Gadgets: Swissmar Cheese Holder
The stainless steel cheese holder from Swissmar ($12) has one purpose. You guessed it: holding cheese. Its three short prongs poke into a hunk of cheese to grip it without stabbing so deeply that the cheese begins to crack or tear, allowing you to slice the cheese without using your hands to hold it. Meanwhile, the knob is big enough to hang onto easily.
It's not a big deal to touch a hunk of cheese with your (clean) bare hands if you're making grilled cheese sandwiches for the family, right? But if you're serving guests or have a cheese board set up where guests can slice cheese for self-serve, they might be happier not to have everyone's fingerprints all over every wheel and brick of cheese on the board.
This obviously isn't something everyone needs, but it's kind of cool-looking, doesn't take much storage space since it's only 2 1/4 inches tall, and turophiles will no doubt love it.
About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.
Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.