Whether you are moving into your first kitchen or your tenth, having the right tools and utensils for cooking makes everything much easier. Some kitchen gadgets solve common problems and mishaps in cooking, while others combine looks and features to add a little fun to your cooking experience. We searched by some of Amazon’s best kitchen products and came up with this list of 10 that we would definitely buy. Read on for a peek at what we find.
- OXO Good Grips Tabletop Spiralizer
Carbs are important for fuel runners, but before a run you might not want the heaping bowl of pasta. This is where spiralisers of veggie come in! OXO’s Tabletop Spiralizer will transform vegetables and fruits into pleasant noodles with three separate blades: 1/8-inch spaghetti, 1/4-inch fettuccin, and ribbon blades.
You can also get innovative with it — it works not only with zucchini, but also with other things such as sweet potatoes, apples and even butternut squash. Note that spiralizers tend not to work on thin, small veggies such as carrots.
- Vitamix 5200 Series Blender
Once I got my Vitamix, it was like a switch between night and day as opposed to what I used. Where my old blender was struggling to make a thick smoothie or frozen yogurt, the Vitamix was chuggling right along and asking more. Due to friction of the blades rotating in the materials, the motors are so strong that you can actually cook in these things! Even, they make special blades and carafes to grind grain. You couldn’t ask for a better kitchen tool, actually.
- Carbon Steel Wok
Using a carbon steel wok can save time in the kitchen and prepare delicious meals. One pot to clean, and in minutes, fresh veggie-based meals are finished. You just can’t beat it!
You can get a wok for around $20 starting price. I will suggest you look into a flat-bottom version, unless you want a “wok ring” to hold a curved-bottom version over your pot. I like the one pictured in particular, as it is made in the USA (it’s kind of sad, isn’t it?). The Chinese have unique stoves that keep the curved-bottom models accurately (both new and traditional), but they just don’t fit on modern Western-style cooktops as well.
- Instant Pot IP-DUO60 321 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black
You might think that a gadget is expensive, but it is not. A rice cooker, a slow cooker and a pressure cooker are replaced by one gadget. Three appliances in one and you can even roast and make homemade yogurt using the Instant Pot. For feed a family of four we recommend buying the 6 quarts. If you are eating for two, the next day you will have the leftovers. This gadget is so versatile and it cooks quick dishes that it sometimes takes a long time. Such as scratch-made rice, a beef sauce, chili and other classics. Every day I use the mine. Look for specials from Amazon sometimes you can find Instant Pots at reduced prices. This is how I bought mine.
- Krups Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder
There is nothing like a steaming cup of coffee to encourage you for a run early in the morning. Krups ‘ Electric Coffee Grinder gives you just one touch of fresh ground coffee, perfect for whatever brewing method you prefer. It doesn’t take up a lot of space on the counter but can still grind up to 3 ounces of beans at a time for 12 cups of coffee.
Yet coffee beans aren’t limited to its usage. This small electric grinder is also useful for grinding ground nuts, herbs, and spices.
- Calphalon Knife Set
Sharp knives are the best tools for a chef, and that package is now over 20 percent off. Plus it has all you need to cook at home. The chef’s knife and Santoku are perfect for chopping vegetables or slicing meat; the serrated knife slices seamlessly through bread or tomatoes without making a mess; and the paring knife will help you peel tricky fruit. This set includes eight knives for steaks too.
- Herb Savor Pod
This handy little storage device promises to triple your herb’s life. Its cylindrical design snugly fits on any fridge door, and the clear window will remind you what herbs you have and when you’re running low — so no more wasting packs of crushed wilting herbs in the back of the crisper drawer! It is easy to use too, just put it in the pod and add water through the cap. Only note to refill the water every 3 to 5 days, and up to three weeks your herbs will last.
You can use these pods with the three-pack for anything, from parsley to cilantro to even asparagus.
- Rubber Spatulas
Having at least three sizes of a good set of rubber spatulas will save you time and money in the kitchen! When you use the last of that mayonnaise, food won’t be wasted, or pouring batter from a baking mix that you just prepared. And when it comes to putting condiments on your bread or a toasted sandwich, rubber spatulas are excellent devices.
My favorites are di Oro Living’s. I consider they’re pretty much tougher than most others, with a stainless steel heart inside. I hate a flimsy plastic tool! We even come with a lifetime guarantee, should you have any concerns.
- Foldable Cutting Board
If you have ever chopped vegetables (and we hope you do), then you know how difficult it is to transfer every single piece from the cutting board to the pan; at least one mushroom rolls off the board and onto the floor. The foldable cutting board is entered. This non-slip cutting board is the perfect surface for you to do all of your chopping; once you’re ready, squeeze the handle and fold the board into a nice funnel shape to allow you to easily transfer your veggies. It is also safe for dishwasher and comes in a range of colours.
- Pasta Strainer
On the same basis, straining the hot water from your freshly made pasta is always more difficult than it looks. If you pour the pot of water directly into it, a standard strainer will slip around, and the wooden-spoon-against – the-lip-of – the-pot technique is basically a bad idea. With this innovative pasta strainer, keep all your noodles in the pot, one of the best kitchen inventions we’ve seen so far.
(Source: adrianasbestrecipes.com, foodal.com, cookinglight.com, runnersworld.com, and zumper.com)