I’ve got a lot of tools in my kitchen and some of the best of them cost me bupkes. There’s the wooden spoon I bought for a quarter at an armory garage sale in Alaska nearly 30 years ago (still in daily use), the big flat slotted spoon from Goodwill (a buck, I think), the $1.99 wooden citrus-reamer I can’t live without and the Kuhn Rikon paring knife that set me back about $10.
The cheese and crackers cost more than that knife.
Just the other day, when I attempted to open a wine bottle at a friend’s house with one of those scary-big expensive wine openers that never work (for me, anyway), I was reminded why I like to keep a classic waiter’s corkscrew in my handbag. And I’m certainly not the only one who thinks some of the best kitchen tools are the least expensive. Here’s CHOW’s take on the subject. While we’ve talked about useless utensils (remember my dad’s avocado slicer?), I thought I’d follow up on Chow’s chat and ask: What are some of your favorite cheap and useful kitchen gadgets?