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What’s the best gadget you’ve ever bought?

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Chrisks Thu 14-Oct-21 11:09:14

For me it’s my soup maker and a sellotape dispenser! Couldn’t do without either of them!

Witzend Thu 14-Oct-21 11:13:58

I’m not normally much into gadgets, but coming up to Christmas and all that wrapping. certainly a sellotape dispenser.
Also my little zester for citrus fruit. Only £7 - I can’t believe I never knew such things existed - so much less of a faff than the box grater. Esp. around this time of year - mincemeat and Chr. puds, not to mention dh’s favourite lemon meringue pie.

AGAA4 Thu 14-Oct-21 11:24:12

I have an opener for hard to open bottles and jars. I couldn't be without it now.

Floradora9 Thu 14-Oct-21 14:18:07

Slow cooker my children are now in their 50s and I still have the one I took on self catering holidays when they were teenagers . I have three in all great for doing different curries when entertaining.

Tizliz Thu 14-Oct-21 14:25:50

Bread maker. Can’t eat supermarket bread and no bakery out here in the wilds. Usually make two loaves a week, OH slices it with his new electric slicer (he loves gadgets), then freeze it, otherwise we would eat too much.

Nell8 Thu 14-Oct-21 14:34:33

One thing I'd hate to be without is the egg scoop which was a free gift at a Tupperware party decades ago. It's such a simple design but ideal for lifting boiled eggs out of hot water. I see they're still available online.

Franbern Thu 14-Oct-21 14:45:50

So many gadgets purchased over the years, and many of them really useful (others not so).
Back when my children were small I would have said, without hesitation it was my large Hi Dome Pressure cooker. Used all the time, for tenderising cheap cuts of meat, making james and marmalades, steaming marmade puddings, etc., making soup.

Of course, all these things now done in easier to use machines.

MIcrowaves have made a huge difference to my life, and I now have a wonderful combi one, which has replaced the need for a large oven.

Electric mixers, taking away that long, very difficult process oc creaming together butter and sugar at the start of sponge making.

BUT.....back to basics, pretty sure the machine I would not want to live without is my washing machine.

Judy54 Thu 14-Oct-21 16:09:51

My automatic can opener is invaluable, I could not be without it.

grannydarkhair Thu 14-Oct-21 17:09:29

Definitely agree about the sellotape dispenser.
Other one that comes to mind was actually a gift, it’s a fan that drapes round your neck. It has a fan at either end of the arms, can be adjusted for “blow” and angle, also for colour, but I never bother with that. It’s rechargeable, lasts for different periods depending on which “blow” you use. It was used a lot during the hot weather, and although it does look a bit silly, I care not a jot!

MissAdventure Thu 14-Oct-21 17:38:02

Robot vacuum, without a doubt. smile

Cfaz49 Thu 14-Oct-21 19:57:38

Potato ricer! Makes lovely mash easily.

kittylester Thu 14-Oct-21 20:54:09

My microplane which I use for zesting and grating nutmeg. Only small things but a pain to do with out.

PollyTickle Thu 14-Oct-21 21:05:13

My salad spinner, my mother used to wrap her washed lettuce in a tea towel and spin it dangerously round and round.

MissAdventure Thu 14-Oct-21 21:51:22

So did my mum. smile

lilypollen Thu 14-Oct-21 22:21:59

Franbern definitely the pressure cooker. DSs favourite is Lentil soup when they come home. DS2 bought me a potato peeler from Ikea a couple of years ago, don't know how I've survived 40 yrs without one.

annodomini Thu 14-Oct-21 23:01:40

A Kenwood mini chopper, bought many years ago on a Delia recommendation. It chops breadcrumbs, herbs, cheese, fruit, nuts... anything you need in smallish quantities. A crumble topping for one person (me) takes seconds. For bigger tasks, my faithful Magimix.

Mollygo Thu 14-Oct-21 23:03:33

Soup maker and egg boiler/poacher.

mumofmadboys Thu 14-Oct-21 23:13:24

Soup maker

hulahoop Thu 14-Oct-21 23:15:13

Tomato slicing knife 🔪 perfect slices everytime.🍅

JackyB Fri 15-Oct-21 08:36:02

The Nicer Dicer. I had one way back when they were a different design. You put the food (potato, pepper, carrot) on the bottom and pushed the cutter from the top. Eventually that broke and I went back to chopping with a knife.

Then they changed the design so that the cutter sat on a container and you pushed the food through the blades. I found that this didn't work so well.

Recently I gave in and bought one of the new design. It is ridiculously complicated to put together,take apart and wash up, definitely a disadvantage, but the pleasure of having even-sized cubes of vegetables in stews, soups, salads, risottos etc has won me over again. Also use it for chips, of course, and the new one has a very sharp slicer/julienne attachment which is fiddly but gives lovely even results.

The white one is the old one and the green one is the new one.

Patsy70 Fri 15-Oct-21 09:14:20

Slow cooker, bread maker, soup maker, lithium battery lawn mower, food processor, battery operated pruning saw (from Lidl, what a bargain!).

Witzend Fri 15-Oct-21 09:18:32

I forgot my basic, Mouli-style cylinder grater, mostly for cheese. Absolutely wouldn’t be without it. They’re not so easy to find any more, though. Last time I looked, even the large John Lewis kitchen dept. didn’t have such a useful, basic item.

Teacheranne Fri 15-Oct-21 09:35:51

PollyTickle

My salad spinner, my mother used to wrap her washed lettuce in a tea towel and spin it dangerously round and round.

I still use a tea towel spinner! I did have a plastic bowl type but got rid of it when I moved into a small kitchen with little cupboard space. As I don’t really like lettuce, I only buy it when I’ve got visitors!

Knitnuts Sat 16-Oct-21 10:35:22

I’m a huge gadget fan. My favourite is my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. It is brilliant and saves so much time.

Knitnuts Sat 16-Oct-21 10:38:04

MissAdventure

Robot vacuum, without a doubt. smile

My robot vacuum cleaner is doing his thing right nowsmile It does a great job.