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So I have a few apparatus or gadgets if you want to call them that, that help me as my assistants in the kitchen. They make my life easier and my kitchen experience much more enjoyable.
These include my daily helpers: the handheld grater- for zests, hard cheeses, fresh grateable spices such as ginger and garlic, etc. This is amazing for that beautiful garnish on top, or to add that extra zing to your already cooked meals. And handheld is obviously a million times better than the traditional bulky grater. This is so cheap as well, I think I got it at the crazy store for R30.
The meat tenderizer- to flatten the meat and making it porous for quicker cooking, works for schnitzels, steaks, etc. This is one of my kitchen time savers I cherish. Think how long it takes to cook meat, now half the cooking time by tenderizing the meat! And it leaves the beautiful marks that give your presentation a bit of an edge. But the topping on the cake, especially for the ladies is; it works miracles for anger management after your husband/boyfriend/child has really upset you. I’m sure this has prevented a lot of murders! So husband/boyfriend, buy your parner a tenderizer and you’ll live longer.
The pizza cutter- with my husbands obsession of all things Italian, this has become a very important gadget as I cook pizza very often. It gives a precise and clean cut and it’s so easy to handle. I even let my son use it sometimes, that’s how safe it is. You just roll it and it cut the slices while it rolls. I’ve also used it making rotis and tortillas, when I’ve rolled out my flour and I need that perfect round shape.
The marinade injector- I’m not really sure what the official name is, but I call it an injector. My husband bought me this because I’m a doctor and I inject people everyday, he thought it would be funny if I also used my doctoring skills in the kitchen. This has become a valuable apparatus for my roasts especially. It’s also become a valuable knives’ guard, meaning, my son doesn’t mess with my precious knives anymore because he’s scared of the injection lying next to them😊.
The brush- this is a normal paint brush. I used it to brush my sauces or marinades on my meat mostly during roasting or outside on the braai. Simple but valuable. Obviously an unused for painting and clean painting brush.
The sharpener- I use this to sharpen my knives without damaging them, a lot of sharpeners actually damage your blade. But my knives are very special to me, this is a shogun sharpener. It anchors on the surface as well using the vacuum effect, for safer sharpening. But this is only for smooth bladed knives.
My mortar and pestle- I love my spices so this is valuable tool to grind my spices. And I got this one in Swaziland on my son’s second burthday, so it is very dear to my heart. It’s one of my flavour infusing secrets. If you think about it, whole spices vs immediately ground spices = ground spices have a much wider range of flavour than whole. They mix much better. With grinding you can also mix different spices, so they intergrate and encoporate well before being cooked.
Sieves- different sizes, self explanatory really. But I use them a lot when I make sauces and infused oils. But they work extra hard for my cocktails on Thursdays☺️.
Cookie cutters- no I still suck at baking, I have not taken up cookie making as a hobby. I’m still working on my patience skills with recipes. But I use these to shape my foods during the plating stage of my cooking. They really make a huge difference in presentation, that perfectly round rice, mash, couscous, even veg. If you look back on the previous posts, you’ll see how often it gets used!
My precious knives of course, with a magnetic knife block are just perfect. I love these. They are pretty but fierce, and feisty just like their owner😉. I got them not for very much. Look how gorgeous they are and I didn’t even have to sacrifice a pair of shoes! The magnetic block helps keep the blade sharper for long as you don’t have to put it in the knife block everytime you use the knife, so there’s no friction against the blade at all.
My blender- to blitz or blend but ever since my husband got me a ‘food processor’ I only use it for my cocktails now, in my Defence though, I did buy it for my cocktails in the first place when I was still a student working as a part time cocktail bartender. It’s not the easiest thing to clean, especially if you’ve blended thick substances, like soup. But these really last long, I’ve had this for over 8 years and it’s given me zero problems.
Food processor’ in inverted comas, because it’s not like a one system traditional food processor. This is a combination of handheld, food processing, of different foods at different consistencies. You have to get to know it better to understand who does what and how but I love it now! Obviously there are parts I use the most and some I barely use. With this I can whisk, blitz, blend sauces, make smooth mesh, make crumbs, pastes and pest is etc, the functions are endless.
This his is how my life is simplified by my favourite kitchen gadgets and apparatus, and mostly thanks to my lovely husband.