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What is your favorite gadget? The one item that nobody needs but you absolutely love.
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I love my aluminum batti carni. A heavy pan would do, but I love it.
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post #3 of 46
Hi Mez,

What's a "batti carni"?

I have a small gadget for julienning green beans.

Also love my little garlic mandoline. It gives me nice paper thin slices on one side and the other side purées it.
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post #4 of 46
I love my mandoline and my food mill not sure if htey qualify as gadget though.


Kimmie I am curious where did you find a garlic mandoline??
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post #5 of 46
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I would also love to know more about the garlic mandoline. I have a recipe for garlic "chips" that I want to try out on my mother ( she's a BIG fan of garlic anything). What is the source? How much? etc.

[ June 03, 2001: Message edited by: Svadhisthana ]
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A batti carne (spelling???) is what you use to flatten veal scallops, chicken breast, etc. I think carne/carni means meat. Batti may mean beat. I won't go there.....
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post #7 of 46
I have my tomato shark, it's basically a miniature mellon baller, with a serrated scoop, used for coring tomatoes. I also have a mini garlic slicer, I got it at liquidation world for $0.99, it's pretty cool, although the coolest gadget I've ever seen in the kitchen, is the pocket blow torch, I would really like to get one of those.

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post #8 of 46
Gotcha Mez!

Sisi and Svadhisthana,

I had to send someone on holidays in Texas to pick one up for me at Williams-Sonoma. But don't cry, I think I saw it at La Soupière...

[ June 03, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]
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post #9 of 46
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I found it here
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That's the one. Glad you found it.

In exchange, I want you to tell me how to do that "here" thing...pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase!!


:D

[ June 03, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]
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post #11 of 46
You will have to pry my stick blender out of my cold dead fingers. Yes, I could use a whisk for most of the things I do with it, but I love my stick blender. Also love my vacuum sealer. Allows me to buy big hunks of good cheese [good, not great - unless I buy by mail I'm not going to get great here] and reseal it so that it stays fresh for months, which is a good thing for us home cooks. I also use it to preserve bulk yeast so that I only spen $3-4 per year on yeast.
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I have a little battery powered milk frother, perfect for Capuccino.

It's like having a magic wand!

Hubby laughed at me when I bought it. Guess who's having the last laugh!


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post #13 of 46
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Nancya,
I love my stick blender too. So much so that I no longer consider it a "gadget". I think every kitchen should have one. ;)


Kimmie, I am going to two local gourmet kitchen supply stores and see if they have the garlic mandolin. Have you found any non-garlic related uses for it? I love to multitask my "toys"
post #14 of 46
Yep! I also use it to purée ginger. Makes nice slices too on the reverse side.

Another thing I love is the "Great Grater" from Martha Stewart. Talk about multitasking, this thing grates cheese, chocolate, garlic, ginger, it's fantastic for zesting either an orange or a lemon or a lime. I paid way too much for it (canadian exchange and all) but it's a very versatile "toy".

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[ June 04, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]
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post #15 of 46
My stock/soup/gumbo skimmer. I do not have the fine motor skills necessary to skim stock with a metal spoon or ladle.
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PS Mezz, thank you for your restraint
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[ June 04, 2001: Message edited by: KyleW ]
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post #16 of 46
A pie cooling rack. But, not for cooling crust or bread, the wire criss-cross pattern is perfect for pushing through avocados & hard boiled eggs for a perfect dice without making a mess with a chef's knife.
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Thanks Chef John Paul, that's a great tip. :D
post #18 of 46
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I bought a garlic madoline yesterday! $7.99 at bed bath and beyond :D Can't wait to use it.
post #19 of 46
Svad,

Used your garlic mandolin yet? Two months have passed since your purchase...
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post #20 of 46
Spiral whisk for long narrow containers sold at Williams Sonoma. Looks very George Jetsen. Great for whipping in measuring cups. Love the tomato corer/strawberry corer too!
post #21 of 46
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Kimmie,
Oh, yes! I've used it several times for garlic and ginger. Thanks for asking. :D
post #22 of 46
You're welcome Svad. I'm glad you like it. Have you been away? I missed your posts...


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post #23 of 46
My garnishing tool kit. I can do so many fun things with fruits and vegetables, and the girls at the sorority are as cute as little kids with the things I make. A simple example of their youthful exuberence...I bought a new gold fish bowl and filled it with blue jello and let it thicken in the fridge. Then I put a few gummy gold fish in and let the jello harden. You wouldn't believe how many college girls went fishing for the gummies! :)
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post #24 of 46
That is so cool Pastachef. A garnishing tool kit has been on my wishlist for a while. maybe one day....
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post #25 of 46
does anybody know where to find a "microplane grater"? It is a flat piece of stainless steel, about 7-8" long and 2 inches wide with tiny holes (not portrusions)all over. I see it used alot on the food network and cant seem to find them (let alone anybody who has heard of them) anywhere. would appreciate any help.
post #26 of 46
You should find it easily in good kitchen stores. If you wish to shop on the net, www.marthastewart.com carries one under the name of "Great Grater". You could also do a search through google.com. Just click here for google.com

and welcome to Cheftalk, chouxbacca.

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[ August 29, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]
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post #27 of 46
MICROPLANE GRATER: I got mine at Sur La Table. :D

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post #28 of 46
I love gadget! I love moulds too! :)
When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.

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post #29 of 46
thanx kimmie :D
you already welcomed me as jonas.
I just changed my name
post #30 of 46
Two gadgets. One is a totally useless toy that make hard boiled eggs square Peel a hot boiled egg, drop it in and twist on the top, drop in cold water...presto! The other is my german egg slicer. Works great on strawberries, oilves, mushrooms...and eggs...
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