What kitchen gadget can you not live without?

 Are you like I am, always on the lookout for vintage kitchen gadgets a yard sales or thrift shops?
Have you found any unusual kitchen gadgets? Let us in on your finds, we'd love to hear from you.


  1. Kathleen K. says:
    Used my KitchenAid pasta roller attachment to squish out killer thin Lavash crackers from the Bread Baker's Apprentice cookbook, going down to the thinnest setting with the risen bread dough before putting the ribbons onto parchment paper, spritzing them with water and sprinkling with salt and an assortment of spices. Great raves from the neighborhood dinner party I brought them to. One neighbor who had brought marinated swordfish complained that he hadn't known we were foodies and said "game on". Just use plenty of flour on the walnut sized blobs of dough before feeding it through the rollers. (Copied with permission from Kathleen K. originally posted in the Amazon Cooking Forum, best kitchen gadgets in constant use.)

  2. Posted on Sep 26, 2011 10:22:51 AM PDT
    P. Fulton says: Cheryl, you just reminded me of another of my favorite kitchen things (never thought of it as a gadget) My Gordon Ramsay 6 qt. 'low pressure' cooker. It is great for making soups and sauces and I like it a lot for cooking pasta. It has a couple of the same characteristics a regular pressure cooker has such as a rubber gasket in the lid and a steam vent but the similarities stop there. Food really does cook faster in it and the semi-locking lid (you have to see it) prevents steam escaping all over the kitchen and all the spitting on your stove when you're boiling something. There's a trigger on the lid (think tea kettle) to let the steam off before removing the lid etc. The top is clear glass so you can see what you're cooking. (reposted with permission from Amazon Cooking Forum

  3. This morning I was cleaning my recently purchased, All Clad non stick dutch oven(used in my chicken soup video). I mean really, really non stick. Soups and sauces form a film around the sides and literally peel away when you stir around the edges. It is by far my favorite pot.
    All-Clad Cast Aluminum 5-1/2-Quart Dutch Oven

  4. I think I have a few favorites....too hard to chose just one! The first would probably be my Kuhn Rikon 12 litre pressure cooker, great for all the stocks I use in my cooking. Another is my DLX mixer, great for really working doughs for breads, pizza just about anything I throw at it. After that the small, discontinued Totoya Hig Temp Pizza oven to make pizza in with the doughs from the DLX, the oven heats up to 800 degrees and cooks a thin crust pizza in under 2-3 minutes depending on how dark you like it.

  5. Great choices Mattie! Your favorite gadgets sound like they get a good amount of use. My dream would be to have a traditional brick pizza oven, but your Totoya oven sounds like a great substitute too bad it has been discontinued.

  6. To me from the Amazon blog:(edited to be relevant)
    In reply to your post on May 29, 2013 4:23:39 AM PDT
    Cyn1 says:

    I've been using my bread machine more lately also. There are a lot of breads that I will use the machine to make the dough, and then finish it in the oven. It depends what I am making. When I make Amish White bread, I use it for sandwiches, and then I take the dough out, put it in a loaf pan, let it rise again and then bake it. It is my husbands favorite bread for his lunch. Right now I have a cinnamon roll bread in there and I am letting the machine bake it too.

    My favorite gadget right now has to be my breville pie maker. I love that thing! I can make sweet or savory things but either way, they come out so good! It is easy too! The only thing that is tricky (for me at least) is making the pie dough. I bake a lot, but never made pie crust before. I found a pie crust online that I make now that is so flaky and good. I was going to cheat and I bought Pillsbury pie dough, and we didn't like it at all! Maybe if I hadn't made my own crust first then I would have. I don't mind making the dough, it is the rolling out that is tricky for me.

    The other recent gadgets have been my new pressure cooker (I never had one of them before) and also an electric Abelskiver pan. Which I did buy the little insert pans for the pressure cooker so that I can make a cheesecake in it. Do you have a pressure cooker and if so, have you ever made dessert in it? I didn't even know that you could do that until I read it in Bob Warden's book Great Food Fast. We'll see how that comes out...maybe tomorrow?

    I am hoping to write you later, and thank you again!!!



Do you have any gadgets you'd like to see used? Do you have any favorites of your own? Post suggestions, ideas, reviews.