Whether you’re trying to achieve MasterChef status, are the resident meal maker in the family, or are just learning how to prepare food for the first time, these are the gadgets you need to make cooking easier.
From measuring to scooping to essentially self-cooking, there are plenty of fun little tools that are well-poised to become your new kitchen companions.
Here are our picks for the best kitchen gadgets:
For saving room in your fridge, there’s this magnetic bottle holder. These storage strips let you suspend standard six-pack bottles on the ceiling of your fridge to free up space for the rest of your fridge-worthy items.
It’s like a Swiss army knife, except exclusively for avocados. This 5-in-1 slicer can split, pit, and slice avocados all in one neat little gadget. It’s also a Mashable favorite: we keep one in our office kitchen.
Ah, jars. Their stubborn lids are the bane of our existence. Instead of struggling, let a machine do the work for you. With a push of the button, the opener adjusts to the lid and opens it without a hassle. Humans: One. Jars: Zero.
These five-blade herb shears will help you mince up your herbs and vegetables for perfect salads and veggie medleys. They also come with two drawstring herb bags so you can keep your sliced-up herbs for later.
Why have a regular old knife rack when you can hang your arsenal right off the wall? This knife holder can hold your knives with its magnetic design. It’s supposedly easy to install, so you can save space on your countertop.
When you’re trying to serve up ice cream straight from the freezer, you may end up doing more chiseling than scooping, or even more waiting than scooping. According to the product page, this innovative scoop conducts your own body heat through the handle and around the rim of the scoop for quick access to your ice cream.
If you need to cut through cold butter instead, then this knife uses the same technology as the scoop so you can butter yourself up at a moment’s notice. According to the product page, it can even cut through ice for those weird situations that call for ice slices.
If you’re mixing up drinks for a party, then this smart scale could help you become the best home bartender on the block. Using any of the 400+ recipes (or even some of your own), place your glass on the scale and start pouring. The scale will ding when you’ve poured the exact amount so your boozy drinks can be prepared with precision.
If you’re chopping something up and you don’t use all of it, preserving the rest of it can be a pain. These plastic seals can fit all kinds of produce to keep things fresh for longer. You can also pick up some avocado-friendly seals.
Relive a more quaint age of churning your own butter with this mini-churner. It comes with a recipe book that features a how-to on churning your own butter so you can add a real homemade flavor to your breakfast.
We all run into those unintentional crying sessions when we start chopping onions. These foam sealed, onion enzyme-absorbing goggles could be the key to slicing up onions tear-free. They’re also supposedly good for blocking smoke and other cooking vapors.
If you don’t want to cover up your eyes, you could just cover up the onions. This onion chopper lets you chop up onions straight into a containter to reduce onion vapors and help minimize tears.
This just gave juicing a whole new meaning. Stick this tap onto any large, hollowed-out melon or pumpkin and fill it up with your choice of beverage for a unique way to serve up drinks at parties.
To get down and gritty with your herb chopping, have this razor on standby. The holes let you de-stem any herbs just by pulling them through.
When you’ve chopped up all your herbs and a drawstring bag isn’t your first choice for storage, have this herb saver handy. This cylindrical reservoir can fit in all standard fridge doors and supposedly triples the lifespan of fresh herbs.
The worst part about preparing pasta is pouring all that boiling water over a strainer and hoping that it all catches. This kitchen gadget lets you avoid that. Attach it to your pot and pour away.
If you’re sick of standing over a pot and stirring for minutes at a time, then get a smart pot stirrer to do the job for you. It can adjust to fit different-sized pots and will make that risotto recipe way less complicated.
Instead of eyeballing your pancake batter, use this nifty dispenser to keep things uniform. The spring loaded handle lets you control how much you want to pour out for even portions, and it even features a drip-free opening to keep your counters clean.
Cutting cold butter can be a pain. This butter knife features holes and slots to make precise butter spreads easier. It can also grate, slice, and curl your butter for a little extra flare.
Not everyone has the patience to strip corn with a knife. This handy gadget lets your twist the cob inside and does all the stripping for you.
While we’re on the subject of removal, let’s talk cherry and olive pits. It’s pretty gross to start eating cherries and spit out the pits afterwards, so reverse the order with this device. It’s basically a hole puncher for cherries and olives that removes those pesky pits without being disgusting about it.
Washing off berries could go one of two disastrous ways. You could either use a regular bowl and try to pour out the water and sacrifice a few grapes to your dirty sink, or you could use a sifter to drain the water, forget about the holes, and get your table wet. Opt for a berry buddy instead, which allows you to easily rinse and pour excess water out of a little spout.