I have mentioned before how much I love my strainer, but you know what I've been loving the last eight months or so? My food hammer. Or as they're more properly known, a meat tenderizer. (This isn't my exact one; I inherited mine from my grandma. But I am a fan of Oxo.) But "meat tenderizer" is all wrong! They do so much more than tenderize meat! Need a broken up toffee candy bar for your latest dessert creating? (A good idea and may I have some?) Just bash it with your food hammer! I use it to make breadcrumbs, break up bags of ice--no more flinging it to the floor!--break up pre-cooked ground beef for better portioning...really it's good for breaking up most things. I also used it to gently hammer in the pin that was coming out of my stand mixer. Closely related to meat tenderizing but still a distinct usage is meat thinning. Sometimes a recipe will call for you to pound a piece of chicken, which I've tried with a frying pan but not with a ton of success. Enter my food hammer! Honestly, I never realized how many things I could do with a meat tenderizer. Much like the old adage that every problem looks like a nail when you've got a hammer, everything looks like a piece of meat when I've got a tenderizer.
(Also, have you noticed that everything looks like a hammer when you've got a nail? I've used a shoe, the handle of a screw driver, etc. Not yet a meat tenderizer, though...)