What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
Okay, Dawn posted a similar thread, but people are listing their serious tools in hers, like knives and cookware. I'm just looking for gadgets. Do you have a gadget that, even though it might look silly, does the job for you, and you're glad you bought it?
I have two. The first is a different brand, but is similar to the slap chop. It absolutely rocks for making mirepoix, pico de gallo, chopping up nuts, and all sorts of tasks like that. I buy bags of peeled garlic cloves at my local market, and about three minutes after I get them home, I've turned the cloves into minced garlic, which I put in a jar in the fridge. Superior in quality to the store-bought stuff, at a fraction of the price, for just a couple minute's effort.
The other one is a Moulinex hand food processor, I guess you'd call it. Or, a rotary grater? In any event, it came with several disc blades, like a food processor, except instead of being a big, bulky electric thing, it has a hand crank, and a handle that contains a lever that pushes the food down on the blade. It sits on three folding legs, at a perfect height to grind cheese, potatoes and the like into a cereal bowl. I love this thing. It works better and easier than a box grater, doesn't sit and take up counter space, and when I'm done with it I just rinse it and chuck it in the dishwasher.
Both of these things look like silly gadgets, but are almost indispensable to me. What are yours?