These Kitchen Gadgets Will Cut Your Cooking And Cleaning Time In Half

These 18 Kitchen Gadgets Will Cut Your Cooking And Cleaning Time In Half

September 24, 2019 Updated February 22, 2020

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Whether you’re a Nigella Lawson superfan, a modern day Julia Child, or you really prefer making reservations over risotto, you want your time in the kitchen to be productive and efficient. So toss your old salad tongs and ditch your dusty dish rack, because we’ve got kitchen gadgets that will save time, effort, and energy. Your domestic tools of the trade are getting an upgrade, Mama.

FASTA PASTA Microwave Pasta Cooker 

Think you can’t create decent pasta in the microwave? Think again. This plastic microwave cooker measures, cooks and drains to produce perfect al dente pasta every time. That means no more waiting for water to boil, and no more messy clean up. Quicker than you can say Fettuccini Alfredo.  Says one smart noodle, “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man…I really love this gizmo! I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it’s faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap.”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

25% OFF (was $19.99)

JINGOOBON Adjustable Stainless Steel Rolling Pins

As much as you probably love pulling out your grandma’s ancient, heavy wooden rolling pin and dragging it across whatever flour-dusted mush of dough you’re trying desperately to flatten (#NOT), we’ve got a better option. This stainless steel rolling pin can be customized to create the perfect thickness for whatever you’re rolling out. Thicker for cookies, and thinner for pizza crusts. Plus, it comes with a heat-proof silicone mat. Says one happy roller, “Rolling out cookie or pie dough has long since been the thing I dreaded because inevitably it would be uneven. This tool has changed the game for me, and I’m so grateful for it! I love the mat for measurements, and the rolling pin with adjustable rings is a snap to use.”

$16.49 AT AMAZON

SURPAHS Over the Sink Roll-Up Dish Drying Rack 

Ah dish racks. Super valuable when you need them, super in the way when you don’t. That’s why this amazing roll-up dish drying rack is about to change your kitchen and your life. How has no one ever thought to do this before! It’s high-end quality, ENTIRELY FDA food-safe grade silicone-coated steel, resistant to rust, non-slip, and so durable. Says one dry customer, “This may have been the best purchase I’ve made in the past two years. I can use it as a drainer for vegetables I’ve just washed or as additional counter space over the sink. If I need to drain a lot of dishes, I can always pull out my collapsible dish drainer in addition to it, but most of the time, this is all I need.”

$25 AT AMAZON

ANZOEE Reusable Silicone Dishwashing Gloves

If you’re like us and sick of going through a cycle of dish sponges that quickly get old, raggedy, stained, and mildewed, you’re going to (g)love these silicone dish cleaning gloves. They’re BPA-Free, FDA-Approved, LFGB Standard, fast drying and don’t build up bacteria or residue. Plus, you can clean them in the dishwasher! Says one glove convert, “I’m a lifelong committed rubber-glove-hater… and I REALLY LIKE these! They don’t have the yuck feel inside that traditional rubber gloves do. I have fairly small hands with longer fingers, and I find that these gloves fit quite nicely. The little spikes are hilarious, and I do find they help with cleaning. And I love how the gloves truly shield your hands from hot water.”

$10.99 AT AMAZON

MAXRACY 2 Set Silicone Garlic Peeler

“I love peeling garlic by hand and getting teeny, tiny pieces of garlic skin all over my skin, the counter, and the floor,” said no one ever. Try this amazing garlic peeler roller instead, Mama. Just put a couple of pieces of garlic in there and roll — peels cloves in seconds. Says one customer who found it a-peeling (sorry, we had to), “Let me just start off by saying that I love garlic but HATE peeling it! I cook with it all the time but the process of peeling it seems to take forever. I prefer this one over the handheld one you squeeze. You won’t be disappointed with this purchase!”

$5.59 AT AMAZON

BAMBUSI Bamboo Drawer Dividers

Afraid to open your kitchen drawers because there’s so much stuff jammed in there, you’ll never be able to close them again? Yeah, we’ve been there. Keep everything in its place with these adjustable, 100% premium moso bamboo, eco-friendly drawer dividers. Says one newly organized customer, “These fit so well and look so good! Every time my husband goes into the drawer he remarks about how nice they are and how smart his wife is. I’m a gadget person who loves to cook and bake so I have many utensils. These divers really made my drawers functional.”

$29.99 AT AMAZON

AODOOR Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

Cleaning the microwave is one of those things you never remember to do — until the next time you use it and realize how disgusting it still is. This cute misting microwave cleaner does the job for you — although she doesn’t look happy about it. Fill her with vinegar and stick her in your microwave for a few minutes to steam clean the entire oven. Says one clean customer, “She loosens all the grease and grime on your microwave walls and floor. All you have to do after use is wipe with warm sponge, like magic your microwave is clean.”

$7.99 AT AMAZON

ETEKCITY Kitchen Weight Scale

Whether you’re keeping an eye on your portion sizes or need more accurate recipe measurements than “pinches” or “dabs,” you’ll love the convenience of this digital food scale. It measures in multiple units and has a stainless steel platform that stays, well, stainless. Plus, it’s got 10K reviews on Amazon. One customer weighs in, “This scale was extremely accurate and precise. When measuring cooking ingredients, I was relieved to know that the digital scale did not become imprecise, meaning bouncing back and forth between decimal points despite the unit changes when shifting to and from grams, ounces, and milliliters.”

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Wine Condoms - Set of Six

Yes, you read that right. These wine condoms do what any other condom does – they wrap tightly around the wearer for protection. In this case, they protect your opened bottle of wine creating a water-tight and air-tight seal that is fully reusable. Originally created by a mother son duo (that doesn’t sound like an awkward collaboration at all), these make a funny gag gift that’s actually super useful. Says one well wrapped buyer, “So good I had to buy two! Not only are these wine condoms a gift that people will talk about, but they’re a responsibly way to keep your wine sealed between drinks.”

$13.97 AT AMAZON

CHEFAST Herb Scissors Set 

Ready to get serious with your culinary skillz? These multi-blade stainless steel herb scissors will make quick work of your parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Cut for recipes or slice garnishes right onto a plate. Plus, they make great craft scissors. Says one sharp reviewer, “I love my new gadget. It works just as shown and it is a real lifesaver for onions as well as herbs. We like our onions and peppers very small and my old hands suffer when cutting them with knives. I have had this item for 4 days and used it 9 times already.”

$13.95 AT AMAZON

PREPARA Herb Savor Pod 2.0, Set of 3

We’re pretty certain this is how they would keep herbs fresh on board the Starship Enterprise.  These tiny sleep chamber-looking pods triple the life of your fresh herbs.  The hard shell protect leaves from being crushed by other items in the fridge while letting them breathe at optimum hydration levels. Add fresh water and replace every 3-5 days. Says one buyer, “These are terrific! I’m always tossing out fresh parsley, cilantro and asparagus before I get around to using it all, but these and other herbs last for weeks in these container.”

$30.37 AT AMAZON

I-KAWACHI Silicone Stretch Lids - 12 Pack 

If your Tupperware cupboard has become a wasteland of random mis-matched lids and bottoms, you’ll love these soft silicone lids  that stretch to be used over bowls, pots, containers, mugs, cups, cans, jars, or even half-cut melon or watermelon. Says one covered customer, “These are so stretchy and adhere well to any surface that they are very easy to use. I’m a big fan of the Glad Press’n Seal but always felt bad about creating waste. These serve the same purpose but are much environmentally friendlier.”

$13.99 AT AMAZON

CHEF'N Cob Corn Stripper

Where the hell has this been all our lives?? This game-changing tool has stainless steel blades that remove corn from the cob in one quick twisting/pushing motion. No more cutting off kernels with knives! No more corn bits all over the floor! One husker gives this usage tip, “Place the narrow end of the shucked corn ear inside the serrated rim of the cutting cylinder and turn the gadget as you push the ear through the cylinder. The serrated edge cuts/strips the kernels from the cob…I was skeptical when I got this product, but it works.”

$7.99 AT AMAZON

AMCO Rub-a-Way Stainless Steel Odor Absorber 

How does this stainless steel bar remove stinky food odors from your hands by just rubbing across your skin? Good question. The molecules in the steel bind with the sulfur molecules on your hands, transferring the molecules, along with the smell, to the metal. Science, Mama. Says one fresh handed cook, “Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen. And I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you’re trying to eat lunch…This works like a charm. I love it so much that I purchased more as gifts.”

$6.29 AT AMAZON

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Says one Scary Mommy staffer of this slicer, ““When I seriously cut my finger cutting a watermelon, I learned from the nurse in the ER that the most common injury she sees is from people cutting avocados. I invested in this avocado tool to save myself another trip to the ER. It safely splits, pits, cuts and scoops out the avocado into beautiful even pieces. Not a lifesaver, but definitely a hand and finger saver. Yay, avocado toast!”

$9.99 AT AMAZON

AMAGABELI Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner

Just like a pan-cleaning knight in shining armor, this cast iron skillet is made of chainmail and fights (caked-on food and grime) to the death. It scrubs away residue with only warm water — no soap or harsh chemicals necessary. Says one cast iron cook, “Before, I used a plastic scrubber which became encrusted with grease and black from the iron. This tool works perfectly and doesn’t wipe off the seasoned surface. It is easy to clean after each use. I highly recommend it for anyone who uses cast iron cookware.”

$13.99 AT AMAZON

NOCRY Cut Resistant Gloves

Whether you’re a bit klutzy around the kitchen, or just believe in the mantra, “better safe than sorry,” keeping a pair of these cut resistant gloves on hand makes sense. They’re made of the highest level of cut-resistant material available on the market – which is 4 times stronger than leather. Plus they’re 100% food safe and machine washable. Says one wearer, “I’m SO happy I bought these because they WORK exceptionally well! I set my mandolin to the thinnest setting and used these gloves to get the finest thinly cut shallots. Love, love, love this product. They fit like a glove! Hahaha.. puntended. 🙂 If you’re culinary inclined, it’s a very practical item to have in your must-have culinary cutlery collection.”

$11.49 AT AMAZON

BABYCAKES Mini Cake Pop Maker

From actual cake pops to savory bite-sized treats, this cake pop maker will up your game when it comes to making tiny cute food. Nonstick baking plates make cleanup as easy as eating 10 cake pops in one sitting. (Which you should try not to do.) Says one baker, “SO glad I bought this versus making cake pops by hand. I was able to make over 100 cake pops in under 2.5 hours. 2 tips to future users- use the recipes in the included booklet. There’s less water and the consistency is PERFECT!”

$14.99 AT AMAZON

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FASTA PASTA Microwave Pasta Cooker 
$14.99
JINGOOBON Adjustable Stainless Steel Rol...
$16.49
SURPAHS Over the Sink Roll-Up Dish Dryin...
$25
ANZOEE Reusable Silicone Dishwashing Glo...
$10.99
MAXRACY 2 Set Silicone Garlic Peeler
$5.59
BAMBUSI Bamboo Drawer Dividers
$29.99
AODOOR Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner
$7.99
ETEKCITY Kitchen Weight Scale
$16.99
Wine Condoms - Set of Six
$13.97
CHEFAST Herb Scissors Set 
$13.95
PREPARA Herb Savor Pod 2.0, Set of 3
$30.37
I-KAWACHI Silicone Stretch Lids - 12 Pac...
$13.99
CHEF'N Cob Corn Stripper
$7.99
AMCO Rub-a-Way Stainless Steel Odor Abso...
$6.29
OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
$9.99
AMAGABELI Stainless Steel Cast Iron Clea...
$13.99
NOCRY Cut Resistant Gloves
$11.49
BABYCAKES Mini Cake Pop Maker
$14.99