Bath Gloves, the kind you use in the shower for exfoliating your body. These nylon gloves are ideal for efficiently scrubbing even the most delicate and stubborn greens and vegetables. After all, they are delicate enough for human skin. Put on the gloves and both hands can scrub at the same time, making the process much quicker and more effective than using a standard vegetable brush. Buy an extra pair of bath gloves at any drug store or on amazon.com, and keep them in the kitchen just for this purpose.
Spin 'n Stor spinning bag, a reusable plastic bag to spin and dry greens and herbs without damaging even the most delicate herbs. Simply fill the bag half-way with washed greens, grab the top closed, and spin it vigorously (like a pitcher getting ready to pitch a fast-ball). Excess water drains into a reservoir at the bottom of the bag. Pour out the water from reservoir. Use washed and dried greens immediately or refrigerate them in the bag for later use. Available on amazon.com.
Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer, a simple hand-crank tool that does a zillion things and lasts forever. Ultra-sharp stainless steel blades and teeth create noodles, chips, and slices of most solid fruits and vegetables. My favorite thing to use it for: making spaghetti strands out of raw zucchini. Available on amazon.com.
Kyocera Ceramic Slicer, a lightweight plastic hand-held mandolin with an incredibly sharp double-sided ceramic blade that slices in both directions. The non-corrosive blade never needs sharpening. Use a back and forth cutting motion to create paper-thin veggies (and onion slices) in less than half the time of a standard mandolin or knife. To wash, simply hold under running tap water. Available at amazon.com.
Microplane Zester/Grater, similar to a rasp (a small woodworking tool), ideal for quickly and safely grating even the hardest cheeses into very delicate strands. Superior for zesting citrus fruits and grating ginger. Available at amazon.com
Flexible Cutting Mats, available in sets of 3 or more, in various colors to help the cook avoid cross-contamination. Use one color exclusively for meat and poultry, another for garlic and onions, another for fruits and vegetables, and another for fish. These cutting mats are very light-weight, take up no space, are dishwasher-safe, and best of all they are flexible so all your chopped foods can be easily funneled into the pot or bowl. Available in sets on amazon.com or at your local kitchen shop.
Blendtec,this grand champion of blenders consistently out-performs its more-well-known competitor. BlendTec is faster, safer, more efficient, easier to use, simple to clean (with no waste), and gives a better finished product. Its sleek design, safety features, strong warranty, and multiple uses put it head and shoulders above any other small kitchen appliance. I have used mine every day for over fifteen years. Contact me for best place (and price) to purchase Blendtec in Hawaii.
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