By Holley Johnson Grainger
Updated May 19, 2011

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.