Cool Tools

This weeks post is on kitchen tools. I suppose I am a closeted gadget freak. I get really excited about new kitchen implements while pretending outwardly (to my wife) that they are nothing but clutter. Well, I guess there is no turning back. There are four items that I think are really cool and you might like to try them out in your kitchen if you haven’t already.
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The first item is the trusty apple corer. This thing is sweet- It makes eating apples interesting for little friends and saves time. A little nut butter or a dash of lemon juice and we are rocking.
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Next up is the humble peeler. An unsung workhorse in most drawers, this old tool actually has some pretty versatile applications. Sure, potatoes and carrots, but how about peeling a mango? I feel so happy to know about that one. It not only peels, but can do great prep work with vegetables as well: shaved carrots are awesome on salad, cheese too. Shaved potatoes in hot oil are pretty nice- you have to press down hard for that one though.
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Some old spoon you say? Not so fast. Notice the drinking hole at the tip of the handle. It is connected to another opening on the bottom of the spoon-bowl. I don’t personally use this one, but it really seems to make liquid meals a blast for kids. I will warn you that if the user becomes too engrossed in their cereal eating there tends to be spillage on the table opposite the handle-end, which is every time my son eats.

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Last but possibly most awesome is the corn cutter. I am not sure if this particular design is new or not, but we recently received one as a gift and it is the real deal. Cutting corn from the cob with a knife is perilous and for me, often wasteful. This thing cuts a pre-measured swath of golden-delicious corn kernels every time. We didn’t waste a single ear of corn all summer! Just cut all the extra into a bowl for a salad or mix with batter for corn cakes. My mom makes this corn pudding, but it is not necessarily Montessori-approved. Happy kerneling!

-JQ

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