From cheese scrapers and corn strippers to hot dog toasters and hedgehog toothpick holders, here are some clever kitchen gadgets that will make cooking and entertaining fun for both you and your guests.
01) Corn Stripper ($14)
Want your corn off the cob? Just grip the OXO Good Grips Corn Stripper against the edge of an ear of corn and swipe downward. Viola – corn kernels all neatly stripped in a pile.
02) One Click Butter Cutter ($14)
The one-click butter cutter holds and slices perfect pats of butter with just a squeeze. Careful, it’s so fun to use you might ending up using more butter than normal.
03) Breakfast Sandwich Maker ($24)
Simply place the ingredients inside the Breakfast Sandwich Maker, build the base of your sandwich in the bottom layer, place the egg on the cooking plate and close the lid. Slide the cooking plate out and your sandwich assembles itself. Open the lid and your hot breakfast sandwich is ready to eat.
04) Ankarsrum Mixer Attachments & Accessories ($40-160)
Why not make an appliance you already have work a little harder for you? Ankarsrum’s popular mixer is compatible with a variety of attachments and accessories. Gate to Garage has a list of awesome Ankarsrum mixer attachments that can turn that workhorse into a juicer, coffee grinder, vegetable slicer, blender and more.
05) Hot Dog Toaster ($14)
This Hot Dog Toaster is a fast, fun and convenient way to enjoy hot dogs any time! It holds up to two regular-sized hot dogs and two hot dog buns at once saving extra dishes and time.
06) Digital Measuring Cup with Scale ($20)
How can you improve on a basic kitchen item like the measuring cup? Add a LCD display, scale and thermometer! The DCX measuring cup with a built-in digital scale will convert from ounces to cups (I hate having to do that math) and also allows you to add ingredients without emptying the cup by resetting the scale after each ingredient.
07) Hedgehog Toothpick Holder ($25)
WARNING: This cute and classy hedgehog toothpick dispenser might get more compliments than the food you’re serving.
08) GE Brillion App (free)
Just last week, I turned the car around so that I could run back inside and check that the oven was turned off. Even though I was positive I had done it, visions of a house fire were vivid enough to make me doubt myself. With the GE Brillion app, you can turn your newer GE appliances off and on from your smartphone. So long, U-turns!
Features include timers for multi-temperature cooking, reports on time left, mode and temperature, and an oven lock-out feature so you know the oven won’t be accidentally turned on by the kids when you aren’t around. This app offers not only convenience, but also peace of mind.
09) Pineapple Corer ($4)
One of my friends brought this pineapple corer over to my place at our the last BBQ. He definitely impressed everyone. It peels, cores, and slices an entire pineapple in seconds. Completely eliminates the chore of cutting up a pineapple. Plus, it’s fun to watch.
10) Cheese Scraper ($66)
Pull out a cheese scraper at your next party and you’ll definitely impress your guests. Just place a wheel of cheese (either Tête de Moine or P’tit Basque) onto the wheel and watch the elaborate flower shaped cheese scrapings that it creates.
Got Any More Favorite Kitchen Gadgets?
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