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Top Kitchen Tools and Gadgets

POSTED January 14, 2020

Eating in doesn’t mean you have to slave over a kitchen stove for hours – especially when you have the latest tools designed to save time and reduce elbow grease! We scoured the web for the latest gadgets and gizmos designed for singles, couples and families who appreciate eating out, but like at-home meals, especially the easy kind! Not only are there dozens of best sellers to peruse through Amazon and other online retailers, don’t miss the favorites from a few of our go-to culinary experts! 

Best Sellers on Amazon

There are two different meat thermometers that are crazy popular on Amazon: the Thermopro TPOE digital instant-read all purpose thermometer (measures candy temps, too), and the Harbor Meat Thermometer. The TPOE which is the number one seller, though higher-priced, comes with a backlight and magnet for oil frying, outdoor cooking/grilling and uses AAA batteries. 

But for twice the price, check out the Etekcity 1022D Dual Laser Digtal Infrared Thermometer, which boasts better accuracy for not just meat, but refrigerators, pools, ovens, and other inanimate objects, without touching them. You’ll see videos submitted by consumers showing how to use this thermometer — which reminds us of a police radar gun! We’re told it also makes a great cat toy.  

Coming in as the #5 best-selling kitchen tool, is the Silicone Macaron Baking Mat (2-pack). The non-stick silicone baking mats eliminate the need for oil, cooking sprays or parchment paper. They are oven-safe up to 480º and the templates are great for making cookies – hence the name – Macaron! 

Billed as the best/strongest chopper on the market, the Mueller Onion Chopper claims to be a handy little workhorse that reduces onion vapors and promises no more tears! It’s a heavy-duty multi vegetable-fruit-cheese-onion chopper/dicer/kitchen cutter. Again, plenty of video reviews and how-tos from satisfied customers are posted for curious shoppers.

For Accomplished Home Chefs

You know what they say about French cooking and sauces, don’t you? “Sauces comprise the honor and glory of French cookery.” Julia Child fell in LOVE with French cuisine and for anyone following in the footsteps of the queen, you’ll want this tool from Uncommon Goods: the Automatic Pan Stirrer with timer. For recipes that call for constant stirring, this clever item will save both time and your stirring arm! All you do is place it in the pan of simmering liquid, set the timer and go do a million other things you could be doing until the bell rings. 

The Kuhn Rikona Serrated “Y” Peeler peels fruits and vegetables effortlessly with an ergonomically designed handle for a perfect grip. The stainless-steel blade bites into both smooth and fuzzy skins, and peels them off in smooth thin strips.  

If you don’t already have a fish turner this Sabatier Triple Riviet Stainless Steel Slotted Angled (whew!) Fish Turner from Wayfair is indispensable for the seafood lover. And not only does it make turning flaky fish a breeze, the non-slip handle and bendy frame makes the spatula ideal for anything delicate foods. 

The Kale and Herb Razor from Uncommon Goods de-stems your favorite leafy greens and herbs in seconds. The inventor wanted a nifty tool for kale chips, and the stainless-steel design has a slot for shearing leaves quickly with three different-sized holes for different herbs. 

Just Because…

For those of you who like a good grilled burger (hands up?), you might want to grab the Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press. We’ve seen the burgers on Food Network and now you can make them at home – stuffed with mushrooms and swiss, cheddar and jalapenos – whatever suits your palate. It’s dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

With Bear Paws Shredder Claws you can buy a cheap cut of meat, cook it and shred it to mouth-watering perfection. Don’t spend a lot of money on pulled pork, shredded chicken or beef for burritos and sandwiches – just get yourself a pair of these and tenderize to your heart’s content. 

Southern Living presents its favorite collection of kitchen tools (30 in all), from zesters and juicers to slicers and dicers – all of which make great house-warming gifts, too!

The Too Cool Kitchens in Crystal Valley

The amazing kitchens in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, are perfect for home chefs who love food and all the ways to prepare it. Take a stroll through the many models of new homes from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton right! Set in natural surroundings with easy access to nearby amenities, find the new home of your dreams in either a ranch and two-story design, priced from the $300s. 


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