5 Kitchen Gadgets Every Southerner Should Own

May 29, 2014 | By | Comments (14)

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In a world filled with banana slicers and electric spaghetti-twirling forks, we find solace in the words of one of our favorite chefs, Hugh Acheson: “You should be able to cook something good with just a fork and a cast-iron skillet.”

It’s true that Southern cooks are discerning when it comes to kitchen gadgets. We are not dazzled by your quesadilla-maker. We know an iced tea maker is about as useful as a trapdoor on a fishing boat.

Here are the five tools beyond the trusty cast-iron skillet worthy of space in your kitchen.

microplane grater zester 5 Kitchen Gadgets Every Southerner Should Own

Microplane zester
After you own a Microplane, you wonder how you ever got along without one. It’s essential for adding lemon zest to your chess pie.

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 4.23.33 PMSwiss peeler
We consider this to be one of Europe’s best ideas, up there with French Impressionism and the printing press. This Y-shaped vegetable peeler makes quick work of prepping salads and veggie plates.


Citrus squeezer
From Key lime pies to authentic San Antonio margaritas, the South runs on citrus juice. With this handheld upgrade on the reamer, you won’t bat an eye when the recipe calls for ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lime juice.


Stainless steel spider strainer
If you fancy yourself the master of all things deep-fried, this should be your scepter. Bonus: It also works great as a large slotted spoon when poaching or blanching.

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Norpro Corn Creamer
Velvety creamed corn simply can’t be replicated with a knife. Thankfully, Norpro keeps this Southern tradition alive with its old-school wood and stainless steel creamers. Click here for a recipe for classic Creamed Corn.

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  1. 25 Reasons Why Southern Food Rules | Your Hub for Southern Culture

    […] We’re discerning when it comes to kitchen gadgets. Here are the ones we think are worthy of space in your […]

    June 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  2. MikeInATL

    Wow… who knew? I’ve been using a key lime juicer the wrong way all these years!

    June 4, 2014 at 11:05 am
  3. Dorothy Cranfill

    Tea glasses, jar rings and other objects can be used to cut biscuits and have been used for many years. A biscuit cutter usually has a sharper cutting edge and biscuits will rise taller on the sides. Dull objects will give you a more rounded edge.

    June 4, 2014 at 9:39 am
  4. Pamela Fowler Campbell

    I must be old school southern. I do what my Momma did and use a canning jar ring to cut biscuits. No truly Southern cook deserving of the title serves store bought green beans, spaghetti sauce, jams, jellies, etc… so there’s always a ring close to hand.

    June 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm
  5. Tammy

    If you made biscuits like my Momma made them, you didn’t need a cutter.

    June 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm
  6. Becky

    Biscuit cutter? Grandma called it a biscuit cutter in the morning, Grandpa called it a “tea” glass at night, I always wondered why he only had one glass of “tea” even if it was hot until I got older and realized it was bourbon and branch…lol. I do agree with the wire potato masher, nothing works better.

    June 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  7. Meredith

    Bless your heart Jane

    June 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  8. Donna

    No, Jane, the fruit is not upside down. You turn the fruit inside out, juice comes out the holes on the underside.

    June 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm
  9. Margaret

    Who needs a biscuit cutter when you have a drinking class. that was all my mother ever used to make biscuits!

    June 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm
  10. Jane

    I believe you have the fruit upside down in the citrus reamer.

    June 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm
  11. Kurt V Rich

    Biscuit cutter? Not a bad addition but I grew up w/ my mom using an emptied tin can which once contained Vienna sausages. True Southern innovation.

    May 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  12. Kurt V Rich

    You forgot an old fashion wire masher for silky creamy smooth mashed potatoes.

    May 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  13. Paula Shuff

    Definitely add a biscuit cutter! Love the list!

    May 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  14. Dawn

    No biscuit cutter? Every southerner should have one!

    May 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

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