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We KNOW you guys love kitchen gadgets. We ALL love the coolest kitchen gadgets. But which ones just look cool, and which ones are actually useful? This is the age old question. We tried a jillion, just in time for Thanksgiving, to see what the best kitchen gadgets actually are. Thanksgiving Day food prep can be stressful and overwhelming but these gadgets make it fun, and a little bit easier. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wonder where to buy the necessary gadgets, we’ve obvs rounded them up for you. Here’s our two cents (okay like a lot of cents...we have a lot of opinions) on what the coolest kitchen gadgets actually are.
If you don’t know what a spiralizer is, let us just change your life real quick. Also sometimes called a zoodler (how fun is that?!) a spiralizer makes spaghetti shaped noodles out of whatever you put through it. Our fave is def zucchini to make zucchini noodles aka ZOODLES! It’s healthy, healthy, and just super yummy. This is our fave cool kitchen gadget we actually use on the reg.
We’ve had a few spiralizers in our day, and this time we wanted to try out the Kitchen Active Spiral Slicer and the FistCase Spiral Slicer FistCase Spiral Slicer. The Kitchen Active Spiral Slicer is a totally necessary gadget and has two sides - one for thicker zoodles, and one for thinner ones. A word to the wise, use the thicker setting for softer vegetables i.e. zoodles, cucumbers, etc. Otherwise they kind of turn to pulp in the smaller side. But if you’re making like carrot noodles or something harder, the smaller setting is perf. As far as the Kitchen Active Spiral Slicer it is pretty classic as far as zoodlers go. We were hoping this spiralizer would solve the time old problem of what the heck to do with the butt of the vegetable you can’t quite get through the zoodler without bloodying your fingers, but no go. There is an end piece that’s supposed to help, but as we feared it just didn’t work. The real plus about this kitchen tool everyone should have right is the little brush it comes with to actually get out all the excess veggies. In the past we would just look away and pretend we didn’t see all the gunk stuck inside and that is SO not ideal. That's why this is the coolest kitchen gadget. #cleanliness
The FistCase Spiral Slicer...well, it’s $9 for a reason. It didn’t really work. At all. Opt for the Kitchen Active one for sure. All in all, you need a spiralizer and this one is a GREAT option.
We know what you’re probably thinking. A strainer is a strainer is a strainer. But we wanted to see how much fun we could have with a fun alternative to the most necessary gadgets. Just call us total kitchen geeks. We know it already. We tried two of the coolest kitchen gadgets as alternatives, the Bialetti PastaPot and Silpoura Clip On Spout.
The Bialetti PastaPot is so simple, and so genius. It’s literally a pot with a top that locks into place and doubles as a strainer. We’re classifying this under kitchen tools everyone should have. It’s everything you need in a pot. Less is for sure more in our tiny NYC apartments, so doubly useful gadgets are top of our list to invest in.
The Silpoura Clip On Spout is, in short, THE BEST. Why did nobody think of this sooner?? Strainers are so big and bulky and this lil babe is tiny and rubber and supple and is now a necessary gadget IMHO. You just snap it onto a pot of boiling water, or even a pan to drain any liquids. We tested ours on a box of Annie’s mac and cheese (obvs) and it was ideal. None of the little shells slipped away and it was so easy to use. PLUS, then you don’t have to transfer the noodles back to the pot to stir up the magic. Oh, and speaking of Annie’s mac and cheese...if you don’t think a box is a serving please go reevaluate your life choices. Because it totally is. Put this on your list of best kitchen gadgets. So serious.
So peelers aren’t exactly the sexiest of gadgets, but they’re def one of the best kitchen gadgets to have on hand. Have you tried using a knife to peel a cucumber? You literally might as well just throw it in the trash because it’s not a pretty process. A peeler is the most necessary of gadgets to have on hand.
We tried two peelers. Let’s start with the Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler. First of all, it has a major cool kitchen gadget factor. Not surprising considering if you’re looking for where to buy kitchen gadgets Joseph Joseph is a major go-to. So sleek and chic. But back to the peeler. It has three different blades. THREE. If you thought that was overkill, let us assure you that it’s not. Each of the three blades leaves leaves a different pattern. Supes cool. You never know when you’re going to need cucumbers with fancy edges for finger sandwiches. We get fancy sometimes and this is definitely a kitchen tool everyone should have. This gadget lit’rally works like a dream. We were peelin’ up a storm testing. This Thanksgiving, this has to be your tool for your veggie stick appetizer. We know there’s not a lot of straight veggies involved in Thanksgiving, but you need to use the coolest kitchen gadget on those carrot sticks to make them look appealing. Seriously, they have mashed potatoes to compete against.
The second peeler we tried was the Monkey Peeler Monkey Peeler. Want to know why it’s called a Monkey Peeler? No fancy reason, it’s just literally in the shape of a monkey. This peeler is gonna be your go to for peeling apples or potatoes, you know, the hearty stuff. It’s no nonsense and gonna get the job done for those mashed potatoes or apple pie for Thanksgiving. It’s one of the best kitchen gadgets you can have on hand and it should be a kitchen staple. Plus, it’s totally cute. It has a MONKEY aka COOLEST KITCHEN GADGET EVER.
All in all, both peelers have their advantages. If you’re an entertainer, the Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler should be your go-to, but if you’re cooking on the reg and just need to peel your little heart out, the Monkey Peeler will suffice and provide a lol in the midst of your peeling manual labor. At the end of the day, a peeler is a necessary gadget so you def need one of them.
We tested three potato mashers, which are a necessary gadget in any kitchen, on basic, peeled and boiled potatoes: The Oxo Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher, the World's Greatest Potato Masher, and The Joseph Joseph Delta folding potato masher. There's no question all three 'smushed' the potatoes very easily. Our eight-year old sous chef had no problem with that part of the test. The best design goes to Joseph Joseph for the brilliant and simple fold away design that stores easily in your utensil drawer or holder. This is a major bonus in our book because, in case you haven't noticed, our apartment kitchens are kinda lacking on the storage space quotient. The Joseph Joseph masher, with round indentions, produced pellet like mashed potatoes which aren't our favorite consistency. The Good Grips was well, easy to grip (shocker!) but is really big and bulky. Even if you have lots of utensil drawers, it's unlikely to fit in standard height kitchen drawers. It too, produced funny shaped 'mashed' potatoes that required lots of twisting and turning to smooth out. We guess that's why they call the final masher 'The World's Greatest' because not only is it super fun to bounce up and down on the potatoes, it also made in super smooth mash. It too is on the larger bulkier side but would more easily fit in a utensil holder than the OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher. So our pick goes to the World's Greatest because maybe it really is the world's greatest masher.
However, If you're making mashed potatoes for a large crew, honestly, the hand mashers are going to drive you to drink, more than you already do over the holidays, so you should probably just invest in a Kitchen Aid.
Also, a note to you mashed potato making novices, make sure to boil them first (20-25 minutes in boiling, salted water) BEFORE you attempt to mash them. It's not going to go well otherwise.
If you're going to invest in a jar to make salad dressing, it better be good because our empty, upcycled jam jar has been working pretty well for us up to this point. This is a kitchen tool everyone should have though, so hear out our thoughts. The Chef N Salad Emulstir from Williams Sonoma ($14.99) has some bells and whistles that make it worth purchasing. It was very easy to use (and fun to boot). There are recipes on the side and TG because honestly, we always forget how many parts olive oil to vinegar, so these easy to follow measurements are key. Our only issue with this one was getting the herbs and salt and pepper into the top without dumping a bunch on the counter. The opening is a little small for a spice grinder. But once we did add all the salad dressing ingredients, the fun began as we simply closed the top (make sure to do that, your shirt will thank you) and squeezed the green handle. This thing really blends the dressing. And 24 hours later, straight out of the 'fridge, the dressing is still well blended and not congealed. The easy squeeze handle is really what gives this salad dressing mixer the edge over the other two we tested.
The Zyliss Shake N Pour had too small of an opening, and it only had metric and ounce measurements - no cups like we're used to here in the good ol' US of A and the "weighted pendulum" didn't thoroughly mix ingredients as advertised. Plus the tiny lid will most certainly be lost within days of first use. It's highly necessary to avoid destroying that aforementioned shirt. Priced the same as the Chef N Salad, there's no question the Chef N Salad is the best kitchen gadget.
The Uncommon Goods Oil and Vinegar Infuser was just too fancy and complicated for us (sue us, we’re simple). If you're in the market to make infused dressing, this may be your bag. But we were making regular ol' balsamic vinaigrette and it required a bit too much thought and effort. Instead of using a garlic crusher, we dropped full cloves into the "grind cup" and closed it. But it didn't really grind anything so we had to twist it a bit more to make sure the garlic got crushed up. Adding and mixing the ingredients was fairly straightforward but sadly there were no measurement markers on this one, not even in the metric system, so it took us a lot longer to get the recipe right. Plus you then needed to wait for the garlic to 'infuse' the dressing. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Our final verdict on this one is buy it if you REALLY like infused dressings and the work that goes into that, but otherwise for the $19.99 price tag, it's too expensive for basic dressings.
These things are GENIUS; They are the coolest kitchen gadget ever. Seriously. Anyone who's ever struggled cutting freshly cut herbs and then tried to dice knows, it's a total pain. Enter the Herb Cutters. The scissors are super easy to hold with a soft silicone handle for easy gripping and feature an even cooler design with a set of five, stainless steel blades that cut, chop or mince herbs Frankly we thought these were kinda unnecessary. The gadget that clutters your kitchen drawer and never gets used. Wrong. They are a necessary gadget, and there's a reason we've been seeing them trending on Keep for years. Because they really WORK. They are the kitchen tool everyone should have.
We tried the cutters with fresh, wet parsley, and tiny leaves of basil. We were testing if small and wet herbs could stump these things. Nope. Cut right through like a pro. These kitchen gadgets are going to save you the agony and frustration of chopping chives for mashed potatoes and fresh herbs for your salad. When you're finished, the cleanup is super easy. You'd think the little leftover herbs would be annoying to extract from between the scissor blades. Nope. There's a brilliant cover/cleaner that makes it super easy. At just under $10, these herb cutters are a necessary gadget for your Thanksgiving day meal preparations AND stocking stuffers for all the chefs in your life. OK, forget chefs, if they only make one recipe a year that involves herbs, they need these cutters.
A kitchen tool everyone should have is a garlic press. Forget trying to actually dice a garlic clove by hand; total nightmare. We tested two different garlic presses. The Oxo Good Grip is, like so many of Oxo products, amaze to use. It easily crushed several garlic cloves and the smart 'flip' design make it simple to clean out. However our major complaint about this gadget is its weight. We were shocked when it arrived at how incredibly heavy it is. Now, you probably don't need to press THAT much garlic so we can't imagine it's going to make anyone tired (unlike a lot of really poorly made salad spinners), but it's a bit of a deterrent after a long day and you’re actually going to the effort of making something for dinner instead of eating another bowl of "supper" cereal. We also tried the Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker. This was light and easy to press/rock the garlic but you needed to really push hard to press all of the garlic out. We liked the Oxo Good Grip a bit more during clean up because it was just so easy.
Rookie tip: Make sure to peel off the light casing on the garlic before you try to press the clove. It doesn't really work that well otherwise.
Avocado cutters turn out to the BEST kitchen gadgets. We normally just take a sharp knife to ours, but if you drop a sharp knife into a not ripe pit, it slides right off and cuts you. Ouch. So we’re kind of done with that and tested two cool gadgets: an Oxo Good Grips and version Williams Sonoma.
We are recommending the Oxo Good Grips version because of the unique pit remover. The knife sliced easily into our avocado, the pitter safely removed the pit and the cutter sliced the avocado beautifully. The Williams Sonoma version also sliced and cubed the avocado very well but that’s the only trick in its bag. We like the 3 in 1 version because it’s the only tool we need to clean up. With the William Sonoma cuber, we still need a knife to cut open the avocado and remove the pit. If you’re as avocado obsessed as the rest of the universe, you know this is a necessary gadget to have in your kitchen. Now you don’t have to wonder where to buy this necessary gadget.
I tried. I tried really hard to make my mother's famous Ginger Snap cookies with this Cat Rolling Pin. But let’s just say it was not the best kitchen gadget. She got the recipe from her sixth grade Home Ec class so it's pretty basic, but for real this is the trick to winning friends and influencing people. I thought adding cute cat designs would make the cookies even more charming and quirky (a coveted personality trait in the age of hipsters), which it totally would have had the rolling pin not completely ruined my dough. I haven't always been the best in the kitchen, so I'll let the rolling pin have that one, but after 20 minutes of trying to roll and re roll the cookies the dough had become so disgusting that I had to give up and throw it away. Bits were getting stuck in the cats, the designs looked more like misshapen ovals than cats, basically there were no actual cat designs. The rolling pin also broke up the cookie shape so that essentially, I'd be baking a bunch of broken cookies. This product is cute beyond believe us, but if you're actually cooking with it don't buy it. Don't.
The Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin is the rolling pin to end all rolling pins. First of all, have any of you tried making Rugelach? For those who don't know, it's basically the Jewish version of a chocolate chip cookie except it's the hardest kind of cookie to make and Tollhouse doesn't make a cut and bake version. Rude. The dough needs to be rolled to an exact thickness before you cut it into triangles, layer on the chocolate chips, and roll it into a cylinder to bake. If the thickness isn't perfect you either have to scrap the whole thing and start over or the Rugelach is really ugly and your Bubbe would not be proud. Never in our lives have we made a perfect batch...until I got the Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin. This is the BEST kitchen gadget ever. There are 5 different settings to adjust the pin to to make sure you get Martha Stewart level perfection when rolling your pizza or pastry dough. And, it's only $20. ONLY $20!!! That seems like a small price to pay for Martha Stewart perfection right? We should stop wondering where to buy the best kitchen gadgets and stick with Jospeh Joseph forevs.
You love wine, we love wine, Olivia Pope loves wine, it's a universally treasured libation that can unite any dinner party. But sometimes you're using the same vintage non-electric wine opener you've had since college (we know who you are) and then it takes forever and you have to be Hercules to actually get the cork out and then sometimes the cork breaks and then it’s all over and no one wants your gross cork wine. That’s why we had to try the Oster Electric Wine Opener.
We've used the new fancy electric more times than we’d like to admit in the past week and while the first try went less than the best due to user error, the next 10 tries went phenomenally (don't judge). All you do is put the cylindrical wine opener over the bottle press a button and BAM, cork is out in 10 seconds or less. 10 seconds. SRSLY we timed it. Buy it. Buy it now. It's the best and you get to your wine way faster.
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