Welcome to Our Favorite Things! It's a way for us to talk over the "cyber" backyard fence, if-you-will, to share our favorite products with confidence, just to be friendly. The rules are just that--share some of your favorite things that fit in the designated category; things you absolutely love and might cry if you never saw again. Be sure you only pick things you've never received money or a freebie for and that you aren't selling the product/service. That way, we can all know with 100% certainty that there is no bias involved.
Today's subject is "Kitchen" and includes products and services related to your kitchen (but not including your pantry; that's for later.) Here are mine!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The thought of eating fruits and vegetable skins that have come in contact with God knows what really grosses me out. I mean, think of it--How many people do you think have touched that apple, green pepper, or tomato before you? Think of where their hands have been. [Shudders] I honestly don't worry about that anymore, because I've been using Veggie Wash now for at least four or five years, and I love it. I've mentioned it on several of my Mrs.4444 Cooks recipes here and here and here, so you know for sure that I'm not kidding when I say I use it all the time.
Veggie Wash is made of simple, natural ingredients, smells great, and rinses beautifully. Just follow the directions on the bottle to wash anything from apples and strawberries to cauliflower and broccoli. After using this stuff, I will never again eat grapes without washing them first with VW; there is a big taste difference, and you get rid of all of the film on them. It cuts through that waxy stuff on cucumbers, too. Okay, I think I've made my point. You can find Veggie Wash here. For what it's worth, two years ago, I bought this 32 oz. bottle of concentrate (which makes eight 16-oz refills), and I still have plenty left.
Another hands-down favorite thing in my kitchen is this little do-jobby that I bought from Pampered Chef more than five years ago. (I actually have the older version, which I prefer, but you get the idea.)
At one point, I had two, because during the summer, one is always in the dishwasher. I use it to take the tops off of strawberries in a swipe (without cutting off too much!). I also like it for getting rid of bad spots in fruits or vegetables and for seeding jalapenos in a snap. I used it to pull the pulp out of lemons and limes for my delicious Black Bean Watchamahoosit recipe, too. If I lost this thing, I would be really, really bummed. As you can see, it's about four inches long, which explains why I am due to buy another one, because my second one is LOST. (I hope they still sell them!! Any idea what it's called?!) [update: The new, updated version of this is called the Core and More #1176]
And finally, another Pampered Chef Product (Yes, I've been to my share of P.C. parties!)
booyah veggie cutting, especially! The person who uses this peeler is always able to peel twice as fast as everyone else (but like I said, be careful!!!) Yes, Pampered Chef stuff costs more, but every single thing I have ever bought from them has lasted forever, and my peeler is no exception, so go ahead and accept that invitation; you can buy one of these little things I've shared and get out the door not spending an arm or a leg, with something you'll be very happy with.
I love sharing this stuff--Really, I hope you find it helpful, and I look forward to reading about yours. Share your favorite stuff in the comments, or write a post and then link up to the appropriate post. (If you'd rather do bathroom, click on the link highlighted below to add your link). Here's the list of current and upcoming Our Favorite Things Topics (join in any time!):
Kitchen Edition, Monday, June 21st
Pantry Edition (all things food!), Monday, June 28th
Lawn/Garden/Garage Edition, July 9th (to allow for the holiday week)
Suggestions are welcome-(except Bedroom Edition--I'm just not going there.)
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So, what are your favorite things in your kitchen?