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In my kitchen, I'm surrounded by helpful gadgets.  My Kitchen Aid mixer.  Mr. Coffee.  The food processor.  A submersion blender.  The set of wonder-knives. 

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But when it comes right down to it, my Ten Favorite Kitchen Gadgets are the tried-and-true, trusty, everyday workhorse tools.

Yep.

My favorite kitchen gadgets. . . are these:

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  1. Most Excellent Nylon Spoon (from Good Cook, purchased at Target 20 years ago) - This non-descript spoon - probably obtained for less than $5 - is ideal.  So ideal, in fact, that Tom and I have been known to hide it from each other so we can use it when we need it.
  2. OXO angled measuring cups - I have them in a variety of sizes: from the quart-size to the mini-measures (up to 4 Tablespoons or 1/4 cup).  The BEST.
  3. Double-ended measuring spoons - So handy!  You can measure two separate ingredients - one in each end of the spoon.  Plus - the elongated end is perfect for fitting into narrow jars!
  4. Herb scissors - Quick and effective!  (Fun, too.)  Really great for chopping herbs for toppings and making those charming ribbons of herbs.
  5. OXO swivel vegetable peeler - Not terribly swivel-y, actually, but very comfortable to use.
  6. Plain old crank-handle can opener - nothing fancy here; just the basic model.
  7. Microplane rasp grater - I use this way more than I ever imagined! Citrus zest, shaved chocolate, a bit of parmesan.  Perfect.
  8. Plain old wood and/or bamboo spoons and spatulas - I keep a bunch right at my stove and use them all the time. 
  9. Herb chopper - (Actually called a mezzaluna) - My mom got me this most handy herb chopping board and mezzaluna for Christmas several years ago; it is The Best for mincing fresh herbs!
  10. Timers - I use the timers on my stove, my microwave, and sometimes even my iPhone when I'm cooking.

How about YOU?  What are your favorite gadgets in the kitchen?

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Patty

Great shots today! And double ended measuring spoons...who knew!

Sue

I love your utensil holder! Any chance you could tell me where you got it?

Carole

I have a Kitchen Aid mixer and a Cuisinart but I don't consider them gadgets. I guess if it costs more than $100 then it's an appliance or something! Anyway, your list is great and that part about hiding the spoon cracks me up.

Mary

an Excellent List! isn't it great that 20+ year old tools can still be favorites. I feel that way about my wooden spoons. They aren't really perfect until they've been used a lot.

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