We all have things in our lives that we do a little, well, half-baked. We are an ingenuitive species, so when things don’t work for us we either create something that does or modify what already exists. And from that spirit, we also find new uses for old or broken things.
I have purchased a lot of kitchen gadgetry. It’s kind of sick when I think about it, so I won’t. But of all of my chopper/slicer/dicer/flipper/stirrer toys, I have one thing that stands above them all.
The Chef Helper is a little kitchen gadget I bought at the dollar store probably a year into our marriage. I remember where I got it at (Crystal, MN) and I don’t even know what I was doing there, but for some reason I was compelled to buy this. It has metal wires like a whisk, but opens up like a pair of tongs.
Now here is where the sad ingenuity from earlier in the post comes in. It’s broken. It’s been broken for much longer than it ever wasn’t. And before it was broken, I hardly ever used it. Then the spring came loose, some little plastic piece busted off and it was left like this:
And since it’s been broken I use it constantly! I just grab one half and whisk away. I love how it functions like a whisk, but because of it being flat there is more control and I can use it to scrape the sides of the bowl, like I would with a spatula. I have looked at many stores to find something a little less, er, pathetic looking, but nothing that I’ve found measures up to my two $.50 whisk things. I love ‘em.
Do you have anything of this low a caliber in your kitchen that you just can’t replace? Any odd, ingenuitive kitchen breakthroughs or uses for other random kitchen toys? I have a silicone trivet that I never use as a trivet, but I do use it open jars with. I’ve also made waffles in the quesadilla maker that we have no use for (quaffadillas!)… you never know until you try!
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