|With an ice cream maker, you too can make this|
creamy blueberry goodness.
2. Graters. I have three (small, medium and large) and use them all on a regular basis. The standard box grater is handy for mass quantities of cheddar while the dainty versions allow me to shred bits of parmesan that are meant to melt quickly or zest lemons in a flash.
3. Electronic kitchen scale. I will admit, I procured a kitchen scale when I started doing personal training many moons ago, but I still find it helpful despite not counting calories anymore (yay!). For instance, many cooking magazines and blogs now incorporate precise weight measurements in recipes, especially in regard to baking. I also use the scale when dividing up hamburger or stew meat bought in bulk.
|A healthy Egg McMuffin? Yes, please. I use egg whites and whole wheat|
English muffins. Delish. Photo credit.
5. Egg separator. As a yolk hater, this simple tool is invaluable to help parse the edible white part from the ickle yolk part to make egg dishes.
|If my white one dies, I'm getting the hot pink version!|
5. Oven thermometer. This gadget registers low on the frivolity scale and well, the fun scale, but it's now a vital part of my cooking process, especially for low-temp cooking.
9. Air Popper. Confession: I’ve been on a popcorn kick for more than a year now. I blame my friend Geeta for getting me hooked on Pop Secret. My gateway substance, I moved quickly from bagged kernels to stovetop kettle-style cooking. The crunchy goodness! The calories! Wanting to get back to a healthier snack, I asked my inlaws for an airpopper for Christmas last year. I love the thing and use it several times a month at least.
7. Food processor. Okay, so I’m new enough to the food processor that I often forget to use it. But when I remember, I love it. Chopping onions? A breeze. Shaking up salsa? Simple. Crushing nuts? Piece of cake.
12. Cookie scoop. Want uniform cookies? (Or if you're me, the hope of uniform cookies?) You need a cookie scoop. Having broken quite a few, I recommend spending a few extra bucks on a heavy duty version (or one with a good warranty!).
13. Slow cooker. When my former roomie brought home a Crockpot after Christmas break, dinner time was never the same. Embracing the motto "Set it and forget it," we enjoyed quite a bit of "Slow Cooker Magic" in our time together. Lately I've been busting out the Crockpot with increasingly regularity but I find it problematic as a work-from-home telecommuter... Spending all day inhaling the delicious aromas makes me want to eat my house half the time.
Any must-have gadgets that I missed?
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