strawberry huller from Chef'n gets the pass, though. While McManus would normally just pull out her paring knife to get the job done, she realized the huller's usefulness when a group of 9-year-olds helped out in her kitchen and were able to hull strawberries in seconds, a task she wouldn't have given to them with a sharp paring knife. No big surprises with her other favorite kitchen tools: her All-Clad 12-inch stainless tri-ply frying pan, 12-inch Lodge cast iron skillet and OXO tongs. Even the Gadget Guru trusts the tried-and-true over the new and flashy.
Read more: Q & A With Lisa McManus at the L.A. WeeklyWhat are your favorite (or least favorite) kitchen gadgets? Related: Making Multitaskers of Unitaskers: Share Your Stories! (Image: Williams-Sonoma)