Whether you’re a top chef or a calamity in the kitchen, the right tools can make meal prep easier and more enjoyable
So, we’ve rounded up 10 tools that can turn anyone into a culinary wizard. Plus, with an average price tag of just $12.75, you can stock the heart of your home without frying your wallet.
Want to cut down on cooking time? You don’t have to be a seasoned chef to recognize that sharp knives make meal prep faster. The KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener ($5) will refine and polish your dull, damaged blades quickly and efficiency. It’s “compact for easy storage” and boasts a nonslip base for added control and stability.
Fresh herbs make every dish better. And with five sharp stainless-steel blades, the Kitchen Gadgets Herb Scissors ($7.49) chop basil, dill, mint and parsley five times faster. You can even use them to slice cheese, lunch meat, pasta and more.
The comfy, no-slip handles fit both small and large hands, and there’s no denying the precision of each cut.
Avocados are all rage, and enjoying them is easier than ever, thanks to the OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer ($9.99). This must-have multi-purpose tool is a little green gadget that allows you to split, pit and slice an avocado in seconds.
That means you’ll have more time to enjoy fresh, homemade guacamole. Plus, it’s dishwasher-safe for added convenience.
Think your burgers can’t get any better? Obviously, you haven’t tried the revolutionary MiiKO Stuffed Burger Press ($9.99). Use the 3-in-1 tool to make perfectly shaped sliders, traditional burgers or burgers stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings. It even includes an e-book with 20 mouthwatering recipes.
Anyone who dabbles in grilling can benefit from a pair of Grillaholics Meat Claws ($12.95). These professional-grade, dishwasher-safe, BPA-free kitchen tools “make shredding your masterfully smoked meat a breeze,” according to the company.
Also use them to lift hot meat, toss salads and hold food in place when slicing. Includes a lifetime guarantee and a Grillaholics “Everything Grilled Recipe” eBook.
Want to slice your next pizza like the pros? You need the super sharp, palm-sized Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel ($12.95). The ergonomic, dishwasher-safe cutter has a protective blade guard to protect hands from accidental injury. This must-try tool also comes with a lifetime guarantee — and a huge discount on the $30 list price.
Step aside spaghetti: There’s a healthy new noodle in town, made from zucchini or another veggie of your choice. The SpiraLife Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer ($13.97) is a handheld spiralizer that is simple to operate.
The company says its “shorter, wider funnel and specially designed cap ensure that much more of your veggie is turned into zoodles.” That means less food waste. It even comes with how-to videos.
Perfect for potatoes, the Culina Premium Potato Ricer ($14.95) is a handy gadget that can also be used to strain, press or mash fresh fruit and other cooked vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkins and turnips.
Three convenient ricing discs allow you to choose from fine, medium or coarse grains. You can even use the tiny tool to make fresh gnocchi and baby food. Imagine the possibilities!
Make meal prep easy with this 200-watt SharkNinja Ninja Food Chopper Express Chop ($19.95). Perfect for bacon, cheese, chocolate, garlic, herbs, nuts, onions, spices and more, it allows you to grind and blend a variety of ingredients. Check it out — chop, chop!
Soft-boiled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, egg omelets — enjoy them all in minutes with the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($19.99), a compact, lightweight, six-egg capacity electric egg cooker.
Simply select your preferred egg type and set the timer. It’s so simple, you children and grandchildren can use it.
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