I will be the first to admit, I am no Rachel Ray in the kitchen. I do not find joy or relaxation in cooking (let’s not even mention baking!) but I do know that good meals are a show of love to my family. That is the only reason I have not yet sold a kidney to hire a chef. 🙂
If you can give me a kitchen gadget that cuts back my workload, I’m happy. Less time achieving my cooking goals is a win for me. I’d even venture to guess it would be a win for most cooks. If it can also save me money: I’m sold!
I have compiled a list of my favorite kitchen gadgets I use in my kitchen or ones still sitting on my wish list. I’m sure there’s something for everyone here:
1. Silicone Dish Sponge
These babies have only recently been introduced to me but I already have them on my list to order.
Nothing grosses me out more than a dirty sponge, especially when it is falling apart and discolored. These silicone sponges not only eliminate the unpleasant look of a used sponge but it stays much cleaner and is considerably more durable than a regular sponge, saving you money.
Whenever it’s dirty, either wash it, throw it in the dishwasher or boil it. How cool is that?
2. Pot Strainer
Don’t laugh, but this is probably one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I hated using strainers because they were bulky and a pain to clean. They took up so much space and were just another large dish to wash. So I never used them. Ever.
Then my mom-in-law bought me a version of this baby and I LOVE it! I love it so much I use it all the time. Not only is it easy to use but it takes hardly any space to store or load in the dishwasher. No more painful cleanings! I love it. Just love it.
3. Microfiber Dishmat
I have a dishwasher and use it religiously. However, you know those dishes that shouldn’t go in the dishwasher? Usually, they aren’t very many, so the last thing I want to do is lug out the old drain rack for a couple of dishes.
I was given this pretty mat and fell in love. It’s something I don’t mind having out on my counter and it soaks up water so well. When I’m done with it and it has dried out, I just fold it up and store under my sink.
It is just one of those neat little things that make life in the kitchen so much nicer.
4. Egg Slicer
We use hard-boiled eggs for so many dishes but I do not like cutting eggs on a cutting board so I usually just cut them in my hand. Not the best idea but I’m all for efficiency. 🙂 This tool not only saves me time but also my hand.
It cuts more than just eggs, too. Mushrooms and strawberries are sliced effortlessly with this little guy.
5. Mason Jars
It is no secret I love mason jars. Just take a look in my kitchen. haha
I might have a slight obsession…
But for good reason! If you have never used mason jars for storage, you’re missing out. Not only do they make a kitchen look homey and keep your food visible for easy access, but they keep food super fresh. Hate it when your brown sugar turns to a rock? Store it in a mason jar. It’ll stay as fresh as the day you bought it.
6. Salad Keeper
Do you enjoy salad but hate how fast it spoils? With the amount of money it takes to eat healthily, the last thing you want to do is see that food get tossed, uneaten. This salad saver really works! My salad lasts twice as long now; I love it!
7. Food Saver
If there is one thing I hate, it’s wasted food. (Picked up on that, yet?) My husband bought this for me some years ago and it has helped stretch my budget by letting me buy in bulk and freeze what I don’t use right away.
It’s fairly easy to use and the pouches stack well in the freezer. There are more elaborate models available but I found this model worked well for what I needed it to do.
Technically, I wouldn’t consider this a gadget, but I can’t NOT add it to this list. I could write an exclusive article about the Instapot but I will just say, it’s worth the money!
I love my slow cooker but too many times I forget to start it in time. The Instapot helps me save face with my family. 🙂 And the food it cooks is really, really good. I was afraid I would get one and rarely use it. I’m happy to say I use it almost daily.
If you aren’t convinced, ask anyone who owns one. They will back up my claim: you need one! 🙂