In the kitchen however, I have a high standard for new tools. Each must either replace an existing tool or do multiple jobs very well. However, there are some tools that are so good at one job alone that I am willing to buy them, store them, clean them and otherwise fully embrace their existence. In fact, I'm beyond embracing these tools, I'm ready to proselytize - to share with the world how great they really are.
To provide context, while I am not a minimalist, I do believe that every single possession we bring into our lives lays a tiny claim on us - to use it, clean it and repair it. To find it when we want it, and put it away when we are done. So it's somewhat embarrassing to own these one trick ponies. But when you see what they can do, you will understand how they have worn down my defenses against excess "stuff".
To begin, the world's best inexpensive apple peeler, made by Starfrit. Using six of this cool tool, retailing for around $20, a half-dozen middle school kids peeled 12 bushels of apples for an apple pie fundraiser at my church...in under two hours! Twelve bushels people, that is over 575 pounds of apples!!