One-trick kitchen tools (or OTKT), these are the single-use tools that have found their way into my cabinets and drawers because they actually work or make life in the kitchen easier, safer or more pleasant. You’ll want to make room in your kitchens for them too!
2-Cup Stainless-steel Measuring Cup – Having odd-sized measuring cups saves time while cooking or baking especially when doubling a recipe. This one has measurements on the inside as well as a very handy pour spout and can be used on the stove to melt butter.
Chef’n Switchit Narrow Silicone Spatula – This little spatula is the perfect tool for scraping the sides of your blender to get out that last part of your morning smoothie or the shorter end is great for nut butters. Being on the short side, it also works great to help reach things on higher cabinets in the kitchen.
Stainless Steel Pineapple Corer – Buy this and save from buying already-cored pineapple at the grocery store. And make sure to get a stainless one because the plastic ones are more likely to break.
Microplane Zester/Grater – the perfect tool to grate hard cheeses like Parmesan or zest citrus for a recipe without the pith.
Cuisinart Nut and Spice Grinder – Grinding whole spices is the freshest way to maximize flavor. Plus, who knows how long those little bottles have been sitting in your cabinet!
Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper – While a big food processor is also a necessary tool, a little mini-chopper is perfect for nuts, salsas, herbs and more. Hand-powered through a fun little pull cord, this chopper doesn’t take up a lot of room making it perfect for new grads or cooks with limited storage space.
Ember Mug – The OTKT you didn’ t know you needed. Never in a million years did I expect that a smart mug would change my day but this baby did just that. The Ember Mug is linked to an app and maintains the temperature of your hot beverage for up to two hours. Say goodbye to going to the gym and coming home to cold coffee! You can also create stored temperature settings for your favorite beverages.
Natural Walnut Wood iPad and Cook Book Stand – When you’re cooking from your fav recipe site, you need something to hold your phone or tablet. This stand looks good and works. If only it would cook dinner too!