I’m kind of a sucker for nifty gadgets. There’s just something so satisfying about finding the tool that will solve all of your problems…or at least help you do a very specific task much more efficiently. After all, life’s too short to use subpar products that take forever! If there’s a gadget that will make life easier, then you can rest assured that I will buy it and have it handy for the next time I need it. I’m all about trying to make life as simple and stress-free as possible!
There’s no better place for gadgets than in the kitchen — when it comes to both cooking and cleaning, there are so many tasks that can be made easier with specialized gadgets. And they’re actually fun to use! Luckily for me (and you!), the Internet is filled with incredible, handy cooking gadgets to purchase, from a tool specifically for slicing strawberries to a can opener that uses magnets to keep your fingers safe. I hope you find something that will give you that “perfect tool for the job” happiness!
The Chef-n Herbcicle Makes Popsicles out of Your Herbs
You know that using fresh herbs and spices is the best way to get flavor into your dish, but if you’re anything like me, you only use a bit at a time and the rest goes bad before you have the chance to use it.
That’s where the Herbcicle comes in All you have to do is chop up your leftover herbs and freeze them in this handy little gadget. When it comes time to use the herbs again, twist the handle and voila! There they are!
The Chef’n Twist’n Sprout Makes Preparing Brussels Sprouts Easier Than It’s Ever Been Before
Brussels sprouts are super delicious, but they can also be a total pain in the neck to prepare. With this doodad, all you have to do is give it the ol’ twist of the wrist and you can prepare an entire stalk of Brussels sprouts in a matter of minutes.
The recessed blade easily removes the stem and dense core of the sprout, while also loosening the leaves for broiling or roasting.
Keep Your Fingers Safe with This Finger Guard
When it comes to food prep, you’re taking your safety into your own hands. One bad move with your ultra sharp kitchen knife and you’ll find yourself wishing you had been much more careful.
Save yourself the hassle and worry by wearing one of these finger guards. Simply pop the guard onto your middle finger and gently hold it so that it protects all your fingers from the blade.
These Silicone Baking Mats Are Absolutely Genius
Baking has never been more convenient! These non-stick silicone mats eliminate the need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper. Simply place them on your cookie sheet, scoop cookie dough onto them, and bake in the oven (the mats are oven-safe up to 480ºF). Once the baking is complete, the cookies (or whatever else you’re baking) will slide easily off the mat.
The mats can also be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher, making clean-up an absolute breeze.
This Avocado Slicer Is Three Tools in One
Use the knife end to cut the avocado in half. Easy enough.
Use the pitter to remove the pit. (Duh.)
Then, use the slicer to scoop out and slice the avocado halves in one easy motion. This is the only thing standing between you and all the avocado toast or guacamole that your heart desires. (Which is a lot, I bet.)
This Popcorn Popper Works in the Microwave
Personally, I prefer the taste of stovetop popcorn to the stuff that comes in the microwave bags, but clean-up can be kind of a pain when you pop it on the stove. This handy tool offers the best of both worlds.
Simply add unpopped popcorn to the bowl and pop the entire thing into the microwave (you can also add a little bit of oil, but it’s optional). You can also use the lid to melt butter — it will drip through the perforations to evenly coat every piece of popcorn! They’ve really thought of everything.
These Herb Scissors Make it Easier Than Ever to Chop Cilantro
Or basil, or parsley, or whatever else you’re adding to your dish.
The herb scissors work exactly like a regular pair of scissors, but with multiple blades chopping all at the same time. With every snip, you’re doing the equivalent of 10 chops of the knife — just think of the time you’ll save!
The safety cover doubles as a sort of “comb” to clean out the gaps between the blades, too, so clean-up is just about as fun as the chopping itself.
This Tiny Blue Apple Keeps Your Produce Fresher for Longer
I don’t know about you, but pretty much every weekend, I end up throwing away a bunch of produce I just didn’t get the chance to eat before it went bad. But this tiny blue apple could change all that.
The plastic apples contain a packet that absorbs ethylene gas — that’s the stuff that makes your produce go bad. As a result of the gas being absorbed by the Blueapple, your produce stays fresh for longer!
This Strawberry Slicer Looks So Satisfying to Use
Whether you’re adding strawberries to your cereal or making strawberry shortcake, a tool that’s specialized for the task of slicing strawberries is sure to make your life way easier.
All you have to do is place a strawberry behind the blade and squeeze the lever — the strawberry is then forced through the blades and cut into thin slices that you can use for just about anything involving strawberries.
You could also use it to slice hardboiled eggs or mushrooms!
This Snap-On Strainer Makes it Easier Than Ever to Drain Your Pasta
Rather than grabbing a bulky colander from your cupboard, all you have to do with the Snap ‘N Strain strainer is clip it directly onto your pot — it fits pretty much all standard size pots, pans, or bowls! The powerful clips secure the strainer to your container while you strain, even if you’re straining heavier foods like potatoes.
The best part is that when it’s not in use, the Snap ‘N Strain takes up virtually no room at all in your cupboards.
This Jar Opener Will Open Even the Most Stubborn Pickle Jar
We all need a little extra help opening jars every now and again. Seriously, how do they seal those things? Does NASA know about this technology?
The Zip-Eat! Jar Opener will wrap around just about any jar you may have in your pantry or fridge and give you the extra leverage you need to pop the top off. And it looks very cool, too. Much more aesthetically pleasing than other bulky jar openers on the market!
This Batter Dispenser Eliminates the Mess of Pancake Day
Pretty much everyone loves homemade pancakes fresh off the griddle. You know what they don’t love? Cleaning up all the sticky drips of half-dried batter from the countertop. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make pancakes without the drips.
Just kidding! All you have to do is load your batter into this nifty dispenser. Move the dispenser over the griddle, pull the handle, and voila! Form perfect pancakes without dripping batter all over the place. It also works great for filling cupcake tins!
This Pasta Measuring Tool Knows How Much Pasta You Really Need
I don’t know why, but the average human finds it pretty much impossible to measure the correct amount of pasta for a meal. Every time I make pasta, I waffle back and forth between cooking up a small handful (and running the risk that it’s not enough) and dumping the entire box in (which is obviously way too much).
This device helps you measure exactly how much pasta you need to cook depending on your needs — including those times when you feel as though you could eat a horse.
This Cupcake Corer Looks Like So Much Fun
There’s only one thing better than cupcakes, and that’s filled cupcakes. Rather than trying to force a bunch of custard, jelly, or another filling into an already-baked cupcake, it’s way easier if you remove a bit of the cake first.
This corer perfectly and easily removes the perfect plug of cake and leaves you space to insert the filling. Plus, hello, you can take that little piece of cake you removed and put it directly into your mouth. Why haven’t you bought this yet?
This Cheese Grater Is Also an Adorable Fox!
OK, so you’ve probably used a cheese grater plenty of times in your life and you don’t need me to walk you through all the benefits of being able to grate cheese whenever you want to.
But have you ever used a cheese grater as adorable as this one? I don’t think so. It’s in the shape of a cute little fox! The grater is made from silicone and stainless steel, meaning it’s sturdy enough for whatever you want to grate, from hard cheese to veggies or even chunks of bread (for making bread crumbs!).
This Butter Dish Is Whaley Cute!
If you’re still getting butter out of your fridge every time you want to use it, it’s time to upgrade your life, my friend. First of all, this butter dish is shaped like a whale, which is just straight-up delightful and whimsical.
But it’s also the perfect place to keep your butter! The lid keeps your butter safe from bugs or dust floating around in the air. Also, the whole thing is both dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe.
This Pistachio Bowl Has a Little Compartment for the Shells
Pistachios: delicious, but messy. Anytime you decide to eat pistachios, you’re pretty much resigning yourself to the fact that the nearest flat surface is going to become covered with empty shells (and a few nuts that are impossible to open).
Unless you have one of these dishes! Place the nuts in the bowl, then just pop the shells in the attached compartment that is designed specifically for that purpose! This dish would also be great for enjoying olives or edamame!
These FingerMitts Give You Way More Control Than a Standard Oven Mitt
Oven mitts are great for when you don’t want to burn your hands in the oven (which is pretty much all of the time), but they don’t allow for very much precise movement. When it comes to taking dishes out of a hot oven (or putting them into it!), I prefer to have a bit more flexibility.
The FingerMitt gives you plenty of dexterity and functionality when dealing with hot items either in the oven or on the grill. Since they’re made from silicone, they’re also super easy to wash — which means they’re much more sanitary than a traditional oven mitt, too.
This Ice Cream Spade Is Shaped Like a Whale!
I mean, you obviously need a tool for getting ice cream from the carton into your bowl or a cone. Why not get one that’s cute, too?
This ice cream space makes it easy to scoop even the hardest ice cream that came straight out of your freezer. The handle has a soft grip that won’t tire your hand out. Best of all, it’s just really, really cute.
These Hand Puppet Dish Gloves Are the Best. Thing. Ever.
We can all agree that doing dishes is, like, the worst household chore, right? Your fingers get all pruny, you have to scrape off old food, and it takes foreverrrr.
Why not treat yourself to a puppet show while you scrub dishes? It may not make the chore go any faster, but it will make it more fun. That’s gotta count for something, right?
Mr. Sponge Is a Perfect Gentleman
While we’re talking dishes, we can’t forget the sponge, either! It’s always good to have a sponge near your sink, whether you use it for scrubbing dishes or wiping down your counters. But where do you put it after you’re done scrubbing?
I usually put mine on the counter behind the sink, but it ends up getting really soggy there and is probably covered in bacteria. Your best option is to keep it somewhere where it won’t be in a puddle — like hanging from a clip on the wall! This sponge holder doubles as a dapper fella who will greet you every time you come into the kitchen.
These Cutting Board Holders Clear up Counter Space
What do you do with your cutting board when you’re not actively using it? If you said, “leave it on the counter,” then you’re not making the most out of your (probably limited) counter space! In order to do that, you want to store your cutting board on its side so it’s practically flat.
The Board Brothers help you do just that. They can hold several cutting boards (depending on the thickness) and make it so you always know exactly where to grab a board from.
This Kitchen Multi-Tool Pretty Much Does it All
When you’re not actively using it, this multi-tool stacks up to form a lovely little plant sculpture. So first of all, it’s art! But it certainly doesn’t stop there!
The multi-tool also includes an apple corer/slicer, avocado scoop, citrus juicer, peeler, mesh cutter, grater, bowl…the list continues. You can save so much space in your cupboards and drawers by buying this thing — it’d also be a great gift for someone moving into their first apartment!
This Cutting Board Includes a Strainer
Here’s yet another tool that lets you make the most out of your counter space. Simply extend the handle of the cutting board to balance it over your sink. Cut your fruits or veggies, then rinse them in the colander that’s built right into the board!
The board stores flat (obviously), but that colander also collapses so the entire thing can be stored in a drawer or standing up vertically in a narrow space.
These Cutting Boards Are Color-Coded!
Each one has a tab so you can organize them just like you might organize your office files. Not only that; each tab features a food icon to let you know what type of food to cut on it: red meat, poultry, fish, and veggies or fruits! This color coding system prevents cross-contamination and keeps you safe. So does the built-in Microban antimicrobial protection that’s in every board.
This Kitchen Sink Squeegee Makes Clean-Up Much Easier
No matter how tidy you think you are, chances are there are still a bunch of crumbs on your countertops. (Depending on your countertop material, you might not be able to see them, but they’re there!)
This brush/squeegee combo makes it easier than ever to sweep those crumbs and other stuff right into the sink. You don’t have to dirty a dishcloth (or your hand) to get everything off the countertop. You can also use the squeegee end to clean out the sink itself!
This Can Opener Is Basically the Ferrari of Can Openers
This is actually the can opener I have at home and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I’ve had mine for several years and it still works as well as the day I bought it!
My favorite feature is the magnet that’s included on the end of the can opener. Once you’ve detached the lid, all you have to do is press the magnet against it and the lid is easily removed without having to worry about cutting your fingers.
These Silicone Trivets Have Several Great Uses
First of all, they’re trivets (as you have probably already surmised). That’s basically a giant potholder — these ones can withstand temperatures up to 446ºF. They can also be used as a jar opener, spoon rest, garlic peeler, drying mat, or a non-slip surface (like if you’re mixing something and need the bowl to stop wobbling). If that’s still not enough for you, they’re dishwasher-safe and can either be rolled up or hung on a hook, meaning they won’t take up a bunch of space in your kitchen.
These Measuring Cups Look Like a Sushi Roll
Chances are you already have a set of measuring cups in your home, but I’ve found it’s super helpful to have multiple sets when you’re baking or cooking — and why not add a whimsical one like this to your collection?
Each section of the sushi roll is also a stackable cup. Simply unstack them and use them to measure whatever dry ingredients you need for your dish!
This Veggie Peeler Has Three Different Blades!
You’ve got your standard peeler (for potatoes and carrots). You’ve got your serrated peeler (for kiwis and tomatoes). AND you’ve got your julienne peeler (for just about anything that you want to turn into matchsticks! Basically, it’s every type of peeler you could ever want, all in one handy device.
It’s dishwasher safe and can be used by both right-handed and left-handed folks.
This Cutting Board Is Also a Colander
Haven’t you always wanted to use your origami skills in the kitchen? Of course you have.
When laid flat, the Rinse & Chop acts as a cutting board — nothing too out of the ordinary there. However, fold it up and it becomes a colander you can use to easily wash or drain your freshly chopped veggies. Once again, it means fewer dishes for you to wash, so it’s obviously a wonderful invention.