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5 Kitchen Tools You Take For Granted


While no one’s going to cry if you lose your melon baller, there are some single-use tools that will actually make a difference in the kitchen. They’re easy to leave out, since they only do that one thing, but nothing comes close to that convenience when you need them. Take a look at these five utensils you take for granted before you find yourself up a creek without a can opener. Speaking of…


Can Opener


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What good is a can opener? Well, when you consider that the alternative is smashing it open with a rock, pretty darn good. Aside from opposable thumbs, can openers are the only thing that separates us from wild animals. Either use them both, or accept your feral life among the woodland creatures.


Pizza Cutter


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After a long day of moving with your friends, your only means of paying them back is your cheap and trusty friend pizza. But now you’re faced with the prospect of asking your friends to risk burning themselves by tearing apart a piping hot pizza. E tu, pizza?


Lemon/Lime Juicer


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Yeah, you can squeeze a lime or lemon with your bare hands, but you risk making a mess or shooting citric acid straight into your eye. Either pack goggles or bring along this handy squeezer, which will give you more control as you add flavor to everything you cook.




Photo: Joseph Joseph

Pasta is another cheap and easy dish, and you can probably make enough to feed all your buddies for under 10 bucks. But without a colander, you’re simply tempting fate, my friend. If you leave this handy strainer behind, you’ll either be scalding yourself for forgetting it, or just plain scalding yourself.


Wine Bottle Opener


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This is the first level of hell. You’re already out of meal ideas, and now you can’t even open a bottle of wine to help melt that stress away. You try that trick with your shoes, but it just won’t work. Too bad Domino’s doesn’t deliver pinot grigio.


HeadCase — A Combo iPhone Case and Bottle Opener

There’s plenty of ways to open a bottle now a days. Some folks have a solid opener on their key chain, some have it on their wallets, and some badasses believe every bottle is a ‘twist off,’ and will bleed from the palm before they’re proven wrong.

What type of bottle opener are you? Oh – what’s that you say? You don’t want to fall into any of those categories? Oh – what’s that you say? You’re one of those people who have an iPhone? Well now, you can add to the list of spectacular things your precious Apple phone can do…it can now open bottles.

The Be a HeadCase Hard Case and Bottle Opener was built specifically for the iPhone 4 and is a perfect companion for the avid beer drinker. The case itself boasts an ultra thin, hard plastic with a stainless steel bottle opener built right into the backside. It also features a tab opener, if your finger nails are short, stubby, and in need of a pedicure.

It also comes with a free bottle opener APP, which, sounds utterly useless, but was worthy of a mention…for those iPhone app collectors out there who have plenty of space to fill. ($19.99 @ Amazon)