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    30 Kitchen Gadgets To Help You Become A Master Chef

    A touchscreen toaster is something I never knew I needed — but I do.

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    1. A culinary blowtorch so you can *finally* make your own baked Alaska after watching various chefs do it on TV for years.

    a reviewer's photo of the blow torch and a creme brule

    Promising review: "This mini torch is easy to use with an adjustable flame. It's not too fancy-shmancy, but it's not expensive either. It does everything I need it to do including lighting candles that have burned too far down to reach with a match (although I know that's not its intent at all). Unfortunately it doesn't arrive with butane; but once you fill it, it lasts a pretty long time!" —Vero

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    2. A playful egg separator you'll definitely be *egg-cited* to test out — a must-have for any looking to master their carbonara recipe or dive into something more complex like crème brûlée.

    an orange fish-shaped tool sucking the yolk out of an egg

    Promising review: "This is by far the best kitchen gadget I've ever owned. It actually makes me want to be in the kitchen (which is not my favorite place). It works exactly as described, is easy to clean, and is cute to boot. Just don't be tempted to stick this fish to yourself. I've had to explain to all my coworkers how I ended up with fish hickeys." —Siber

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three styles).

    3. A compact eight-in-one spiralizer you can use to grate cheese, juice fruits, cut ribbon, and *so* much more. This lil' gadget really does it all.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    BuzzFeed editor *and* zoodle-lover Emma Lord is obsessed with this gadget:

    "I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe."

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall, I'd recommend it :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    4. Shredder claws so you won't have to suffer from burnt fingertips while trying to finally get a smidge closer to flawlessly replicating your grandma's famous pulled-pork recipe.

    a model using the black shredder claws to shred meat

    Promising review: "Works well for shredding larger portions of meat, like pork. Plastic appears to be of higher quality. Sufficient room in the opening for most finger and hand sizes. The pointed tips shouldn't cause injury unless you're careless. I'd highly recommend the use of quality protective gloves; you're not only dealing with the mess of shredding itself but also, most likely, some elevated-temperature food." —Legardi11

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in three colors).

    5. A handheld garlic press you'll be ready to *rock 'n' roll* with right out of the package — don't plan to invite any vampires over for dinner.

    the rolling handheld garlic press

    Promising review: "I had a two-hinge garlic press, which worked well but the garlic often got stuck and it was not easy to clean. I am pleasantly surprised by how this garlic crusher has such a simple design, yet it is so effective. As you press the garlic, the minced garlic will be collected on top of the grater and you can easily scape it off with the little knife that came with the kit. I also love the silicone peeler! It makes peeling garlic skin a lot easier. With these tools, my hands longer stink from cropping garlic!" —CL

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    6. A cookie scoop, so all of your precious balls of dough will come out *exactly* the same size and look simply stunning before everyone in the house gobbles 'em up.

    a reviewer photo of cookie dough balls neatly arranged and the same size behind the cookie scoop

    I have one of these and it has been a game changer when making cookies. I love that each one comes out the same size, making it easier than ever to know precisely how many will fit on my baking sheet.

    Promising review: "Why didn't I have one of these in my kitchen drawer before?! I bought the medium-sized scoop originally to make a large batch of cookies for Christmas, but today it came in handy when I had leftover batter from my banana bread recipe and it made the perfect scoop to fill a regular-sized cupcake liner! Now I'm thinking about getting the small size for my mini cupcakes! Super easy and they came out perfectly uniform and totally beats trying to use a spoon! Handles have a nice silicone grip, too, and help with hand fatigue. :-)" —Michi K

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–L).

    7. An herb stripper, to help you utilize all the pieces you actually like to eat from your favorite herbs without having to painstakingly remove all the bitter stems. Yuck.

    The herb strippers in various colors
    MudPotteryAndGlass / Etsy

    MudPotteryAndGlass is a small business based in Mendocino, California, that specializes in unique glass and ceramic gifts.

    Promising review: "Thank you for the herb stripper. I used it to make my mother's recipe for parsley potatoes and it worked wonderfully. I will order again!" —Cynthia Huddleston

    Get it from MudPotteryAndGlass on Etsy for $16.50 (originally $18; available in nine colors).

    8. An immersion blender you can count on to make recreating your favorite Panera soup a breeze — broccoli cheddar in a bread bowl here we come! It'll also help you make delightfully smooth sauces like a true cooking pro.

    the immersion blender

    BuzzFeed editor Kayla Boyd recently purchased this and can't wait to give it a whirl! I have a similar one and use it to remove any unwanted lumps and bumps from sauces and soups, but also to make dalgona coffee!

    Promising review: "Amazing blender! I've had other (cheap) models of immersion blenders. While they did what they were supposed to do, they did not have quality that this Mueller one has. I absolutely ADORE that the piece that does the work is all stainless, not cheap plastic. I use mine mostly for doing soups, and it does a wonderful job even on 'tough' kohlrabi. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a GOOD immersion blender!" —Judy D.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    9. A handheld knife sharpener you can use to bring your most-used kitchen utensils back to life in a flash without destroying your countertop or cutting boards. Bobby Flay would be proud.

    someone using the small, handheld knife sharpener

    Promising review: "Buying this knife sharpener has changed my life! I used to burn water, but now I'm on par with chefs like Gordon Ramsay! My knives are so sharp that I could cut off a finger and would not even notice. Paper-thin tomatoes and onions for a tuna fish sandwich? Not a problem! Thank you, KitchenIQ, my life will never be the same." —J.W.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener.

    10. A chopping tool that'll break up ground meat while it's already in the pan to ensure it's evenly distributed for perfect cooking. You can also use it on veggies and tofu, so don't be discouraged if you're not a big meat eater!

    a reviewer chopping meat in a pan with a red chopper tool

    Promising review: "This product is the bee's knees! Best-ever product to chop ground hamburger, sausage, etc.! Makes taco meat, spaghetti meat sauce, and sausage soooo easy to 'chop' while cooking to have a small and uniform texture! Must have! Just hate we didn’t have these 30 years ago! Lol! Have purchased both styles for myself and and several for family members. Very sturdy, heatproof, and dishwasher safe! Wellllll worth the price!" —Darla Farmer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in eight colors).

    11. A cast-iron grill press to help you create restaurant-worthy paninis and burgers you'll salivate over every time.

    a cast iron rectangle press with a wooden handle on top of burgers

    Promising review: "All the years I have been grilling I have said I gotta get one of those. Well, in the age of COVID I no longer put off those experiences. This is not high-tech, no bells, no whistles, it doesn't even connect to the internet. Just a piece of iron with a handle. But it works so well. Soon as it arrived I shoveled the snow off the grill, fired it up, and cooked a nice 2-inch-thick piece of steak. Beautiful grill lines on one side and beautiful hatch pattern on the other. And it tasted great. Tomorrow burgers!" —SeekerGeorge

    Get it from Amazon for $21.37.

    12. An Always Pan, complete with a nonstick surface, vented top, mesh basket for steaming, and high-quality spoon that hooks onto the handle — you'll basically only ever want to use this pan. My apologies to your current ones.

    Our Place, Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Bek O'Connell loves her Our Place pan:

    "I have and love this pan! It just feels really nice to hold. The nesting spoon is absolutely genius, everything cooks evenly, and food just glides right off with minimal effort. If you hate scrubbing, consider getting this! Also, Our Place was founded by Shiza Shahid, along with Amir Tehrani and Zach Rosner. She's a Pakistani social entrepreneur who also co-founded the nonprofit Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls."

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in nine colors).

    Check out our full review of Our Place's Always Pan.

    13. A kitchen gadget you can use to dice onions in a flash — save your uncontrollable crying for the next time you watch The Notebook. Added bonus? It'll also chop everything nice and evenly so your ingredients will cook at the same time and look fabulous when plated.


    Promising review: "I had another chopper that worked perfectly fine, but when I saw OXO had come out with one, I ordered it. As expected, I liked it much better than the first, which I gave to a friend. I particularly like that it is deeper and not as long, so stuff doesn't pile up under the chopping surface, and the best feature is that it has a hole in one end so you can simply dump it over a bowl when it's full. The little plastic grid is a nuisance, though, so I just don't use it. As long as you rinse it immediately, food doesn't usually stick too badly. OXO has the best designed products in my kitchen. I wish they'd design a self cooking and self cleaning stovetop." —Springlering

    Get it from Amazon for $19.86.

    14. Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, because what could possibly go better with the fancy tiramisu you just whipped up than a homemade cappucino?

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought this about a month ago and thought I'd give it some time to review. This is my first espresso machine, and I must say, I am very impressed. The reason I bought it was mainly because I was tired of reloading my Starbucks card, and I missed real Italian espressos from Italy. The Breville is spot-on!

    At first, like everyone else, I had a bit of a hard time getting the dial to register correctly in the espresso range. I settled on the Starbucks espresso beans with the grind set to three. When you grind the beans, start off just barely filling the filter, then gently pressing the grounds to the sides. After that, grind a little more just so you can make a little rounded hill. Then, tamp firmly. Milk frothing is a breeze as well.

    Honestly it's not a difficult machine to use. My 11-year old daughter has the whole process down pat and has officially become the family barista. My wife won't drink a capuccino unless my daughter made it." —TheFutureMe

    Get it from Amazon for $699.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A tortilla press that'll help you take your Taco Tuesdays to the next level without going above and beyond your minimal cooking skill level.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    Thanks to this handy lil' tortilla press from Verve Culture, making tortillas at home wasn't much of a challenge at all. The press is made in Mexico from old Singer sewing machines and other recycled irons! The cast-iron should last you, basically, forever so it's definitely worth your money. I still can't believe how easy they were to make! We used Maseca's corn flour (the bag has instructions on the back how to make the tortillas) and it was so simple. They came out *so* well I was beyond impressed with myself.

    Check out my full review of this awesome tortilla press!

    Get it from Verve Culture or Amazon for $48.

    16. A rapid egg cooker to assist you in making eggs so beautifully they'd make Alton Brown cry tears of joy.


    One little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelets? Sounds magical! And let me tell you — it is. Get one of these egg-cellent appliances ASAP.

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $18.36+ (available in six colors).

    Read our deep dive into the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker.

    17. A toaster with a touch screen on it that'll make you feel like you're living in the Year 3000 alongside the Jonas Brothers.

    toaster with screen on it

    If you're really particular about the way you like your bread toasted, this might just be a gadget you need in your kitchen. It has a touch screen where you can select what kind of bread you're using (or toaster pastry or waffle) and precisely how brown you'd like it. We really are living in the future, aren't we?

    Get it from Amazon for $299.95.

    18. An AeroGarden for your countertop so you can grow your own herbs to take your recipes to the next level — whether you have a green thumb or not.

    Promising review: "I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's sister-in-law who lamented not having a green thumb. In the two months that the sis-in-law has had the AeroGarden, the growth has been tremendous. I'm constantly in awe when she sends me pics of the new growth." —Mary A. Walls

    Get it from Amazon for $89+ (available in three styles).

    19. A pasta machine that'll help you create the Sunday Funday of your carb-loving dreams.


    Promising review: "Okay, this is the first review I’ve ever written because I just enjoyed this product so much! It’s exactly as described in my opinion, really great for the price. Bought it for my boyfriend who has wanted one forever, it arrived the next day, we made fettuccine that night and it came out great! Highly recommended for those looking for a pasta maker who don’t want to spend a fortune on brand name." —Holly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two styles).

    20. A mandolin with 30 different cut options you can use to create one of those Pinterest-worthy vegetable platters shaped like a flower or a rainbow — so fun!, Amazon

    Promising review: "This item is amazing for both its safety features and ease of use. I am a bit of a kitchen klutz and feel completely at ease and fearless with this device. I made my own potato chips — I sliced with my Dash mandolin and cooked in my Dash air fryer. The tasted just like the ones I get from my favorite Portuguese restaurant but I’m hoping they are much healthier. I honestly think this is a must have for all at home chefs." —Dawn

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in six colors).

    21. A Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Compressor that'll seem like a pricey purchase at first but then feel priceless after you successfully make your first batch of homemade ice cream.

    a stainless steel high-end ice cream machine
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "We read an article in Sunset Magazine about The Best Ice Cream Makers, and they rated this as the BEST! We decided to splurge and couldn't be happier! We made a few of the recipes that came with it and all were good, however we have since gone VEGAN! We now make THE BEST Vegan Ice Cream with coconut milk or almond milk! It's so nice not having to deal with ice and salt like our old machine, or with having to remember to pre-freeze something that never really works! With this machine, you can decide you want yummy ice cream in an hour or so, put the ingredients in, push the button and wait for the 'Ice Cream Man' song to play and ENJOY! We highly recommend this product!" —Kimberli

    Get it from Sur la Table for $499.95 (originally $749.95).

    22. A seriously powerful blender for anyone who has made morning smoothies part of their ritual or absolutely loathes chunks in their sauces and soups. This gadget will get the job DONE.

    a professional-looking blender

    My parents' verrrrry old blender gave out on them recently, so they were on the search for a new one. I came across this one from Hurom and figured it was worth a shot — and it didn't disappoint. My dad has been using it to whip up a variety of smoothies, shakes, and cocktails (my sister has requested a weekly mojito happy hour while quarantining with them). He's a tough critic and says this blender is worth the splurge. It has pre-programmed settings that work flawlessly and has a built-in safety system to prevent it from overheating.

    Get it from Amazon for $349 or Hurom for $349.

    23. A reversible cast-iron grill and griddle pan that'll support you whether you find yourself wanting a fancy steak dinner or a stack of fluffy pancakes.

    two of the cast-iron pans side by side to show case the flat side and the ribbed grill side
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "I've had this griddle for a couple weeks now and have been very pleased with it. I've used it to make pancakes stove-top, steaks on the gas grill, as well as eggs and potato hash. With just a light rub of oil prior to cooking I haven't had any problems with food sticking, it performs beautifully. It is a hefty piece of cookware though and one should use care moving it around to avoid personal injury or damage to things like glass stove tops. Be patient getting it up to temp, all the cast-iron soaks up a lot of heat before it's ready to go." —Brian L

    Get it from Sur la Table for $69.95

    24. A KitchenAid food chopper to spare you the hassle of trying to finely chop ingredients *and* make sure all of your sauces and soups will be lump-free.

    someone pouring oil into the top of the chopper to make pesto

    Promising review: "This is a perfect size for a small counter. It stores both blades and the cord wraps nicely. It is large enough to chop a large onion. It has a variable speed which is great for controlling particle size. It seems well made, very little vibration and is very attractive." —D Powell

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in five styles).

    25. A Levo II that'll help you create an entire slew of ingredients to cook with. From infused butter and honey to salad dressings and oils, you won't know where to begin!

    the yellow oil infusing machine / Via @levo_oil

    All you have to do is fill the herb pod, set your dry or activation cycle, add oil or butter, set your infuse cycle, dispense, and enjoy! This item ships 7–10 weeks from when you order it.

    Promising review: "Although it was a little over a month wait for my Levo II to come in, it has been one of the best kitchen appliances I have ever purchased. Speedy infusions and tasty creations. I will always brag on how much I love my Levo and continue to recommend it to my friends and family members for years to come ❤️ Thank you Levo!" —Peyton M.

    Get it from LEVO OIL for $289.99+ (available in five colors).

    26. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, perfect for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe.

    a tube-like gadget with three prongs at the bottom that sit inside a pan and stir for you

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    27. A pizza oven the entire family can enjoy — from rolling out the dough and adding toppings to watching it cook over the flame, this is one purchase you'll get praised for.

    oonihq / Via, Heather Braga / BuzzFeed

    My family and I used this pizza oven for the first time on Mother's Day and it was a huge hit! It gets *extremely* hot very quickly. We made four pizzas the first time we tried it and each one got better as we went — practice makes perfect! We picked up dough and cheese from our local supermarket and made our own sauce for a little extra homemade touch. Can't wait to use it again!

    Promising review: "We've wanted a pizza oven for a long time. The regular oven only gets to about 550F and the BBQ doesn't cook the top of the pizza well enough. Then this amazing thing comes along. It delivers as promised. Read to launch pizzas in 20 minutes. In fact I found that lower than max temp worked perfectly and avoided the over-charred crust. The 16-inch size is nice to allow room to maneuver 12-13" pies around to cook them evenly. I used the provided dough recipe with success so far. I look forward to trying some other crust types. If you are on the fence about this, listen: Buy it! Nothing easier than gas. Pizzas on my second try came as good as the best restaurant pizzas I've had. Keep the toppings light and you will love it too." —matthekman

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $499.

    28. A carbon steel wok, because the regular ol' frying pans you have simply won't cut it when you want to make an outrageously delicious stir fry.


    I have this wok and it's fantastic! My husband is the main chef in our house and he was super excited to try this pan out — it did not disappoint. We made stir fry vegetables and chicken in it. It was so much easier to combine everything into one deep pan and we served the meal directly out of it. Honestly, the GIF (as seen above) from the site has inspired me to make pasta in it next!

    Promising review: "I love this carbon steel wok! Not only did it arrive perfectly pre-seasoned, it cooks food evenly and deliciously! I really love it and I am so glad I decided to get one." —Jade D.

    Get it from Food52 for $129.

    29. A grape, strawberry, and tomato cutter so you can flawlessly slice 'em in half the way chefs do on all of those fancy cooking shows.

    A model using the device to level tomatoes to cut them in half

    You can also use this to safely cut bagels and slices of meats that you're trying to cut through the middle of!

    Promising review: "This item is the best kitchen helper. First time using it I was apprehensive about it really working, but it works like a charm. Put my tomatoes in first literally slicing them immediately, then my green olives...perfect. I know I will be making more salads and healthy veggie trays with this food cutter." —Cynthia

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    30. And a bread maker you'll wonder why you waited so long to buy after realizing how absolutely incredible it is to have the scent of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. Is anyone else drooling?


    This machine comes with settings to let you make bread gluten-free, decide what kind of crust you want, and add little mix-ins like fruit and nuts by reminding you partway through the bread-making process to add them. The inside is also dishwasher-safe, so there's less cleanup and more bread consumption.

    Promising review: "My husband and I cannot stop baking. This arrived over a week ago and we have made two loaves or dough or jam daily! I can't speak for its longevity (I hope it's excellent, it seems sturdy!) but this puppy can crank out some delicious household staples. Pizza dough, fresh bread, *French* bread, bread with fruit or nuts, CAKE, and yes even JAM!! Amazing! It can tackle anything. Cleanup is ridiculously easy, just don't scratch the nonstick surface! The recipes need some tweaking to calibrate with your specific machine (I found that most needed more moisture), but some of the mistakes are still tasty! I was skeptical of the jam-making feature and ended up being extremely impressed." —Ether

    Get it from Amazon for $74.99.

    Realizing I'm only ever going to want freshly baked bread the rest of my life:

    The Walt Disney Company / Pixar

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