Kitchen gadgets are lots of fun, otherwise why would show every show kitchen have rows of copper bottom pots hanging from the ceiling? But they can be pricy (and take up lots of room) so it’s important for the frugal cook to carefully consider her (or his) tools when preparing to cook.
Here are my three favorite kitchen gadgets, frugal and practical tools that I use over and over again. They last forever, don’t take up a lot of room and are endlessly useful.
A wooden spoon. Perhaps the most basic tool in your kitchen, the humble wooden spoon is endlessly useful. Try using it instead of a rubber or silicone spatula when scraping bowls. Nor will it scratch your non stick pans. You can even give it to your toddler as an impromptu drumstick!
A dutch oven. This link goes to a 5 quart, cherry-red Le Creuset dutch oven on Amazon, priced at about $200. Follow it to see exactly what I’m talking about, but don’t even think about spending that kind of money on what is basically a very fancy pot! I have one that I picked up from a thrift store a few years ago for â‚¬5. Sure, the paint is not quite as shiny as the pretty red one pictured, but it is still just as serviceable, in spite of its age.
What I love about dutch ovens is that they are endlessly serviceable- they go from fridge, to oven, to table and back to the fridge again. You can cook soup or stew on the stove or bake casseroles in the oven. While it won’t be the only pot in your cupboard, it truly is a pot of many trades.
A hand mixer and blender set. My husband bought me one for our wedding anniversary a few years ago (and yes, we’re still married!) and I love it. I use it almost daily, in many different ways. I love how small it is, fitting just in a drawer, which is endlessly practical!
What are your favorite, frugal kitchen tools?