In a previous life I worked at a fantastic cookware shop in Brooklyn called A Cook's Companion. During my tenure there I picked up ridiculous amounts of cooking and cookware information, and yes, stocked up on my All-Clad and Le Crueset. What I realized during that time, as people frantically came looking for avocado slicers and off-set deli knives and fancy double boilers, was that I am not a Gadget Person. I am happy with my chef's knife, a good cutting board, a Microplane zester and my hands. I don't like clutter, and I don't like clangy things that only do one job banging around in my drawers.
However, on occasion there were tools and gadgets and fun kitchen toys that piqued even my interest, and basically everything in the silicone genre fell into that category. I'm a convert. And, when I saw the silicone ties hanging near the roasting pans, I grabbed a set as quickly as I could, because I'll be honest: I suck at trussing.
Not long ago, I came across a post on Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen about the (wonderful!) silicone ties, and I was frankly shocked that more people didn't vouch for their handiness. Tonight I was again reminded of how useful these little pink ties can be, as I attempted to brown chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and arugula. The ties are pretty much idiot-proof, as you can see from my makeshift bows and knots and twists, but they are a heck of a lot more durable and hearty than a toothpick, and much easier to deal with than twine. Bonus is that they clean super easy; I stick them in the utensil basket of my dishwasher.
So, to sum up...I hate almost all kitchen gadgets. But love my cute pink silicone ties!