I decided to do things a little bit different with today’s round up. Instead of focusing on style-related items, I am breaking out a list of my absolute favorite kitchen gadgets and small appliances.
I feel like everyone has those little tools that really help them out on a daily basis…that is true for me at least! They are somewhat small things I can’t live without, and I would recommend that everyone have on hand in their own home. Without further ado, here are mine…I own every one of these gadgets myself, so I can personally vouch for how much I need them on a regular basis!
What kitchen tools can you not live without?
1. Fante’s Garlic Press – Bed Bath & Beyond. Ok, everyone needs a garlic press…but I am not talking about any press in general. I’ve owned more than one in the past, and I found that this simple one is my favorite. The garlic presses that feature the little teeth on them instead of being flat? I find myself picking pieces of garlic out from between the teeth and it drives me nuts. Save yourself the trouble, and get one of these.
2. Tovolo® King Cube Ice Tray – Bed Bath & Beyond. I recently picked one of these silicone jumbo ice cube trays, and it is my new favorite tool for keeping my cocktails cool. Large cubes melt at a slower rate than the regular, small version…so your drink does not get watered down as quickly. Score!
3. OXO Stainless Steel Cookie Scoop – Target. These little cookie scoops are my favorite! The scoop is about the size of a melon baller, and it makes the perfect, two bite cookie. Speaking of melon ballers, I’ve used it as one too.
4. OXO Angled Measuring Cup – Target. Why do I love this angled measuring cup? Because I don’t have to crouch down to get at eye level with the cup to see where my liquid line is at. The angle portion inside the cup tells you the measurement from above – how convenient!
5. Flexible Chopping Mats – Target. These chopping mats are used daily in my kitchen. I like them much better than a “traditional” cutting board. The fact that you can bend/fold them makes it really easy to pour your chopped vegetables into a pan or pot. Plus, I consider them to be disposable – I don’t feel bad about throwing them away every so often to replace them with a fresh set.
6. JarKey® – The Container Store. I was terrible at opening jars until I got my hands on this tool. It’s oh so simple, I wish I would have thought of it myself and made millions. Basically, the JarKey pops the little bubble seal on top of jars…making it extremely easy to twist them open afterward. I am helpless without this thing.
7. SodaStream – Bed Bath & Beyond. I’ve had my SodaStream for about a year now, and it has become a regular tool in our arsenal. Although Justin and I don’t drink soda all the time, we really enjoy being able to make sodas and sparkling water with this machine. Our favorite flavor is the cranberry raspberry, but there are many we enjoy.
8. Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor – Macy*s. Even if you have a large food processor, I suggest having this mini one as well! When you don’t feel like chopping an onion or a jalapeno by hand or need to pulse a small items/amounts (salad dressing, etc.), this is a great option. The smaller container is easier to grab out from the cabinets, and the cleanup is a cinch.
9. Breville Electric Wok – Macy*s. Believe it or not, I asked for this wok as a wedding present INSTEAD of a stand mixer. In the future, I’d like to get a wok for the stove top that I can season, but this electric wok is one of my favorite tools. I use it to make stir fry, but also utilize it when I make soup, filling for stuffed peppers, and the like. It heats up lightning fast and distributes the heat evenly. Having room for this small appliance in my kitchen is an absolute must.
10. Orville Redenbacher Hot Air Popper – Target. Last but not least: one of the small appliances that gets an insane amount of use in my kitchen. I am kind of a popcorn junkie – it’s one of my favorite snacks. I used to pop microwave bags on the regular, but now that I acquired this hot air popper at Christmas, I’m never going back to the microwave. The popcorn tastes better, and it is cheaper to make (one jar of kernels probably lasts me at least 3 times as long as a box with microwave bags does, and they cost the same amount). Adding your own fresh toppings is always a plus – for me it is a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle/spray of white truffle oil. And I’ve NEVER had a burned kernel come out of this machine. Worth every penny of the $27 price tag, if you ask me.