If you asked me whether or not I’m a gadget person, I’d probably say “no”. But then I realized that’s not entirely true. I do own a few “gadgets” or tools that help us in the kitchen, but I’m not typically the first person on the band wagon to buy the latest “As Seen on TV” gadget. I use a knife to cut an avocado in half and remove the pit and an egg shell to separate the yolk from the egg white, but when it comes to pressing tofu, I’d much rather use a Tofu press than 14 kitchen towels or 400 paper towels to get the job done. This might be hyperbole, but if you’ve ever pressed tofu you know what I mean. So without further ado, here are 10 kitchen gadgets we love, actually use, and can’t live without!!
This little gadget is a workhorse, no paper towels involved which is perfect for me since I try to use as few paper towels as possible. Simply place the tofu in the middle container that looks like a colander and place it into the base. Top it with the green lid with the silicone bands and hook the bands around the hooks on the sides of the base. Pour the liquid into the sink every 20 minutes and voila! perfectly firm tofu every time!! And it’s dishwasher safe!!
This started out as a funny stocking stuffer that turned into a kitchen staple. No need for plastic bags or wraps, simply cut the avocado in half, use the portion without the pit and save the remainder with the pit in the Avo Saver in the fridge. It fits nicely in the top rack of the dishwasher.
I don’t spiralize a lot of veggies, but this little guy works perfectly for “Zoodles” (zucchini noodles) on those nights when I’ve already had a few too many carbs for the day. It’s easy to use, small enough to fit in any kitchen drawer and dishwasher safe (do you sense a theme here). It makes a great stocking stuffer for the veggie lover in your life.
We received these pizza Scizza’s as a Christmas gift and they’re awesome. They’re made from hardened stainless steel and the non-stick nylon base won’t scratch your pizza pan or plate. Plus, there’s a handy locking mechanism on the handle to prevent them from opening in the drawer. A definite must for pizza night.
We own 2 of these handy trivets and they are used daily! They’ve saved our quartz countertops from hot pans and scratches. Bonus: they fold up and fit snuggly in a drawer and take up hardly any space! Expandable, silicone, dishwasher safe, folds neatly for convenient storage, and counter saving. Need I say more?!?
We love our Ikea PRODUKT battery-powered milk frother and use it all the time for Lattes and hot chocolate. It’s inexpensive, has 4.5 out of 5 stars, and runs forever! It’s a necessity, especially since my daughters can’t have coffee without frothy creamer!!
I love freshly grated parmesan and pecorino romana cheese on pasta, and this tiny but mighty wonder does it quickly! Its easily disassembled for easy cleaning and the handle can be used on either side for left or right handed use (something I never thought of until my southpaw bestie pointed it out to me). And, you guessed it, it’s dishwasher safe!!
This thing is Ah-mazing! No more sticky garlic paper stuck to my fingers, no more garlic smell on my hands!! Just drop the garlic cloves in the tube and roll the paper away. This gadget is SO loved by everyone in my family that it was one the first items requested by each of our children for their college apartments.
I’m not even sure this is a gadget, but I’m including it because we’ve owned several whisks and each of them broke rather quickly. This one has a comfortable silicone handle and is sturdy. I could probably use a fork for many jobs, but why would I when I have this whisk that was built to last. Great for pancake mix, eggs, sauces, roux…
As a family who weighs a bunch of our food, we use this scale multiple times per day and it has lasted years!! It has a extendable display so it can hold large plates and bowls. You can see how I store it in the easy DIY drawer dividers post. It’s great for cooking and baking when a recipe calls for weight rather than wet or dry volume measurements.
It turns out that I am a little bit of a gadget person, but only if there’s a true need and it makes our lives easier every day.