Dig into your kitchen drawers and shake the dust off those gadgets you haven't used in years. It's time to speed up the time you spend in the kitchen!

I'm a kitchen gadget fanatic and have found that using (dishwasher-friendly) tools like a reamer, kitchen shears, vegetable peeler, and garlic chopper can save tons of time. Even the old-fashioned apple corer (remember those--they look like a wagon wheel), is pulled out from time to time to speed things along.

Being equipped with the proper tools is essential to getting in and out of the kitchen in a flash. Be creative and find new uses for the equipment you already have on hand. For example, a pizza wheel or kitchen shears can also be used to quickly chop fresh herbs. Use a potato masher to mash/chop hard-cooked eggs for egg salad, or quickly soften hard butter by using a vegetable peeler to slice off what you need.

Do you have other uses for your favorite gadgets? Any new gadgets on the market that save you tons of time? I would love to hear about them! I'm always looking for ways to update my collection.