I am the queen of kitchen gadgets. Some go untouched (ugh, spiralizer, I had such grand intentions!) and others I surprisingly use frequently. These useful kitchen gadgets are great for your own kitchen, and also make excellent gifts.
12 Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $40
1. Best Year-Round Cookbook
This is a massive collection (365 recipes, to be exact) of recipes featuring seasonal ingredients and styles – and easy to make during the week, using one pot. I have used this again and again and my favorites include braised chicken with beer and root vegetables, chicken pot pie, and savory beef stew in the crockpot. We use our Le Creuset pot (my absolute favorite) and our crockpot for most of these.
2. An apron & pearls.
Scramble around your kitchen in style as guests arrive in this pretty apron with a pair of pearls. You’ll look so chic, no one has to know you intended to have all of the cooking complete before they started to arrive.
3. Get the scoop.
Make perfectly round cookies without getting batter ingrained in your fingernails with this mini scooper. Brilliant.
4. So fresh and so clean. Clean.
Williams-Sonoma Dish Soap, Hand Soap & Lotion Set, Fleur de Sel • Williams-Sonoma
This makes an excellent gift. For me, please. The scent is fresh and pretty, and the soothing color and classy William-Sonoma label make this soap collection appropriate for powder rooms and kitchen.
5. Blend Soups the Easy Way
Rather than awkwardly dumping steaming hot soup from a large pot into a small blender to purée, this will take the blender to your pot, which is a much easier way to get that perfectly blended soup.
6. Pour your part out.
The Oxo Angled Measuring Cup is my go-to measuring cup because the measurements are printed on the inside of the cup, so you can easily pour and get the correct measurement without having to do the balancing act of pouring while holding the cup in the air to get the precise amount.
7. Do yourself a solid and get this genius measuring gadget.
This little kitchen marvel allows you to easily measure and add solids to your culinary concoctions without any extra scraping. The middle part is adjustable, so you leave the part open to the correct amount (like a cup), fill it up, and then push it out – no spatula required! It easily measures liquids from the other side too.
8. A little chop ’n grind.
Cuisinart DLC-2A Food Processor, Mini Prep Plus • Cuisinart
For cooks that need to speed up food prep, this little food processor will chop up veggies, dips, sauces, and salads in seconds – and is machine washable! This is what I use to make my favorite bring-to-work lunch – chicken wrap with chopped greens and Goddess dressing.
9. Chop it like it’s hot.
Toss & Chop Titanium Salad Scissors • Williams-Sonoma
Cut up spaghetti or chicken with a few quick chops for your kids — or make a restaurant style chopped salad with these chopping scissors. The double blades cuts up everything quickly into small pieces.
10. That tong ta-tong tong tong.
Seems like a dumb addition to a list since every kitchen probably has a pair of tongs – but sometimes, one pair just isn’t enough. Metal tongs are useful for sautéing something like chicken that needs flipped, tossing a salad, picking up something you don’t want to touch (like raw chicken), and turning roasting veggies.
11. No drip pancakes.
My husband rolled his eyes when I brought this item home from Target but I think it’s awesome. Add the batter and then squeeze out the perfect pancake. Also, the best pancake mix is Krusteaz. For realz. I’ve taste-tested many brands, including some higher-end pancake mixes with fancy packaging. Try it, you’ll like it.
12. Salad Dressing Mixer
I like to make vinaigrette, and this little gadget stirs, blends and stores the salad dressing.
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