I love gadgets; if they make things easier in my work shop, with my SCUBA gear, or especially in my kitchen, I'm in. I find I can really make efficient use of my time in my kitchen, and if I have accessories like these, cooking is easier, and a lot more fun.
No need to spend a lot
of extra time chopping herbs when you can use these clever Herb Scissors
($15); you keep the cutting board in reserve when you employ the five parallel, stacked, spring-loaded stainless steel blades that make quick work of your herb prep. The blades won't tear the herbs and the ergonomically-designed handles won't leave your hands tired. The blades are dishwasher-safe and are protected with a cover when not in use.
Powered kitchen accessories are a w
elcome addition to any kitchen, and if they are used to eliminate tedious work -- stirring hot liquids to prevent scalding comes immediately to mind -- so much the better. That's why this Ardente Gourmet Stirrer
($60) makes the list of great kitchen tools. It's cordless (powered by your four C-batteries) and it frees you from the need to continually stir your soups, sauces, rice dishes, and warm desserts. The blades stir at alternate levels for uniform consistency; the gadget adjusts to fit any pot that's 9-14 inches in diameter and up to 11 inches in depth.
For the soon-to-be-here
backyard cookout season, the Burger Stomper Hamburger Press
($30). It's a breeze to easily shape and press hamburger patties that cook evenly and fit perfectly on a bun. The T-handle mold is completely dishwasher-safe and features a food-grade, stainless steel edge that trims excess ground meat while firmly compacting the food to ensure a perfectly cooked burger. If you're prepping and freezing burgers, this accessory is a real kitchen time-saver. You get a five year warranty on the press, along with a booklet of gourmet hamburger recipes.
Eating healthily is a good idea, and eating fis
h will help you achieve that goal. I'm a big fan of grilled fish, so this Williams-Sonoma Fish Basket
($25) makes for a real grilling time-saver. Prep the fish in your kitchen for convenience and then pop the whole gadget on the grill to easily cook an entire fish -- or fillets, if you prefer -- in this hinged, shaped basket that is dishwasher-safe stainless steel. The handle is removable, so you can close the cover on your grill to retain cooking heat. And the best part? No more shredded fish when you have to turn it over for uniform cooking.
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