When every little bit helps, these gadgets can assist you in your efforts of eating (and drinking) better.
These 15 kitchen gadgets can help you clean up your eating. From pop molds that are perfect for small-batch homemade frozen treats to self-sharpening scissors that make cutting through everything from meat to herbs easier than you could hope, this collection of gadgets is sure to make healthy eating more fun. Don't be surprised if receiving these at your doorstep instantly makes you more excited to cook up a healthy meal for your whole family.
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1. Microplane Zester
This classic tool just will never be beat. A zester is great for more than zesting citrus. You can also use it to finely mince garlic, ginger, carrots, even cheese for salad dressings, tasty soup toppers, and more. The Premium Classic series also has the added bonus of being quite colorful. The two newest colors, Baby Blue and Retro Green (shown in top photo) are trendy for spring and summer but classic enough for many years of use.
2. Chef'n Lemon-Aid Citrus Spiralizer
Water is so much better with fresh fruit, and this new citrus-centric spiralizer makes quick twists out of lemons, limes, kiwis, and more. You can also use this gadget to make beautiful twists for topping desserts, but we think a big batch of all-natural lemonade would be spot-on, too.
3. KitchenAid Self Leveling Measuring Spoons
They're as colorful as they are useful. Self-leveling measuring spoons are handy to have when you're busy whisking together salad dressings, keeping an eye on browning chicken, watching a pot of grains cook, and can't spare another hand to level with a knife. The set includes 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 teaspoons, as well as 1/2 and 1 tablespoon measures.
4. Sabatier Edgekeeper Shears with Self-Sharpening Sheath
In a clever cook's kitchen, scissors stay just as busy as a chef's knife. You can use scissors to cut through chicken breasts, snip chives, or quickly trim green beans. Keeping the shears properly sharpened is vital, however, if you want to make quick work of your kitchen tasks. These shears come with a self-sharpening sheather so you never have to worry with sharpening before your next task.
5. Sur La Table Flex-Core Ground Meat Chopper & Turner
This specially-designed silicone tool helps break up ground meats, which allows pieces to cook more quickly and more evenly. Use the head of the turner to move meat around for equal cooking, and use the fin to break up the pieces. A one-piece unibody is machine washable and won't trap bacteria or food pieces.
6. Lékué Stackable Single Pop Mold
Make healthy, homemade frozen pops in small batches with these stackable molds. If you have leftover fruit and a bottle of sparkling fruit juice, mix them up and pour. You don't need a full recipe to make a frozen treat you or your kids can enjoy. These pop molds are made with BPA-free silicone and available in 4 colors.
7. Chicago Metallic 24 Cup 2 Bite Muffin Pan
Desserts, appetizers, muffins, quiches—the opportunities to make bite-size versions of favorite dishes are endless. This 24-cup muffin pan will get a lot of use in your kitchen. Have leftover herbs? Mince them and freeze them with olive oil for quick sautés. Have lots of quickly-ripening fruit? Pulse it in your food processor, pour into these cups, and freeze for easy smoothie starters.
8. Paderno Handheld Spiralizers
Electric spiralizers are great if you're ready to make the splurge, but if you're not sold on veggie noodles or if you just want to try something simple before making the commitment, a handheld spiralizer is a great trial run. Also, this spiralizer packs neatly away in case you need to bring one to work for a quick zoodle for lunch or at the beach. You get a choice of two blades: flat ribbons or 1/4"-thick spirals. When you're finished, wipe clean or wash in the dishwasher (top rack).