If you’ve got to eat — and since you’re reading this, and alive, that means you do — then you either have to get (or pay) someone else to cook for you, or cook for yourself. Some people like cooking, and some don’t. The good news is there’s no shortage of clever kitchen gadgets out there to help you get the culinary job done. There might even be too many options to choose from, which can make it hard to know where to start when setting up a kitchen. Here are a five nifty, practical kitchen gadget suggestions that should save you time, and provide you with cooking tools that you can use over and over again — as opposed to letting them sit forgotten and unused in a dusty drawer somewhere.
Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server
When summertime rolls around, who doesn’t like to sink his or her teeth into a big slice of watermelon? The Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server lets the watermelon attendant cut, pinch and extract slices of watermelon with surgical precision. It’s an ingenious and exceedingly useful kitchen device (assuming you do like watermelons) that a surgeon — or perhaps even Freddy Krueger — would admire.
When you want to turn your carrots, cucumbers or zucchini into spirally pieces of spaghetti-like pasta, the GEFU spiralizer is just the kitchen gadget for the job. This sturdy, compact, and extremely handy cylinder can do wonders for salads and stir-fries. It’ll make cooking with vegetables a hell of a lot more fun than the simple slicing and dicing that came before. Just twist the vegetable of your choosing inside the spiralizer, and spiral away.
Love beer, but hate it when your beverage goes flat? Say no more. The Sonic Foamer, like a superhero who doesn’t truly understand the nature of his powers, is here to save the day. After you set your glass of beer (along with a bit of water) on the base of this machine, ultrasonic waves are emitted, giving your brew a bit of kick by exciting the gasses in the beer, which brings out the aroma and flavor. The Sonic Foamer is all about unlocking the power of the bubble, and thereby the taste.
Stuffed Hamburger Press
Stuffed hamburgers? What the what? Of course you want your very own stuffed hamburger press. You’d be a crazy person — or a vegetarian — not to want one. And what can you do with this magical machine? Why, stuff hamburgers, of course. Williams-Sonoma Stuffed Hamburger Press lets all of the hamburger aficionados of the world shape their burgers — regardless if they’re working with beef, chicken, lamb, or turkey — and stuff them with bacon, basil, cheese, chilies, cilantro, curry, mushrooms, onions, shrimp, tomatoes, and a ton of other delightful ingredients. Turn your ho-hum burgers into delectable, stuffed works of edible art.
OXO Good Grips Gadgets
The OXO line of Good Grips Gadgets offers more than just one great kitchen tool. It offers up a whole series of wonderful kitchen tools. If you go with the 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Tool Set, you’ll basically have all of the kitchen gear you need in a single bundle, including but not limited to a stainless steel utensil holder, grater, meat tenderizer, pizza wheel, potato masher, soft-handled can opener and more. And as the name clearly states, all of these kitchens aids are easy to grip (great for kids, the elderly, and people who don’t want a wrist workout in the kitchen). And since they come with OXO’s good name, you can be sure they’ll last for a very long time.