Yesterday one of my favorite things in the world broke:
An apple cutter. I got it three years ago at a thrift store for 50c. It still had a tag attached to it. I loved this thing. I don't know how many apples it cut and how many hours it saved me by speeding up the process. I will really miss this little thing (guess, who is going on a thrift store hunt this weekend?...:)
And I know it's a small and unnecessary thing but I, again, I found it very useful.
And it made me think, what other things I have in my kitchen that are not essential but, for sure, my favorite. I found a few:
It was a gift from my sweet husband last year and I just love it! It makes rice perfect every time, and I don't have to worry about burning it or putting too much water. It takes a little more time to cook than when you are doing it on the stove but it's worth it, in my opinion. I love it almost as much as my slow cooker :)
A Pan scraper and a steel bar:
Last summer I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up a wedding gift for my friend when I noticed a little plastic thing called a "pan scraper". I was intrigued. I think, we all had times when we struggled to get rid of rough, stuck, burned on food from our beloved pots and pans. Let me tell you, my friends, this thing is magic. It makes the kitchen job so much easier! And it doesn't scratch the surface of your beloved pots and pans. It was worth every penny of the 99c I spent on it.
The steel bar is a little fun thing I got for free as part of some sort of a promotion years ago. What do I use it for? It's an odor remover. Since I cook with onions and garlic quite a bit, I find it very useful. It's not perfect but it does a pretty good job and I don't have to wash my hands 15 times to get rid of the nasty smell (I even heard that it helps with the body odor but never tried it for it :)
Cute measuring cups:
OK, that's an absolute non-necessity but aren't they just super-cute? :) My sweet neighbor gave them to me for my Birthday, and every time I use them, they put a smile on my face. It's nice to have something so cheerful that you use all the time in the kitchen.
Now your turn :) Tell me, what do you have in your kitchen that others might find unnecessary but you absolutely love? Or are you a minimalist when it comes to your kitchen cupboards and drawers?