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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:

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.

Another handy gadget that I use frequently is this plastic 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.

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.