What's the one kitchen gadget you can't live without?

I thought about this on my terrible commute this morning (WAH, SKY WATER! ME DRIVE BAD NOW). Excluding knives, measuring spoons, bowls, cutting boards, pans and well, any real basic necessities, I don’t know what gadget is an absolute must for me in the kitchen. 

I first thought of my sous-vide circulator, but remembered I can reverse sear on the grill or in the oven and get very similar results - although not nearly as consistent and with less downtime. Same would go for a slow cooker, rice cooker, or pressure cooker. Meh across the board.

I can live without my blender, stand mixer and microwave (though the last one would be tough, I’d have to give up 70 second corn dogs). I don’t need a molcajete or M&P. My immersion blender is a tough one - I’ve never used the whisk attachment, and the chopper bowl would replace some other tools I guess. It turns soups, mayonnaise, hollandaise, bearnaise into a quick and easy process. But there are plenty of folks that get by without one. What about my mandoline? Sure it’s convenient, but all it does is make cutting things a bit quicker.. and it’s a bitch to clean.

How about thermometers? Instant read and probes are super useful, but I feel like those fall more into the essential category. Food safety should be #1 in every kitchen, so don’t skimp out here.

After much thought, I think it would have to be my food processor. Slicing discs replace my mandoline entirely, though I don’t use them presently. It has *some* of the functionality that I use my blender for - and I can make *some* doughs with it, as well as puree soups (or process some veggies and return them to thicken the broth). I don’t want to live in a world where I don’t have all of my wonderful kitchen toys, but in this terrible Sophie’s Choice, I have to keep the king of the multi-taskers.


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