There are certain kitchen gadgets that I can’t live without. They help me so much in the kitchen, or have qualities that I adore over other versions, that if, for some reason, it breaks (usually because someone doesn’t check the garbage disposer before turning it on), I have to get another one right away. Here are the 10 kitchen gadgets I can’t live without, and why.
Kitchen Gadgets for Even the Novice Chef
1. OXO Good Grips Zester Grater $9.99
This grater is fantastic not only for citrus zest, but garlic, ginger, and even chocolate. I love using this for grating anything fine. Even cheese comes out better on an OXO Good Grips Zester Grater.
2. Mesh Tea Ball 3″ Large $7.01
Mesh tea balls are fantastic for pots of tea, as well as a holder for fresh herbs in soups or even herb baths.. I bought several so I can use one for soups another for tea, and the third for herbal baths, the best of which I’ve found to be dried rose petals and lavender. They are great all-purpose kitchen gadgets.
3. Norpro Deluxe Mandoline Slicer/Grater $23.03
I don’t know what I’d do without my mandoline. It is perfect for slicing everything quickly and perfectly, from potatoes for fresh chips to cucumbers for pickles. My favorite recipe to use this for is Scalloped Potatoes. You’ll make quick work of both the potatoes and onions and your dish will be in the oven in minutes. The mandoline will become one of your favorite kitchen gadgets too.
Kitchen string is indispensable. I use it to hold roasts and poultry together and tie up fresh herbs to dry. It is a great all-purpose string that can be used everywhere in your home for so many things, you’ll wonder why you didn’t have it in your kitchen all along.
Norpro 3 Piece Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk Set is a must-have. Use them with eggs, sauces, gravy, and any liquids that need mixed. Stainless steel is stiff and keeps things moving for you. They last forever and can be tossed in the dishwasher too. I love having several of different sizes for different jobs. It makes preparing French toast or omelettes a breeze.
6. OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler $8.95
This peeler is, by far, the best I’ve ever used. It has a great handle, a sharp blade, and it’s design makes it easy to use, even with wet hands. I have other peelers in my drawer, but the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler is the one I grab first. I use it on everything, from potatoes to apples and pears, to other veggies. It’s one of the most fantastic kitchen gadgets that works on anything you need peeled.
7. OXO Good Grips Can Opener $13.95
Sometimes, the most simple design is the best. I’ve had this design in my drawer for probably ten years, and it still works just as well today as it did when I purchased it. The handles have a great grip, and you can open can after can with the OXO Good Grips Can Opener.
8. Totally Bamboo Hana Cutting Board $12.62
This cutting board is ecologically sound as bamboo grows very quickly, so you are using a product that can be replenished easily. Using the board is easy and it heals well from even the sharpest of knives. Keep your Totally Bamboo Hana Cutting Board in perfect condition with Block Bros. Block Oil. It keeps the wood moisturized to prevent splitting and cracking, making this one of the your kitchen gadgets that will last for years and years.
9. J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Pro 2-Piece Hollow Edge Santoku Set $21.99
These are, by far, my favorite knives. I use them for everything. Cutting winter squash and pumpkins has never been easier than with J.A. Henckels International Fine Edge Pro 2-Piece Hollow Edge Santoku Set. And I can go from hard squashes to the most delicate of herbs without having to worry about sharpening them. They are an amazing set of knives at a fantastic price.
10. Misto Stainless Steel Olive Oil Sprayer $14.22
Never buy a propellant-based non-stick cooking spray again. Simply pour your favorite oil in the Misto Stainless Steel Olive Oil Sprayer, pump air into it, and spray. You can even keep several of them with flavored oil in for spraying veggies, meats, or whatever you need. I use mine for cakes, cookies, and other baked items, as well as coating pans for eggs and such. You’ll know you’re getting just olive oil, without any other chemicals, which in my book, is awesome and makes this the top of my list of kitchen gadgets.
Gifts of Kitchen Gadgets Galore
All of these kitchen gadgets make great gifts for anyone setting up a new home, going off to college, or just revamping what they have. Almost all of them will fit in stockings, making them awesome for last minute items. Add some of your favorite soup herbs or loose tea to the tea balls for a fantastic hostess gift too! Kitchen gadgets that are useful and do more than one thing are the best to have in your home.