10 Kitchen Gadgets That Are Actually Worth Your Time

November 9th, 2020

I know, I know. You have about a million things in your kitchen, and zero space for gadgets, neat as they may be. But have you ever considered that your kitchen might not be as efficient as it could be? 

Maybe you constantly find yourself fighting a barrage of tupperware lids. Perhaps you’re the type of person who tosses pots and pans in a cabinet and prays there won’t be an avalanche next time you open the door. Or maybe you avoid the kitchen altogether because certain tasks just aren’t as easy as they used to be.

Regardless of whether you relate to these organizational woes, there are probably ways you can optimize your kitchen use. Here are some of the handiest gadgets that make slicing, storage, and prep a total breeze.

1. Tea Bag Organizer

Tea lovers know that it’s good to have options on hand. They also know that “options” means half-empty boxes crowding your cupboards. This simple tea organizer makes it easy to store teas and see your options.

2. Microwave Pasta Cooker

Pasta is inexpensive, delicious, and best of all, simple to prepare. But this gadget makes it even easier. Simply add dry pasta and water to the Fasta Pasta and follow the cooking times on the package to get perfect pasta that doesn’t stick every single time. No need to wait for water to boil, and no need to dirty pots and colanders, either.

3. Pot and Pan Organizers

This pot lid rack attaches easily to the back of any cabinet door, while the pot rack sits on the cabinet floor. Never again will you have to fear an avalanche of metal and glass when you open your cabinets. Nor will you have to precariously stack your pot lids!

4. Electric Egg Cooker

Hard-boiled eggs aren’t difficult, exactly, but they can be kind of finicky if you’re not ready to pull them at a moment’s notice. Enter the electric egg cooker, which gives you perfectly hard-boiled eggs every time. Not a fan of hard boiled eggs? It can also do soft-boiled, poached, scrambled, or even omelet-style eggs. (And at time of writing, it’s 50% off!)

5. Over-the-Sink Dish Rack

Unless you’re cooking in a professional kitchen, you probably run out of counter space every now and then. This over-the-sink dish rack is perfect for tight spaces. It unrolls over the sink to hold just-washed dishes, veggies, or even hot pots or pans.

6. Multipurpose Utensil

Okay, I get it, you’re trying to save space. You might enjoy this neat little tool, which can act as a slotted or solid spoon, a spatula, a cutting tool, and a turner for…just about anything.

7. Cutlery Tray

Over the years, chances are you’ve amassed quite a collection of random cutlery and silverware. If your silverware drawer is out of control, take it back with this tray. The angled design saves way more space than a standard flat tray.

8. Clean/Dirty Dishwasher Magnet

Okay, this won’t miraculously organize your kitchen, but it will prevent you from throwing a dirty spoon in the dishwasher before you realize those forks were clean, actually. (Perfect for somewhat forgetful, absentminded people like me!) Plus, it’s under $10!

9. Clip-On Strainer

Hate dirtying a colander? This strainer clips on to just about any pot, allowing you to safely strain pasta or veggies over the sink. Better yet, it’s dishwasher safe and smaller to store than a regular colander. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about burning your hands, or losing control of the pot and dumping all of those fresh noodles into the sink.

10. 3-in-1 Avocado Tool

Avocados might look innocent enough, but their slippery pits can be difficult and dangerous to remove. (Just ask the scar on my thumb!) This 3-in-1 tool makes it safe and easy to split avocados, remove the pit, and slice and scoop out the delicious fruit.

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