I've admitted to being a sucker for kitchen gadgets and actively reining in purchasing stuff when the "Oh! That's so cool!" urge strikes. But sometimes I put off purchases of things I know will be extremely useful for reasons I don't understand. I know, I'm sure I need counseling.
Here are two items I've purchased in the past few months that have proven so useful I don't know why I put them off for years! Now I wonder how I got along without them!
The Terry Cloth Lined Silicone Mitt
Pricey, but worth it!
I've found as a canning aid this silicone mitt is indispensable. Unlike cloth mitts, this mitt does not absorb water. No sudden sucking up of boiling hot water for burns. I use tongs to lift the lid of the canner, with this mitt on the other hand to grasp the lid and move it. No steam burns!. I can actually reach into the canner to pick up a jar that's tipped over or to arrange the jars. Be warned here though that you must be aware of the depth of the water in relation to the cuff of the mitt. If you reach in too far you risk filling the mitt with water! Not good! I've never totally trusted my jar lifter but with this mitt I can securely grasp the jars as they are lifted out of the canner and set them down gently to cool.
To clean this mitt I detach the terry cloth lining and run that through the washer and dryer. The mitt goes for a ride in the top rack of the dishwasher. Pricey investment but worth it at about $20. I'm definitely getting a second one.
There's lots of immersion blenders on the market now from simple to complex, some with interchangeable parts to do more tasks, with prices to match. If you've never used one before run to your local deep discounter and pick one up to try. Even without being on sale and having a coupon mine retailed for $12.