Products that will save you huge amounts of hassle in the kitchen

(56 Posts)
whendidyoulast Mon 26-Aug-13 12:05:00


Especially the garlic. No more smelly fingers and mouldering garlic in the fridge.

Wish I'd known about these years ago.

Anyone else with hassle saving products?

I've got a microwave rice cooker, which makes cooking rice so easy. In fact, I'd like to try to buy one for dd but have never seen them anywhere (mine was a present).

Little jars of chipotle paste - brilliant for adding a lovely, smokey taste to chillis.

Jars of ginger - I like these better than the little frozen cubes because the pieces are quite big, so don't just turn to mush.

mrspaddy Mon 26-Aug-13 16:35:58

My new discovery is magic bags... Little bags you throw pork chops etc. and spices in, bang in the oven ... Juicy, no fuss.

Also two minute rice and gnocchi for emergencies.

Would love the microwave rice cooker grin

mrspaddy Mon 26-Aug-13 16:37:21

Just had a look... Amazon do them.. Is the rice cooker the same as yours Remus?

Amazon - why didn't I think of that?! It looks similar to mine, but mine has fewer pieces.

Thank you. smile

I love the garlic cubes, nd always have them in my freezer. So much simpler than peeling and crushing the stuff!

mrspaddy Mon 26-Aug-13 17:02:24

You're very welcome. I am always lucky on amazon.. Pity postage can be high.

UnicornsPooGlitter Tue 27-Aug-13 13:48:15

Please someone say their MagiMix as I just forked out gazillions for one grin.

BrianButterfield Tue 27-Aug-13 13:50:22

M&S do bags of chopped, perfectly sauteed, frozen onions. Worth every penny.

Chubfuddler Tue 27-Aug-13 13:52:44

When I saw the thread title I was going to post frozen chopped onions and ready prepped garlic (although I use the very lazy stuff in a jar).

notnowImreading Tue 27-Aug-13 14:05:45

I've just bought a marvellous thing for storing half an avocado. It looks like the other half but has a dip for the stone and a little stretchy seat belt thing to hold the avocado in place. It stops the bit you haven't eaten going brown and manky as well as looking kitsch and lovely in and of itself.

Smoutebollen Tue 27-Aug-13 16:53:27

polypropylene chopping boards that go in the dishwasher

Bluecarrot Tue 27-Aug-13 17:07:43

Dorot garlic and chilli, frozen diced onions and pampered chef rice cooker for me too. The first three mean with an added carrot I have the makings of a comforting, easy, home made soup. Always cheers me up!

MissPlumBroughtALadder Tue 27-Aug-13 17:11:53

Thermomix. LIFE-CHANGING. Pricey but worth every penny.

Laquila Tue 27-Aug-13 17:13:21

Unicorns I love my Magimix! Most useful for quickly whizzing up raw veg for the base of a soup, then liquidizing it afterwards. Also for making hummous, pastry and scone dough.

I have a sort of enamelled metal yellow lemon squeezer thing that squishes half a lemon without letting the pips through, which is v useful if, like me, you use a lot of lemons.

Also, a teabag squeezer - bloody love this.

ColdfeetPinksocks Tue 27-Aug-13 17:16:22

Pampered Chef choppy thing:

Cost a fortune but I was at a party and there was wine. If it lasts ten years, it might pay for itself in money saved on frozen chopped onions...

ColdfeetPinksocks Tue 27-Aug-13 17:16:39
Parsnipcake Tue 27-Aug-13 17:19:40

Jars of grilled peppers - peppers are useful in loads of things and the oil is good for salad dressing. My other lifesaver is plates with a well in the middle from the pound shop. I can put any crap on them and it's deemed a ' picnic'.

LoveSewingBee Tue 27-Aug-13 20:33:16

Magimix food processor and ice cream maker (it makes a batch of ice cream in about 40 minutes, so when having people round, I have it making the ice cream whilst we are eating dinner. It is brilliant and home made ice cream tastes so much better.

Also bread maker - also use it to make pizza base, but never use it for baking the read as I like to shape it. Brilliant for kneading and rising though.

One of those small hand mixer/chopper things which you can use to puree sauce/soup whilst it is cooking on the hob.

Induction cooker - excellent control, fast, efficient, safe.

RnB Tue 27-Aug-13 20:38:15

Link to avocado thingy please?

OldRoan Tue 27-Aug-13 20:48:27

The grater attachment of the food processor. Grate cheese, spread on baking sheet to freeze then pop into a Tupperware in freezer, won't stick together and cheese won't go mouldy.

thereistheball Tue 27-Aug-13 21:01:06

Remus - where do you get your jars of chipotle paste from?

bonzo77 Tue 27-Aug-13 21:03:59

The Bacofoil refillable cling film dispenser. Basically saved me from kitchen hell.

Garlic purée in a tube.

FannyMcNally Tue 27-Aug-13 21:17:32

Krisk runner bean slicer. I was amazed to find out the other day that some people haven't got one.

trice Tue 27-Aug-13 21:42:36

At this time of year it has to be my apple lathe. Peels cores and chops so all the garden apples can be pie.

notnowImreading Wed 28-Aug-13 04:50:11

I bought the avocado thing in Australia - don't know if they are available in the UK but they look like the kind of thing you might find at Lakeland Plastics. This is what it looks like:

notnowImreading Wed 28-Aug-13 04:52:40

Ooh, found one on Amazon for you:

I buy onions in Aldi on special deal and spend an hour or so chopping as many as I can manage. They go into the freezer, one per bag so I know roughly how much 1 or half an onion is. Cheaper than buying them frozen. I do the same with peppers, carrots and mushrooms (sauté first).

Horopu Wed 28-Aug-13 07:32:14

Baking paper. Put it underneath everything that goes in the oven. Much better than foil, which the food always sticks to.

Chipotle paste from Waitrose. I think the brand is Discovery. They are with all the tacos, wraps etc.

Cantdothisagain Wed 28-Aug-13 21:17:37

They sell a couple of types of chipotle paste in Sainsburys too....

Oh and I have had a microwave rice cooker thingy for YEARS (since the mid nineties - melted the first one by plonking it down on a still-hot electric ring so am onto my second) - Lakeland sell them too.

Yes - my mum bought me mine in about 1995. smile

WilsonFrickett Wed 28-Aug-13 21:40:54

trice linky to the apple lathe please, my apple trees are groaning but the thought of the hours of peeling is putting me off starting my marathon of jarring, jeelying and freezing.

FriskyHenderson Wed 28-Aug-13 21:50:31

Asda sell an apple chopper for £1. Cuts an apple into 8 slices and leaves the core. Absolute genuis.

Delia says you don't have to peel apples for pie if you cut them thin enough. I concur.

WilsonFrickett Wed 28-Aug-13 22:03:36

Does it peel Frisky? It's the peeling which usually injures me... I batch cook crumble mix and freeze so I want the peel off for that.

FriskyHenderson Wed 28-Aug-13 22:25:52

No, you need a Pampered Chef or Lakeland one for that. Or just try not peeling. It's a revelation, gwan gwan gwan.

flatfootcontessa Thu 29-Aug-13 07:56:07

My Tefal steamer. I steam all our veg, potatoes, rice and fish in it. Just make sure there's enough water in the reservoir, set the timer and that's it.

MERLYPUSS Thu 29-Aug-13 08:28:23

I second the garlic ice cubes. I cut them into halves and freeze them in a take away box.
Also passata has changed my life. Since I realised Aldi does it for a couple of pence more then chopped toms I switched. It makes sauces taste richer I think.
Silcone paper to cook 'iceland' dinners on. No greasy baking sheets to scrub. I also cook roast pots on it as I keep then separate from the roast meat.
Clip and store boxes for almost anything.

WilsonFrickett Thu 29-Aug-13 10:36:25

I'll give it a go. I will! grin

Pollaidh Sun 08-Sep-13 16:56:49

Garlic puree in tube. Those 'very lazy' jars of grated ginger etc you can get in Waitrose - great for curries etc.
Roasted red peppers in jar, great for quick taboule.
Bread machine - great for quick bread, brioche, pizza base etc.
Puy lentils in a sachet that you microwave.
An egg poaching pan - I have tried all the different poaching gadgets in Lakeland, and the old fashioned pan actually produces the best, most consistent eggs, and is by FAR the easiest to clean, with no egg while clogging things.

I dream of the ready made pastry you can buy in the chilled cabinet in French supermarkets - it is made of only the normal pastry ingredients, and is circular and ready rolled, so you can just flip it into the quiche dish. Why can't UK supermarkets do this (the ready made stuff is full of crap and the wrong shape, so you have to roll it etc)?

cloudskitchen Sun 08-Sep-13 22:14:54

Frozen mash potato. I use the waitrose one as theres nothing nasty in it. I usually perk it up with a bit of butter and a touch more seasoning. comes in small cubes and you use as many as you need. chuck the rest back in the freezer.

ceeveebee Sun 08-Sep-13 22:36:07

Waitrose do frozen chopped shallots, garlic, chilli and also herbs (parsley, mint, coriander) which are a real time saver.

Also frozen chargrilled vegetables which cook from frozen in 5 mins, and frozen chopped spinach

Sundried tomato paste which I put it anything with tomatoes in

Soft cheese with garlic and herbs in which I melt for a very quick pasta sauce, or I stick a dollop in cheese sauces, risottos etc

SpidercalledChester Sun 08-Sep-13 22:46:10

Frozen chopped spinach. Put it in with pasta and pesto (or indeed more or less any other dish too). Children don't realise they're eating veg. It's amazing.

I LOVE my Kenwood chef. Was a present for a significant birthday and it's amazing. Although I do also like my mini whizzer (Delia time-saving blender thing), for day-to-day use.

LetItBeMe Mon 09-Sep-13 20:15:58

I bought a 1kg ready minced garlic in our asian food store for £1.99! they had ginger too.
Also 1litre rapeseed oil for £1.99. I paid £3.99 for 500ml in the regular supermarket previously.

kateandme Sat 21-Sep-13 22:18:09

thereistheball you can get chipotle paste from waitrose and sainburys do it in their speciality ingredeints.

snowlie Sun 22-Sep-13 07:52:23

A sharp knife! I am always amazed by how crap and blunt other people's knives are, buy a good one and keep it sharp!

Yes to Waitrose frozen herbs etc.
Also yes to passata
Waitrose caramelised onion chutney, a big dollop in sauces and stews for added richness.

Lakeland loaf tin liners and discs of baking parchment, also their silicone baking tray liners, no more washing trays after baking. Also the big silicone mat for rolling pastry, far better than doing it on the counter.

Slow cooker
Kenwood Prospero - small version of Chef

Jergens Mon 23-Sep-13 13:47:42

We're on the same wavelength Spider! smile
I was just about to say:
1) my Kenwood Chef Titanium - built like an ox!
2) Kenwood mini chopper

Artura Mon 30-Sep-13 15:36:45

Got this a while ago and use it every day tefal 8 in 1 . Makes our porridge in the morning, slow cooks dinner then use it for rice to go with the main meal. Only cost me £30 something from costco.

mrspremise Tue 01-Oct-13 19:26:02

Disposable shower caps (like the ones from hotels) are way better than clingfilm, plus you can wash and reuse them a good few times until they wear out completely. I hate clingfilm with a fiery passion, but if it's necessary, keep it in the freezer to make it less apt to stick to you/itself/everything except what it bloody should... confused

Fifi1963 Fri 04-Oct-13 10:21:20

Lazy Garlic and ready made cake decorations but not together!!!!

sis Fri 04-Oct-13 10:42:55

MissPlumBroughtALadder the Thermomix looks great but as I couldnt find a price on their website, I assume it costs hundreds of pounds?

PalakPaneer Wed 23-Oct-13 06:19:11

Disposable shower caps to cover food - genius!!!!!

weirdbird Wed 23-Oct-13 14:46:25

My pampered chef prep bowls, use them constantly for leftovers, rarely ever use cling film anymore.

weirdbird Wed 23-Oct-13 14:49:18

Have had mine since I was a consultant 10yrs ago and apart from ruining the odd lid they are still going strong with constant use

weirdbird Wed 23-Oct-13 14:49:46

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