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Some kitchen gadgets are an instant classic for a reason (hello, Instant Pot!). Others enter your life for a brief honeymoon phase, only to shimmy their way to the back of a cluttered cabinet. Yes, it would seem that many gadgets comprise part of a vast conspiracy to jam our drawers and colonize our countertops. But there are a few items out there that make things like slicing, dicing, and blending such a breeze, you won't know how you ever got along without them.
The way we see it, one nice knife is worth more than 100 specialized fruit and veggie-slicing gizmos. (That is, of course, with the exception of the pineapple corer, which may just change your life.) Identifying essential, high-quality tools can help you reclaim space and your bank account. Not to mention, time is money, and the best kitchen gadgets shave more than veggie skins: they can shave hours off your prep & cleaning time.
Read on for the best kitchen gadgets.
When it comes to kitchen gadgets, an Instant Pot Duo or the Black + Decker 2 Liter Purify Air Fryer (for the health-conscious) are must-have machines that you'll use all the time. OXO's Pineapple Corer will add a fun twist to your food prep routine, and Prepworks by Progressive's Dough Press will add endless hours of fun to baking projects. And for the at-home mixologist or foodie, Breville's Smoking Gun is a splurge you won't want to pass up.
What to look for
Overall, it's better to invest in high-quality tools that can be used for multiple projects versus a multitude of individual gadgets. Think about a good set of knives that will last for years, a multicooker that will save time and make many types of dishes, or stacking utensils that help keep you organized.
What kitchen gadgets do I need?
Consider the types of food you like to cook, how much space you have, and your lifestyle. Do you need time-saving devices for busy mornings? Or are you a foodie couple that likes to experiment? Gadgets can add a lot of fun to cookingâ€”but if space is a concern, know that you can achieve a lot with just a few key tools.
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Jessica Joblin writes about decor and lifestyle for Brides. It wasn't until her mid-twenties that she learned you could do more with vegetables than steam them in a plastic bag. She's since come to love cooking and with it, kitchen gadgets. Given the choice of one inanimate object to save if her house were on fire, it'd have to be her set of Wustof knives.