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Post  sfg4uKim on Mon 18 Oct 2010 - 23:28

Does anyone have any handy gadgets you use in the kitchen/garden?

I use the handy gadget below.  It goes by several names (Slice-Pro, Clever Cleaver, Clever Cutter).  It's a thin, sharp knife blade on top & a small cutting board on the bottom and you use it like a pair of scissors.  It's ESPECIALLY good for slicing carrots.

BUT I also use it to chop up things for the compost pile.  It's GREAT at cutting melon rinds!

LOL Amazon.com has one for sale for $177 which I truly believe is an error.  I got mine YEARS ago at JC Penney for around $15.  If it IS that valuable, I'll be glad to sell mine for the bargain price of $150.   Laughing

I'd love to hear if anyone else has handy gadgets or if you use an everyday item in an unusual way for your kitchen or garden.



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Kim


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Post  ander217 on Tue 19 Oct 2010 - 4:36

Our handy item really isn't a gadget at all but a multi-purpose tool. It's an old garden spade handle. It has a pointed end which is perfect for making planting holes in MM so I can drop larger seeds while standing, and then cover them up without having to bend over.

My husband turned it on its side and with a marker he marked off one foot sections to use as a guide for measuring grids on the boxes and beds. He marked one section off into inches to use as a planting guide for each grid.

It is sturdy enough that I can use it to push over-reaching vine crops back to their places, and I've used it to push Juicy Fruit gum rolls down into vole holes.

It serves as a walking stick on those days when I'm a little "weebly", and it also keeps rambunctious pups at bay.

If my husband ever needs a new spade handle, it can always return to the purpose for which it was created.
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Post  Megan on Tue 19 Oct 2010 - 17:43

My favorite toy is my knife. It is a 10" Victorinox chef's knife and while under $30, its reviews on Cook's Illustrated compare it easily to knives costing hundreds of dollars. I loooooove it!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-47521-10-Inch-Fibrox-Handle/dp/B0000CF8YO

Second favorite is my bench blade. Third, the veggie peeler which loops over my finger so I don't have to grasp a handle.

After that, hard to say. Garden, I think my favorite so far (and best buy) was my irrigation system. I got the basic setup going for under $50. Kitchen, my lid-lifter is very handy. Basically it's a magnet on a plastic stem, used for fishing canning lids out of hot water. It came as part of a kit and cheap as it was, I'm sure I paid far more than needed, but it's so handy I have no complaints.
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Post  sfg4uKim on Tue 19 Oct 2010 - 18:54

Love the ideas. Keep 'em coming.

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Post  SFG in Chicago on Wed 20 Oct 2010 - 18:11

I bought myself one of these last year: rolling gardening seat. I really love it. I've got bad knees so I can't really kneel on the ground. I don't really have a bad back but bending to plant does make it sore. The seat is the perfect height to sit & plant in the SFG.

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Post  Squat_Johnson on Thu 21 Oct 2010 - 8:29

This is a great garden kneeler/stool that I got a couple years ago for $18.99. I bought two and use them all the time.

http://www.amazon.com/Step-2-5A0100-Garden-Kneeler/dp/B00004W431/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1287674031&sr=1-6
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Re: What's your favorite kitchen/garden gadget?

Post  Megan on Thu 21 Oct 2010 - 15:28

Speaking of gadgets, does anyone know of a source for the wire cage you use to blanch large #'s of tomatoes all at once? I've seen pictures of them in the Ball Book but they don't seem to sell them.
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Re: What's your favorite kitchen/garden gadget?

Post  acara on Thu 21 Oct 2010 - 16:43

@Megan wrote:Speaking of gadgets, does anyone know of a source for the wire cage you use to blanch large #'s of tomatoes all at once? I've seen pictures of them in the Ball Book but they don't seem to sell them.

tee-hee .... If it's metal, I can find it ...LOL

Blanching basket 1


Blanching Basket 2


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Post  Megan on Thu 21 Oct 2010 - 17:04

Ah hah! Thank you. That last one was EXACTLY what I was looking for! thanks

Hmm... but they seem to be sold out! Cry. Sad
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Post  milaneyjane on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 7:41

SWIM GOGGLES!!!!!! Yes I am shouting with joy! It is the only way I can cut onions thanks to severe eye allergies. I have tried every trick in the book for cutting onions and nothing worked. Thankfully I have three kids in swim team so there are always plenty of goggles handy! Laughing
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Post  Old Hippie on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 16:30

@Megan wrote:Ah hah! Thank you. That last one was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Hmm... but they seem to be sold out! Cry. Sad

Too bad they are out of them. Can you make do with a basket from a deep fryer? That is what I use

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Post  sfg4uKim on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 16:41

WOW. I could have used the rolling garden cart today. I was helping our church for a Make A Difference Day (M.A.D.D.) project. Each year we do an "Extreme Makeover" on a teachers' lounge in a school in our area.

Today I was painting and I really would have loved to "scoot" around the room on the cart instead of crawling on the floor.

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Post  Megan on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 16:49

@Old Hippie wrote:
@Megan wrote:Ah hah! Thank you. That last one was EXACTLY what I was looking for!

Hmm... but they seem to be sold out! Cry. Sad

Too bad they are out of them. Can you make do with a basket from a deep fryer? That is what I use

GK

I would... if I had a deep fryer. In the past I've used a spider... guess I will be using it again. Maybe I'll splurge and buy a big one; the one I have now is only big enough for one tomato at a time.
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Post  Old Hippie on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 16:55

Try 2nd hand stores or thrift stores in their household depts. It is amazing the stuff you can find in there. We have a couple of stores like that here the very often have a good collection of kitchen stuff for very cheap and you can always advertise on Freecycle if you have one in your area.

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Post  Megan on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 17:00

I'll look, thanks GK. Smile
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Post  camprn on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 18:23

Megan, I use a large flat skimming ladle to scoop out the veggies when they are done blanching.
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Post  Megan on Fri 22 Oct 2010 - 18:42

That's what a spider is, more or less. Mine is relatively small, but they are made larger, too. I think I'll just put up with what I've got, as I don't have a lot of storage space for additional stuff. Thanks so much to everyone for ideas!
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Post  camprn on Sun 24 Oct 2010 - 8:08

For under the cooking kettle a heat diffuser.
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Post  camprn on Wed 27 Oct 2010 - 16:48

Whilst processing my first batch of

I sort of ended up with

Then for my second batch I got smart and used


and then I was sort of
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Post  sfg4uKim on Thu 28 Oct 2010 - 7:38

LOVED IT camprn. I only have 2 questions . . .

1. Picture #3 wasn't a proctology appointment was it? Mixing hot peppers and . . . well you know. affraid

2. Is it a burden being that gorgeous peaceful person in the last photo? flower

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Post  acara on Thu 28 Oct 2010 - 10:59

ksroman wrote:LOVED IT camprn. I only have 2 questions . . .

1. Picture #3 wasn't a proctology appointment was it? Mixing hot peppers and . . . well you know. affraid


My first guess was Rocky Horror Picture Show exerpt ... Very Happy

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Post  camprn on Fri 31 Dec 2010 - 15:04

I am putting the Mason Bee and bat house on my short list. http://www.etsy.com/shop/andrewsreclaimed
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Post  Odd Duck on Mon 3 Jan 2011 - 8:45

That bat house has a wire landing pad area. This is not recommended by most bat rehabbers. Most recommend grooves cut into the wood or plastic or fiberglass mesh/screen, not wire. The wire can cause frost injury in the cold and heat injury in the summer.

There are good boxes and plans available here:

http://www.batworld.org/bcs/bat_houses.html

Amanda Lollar is considered one of the world experts on rehabbing bats and has written a book just on rehab of bats (as well as other books - info on the website). She is also one of the nicest people I've ever met and you will NOT find a more dedicated individual anywhere. JMHO

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Post  camprn on Mon 3 Jan 2011 - 10:53

Thanks for the good info. I will check out the link!
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