I love too cook, but all the chopping and cleaning can add so much time. Any gadget that makes it easier and quicker is welcome in my kitchen any day, and I’ve found a bunch of kitchen gadget gifts that I would love to get.
There are some brilliant ideas out there in gadgets. Inventors are so ingenious! Gadgets to help us slice more safely, clean more thoroughly, and even keep items fresh longer, plus so much more.
Check out our gift guide for cooks who want to spend less time at their countertops and more time eating great food.
If there was a kitchen gadget I’d love to collect, it would be measuring spoons. I love them and kinda feel like you can’t have enough. That said, this set of magnetic measuring spoons might be the last set I’d ever need! For one: I love that it has a rounded spoon for flour and the like and an elongated spoon to fit into herb jars. It also comes with a leveler, so no more shaking to level off. And, the best part, the centers are magnetic so the spoons and leveler all stack up and stay together in a draw. This is one of those kitchen gadget gifts that’s a must-have.
I was visiting a friend recently and she pulled out one of these while we were making dinner. I was instantly in love. They’re lightweight and easy to store, since they fold up flat. The three-piece set includes two round strainers (4-quart and 2-quart) and, my favorite, one over-the-sink strainer (6 quart). They’re dishwasher safe and BPA free too!
Having an indoor garden is HIGH on my wish list. In the past, I have grown herbs and vegetables outside, but between water restrictions and birds eating my tomatoes, I love the idea of bringing them inside. This AeroGarden Harvest 360 can grow up to 6 plants at a time. You can grow herbs, tomatoes, spinach, or more. It’s hydroponic, so the plants grow in water instead of soil. And it even takes care of the light, so you can keep it in a darker corner. The controls tell you when to add water, when to add food, and automatically turns on and off the lights. It’s a foolproof kitchen gadget gift.
Fresh herbs are wonderful, but when you buy a bunch, they typically don’t last long. But these herb savor pods prolong their life. The herbs are kept fresh with water at the bottom of the pod, then the whole pod is kept in the fridge. Refresh the water every 3 to 5 days and herbs will reportedly last for three weeks!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cut myself while cutting vegetables. I’ve tried the chef way, where your knuckles are against the knife, but I can never get it right. Using the vegetable chopper I featured in this post has helped, but I can’t cut up everything with it. Green onions, garlic and more still have to be done manually, and that’s when the kitchen has the potential to become a scene out of a horror movie… okay, maybe not that bad. This pronged holder and fingertip protector to the rescue! The prongs hold vegetables and meat in place while your fingers are out of the way. You can even cut between the prongs for even slicing. The bonus fingertip protector slides on your finger like a ring and provides a barrier between your skin and your knife.
I love my cast iron pan, but hate to clean it. It’s not the fact that I can’t put it in the dishwasher, because I can’t wash most of my pots in the dishwasher. Depending on what I’ve cooked, hot water alone takes a long time to get the pan clean, and my plastic scraper doesn’t always do the job. This Ringer has excellent reviews, with users saying it’s the best cleaner for cast iron pans. The description says the Ringer is stainless steel and won’t rust, plus it also works on glassware, stainless steel, pizza stones and more. It might look like chainmail, but the Ringer is on my to-get list of kitchen gadget gifts.
This is one of those brilliant ideas that I wish I’d had. The splatter guard I have now sits on top of my pot, but every time I take it off to stir the food, yep, you guessed it, splatters. Kinda defeats the purpose. This Frywall looks like it fixes that problem. Made of BPA-free silicone, the Frywall stops oil mist, condensation and spills while allowing you to still manipulate the food cooking. It fits 10-inch pans, so make sure it’ll fit yours. Bonus, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning and rolls up for easy storage.
My husband sent me this kitchen gadget because we both hate cleaning the microwave. Angry Mama looks ingenious. You fill her up with vinegar and water, microwave for 7 minutes, and the steam that comes out of the top of her head softens all the stuck on dirt so you can wipe it away easily. You can even add a squeeze of lemon juice to add a nice clean smell. I already use vinegar for most of my kitchen cleaning, so this is a win win for me. The Angry Mama comes in two colors, which are apparently shipped out randomly. There’s also an Angry Mama that deoderizes fridges.
Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget? Know someone who could use these gifts? Let us know in the comments.