Tropical Island – What Kitchen Utensil Would You Take…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 7, 2010

I had so much fun reading what foods you all would take with you on a tropical island, I thought I’d turn this into a mini-series…

If you were going to be shipped off to an undisclosed location that looks like the above picture and could only bring 1 kitchen utensil, what would you take with you?!?

Me. I would take my garlic press.  I use. it. all. the. time.

What about you?!?  What kitchen utensil could you not live without???

(And again. Don’t overthink this!)

{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea July 7, 2010 at 6:15 am

Kitchen shears!

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Alea July 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm

@Andrea, I agree. I use my kitchen shears for everything.

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Jen July 7, 2010 at 6:46 am

My santoku knife, I can make other tools out of it! And it works for cooking and defense in one :)

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Nikki July 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

My 8″ Chef’s knife. It can do everything. :)

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Jen July 7, 2010 at 6:55 am

A knife.

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Chelle W. July 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

A Spatula

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Anuan July 7, 2010 at 7:27 am

Oh this is fun!

Is a pot a utensil? I would take a pot if it is considered a utensil. If not I would take a grater.

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Tonya July 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

My vegetable peeler

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Taking Heart July 7, 2010 at 7:35 am

Before I even read your post… I was thinking garlic press!!!

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Ros July 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

a skillet – I cook nearly everything in one – but it has to have deep sides.

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sara@coffeerandoms July 7, 2010 at 7:46 am

My red silicone spatula. I have five or some such thing and it *still* seems like I can never find a clean one when I need it.

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Nicole July 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

Santuko knife – totally agree Jen, and I use it so much I just wash it right away when I’m done with it now… saves looking for it in the dirty pile!

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Jackie July 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

I would most likely take a long a knife as well!!!!

So useful on an abandoned island

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Bonnie July 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

My Magic Bullet. I would be using those tropical fruits to whip up some awesome smoothies.

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Lisa July 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

I think I would bring my Pampered Chef chopper with me!

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Barb July 7, 2010 at 8:01 am

Tongs!

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Jennifer July 7, 2010 at 8:37 am

I love this question! I would definitely take a silicone spatula. Spatulas are the greatest invention known to man, and if it is made of silicone I can use it to stir things while they are cooking because silicone won’t be damaged by the heat.

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Amanda July 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

I would probably bring a knife as well.

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Misc Jenn July 7, 2010 at 8:59 am

A whisk! I use mine constantly.

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Blakely July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

Tongs would be what I would bring.

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Katie July 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

I would take a knife as well. :)

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Tawra@Living On A Dime July 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

silicone spatula

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Sarah (Frontier Kitchen) July 7, 2010 at 9:45 am

Knife! A good knife is a beautiful thing. :)

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Susie's Homemade July 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

I couldn’t do without my knife!!

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Sue July 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

My pearing knife.

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Cherilyn July 7, 2010 at 10:25 am

My counter scraper

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FoodontheTable July 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

A knife! I think it would be useful for a lot of things on the dessert island – like filleting all the fresh fish.

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bridget July 7, 2010 at 10:47 am

We have a forever sharp that my husband got suckered into buying over christmas but it really is the best kitchen utinsil

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Becky July 7, 2010 at 10:56 am

Cast iron pan. Can I bring the knife too?

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Shelle July 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

My enameled dutch oven. I use that pot for EVERYTHING!

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Allison July 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

Tongs, for sure!

Next question should be small appliance b/c I already have an answer for that ;)

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Cara July 7, 2010 at 11:42 am

my silicone spatula!

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Andrea July 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I can cook anything in my wok.

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Crystal's Cozy Kitchen July 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

definitely a knife!

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Sara @ ThrivingMama July 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm

My 4 sided grater – I need to get a second one because half the time I need it it’s in the dishwasher!

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Melissa July 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Well, since I’m taking ice cream, I should probably take an ice cream scoop. But aside from that … I think my favorite utensil is a knife with a 5″ blade. It’s probably the only tool I use every single day.

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Jodi July 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

a can opener!

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Candi July 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm

My hubby bought me a Global knife (a real cheffie’s knife) for our anniversary last year…I LOVE that thing!

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Kathryn July 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

A meat tenderizer – could use it to crack open coconuts.

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Beth Danielsen July 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

My olive oil mister. There are olives on this island right?

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Larissa July 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

my lilac coloured silicone/heat resistant spoonula…love it! (curved spatula)

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Tina July 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Does the crock pot count as an utensil? LOL!

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MaryAgnes Ash July 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I think it would have to be my knife that I don’t allow any of my nieces or nephews to touch.

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Mary July 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

My food processor.

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Tara July 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I’m torn between an 8″ knife or a cast iron skillet. I really love my skillets…it would probably be the one item I would take. But a skillet isn’t a utensil!

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Christina Kelley July 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I would bring a knife.

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Kristie July 7, 2010 at 8:17 pm

A knife or my kitchen aid mixer oohhhhhh I don’t know!

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Barbara July 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Believe it or not, I keep a “Swiss Army” style survival knife in my kitchen gadget drawer. It can do almost any thing except hammer – haven’t needed to try that, but since it is all steel, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on the island!

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Barbara July 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

@Barbara, OOPS – this was supposed to be a separate post. Sorry!

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Julianne July 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

A knife would be the obvious choice, but I love my microplane grater. Add a little fresh garlic to almost anything. Also good for parmesan and nutmeg.

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Deborah July 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm

My santoku knife for sure!

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Carrie July 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

a spoon. i can think of a lot more things that you can’t do without a spoon than anything else

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Kara July 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I would take my pampered chef apple corer/slicer! It’s wonderful!!

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