10 Tiny Tools I Love & Art for Foodies

TinyKitchenUtensilTools.jpgWe 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:

  1. Spring-loaded tongs – we have two and often BOTH are in the dishwasher
  2. Grater – this does a preferred job for me than the two planers in the drawer
  3. “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)
  4. Citrus juicer – if I were in high school woodshop, I’d make a pile of these
  5. Small scissors – fresh rosemary and basil leaves are easier to cut than slice
  6. Electronic thermometer for meat and casseroles
  7. Jar opener.  This fits both Larry’s and my hands, plus it does large and small sizes
  8. Rice paddle.  Souvenir from our trip to Miyajima, Japan.  Any foodie souvenir that works well is a keeper
  9. Tea strainer – gently sprinkles powdered sugar, strains seeds from squeezing citrus
  10. Teensy spatula – gets used daily

LACMA-art 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.

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1 Diane August 22, 2009 at 8:40 am

Great list. I don’t have a tea strainer and am now wondering how I’ve managed without one 🙂 Silly that I’ve been dirtying a larger mid-size strainer! I’m thinking I’ll go buy one today. I also love my small “egg”flip” pancake turner. I got it for my kids when they were small, and I use it all the time myself now!

2 Sam August 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Wow I so love this blog -(new comer sorry) you have my top eight there too!!!! dont have squid whisk or a bottle opener – but that sounds like a good idea!!! I think my ninth is a small egg flip that I use for lots of things.

3 Denise Vivaldo August 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

You picked all my favorites! You are so smart Miss Patti!

4 lisa August 21, 2009 at 11:40 am

I feel vindicated! I have all of these (slightly different style but same function) so I learned something from you Patti! Now if I could just bring myself to throw away the 100 or so useless items in the drawer that I keep hanging onto just in case…

5 Jada August 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

Great post–I LOVE my spring-loaded tongs!

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