Your average home chef needs a solid supply of kitchen basics to get through most weeknight meals. Pots, pans, mixing bowls, a couple of spatulas in different sizes and styles, etc. But if you’re really trying to up your home-cooking game, you might consider looking into a few of these essential tools that home chefs swear by.
Celebrity chefs like Alton Brown swear by their panini presses, while others say they couldn’t get through cooking a proper meal without a pair of onion goggles to keep them from shedding tears all over the Bolognese sauce. Home cooking is an art, and outfitted with the proper tools, a home cook can be an artist.
Shop these 14 kitchen gadgets that will ensure your rice is fluffy, your eggs are soft-boiled to perfection, and your vegetables are sliced with precision and style.
1. Cuisinart Rice Cooker, $84.69
Burning rice is a drag. Don’t let it happen ever again! This under-$100 rice cooker from Cuisinart cooks rice perfectly every single time.
Buy it on QVC for $84.69.
2. Martha Stewart Collection Egg Separator, $4.99
Separating the yolk from the white can be tedious work. Make it easy on yourself with this handy-dandy egg separator from the Martha Stewart collection.
Buy it at Macy’s for $4.99.
3. Tearless Onion Goggles, $15
If you’re one of those people who can’t chop onions without painfully crying for the next hour, you’re in luck. These onion goggles will protect your precious peepers from the fumes.
Buy them on Amazon for $15.
4. Stainless Steel 4-Sided Grater, $9.97
Treat yourself to a nice standing grater with a comfortable handle for added stability. No more shredding your knuckles when all you wanted was a little shredded Parmesan.
Buy it at Nordstrom Rack for $9.97.
5. 2-in-1 Slow Cooker, $79.99
What’s better than being able to cook your entire meal in one pot? Nothing! This 6-quart essential from Ninja has an auto-stay warm function and a digital timer, and it’s even easy to clean!
Buy it at Target for $79.99.
6. Compact Can Opener, $10
7. 3-in-1 Avocado Cutter, Pitter, Slicer, $12.97
It seems like slicing into an avocado and getting the pit out is never an easy task. But the yummy goodness inside is so amazing. Make your life easier with this cute little kitchen gadget that will make cutting, pitting, and slicing an avo a cinch!
But it at Walmart for $12.97.
8. Ninja Master Meal Prep and Drink Mixer, $59.99
Not only does this nifty device make the perfect smoothie, but it also crushes, chops, and minces all your mise en place ingredients to make your life that much easier.
Buy it on QVC for $59.99.
9. The Perfect Egg Maker in Copper, $19.99
Cook your eggs perfectly every time. This As Seen on TV device will cook up to 14 eggs at once and is a master at both soft- and hard-boiled.
Buy it at Target for $19.99.
10. KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper in Ice Blue, $39.97
11. Easy Pull and Slice Mandoline Chopper, $19.99
Expertly slice and julienne without chopping off any fingers you might want to keep firmly planted on your hand! This set comes with four interchangeable blades and includes a pusher that will keep you safe.
Buy it at Sur La Table for $19.99.
12. Digital Laser Thermometer, $20.99
Accurately measure the temperature of steaks, chicken, and baked goods with this easy-grip, no contact digital thermometer. Your meats will thank you!
Buy it on Amazon for $20.99.
13. Stainless Steel Pineapple Corer and Slicer, $5.99
How many times have you purchased a pineapple only to get frustrated at the daunting task of cutting up such a cumbersome yet delicious fruit? Hundreds, we’re willing to bet! Eliminate that stress with this easy corer and slicer combo gadget!
Buy it at Walmart for $5.99.
14. Heavy-Duty 5-Blade Herb Scissors, $14.87
Make herb-cutting a fun and easy task with these heavy-duty herb scissors. Always add plenty of fresh herbs to turn a meal from basic to beautiful!
Buy it on Amazon for $14.87.
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