I am a self professed Food Network junkie. I probably have more food shows TiVo’d than anything else. One show I like to watch is Alton Brown’s “Good Eats.” Where he deconstructs, demystifies, and reinvents different ingredients, recipes and techniques.
Alton using a Rhodia pad on the “Coq Au Van” episode of Good Eats.
One thing that Alton constantly preaches is that there is no room in the kitchen for a unitasker – meaning any kitchen implement must serve more than one purpose to earn it’s place. As I live in a teeny tiny house, I certainly understand that. Heck, I don’t even own a blender. But he who has on more than one occasion displayed a drawer filled with varying sizes of “dishers” (ice cream scoops) raised my hackles the other day when he called a grapefruit spoon a unitasker.
Years ago, when I actually was eating grapefruit, I decided I wanted a serrated grapefruit spoon to make the job a little easier. So I bought one- yes… a single one, for .25 at a junk shop. I think I’ve owned it for at least 15 years. While it’s rare I use it for grapefruit any more, I have used it to section out avocado, to scrape out the seeds from cantaloupe and halved cucumbers, and most recently, I found that it works beautifully to remove the top of a strawberry.
So there :o)
How do you feel about unitaskers? Are there any you just can’t live without?