From the Kitchen Of... 9

Do you enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and stirring up delicious dishes when you have the time? Or perhaps you see cooking as a necessary evil that you try to tackle as quickly as possible. Whether you’re a passionate cooking enthusiast or just trying to get food on the table in the most efficient way, you’ll appreciate these field-tested cooking gadgets and helpers.

There are plenty of items in my kitchen that I couldn’t imagine cooking without–like my KitchenAid mixer or my most versatile J.A. Henckels knife. But over the years I’ve encountered a few hidden gems, unique items that I had to discover either by luck or through exhaustive research. Each product showcased here is one of my personal favorites and would be a helpful addition to any kitchen. Visit WestChesterandLibertyLifestye.com before October 27, and enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win some of these great gadgets.

Garlic presses have been around for over 50 years, but none can compare to the Orblue Propresser Garlic Press. What makes this garlic press so unique is there is no need to peel the garlic–just toss it into the press with the skin on and watch the magic unfold with minimal effort. It is stainless steel, rust proof and comes with a 200% back guarantee for the lifetime of the product. $17.87 at Orblue-store.com.

Every kitchen needs a bit of fun and whimsy. The comically named “Forked Up Art” turns utensils into functional and decorative pieces of artwork. These clever creations come in variety of styles, but the Multi Flat-Fork is perfect for drying kitchen sponges or keeping your phone and keys off your counters. You can find an array of Forked Up Art and other unique items at Art On/Off Symmes in Fairfield and Hamilton. $30-$45 at ArtOnSymmes.com.

There are dozens of companies that make silicon cooking and serving utensils, but what makes the Cuisipro Silicon Spoon so unique is the shape. With their 11 and 11.5 inch models, the shape is flat enough to serve as both a scraper and flipper, but also deep enough to mix and stir food items that are more difficult to handle. It is also heat resistant up to 575 degrees, making it the perfect tool to tackle anything you need to sauté. $10.93 and up at Amazon.com.

One of the most challenging items to chop is fresh herbs. Fortunately Chef Trusted has provided us an easier alternative to chopping with their Herb Scissors. The five bladed scissors make fast work of mincing and slicing herbs, and the handy storage sheath also doubles as a tool for scraping extra herbs from between the blades. They are stainless steel and dishwasher safe. $11.95 at Amazon.com

When I first walked into the Kitchen Concepts stunning showroom in Blue Ash, I was immediately drawn to the kitchen that featured a unique array of wall-mounted kitchen gadgets right over the stove. Imagine having a completely customizable, sleek-looking rail that puts all of your kitchen tools within easy reach. These unique kitchen rails are made by Rösle and can be designed to hold any type of kitchen necessity: utensils, spices, K-Cups, paper towels, aluminum foil and more. Kitchen Concepts can help you design the kitchen of your dreams, including custom options from the Rösle kitchen rail system. 
RosleUSA.com or KConcepts.com.

Most colanders are big and bulky, often consuming valuable cabinet space. But the Thinstore Collapsible Colanders by Prepworks conveniently fold down to about a third of their original size. The removable snap-on base enables full immersion in water for the food you’re cleaning, and helps prevent drips once food is drying. The mini is perfect for rinsing a single serving of berries or grapes, and the larger sizes go up to 3 quarts. $7.99 and up at Amazon.com.

 

If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of having your cookies stick to a baking sheet or cook unevenly, Silpat is the solution. Silpat is the original non-stick baking mat. It eliminates the need for parchment paper or greasing pans while turning any sheet into a non-stick cooking surface. It has dozens of other applications and benefits, including providing a more even heat transfer when cooking. $13.99 and up at Amazon.com.

Prices above are as of September 1, 2016 and may vary. Full sweepstakes details and entry are online at WestChesterandLibertyLifestye.com.