Make Everything Easier with These 30 Kitchen Accessories
Stocking your kitchen with the right tools isn’t as easy as you might think. The number of gadgets out there can be more than a little overwhelming. Where do you even start? You obviously need the basics, but what are the basics exactly?
With so much to choose from, you want to cut through the confusion and get back to the fun of shopping. Start by making everything you do in your kitchen easier with these 30 kitchen accessories you can’t live without. Each comes with high ratings and reviews so you can shop with confidence.
Fibrox Pro Chef's KnifeFibrox Pro Chef's Knife
This may seem like an obvious item to have in your kitchen, but many people overlook the benefits of a high-quality chef's knife. The Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife has an 8-inch blade that will cut through the firmest potatoes like butter. To stay this sharp, however, the knife requires some care — no dishwasher, for example.
Knife SharpenerKitchellence Kitchen Knife Sharpener
In order to care for that chef's knife, you'll need a great sharpener, such as the Kitchellence Knife Sharpener. It uses a three-stage process to straighten, sharpen and polish for a smooth finish.that keeps your high-quality blade in top-notch condition.
Mueller Onion & Vegetable ChopperMueller Onion Chopper Pro
Dicing onions or tomatoes is a task that consumes a lot of kitchen time. Using a product like the Mueller Vegetable Chopper can cut that time in half for less than $25. With one pump of your hand, you can chop half an onion into diced pieces — just like that.
Electric Citrus JuicerElectric Citrus Juicer
Another product that can save you time and energy on food prep is the Electric Citrus Juicer from Black & Decker. Instead of tiring out your arm twisting away on a manual citrus juicer, you can plug in this electric juicer and let it do the rotating for you. All you need to do is press on the juicing cone, and it turns under the pressure, collecting pulp at the base.
Herb Scissors SetHerb Scissors Set
Slicing up chives, basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint and other tasty herbs can quickly turn into a pesky job. Before you start asking yourself if fresh herbs are really worth the effort, think about adding the Herb Scissors Set to your kitchen lifesavers list. You can easily slice herbs directly onto your food, and the set comes with "combs" for easy cleaning of the blades should herbs get stuck between them.
StirMATE Smart Pot StirrerStirMATE Smart Pot Stirrer
There are few things less pleasant than standing over a hot stove all day because you have to frequently stir the stew. For people who spend a lot of time cooking, especially in large quantities, the StirMATE Smart Pot Stirrer could offer you some much-needed relief.
Nylon Slotted SpoonOXO Nylon Slotted Spoon
Speaking of soups and stews, you need to add a good Nylon Slotted Spoon to your collection of kitchen gear. A slotted spoon allows you to remove larger ingredients like meat or potatoes from broth to check doneness and tenderness. You can also use it to drain excess oil from foods and remove pasta from water.
ThermoPro Meat ThermometerThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer
In order to properly test if your meat is cooked, you need a product like the ThermoPro Meat Thermometer. Neglecting this type of tool could lead to undercooked meat and potential illness, which is why it's a staple in most kitchens.
Salad SpinnerGood Grips Salad Spinner
Is there anything worse than a soggy salad? You have to rinse the ingredients, but too much water leaves the lettuce limp and the dressing runny. That's where the Good Grips Salad Spinner comes in. Toss your rinsed lettuce inside, give the handle some spins and enjoy your crisp salad.
Garlic PressOrblue Garlic Press
This simple gadget will have you adding fresh garlic to everything. A good quality Orblue Garlic Press removes the need for endless, sticky grating by hand and lets you take out pent-up stress on a garlic clove. Just squeeze as hard as you can, and you have finely minced garlic in seconds.
Crock-PotCrock-Pot Slow Cooker
The Crock-Pot Slow Cooker is a classic kitchen appliance that is probably most appreciated by those who work long hours. Coming home from work after a long day, the last thing you want to do is head to the kitchen and spend a lot of time cooking dinner. Spend less than $30 for this item, and you’ll spend a lot less time in the kitchen.
Adjustable Bib ApronAdjustable Bib Apron
Ah, the classic apron! With all the slicing and mincing and mixing going on, you can probably count on some spills and splatters in the process. If you cook frequently, an Adjustable Bib Apron is the necessity that saves your clothes from being stained and possibly ruined.
Organic Bamboo Cutting BoardOrganic Bamboo Cutting Board
Similar to the chef's knife, a cutting board is a staple in every kitchen. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who can cook without one. Investing in a high-quality Organic Bamboo Cutting Board is a good way to take your kitchen game up a notch.
Cast Iron SkilletUtopia Kitchen Cast Iron Skillet
If you're not privy to the wonders of a Cast Iron Skillet, prepare to discover the secret to better fried foods. First, these skillets are incredibly sturdy and virtually impossible to break. They are also stick-resistant and can be used for baking in the oven as well as cooking on the stove. The material distributes heat evenly for better results every time.
Snap’N Strain StrainerKitchen Gizmo Snap’N Strain Strainer
Why didn't anyone think of this sooner? The Kitchen Gizmo Snap’N Strain Strainer serves the purpose of a colander, without actually pouring the noodles out of the pan. All you have to do is snap it on the side of the pot and pour the water through the strainer into the sink.
Silicone Oven MittsSilicone Oven Mitts
If you've ever felt the heat of a scorching baking dish seep through a low-quality oven mitt, you know how important sturdy Silicone Oven Mitts are for protecting your hands. Temperatures get high in the kitchen, and these mitts can withstand up to 450 degrees.
Mueller Ultra JuicerMueller Ultra Juicer
You may have heard a lot about juicers lately. They're a popular method for creating healthy drinks and smoothies. With the Mueller Ultra Juicer, you can quickly and easily turn oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots, beets, kale and more into smooth liquid. Yes, even carrots!
Kitchen ScaleGreater Goods Kitchen Scale
Speaking of living healthier, if you’re looking to incorporate some restrictions into your diet, you’ll need a useful kitchen accessory like the Greater Goods Kitchen Scale for measuring precise quantities. It can help you manage portions to control the amount of sugar, cholesterol or salt you consume. Instead of estimating how much you should eat, you can measure it out exactly.
Bakeware SetKrokori Bakeware Set
If you're just delving into the world of baking, you may not have nice quality baking dishes yet. When you’re ready to buy, it's a good idea to invest in a good Bakeware Set before pulling out your recipes. This particular set of three ceramic glazed dishes usually sells for less than $60.
Food HuggersFarberware Food Huggers
If you like to focus on living an environmentally-friendly life, then Food Huggers are a new way to be even more green conscious at green-friendly price of less than $10. These reusable silicone covers are sold in packs of four different sizes and slip over the open ends of halved fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh.
Onion GogglesRSVP International Onion Goggles
If you haven't given Onion Goggles a try, you don't know what you're missing — weeping onion eyes, that’s what! Although they aren’t the most stylish eyewear, they form a comfortable seal around your eyes so when you go to chop those onions, you don't end up crying into the stir-fry.
Air FryerOMORC Air Fryer
Looking to change things up in the kitchen? Getting an Air Fryer will open up some new meal possibilities. You can fry meat, french fries and vegetables in this large 6-quart cooker. In fact, you can even fit an entire chicken in the frying basket. The best part of air frying is that it's oil-free, which means the food comes out healthier than normal fried food but still tastes delicious.
Avocado SlicerOXO Avocado Slicer
If you're one of the many people who can't get enough avocado in their life, then you might want to test out the OXO Avocado Slicer. It’s got all the necessary tools in one convenient gadget, so you no longer have to pull out a knife, fork and spoon just to prepare your avocado.
Potholder SetJennice House Potholder Set
When dealing with hot pots and pans, it's easy to mindlessly set them on the table for serving. Without a Potholder Set, you're sure to burn the table or your hands. This set of three potholders is reasonably priced (less than $10) and is a stylish way to protect the surfaces in your home.
Marble Mortar and PestleGreenco Marble Mortar and Pestle
Apart from looking beautiful, a Marble Mortar and Pestle set helps you grind herbs and spices for all your cooking needs. This ancient tool beautifully crushes ingredients to make all your dishes fresher, assuming you're crushing them right before use. Better taste could be yours for around $20.
Spiralizer Ultimate Veggie SlicerSpiralizer Ultimate Veggie Slicer
If you want a kitchen tool that's as fun as it is useful, try the Spiralizer Ultimate Veggie Slicer. This product will cut apples, zucchini, onions, cucumbers and any other firm fruit or vegetable into long spirals. All you do is stick the veggie or fruit on the Spiralizer's prongs and crank away!
Electric Hand MixerHamilton Beach Electric Hand Mixer
If a whisk isn't enough power for your mixing needs, but you don't want to invest in a premium stand mixer, an Electric Hand Mixer is the perfect go-between. You won't have to throw your arm out whisking together ingredients, but this mixer is wallet-friendly with a price tag less than $20.
Mini Rice CookerDash Mini Rice Cooker
Last on our list is this compact Mini Rice Cooker, which is almost as cute as it is useful. If you've never used this item, it just might change your life. It cooks perfectly-done rice with minimal effort. Just add the ingredients and press "cook."