Looking to up your cooking game? The first step is always making sure your kitchen is stocked with all the essential tools. New York Times food writer Melissa Clark does a whole lot of cooking—so she’s sharing her top three kitchen essentials that make cooking and baking so much easier.
Opting for a mini mandolin is a lot easier than using a full-size mandolin. “I use [it] almost every day,” says Melissa. “I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to slice something really thinly with a knife, I get uneven pieces. This mandolin makes the pieces super even and it goes really fast.”
Melissa also suggests getting a mandolin glove to keep your fingers protected, although you can also use a dish towel—or some mandolins come with a little plastic piece to help protect your fingers. Just be careful not to cut yourself.
“Using a smaller whisk works so much better when you have a small amount of liquid. [These are perfect for] a salad dressing or a little pot of hot cocoa or if you’re making yourself some oatmeal,” says Melissa. “What’s so great about these is I can hold them in my hand and get a lot of control and I can whisk really quickly , which is nice.” Plus, they’re really inexpensive and super cute!
Say goodbye to dry cakes due to mis-measured flour. “This [digital scale] will guarantee you a perfect result,” says Melissa. “It is so much easier for baking, because instead of using measuring cups and measuring spoons and making a big mess, I can mix everything in my baking bowl and it’s a lot more precise. ”
There’s an archetype depiction of chefs in TV or movies that’s more idealist than realistic. They’re often slightly disheveled, and like to show up unannounced to a tense dinner table to serve their what seems like spontaneously made, yet amazingly tasty stir-fry. Then, the table quarrel stops, and the topic instantly changes to “How did you manage to make this so crunchy?” or “What did you use to cook this?” The chef smiles, and happily answers with a list of kitchen gadgets that made it all easier.
This type of chef knows exactly what they’re doing. They know they can make everyone happy with their craft, but they can’t do it without the help of the best kitchen gadgets. That’s why they stock up on smart must haves—air fryer, sous vide, cast iron skillet, or just a seriously good Japanese knife—to give their meals substance, make them a better cook, and oh, to always have the perfect conversation starter .
As for who the chef is, they could be a wise abuela, a white-haired Michelin star holder, a young social media personality, or even you in real life. And if you’re the chef of your home who can’t live without constant cooking access, then you’ll also be needing the best kitchen gadgets and tools just like the chef you see on screen. Ahead, we’ve got 22 of the coolest kitchen gadgets below—from splurge-worthy appliances to easy accessories—that’ll make every meal you cook worthy of a “how did you do it?” conversations.
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Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Here’s how a sous vide (“sue-veed”) works: you vacuum-seal your food—poultry, fish, vegetables, red meat, anything—then put it in a pot of water along with the device, select your desired temperature, then walk away to, IDK, cure cancer, solve the The Chicago Tylenol, or run for presidency, then walk back to perfectly—yes, perfectly—done and dusted food.
This oil dispenser set went viral for a reason: It’s too good. The oil pump mister or sprayer helps even out the coverage and prevents you from over-pouring. Next, the dispenser bottle comes in clutch during those “one tsp of oil” or “two tbsp of oil” recipe moments. And both have a measuring reservoir at the top. Portion control, people.
Plus Smart Meat Thermometer
For the grill master, this smart accessory sticks into your rotisserie chicken or lamp chop and probes the internal temperature, ensuring your every bite thereafter is utterly satisfying and Salmonella-free. And it’s completely wireless—the first of its kind.
Beast Blender + Hydration System
For those who like blending up fresh produce for creamy smoothies or healthy juices in the morning, or blending up margaritas once returning home from work, this Esquire Gadget Awards winning blender will really, really blends. A smart speed instinct aside, it’s also got an ice-crushing force for your forgotten-to-defrost ingredients.
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If there’s ever a 12-in-one pressure cooker born into old money, it’s Vermicular’s Musui-Kamado. It combines a cast iron craft in
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Whether your goal this year was to strengthen your skills in the kitchen or you’re obsessed with testing out viral trends from TikTok, we found incredible kitchen gadgets on Amazon that allow you to cook smarter, not harder. Amazon is filled with everything you need to improve your cooking prep time no matter the meal (so you can rest easy until your dinner guests arrive). Thankfully, Amazon’s fantastic coupon page and outlet section includes finds you won’t think twice about purchasing.
We searched high and low to find clever kitchen gadgets and appliances that can shorten how long it takes you to prepare dinner. From the ever-popular salad spinner to a rapid egg cooker, these clever gems make the perfect hostess gift for any season! A majority of the must-haves on this list are under $50, so you won’t break the bank while elevating your cooking style.
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7-Blade Vegetable Slicer
Gift this to the veggie lover in your life or use it as an innovative way to get your kids to eat more veggies. The adjustable blades can slice any vegetable and even includes four recipe Ebooks!
Snap N Strain Pot Strainer and Pasta Strainer
Enjoy a steamy facial from hot paste without worrying about burning your hands thanks to this silicone paste strainer that attaches to your pot.
For one reviewer, the pasta strainer is worth the purchase. “This thing is so handy! No more pulling a stainer out when you have this little gadget. It fits on all size pots and pans. When you are done you just pop it in your dishwasher and put it back.”
KitchenAid KHB1231IC 2-Speed Hand Blender
If you are low on counterspace, you can quickly whip up a delicious milkshake, smoothie, or soup with a hand blender. The S-shaped fixed blade effectively chops up fruits and veggies.
Ninja BL660 Professional Compact Smoothie & Food Processing Blender
Or, if you can spare some room, invest in Ninja’s 72-oz. blender. It even includes reusable, dishwasher-safe to-go cups and spout lids.
Here’s a best-selling purchase you can’t knock until you try it. With a six-egg limit, you can boil, poach, or scramble eggs—or better yet, create an omelette with one press of a button! The gizmo auto shuts off, so you don’t have to run back and forth from the kitchen.
With over 100,000 ratings averaging 4.7 stars, this egg cooker is an absolute must-have. One reviewer states, “If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg—no guesswork.”
Smooth Touch Electric Automatic Can Opener
Using a manual can opener can cramp your hands and be pretty intimidating to use. This automatic can opener has a push-down lever and includes stainless steel scissors. What more could you want?
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
You’ve likely seen this salad spinner everywhere—and for about $30,