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Some handy gadgets

Several years ago while we were on a road trip I was looking through some old copies of Gourmet magazine that I had purchased at a library sale. I saw a picture of this little gadget:

picture of JuliennePeeler

I was intrigued because I had never seen or heard of one before. It is a julienne peeler. I asked for one for Christmas that year and have enjoyed using it ever since.

It is very useful for cutting small shreds of vegetables such as cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. I find it quite handy for garnishing and adding just a bit of color to salads, etc. It is very handy since I'm usually just cooking for the two of us. I can use this little gadget instead of the food processor or some other larger tool.

picture of Carrot Shreds

Another handy gadget that I use frequently is this plastic lettuce knife.

picture of Lettuce Knife

DD Megan gave it to me one year for Christmas. I confess that it was several months before I got around to trying it, but it since has become one of my favorite kitchen tools. To use the lettuce knife you cut the lettuce into bite sized pieces, place them in the bowl of the lettuce spinner. Cover with cold water and then drain into the slotted basket. Then spin the lettuce and it is ready to use for your salad. The plastic knife prevents the cut edges of the lettuce from turning dark. After the lettuce is prepared this way it will keep for a day or two.

picture of Cutting Lettuce

picture of Washing Lettuce

Do you have any favorite kitchen tools that make your work in the kitchen easier? Sometimes just one little implement can make a task so much more pleasant. Please comment if you have an idea to share.


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6 Comments on “Some handy gadgets”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I have three kitchen utensils that get usage nearly every day: the apple corer, the whisks (large and small), and the pastry blender. Using the blender is the only way I will agree to make homemade pie dough or biscuits!

  2. #2 Marilyn
    on Feb 12th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Do you use the lettuce knife on head lettuce, too, or just the loose kind?

  3. #3 vivey
    on Feb 12th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    The julienne peeler looks like a great tool. Any idea where to find them?

    I know that metal will rust the edges of lettuce, so I’m always just torn it by hand. I never thought about trying a plastic knife.

    Thanx for the tips!!

  4. #4 Becka
    on Feb 12th, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Marilyn, I usually just use the romaine lettuce, but I think that the plastic knife would work just fine on head lettuce too. I love using whisks for a variety of mixing tasks also.

  5. #5 Becka
    on Feb 12th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Vivey, I think Rob got me the julienne peeler at Williams Sonoma. You could also try the Foxfire shop or some other kitchen store or catalog.

  6. #6 nora
    on Feb 15th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    but mom, i used a julienne peeler at your house 2 years ago when i made sushi… i got mine at target. 🙂

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