Apple Corer Slicer. I picked this tool up about 20 years ago at Walmart and have been using it ever since. Position it over the top of an apple (it works on pears, too), push down and you get an apple cut in perfect portion sizes and with the core removed. This is a great tool.
Pastry Roller. I read about this roller in an article and was determined to get
one. That was easier said than done! I couldn’t find one anywhere! One company had carried them in the past, but when I was looking, they didn’t have them anymore. I searched high and low and finally found one on-line. It cost me about $20 with shipping but it was worth every penny. I use it for pizza dough (it works especially well in the smaller pans). I also use it for those desserts (like rice crispy treats, indoor smores, etc.) that require pressing the dough into the pan. The roller does a nice job and doesn’t stick to the dough.
Hamburger Patty Maker. My parents had one of these when I was growing up and it worked really great. But when I went looking for one, there were missing in action. I was disappointed. I picked up one of those two-part plastic ones but didn’t like it. One day at the grocery store I lucked out and found one for about $4.00. I was SO excited!!! I purchased it and have been using it ever since. It makes a perfect four ounce hamburger patty that fits exactly right on the inexpensive hamburger buns.
Mini Strainer. I got my mini strainer years ago and use it to drain the liquid out of
cans (like beans, corn, etc.) and to press the moisture out of a can of tuna or salmon. It does an awesome job on the tuna and salmon. I have also used it to rinse a small portion of blueberries or other berries and it works well for that, too.
Cookie Dough Scoop. I use my cookie dough scoop anytime I make cookies so my cookies are uniform in shape. I also use it to shape meatballs.
Most of these items can be picked up at Walmart, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond and aren’t expensive at all. The hamburger patty maker is harder to find, but if you happen to see one while you’re out, it’s definitely worth buying. If I ever see them again, I’m buying several!
These are all tools I could live without if I had to, but as long as I have room, they’ll be part of my kitchen arsenal.