As a home cook with a small kitchen, I shy away from single-use gadgets and appliances unless they’ll truly add value to my daily cooking. (Aside from counterspace, it’s the reason I’ve held out on buying an air fryer.) On the flip side, if a cooking tool can prove itself useful to me in myriad ways, it’s a keeper—hence my love for stainless steel over nonstick and the reason I’ll justify owning a KitchenAid mixer.
So what’s the gadget I turn to most frequently in the kitchen? It’s nothing glamorous, flashy or newfangled. It’s a $12 metal bench scraper.
You’re either thinking this tool only applies to *serious* bakers, or your eyes have glazed over completely. But I promise you, everyone who cooks (or bakes) anything would be better off with a bench scraper in their drawer. Welcome to my TED Talk; take a seat and allow me to elaborate.