10 Kitchen Gadgets You Can’t Live Without


Copyright (c) 2009 Richard Walker

Have you ever noticed that when you have people over, they tend to gather in the kitchen. In fact, the heart of most people’s home is their kitchen. With that being the case, you want to make sure that your kitchen is fully stocked with the kitchen tools that will make it fully functional. So what do you need to have?

Well, take a look at our top 10 kitchen gadgets! A Can Opener: Almost every kitchen is full of canned goods, and you need a quick way to get those open to cook with. There are great can openers out there, and you will have your choice between an electric can opener and a hand cranked can opener.

A Coffee Maker: It does not matter whether you drink coffee or not, but you need to have a great coffee maker in your kitchen accessories. You will inevitably have people over who like to finish off their dinner with a great cup of coffee, and you certainly do not want to disappoint.

Tea: Just like you want to prepare for your coffee drinking guests, you do not want to ignore your tea drinking friends. Make sure that your pantry is chocked full of different types of teas. A good tip is to stock both caffeinated and decaffeinated teas for your guests.

A Steamer: It is among one of the most healthful and useful of all kitchen gadgets. Having a steamer in your kitchen opens up a cooking possibility that helps your food to hang on to as many vitamins as they can without sacrificing taste or appearance. Now that is something that you have to have!

Corkscrew: There is nothing more embarrassing than trying to figure out how to pop the cork on a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. You do not have to spend a fortune on this kitchen gadget, but you do want to make sure that you get one that is easy to use so that you can look like a pro the next time that you open a bottle of wine.

Food Scale: In today’s world of fighting obesity and diabetes, finding our way to accurate portions is really important. In fact incorporating this kitchen gadget into your lifestyle may save your life. Be sure that you look into purchasing one that is easy to use, and is very accurate.

Pots and Pans: Your food is only as good as the kitchen accessories that you use to cook it with. This is really an area that you will want to invest your money in. You want a pan that is highly efficient, and that is directly related to how well your food will come out.

Knives: Just like pots and pans are important tools in the kitchen, so are knives. There are so many knives on the market and they range quite significantly in price, so what is so great about those expensive knives? Great knives will fit well in your hand and will retain their sharpness for a longer period of time.

Vegetable Rack: We are still really focused on our health, and a vegetable rack can help you with that. This will help you to keep track of how many vegetables you have eaten so that you can succeed in creating a more balanced diet for yourself and your family.

Glassware: You do not need to spend an arm and a leg on this kitchen accessory, but you want to have the right glasses for specific beverages. Why? By serving your beverages in the correct glasses, you will be enhancing the flavors of the drinks that you are serving.

Richard Walker

11 Responses to “10 Kitchen Gadgets You Can’t Live Without”

  1. sunny — February 26, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    What are some "can't live without" kitchen gadgets?
    What do you suggest for someone just starting out?

  2. Librarylady — February 26, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Can opener (get the pampered chef kind that doesn’t leave a sharp lid), wine/beer opener, microwave oven.
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  3. Danielle-16-Australia-Melbourne — February 26, 2010 @ 6:25 am

    FRIDGE microwave sciccors and tyhe 1s u must have KNIFE FROKS SPOONS CUTTLERY and chopstick!
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  4. symantha2002_2001 — February 26, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    Spatchulas, cant live with out’em!!
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  5. braingamer — February 26, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    Microwave, toaster oven, can opener (StarFrit’s that slices the rim leaving a non-sharp lid and can), large glass measuring cup, silicone spoonula, single serve storage containers that can go in the microwave/freezer/fridge.

    Think service for 4 – that’ll be plenty as you can always pick up paper/plastic plates for a pizza party, etc.
    Dishes? Corelle all the way (believe me, if I had it to do over again …).
    Decent cutlery.
    Wiltshire knives (the kind with the sharpening sleeve).
    Glasses – get the cheapest.

    *Check out your local Goodwill/Salvation Army/St. Vincent – you can get starter stuff CHEAP.
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  6. grumpy girl — February 26, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    measuring cups/spoons, big chili pot, and good cast iron skillet.
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  7. Gimmemore — February 26, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    Here are some kitchen things that I use a lot:

    Pampered Chef can opener
    Silicone spatulas, spoons, utensils
    Measuring cups, mixing bowls
    Lock n’ Lock storage containers
    Immersion blender (for making a quick smoothie or blending batter, or tomato soup)
    A good set of knives (steak, bread, utility, paring, chef, filet)
    Good set of cookware (would you consider that a gadget?)

    That’s all I can think of right now. Good luck. :-)
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  8. Gail B — February 26, 2010 @ 6:35 am

    My must-have list includes:

    Spice/coffee grinder – for grinding spices, dried mushrooms, flax seed or any other small, dried item
    An immersion blender – how can one possibly make Leek and Potato Soup without one?
    A refillable oil spray bottle – goodbye old-fashioned basting brush!
    Crockpot – supper is ready the minute you get home. Need I say more.
    Storage containers that can go straight from the freezer to the microwave
    A small holed grater for ginger root – fresh ginger green tea anyone? Not to mention garlic-ginger stirfry and ginger noodle soup.
    And last, but definately not least, a lever-action corkscrew – whether the wine goes in the food or in the cook, no kitchen should be without one of these.
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  9. oldschoolriders — February 26, 2010 @ 6:37 am

    #1 must is my Santoku knife.
    I have to agree with the pampered chef can opener also.
    Also my cast iron cookware.(death to teflon) Everthing tastes better from cast iron.
    My wooden spoons and spatulas.
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    Cooking professionally for 17 years.

  10. Lisa H — February 26, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    measuring spoons, measuring cups (both metal and glass) 8" chef knife or a santoku knife. plastic cutting board, colander, kitchen scale.wood spoons, better quality cookware. don’t buy one of those huge sets with lots of pans. all you need are 10 or 12" fry pan, 3 or 4qt sauce pan and a stock pot. I prefer all clad if i have to pick. build your pan inventory over time. kosher salt, pepper grinder. those the things I use on a regular basis as basics. the key with kitchen gadgets is that they have to multi task. don’t buy something that only does one thing. better to have tools that work on multiple things.
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  11. Kim W — February 26, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    People have mentioned the obvious ones — measuring cups, measuring spoons, plates, knives, etc. Of course you’re also going to need pots and pans; usually two frying pans (one big and one smaller) and maybe three pots (one small one, one bigger one, and maybe one REALLY big one for if you’re making a LOT of soup) would be enough.

    I would also add an immersion blender, but try to find one that has different attachments — that can elminate the need for a lot of other things. Mine has an attachment that also makes it work as a food processor and one that has a whisk; so it can puree soup, but can ALSO make whipped cream really fast. LOVE IT.
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