I love kitchen gadgets. And yet, I do show restraint when it comes to acquiring them; I know well how NOT fun it is to have drawers and cabinets that are overflowing with gizmos you use only twice a year (sandwich maker and fondue set) and some which you’ve used….never (deep fryer) but don’t want to let go of just in case you have an A-list guest who simply MUST have fresh, homemade potato chips.
We’ve moved now, and in all my decluttering I DEFINITELY took to heart the concept of owning intentionally. I want to only have things which I will really use (preferably often or in more than one way), and also those which are easy to store or travel with. And if it doesn’t use electricity, that’s an added plus.
I’ve seen these old fashioned mortar and pestles, and always wondered what they were used for and why they were necessary….I mean, if you have a food processor, Vitamix, or even a garlic press, why on earth would you use one of these?
Well, I’ll tell you. I don’t know. But I just bought a simple wooden one and I’m excited to use it tonight in the only recipe I have that calls for one: Cuban Black Beans. It says to crush the garlic with the salt and pepper in this way; I’ve always just chopped it and I’m sure that’s why the dinner has always been only excellent….now it will be FANTASTIC, I’m sure.
In researching now, I see that the wood is highly absorbent, and it might be better to get one made from another substance. I thought that might be the case, but this one had the right price. If I really like it and use it, I’ll upgrade.
Here’s a great video of Jamie Oliver teaching how (and why) to use one. Great info.
But until then, I’m happy to use this one. I really do like simple, old fashioned things. Not that I’d give up my high-tech gadgets, mind you.
What’s one of your favorite gadgets (kitchen or otherwise, simple or high tech)?
I am excited to have finally bought myself one of these old fashioned things