Great kitchen gadgets for sure, but which ones are “grilladelic”? Which ones contribute to the joys of cooking over an open fire? The grilladelic opinion in red.
From Bon Appetit
The Best Kitchen Gadgets of the Year
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for kitchen tools. Granted, an awful lot of them are completely and totally useless, but every year a few things come out that I find I can’t cook without. Here are my 10 favorites from the past year.1. Cuisinart Elite Collection 4-Cup Chopper Grinder This mini processor is powerful, easy to clean, and great for everything from grinding nuts to chopping onions. Grilladelic. Certainly good for sauces, salsas and marinades. Easy to clean is critical! 2. The FoodPod This funny looking silicone bag is remarkably useful. I use it to make boiled eggs and to blanche vegetables. Interesting. Wish I would of thought of it..but don’t see it around the pit. You might even get laughed at. 3. Adjustable Rolling Pin Removable rings and inch/centimeter markings mean that you can roll pie, pizza, or cookie dough to the right thickness and width every time. Nice but nah.
4. Measuring Flour Sifter I’d more or less given up on sifters until I found this product. The attached cup means there’s no mess, and you can measure your dry ingredients before and after you sift. Nope
5. Zip and Dry Apron With a removable terry-cloth towel zipped to the bottom of this apron, you always have a dish towel within reach. YES. Very much grilladelic. A lot of food handling goes on at the grill: prepping ribs, saucing, turning, pulling…very cool.
6. Apple Peeler These Rube Goldberg-like devices have been around for years, but I finally broke down and tried one and I’m now a convert. You can get through enough apples for a pie in no time, and the attached corer/slicer makes prep even faster. Not grilladelic, but I want one for my kitchen. 7. Microplane Cut-Resistant Glove Now that I use this one-size fits all glove, I suffer from many fewer grated fingers and I’m much more comfortable using a mandoline. Made by the people who are responsible for the amazing Microplane graters, these gloves aren’t cut proof (you still need to take all safety precautions), but they will make grating cheese, chocolate and veggies a lot more pleasant. Grilladelic. Trimming and prepping made a little safer. Slaw is critical with pulled pork. 8. Portion Control Bowls These are ideal for things like pasta and cereal where it’s so easy to take just a little bit more than you mean to. Good idea but BBQ is not about portions.
9. The Granny Fork Julia Child loved this tool, and it’s easy to see why. It costs less than $10 and it does a multitude of things from stirring to serving. OK. if Julia loves it, so do I. 10. Reusable Produce Bags buy a few of these light, fine-mesh bags and you’ll never have to use those impossible-to-open, flimsy plastic bags in the produce aisle ever again. Need greens for turn in…yes, it is grilladelic.