Uncommonly Useful Cooking Tools

December 9, 2017 CarolAnn

Whatever the job, the right tools can make all the difference. The right cooking tools can make you a better, happier cook. They can save you time and frustration, and help you achieve better results.

My kitchen is on the small side, with just enough storage for everything. And I am a minimalist at heart and in practice. So I run a lean kitchen, stocked with carefully selected cooking tools.

In this post I’ll share my favorite uncommonly useful cooking tools.

Uncommonly Useful Cooking Tools

Braun MultiQuick 5 2 Speed Hand Blender w/ Wand, Whisk, Beaker, Masher & Chopper

From the manufacturer

Braun MultiQuick 5 2 Speed Hand Blender w/ Wand, Whisk, Beaker, Masher & Chopper
The global leader in hand blenders has done it again with the Braun Multiquick 5 Hand Blender, model MQ537. Fitting neatly and comfortably in your hand, you’re guaranteed to use this cooking tool daily for all of your culinary tasks. A beaker, whisk, 2-cup chopper and masher let you master everything from sauces to smoothies and soups.

This is one of my top-favorite kitchen tools.

I use it to puree my homemade tomato sauce, and whenever I want to puree a soup. It used to be that I’d have to mobilize my food processor to do these jobs. I really minded the time and fuss that entailed, and disliked the cleanup.

This little beauty does the work with great ease, and cleans up in a wink.

Here are a few of my recipes that use the immersion blender:

Kitchen Shears


If you have kitchen shears, how do you use them? If you only use them to open packages, then read on!

Kitchen shears have all sorts of clever uses. The Kitchn details six of them.

OXO Good Grips Apple Corer and OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler

I use these two companion tools whenever my recipe calls for sliced, peeled apples.

See my post for Good and Fruity Salads. There you will see that Good and Fruity Salad #1 includes apples.

Microplane Classic Original Zester Grater

uncommonly useful cooking tools

From the manufacturer

This tool is normally used to grate citrus for perfect lemon, lime, and orange zests or to create pillowy mounds of Parmesan cheese. However, it is also a great tool for grating spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and even chilies into fresh ground powders. If your dish requires fresh grated ginger or garlic, this tool will do that job as well. Customers have let us know that they even use this tool to remove burnt edges from cookies and bread. What will you use it for?

Here are a few of my recipes that use the microplane to grate zest:

Fante’s Uncle Cristian’s Garlic Slicer and Grater

Fante’s is a family owned and operated retail business, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Italian market since 1906. Famous chefs and cookbook writers make it a point to stop at Fante’s when visiting Philadelphia.

From Fante’s

Fante’s Uncle Cristian’s Garlic Slicer Grater easily creates paper-thin garlic slices or grates it into a fine paste

Fante’s Uncle Cristian’s Garlic Slicer Grater creates paper-thin slices of garlic or grates it into a paste in just seconds. Why press when you can slice and grate? A helpful addition to cooking tools, home cooks can add depths of flavor to favorite dishes without fuss or mess. A handle enables the perfect angle for quick and easy food preparation. The removable pusher plate helps protect hands from harm and keeps them free from strong odors. Easy to use. Simply place a peeled clove inside the hopper and, using the pusher plate, slide garlic against the blades or grater with an up-and-down motion. Sturdy and durable. Dislodge stubborn food bits with a gentle brush. Made with stainless steel blades, Uncle Cristian’s Garlic Slicer Grater is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Made from stainless steel; removable sliding pusher plate protect fingers; handle allows a perfect angle for quick and easy food preparation
Easily slice or grate garlic into paper-thin slivers or a fine paste; add depths of flavor to favorite dishes quickly without the fuss and mess

Simply place peeled garlic inside the hopper and slide it along the blades or grater; pusher plate keeps hands safe and odor free

Sturdy, durable, easy to use; dislodge stubborn food bits with a gentle brush; dishwasher safe for easy cleanup

Here are a few recipes where I use this great garlic tool: