Ever wonder how to keep your apples from going brown? Or how to properly slice a mango? Or how to always cook the perfect amount of spaghetti? Or how to make the cutest fried eggs EVER? Well today we're helping to make all your wildest kitchen dreams come true by rounding up 15 life-changing tools that will save you time, money and reduce food waste!
#1. Apple Corer ($10 from OXO)
This little contraption will save you a ton of time in the kitchen. It glides through apples to yield perfectly sectioned slices. Here's how it works:
And hey, once your apple is sliced, avoid browning with this trick from The Kitchn! After dividing your apple, rubber band the slices together. The slices proximity to each other when banded together will help it from turning brown!
Love mangoes but hate the mess? Me too. This affordable gadget makes life so much easier!
#3. Handheld Immersion Blender ($32 from Cuisinart)
Skip transferring the soup to your big ol' blender and just use an immersion blender instead. Place it in the pot and blend away. It's light, simple to use and much easier to clean. It also works great for things like whipping cream and making pesto. Plus it comes in 15 different fun colours!
#4. Obsessive Chef Cutting Board ($27 from Fred and Friends)
If you are one of those folks for whom things must be just so, then this cutting board is for you. The Obsessive Chef is a 9 x 12 inch cutting board made of sustainable bamboo, and it clearly spells out the most precise measurements in exacting detail. Obsessive compulsive tendencies unite!
#5. Onion Holder ($18 from Norpro)
If you slice a lot of onions like us, then this little gadget is for you!
#6. Herb Mill ($28 from Microplane)
Fresh herbs can take a dish from ordinary to extraordinary! This herb mill will give your cooking that gourmet touch.
#7. Spaghetti Measurer ($5 from Danesco)
Spaghetti is the hardest thing to estimate. This helps you cook the perfect amount of pasta every time.
This thing is awesome for making cakes, cupcakes, muffins, pancakes and even eggs. Forget using a messy spatula and spilling all over the place. (Or is that just me?)
#9. Flower Egg Moulds ($17 from Creaker)
Put the fun back in your kitchen! These are great for making super cute eggs and pancakes. The set comes with star, flower and heart shapes.
#10. Green Saver ($15 from OXO)
Throwing out food is like throwing money down the drain. This can help you keep your produce, like greens and berries, fresh longer. These Produce Keepers have activated carbon filters that trap and absorb ethylene gas, plus removable baskets that promote proper airflow and vents for maintaining optimum humidity for different types of produce. Baskets can also be used as colanders for rinsing.
#11. Ikea Tea Towels ($0.69 from Ikea)
I am obsessed with these. I always have about 3 on the counter at all times. I use them to dry my hands and keep the counters clean. When they get dirty, I throw them in the washing machine and they come out ready to go again. Much better than buying paper towels week-after-week and creating a ton of waste!
Buying a whole pineapple is much cheaper than buying it already cored. This pineapple slicer helps you get the job done in no time. Plus, it leaves the pineapple shell in tact so you can fill it for a centrepiece!
If you are anything like us, you eat a lot of avocados. This handy little tool allows you to slice it in half, flawlessly remove the pit and scoop it out into the perfect slices.
Now, say you only want to eat half the avocado (which seems to be 99% of the time). Keep the other half fresh with this avocado saver! It reduces oxidization and browning by protecting it from the air and will help you cut down on food waste!
#15. Oil and Vinegar Misters ($10 from Kitchen Stuff Plus)
Do you just pour your oil and vinegar onto your salad and hope for the best? Stop that right now. Conserve the goodness with these oil and vinegar misters which allow you to create the perfect flavour combo.
What kitchen tools have changed the way you work in the kitchen? Share your favourites with us in the comments below!