19 Gadgets Our Test Kitchen Loves Most
The Taste of Home Test Kitchen uses gadgets every single day. These are our best-loved brands.
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Every home cook needs a trusty spatula. Whether it’s used to scrape down dry ingredients or ensure every last bit of brownie batter gets out of the bowl, this silicone tool from GIR gets the job done. Heat-resistant, stain-proof and available in 13 colors, the Ultimate Spatula is sturdy and stylish.
Achieve cookie perfection with this OXO cookie scoop. A soft, easy-to-grip handle makes scooping dough a breeze, while the rounded cavity ensures identical treats.
Tongs are a kitchen must, and this mini pair from Tovolo is easy to use for nearly any task. We love how the heat-resistant silicone makes it easy to grab slippery pieces of bacon or slices of fresh fruit, and the short length gives you greater proximity and control over the food.
If you’re tired of juicing an entire lemon just to use one teaspoon, then this gadget is for you. The Prepara juicer helps you squeeze out every last drop of juice from your favorite citrus fruits. As you squeeze, the juice trickles down into a glass reamer (complete with pouring spout!) that holds the liquid until you’re ready to use it.
If you’ve ever cut an apple on the same cutting board used to prep onions and garlic, you’ll understand the importance of a small, extra cutting board. This slim pick from OXO is perfect for keeping delicate (or pungent) flavors separate.
Ensure a perfect cook with the Thermapen digital thermometer. This easy-to-use gadget obtains accurate readings in mere seconds, and it automatically rotates the display so you can view from any angle. Available in 10 colors, the Thermapen is our Test Kitchen’s secret weapon for tender, juicy meat and golden-brown baked goods.
If you’re trying to eat low-carb or just want a few more veggies in your diet, a spiralizer is a must-have kitchen tool. This gadget from OXO makes turning produce into thin “noodles” a snap. Super-sharp stainless steel blades and a rotating handle make quick work of any vegetables you clamp in.
Not sure what to make with your new spiralizer? These are our favorite recipes to serve with zoodles.
If you’ve ever scraped over-flow from a soup pot off of your burners, you need these lid lifters from Tovolo. Shaped like adorable farm animals, the silicone gadgets put a little distance between your pot and its lid to achieve perfect air flow. When the steam can escape, your pot contents stay put.
Whether you’re an avid baker or not, a dough scraper is a useful tool to have in the kitchen. This one from Norpro makes it easy to divide dough, chop veggies or cut fresh pasta. A rounded handle makes it easy to hold, while the rectangular blade effortlessly slices through ingredients.
Peeling fruits and vegetables is often a dreaded task, but you can make the job a little easier with a Swiss peeler from Kuhn Rikon. The lightweight gadget features a super-sharp blade, and little grooves on the side of the handle makes it easy to hold. We also love that the peeler comes in several fun colors and features a hole at the bottom of the handle for easy storage.
If you’ve ever wondered how professional bakers get that super-smooth finish on cakes and other baked goods, listen up. An offset spatula is our Test Kitchen’s go-to tool for evenly spreading batter and frosting. You’ll get a smooth finish without having to touch the treats with your hands.
Did you accidentally place your cookies a little too close together? Don’t sweat. This cookie spatula from Fox Run makes it easy to slide under individual treats—even when they’re mere inches apart.