Howdy sweet friends-o-mine!! Thanks for stopping by for this month’s Where Bloggers Live 07.2023: My Favorite Kitchen Gadget. This month finds us sharing one (or 3) kitchen gadgets we can’t live without. I am sharing my veggie chopper-upper, my egg cooker-upper and my beloved crockpot. Check them out!!
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Where Bloggers Live
Before we get underway, allow me to share where from where the ideas come for this colorful series. Each month our fearless leader Bettye comes up with a prompt for the gang to respond to. This has been one of my favorite series in which to participate and I hope to continue to join these fun-loving ladies for more thoughtful posts in the months to come.
If you missed last month’s post, you might check it out. We took a peek our collections and collectibles. You know, those precious treasures we have picked up along life’s journey. I shared my ❤️(he)art❤️ collections.
In May, we shared a peek into our medicine cabinets. When PC and I had our house built, we realized that medicine cabinets were MIA – missing in action. Or maybe MFB – missing from blueprints. Wherever would we store all of our DRUGS?? Find out here. Then in April, we shared a day in my life, weekend edition. Before that, our favorite website. BTW, mine is PINTEREST…are we friends on Pinterest yet? I just love it!!
Where Bloggers Live 07.2023
I know you will find this hard to believe, but for a hot minute I had the prompt for this post and next week’s Let’s Talk About… post mixed up. Crazy me. Was thinking today’s post was going to be about travel. And since I have not traveled anywhere in quite a while, I had no idea what I was going to write. Alas, it’s not about travel but about a favorite kitchen gadget. That I can do. And now I have a week to travel somewhere and write a post about it for this month’s Let’s Talk About. Whew!!
My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
Ever the Type A personality, I couldn’t limit my post to just 1 kitchen gadget. Nope. I am here to share 3…count ’em, 3 handy dandy kitchen gadgets. Let’s not waste another moment and jump right in here. Just know you are going to want to order some of these little cuties for your kitchen, too.
The Vegetable Chopper-upper
This device has not only saved me a lot of time but has probably saved me from losing several fingers. I am about as dangerous with a knife as I am with a car. But my BFF Sharon knew the peril my fingers were facing and came to the rescue when she gifted me my first vegetable chopper-upper. Since then I have gifted one to both daughters and I am proud to report that we are all 3 still in possession of our choppers and all of our fingers, as well.
The chopper-upper I have is no longer available. But it looks like it has been replaced by this new and improved model. For $10 more than the original model cost, this newfangled beauty doesn’t stop at just chopping. It comes with 4 interchangeable blades and can “effortlessly julienne, chop and slice vegetables…(the) built-in chop lid lets you cut foods directly into the 1.2 liter collection tray without the mess of a knife and cutting board. Storage container lets you hold prepared vegetables in the Fullstar Vegetable Cutter until you are ready to begin cooking.” [source]
Look how quick and easy it is to use. Sure, I might not pull it out to cut a slice of cheese. But it is a whiz for chopping vegetables for soup, stir-fry, salads. For demonstration purposes – doesn’t that sound fancy?? – I am chopping up a wedge of gruyere cheese for a lunchtime salad.
Those little metal grid blades are sharp. So, the chopper comes with a comb to use to clean the blades and detachable plastic lid.
I haven’t tried washing my chopper in the dishwasher, but this new model specifically says it is dishwasher safe on the top shelf. This gadget is truly genius. The chopper is $29.99 but comes with a $5 off coupon on Amazon. If you are interested in purchasing, please consider using my affiliate link to do so. Click here!!
The Egg Cooker-upper
PC and I both like to eat boiled eggs on salads or with salt and pepper for snacks. But when I would boil them in a pan of water, I could never be sure the eggs were completely hard boiled. And this girl does not do runny yolks. No, ma’am. My friend Priscilla introduced me to the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker and my life was forever changed.
The Dash has a 6-egg capacity, allowing top chefs like me to “cook up to 6 eggs in soft, medium, or hard-boiled firmness, while saving time and water. Eggs come out consistently perfect with shell easy to peel, and clean-up is snap…This is the PERFECT appliance…(for preparing) hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, individual omelets, and all within minutes of the push start button – it couldn’t be easier.” [source]
Wish they had had this adorable red model when I bought mine. Almost all of my small kitchen appliances are red. Strangely enough though, my 3 favorite gadgets aren’t!
Here’s how quick it is to use. First step, prick the end of each egg with the provided device.
Place each egg into the cooker with the pricked side up. Add water according to how well boiled you prefer your egg using the provided measuring container.
Seal the top, push the button to begin heating the water in the cooker. The cooker will ding when the eggs are finished, and the unit will shut off automatically.
When my eggs were finished today, I turned my vegetable chopper-upper into an egg chopper-upper to add to my salad for lunch.
Voilà!! Lunch is served.
If you are not familiar with Skinnygirl salad dressings, please consider giving them a try. They are available in 8 different varieties. And are zero Weight Watcher points for a 2-tablespoon serving. Delish!!
You can have an egg cooker-upper delivered straight to your doorstep by purchasing with my affiliate link, here.
This is my all-time favorite kitchen gadget. If the house was on fire and PC and the kitties were safe, the next things I would try to save would be my scrapbooks and my crockpot. I love it.
You probably have a beloved crockpot, too, so I don’t need to sing this appliance’s praises to you. No doubt you already know how wonderful a crockpot can be. Neither of my girls use theirs like I do mine but I am working on that. Above I mentioned the Where Bloggers Live post I wrote about my Pinterest boards. I have created a special section on my Cooking, Cuisine and Calories board dedicated solely to crockpot recipes. Check it out, here. Many of the recipes I have shared with you on my blog have been crockpot recipes. My Salisbury steak, a son-in-law fave. And my pulled-pork chili, a PC favorite. My mouth is watering.
The only way my veggie chopper, egg cooker and crockpot could be better would be if they were RED!! I wouldn’t have to hide them away in the cabinets then.
Do you have a favorite go-to kitchen gadget? Have you used a veggie chopper-upper or an egg cooker-upper before? Or do you prefer the old-fashioned method of chopping and boiling…risking life and limb in doing so. Do you have and use your crockpot regularly? If so, what’s your favorite crockpot recipe? I haven’t done a recipe swap and blog hop post in a long time. Maybe I should think about putting one together soon with favorite summer veggie-chopping, egg-boiling, crockpot-cooking recipes.
Hope you will join me in stopping by to discover the kitchen gadgets that make my Where Bloggers Live girlfriends’ smile. Shall we all pop in on their blogs together?
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Sally at Within a World of My Own
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
There’s 1 last gadget I have to share real quick. The corn cob holders. I use mine in a number of ways. One favorite is as a tiny screwdriver. But in the video below you will see how I used them to cut corn off the cob for my daughters when they wore braces. I truly did this for years until it occurred to me (or perhaps someone pointed out) that it would be easier to cut the corn off without the bottom holder attached to the cob.
HAHAHA! Sad but true.
PC and I are enjoying his Friday off with a massage and lunch out in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary. Looking forward to a delightful, stress-free day. What are you up to today and this weekend? Wherever life takes you, I hope there is some fun and relaxation built in.
Thank you for spending a few minutes here with me.
Hugs and kisses,