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25 Kitchen Gadgets That You Probably Don’t Need — But Might Want Anyway

25 Kitchen Gadgets That You Probably Don’t Need — But Might Want Anyway


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Why would you buy any of these silly implements and vessels? Maybe just for fun?

Let’s face it — the kitchen can be an expensive place. Because it can be challenging to discern the difference between something you need and something you want, we often see experts in the industry doling out advice with lists of what’s worth splurging on and what you really don’t need in order to relieve you of stress and keep your kitchen as budget-friendly as it can be.

For the 25 Kitchen Gadgets That You Probably Don’t Need — But Might Want Anyway Slideshow, click here.

This is not one of those lists. This list is a collection of kitchen tools and gadgets that aren’t necessary for you to have and in some cases are just absurd — but some of them we secretly want, and that’s why we’re telling you about them today. Others are so silly that we just had to spread the word.

From grill gadgets and egg molds to cookie cutters and corn kernelers, these gadgets are what we would classify as ridiculous, but if money was no object in this world, we’d recommend that you buy them. If you’re a grilling fanatic, you’ll probably want to get your hands on a Two Way Hold Magnetic Grill Light and a Flameless Grill Smoker. Can’t practice your perfect bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich skills during the week? Hamilton Beach’s Breakfast Sandwich Maker is the perfect compromise for you when you’re short on time and late for work. There’s even more stuff for the egg fanatics, like a plucker that will make creating egg whites a snap and a nifty little tool that will add some much needed sunshine to your weekday morning.

Don’t get us wrong: Just because we’re calling these products silly doesn’t mean we don't think they’re great; some of them are. You definitely don’t need any of these gadgets, but that’s not to say you won’t want them!

Anne Dolce contributed to this roundup.


16 Things Your Kitchen Can Do Without

Minimalism isn’t just about the number of things you own. It’s about paring down to the essentials and finding contentment in owning less. This applies to every part of your life, for example, your wardrobe, the items in your room, and even your kitchen.

Practicing minimalism in the kitchen doesn’t require sacrificing your ability to make incredible meals. In fact, having less clutter in the kitchen actually makes it easier to get in there and cook up something wonderful.

Simplifying into a minimalist kitchen always starts with removing the utensils and appliances you aren’t using and don’t need. This means your kitchen can be decluttered very inexpensively with only a little time and thoughtful consideration.

Below is a list of 16 kitchen utensils we don’t own (and we run a cooking blog!). The list is partially inspired by A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks, a New York Times article packed with tips and suggestions for keeping a simple kitchen.

This list is neither exclusive nor conclusive. Rather, it’s merely a starting point to hopefully inspire you to reevaluate how much you keep in your kitchen. Be honest with your situation and only keep the tools you are using to create a minimalist kitchen.


1. Water Bottle Stick Ice Cube Tray

This knickknack is the savior for cold beverage-loving folks. Gone will be the days of scouring for the perfect bottle that a regular ice cube can fit into without it being too bulky. A bottle of ice cold drink can go a long way, especially in summer.

For outdoorsy folks with reusable water bottles, the water bottle ice cube tray, keeps your chosen beverage cool. Its silicone materials make it easy to flexi-pop the long and thin cubes out of their holders and into your bottle. How cool is that?


Kitchen shears

Indispensable and easy to clean

I'm sure I could live without a pair of kitchen shears like this one from Henckels (also known for making reliable knives), but I don't particularly want to. A dedicated pair of shears makes opening food bags, cutting meat and fish and trimming green beans dead-easy. Storing them with your knives or utensils keeps them accessible where you need them and eliminates cross-contamination with your other scissors. Sturdy shears can butterfly poultry and this model unhinges for dishwashing -- it's dishwasher safe if in need of thorough sanitizing, but it usually cleans easily with soapy hot water and a sponge. This particular model costs under $20 on sale.


25 Kitchen Gadgets So Genius, You'll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without Them

If you've ever been cooking and thought, "I wish there was something to help me with this," well, the good news is that it probably already exists. Thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to find useful kitchen gadgets you never knew existed before. The hard part is searching for the best choices out there, but not to worry, because we're here to help.

Ahead, we curated a list of the hottest tools out there right now to make your life easier. From popular air fryers to digital measuring cups and fun mini rice cookers, no doubt you'll want them all. Keep reading to shop and snag a few.


Juicers vs. Emulsifying Blenders vs. Blenders?

A national marketing company recently contacted me, offering to send me one of their new emulsifying blenders (I won’t say which brand) to do a product review on this blog. Normally I don’t do that type of stuff through marketers, however I thought this would be an interesting opportunity to try one of those ” Health-E-Bullet” type kitchen gadgets, as I was always curious how well they work, and the outcome tastes. More importantly, will I feel as “invigorated and detoxified” as the manufacturers claim?

Obviously I’m not a regular at the likes of Jamba Juice.

The well known (through late night infomercials) NUTRiBULLET Emulsfying Blender offers the following pros and cons of Juicing vs. Blending on their product website blog:

JUICING

  • Very fast delivery of nutrients to the blood stream. Only a small amount of digestion is required.
  • Gives the digestive system a break. Primarily the stomach, pancreas and colon.
  • Because of the lack of fiber, a lot of plant juice can be consumed. You can effectively drink more, consuming more nutrients.
  • Helpful for people sensitive to fiber since there is no insoluble fiber content. Juice does have some soluble fiber, but only a small amount.
  • Provides 80% to 90% of the nutritional value of the food being juiced.
  • Allows very fast delivery of sugars to the blood stream.
  • Removes most of the fiber and some antioxidants from the juice.
  • Not as filling or satisfying for most people.
  • More time consuming and more difficult to clean.
  • Good juicers are expensive.

BLENDING

  • Fast delivery of nutrients to the blood stream. Only a small amount of digestion is required.
  • Gives the digestive system a break. Primarily the stomach and pancreas.
  • Because the food is blended, it takes up less space than a full meal would. This allows for more nutrient intake at one time.
  • The natural fiber slows the release of sugars into the blood stream.
  • More nutrient availability due to the whole plant being consumed.
  • More filling due to the fiber.
  • Very fast to make a smoothie (or Blast) and clean up.
  • Blenders are less expensive than juicers.

If someone is sensitive to fiber, it could make a person bloated and a little gassy.

You can’t consume as much liquid as you could juicing.

Some blenders can create too much heat if you let them blend too long. The heat will kill the naturally occurring enzymes. (This is not the case with NutriBullet, as it doesn’t heat to the point of destroying enzymes.)

I already own a Cuisinart do-it-all system, that includes attachments for both food processing, slicing, dicing, as well as a separate all-glass “traditional” blender.

Now I understand the Cuisinart doesn’t have the horsepower, RPMs or “emulsifying technology” of juicers and emulsifying blenders, yet can’t it achieve reasonably similar nutritional benefits and taste results? Or do I really need to clutter my already cluttered kitchen cabinet space with one more “Unitasker”?

While there’s tons of online forums and reviews on these products, let’s hear from the regular readers on this blog about your experiences using and/or drinking concoctions made with a juicer, “emulsifying blender” and/or traditional blender. What’s your favorite fruits, veggies and other ingredients to use? Any health benefits you’ve personally experienced?

It would also be great if you have tips on “Hawaiianized” recipes you’ve come up with that I could apply when I do that “Health-E-Bullet” product review, so it will stay “O.T.”. Li Hing Lanai (Pineapple) Smoothie? Lilikoi Butter Mochi Smoothie, perhaps? How’s about a Squid Luau Smoothie? lol

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10 thoughts on &ldquo Juicers vs. Emulsifying Blenders vs. Blenders? &rdquo

I have the VitaMix and LOVE it! I use it almost everyday. Favorite smoothies contain what ever happens to be in the kitchen that day! I try to always use pineapple due to the health benefits, but some days I’ll “go green” adding kale or spinach, green apple, broccoli, mango. Some days are “orange” adding carrots, orange, banana to the pineapple. It is well worth the counter space it takes up. You can also make soups, peanut butter, freshly ground flour, as well as a million other things with it. Throw in fruits and veggies that aren’t so pretty, they will taste just fine. Don’t be afraid to throw anything in, if your smoothie is heavy on the veggies, a little agave syrup will sweeten it right up so you can drink it without gagging! Some veggies are stronger than others, a little celery goes a long way!
Good luck with your product review.
Thanks to you, a li hing pineapple smoothie is now on my list of to do’s for the near future! Have a great weekend.

Kale seems to be all the rage at the farmers market lately, with numerous vendors selling fresh-grown Kale at very reasonable prices. Otsuji Farms sells a Kale Smoothie. I’d really like it for using up fruits and veggies that are on their last leg in the refrigerator bin. If it helps with not wasting food, I’m all for it.

Thanks for the tip on the Agave Syrup. I’m sure honey works just as well, too. Or Mirin, perhaps? Interesting how Celery is really strong. I’d also think the fibers would be extra hard on the motor.

I love coconut, so I’d do all kinds of stuff using that as an ingredient, including savory types. I’m already brainstorming how I’d make my Squid Luau Smoothie. Also a Thai Lemon Grass Coconut Curry Smoothie. I’m serious! Ooh, and something that uses taro root and poi!

My family now want to have more green drinks. The price of the ready made one is reason making it at home is the way to go.

I have my Cuisinart 11 cup Food Processor and 12-speed Hamilton/Beach Regular Blender to make my beverages. I’ll be adding a juice extractor attachment to my kitchen-aide stand mixer in support of my hand operated food mill as I found multi-tasking food processors and blender don’t work that great!

I found this info very helpful. I totally agree with a juicer been a pain to clean. Makes me think twice when I’m thinking of juicing.
The health benefits of juicing can’t be denied.

In the blender: Frozen banana + ripe (softer is better) avocado + cocoa powder (unsweetened, not hot chocolate powder) = pudding-ish breakfast. Serve immediately. I use more banana than avocado. Sometimes I add some liquid so the blender can blend it, but you probably don’t need liquid in a fancy machine. Maybe it could be local-ized by replacing cocoa with coconut milk and dry poi powder? Expect the color to be be unappetizing.

@ Anonymous – Oooh, Poi Powder… good one! Oh yeah, I’m all over Coconut Milk when I get that machine for the review. That and regular milk of course. I’m a milk fiend. What’s with those amino liquids they add at Jamba? Does that extra protein really make a difference? I mean what, is everyone competing in a bodybuilding contest? Never thought of combining avocado with bananas. Sounds interesting!

@ Ken – Mahalo for the Cuisinart recipes link. Wow, what a selection! I could go on for days making stuff right from there!

@ Kelike – Green colored drinks actually look “gross” to me. I much prefer ones that are creamy or reddish in color. Which reminds me, I sure could go for a Lava Flow right about now. Wish I had that machine already!

We have a Breville juicer. We just every morning – kale, celery, green apple, cucumber, ginger, lime. My husband has lost over 20 lbs by drinking this as part of his breakfast and lunch (we make approx 32 oz each morning). This drink tastes “green” and it took me a while to like it (ok, I’ll be honest, I’m still learning to like it) but what I do is pound it down and hold my breath. During my most recent blood work, my cholesterol has gone down by 25%! We tried making smoothies but we returned to juicing.

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Since blending provides you with a thick and highly nutrient drink you will see that you are less hungry after consuming a smoothie. This will help you refrain from consuming too much food as you will have all the energy you need packed in a cup of juice. This is not to say that you should only consume smoothies this is to say that you will have less need to consume a lot of food during the day. This in turn leads to weight and fat loss.


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We rounded up everything: knives, dish towels, whisks, coffee machines, measuring cups, dish racks, cooking utensils&mdashyou name it, we found it. It&rsquos time to replace those &ldquoeh, these will hold me over for now&rdquo items you quickly threw into your shopping cart the day before you moved in, and replace them with these raved-about kitchen must-haves. While you&rsquore at it, check out a few of our editors&rsquo all-time favorite kitchen gadgets that have stood the test of time, including waffle makers and grapefruit spoons. (Spoiler: They&rsquore all from Amazon.)


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There are some essential kitchen appliances that are really worth splurging on, like a good stand mixer, a multipurpose toaster oven, or an espresso maker if you can’t live without that cup of joe. Kitchen gadgets can get pricey fast (and fill up valuable counter space), but incorporating a couple cooking accessories into your kitchen can streamline your meal-prepping process without breaking the bank.

If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on something that might wind up in a cabinet in a few months, or you’re a home cook that’s looking for an upgrade, we’ve found 15 essential kitchen gadgets all under $40. Our top picks will help you chop veggies, brew coffee fast, build a hot sandwich, grill and griddle indoors, and whip up desserts like a pro.

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While we know that “unitaskers” (a term coined by Alton Brown for single-use kitchen gear, most likely something that can be done with a knife alone) get a bad rap, we’ve selected accessories that will elevate the food you probably cook the most, or handy tools that will be a serious help for cooking and baking.

Note: All of the accessories below were under $40 when we compiled this list, but it&rsquos possible their price may fluctuate a bit over time.

1. Nicewell Digital Food Scale

If you’re serious about getting precise measurements for baking (or even very specific recipes, like souffles), you’ll appreciate this 9 x 13 inch scale from Nicewell. It has a whopping 22 lb. capacity, which is more than most digital scales can handle, with a function that subtracts the weight of the scale itself so you’ll get an exact readout every time. As a bonus, the sleek, stainless steel finish and backlit LED display will look good on any counter space.

2. KRUPS Simply Brew 5-Cup Coffee Maker

The KRUPS Simply Brew 5-Cup Coffee Maker is designed to streamline your morning routine, delivering a great cup of coffee while you multitask. It features an easy to fill water tank, and a sturdy 5-cup glass coffee pot with a pause function that lets you pour yourself a cup, and then continue brewing the rest of the pot. The coffee maker also has an automatic &ldquoKeep Warm&rdquo function that keeps your coffee warm after brewing.

3. Crock-Pot 7-Quart Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot’s 7-Quart Slow Cooker is for anyone who wants simple, one-pot meals without a lot of bells and whistles. The spacious manual slow cooker serves 9+ people, fitting 7 lbs. of food, which makes it great for large families or anyone who wants to get meal prep done for the week. The digital display lets you cook meals in 30 minutes to up to 20 hours, with “high” and “low” temperature options and a convenient “Keep Warm” setting.

4. THAT Inventions Spread That Serrated Warming Butter Knife and Spreader

Anyone who’s ever tried to spread butter straight out of a cold fridge knows that it’s a pain. That Inventions Spread That Serrated Warming Butter Knife and Spreader is a game-changer, with a super-efficient copper core that carries the warmth from the palm of your hand to the edge of the blade, softening the butter for an easier spread. The serrated edge can also shave off fine curls of butter straight onto your toast, but it also works well with jams, garlic butter, peanut butter, cheese, icing and more.

5. PUR Faucet Water Filter System

If you’re going to buy the best quality ingredients to make your meals, why shouldn’t your water be just good? This PUR drinking water faucet filtration system claims to reduce over 70 contaminants, including lead, mercury and certain pesticides, even 10x more contaminants than a Brita pitcher. Enjoy cleaner, filtered water straight from your faucet with the easy to attach mounted filter, which is compatible with most faucets.

6. BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle

Whipping up big Sunday breakfasts can be easier with this electric griddle from Black+Decker, which has 200 square inches of cooking space, all weighing in at a compact five pounds. The cooking surface of the griddle itself reaches 400 degrees, with a built-in warming tray so items like bacon and ham stay crisp while the rest of of the meal is cooking. The entire griddle is dishwasher-safe, including a removable drip tray.

7. Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers

This five-pack of 36 ounce meal prep containers are easy stack, dishwasher safe, and big enough to store your whole lunch in, so you can make big batches of food in advance. Because they’re made from durable glass, you can directly pop them in an oven or microwave to reheat them up, or freeze them if you’re meal prepping for the whole week. “SmartestLock” locking lid technology also means there won’t be any spills, so you can throw these in a work or gym bag and head straight out the door.

8. Aroma Housewares 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker

A rice cooker can be more versatile than you think, so whether you’re in the mood for a hearty chili, steamed veggies, or even a delicious cake, you can tackle it all with Aroma Housewares 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker. It features six unique functions, including four digital pre-sets (with instructions for cooking grains like quinoa and barley), and an automatic “Keep Warm” mode when the cooking is finished. Save time cooking with a delay timer you can set up to 15 hours in advance, and the built-in steamer that can work while any rice, soup, or other meal simultaneously cooks on a separate level.

9. Saferell Instant Read Meat Thermometer

Prevent getting any dreaded undercooked proteins with this compact, lightweight digital meat thermometer, which will give you an accurate temp reading in two to three seconds flat. With a large backlight screen, it lets you see the temp clearly both in dim kitchen light and the bright outdoors. You’ll get tender, well-seared meat with a reading from the 4.6-inch long probe, but it works just as well for reading fried foods since it can also handle heat up to 572°F.

10. Hamilton Beach 6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer

Hamilton’s compact electric hand mixer can easily whip cream, mix dough, and make meringue without the bulk of other, heavier stand mixer models. With 250 watts of power, it comes with six speeds, including a “QuickBurst” function similar to a blender. A built-in groove lets you rest the hand mixer over the bowl, so your batter won’t drip all over your countertop. All the whisk and beater attachments fold up into a snap-on carry case.

11. Cuisinart Pizza Grilling Set

Cuisinart’s Pizza Grilling set gives you all the tools you need to make perfectly charred pizzeria-quality pies at home, without having to shell out for a specialty oven. The set includes a 13-inch cordierite pizza stone, a pizza peel that folds up for easy storage, and stainless steel pizza cutter. The stone is designed to be used on all kinds of grills, from propane, to charcoal and pellet grills, so you can always get that smoke-flavored crust.

12. Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set

The Magic Bullet proves you don’t need a hefty blender to make meals and snacks like smoothies, omelets, sauces and dips. Small but mighty, just load your ingredients into the cup, twist on the blade, then get to chopping or blending with the 200-watt blender. The 11-piece set includes the blender, additional blender cups, blades, and a recipe book.

13. Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Dash’s Rapid Egg Cooker is like your ultimate brunch companion, with the ability to make soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs in addition to poaching, scrambling, and omelette-making. Compact and lightweight at just 1 lb., you can cook up to six eggs at a time, and can poach two eggs with the separate poaching tray. An auto-shut off function also prevents overcooking.

14. Hamilton Beach Panini Press

Want to make hot, satisfying sandwiches that come out with a crispy crust every time? Hamilton Beach is the gold standard of these kinds of griddles and sandwich presses, and their original model does not disappoint. With 95 square inches of nonstick surface on the top and bottom grill plates, the hot sandwich maker will cook most meals in 10 minutes or less. Fat drips away into the dishwasher safe, slide-out drip tray.

15. Fullstar Vegetable Chopper and Spiralizer

Sure you could always use your kitchen knives, but if you don’t have stellar knife skills yet, than this Fullstar Vegetable Chopper and Spiralizer is a great helper. The built-in chop lid lets you cut foods directly into the 1.2 L collection tray without the mess of a knife and cutting board. The 7-piece set comes with four interchangeable blades that snap in and out, so you can cut and spiralize produce with ease.



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