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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 15th 2020
In these times, we are spending more time at home. Why not clean out some drawers that are filled with kitchen things. I did and was surprised at what I found.

kitchen draw
I'm sure everything is useful.

Apart from several frequently used items, I found many 'must-have' items that seemed a good idea at the time.

kitchen items
Some of my discoveries.

Teabag squeezer. I would use three or four tea bags a day and often manage to drip tea between cup and bin. I forgot I had the squeezer, in fact, it was still in its box. It is now in almost constant use.

Tea bag squeezer.
The most useful item found.


Tea bag squeezer.
Works a treat.

Lemon & lime squeezer. This was quite expensive, but I have hardly ever used it. A hand is always on hand to squeeze a lemon and handier than finding the squeezer.

lemon squeezer
Nice colours.

Rotary cheese grater. Why I purchased this, I have no idea as we had a perfectly good normal grater and easier to use.

Cheese grater.
Can only grate small pieces.

Digging deeper into my drawers, I found a tea strainer. I'm sure we have a teapot in the back of some cupboard. Might be hard to find loose tea.

Mortar and pestle. Used to grind nuts and other things into powder or very fine particles. I think I have used it twice.

Mortar & pestle.
Makes a good paperweight.

Egg rings used to be very popular to cook your eggs in a neat looking and compact way. Can't remember ever using these.

Egg rings
Could be useful.

Cherry pitter. I must admit I have used this thing a few times. My success in de-pitting cherries indicates that this is an entry-level device.

Cherry pitter
Not a medieval thumb screw.

"The latest thing in vegetable peelers." This was the spiel of the vendor of these things many years ago in the Victoria Market while demonstrating it. He could use it, but I couldn't.

Vegetable peeler
Looks simple to use.



Melon scoops. Very handy for cocktails, which I don't drink, so have never used them.

Melon scoops.
These are easy to use, no moving parts.

Apple corer. I have used this device many times, but have yet to master the technique. It is very hard to push it vertically through an apple. I'm sure it can be done.

Apple corer.
Hand operated apple corer.


Apple corer.
Getting to the core of the apple.

Apart from the aforementioned items, I found seven wooden spoons, 16 plastic measuring spoons and four can openers, not to mention the six pairs of tongs, admittedly four different sizes.

Despite the clean-up, the only thing I threw away were several plastic knives and forks. Into the recycling bin of course.

One drawer down, only six more to go, not to mention ten clothing draws.
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LOL. loks a lot like my 3rd drawer down! I found several wine stoppers. Believe me, a bottle of wine is ALWAYS finished in my house, so unused. Also found a packet of 6 potato peelers. What was I thinking - that I'd have a tribe of people fighting to peel my spuds?
by May Cross (score: 3|6489) 16 days ago

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