Friday, January 02, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Trudeau Pot Clip Spoon Holder

Sometimes the greatest gadgets are the simplest ones, the ones you wonder: "Why on earth didn't I ever think of that?"

This handy gizmo by Trudeau is one of those gadgets. This handy little pot clip attaches easily to the side of any pot or pan, and securely holds your wooden spoon (or other utensil) in place over the pot, allowing any drips to drop right back inside the cooking pot. A fantastic gadget that really works! And prevents a lot of stovetop clean-up later on...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Easy Jar Openers

Let's face it - there are a lot of people out there who have a very difficult time opening jars. Maybe (like me!) you just don't have big, strong hands. Or, maybe arthritis has set into your hands, and makes it very difficult to ease open jars anymore.

Jar openers are a very popular and helpful kitchen gadget - and they make a very thoughtful gift for a friend with arthritis. Jar openers come in a variety of styles, but I've chosen two of my favorites...

1. The JarKey or JarPop jar opener -

I've seen both of these brands and the concept is pretty much exactly the same. The Jar Key or Jar Pop basically pops open the seal of the jar, making it a breeze to open! These are bestsellers in kitchen shops everywhere, because these work so well! (We had one customer in one day and he bought up the rest of our stock - about six of them, I believe...because he wanted to give them as gifts to all of his friends.) And the current price of $3.49 is unbeatable.

2. Easi Twist Jar Opener

This style basically allows you to get a good grip on the jar lid, thus allowing you to remove the lid without such a struggle. Also popular are little grippy pads that you can find at hardware stores, that basically do the same thing - give you a real grip on the lid, which is often the reason why we can't remove the jar lid in the first place.