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-- tomato shark -- for hollowing out cherry tomatoes, if you are stuffing them

-- melon baller

-- spice measuring spoons (but hitting your price limit here)

-- mini lemon/citrus juicer -- I use mine all the time, so easy to clean up.

-- fun cookie cutters

-- pie weights

-- insulating strip for cake pans

-- springform pans (Kaiser brand is excellent & cheap)

-- little wedge shaped knife for cutting grapefruit in zig zags


Honestly, I'd just go to the nearest store that sells kitchen stuff & browse. I've often found that really inexpensive stuff is higher priced on internet to allow for shipping. Ikea has great stuff at low prices.

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This thing is awesome! I got it just for breaking up ground beef (which it does very well), but it's great for chopping just about anything soft. I used to let my eggs get cold while I was cutting up the kids' eggs with a knife. Now I dump them in a bowl, chop them a few times, and portion them out. Mine are still hot. I do the same thing with spaghetti/fettuccine/other long noodles and baked potatoes.

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A lime squeezer. It sounds so superfluous, but I love it and use it ALL THE TIME. :) Lemons, limes... All sorts of things. Mine is teak and more than $12 (someone gave it to dh when he was in college and I have long since laid claim to it), but there are metal and plastic ones that I assume would work as well for less than that.

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I use my lettuce knife daily:



My burger press is now a must-have for cooking hamburgers:



This is my favorite little paring knife. I have several:



The all-time best spatula/turner for brownies and bars:


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Another vote for the Microplane.


Odd sized (3/4 cup, 2/3 cup) measuring cups. I'm amazed at how often I use those sizes.


Shotglass-shaped measuring cup for small amounts of liquid. It's so much easier to measure, say, two tablespoons of lemon juice into a little glass than with a shallow spoon.


Tiny bowls for your mise. King Arthur sells some made of flexible silicone, and I use those things almost daily.


Silicone pastry brushes. I love that they don't leave hairs in my pastry (I'll leave that to the cat).

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I'm curious. What is mise?





Sorry! Mise is short for "mise en place," or, more or less, "everything in place." So when you measure out your chopped onions into a little bowl, and your minced garlic in another, and your spices into a third, so they're all ready when you need them, you've set up your mise.

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An egg poker. My neighbor has one. It is a little gadget that pokes a very tiny hole in your raw egg shell before you put it into boiling water to hard boil it. It results in perfectly hard boiled eggs every time (no cracks or whites running out), and they peel perfectly and easily as a result. Amazing little gadget.


garlic press


spoonula (cross between a spatula and a spoon, can be used in boiling pots)

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off-set spatula

microplane grater

digital thermometer

pan liner

biscuit/cookie/tart cutters

small square bowl scrapers

small whisk

adjustable teaspoon/tablespoon

adjustable push measuring cup/teaspoons (great for sticky stuff like honey, etc.)

rice bowls (small round bowls with covers, we use ours all the time for yogurt, rice, small ice cream portions)

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This is my favorite baking gadget (a bit over your price): http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-80-11310RD-Red-Silicone-Scraper/dp/B000EN0YHW


A few more:

ginger grater http://www.amazon.com/Kyocera-3-1-2-Inch-Ceramic-Grater/dp/B0017OCTTS/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1322517868&sr=1-1

dumpling press http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1057/Joyce-Chen-Dumpling-Maker

milk frother http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-187100/Bodum-Milk-Frothers

timer http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-194864/Retro-Magnetic-Kitchen-Timers

Le Creuset mug (love it!!) http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-678342/Le-Creuset-Dijon-Mug

recipe cards (vintage style) http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/PS-Kitchen-Gadgets-Recipe-Cards/3305_001/4661007428.html

apron (over the budget, but worth the money) http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23163975&catId=SHOPSALE-DINING&pushId=SHOPSALE-DINING&popId=SHOPSALE&navCount=12&color=080&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&templateType=D

butter dish http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=870056&catId=HOME-KITCHEN&pushId=HOME-KITCHEN&popId=HOME&navCount=48&sortProperties=price&color=063&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=HOME-KITCHEN

I don't own these, but I might have to pick them up! Recipe book marks (soooo cute!) (and probably pointless :001_smile:) http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=073152&catId=HOME-KITCHEN&pushId=HOME-KITCHEN&popId=HOME&navCount=48&sortProperties=price&color=040&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=HOME-KITCHEN

I buy these at Anthropologie by the piece for cheap. I like to slowly find the colors I like. We get so much use out of them. They're small but versatile. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=973328&parentid=BAYNOTE

Silly I know, but I love these magnets on the side of my fridge. Cool colors, and they don't get yanked down every time someone goes for an oven mitt. http://www.containerstore.com/shop?productId=10019976&N=&Nao=60&Ntt=magnet



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This thread is dangerously awesome!


The following gadgets are on my Christmas list:


OXO Mango Splitter

Jokari Baggy Rack


I can see several on this thread I'll be adding!


Favorites from past years have been the Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer and my OXO Smooth Edge Can Opener, which is more than $12 but my favorite can opener ever.

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Mise is short for "mise en place," or, more or less, "everything in place." So when you measure out your chopped onions into a little bowl, and your minced garlic in another, and your spices into a third, so they're all ready when you need them, you've set up your mise.


Thanks so much for the explanation. My knowledge base expands tremendously the more time I spend here.




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