Observer names its favourite kitchen gadgets

A handful of kitchen items were singled out in yesterday’s Observer magazine in a listing of “The 50 best gadgets and gourmet goodies”.

Observer names its favourite kitchen gadgets

Chosen by the magazine’s food taster, Caroline Boucher, “who has tested thousands of products”, most of the favoured items were food. However, half a dozen or so housewares products were included with them.

The only knife featured was a Wusthof Ikon 12cm paring knife, from Haus, described as: “The most useful knife I have…Perfect heft, weight and size.” The Microplane Fine Grater also made it onto the list. And “I now also swear by Bodum’s Latteo glass milk frother, which makes froth from hot milk in seconds”.

According to Boucher, Waring offers the best juicer: “It’s got a motor like a tank, will outlast the cheaper ones, and makes short work of raw beetroot, carrot or anything, really.”

She also singled out Lakeland’s kitchen tongs and Banana Bag, a “bright-yellow padded plastic bag that could only have been invented by Lakeland. It is not a thing of beauty but it really does stop bananas from going that dodgy grey colour in the fridge.”

Krups’ Expert coffee grinder “is a tireless little workhorse”, while “Lock & Lock’s huge range of plastic food boxes are sturdy and never go out of shape even when they’ve had a good scalding in the dishwasher.”

And Marks & Spencer’s potato peeler “is hard-wearing, efficient and the best I’ve found”

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