15 Quirky Kitchen Gadgets You’ll Actually Want to Use
These kitchen gadgets may seem odd, but they will save you time and make dinner prep more convenient.
“Whale” that’s helpful
We know that the last thing you want is an impractical tool cluttering up your already-crowded kitchen drawers. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the most practical tools that’ll add whimsy to your kitchen. For instance, the clever design of Fred Big Blue Whale Strainer saves you from having to dump out the whole pot of pasta. Simply place the whale over the pot and pour out the water.
You know that old, stained oven mitt that you’ve been using since the 1990s? Get rid of it. The FingerMitt is the new oven mitt in town, and we love it. The five-finger design lets your fingers be nimble while you are safely handling hot items like Grandma’s favorite casseroles. Plus they’re made from 100 percent food-grade silicone, making them stain resistant and dishwasher safe. Here are some other kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.
This Utensil Pot Clip is the gadget you never knew you needed but now can’t live without. No more resting the sauce spoon on the counter leaving yet another mess to clean up later. This clip attaches directly to the sides of cookware to hold your utensil in place, and the drippings go right back in the pot. Genius.
The pop-ular choice
Everyone knows popping your own popcorn on the stovetop is a much tastier, and maybe healthier, option than store-bought microwave popcorn. But the microwave is just so convenient! Enjoy the best of both worlds with this single-serving glass Microwave Popcorn Popper. The main container can be filled with whole kernel corn and then microwaved. No oil is involved. But you can add butter while it pops—the handy silicone lid doubles as a butter melter.
For cat ladies
OK, we know you don’t need eggs shaped in the form of a cat face, but come on. How can you resist? The Cat Egg Mold is a silicone mold that is placed in a hot frying pan. Crack the eggs into the “eyes” and a few minutes later a cute cat appears that doesn’t require a litter box.
Fresh (sliced) berries
The Strawberry Hull and Slice helps you prep strawberries at super speed so you can get to the important part—eating them!—quicker. The time-saving tool is made of plastic with stainless steel blades and is dishwasher safe. Plus, with sliced strawberries on hand, you’ll be one step closer to strawberry shortcake.
You know the drill: Find the cheese grater, now find a dish to catch the grated cheese, then do the balancing act of holding the grater steady as you work. No more! This Grater with Cheese Cellar features a spouted cellar that perfectly catches and easily dispenses shredded cheese. When you’re finished, the grater slides off the plastic cellar for quick cleanup. This useful product is definitely not one of the kitchen gadgets you don’t need.
Shake things up
It’s never been easier to make Chex mix, season popcorn or even dress a salad, thanks to the Popcorn Ball. No more overflowing mixing bowls—just dump everything into this BPA-free plastic sphere, seal it, and shake to evenly distribute the ingredients, ensuring every bite equally delicious. An added plus: you can pop popcorn in it, too. Just be sure you’re not making these common popcorn making mistakes.
Is there anything more frustrating than tearing up a perfectly fine piece of bread because the butter is too cold? The popular Butter Spreader Knife makes this a problem of the past. The knife features a built-in grater that turns cold butter into “sumptuous, spreadable ribbons.” Don’t ignore these issues with your dishwasher–you’ll regret not fixing them.