What kitchen gadgets do you have...and do you use them?
I was watching my favorite cooking show, French Cooking at Home, with Laura Calder...and she was talking about getting rid of many of her kitchen gadgets. She's trying to simplify her cooking style (at least on this episode from 2009). So I wondered, what kitchen gadgets do you have...and do you use them?
Over the years, I've had a small food processor and a pasta maker (the crank kind) and a few other 'gadgets' that I never used and gave to my mom. She loves them and has had fun trying them out, but she's also retired :)
I would love to find an old time meat grinder...to make sausage, relishes, etc. That would be fun. My style of cooking is pretty old fashioned (learned a lot from my two grandmothers) and they did most things by hand or with a hand mixer, especially for beating egg whites. I rarely use my blender (except when one friend comes to visit, who loves homemade daiquiris LOL) and the microwave is a great way to soften margerine/butter, for the most part.
But that's just me. What about you? Do you have gadgets? Do you use them...and really enjoy them? Anything you would recommend that really helps you with your cooking/baking? Or, are you thinking about getting rid of a few things and simplifying?