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Five Items For Your Kitchen You May Not Even Realize You Need

While the gloomy economic climate has many homes (rightly) bucking against excess, this should not leave you sawing open a can with a paring knife or rolling out dough with an empty wine bottle. A well-equipped kitchen encourages us to bust out those delicious home meals, and anyone with a wallet knows eating in saves cash.

Still, it is all too easy to accumulate a drawerful of never-used gadgets bought in fits of culinary ambition: a homemade-pickle slicer? Really?

So what WILL you use, that won’t break the bank? Consider these suggestions, pulled straight off the Bowl and Board shelves:

1. CHOPSTICKS— Is your idea of the perfect Wednesday night picking up a box of chow mein on your way home to watch Top Chef in your pajamas? Why not save resources by skipping out on the dry, flimsy to-go sticks and investing in a durable set of bamboo beauties, for only $2 a pair? Those who like to stir-fry will also enjoy the sleekly-designed black silicon cooking chopsticks with stainless steel core, $11 a set. These are durable enough for everyday use, but elegant enough to use as serving utensils when hungry guests arrive seeking noodles.

2. ONION GOGGLES— Does chopping onions make you cry harder than the end of The Notebook? You’re not alone. And now there’s help. This line of multi-colored, unisex, super-AWESOME goggles have anti-fog lenses and are foam-sealed to protect your peepers from those pungent, tear-inducing fumes. Available in green, pink, black, and white, they also make good goggles for bikers and excellent gifts for friends. $22/pair.

3. MENU MINDER— A quick and easy way to organize the collection of take-out menus crowding your refrigerator door. This plastic folder adorned with vintage-themed restaurant covers will ensure you know just what toppings are offered at the corner place the next time you call for pizza. Spinach? Feta? Italian sausage? You betcha! $5

4. TEA DRIP CATCHER— So useful, so cheerful, so cheap. Disguised as a slice of lemon, this drip catcher slips over the spout of your teapot to ensure mess-free pouring. No drips on the table or cloth! $3 each.

5. PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SPREADERS— Parents, there are two reasons why you will love this item as much as your kids will. First, because it tricks them into making their own lunches. Second, because you will not have to worry about them injuring themselves while preparing said lunches. This spreader has two silicone ends– a tan one for peanut butter and a purple one for jelly, which reduces mixing in the jars! Or course it can also be used for spreading other condiments, plus you can wash it in the dishwasher, which is more than can be said for your kids’ sandwich-smeared faces.

These products and more are sold at Bowl & Board, just waiting to lighten your kitchen workload but not your pockets. Check them out in-store or online.

Twist Chopsticks from Totally Bamboo!

Twist Chopsticks from Totally Bamboo!

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January 13, 2009 at 3:03 am Leave a comment


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