5 Kitchen Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed…Until Now

Once upon a time, man survived by cooking his dinner over a fire. Then someone came along and invented The George Foreman Grill (I guess that someone would be George himself). And now? Now we don’t know how we could live without it.

But Georgie isn’t the only brilliant inventor out there; there are tons of kitchen thingies that will change your life.

I’ve compiled a list of cooking gadgets you don’t realize you need, but that is only because you haven’t used them yet. Forget DVR; these things are the best inventions since sliced bread.
1) I love corn on the cob, but I absolutely refuse to eat it unless someone cuts it off the cob for me. And since the only person who loves me enough to cut the corn off the cob for me is my dad, I don’t often get to enjoy it. But now that this gadget has been introduced into my life, I’m going to start eating it at every single chance I get! The corn on the cob stripper is the perfect dad replacement. If only it also gave me money…

2) I was never really very good at math (“What do I need to know that for?!”), which sometimes makes it pretty difficult to cook. But with these towels, my lack of knowledge doesn’t matter at all; they tell me how many tablespoons are in a cup, how many cups are in a pint, and even precisely how much a pinch is (1/16 teaspoon). The towels also happen to dry my hands and dishes – how convenient!

3) I’m still a bit confused as to how this gadget works, but I do know I enjoy eating crunchy cereal, and with this cereal bowl it is now possible. The Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl has a shelf, which works to hold the cereal above the milk. Then there’s a section of the bowl where you can mix the cereal with the milk right before you’re ready to take a nice crunchy bite. You’ve complained about eating soggy cereal for years, ut you never bothered to take the time to think of a solution. Luckily, somebody else did it for you.

4) There’s nothing in the world I love more than peanut butter. And there’s nothing I hate more than when all the oil floats up to the top of the container (blech). With “Grandpa Witmer’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer,” I don’t have to worry about this anymore! Just screw it onto the top of your peanut butter jar, turn the crank, and your peanut butter will mix right up. Really, though, if it’s so “old fashioned,” where has it been all my life?? Oh well, I’m just happy it’s here now.

5) Wait, I lied. There is one thing I love more than peanut butter: ice cream! And if you no longer have a college meal plan, you are going to die over this kitchen essential. Ask anyone the best part of eating in the dining hall and they’ll tell you, without a doubt, the soft serve machine. I used to end every meal with a large dish of soft serve (with all the appropriate toppings), but now that I actually have to walk down the street to the ice cream shop and use my own money to pay for it, I just don’t get it as much as I want to. If only I could make it in my house… Now I can with the Cuisinart soft serve machine! There is even a little area for toppings! Be still my heart. Cuisinart, you complete me.

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