Earlier this month, I decided to clean out my kitchen cabinets and shelves -- and I was thoroughly amazed at the amount of kitchen gadgets I turned up. The funniest part? I seem to be using and re-using the same five kitchen tools over and over again. So, in the spirit of awards season, I've assembled a winners' list of my five favorite go-to kitchen tools. The envelope, please...
1. Magnetic Measuring Spoons, $7, Amazon
Yep, magnetic. These measuring spoons nest together for easy storage, but come apart when it's time for a quick use. Even better? The tiny tips are just small enough for a pinch of nutmeg. Comes in handy just about any time I'm cooking or baking.
2. Le Creuset Large Silicone Spatula Spoon, $12, Amazon
3. Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender, $28,
Part spoon, part spatula (Hollywood would call the coupling a "Spoonula"), this single tool can be used in approximately 1,346 ways. Quote me on that.
Why bring the hot pot of soup to the blender when you can bring the blender to the hot pot of soup? Genius.
4. Polder See-Thru Triple Timer/Clock, $14, Amazon
Keep track of three different dishes --- at the same time. And the best part: a distinctly different alarm sounds for each dish.
5. Good Cook Orbi SafeCut Can Opener, $13, Target
A can opener sans the sharp edges? Perfect for hungry kiddies craving a bowl of Chef Boyardee.
What about you? What are a few tools you simply can't live without?