We could all use a little help in the kitchen. Between the chopping and mixing and turning and watching over pots and pans, another set of hands could be useful. Sometimes chopping, cutting, slicing, and marinating just seem like a challenge that we’re not ready to take on. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that can make your time in the kitchen much simpler. You just have to put them to work. Here are some of our most used kitchen gadgets, stock up and cook easy.
This tool makes pressing garlic a whole lot easier—instead of using your hand to squeeze the garlic this intuitive tool uses your body leverage instead. That means you don't have to waste any time chasing a tiny piece of garlic around your cutting board. It also means the mess is contained. And you can press it right over a bowl, so you capture every bit of that garlic and juice.
Slicing, cutting, julienning - it takes so long. This mini chopper tool cuts your kitchen time in half! Just add chunks of fruits or vegetables into this chopper, press the button or lever depending on your machine, and you have expertly and uniformly cut onions, peppers, and more in just a few seconds. Then just scoop it all out into a bowl and throw the chopper into your dishwasher. And the best news: it's a multi-tasker. If you're looking for a snack just throw in avocados, jalapeños, and tomatoes and chop. Voila, guacamole! (You can also make fruit purees or a quick hummus!)
We know, you never want to dirty up another kitchen tool (because you don't employ a full time dishwasher). But trust us, fishing out pasta strands with a spoon is not an efficient use of your time. Get a set of strainers with a tripod kickstand. That way you can set it up over your sink and quickly and easily drain to your heart's content without needing another set of hands.
When you’re cooking multiple dishes at one time, things can get a little out of hand. The beset way to keep track is to make sure you have a timer for all the foods that are stewing, braising, or in the oven. Invest in one that can keep track of at least two dishes and can easily let you add an extra few minutes without having to reset. That way you can set it and forget it.
Candy Deep Fry Thermometer
How do you know if your oil is hot enough to fry that chicken? Somehow, our abuela's always just "knew" but that doesn't work for us. Instead of guessing (and ruining a meal you've been working on), grab a deep fry thermometer. You'll get perfect fried chicken every time. (And caramel, if you're making candy!) Make sure to grab one that can comfortably slide onto the edge of your pan and that's dishwasher safe to make your job even easier.