17 Kitchen Items You Should Keep Within Reach to Make Life Easier
Never worry about having a jar that won’t open.
Digital Meat Thermometer
Never overcook (or undercook) a ribeye again with this digital meat thermometer ($11). Not only does it measure temperature in less than seven seconds, but it’s also one of this pro chef’s six secrets for grilling the perfect steak. Hint: For a medium-rare piece, the temperature should be 140ºF. If you like to grill, you’ll want to know why a vegetable might be your best bet to get it clean.
The Instant Pot ($100) is one of the trendiest appliance for good reason: It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan and warmer all in one. Basically, it’s the solution to all of your dinner dilemmas. Check out these other kitchen gadgets we’re buying on Amazon.
More cheese, please! Your wish is also your demand with this adjustable cheese slicer ($10). The stainless steel wire cutter lets you cut slices of whatever width you prefer, from paper thin to 1/4-inch thick. Wondering whether you should be eating Mozzarella instead of Swiss? Here are the seven healthiest cheeses to satisfy your cravings.
Rapid Egg Cooker
Love eating eggs for breakfast but you’re too rushed in the mornings to make them? Meet the quick cooker ($19) that makes eggs hardboiled, scrambled, poached or an omelet while you’re getting ready. Just listen to this review: “Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family—anything is possible with the free time you’ll find at your disposal with this device.” Use it to make one of these 60 tasty egg recipes.
Boil-Over Safeguard Lid
You can fry bacon, cook eggs, reheat meals and more safely and easily. Prevent stovetop splashes and messy microwave spills with this handy boil-over safeguard lid ($13). The splatter-proof, heat-resistant cover fits onto most pots and pans (6″ to 10″ in diameter). Put this lid to work by making any of these microwave recipes.
Automatic Jar Opener
No more running jars under hot water, prying them open with a knife or loosening them up with a rubber grip. Open that jar of pickles or salsa effortlessly with the push of a button! Give your wrists a break with this ergonomic automatic jar opener ($37). Speaking of jars, here are 50 recipes you can make right in a Mason jar.
Frying Pan Splatter Guard
Whether you’re frying bacon, cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables or making pancakes, you want to prevent hot oil, water and food from burning your skin. The Frywall ($29), the frying pan splatter guard seen on the TV show “Shark Tank,” makes using the frying pan much safer. Speaking of products we’ve seen on TV, we can’t wait to add these As Seen On TV products to the home.
Motion Sensor LED Light
No more rustling around to find things in the dark! Place these high-power LED light strips($17) above the sink, above the stove and under your cabinets. The bright lights will automatically turn on when they detect motion. Plus: Check out these 25 brilliant handy hints for the home cook.
Cut Resistant Gloves
You can never be too careful when using sharp knives. These cut resistant gloves ($13) are extra thick, but comfortable and flexible enough to get a good grip on both the knife and the object being cut. Check out these incredible grill accessories as well.
Save some space in the cabinet with this set of three collapsible colanders. Great for draining pasta and washing fruit and vegetables, they are also safe for the dishwasher. When you’re done, just collapse them and stack or store them upright in a slim spot. Save your sanity with these 41 kitchen organization ideas.
Collapsible Food Storage Containers
This set of four collapsible food storage containers is also stackable for small-space storage. They are safe for the microwave, freezer and dishwasher and have easy-to-snap-on lids. These are Marie Kondo’s top 10 organization tips.
Say goodbye to mismatched lids. This lid organizer will help you find the right lid when you need it. Available in two sizes, it will work in most kitchen cabinets and the dividers are adjustable.
Flexible Cutting Board
A lot of people like to use their cutting board to dump ingredients into the dish they’re preparing so having a flexible cutting board like this one is super convenient. The real wood look makes it look good in your kitchen, too.
BladeBrush and Cutlery Cleaner
Washing knives in the sink has its perils but this device from BladeBrush can put minds at ease. By the way, here are 8 ways you’re abusing your knives without realizing.
Dremel Power Cleaner Tool
The cleanup after hosting a party is often the tallest task because everyone has already left. But Dremel’s power cleaning tool can make it easier.
Make perfectly sized burgers for your next tailgate party with the ultimate burger press. The press can also be used to make stuffed burgers.
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