Apart from yourself that is.
And you know, most of these things are relatively inexpensive.
I've tried a lot of different tater mashers over the years, and this one, well, let me just say, it's been my workhorse. I've got a lovely little ricer I use from time to time, I've had a couple of other mashers, but this is the one that I've been using for
The slotted skimmer, I think is a must have if you're making jam or soups or need to skim stuff off of the top of anything you're cooking. And as you can see from the handle, it's had a close encounter or three with hot stuff, as in I've rested it on the side of a hot pan or two. The next spoon over is a slotted one. I had to replace my older one not too long ago, a loss I'm still mourning cause this one has an Ergonmic handle which means my small hands have trouble holding onto the sucker.
From the left: A friend gave me the scissors, and I use them, a lot. They come apart easily, and go through the dishwasher beautifully. I also have a couple of measuring shot type glasses. Both will measure milliliters, which I can convert to deciliters for cooking. I also picked up some different sized scoops awhile back, and found that they are great for filling mini cupcake liners or cupcakes. I can be much more precise in portioning out my batter now. I also believe in funnels. This one has been hanging around my kitchen for a long time, and is invaluable.
I also love my silicone pastry brush. I had one of the old fashioned bristle ones for years, but got tired of picking the bristles out of my food, so I invested in this one, and wondered why I hadn't done that a long time ago.
And last but not least in this segment. I love, love, love my JarKey . Mine is the one on the left, but I keep a few on hand, they make a great little gift, and I give them away from time to time. They were invented by my cousin's husband to help his mother open jars. Well, all I can say is this, I haven't struggled, fought with or cussed out a bottle since I got mine. All it does is break the seal, just that, but then you can open the pickle jar without engaging in major warfare or banging the lid with a large mallet to break the seal. Or banging the whole schmozzle upside down on the counter, and risking breaking the jar or worse.
Well, that's it for this post.
I have more toys that I think can become essential in the kitchen, but just remember the most essential tool, is yourself.