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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 2 Giveaway.... CSN Stores


**This giveaway is now closed**
Today's giveaway is brought to us by CSN Stores.  CSN Stores is a great website that offers everything from track lighting to...... you guessed it, food storage items!  They also have the website Cookware.com, which is a fun place to shop around online for all your kitchen needs.


One of the biggest difficulties I have with food storage is wheat.  How do you cook it?  How do you eat it?  And how long does wheat flour actually last?  Thankfully, writing on this blog for the last two years has helped me out a lot with these questions, but wheat is still a bit of a challenge for me. And speaking of wheat flour.... how am I supposed to grind my wheat if I'm out of power?


Well, today CSN Stores is giving away a Back to Basics Grain Mill!  Perfect for when you need wheat flour and don't have an electric grinder, or if you are without power.


To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post and answer the following question (I know, it has nothing to do with food storage but this could be fun):


What is your favorite kitchen gadget?


Right now, mine is probably my blender.  I use it for everything from milkshakes to hummus to baby food.  Anyway, I love kitchen gadgets and I'm always on the lookout for things that will make my life easier - so tell me what your favorites are!


One comment per person, please.  This giveaway is open until Thursday, June 3 at 9 a.m. EDT.  We'll announce the winner (via Random.org) here on the blog before Thursday's giveaway opens up.


Thanks again to CSN Stores for this awesome giveaway!

125 comments:

Jenny M said...

My blender - my family is really into smoothies lately. They're a great summer treat!!

Darcy said...

Has to be my Kitchen Aid. I do a lot of freezer and bulk cooking, and it helped me out so much in labor alone, and I just love the thing!

Shannon said...

I love my kitchen-aid hand blender for smoothies, mayonnaise, and everything in between.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

My KitchenAid! I use it so often, for kneading and mixing and whipping. Step two in using up my wheat!

Anonymous said...

My Cuisinart,its about 15 yrs old,use it for everything from pizza bough to slicing potatoes for chips

MdKnighthawk

Jessie said...

My crockpot (is that a gadget? seems like it should be to me). I use it at least once a week. I love how simple it makes a meal.

Meredith said...

My food processor! I'm making so much zucchini bread, carrot cake, cole slaw, and egg rolls lately and if I didn't have that food processor my hands would ACHE from hand shredding all those veggies!

Kathy said...

Right now it is my Bosch but next week it could be something different. I love to make 3 loaves of bread at one time and the Bosch makes life easier.

Kim said...

i love my mini-food processor! I like being able to chop onions without making my hands stink for the next three days :)

Dan and Sharon Gallup said...

My favorite gadget is probably my apple slicer. I use it for everything including apples and pears. Pears taste so much better and you don't have juice running down your face from bitinig into the pear.

Emily said...

It's little but I love our zester. Just adding a bit of lemon, lime, or orange zest to fruit salads, veggies, quick breads, or cookies results in such a fresh, delicious flavor.

Tay said...

My immersion blender. It converts to a food processor and a whisk. I love that it's so versatile and can make the lumpy smooth.

K....mom said...

my favorite is my immersion hand-held blender. I use it for canning for my tomatoes and my applesauce, for my smoothies right in the glass and for thickening my potato soup :)LOVE it!!

Gretchen said...

Love my blender too! So great for baby food and smoothies!

Angie said...

I LOVE my BlendTec blender AND my KitchenAid mixer.. I can't choose between the two of them. I need them both equally!

Caitlin said...

Wow, my favorite kitchen gadget. I guess I would have to say my kitchenaid. I love using it and it always makes me happy because we got it for a great deal!

-Caitlin

Heidi said...

My fav kitchen gadget is my Bosch...love it!!

KT said...

probably my blender. It has suddenly gotten hot and we're living off of smoothies :)

StrivingSimply said...

My KitchenAid mixer is definitely my favorite!

Heather said...

My favorite is my immersion blender. I use it all the time, it is easy to clean up and small to store.

Kristine said...

My kitchen aid. But we have also been using our (electric) wheat grinder a lot.

SarahJane said...

My kitchen aid. I love using it to make baked goods; cookies, pizza dough, etc.

Emily Hendrix said...

My favorite kitchen tool is a whisk--I use them for everything; salad dressings, baked goods, etc. I actually have a collection--11 of them!

Coordination Queen said...

I think the most used is the KitchenAid, but I haven't met a kitchen gadget I didn't like.

Jessica said...

Gotta be the kitchen aid! It does everything if you have the right attachment. Probably even has a grinding wheat attachment.

Julie said...

I love using my crock pot! It is so easy to throw some stuff in it in the morning and then come home in the afternoon to yummy smells and dinner made!

Holly Hoopes said...

My favorite is my electric can opener. It's so much easier than the hand held ones.

Rachel said...

Today my food processer, tomorrow, my Kitchen Aid. Who know about Friday?

Dawna said...

My favorite gadget would definitely be my Bosch. This is one thing that I use everyday. Best money I ever spent!

Mishqueen said...

I know it's basic, but I can't live without my rice cooker. Love it love it, use it use it.

Courtney said...

Not really a kitchen gadget, but I absolutely love my foodsaver! We use it for everything. Best birthday present I ever got!

Alyosha said...

My breadmaker. I can't seem to make bread by hand. I use it for wheat bread, but also pizza dough and cinnamon roll dough. All I have to do us measure the ingredients!

Darla said...

I think for me, my favorite kitchen gadget is an egg shaped hard bolided egg slicer. You can use it for so many things and it cleans really easy. Great for slicing eggs for salads, egg salad, garnishes, sandwiches, just about anything you can think of.

Becky S. said...

It's a toss-up between my food processor, which makes prep work so much quicker, and my slow cooker, which gives me meals when I don't have time to cook!
Okay, if I must pick one, it would be my slow cooker.

Destiny said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my salad master food processor. Next would be my crock pot.

The WoodLand School said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my KitchenAid mixer!

B_bug said...

I love my food processor. One day I hope to have a KitchenAid mixer to love though. :)

thecutestcouple (Crystal) said...

I think it is a tie between my blender, slow cooker and rice cooker.

lyjing said...

I really like my chopper. I can use for onions and garlic and all kinds of stuff!

April said...

Hummm...It would be a tie between my Bosch and my Blendtec Total Blender and my electric pressure cooker....they are LIFESAVERS!

Ashley said...

The Cutco knives my in-laws gave us for our wedding. I'll never go back to cheap-o knives again!

Eric said...

My grapefruit spoon. Today I used it to take the seeds out of a cucumber. Quick and easy.

Cecily said...

I love my Bosch. I would like to love my ice cream maker, but it doesn't make ice cream . . . it just smooths out the cream.

Lynn said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my 3 in 1 pressure cooker! Oh my! I was introduced to it just a few months ago and I use it almost everyday! Time is of the essence and I can cook a meal from Frozen to table ready in under 45 minutes! YAY!

The Millers said...

My popcorn popper! I love it!

Jana said...

omygoodness---I need one of these. I love my lime hand sqeezeey thingy.
Jana

♥ Pacy said...

My favorite kitchen gadget is my thrift store french fry cutter.My home-fries all of a sudden got a lot of Wow Honey/Mom these fries are delicious. Who knew that this simple, easy french fry cutter could make them taste so much better then just using a knife to cut a potato into french fries. It's so easy and fast to use too.
♥acy

Corley said...

Our electric skillet has been EXTREMELY useful as of late. We use it for our pancakes, bacon, sandwiches etc. It certainly makes short work of things!

Shenille said...

My Kitchen-aid mixer. I never dared make bread before I got it, now I can!

Karen K. said...

My Vita-Mix. I use it EVERY morning to make a chocolate protein shake (with LOTS of ice to make it thick). It is sooooooo much nicer than a regular ol' blender. It's going strong after 7 years (I've probably been through about 6 or 7 regular blenders before it.) My goal is to use it for other things. It does so much more and I haven't even tried. :(

Amber said...

I use my food processor nearly every day. Love it!!

Dede said...

My favorite is my food-processor! I used it for years to make baby food, and now I use it to make homemade bread crumbs, "refried" beans, pie crusts, everything. It's awesome:-)

Laurie said...

My favorite gadget would have to be my Silpat! Absolutely love it for easy clean up of what would normally be baked on foods.

silent explorer 13 said...

My immersion hand blender! Makes refried beans and butternut squash soup a snap.

acorntooak said...

Let's see, my favorite is probably my electric wheat grinder. I love the quality of wheat from it. A non electric one would be great to have.
thanks
Lynette

edmontonjb said...

I love my convection toaster oven. It cooks things quickly and it doesn't heat up the house as much as the regular oven.

Morgan said...

Hands down, my Bosch!!

Andrea :) said...

My favorite gadget is my mini-whisk. It helps making gravy be a cinch!

SFlorman said...

My favorite is the old donut maker I inherited from my Mom. You fill the tube with donut batter, squeeze the plunger, and a round tire of batter eases down into the hot fat. (I can't seem to make them as symmetrical as Mom could, but my kids don't care!) I love it that it was hers, that it's so practical, and that I remember using it when I was very young. It's a "Grandma tradition" I can carry on with my kids now that Mom is gone.

Anonymous said...

Mine is my electric griddle. I get alot more pancakes done than with just a skillet.

Meghan said...

My kitchen aid or my apple corer/slicer!

Journey to Preparedness said...

My favorite kitchen appliance is my dehydrator. I love making homemade fruit rollups - and my kids love them, too!

Brittany said...

I love my kitchen aid and my deep fryer.

Michelle said...

Knives. We have cutco and I can't live without them.

Dan and Melissa said...

Probably my nylon whisk. It doesn't scratch pans when you use it!

Kristina said...

I would have to say a good set of knives, closely followed by a good mixer. I have a lot of favorites ;), but the things I use the most are knives and baking stuff.

vlschenk said...

It may be a little sad but I couldn't live without a can opener! It isn't new or exciting but I use it every day.

Veee

Mary Lou in Central NY said...

The gadget that came to mind first was my bench scraper-the flat stainless square with a handle that I use to clean my countertop after kneading bread. I don't get gunky dough in my dishcloth!

viggie said...

It's a tie between my vitamix and excalibur ;)

Tiffany -- the mommy said...

My magic bullet... We love that thing.

David said...

I love my Bosch! It definitely makes life easier. There are days I have used it 3 times in the same day!

Worknprogress said...

Oh boy! Just one gadget to love? Do chickens count as gadgets? I love that they keep me in eggs so I don't have to go to the store so I can do more cooking. :o)

Gadgets, hmmm? I love my Fat Daddio removable bottom round cake pan. 1 pot that cooks quiche, cake, and cheesecake. I also couldn't live without my kitchen aid mixer or my cast iron griddle.

Good luck to everyone!
Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Bethany said...

It's either my ice cream scoop (always a necessity!) or this big frying pan we have. The pan is great because it's so big you can easily fit several pancakes in at once. Helpful when trying to feed "starving" boys.

JenHunsaker said...

I use my Bosch for everything! But I also love my zester for all those lemons/limes this time of year.

Penny said...

Not sure if you would consider it a kitchen gadget but I use my crockpot frequently especially now that summer is coming.

Pixie said...

I love my slap chop! It's so fun to use LOL

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Hilary said...

I love my salad spinner. Just chop up lettuce and rinse and spin it dry!

Lanell said...

My Kitchen Aid Mixer, hands down!

Kristi M. said...

Right now it would have to be our smoothie maker. My husband is so into those.

Donna said...

I love my food mill. I can't imagine canning up the hundreds of pounds of tomatoes and having to seed and slip skins. My food mill does both so quickly.

Letherton said...

I couldn't live without the toaster.
I love toast and bagels toasted.

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Sariah said...

Since I don't have a bosch to love, I like my kitchenaid. My second favorie is my cheese knife, it makes the perfect slices for sandwiches and snacks.

Hunter Family said...

I love my kitchen shears. Sure, my Kitchenaid is also my favorite but I don't know what I'd do without my shears!

The Johnsons said...

Love gadgets...ok. to be different I will say that my favorite is the tuna can strainer/drainer that a friend bought me. You open the tuna can, put this little can-shaped strainer/drainer in and presto! you have drained all the water out with zero loss of tuna. I also use it to drain veggies.

Lorraine said...

I've been thinking I need to get one of these. I love my blend-tec Blender. Don't know how I lived without it - I think I use it every day.

J said...

It has to be our Kitchen Aid. I hadn't every used one before we were married and my MIL gave it to us as a wedding gift. Love it!!!!
Josie

Heather said...

my braun mixer which has a food processor attachment. it's so quick and easy to chop up lots of little things.... especially now for summer chicken salad sandwiches.

Nora said...

The pressure cooker is my absolute favorite kitchen gadget.

Beth said...

My favorite gadget is my mom's old blender. In our family it was called "The Osterizer" (made by Oster) and I sometimes find myself saying I am going to "osterize" something. It has a solid metal base and it is heavy as a horse, and I am crazy about it. I think it will last forever.

Celeste said...

My KitchenAid stand mixer for sure!

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Fatebekind said...

Probably an oxo manual can opener.Real easy to use and all those cans of food stored are not too easy to open without it.

Jenny and Jake said...

It's got to be my cookie/ice cream scoop. It makes every cookie the same size, and I don't have to roll it. It's wonderful!

Marsha said...

I think the most useful thing in my kitchen would have to be my crock pot.

Joy said...

For us it's probably a toss-up between our can-opener and our microwave. My husband only knows how to cook with the microwave. :)

Michelle said...

i love my kitchen-aid!

Rebecca said...

We've been using our blender everyday to make green smoothies!

Julie Marie Winans said...

I love my kitchen aid!

Jim said...

I have a set of stainless steel straw spoons I use with smoothies. I love those things. Hopefully it will soon change to a Back to Basics Grain Mill!

hayley said...

my favorite gadget would be a jar opener... instead of the rubber pads you use to open jars, this is a little gadget that breaks the seal on jars, then you just unscrew them.

kdonat said...

My favorite kitchen tool is a box of small binder clips (office supply item). I use them to corral lists (To Do, grocery, coupons), to close open bags, and hang small bunches of herbs to dry.

Fern said...

My favorite is a really good set of knives. With these, most other jobs are easier.

Cyndi said...

My favorite gadget has to be my cast iron skillet...I know for most it may not qualify as a gadget, but I have recently discovered so many ways to use it instead of on top of the oven - in it, on a grill, over a fire, on top of the stove and clean up is a snap and its now probably the most used tool I have in my kitchen.

Coupon Person said...

It's not really a gadget, but I love my griddle. It has helped me mass produce grilled cheese, pancakes, and french toast for the troops. Troops being my hungry kids, of course.

Julie said...

I love my pampered chef food chopper. It makes chopping onions bearable.

staceyk said...

does a garlic press count? I use that thing all the time. Garlic is a great way to flavor our meals.
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Foxglove said...

My favourite kitchen gadget is tongs, we use them almost everyday.

HealthyMama said...

cherry pitter - it saves SO much time!

Kate said...

My timer! Can't live without it.

But if I had a Bosch, that would probably be my fave. ;)

Jenny said...

I just received a meat thermometer as a gift, and I love it! So that would have to be my new favorite kitchen gadget. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Derrick said...

Cheese slicer.

shorty said...

my kitchen aid right now but a close second is my food processor!

Diane said...

There are several....my kitchen scissors which I use several times a day, my glass measuring cups, my collapsible strainer, my magnetic lid lifer for canning lids, my stackable cooling racks, cookie dough scoop....just name a few.

Deelight said...

I'm dying for one of these grain grinders! Currently, my favorite kitchen tool is my pressure canner.

Robin Fisher said...

My kitchen aid. You have to love a machine that helps you make cookies in 4 minutes flat.

Twinmomwv said...

My Kitchen Aid. When I started making all of our bread I got a heavy duty one and it has been a life saver!

Anonymous said...

My immersion blender is so handy, and it has a mini-food processor attachment. It cleans up easily and fits inside a standard kitchen drawer. I love it! Donna

Christina said...

I love my pizza cutter. It is so handy in cutting up the kid's food. It is much easier and quicker than a knife.

Super Pi said...

My favorite is my slow cooker. I love my slow cooker--cooks beans, soups, roasts, etc. I love it so much I have two different sizes, a good sized one and a huge one!

Tina said...

Food processor. One day I told my husband I love the food processpr. And he said he already knew that because he puts it away every day. (He unloads the dishwasher.)

Nichole said...

too many to choose from :) but for today, it's my emersion blender/mini chopper attachment.

The Basics: said...

I love my ktec mixer. It makes everything so much easier.

Karen C said...

It has to be my blender too. Love it

Stephen and Lovell Nix said...

My schnitzer flaker. It takes an unassuming oat groat...and soften wheat berry and transforms it into oatmeal...and what I call wheatmeal! It never ceases to amaze me...

Peggy said...

Mine is a pampered chef chopper!! WAY,better than a knife!

Trina said...

I love my mix n chop from pampered chef. Browning ground beef has always hurt my hands when I used a wooden spoon. I have a little carpal tunnel I think. This thing works great and no pain:)