When she moved from my husband's childhood home... the family home for 40 years... and into a small apartment living situation where meals would be provided, she needed to find some
Her daughters chuckled as I excitedly carted off truly box after box of the weird, the wondrous, the useless, the useFUL... They had grown up in the Land of Abundance where kitchen gadgets are concerned. A specific tool for each and every cooking-related task. They knew better than to accumulate drawer upon drawer of miscellany when really just a good knife, a spoon and a decent spatula are probably ALL anyone really NEEDS. I, on the other hand, was kitchen-ignorant and -deprived. At that stage in my culinary development, I could open a mean can, make a "perfect" (according to one of my stepdaughters) PB&J, and wash an apple for you nice a clean. That was pretty much IT. The thought of all these little doo-dads that would make cooking and prepping possible was thrilling. I could learn to cook if I had these necessary items.
So now I have all these .... things.
Super cool, right?
Welcome to the first installment of the new Monday Feature:
First up is this circular metal masher thing with white plastic handle. It is VERY heavy. I don't know what it is called and couldn't find out what its true use is, but it was great at mashing up the boiled turkey carcass and veggies in an attempt to extract every bit of goodness while making my turkey stock.
Mmmmmmmm... looks yummy.....
The review: This item was very USEFUL. Its smashing/extricating abilities were more than sufficient and its ease-of-use was .... well... super easy. I think the heaviness helped ;-) And the fact that it was extremely easy to clean is certainly an added bonus! I'm glad I finally used it and will use it again... someday. This is an item I would recommend to anyone who frequently makes chicken or turkey stock. (My husband thinks it is for flattening piecrust... but what does he know? Although, you could probably use it for that... or as a paperweight... or to hold open your cookbook... or as a doorstop... see? it's very useful AND use-able). The only 'con' regarding this item is that I have never ever seen one like it and haven't the foggiest where YOU could get one! But you could probably use a clean, flat rock to perform all of the same functions.