I am queen of kitchen gadgets. Some go untouched (ugh, spiralizer, I had such grand intentions!) However, others I surprisingly use frequently. For instance, we’ve had the same pots & pans, knives, and even the same measuring cup since we got married a decade and a half ago. If you’re looking for gifts or just to find some items that make dinner prep a little easier and faster, here are inexpensive kitchen gadgets worth buying.
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Kitchen Gadgets Worth Buying that make meal prep easier (and make great gifts, too!)
1. Best Measuring Cup
This measuring cup, a wedding gift from cousin Dorothy, recently caused a little tiff with my husband because he uses it every morning to measure his smoothie, which means it’s pretty much always in the dishwasher. It has the measurement on the inside so you can measure easily while you pour.
2. Corn Remover
This little gadget takes corn off the cob in seconds. You can pick it up in a grocery store (Lowe’s? Publix?) but it’s also available on Amazon.
3. Taco Stand
Makes taco nights a little more fun and keeps your tacos standing.
4. Apple Slicer
This handy apple slicer punches out perfect slices in seconds.
5. Lemon Squeezer
I never knew squeezing lemons and limes (see: the easiest margarita recipe) would require a gadget, but WOW. We use this all of the time. It holds the seeds and makes squeezing a lemon or lime a million times easier. Pro tip: buy lemons and limes from costco and keep in pretty bowls for decor + cooking / cocktail-making.
6. Skinny Measuring Spoons
Amazon delivered these to our house a few weeks ago (funny how that happens? They just keep sending packages to our house 🤷♀️) And these measuring spoons are great to fit in little jars. Plus, the dog chewed our other set and I had an incomplete set – like a 1/4 tablespoon and a teaspoon left.
7. Chop it like its hot
Cut up spaghetti or chicken with a few quick chops for your kids — or make a restaurant style chopped salad with these chopping scissors. The double blades cuts up everything quickly into small pieces.
8. Scraper / Chopper
Scoop up sliced veggies, garlic etc. from the cutting board mess-free while you’re cooking. I usually use one big cutting board so this handy tool lets me scoop it all up and move to the pot without lifting the large cutting board which can be clumsy!
9. Glass Storage Containers
This Snapware set from Costco is incredibly useful. The glass has such a substantial feeling, stacks well together in the refrigerator, and you can even use to heat your food in the oven or microwave.
10. Slicer, Dicer, Chopper & Spiralizer
This $25 gadget handles the work of a sous chef – julienne, chop, spiralize, and slice vegetables with one swift push.
11. Pancake Dispenser
For perfectly round pancakes. Pour the mix into the top, and squirt out the batter through the bottom.
And a few more kitchen gadgets worth buying (and one cookbook recommendation!) …
12. BEST YEAR-ROUND COOKBOOK
This is a massive collection (365 recipes, to be exact) of recipes featuring seasonal ingredients and styles – and easy to make during the week, using one pot. I have used this again and again and my favorites include braised chicken with beer and root vegetables, chicken pot pie, and savory beef stew in the crockpot. We use our Le Creuset pot (my absolute favorite) and our crockpot for most of these.
13. GET THE SCOOP
Make perfectly round cookies without getting batter ingrained in your fingernails with this mini scooper. Brilliant.
14. GET SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN. CLEAN.
Williams-Sonoma Dish Soap, Hand Soap & Lotion Set, Fleur de Sel • Williams-Sonoma
This makes an excellent gift. For me, please. The scent is fresh and pretty, and the soothing color and classy William-Sonoma label make this soap collection appropriate for powder rooms and kitchen.
15. BLEND SOUPS THE EASY WAY
Rather than awkwardly dumping steaming hot soup from a large pot into a small blender to purée, this will take the blender to your pot, which is a much easier way to get that perfectly blended soup.
16. POUR YOUR PART OUT
The Oxo Angled Measuring Cup is my go-to measuring cup because the measurements are printed on the inside of the cup, so you can easily pour and get the correct measurement without having to do the balancing act of pouring while holding the cup in the air to get the precise amount.
17. A LITTLE CHOP ’N GRIND
Cuisinart DLC-2A Food Processor, Mini Prep Plus • Cuisinart
For cooks that need to speed up food prep, this little food processor will chop up veggies, dips, sauces, and salads in seconds – and is machine washable! This is what I use to make my favorite bring-to-work lunch – chicken wrap with chopped greens and Goddess dressing.
18. THAT TONG TA-TONG TONG TONG
Seems like a dumb addition to a list since every kitchen probably has a pair of tongs – but sometimes, one pair just isn’t enough. Metal tongs are useful for sautéing something like chicken that needs flipped, tossing a salad, picking up something you don’t want to touch (like raw chicken), and turning roasting veggies.
19. SALAD DRESSING MIXER
I like to make vinaigrette, and this little gadget stirs, blends and stores the salad dressing.
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