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What is your favorite under-$10(ish) kitchen tool/helper/doodad?

I love asking this group about their favorite kitchen/home helpers. Please chime in and share your trusty affordable sidekicks here: Is it a pie docker? Dish cloths? The line is open, thanks in advance! :)

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PHIL
PHIL

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added 12 months ago

I got one of these microplane grating cubes. I haven't tried it out yet but there is always something that needs to be grated.

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creamtea
creamtea

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added 12 months ago

I love my flat whisk. It gets into the corners of a pot when making custard, it serves as a kind of sub for a slotted spoon to lift things (hard-boiled eggs for example) out of hot liquid, it fits my small hands. I reach for it much more often than for my balloon whisk.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added 12 months ago

LOVE my flat whisk. Don't know what I'd do without it!

Hana Asbrink
Hana Asbrink

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added 11 months ago

Hear, hear! Love my flat whisk so much, thanks for chiming in!

Niknud
Niknud

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added 12 months ago

Hands down the little silicon pot sleeves that I slide over the blazing hot handles of my oven-safe sauté pans. My husband, after the 57th time hearing me shout strings of unprintable curses after making a frittata (or anything else) and forgetting the handle was approximately the temperature of the surface of the sun, ordered me some. Now neither my hands, nor my children's ears, are scorched.

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BerryBaby
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added 12 months ago

Hands down my very old vegetable peeler. Not only for vegetables, curls of chocolate, peeling fruit: apple peels (add whole cloves, water and simmer for a warm, cozy seasonal scent) and add orange peels for an extra burst, zucchini ribbons, shreds of cheese, endless uses! BB

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ktr
ktr
added 12 months ago

My handheld milk frother. It works great for mixing cream into coffee and for making hot cocoa. Between my husband and me, it gets used several times every day.

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BerryBaby
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added 11 months ago

I have a battery operated frother that I picked up at World Market years ago for $10.00. They are great. BB

ktr
ktr
added 11 months ago

I have one at work and one at home. I used it last night to make hot cocoa and it has been used twice this morning already by me and my husband to mix collagen into coffee

scruz
added 12 months ago

any one of my sharp kiwi knives. or my piece of rubber thingy that helps me open tightly closed lids on jars.

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boulangere

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added 12 months ago

A combination peeler/julienne cutter. It looks like a 2-headed peeler with a peeling blade on one side and a julienne blade on the other. Indispensable! I think I paid around $10 for it.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
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added 12 months ago

Is this for a fluff article to insert your own merchandise? Or are you really just curious, lol. You could pick a few of these handy dandy kitchen helpers and write an in-depth article about the inventor, state of manufacturing, interesting facts, etc. Include recipes with ginormous photos strewn within the article that use said products for click bait.

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BerryBaby
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added 11 months ago

Many of these questions are turned into future articles. Great place to gather information and ideas.

mstv
added 12 months ago

Bench scraper, whisk, or rubber spatula.

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Mei Chin
added 11 months ago

mini offset spatula

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grandrivergirl
added 11 months ago

I like hand knit cotton dishcloths. Great texture for wiping down counters and such.

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Trish
added 11 months ago

Dollar Store hand held grater. 😊

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MMH
MMH
added 11 months ago

We are both cooks and In a 2nd relationship. We combined 2 well stocked kitchens. So I've been looking at the most used low cost pieces. I think it's a pair of locking tongs.

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bjm
bjm
added 11 months ago

My trusty flat wire whisk - I have two sizes and use them constantly. They get to the edges of a sauce pan much more reliably than a balloon wisk.

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Bevi
added 11 months ago

Very old vegetable peeler, tongs, wooden spoons, microplane.

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BerryBaby
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added 11 months ago

Love my old vegetable peeler too!
I’ve tried new ones and they don’t ‘feel’ right. My peeler is over 30 years old and still works beautifully.

ktr
ktr
added 11 months ago

I don’t think I will ever have an old vegetable peeler - my husband seems to break them every few years :)

AntoniaJames
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added 11 months ago

Yes, Bevi, the bamboo tongs, thanks for mentioning those . . . . you could get good ones at Cost Plus for under $2, last I checked.

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louisez
added 11 months ago

Messermeister serrated peeler.
No more boiling peaches for pies and jams.

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