I love kitchen gadgets. I think most people do. I have been known to buy too many. I bet a lot of you have, too. Lots of have to have, trend of the moment type of things (salad shooter, anyone?) Things we really don't need. When space is at a premium in the kitchen I always check the gadget drawer and see if I've acquired anything that I'm not using regularly, then I toss it. I remember seeing Peter Walsh on Oprah once and he said to take all your gadgets out of the drawers and put them in a box. Keep everything in the box for a month and as you need something take it out of the box. Once you're done with it and have washed it, put it back in the drawer. Anything left in the box at the end of the month can be donated. It means you really don't need it. A month might be too small of a time frame so you can adjust that. You won't want a box on your counter for much longer than that!
I started thinking about what my favorite, most used gadgets are and came up with the top 5. Here they are:
1. Kitchen Shears
Honestly, I don't know how people live without them. I use mine every day. Multiple times. I have these ones from Henckels.
2. Stainless measuring cups
I love these because they are sturdy, dishwasher safe, & don't hold odors. I don't have the stainless measuring spoons because I prefer these ones from Pampered Chef.
3. Jar Opener
There are many different types of jar openers but I have this one from OXO. I'm not sure if it's a 'must have' but I use it almost every day.
4. Battery operated Salt and Pepper Shakers.
I've heard people say they don't like them but I love mine. Again, it's something I use everyday. I find that the batteries last for quite awhile, even with all the use they get. I have the salt shaker shown above from Williams-Sonoma. And this pepper grinder.
5. Garlic Press
Now, I don't use this everyday but when you need minced garlic this is the only way to go. I have the Pampered Chef one but I'm sure there are other good ones out there. I will say that I have had mine for years (over 10) and it's like brand new, even after all those trips in the dishwasher.
Those are my top 5, gotta have kitchen gadgets. If I could only choose ONE of those to keep? The kitchen shears, for sure.
I.m linking up to Kate @ Centsational Girl's Favorite Kitchen Gadget party.
What makes your list?