1. My Jack Lalanne's Power Juicer The reviews on Amazon are mixed but it's been great to work with. If and when it goes, I may venture out and try another brand. I love the look of the Breville models.
2. My food scale. It's an indispensable tool for baking, when precision is needed and it keeps my portions of energy dense foods in check.
3. My Microplane Grater/Zester. You ever wonder why Giada DeLaurentiis looks so happy when she zests a lemon? Because
she's rich and famous lemon zest is awesome! It adds flavor to just about anything without adding any fat, salt, sugar or calories. And the aromatherapy benefits of zesting any citrus fruit are fantastic.
4. My mortar and pestle. I always feel like the ladies from Practical Magic when I get my hands on this beauty. I use it to make flavorful pastes with dry spices, fresh garlic and ginger when I cook Thai or Indian food. It's also great for making homemade salad dressing, try garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and evoo and that salad will sing.
5. My knives. It took me a long time to realize that I only need 3 good knives in the kitchen, a good quality chef's knife, a really good paring knife, and a serrated blade for slicing bread. I picked up my Icel chef's knife at a local kitchen supply store. It was worth the splurge. I keep it sharp and use it every day.
6. My 20 Oz. Blender Bottle. This is a fun gadget. I use it for my pre-workout protein shakes. But you can use it to make salad dressing and pancake batter, too. I toss in a some ice cubes with the protein powder and raw milk and out comes a creamy, frothy and filling shake.
7. Zip N' Steam Bags. It makes getting my veggies when I'm on the run so easy.
8. Last but certainly not least is my Cute PDF Writer. How does this help me in the kitchen? Well, the Internet is a vast resource for recipes. But how to organize and store all these recipes you want to try? Bookmarking is unwieldy, printing is costly and copying and pasting is time consuming.
Enter the Cute PDF Writer, which Rob found for me. When I find a recipe I want to save, I hit "print" and use the PDF writer option instead of my printer. It saves the recipe as a PDF file. I have literally hundreds and hundreds of recipes that I've stockpiled over the years all organized in a recipe folder on my desktop. It's easy to search and organize recipes this way.
I hope this list has been helpful to you. What are your top kitchen gadgets?
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