Kitchens can be scary places. If you’re not the best cook or your kitchen cabinets are sparse, it can be easy to feel inadequate when confronted with the myriad of doodads available in today’s stores. March is the month we resolved to pack more lunches. It is also the month we are introducing our “Plates by Eight” series. So we thought we would help you out in the kitchen department with a little prep work.
Here are our favorite kitchen gadgets that, we think, are worth the investment:
1. Citrus Squeezer
Sure, you could always squeeze with your hands, but the pulpy mess and errant seeds have a way of sneaking into your recipe or drink. A citrus squeezer really does give you more juice for your squeeze! Plus, it protects any tiny cuts on your hands from turning into a blazing inferno when that pesky citrus juice slides in. Try this duel squeezer to accommodate all sizes of citrus!
$16.95, Crate and Barrel
2. Microplane Zester
Cheese and chocolate and citrus…oh my! A micro-zester is perfect for grated citrus peel, hard cheeses and chocolate garnishes. Next time a recipe calls for a little lemon zest turn to this zester. Flip it bottom side up while using to collect all those tiny shreds of yummy!
$14.99, assorted kitchen retailers
A can opener is a can opener, right? Wrong. This can opener, by OXO, cuts into the side of the can and removes the entire top, leaving no sharp edges on the can or lid, so you cut only the can and not your hands. The cutting wheel cuts into the side of the can, not touching the actual contents and staying clean. An ergonomic, comfort grip knob and built in “pliers” to remove the lid round out the cool features of this modern can opener.
$21.99, assorted kitchen retailers
4. Pampered Chef Garlic Press
Garlic is a girl’s best friend. Assuming you’re not on a first date. Thought to have many health benefits, garlic is a great ingredient for the ordinary chef! Its potent flavor spices up recipes without adding fat or sodium. This garlic press minces without having to peel the cloves. Fresh is best and this press makes prepping a cinch!
$17.50, The Pampered Chef
5. Global Knife
Who needs an entire block of knives sitting around that you never use? One or two good quality, multi-purpose kitchen knives can really cover most of your prepping and cooking needs. Try a mid range santoku or chef’s knife and smaller paring knife for a nice well-rounded lineup. We like Global knives for their high-quality and precision blades. And the fact that their design and construction was modeled after Samurai swords is pretty cool too!