Best kitchen tools list: The kitchen gadgets you didn't know you needed
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Best kitchen tools list: The kitchen gadgets you didn't know you needed

Jan 19, 2024

If a gadget can cut down time spent in the kitchen or at least make that time a little more exciting, we want to know about it. And once we do, we feel it's only fair to pass this intel on, especially if it can be of assistance and bring flavour to your cooking.

We've found some weird and wacky, and most importantly, useful kitchen gadgets you didn't know you needed.

Bon appétit.

NOTE: Prices are accurate at time of publishing.

I don't think we'll ever stop raving about this simple-to-use popcorn popper. This one made by Ecolution is designed for the microwave. All you need to do is measure your kernels in the lid, pour them into the popper, put it in the microwave, wait three minutes and then enjoy your perfect movie treat. Made from temperature-resistant glass, it's safe to use again and again in the microwave, and can even melt butter over the kernels while they pops.

If you're partial to almond, oat, soy or lactose free milk and you want to have a go at making it fresh for yourself in your very own home, the Almond Cow Milk Maker will help get the flavour right in the most economical and environmentally friendly way. Without needing to add any extras you can create your preferred non-dairy milk as you need it and save plenty of money along the way.

Making butter isn't as hard as you once thought. Just place whipping or double cream into the churner, turn the handle and within 10 minutes you'll have your own creamy butter.

This fruit and vegetable ultrasonic cleaner can sterilise your food by up to 99.99 per cent and remove up to 96.2 per cent of pesticide residue.

It works through water electrolysis (breaking down water and separating hydrogen and oxygen), which will then create OH ions (AKA hydroxide), which in turn will then break down pesticides and other chemicals. Science just got a whole lot healthier!

Cracking eggs can be super messy, and usually runs the risk of dropping a bit of shell inside whatever it is you're preparing. Save yourself the hassle with this stainless steel egg cracker – best used for hard-boiled eggs. Simply pierce and remove the shell, and leave no fragments behind.

This corrugated kitchen knife is the secret to the perfect crinkle-cut fries. Alternatively, you can use it to cut up fruit and vegetables, offering more texture and intrigue to the foods the kids like the most – or the least.

This citrus press will get plenty of juice from your lemons, oranges, and limes using its sharp squeezer and nozzle head. Manually squeezing can help avoid pulp, or mess, as you try to get the most out of the fruit.

Pineapple is one of the most difficult fruits to cut up, but this peeler will save you the time and energy, and get you the fruit in half the time. Equipped with a high-quality stainless steel medium size blade, you simply twist the device into the top of the pineapple, and grab the circular slices at the end.

Best used for snipping herbs, these high-tech scissors feature five finely balanced blades, which equal 10 knife chops. This is perfect for serious home cooks and those who love a herb garden.

Take the mess and stress out of avocado cutting with this simple peeler. The blade will break through the skin of the fruit with ease, while the pitter can remove the core in seconds.

Save space in your fridge all while still keeping your cans of soft drink or beer nice and cool in the summer heat. This can dispenser has two tiers that can store up to 12 cans neatly and help make the fridge more organised.

With five beveled pinwheel blades, this handheld device makes it easier to chop and crumble food with ease, especially if you're breaking it apart while it's already in the pan. While designed to break up meat, it can also be used to mix and mash other foods, especially fruit, vegetables, or anything gelatin based. Featuring an ergonomic, non-slip handle, you'll command the kitchen with this powerful tool.

Not much can beat a freshly-made Italian meal. Instead of heading out to a restaurant, you can now make pasta from scratch with your own pappardellle pasta maker. Shaped like a rolling pin, this maker is able to create pasta ribbons 1.5cm wide. When you buy it, you'll also receive a recipe booklet for making pasta dough and accompanying sauces. 

Why have one pie when you can have two? Well, two halves, that is. Make your favourite pie recipes for everyone to share (or to have all to yourself) with this split pie pan. If you're in the market for an ordinary pan, the middle divider is removable to make one full pie.

Make perfectly rounded meatballs with this meatball maker. Made strong and durable, you can trust this one will have a long service life. And not only is it strong, it's useful. If you're not into meatballs, you can use the tool to serve perfectly rounded ice cream scoops, create cake pops and other baked treats, little balls of fruit, or rice balls to supplement a fancy dinner.

Perhaps the most useful gadget for summer, this watermelon cutter will take the mess out of slicing everyone's favourite hot weather fruit. Shaped similarly to a windmill, this cutter slices several small cubes.

You either have the grip strength needed to open a jar, or you don't. If you fall into the latter category, this opener will be a life-saver. Simply attach the lid to the teeth of the opener and twist to the left for the lid to come off. It can be discreetly hidden under any tabletop in your kitchen and can also open bottles and other containers.

Small but mighty, the corn stripper removes all the kernels from a corn cob in one motion, while keeping your fingers safe from knives and preventing any accidental cuts.

A lot of recipes call for a squeeze of lemon, so this squeezer will definitely come in handy and look cute in your kitchen too. Not only can it squeeze juice, but can be used to store it too – just keep it in the refrigerator until you need it again.

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This fun tool has started to go viral on TikTok and other social media platforms – and for good reason, too. While designed for chicken, you can also quickly shred pork and beef for your favourite meals. Simply place the meal in the shredder, twist the handles back and forth – job done!

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With the help of this garlic chopper, you can crush as many cloves as you want to add to your food. Just rock the crusher back and forth.

This animal molds pancake pan can make seven kid-sized pancakes at a time, each with a unique animal print. The pan is non-stick for easy and quick flipping, and is bound to make breakfast a whole lot more fun.

Finally, a solution to the 'where do I leave my sauce stirrer without making a mess on the bench?' problem: the Fanglcy Silicone Utensil Rest. Just rest your utensil on the heat-resistant silicone mat and grab it again when needed – no fuss and no mess. Underneath the rest is a drip tray, so even if your spoons and spatulas wanted to spill some Bolognese on the counter, it won't be able to.

Looking for a quick way to get slicing in the kitchen? This is the utensil for you. No longer will you have to deal with your round fruits and veggies rolling away from you. Or your slice sizes not staying consistent.

You can never go wrong with some extra shelving in your kitchen. Add that little bit extra with this expandable shelf. The height can be adjusted from 43cm to 65cm and can hold up 40kg of weight. It's a great option to add some extra room over your microwave or other cooking devices sitting on the benchtop – it also comes with hooks to store items you can hang like oven mitts and tea towels.

If you're after even more space, the shelf is also available with two tiers.

This herb saver is made to help make your herbs last up to three times longer in your kitchen. Made from a BPA free plastic all you need to do is open the shell, place your herbs inside, close the shell, fill the reservoir with water and they will keep fresher for longer.

Never let your foods expire in the back of the cupboard or make your fridge smell funny again by vacuum sealing your food. The added bonus? You can keep your foods fresher for up to eight times longer than other storage methods.

Unlike other standard vacuum sealers, the InkBird Vacuum Sealer has four settings to seal your foods. There is a pulse mode for bread and chips, moist mode for meat and fish, dry mode for dry foods and canister modes for open containers and bottles. Using this to keep you foods for longer is a great investment and is bound to help with the rising costs of groceries.

How can you not love a little green turtle that neatly cuts up your fruit – it's just too cute not to keep with the veggie peelers and slicers.

The Sunbeam Carveasy Classic Electric Knife is a great tool to keep in the kitchen ahead of carving your Sunday roast.

Have all your kitchen wraps in one place with your own dispenser. Made from bamboo, this has its own cutter and is labelled for each kind of wrap you'll need in the kitchen: cling wrap, baking paper and foil.

With a 500mL bottle for olive oil and a 250mL bottle for vinegar, your salads will be dressed to perfection with these dispensers. They help evenly distribute the dressing and control the amount you are using. They will also look super sleek in your kitchen.

Designed to help build better habits, this kitchen safe has a time lock mechanism that can be set for a whopping 10 days. If you want to lock treats away from the kids, or just yourself. This container has no override, and will literally keep you from indulging in whatever it is you want to avoid. Recommended for junk food, and strangely, phones as well – you'll be able to curb any cravings/addictions with this handy safe.

With its 12-litre capacity, you'll be able to keep your dry foods fresher and easier to access with this rice and cereal dispenser. It has an airtight seal to seal in freshness and is made from a BPA-free plastic.

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