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15 Cool Kitchen Gadgets That Make Cooking So Much Better

These cool kitchen gadgets cut down on prep, save space and make your time spent in the kitchen feel so much more fun.

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From deciding what to eat to prepping the ingredients to getting dinner to the table on time, there’s a lot that goes into cooking. Thankfully, these fun kitchen gadgets help you whip up any dish like a pro—no matter your skill level.

Psst…Need a little extra help in the kitchen? Check out these timeless cooking tips from grandma. ‘Cause you know she knows best.

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Avocado Multi-Toolvia amazon.com

Avocado Multi-Tool

When you’ve decided which of these incredible avocado recipes to make tonight, make the prep easier than ever with this three-in-one avocado tool ($10). It effortlessly slices, peels and even helps easily remove an avocado’s pit in a snap, so you can get to enjoying the creamy green goodness faster than ever.

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Sondiko Culinary Torch, Blow Torch Refillable Kitchen Butane Torch Lighter with Safety Lock and Adjustable Flame for Desserts, Creme Brulee, BBQ and Baking(Butane Gas Not Included)via amazon.com

Handheld Blowtorch

A mini kitchen torch ($17) is useful for so much more than adding a little caramel-y crisp to your favorite creme brulee recipe (but, hey, it makes it extra delicious, too). You can also use it to char vegetables, add color and caramelization to sous vide cooking or make your homemade mac ‘n’ cheese all beautifully browned and bubbly on top. Plus, it’s just a whole lot of fun to use.

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Compact Air Fryervia amazon.com

Compact Air Fryer

Air fryers are the hottest kitchen appliance around right now, but have you seen ’em in person? They’re huge! This mini-sized version ($58) takes up a fraction of the space, and it’s just plain adorable. It’s got 1.2 liters of space, so there’s still plenty of room to make a pound of healthified, crispy French fries, a dozen chicken wings and much more.

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Herb Shearsvia amazon.com

Herb Shears

A sprinkle of fresh-snipped herbs makes almost anything taste better, but they can be kind of a pain to chop into itty-bitty pieces. These genius kitchen shears ($14) have five stainless steel blades, so they can mince and chop green onions, cilantro, chives, dill and more in a breeze. Use them with any of these irresistible recipes for fresh-herb lovers.

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Strawberry Hullervia amazon.com

Strawberry Huller

When strawberry season rolls around, you just can’t seem to get enough of their juicy goodness in anything from fresh pies to bright salads. This StemGem strawberry huller ($6) makes prep work a cinch—just insert it in the top, twist and the stem and core are pulled out in an instant. Sweet!

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Loopy Whiskvia amazon.com

Loopy Whisk

The little metal loops in this handy wire whisk ($17) help it work 80% more efficiently than regular whisks, making it easier than ever to whip up the fluffiest-ever scrambled eggs, airy meringues or super smooth gravy.

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OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper - Medium (Color May Vary)via amazon.com

Produce Keeper

This produce keeper from OXO Good Grips ($20) is going to save you big. It’s specially designed to keep produce fresher for longer, meaning you don’t need to rush to eat all those berries or greens.

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Jalapeno Corervia amazon.com

Jalapeno Corer

A little spice is nice, but getting fiery jalapeno juices all over your fingers when prepping your favorite salsa can lead to seriously painful results. This helpful jalapeno corer ($8) effortlessly scoops and deseeds the insides of your peppers so you don’t have to get in there and touch the spicy interior. Plus, it leaves the pepper whole (but cored), so making homemade jalapeno poppers just got even more enticing.

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Bacon pressvia amazon.com

Bacon Press

Bacon is undoubtedly one of life’s greatest pleasures, but when it gets all curled up and fatty on the ends, it can be a real bummer. This bacon press ($38) holds down the slices in your skillet to keep those curls at bay, leaving you with uniformly flat, perfectly crisp bacon that’s great on its own, or in any of these ultimate bacon-lovers’ recipes.

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Mason Cash Rolling Pinvia amazon.com

Flour-Shaking Rolling Pin

This double-duty rolling pin ($30) not only helps you create the smoothest pie crusts and perfect cut-out cookies (its ceramic construction helps keep the dough from sticking), but its hollow core is the perfect place to store extra flour. Need to sprinkle a little more on your pastry mat? Just shake through the holed end and keep on rollin’.

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Greens-and-Herbs Strippervia amazon.com

Greens and Herbs Stripper

A diet rich in leafy greens is so good for you, but stripping the goodness from the stem can be a stressful chore. This handheld greens stripper ($7) has four holes on each side, where you can insert kale, swiss chard, collard greens or woody herbs and simply pull to remove the leaves from the stem. What’s more, the curved side acts as an herb chopper to make quick prep work with one tool.

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Tech-Savvy Scalevia amazon.com

Tech-Savvy Scale

At first sight, the Drop Scale ($55) looks like any other digital scale on the market, but using its compatible app on your smartphone or tablet transforms it into a brilliant tool for baking and cooking. Simply pull up a recipe, pour in its ingredients, and the app will tell you when to stop, so each ingredient is perfectly measured by weight as you go. It’s the foolproof answering to whipping up nearly anything in your kitchen, but is a true game-changer when baking, where measuring flour by weight is best practice.

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Multipurpose Hand Blendervia amazon.com

Multipurpose Hand Blender

An immersion blender itself is an amazingly functional tool that can help create the creamiest butternut squash bisque or whir up a delicious morning smoothie. But when it functions as a food chopper and a hand-mixer, as well? That’s space-saving brilliance, friends. This three-in-one version ($80) has three speeds and comes with a BPA-free blending jar and handy storage bag, too.

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Wilton Bake-Even Cake Strips for Evenly Baked Cakes, 2-Piecevia amazon.com

Cake Strips

These pan wraps from Wilton ($11) help your cakes bake up level so you don’t have to trim them after baking.We can’t get enough of these cake strips. They’re a must for anyone who loves to bake layer cakes.

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Foodie Dicevia amazon.com

Foodie Dice

Can’t figure out what to make for dinner tonight? Foodie Dice ($24) is here to help indecisive cooks everywhere! This fun wooden dice set lets you roll to land on a protein, herb, seasonal veggie, grain and cooking ingredient to create up to 186,000 fresh and simple meal combinations. Don’t feel like rolling the dice? Pick from any of these 100 five-ingredient recipes, and you can’t go wrong.

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Rachel Seis
As senior editor for Taste of Home magazine, Rachel has her hand in everything you see from cover to cover, from writing and editing articles to taste-testing recipes to ensuring every issue is packed with fun and fabulous content. She'll roll up her sleeves to try any new recipe in the kitchen—from spicy Thai dishes (her favorite!) to classic Southern comfort food (OK...also her favorite). When she's not busy thinking of her next meal, Rachel can be found practicing yoga, going for a run, exploring National Parks and traveling to new-to-her cities across the country.
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