM

Stand mixer kicks ass for shredding meat.
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