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I know what you’re thinking: Your kitchen cabinets and drawers are already exploding with stuff — the last thing you need is more kitchen products to add to your life.
We all swear up and down when we move into a new place that we’re going to be clean and organized and will absolutely not fill every inch of storage we have, just like we always do. And then suddenly, our cabinets are brimming with THINGS. There are fancy juicers we registered for when we swore we were going to become the type of person who drinks spinach and cucumber juice every morning. (LOL.) There are deep friers we thought would be fun to have, and then realized that deep frying is not exactly a daily occurrence. And then there’s china that we’re too afraid to actually take out and use, because one of our kids will most definitely break it within five minutes.
Look, I totally get it. That said … every now and again we stumble upon a truly mind-blowing little gadget that saves us time or energy or brain space, and we think to ourselves, “OMG, how did I live before I knew this thing existed?”
This list is made up of such things, people. Things that will cut down on the morning chaos. Things that will solve a problem you didn’t even realize you were having. Things that will hopefully fit inside your kitchen drawer (but hey, that’s really your department).
Don’t worry, you can thank us later!
1. Rub-A-Way Stainless Steel Bar
Raise your hand if you love cooking with garlic and onion, but hate the way it makes your hands smell once you’re done chopping? Yep — same here. Good news is, this stainless steel bar helps eliminate those odors in literally minutes. You rub it between your hands just like you would a real bar of soap (with or without water), and violà — the stink is GONE.
2. Reusable Silicone Lids
These are straight-up genius if you often have leftovers, but are totally over dealing with plastic containers or using tin foil or plastic wrap trying to cover your food before tossing it in the fridge. These silicone lids are stretchy, re-usable, and airtight, allowing you to leave your food right in its original dish or bowl and keep it fresh for days. They’re clear (so you can see right through and won’t forget what’s inside), eco-friendly, and super easy to store, since they hardly take up any space.
3. Pasta Strainer Attachment
I love making pasta, but the straining part? Not so much. Having to hold the strainer still and sometimes up a few inches from the sink — whilst holding a heavy pot that you’re pouring — is kind of annoying. But this handy attachment snaps right onto your pot so you can literally tip it over the sink and just pour the water right out, without having to transfer the pasta at all. Ah-mazing!
4. DreamFarm Supoon
How many times have you struggled for just that last little bit of something out of a jar or dish? This versatile cooking spoon helps scrape the edges of any pan, bowl, or oddly-shaped container with zero effort, so you’ll always get that last bit, every time.
5. Sandwich Baggy Rack
Want to meal prep like a pro? These baggy racks will up your lunch-making game like nobody’s business. Prop ’em up with a sandwich bag attached, get out your snacks, and get ready to set some records for making the World’s Fastest Bagged Lunch. They’re also great if you need to store liquids, but have no one around to hold the baggy open as you pour.
6. Hanging Trash Bag
Speaking of clever baggies that will change your world … how many times have you chopped loads of veggies and tried to clean up the messy excess, only to have half of it accidentally wind up on the floor? This hanging trash bag attachment makes clean-up super easy, so you’ll never wind up with stinky chopped onions all over your floor again.
7. Flex Pot Clip
For those of us who’d rather not balance our ladle or wooden spoon on the edge of the pot precariously, or rest it on the counter where it’ll definitely make a mess, allow me to introduce you to the Flex Pot Clip. Attach it to the edge of your pot so you can keep your counters clean and your hands free. Bonus: It’s heat-resistant and dishwasher safe!
8. Grocery Bag Holder
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got at least one cabinet or closet that is currently overflowing with an unfathomable amount of grocery bags. I don’t blame you — plastic baggies come in handy for loads of things, and reusing them is smart for the environment. But girl, it’s time we all got a handle on our plastic bag hoarding. This kitchen dispenser can be drilled right to the wall or the inside of a cabinet to keep them in check, once and for all.
9. Electric Wine Opener
Trust me — once you’ve tried one of these babies, you’ll never go back to the old fashioned kind. This electric wine opener from Oster will remove the cork — hassle-free — within seconds, and can open up to 30 bottles with a single charge. How’s that for impressive?
10. Heated Ice Cream Scooper
It’s always a bummer when you’re really in the mood for ice cream, but have to wait forever for the ice cream to get to just the right softness. Well no more, folks — this heated ice cream scooper literally conducts heat from your hands, and will help soften the ice cream to make it easy for scooping in no time. Thank you, modern science.
11. Expressbake Bread Machine
I know, I know: Making your own bread seems like quite the undertaking. But this “Expressbake” bread machine from Oster makes it easier than ever — in all under an hour. It can make up to a 2 lb. loaf, and has 12 different bread settings and three different crust settings so you can make breads, pizza dough, and more. A quick skim through the Amazon reviews show that customers are pretty happy with it, too.
12. Corn Stripper
There’s no denying that corn on the cob is delish. But eating corn on the cob — and dealing with all the little bits that get stuck in your teeth afterwards — is a pain in the butt. This little doodad eliminates the cob all together, by letting you strip your corn easily, without making a total mess.
13. Mixing Bowl Set with No-Skid Bottoms and Pour Spouts
This clever set of mixing bowls solves a few problems we didn’t realize we had. For one thing, it has no-skid bottoms, so you can more easily have control over the bowl while using a whisk, hand mixer, or other tool. And two, the pour spouts make it easy to transfer liquid ingredients from the bowl into a pan or baking dish with hardly any effort. Plus, they’re pretty cute!
14. Disney Sandwich Stamp and Crust Cutter
Got a picky eater on your hands? Trust me, you’re in a pretty big club. This sandwich stamp and crust cutter helps you remove those pesky crusts for your kids in no time, while also leaving behind an adorable, Disney-themed surprise.
15. Food Chopper with Storage Container
Using a food chopper to save time and effort when meal prepping is always a smart idea. But using a food chopper that doubles as a storage container? Um, yes please. This one’s made of BPA-free plastic and comes with three interchangeable blades so you can chop your veggies in various sizes.
16. Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver
Feel like you’re constantly tossing fresh veggies you literally just bought? Rubbermaid’s FreshWorks containers come in a variety of sizes, and are made to help produce hang on to their freshness and crispness for as long as possible — saving you time and money in the long-run.
17. Microwavable Popcorn Maker
Making fresh popcorn at home is always yummy (and kind of fun). But this convenient popcorn maker allows you to pop it right in the microwave without making a mess, and then use the same container as a bowl to serve it from. Genius!
18. Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Okay, so this one isn’t so much a kitchen gadget as much as an all-around must-have for Mom to have nearby while she’s busily cooking away. This pretty water bottle has a built-in compartment for fresh fruit, so you can infuse your water with yummy citrus flavors that’ll encourage you to up your water intake.
19. Microwave Rice Cooker
Stop messing with those microwavable packets of rice, and start making the real thing, right at home. This compact home rice cooker lets you measure, wash, cook, and serve a batch of fluffy and amazing rice, all in one. It’s dishwasher-safe and comes with a 2-liter cooking pot, colander, measuring cup, and multi-purpose rice paddle that can lock the lid in place.
20. “Angry Mama” Microwave Cleaner
We all know we’re supposed to clean our microwaves out regularly … but do we all actually do it regularly? I’m going to take an educated guess here and say nope. But now, you’ll have no excuse not to: This convenient little cleaning device literally blasts steam out of the “angry mama’s” head to loosen grease and grime, allowing you to wipe it down easily. Just fill it with water and vinegar and power on your microwave — it’ll get things clean in seven minutes flat!
21. Two-in-One Whisk with Integrated Bowl Scraper
If you’re an avid baker, you need this tool in your life. It’s not just any ol’ whisk — it has a flexible silicone bowl scraper integrated into it as well, so you can whisk and scrape mixtures and get every last bit you need. Talk about clever and easy.
22. Heat-Resistant Gloves
These ain’t your grandma’s potholders, folks. These heat-resistant gloves are made with high-quality aramid and silicone, making them effective against high temperatures and non-slip. They’re also multi-purpose, since you can use them inside when removing trays from the oven or outside while barbecuing.