Think about it for a minute.
What’s your favorite tool in the kitchen that you go to time after time? It might be an appliance makes your life easy in some way. Or it might be an old muffin pan you have of your grandmother’s that brings up some great memory of your childhood.
Mine is probably my food processor, and I should add a disclaimer here that no, this isn’t intended to be a promotion of anything. I’m simply curious, and there might be some great tools out there I’m missing! God forbid.
As my husband, the Director of the Dishwashing Department, can attest to, I use my food processor almost everyday. I use it for making pie crust for all my pies such as my Brown Butter Apple Pie with a Cheddar Crust described in my posts last week, for grating large amounts of hard cheese, pestos and purées. I even use it on some bread doughs, with the plastic blade. So the food processor, for me, sits in first place as KBFF (Kitchen Best Friends Forever).
But a close second, especially in the fall and winter when I make so many soups, is my hand-held blender. It doesn’t purée as fast as my KBFF, but it’s a very efficient little machine and makes the soup puréeing process MUCH easier by eliminating the whole messy process of transferring a soup to the food processor and back. It makes quick work of jams and sauces too. And as my above mentioned Director of the Dishwashing Department will tout, loudly, it’s MUCH easier to clean.
I’d love to hear what your favorites are too! And thanks goes out to Laurie, my childhood BFF, for striking the match for this question!