For kitchen gadgets,
everybody has their favorites -- for me, I like to keep my meals simple; lots of salads, soups, easy to prepare rice and fish dishes, and the like. For these kinds of meals, you don't need a lot of kitchen gadgets, just good ones. These three tools I use frequently. If you have your favorites -- that you can't get along without -- note them in the comments section; don't be shy.
Measuring cups -- gotta' have them. These Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
($43.96) -- from Sur La Table -- are ideal for the home chef, professional baker, or cooking enthusiast. Made from non-rusting stainless steel alloys, the set of 8 cups (sized from 1/4 to 2 cups) offers highly accurate measurements for your food prep, and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
For larger amounts of liquids, of course, measurin
g is a lot easier with a glass measuring cup, like this one; the exasperating thing, for me, was having to hold the cup to eye level to see what amount of fluid I had to add or subtract to get what I needed. Enter the Pyrex Read-From-Above Measuring Cup
($4-8). I appreciate the oversized graphics that make for simple measurement of water, milk, juices, and the like. The handle is perfectly formed to grip with a wet hand, the non-porous glass won't retain food odors or absorb stains, and the cup is dishwasher, freezer, oven, and microwave-safe. Your choice of sizes from 1-4 cups, and comes with a 2 year (limited) warranty.
Finally, my go-to
or an entire range of foods, both in prep and at the table. The Sur La Table Bamboo Turner
($7) -- a generously sized, 12" long spatula, so you can keep your hands out of the ingredients bowl. This non-stick food turner is slotted so that it quickly drains unwanted liquids while you're switching cooking sides, or serving salads or vegetables. I like bamboo because it is a highly sustainable resource, harder than maple wood, and won't scratch my non-stick cooking surfaces.
More kitchen gadgets that you'll appreciate, here:
Digital Cooking Tools