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Call me crazy, but I love kitchen gadgets. I think I have always loved them, but until recently I didn’t have much use for them. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always cooked, but my cooking skills have progressed, I’ve had kids so “quick and easy” has become a thing, and now I cook mainly whole, fresh foods, so gadgets come in handy more often.
I love kitchen gadgets that make cooking easier and faster without added steps. That’s where the Instant Pot comes in. I have heard of pressure cookers but didn’t now what they really did or what the benefit was so I never gave them another thought. That is until my dietician recommended one to me a year ago. I looked into it and thought it was something I’d like to have but kept putting it off. I started to see more recipes and people talking about cooking in one, and I asked for one for my birthday.
Let me tell you, this thing is amazing. I don’t know why more people don’t have one of these or why my mom didn’t have one when I was growing up.
I made a pot of pinto beans—unsoaked—in 45 minutes. Say what?! I make beans in the crockpot two a month and wait hours for them to be ready. I hate when I want to make a meal that has beans with it, and I don’t have some already made. Well, with the Instant Pot that’s no longer a problem.
I think the thing that has surprised me the most is boiled eggs. No, boiling eggs is not difficult and doesn’t take long, but I always have bad luck when it comes to peeling them. I have tried ever trick in the book to make them peel easier, and nothing has helped me to get the perfect eggs. That is until now. Perfectly boiled—and peeled—eggs in 4 minutes. Yes, 4 minutes. It’s like the peel just slips right off.
Ok, enough about the Instant Pot. But, if you don’t have one you should look into one.
Cutting fruits and vegetables is already a pain, but when you don’t get them sliced evenly, it makes cooking them difficult. One part is raw while the other part is done, this isn’t only me, right? I know vegetable slicers are everywhere and there are so many different brands and kinds, but I finally found one that caught my eye.
This vegetable slicer is so easy to use and is dishwasher safe. I especially like that there are no blades to store separately. I have a 5-year old that likes to rummage and play with kitchen gadgets and having more sharp object to store is just a pain. This cool guy has them all built in, and you twist the handle to switch between blades. I used it to cut everything from zucchinis, potatoes, sweet potatoes (which normally I hate cutting), and even tomatoes. It slices through them with ease.
Next on my list is a can opener. Yes, a can opener. I don’t know what my deal is with can openers, but I always get ones that are horrible. I’ve spent $2-$20 and everywhere in between and end up having problems. Either they don’t cut the big cans, or they don’t cut the little tomato paste cans. I even had a pair that the handle snapped in half while I was using it! I’m not listing the brand, but let’s just say they where a well knows, not cheap, brand.
I stumbled upon this can opener and was hesitant because it’s a brand I’d never heard of and they were inexpensive. But, I hadn’t tried the can openers that don’t leave jagged edges, the ones that leave smooth edges, so I decided to give these a shot.
Well, low and behold, I found a can opener that worked with different size cans and the handle is extremely sturdy. Even though it’s “just a can opener” this has to be my favorite “stumbled upon” find.
I’ve never like leaving butter out on the counter, even if it’s in a closed butter dish. And I hate even more trying to spread cold butter on toast and it ruining my bread. My mom had one of these Butter Keepers, and I knew that was the answer to my problem. It seals off the butter when you close it, and it keeps butter fresh for 30 days. You just have to change the water once a week.
Last, is a Snap’n Strain pasta strainer that clips onto and size pan. Yeah, I know there are colanders for this, but I hate those things. I don’t like cleaning them, and I end up with noodles slipping through the holes. I am the person who uses the lid and drains the water that way. But, I am also a klutz, so I have had my fair share of injuries because of this. I’ve burned my hand with boiling water and broke my toe. Yes, my toe. Don’t ask. So this obviously has come in handy and save me from more injuries. Ha!
These are some of the most recent gadgets I have come across and that have helped make cooking easier.
What are your favorite kitchen gadgets? I’m always in need of recommendations and more gadgets in my life.