Do you like to cook? Time in the kitchen can either be a culinary adventure or a set of thankless chores, depending on the circumstances. (I usually fall in the second category...) One thing that makes the difference is kitchen inventions. I find that having the best tools for the job keeps my spirits high and makes cooking (and even cleaning) more fun.
Want to feel like a cooking wizard? A set of magic wand shakers will have you saying accio flavor. For something more practical, there's a single-serve coffee maker at an unbelievable price. If you're a pizza fan (who isn't?), you'll want to check out this cleverly designed pizza wheel. Read on for more genius inventions that make everyday kitchen work more fun, efficient, and affordable!
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Shape and Freeze 8 Burgers at a Time With This Genius Burger Press
via: AmazonWith this burger press, you can prep delicious burgers with higher-quality meat and less expense than using pre-formed patties from the store. The silicone press has eight compartments that each hold a quarter-pound of ground beef. Press in the ingredients, then freeze the tray (stack up multiples for lots of burgers). When it's time to cook, just pop as many frozen burgers as you need out of the mold directly onto the grill.
Class Up Your Next Birthday Cake With This Miniature Cake Candelabra
via: AmazonBirthday cake is my favorite dessert. There's nothing more festive than a homemade cake with frosting, sprinkles, and candles on top! But if you want a birthday cake to look fancy, you'd better invest in this cake candelabra. This nifty plastic decoration comes with nine candles, and gives any dessert a more dignified air.
Prevent Microwave Messes With This Handy, Collapsible Microwave Cover
via: AmazonThere are so many reasons to get this collapsible microwave cover. When reheating a plate of food, the cover prevents splatters, which means your microwave stays cleaner. The lid has air vents so steam can escape (but using the lid still helps food retain more moisture, so it won't dry out as it heats). When done, the lid collapses down to be just one inch wide, so it's easy to store.
You'll Know When Your Ramen Is Ready With This Color-Changing Cupman
via: AmazonRamen and cup-noodle lovers, this is the gadget for you. Hang the little Cupman on the edge of your noodle cup. When his color fades from blue to white, that means your noodles are hot and ready to eat! Reviewers say it's "super cute" and "makes your lazy life easier."
Seal Your Next Bottle of Wine With This Coq au Vin Bottle Stopper
via: AmazonIt might not be the most necessary kitchen gadget on this list, but every time I look at this coq au vin bottle stopper, I laugh again. It's made of food-grade silicone that squeezes to safely cork any beer, soda, or wine bottle to keep your drink fresher longer.
Lunch Stays Fresh and Appetizing in This Bento Salad Box
via: AmazonThis might be the smartest lunchbox I've come across. The bowl holds a hearty 54 ounces of greens, and the compartment tray nestles on top to keep other ingredients neatly contained. There's a small dish for dressing that fits in there too. The whole thing seals shut tightly with the lid (which even includes a reusable fork).
Pricey Fruit Stays Fresher Longer in This Berry Box
via: AmazonThere's nothing worse than buying a pricey pack of berries, only to find them moldy and mushy a couple days later. That's the problem that inspired this berry box. To use it, put the fruit in the colander basket to rinse. Then, nestle the basket inside the outer container. Any last drops of water filter down, which means the berries won't rot before their time. There's a lid that snaps on too, making serving and storage easy.
Gently Yet Thoroughly Clean Wine Glasses and More With These Dish Scrubbers
via: AmazonDishwashing isn't glamorous, but at least you can treat yourself to a better set of dish scrubbers to help get the job done right. For about $3 each, this set of three scrubbers are made of sturdy yet flexible silicone. They won't harbor bacteria, and they're gentle enough to safely wash the most delicate dishes.
Rock Out in the Kitchen With These Drumstick Spoons
via: AmazonPerfect for the musical cook in your life, this set of drumstick spoons is both funny and practical. The set includes one solid spoon and one slotted, and both have handles shaped like drumsticks. Reviewers call them "excellent quality" and a "cool gift."
The Best Way to Cook Veggies in the Microwave Is With This Easy Pod Vegetable Steamer
via: AmazonI just learned I've been cooking veggies in the microwave totally wrong. The easy pod vegetable steamer cradles veggies with a bit of water in the microwave, and the design allows just the right amount of steam to escape while cooking. The result is perfectly steamed vegetables you'll actually want to eat.
If You Want Square Eggs (And Why Wouldn't You?!), You'll Need This Egg Cuber
via: AmazonTo be honest, I don't know why this egg cuber gadget exists, but I know I want one. Place a egg (it should be warm, peeled, and freshly boiled) into the box. Pop it in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Voila, a square egg!
Cook Perfectly Round McMuffin Eggs With These Egg Rings
via: AmazonOne of my breakfast specialities is a egg on an English muffin (fancy, right??), but I never had a perfectly round egg that fit just so. Until now. This set of four silicone egg rings make it easy to cook round fried or omelette-style eggs right in the pan. You can also use the molds for pancakes!
Cheer Up Your Kitchen With This Flower Power Sink Set
via: AmazonGive dishwashing a much-needed dose of happiness with this relentlessly cheerful sink set. The set includes a soap dispenser with attached basket (yes, there are drainage holes in the bottom). Inside the basket are a green sponge and flower-shaped scrub brush. Five-star reviewers say it's "sturdy," "cute," and a "sweet pop of color."
Squeeze and Pour Juice With This Hand-Operated Citrus Juicer
via: AmazonSturdy and affordable, this citrus juicer is the best designed manual juicer I've found. Cut an orange or other citrus fruit in half, place it in the top of the juicer, then twist on the lid. It juices in seconds and holds up to two cups of juice. It's easy to pour the juice from the spout without even taking apart the juicer.
Food Really Is Love With This Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker
via: AmazonNext time you make breakfast for your sweetheart, do it right with this heart-shaped waffle maker. Affordable and easy to use, it's a great little gadget that makes cooking and serving waffles more fun. Well over a thousand five-star reviews agree!
Open Jars Hands-Free With This Electric Jar Opener
Answer the Ancient Question With This Whimsical Dishwasher Magnet
via: AmazonModeled after the ubiquitous "hello my name is" name tags, this clever dishwasher magnet helps the household keep track of whether the dishes are dirty or clean. The magnet is two-sided and sticks securely to any dishwasher. One five-star reviewer calls it, "Cheeky, cheap, and cheerful!"
Quickly Chop Ingredients With the Pull of a Cord With This VeggiChop
via: AmazonSmall gadget, big results! The VeggiChop lets you quickly chop a bowlful of ingredients in a few seconds, thanks to the chopping blades powered by a pull of the cord. Works great on salad greens, onions, fruit, nuts, and even ice!
Customize Dessert (Including Low-Carb and Keto-Friendly) in This Ice Cream Maker Bowl
via: AmazonAmazon reviewers are raving over this ice cream maker bowl. Prepare by keeping the bowl in the freezer. When it's time for dessert, pour in your ingredients, stir and scrape with the included spoon, and in 10 minutes or less, you'll have a creamy, frozen treat. Works great for traditional ice cream as well as low-carb options (see the reviews for recipes).
Create Scrumptious Treats at Home With This Ice Cream Sandwich Maker
via: AmazonIce cream sandwiches are one of my favorite treats, but it never occurred to me that I could make my own until I saw this ice cream sandwich maker. First, bake the flat cookies in the silicone mold (it comes with recipes, or you can use any cookie dough or brownie mix). Then, scoop ice cream onto the cookies, press the mold together, and freeze. The result is delicious, fresh, customizable ice cream sandwiches! Update: This is out of stock for now but while we wait for it to come back in stock, check out this great option instead!
Get Four Space-Saving, Color-coded Boards With This Index Cutting Board Set
via: AmazonDesigned to look like a set of folders, this cute and practical index cutting board set is a great buy for the kitchen. The four cutting boards (sized at about 8x10 inches) are color coded for ingredients: raw meat, cooked food, vegetables and fruits, and seafood. They're even dishwasher safe.
Get Perfect Citrus Slices for Cocktails, Beer, or Tea With This Nifty Little Lemon Wedges
via: AmazonThis is the right gadget for someone who appreciates perfect citrus wedges. It's as easy to use as it looks! Just position over the lemon or lime and press down to split the fruit into eight wedges. Perfect for Corona limes or iced tea lemons!
Be a Wizard in the Kitchen With These Magic Wand Shakers
via: AmazonCooking seems like magic, if you think about it. Mix together the right ingredients, add heat, and presto, you've created food! Put the finishing touch on your culinary wizardry with these fun salt and pepper shakers that look like magic wands.
Cook Spaghetti Faster in This Microwave Pasta Cooker
via: AmazonPerfect for dorm rooms, microwave chefs, and anyone who doesn't want to wait for water to boil, this microwave pasta cooker gets the job done fast. Simply put the water and pasta together in the container (there's even a handy spaghetti measurer on the front). Microwave, then drain directly from the container. That's as close to instant pasta as you can get!
Safely Hold Your Cast Iron Skillet With This Hot Handle Holder
via: AmazonDesigned especially for cast iron pans, this silicone pan handle holder is an easy and safe way to protect your hands while cooking. They're affordable, come in several different colors, and are rated for up to 450 degrees. Thousands of five-star reviews endorse this product!
Spaghetti Is More Fun With Pastasaurus
via: AmazonI can't decide which I like more, the name or the design of this adorable kitchen tool. The pastasaurus is a plastic pasta server with a dino-shaped head and spaghetti-snagging teeth. Reviewers say it's "sturdy, useful, and fun!"
Upgrade Your Pizza Game With This Pizza Cutter Wheel
via: AmazonWhether you're serving homemade pizza (good for you!) or need to re-cut your delivery pizza (we've all been there), this pizza wheel is the right tool for the job. It fits snugly in the palm of your hand so you can easily guide its direction and pressure. It's even dishwasher safe.
Take Charge of Dinner With These Polar Bear Oven Mitts
via: AmazonOven mitts are a necessity you have to replace now and then. So why not upgrade to these fun (and functional!) polar bear oven mitts! Made of insulated cotton and heat-resistant silicone, the set of two mitts will protect your human paws from hot pans and make you feel fierce.
Make Healthier, Tastier Popcorn With This Microwave Popcorn Maker
via: AmazonPopcorn can be a healthy and delicious snack, but watch out for those microwave packets. Most are full of unhealthy oils, sugar, and additives. Yuck! Instead, get yourself a bag of kernels and this microwave popcorn maker. When not in use, it collapses for easy storage.
A Precision Cutting Board for Obsessive Chefs
via: AmazonPerfect for obsessives, chefs-in-training, and anyone who likes things to be just so, this precision cutting board helps you be the best chopper you can be. Made of bamboo, the board measures 9 by 12 inches and is printed with a dizzying array of guidelines and measurements. Now you can cut, shop, slice, and julienne ingredients with absolute precision and uniformity.
Make Your Morning Brew More Easily With This Single Serve Coffeemaker for Under $25
via: AmazonA great appliance at an amazing price, this single serve coffeemaker by Black & Decker has earned hundreds of 4- and 5-star reviews on Amazon. Use coffee pods or any ground coffee in the filter basket to brew directly into the included 16-ounce travel mug. Reviewers say it's "highly recommended" and the "perfect size, perfect temperature."
Save Space With These Collapsible Measuring Cups and Spoons
via: AmazonAffordable and practical, this set of measuring cups and spoons are excellent for dorm rooms, camping, and small kitchens. The silicone cups and spoons pop out to form the most needed measurements, and flatten for easy storage when not in use. They get excellent reviews for being compact, unbreakable, and a "must have kitchen essential."
Reduce Mess and Prevent Overflowing Pots With This Spill Stopper Lid
via: AmazonThis is one of those kitchen gadgets that will make you wonder why it took someone so long to invent it! The flexible silicone lid is designed to sit on top of a boiling pot on the stove to prevent the liquid from bubbling over. You can keep the heat up high so your food will cook faster, yet avoid messy spills from the pot boiling over. Five-star reviewers call it a "favorite gadget" and "awesome."
Turn Any Cup Into a Travel Cup With These Stretchable Straw Lids
via: AmazonFor carrying drinks on the go, this three-pack of silicone lids is a genius innovation. Reviewers say that it takes a little practice to get the knack of putting the lid on, but once you do, liquids are safe and secure under the lid. Works great with travel mugs, disposable cups, and mason jars, too!
Make Your Next Taco Tuesday Muy Bueno With This Taco Cheese Grater
via: AmazonI can't get over how cute this taco cheese grater is! From a distance, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was a real taco shell--the size and color are that perfect. It has a stunning 95% of four- and five-star reviews! Customers say it's the "best gift ever" and "works like a charm."
Drain Water in Style With This Whale Pot Strainer
via: AmazonWhy buy an ordinary colander or strainer when you can buy one that looks like a blue whale? This affordable, sturdy plastic strainer is sized right to be held in one hand while draining water from a pot of pasta or grease from ground beef. Five-star reviewers call it "beyond useful," "cute and whimsical," and "highly recommended."
Rocks Drinks Are More Sophisticated With the Whiskey Wedge
via: AmazonIf you like your whiskey to look cool and literally be cool, look no further than this whiskey wedge set, which includes a double old fashioned whiskey glass and silicone ice mold. It's easy to use: Just insert the mold into the glass, add water, then freeze. Pop out the mold and you're left with a large surface area of ice that will chill whiskey without watering it down.