My Favorite (and Kind of Weird) Kitchen Tools

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I used to love the game of tag as a kid.  Freeze Tag, Cartoon Tag, Flashlight Tag; you name it and we probably played it!  The lovely Rachel (creator of the very delish Blueberry Pizza recipe) at The Crispy Cook tagged little ol’ me for a fun meme on my Five Favorite Kitchen Tools. I am not only a celiac but kitchen-aphobic (ok, not really a word), so my five favs are a bit of a long stretch. Tiffany at Make Mine Gluten Free had two hysterical favs – a fork and her microwave… My kind of cook!

What is a meme, you ask?  So did I (I thought Rachel was calling me a dirty word), but found that a meme is basically series of questions that a blogger answers to share some personal perspective or experience on random topics.

FYI, Rachel’s kitchen favs are her aloe plant, measuring glass, swivel peeler, orange frying pan, and wooden spoon.

Maureen’s Five Favorite Kitchen Tools

Fav #1:  My Avocado Pitter/Slicer.  Yes, a knife and spoon do work just as well, but I LOVE this tool!  I consume a lot of avocados, so my pitter/slicer comes in very handy.

Fav #2:  My Cuisinart Waffle Maker.  Oooh, this contraption rocks!  I use it to make my yummy Pumpkin Waffles.

Fav #3:  My collection of Depression Glass Reamers.  Ok, I admit this is not a tool that I actually use, but someone juiced something on these reamers.  Probably back in 1910, but it counts!

Fav #4:  My Peppercorn Cracker Thing.  Don’t you just love going to a restaurant where the waiter comes to your table and asks you (in a snooty voice), “Fresh ground pepper?”.  I rarely ever use salt, but pepper pretty much goes on everything.

Fav #5:  Clorox Wipes.  I have a sick, twisted perchance for cleaning.  Cleaning is my therapy.  When the going gets tough, I enjoy a good Clorox wiping of anything that is not nailed down.  Enough said 🙂

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.


  1. These are some interesting picks. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an avocado pitter. Now, I could sure use something that pits a mango. Those fruit sure hang onto their seeds!

  2. The reamers were a nice attempt at domesticity! Now that we have all seen them, I think you should juice something just for the heck of it!

  3. I have never seen depression glass reamers, they look pretty awesome.

    I love avocados too, but I just wish they came in half sizes. My boyfriend won’t eat them and I don’t want to splurge and eat the whole thing in one sitting and I only like them freshly prepared.

  4. I usually eat just 1/2 an avocado as well, so I wrap the remaining 1/2 really, really tightly in tin foil and put it in my veggie crisper. When you open it back up, just thinly slice the top part off (the avocado will turn brown as it is exposed to the air).
    Once you’ve sliced off the “brown stuff”, the rest of the avocado will be green and fresh!

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