Some kitchen gadgets exist purely as gimmicks. We’re talking corn holders that spin the cob for you. These practical and pretty products are not those – these clever kitchen must-haves will actually improve your life behind the stove, or when you’re prepping, so you can cook smarter. Bon appetit!
1. Prepara Herb Savor Mini Pod
This product is kind of a big dill. The Prepara Herb Savor 2.0 ($25 for a set of three) coddles your basil, parsley, cilantro (and even non-herbs, like asparagus) like a newborn baby in order to extend its life. By three times, in fact! Add water every three to five days to the BPA-free container and watch through the clear window as your herbs miraculously don’t wither away after a few days in the fridge. Pssst… we like this herb saver, too.
2. Silicone Universal Lid
We’ve all done the frustrating rooting-in-the drawer shuffle looking for a lid. This one-lid-fits-all Silicone Universal Pot Lid ($49) is the solution. Made from a premium silicone with a stainless steel interior for durability, this bright red lid is dishwasher-safe, heat-resistant and oven-safe up to 350 degrees. Fits easily into a drawer, so no more noisy pots!
In these go-go-go times, everyone needs a container that keeps up. These colourful ceramic cuties, Porter To-Go Bowls ($25 to $60) from W&P through Food 52, are the BPA-free vessels of choice. The silicone sleeve makes transporting a cinch, and the size is right for a nice single portion of yesterday’s dinner.
4. OXO Kitchen Scale
Food scales aren’t new, but they are essential in a serious baker’s kitchen. You would be amazed at how skewed flour in a cake recipe can be, for instance, if you’re using old-school cup measurements. Accidentally throwing in a half cup extra flour makes a huge difference to the crumb! OXO’s 11-lb. Capacity Kitchen Scale ($50) is user-friendly. The panel pulls away, making it easy to check readings when the container overhangs.
5. Food Hugger Set
A half-cut pepper in a soggy plastic wrap is always depressing. Give vegetable and fruit remnants some respect with a Food Hugger Set from Uncommon Goods ($13) made of bright silicone. The cups keep your fruit fresh longer. Here’s to happy oranges!
6. E310 Explorian Series Blender
Sure, you can pick up a blender that can barely mix a margarita – or you can invest in an appliance that helps make breakfast, lunch and dinner. With its high-performance motor, the E310 Explorian Series Blender by Vitamix ($420, from various retailers) has a 420-ounce container ideal for blitzing soups. Oh, and no worries over taking apart this blender to wash. The machine cleans itself in 30 to 60 seconds – no disassembly required.
7. FIZZI One Touch by SodaStream
Can’t you just taste the apple-y deliciousness of these drinks? A fab kitchen gadget that doesn’t use electricity (it’s powered by CO2 cylinders), SodaStream’s FIZZI One Touch ($180) transforms water into sparkling elixirs. And if you like it prickly on the tongue, you get to control the level of carbonation. Goodbye, having to shop for drinks. Hello, saving up to 2,000 plastic bottles from the landfill yearly.
8. Silpat Baking Molds
Silpat is the BEST for cookies – no need to spray a sheet with non-stick oil or do the butter-and-flour business and no muffin liners. Now you can effortlessly make mini muffins, classic muffins, madeleines, mini loaves and tartlets with these clever molds ($50). The batter sits perfectly nestled in the cavities. So great!
9. The Veggetti
If creating perfect strands of zucchini scares you, we promise it’s easier than it looks. The handy Veggetti ($15) is a cinch: stick your veg of choice into one of two ends, depending on how thick you like your “noodles,” then twist. Voila! Ribbons of deliciousness made out of potato, squash, carrots or cucumbers.
10. Instant Pot 9-in-1 Duo Plus 6 Qt.
Arguably the most talked about product of the year: the instant pot. Is it good? Yes. Should you get one? Yes! This hardworking machine deserves the press – it functions as a programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute vessel, yogurt maker and – get this – you can sterilize baby bottles and jam jars, too. The Instant Pot 9-in-1 is a favourite ($130).