25 Kitchen Gadgets You’ll Wish You Had Years Ago
Just because you’re using your grandmother’s delicious recipes doesn’t mean you need to use her cooking utensils too. Stock your modern kitchen with these time-saving tools.
There’s simply no need to fail the balancing act on #TacoTuesday anymore—not when you can line your tacos up neatly in a stand specifically designed to keep all their fillings tucked neatly inside. Taco Stand Up turns tedious taco prep into a fiesta, so you can focus on loading up each shell with as much goodness as it can hold.
If your eyes have ever been larger than your stomach, you’ve likely wondered how to store your leftover smoothie in a way that prevents the oxidation that turns your fruits and veggies an unappetizing brown and depletes their nutrients. With the SANS reusable vacuum pump, simply pump the lid and it removes all the air from the storage bottle. The tight seal will preserve your juices, shakes, and smoothies for up to seven days, which helps cut down on waste and saves money. Find out 25 brilliant kitchen shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Battery-free food scale
Have you ever been elbow-deep in a raw chicken, only to plop it on the food scale and realize that the batteries are dead? How annoying! With Ellessi—the first digital battery-free food scale—you can stop buying batteries and reduce landfill waste. The new, patented technology is completely sustainable and eco-friendly. How? With the simple twist of the dial, the Ellessi food scale automatically generates its own power through kinetic energy. Plus, the smart, sleek design with a generous stainless steel platform looks great on kitchen countertops. It’s the smart way to guarantee healthier portions and achieve your nutrition goals.
There’s no need to lug heavy five-gallon jugs of water into your home or buy environmentally unfriendly single-use plastic water bottles just to ensure your family has safe drinking water available at all times. With the PUR Advanced Faucet Filtration System, you have a convenient, on-demand solution for filtered water right from your kitchen tap. This system is certified to eliminate 99 percent of lead and more than 70 contaminants. Simply install right on your faucet without any tools, flip the switch and you have immediate access to filtered water for cooking, making coffee and tea, filling stainless steel water bottles and pet bowls, and preparing infant formula. The monitor will indicate when its time to replace the filter.
Unless you actually want a full upper-body workout while trying to make dinner after a long day, leave the chopping, blending and mashing up to the all-in-one Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender. The blender comes with several attachments that allow you to prep a variety of ingredients, the blade incorporates a flexible shaft that requires 40 percent less effort than traditional hand blenders, and you can easily adjust the speed without stopping. And if you have visions of splattering everything on your ceiling, have no fear—the advanced SPLASHcontrol technology prevents mess to keep you and your kitchen clean. Simply push gently for coarse results and apply a little more pressure for more power and finer results. Don’t miss these ways you might be using your kitchen equipment wrong.
Baked potato screws
Throwing some spuds on the barbie? Ditch your traditional potato nails in favor of Baked Potato Screws—the corkscrew design allows for safer, more secure loading. But the real reason to switch is that these stainless steel screws promote quick and even heating, so you won’t be eating your potatoes for dessert. Just be sure to use tongs or gloves when removing them from a hot grill.
Bottle drying rack
What busy mom has time to wash the extra towels used for drying baby bottles? Not one. Instead, try the Boon GRASS drying rack for bottles and pacifiers (and, let’s face it, wine glasses, too). Let your baby’s accessories air dry on the flexible blades, which resemble real grass. The water drains into the lower tray, where it’s completely contained. The rack fits perfectly in any kitchen and is BPA-free, phthalate-free, and PVC-free.
Wireless meat thermometer
Nobody wants an over-cooked steak or an under-cooked chicken breast. Ensure a perfectly prepared cut with MEATER by Apption Labs, the world’s first truly wireless leave-in meat thermometer with internal and external temperature sensors. It’s constructed of stainless steel for maximum durability, water-resistant to prevent rust and allow for easy cleanup, and WiFi-enabled so you can monitor your meat from the comfort of your couch or while entertaining guests. Simply download the companion app for iOS or Android and it’ll notify you when dinner is ready. Now that you’ve got your cook time figured out, be sure to avoid these 25 cooking mistakes that are ruining your food.
Triangle-shaped fry pan
Are you still using an old-school round frying pan? With the HeatMaster 4 Qt. triangle-shaped fry pan from T-fal, you’ll bring modern conveniences into your kitchen, such as an no-muss spout that makes pouring a breeze, a deep well that is ideal for creating a delicious crust on any one-pot meal, high sides perfect for boiling water or making sauces, a sapphire-infused nonstick coating, and a stainless steel induction base that cooks your meals evenly and consistently.
No kitchen-gadget collection could be complete without the revolutionary InstaPot: Finally, a device that combines an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, steamer, warmer, and yogurt maker into one nifty and space-saving gadget! If you aren’t familiar with this game changer, then take a look at these 8 ways to meal prep with your Instant Pot. You can basically shut your brain off and let the machine do all the work—its microprocessor monitors the pressure and temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. Think of it as the world’s best sous chef.