3 Cheap Kitchen Tools that Make Life EasierPosted by MeckMom on Feb 10, 2010 in Best of MeckMom, Popular Posts: Organizing | 9 comments
I love a great kitchen gadget; especially those that simplify my life and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few of my recent favorites.
- Painter’s Tape ($2, WalMart)
Ok, I know this low-tack tape probably doesn’t qualify as a kitchen gadget to most people, but I use it in my kitchen all the time. I’ve even got a special hook inside my cupboard door to keep my roll of tape handy (and keep it out of the hands of my tape-loving kids). I use it for all kinds of things like making a reusable seal on bags of snacks or to close up bags of frozen goods before they get tossed back into the freezer. I’ve even been known to make a tape line across my kitchen floor when I’m prepping a big dinner. When my kids see the blue line on the floor they know Mom is stressed out and they’re not allowed to cross…unless someone’s bleeding…a lot. Sorry, but sometimes we Moms just need our space. Please tell me I’m not alone on this one.
- Fruit Spray ($1, WalMart)
We’re big on fresh fruit at our house. I probably buy at least 10 pounds a week because Sam’s Club has such a great selection and because I hate the look and texture of the canned stuff. One tool that comes in really handy is this little spray bottle of lemon water I keep in the fridge. It’s just a simple travel-size bottle of water mixed with a few tablespoons of lemon juice. When I’m chopping the kids a snack for school or making a fruit salad for dinner I just grab my bottle and give the fruit a quick spray. It keeps the fruit from browning (even several hours in advance) and gives everything a nice bright flavor.
- Pineapple Cutter ($7, Bed Bath & Beyond)
One of the fruits that never seemed to make it to my Sam’s Club cart was fresh pineapple. As much as I loved to eat it, chopping it was a sticky, tedious mess. That is until I found this handy gadget a few months ago. It’s a really simple device that cores a pineapple and produces a long, neat spiral of fruit in about 10 seconds. In fact, if you’re feeling fancy you can even use the hollowed pineapple base as a serving bowl (my kids were very impressed by this). It’s machine washable and made entirely of plastic so it’s very kid-friendly. Needless to say, fresh pineapple is now a staple on my Sam’s Club list.
See? I told you they were cheap. For under $10 you can run to the store and get all three of these handy kitchen tools and start making your life a little easier too. They’ve worked great for me. Just thought I’d pass it on.
Do you have a cheap kitchen tool you can’t live without? Share it with the rest of us in the comments area below.