Top 10 Gadgets to Gift-Let’s Shop!

by Anne Maxfield on December 5, 2016

Accidental Locavore GIR ProductsHow can a gadgets require a great deal of courage?

By giving one to the Accidental Locavore, or anyone else who cooks a lot.

We usually have what we like and can’t live without (and drawers full of rejects).

In the spirit of holiday-gift giving, here are my top 10 gadgets (including a new favorite cookbook).

You’d have to kill me before I’d let them out of my kitchen.

A lot of them are from GIR and although they’ve graciously sent them to me for review, I would go out and buy any one of them (or my new criteria–move them to France).

They come in a dozen colors, which will either make shopping easier or harder.

And yes, these gadgets bring me joy.

Top 10 Gadgets to Gift:

  1. Mini spatula from GIR. I use it at least once a day, generally more. You can find it hanging out in the dish drainer more often than in its handsome utensil holder my friend Ivan made for me.
  2. New ladle from GIR. This is a new item (but will be available for the holidays). It’s probably going to clear several lesser ladles from my house. That’s a good thing. It acts as a scraper while you ladling stuff so you can get every last drop out of the pot. Brilliant!accidental-locavore-gir-ladle-gadgets
  3. Waiting to test the spoonula coming out with the ladle from GIR. Will it remove spatulas and spoons? I dunno, the big spoon from them is another thoughtfully designed piece and much used.
  4. Also new, the bottle stoppers. Designed not to add any height to the bottles, you can stick them in the fridge without major reorganization. They’re cute and totally leak-proof (I kept trying). Something you don’t think you need till you’ve got them.accidental-locavore-gir-bottle-gadgets
  5. The reason I didn’t think I needed them was because we keep the undrunk wine (when there is some) in a carafe from ­­­­­Savino. It keeps the wine in good shape for about a week. The floaty thing stops the air from penetrating the wine.accidental-locavore-wine-gadget
  6. Silicone lids, also from GIR. Like the mini spatula, the round ones are in use almost every day. They act as a drain stopper when I want to thaw something or soak spinach. The bigger ones are lids for cooking, covering food in the fridge, or for heating something in the microwave.
  7. POURfect measuring spoons I initially mocked, but cannot live without! These may seem overly precious, but trust me you’ll toss all others that came before.Accidental Locavore Mary's Measuring Spoons
  8. Sous-vide machine, the slow cooker for the 21st One of the big advantages is that you can sous-vide when you have time and finish it off a couple of days later. My friend Zhu Zhu just made the most amazing caramelized carrots, starting them in the sous-vide machine first
  9. Fasta Pasta (life changing pasta cooker). Just trust me on this – it’s the best $15 you’ll spend.Accidental Locavore Fasta Pasta
  10. The cookbook? Made in India by Meera Sodha. My friend Rob recommended it and it’s been in heavy rotation ever since. It’s why I now make perfect basmati rice.

Happy Shopping! What looks most tempting to you?





GIR: Cool Kitchen Gadgets & Pink For a Cause

by Anne Maxfield on October 13, 2014

Are you of the belief that there can’t be too many kitchen gadgets? The Accidental Locavore is always open to playing with cool new gadgets (especially when they look good and work well!). So I was excited when a big package from GIR (Get it Right) with all their new products arrived. I’ve had a couple of their spatulas for two years now and I use them all the time (and, as advertised, they look like the day I got them).

Now they’re adding “flippers,” a spoon, a scraper and five silicone lids to the collection of spatulas. What’s great about all the products (besides the fact that they come in a rainbow of colors – and a bacon pattern) is that they’re one piece of molded silicone, heat-proof to 464°,  and BPA and BPF free. You might not think much about the one-piece design until you start using them and realize how much easier/faster it is to wash them when you can just slide the sponge along it. All the new products will be available in time for the holidays.

The lids are a great addition to one of the weirdest and most useful kitchen items I own. It’s a silicone pig’s head that works as a lid for microwaving dishes. The snout has two holes in it which vents and allows you to remove it with a pair of chopsticks (it’s Japanese) or for the less adept, the tines of a fork. It replaces covering dishes with plastic wrap (not good for you) or paper towels (dries food out). The only drawback of the pig? One size fits most. The GIR lids come in five sizes ranging from 4” to 12” and work beautifully in the microwave, but also function as lids on the stove top or in the fridge. And not that you’d want to try this with your best china, but they stuck like crazy to the bowl I had berries in, to the point that I could lift the whole thing by the handle on the lid. Right now I’ve got one of them covering some cabbage on its journey to become sauerkraut.

The spoon scooped out a recent batch of boeuf bourguignon easily, scraping up all the sauce with the beef. What’s good about it is that it’s got enough of a bowl to scoop out liquids, but it’s not as deep or as hard to maneuver as a traditional ladle. Now I think it’s time to go buy a big steak and try the bigger flipper on the grill, where its size and heat resistance should really come in handy! The smaller one did well with some recent burgers, delicate filet of sole, and my husband’s famous omelets.

GIR would also like me to tell you that for the month of October, if you buy an ultimate spatula in pink, they will donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Even if pink isn’t your color, treat yourself with a good spatula and support an important cause! You can order them from their website or pick one up at Sur la Table.