It’s time to tackle another area of interest for the Practical Cook–kitchen tools. As any hobbyist will attest, no hobby is quite as fun without the accompanying stuff. Going forward, we’ll cover everything from knives to pans to prep bowls, but today it’s about the little things. Those workaday, reasonably priced gadgets that you just can’t live without. In honor of my two kids, who challenge my practicality and adore The Sound of Music, cue the theme music.
Okay, first I should say that as of this posting, I’m not sponsored or endorsed by anyone. These opinions are strictly those of the Practical Cook.
First up, the OXO Good Grips Can Opener. Available anywhere housewares are sold, and reasonably priced.
Why this specific can opener? Because the Practical Cook is left-handed, and does not appreciate can openers with anything less than vise-like gripping power. Of course, there are always electric models, but for price and counter space, OXO wins every time.
Next in line, the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler. (Now, gentle reader, you can see why I prefaced this with the fact that I don’t work for OXO or the OXO marketing department. I simply like to get a grip in the kitchen. Veggies and children are plenty slippery without slinging the gadgets, too.)
This particular favorite is so indispensable, the Practical Cook’s kitchen is stocked with two of them. Why, you say? Because then someone else can help you peel. That is practical.
I met the veggie peeler of my dreams years ago on the day I was asked to peel 50 pounds of potatoes for an emergency potato salad order for a catering gig at my coffeehouse job.
Does it even bear explaining why I am so attached to this item? One forms strong opinions around pound #20 of such a job.
Last but far from least, the Practical Cook salutes the unsung hero of kitchen multi-tasking, parchment paper. The close cousin of wax paper, parchment will thrill the heart of whomever is on KP duty that day.
Parchment paper featured prominently in the low-mess factor of the Rustic Tart this week. It additionally provided a sling to aid safe delivery to a festive serving platter. It wrapped the leftover goat cheese with the right amount of coverage and breathability. And it’s so very inexpensive to use.
What are some of your favorite kitchen tools in the small but mighty category? Write, Tweet, post on Facebook, or comment here. The Practical Cook looks forward to hearing from you (and has been known to eavesdrop at work, in her car, etc. for future post ideas).
Coming up next, The Practical Cook unveils the mystery of the 4-square shopping list method, complete with testimonials from 4-square converts.