5 Favorite Small Kitchen Tools

I’m joining some of the Blended Bloggers in a blog hop where we are sharing our five favorite kitchen tools. With the Christmas and Hannukah holidays on the horizon, I thought I’d share stocking stuffer type of tools, not big ticket item Christmas presents. So when you finish with my favorites be sure to visit Christy’s blog to see what her favorites are. By visiting all the blogs, you might get some good ideas to add to your wish list or as a gift for someone else!

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5 Favorite Kitchen Tools

1. Garlic press

Being Italian, I cook a lot with of garlic which means peeling and mincing leaving my fingers with a pungent odor. Then I discovered a garlic press. No more smelly fingers! And bonus: you don’t even need to peel it! You can pop a clove in with the skin still on it. In fact, it simplifies cleaning up if you do that. You can pull the remnants out easily by the leftover peel. You get perfectly minced garlic in a fraction of the time, without stinking up your fingers! Mine looks like this one but mine is from Pampered Chef. Honestly I wouldn’t spend the money on that one. It’s nice but this price point is better.This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

This one looks really nice. It’s made of stainless steel, got really good reviews and the price is excellent!This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

2. Garlic peeler

Sometimes though you need to use a whole garlic clove. Peeling the little skins off can be frustrating and very time consuming. I saw one of these little silicone tubes at a Pampered Chef party but I felt it was gimmicky and was skeptical about how well it worked. I was wrong. My mother in law bought one and loved hers. I found a non-Pampered Chef one and now I love it too! It is seriously like magic! You simply put a clove of garlic inside the tube, roll it on the counter like you are making playdough snakes and voila’! The skin comes right off! Mine is very similar to this one.

3. Microplane

A microplane is a fancy name for a zester or grater. I use my microplane a lot. It is perfect for grating ginger, which I keep in the freezer so I have some on hand at all times. (Ginger is great in fried rice!) I also use it for grating lemon or lime peel in baked goods or in my lemon chicken recipe. You could also use it for grating Parmesan cheese but I have a rotary cheese grater for that. I like that mine has a cover on it so that I don’t cut myself when I’m rummaging around in my drawer. Mine is similar to this one but this one has little rubber feet on the bottom so you can rest it on a surface and it won’t slip. Wish mine had that.
This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

This one has great reviews and the price is nice too! If you read the questions you’ll see that it comes with a cover and has the little feet as well. These two are not bidirectional, so keep that in mind when using. This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

4. Measuring cup for teaspoons and tablespoons

When baking and cooking you use a lot of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring. Life got so much easier when I discovered a small glass with all the markings for teaspoons and tablespoons and all their fractions. It makes measuring liquid servings, like vanilla, a breeze!

This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/I prefer glass measuring cups but if you like plastic, here’s a plastic version. It’s also slightly cheaper.
This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

5. Clamshell tongs

I have several different kinds of tongs but the ones I reach for the MOST often are these:
This is one of my five favorite kitchen tools saving me tons of time! For others visit http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/favorite-kitchen-tools/

They are prefect for flipping chicken I’m sauteing in a pan, or for serving spaghetti. I can toss a salad, or pick up asparagus. I’m telling you – I use them EVERY day! I have some that are spring loaded but they hurt my hand after a while.

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So there you have it! Five of my can’t-live-without tools for the kitchen! Can’t wait to see what others have shared! Don’t forget to visit Christy’s blog next!

If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy my tips on how to be a better cook, my favorite Italian cookbooks, and my quick rundown on herbs and spices used in Italian cooking.

About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I’m a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I’m always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I’m fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

18 thoughts on “5 Favorite Small Kitchen Tools

  1. I want and need everything in this post except, by some miracle, I have the tongs already. Thank you for the great suggestions and for the links for purchasing them. Will pass this post on to Santa.

  2. Great stocking stuffer items! Garlic does have a pungent smell – and peeling can be a pain! I usually smack the head of garlic with the side of my big chef knife and then chop it.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

  3. I have #1, but I didn’t know I didn’t have to peel the clove first! Do you get enough garlic out of it that way?!? I need #2. I have #3 and #5, and I’ve eyed #4 but wasn’t sure if it was all that great. May have to give these ideas to my guy so he can ask Santa to put them in my Christmas stocking! Thanks for the great post!

  4. OMG!!! Why did I not include my garlic press!! It seriously is a fave!! And thanks for the reminder to add tongs to my Christmas list. I don’t have a pair and every single time I need them I kick myself! Loved this hop Sheila!

    1. I love my tongs and often have to fish them out of the dishwasher because I need them that frequently!

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