We all have our favorite cooking tools, don’t we? Most of mine spend half their lives in the dishwasher, we use them so often. These are my favorite Tiny Tools. This collection is only about 5% of all the stuff in our gigantic utensil drawer, but just like a cache of signature recipes, these seem to be the ones that perform the most. The wooden or electronic items get hand washed.
Clockwise from 12:00 (top) are:
- Spring-loaded tongs – we have two and often BOTH are in the dishwasher
- Grater – this does a preferred job for me than the two planers in the drawer
- “Squid” handled whisk – thank you, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program for this happy treasure (snagged at an IACP conference, make sure and follow them on Twitter: @seafoodwatch for insights)
- Citrus juicer – if I were in high school woodshop, I’d make a pile of these
- Small scissors – fresh rosemary and basil leaves are easier to cut than slice
- Electronic thermometer for meat and casseroles
- Jar opener. This fits both Larry’s and my hands, plus it does large and small sizes
- Rice paddle. Souvenir from our trip to Miyajima, Japan. Any foodie souvenir that works well is a keeper
- Tea strainer – gently sprinkles powdered sugar, strains seeds from squeezing citrus
- Teensy spatula – gets used daily
I decided to do this blog post while on a visit to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The Pompeii Exhibition was zzzzzzz to me, but the plastic kitchen utensil installation was great. Seriously shows how cultured I am.
There it is, in the great outdoors under the breezeway. A rainbow of mixing bowls, plates, cups, strainers, laundry tubs and storage goodies strung together in a manner somewhat akin to Andy Warhol Meets The .99 Cent Store.
Pretty brilliant; besides being a colorful eye-full, it kept kids busy running through, swinging the strands like crazy.
Wouldn’t you KILL for such a giant collection of useful stuff? I was practically hyperventilating, not from panic but from desire. My vision was to secretly snip just one dangling tower and sneak away an armload. They’d never miss just ONE strand, it was quite large.