I love kitchen gadgets.
I love kitchen gadget stores.
I could spend days in Williams-Sonoma. I just thank the kitchen gods that I don't live in the U.S. – and that the new luggage restrictions are curtailing my spending when I'm there. And, fortunately for me (or unfortunately depending on point of view) the French aren't really into that sort of thing.
First: The Garlic Twister
I use a lot of garlic. This little gadget minces garlic at the flick of the wrist and no garlic fingers when I'm done. Just peel the garlic, pop it in, twist a few times and Voila! – perfectly minced garlic. Much easier to use and much, much easier to clean then my old garlic press.
I got mine through Solutions Catalogue – which is where I also got my 'microfiber 'no commercial products needed' cleaning cloths'. Again, grateful that they don't deliver to France (and if they do, please, don't tell me).
I use a lot of fresh herbs in the summer and this is my herb cutting board and knife – actually it's a mezzaluna. I got these at Williams-Sonoma years ago and it was well worth the money (most of their stuff is a bit pricey). Again, easy to use and easy to clean. I only use it for herbs, with the occasional addition of salt or garlic. I rub olive oil into it once a year as I do all of my cutting boards.
Finally, there is this handy little hand-made tool from the old guy in the Pyrenees. I'm sure he devised it to open the tins of white asparagus that are so cherished by the Spaniards. The asparagus either comes in glass jars or flat tins. If you live in a remote village and stock a pantry, you get the tins. They're a nightmare to open without pulling the tab off or slicing your wrists or both. This makes it a snap – not even a broken nail! You just lift the tab, insert the point and roll it back!
I'd offer to get them for everyone but I don't know if he's still making them or even still alive!
If anyone's interested I'll check next month when we're visiting our friend – we're planning a 'proper walk' in the mountains. The dogs need some exercise…..