13 Genius Cooking Gadgets That Will Save You a Ton of Time in the Kitchen
Cooking is all well and good—until it's 8 p.m. on a Wednesday night and you're simultaneously starving and hustling to mince and braise while your stomach growls louder than a freight train. In those moments, any tool that will shave minutes off dinner's estimated time of arrival is basically some Dumbledore-level magic. Short-on-patience chefs, take note: Magic is real, at least when it comes to kitchenware. These handy gadgets have the power to help you summon a meal more quickly than you could ever imagine. Here, 13 time-saving tools that will save dinner—and your sanity.
VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper
This game-changing chopper handles small batches of chopping with almost zero effort and plenty of aplomb. It can also whip up one-dish batches of pesto, hummus, salsa, and guacamole in just about no time. Simply remove the blade after you've chopped, and—bam!—the VeggiChop turns into a sealable storage container. Bonus: It's also great if you're very prone to crying like it's the end of Marley and Me when you're chopping onions.
Lattice Piecrust Cutter
Let's be honest: What working woman really has the time to whip up a lattice-topped pie? Williams-Sonoma knows the struggle, which is why the brand created a shortcut. All you need to do is roll the dough (store-bought, if you so desire), stamp it with this stencil, and pop it on your pie. Done and done.
Pineapple Corer, Slicer, and Peeler
It's nearly impossible not to make a mess when you cut a pineapple. This three-in-one tool will churn out perfectly cut slices and takes a fraction of the time. Plus, the hollowed-out pineapple shell is perfect for holding a massive piña colada.
Not even the most skilled chef can mince garlic faster than the GarlicZoom. Seriously. Pop in your cloves and roll the grinder back and forth until your garlic is minced as finely as you like. You'll also avoid the dreaded garlic-scented fingers. And as if all that weren't enough, the GarlicZoom is dishwasher safe.
The clever pop top on this colander saves you the time and effort of washing something you wouldn't have otherwise used (not to mention space on the drying rack!).
Not only does this peeler fit nicely in the palm of your hand—it gives you a solid grip. Plus, the blade is so sharp and strong that you'll plow through potatoes faster then you'd ever expect.
This tool is super easy to use and clean (both the tool's body and grating drums are dishwasher safe), and, most importantly, can be used to make chocolate shavings that'll have your cupcakes look Top Chef-worthy in no time at all.
It's a basic fact of life that everyone has a junk drawer in their kitchen, and that every one of those junk drawers is a nightmare to open. An easy fix? This customizable drawer set. You'll never waste time rooting around for that wily apple corer again.
Dial Dated Food Storage Container
This sleek container solves the "When did I make that?" mystery forever. Long live leftovers.
This is the best juicer on the market, bar none. Chef'n claims it allows for 20 percent more juice than your standard juicer.
Chopping herbs can be a pain and a half—but not with these herb scissors. They're especially useful if you're making a soup or sauce recipe that calls for lots of fresh herbs. No cutting board required.
Electric Cocktail Mixer
With the touch of a button, this little mini bartender will mix your drink in 15 seconds flat. We'll cheers to that.
This magical device turns your iPhone into a sous chef by alerting you when your cut of meat has reached the ideal internal temperature. (Translation: You can sit on the couch and binge-watch Netflix instead of hovering over the oven.)