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27 Holy Grail Kitchen Gadgets That Live Up To The Hype

Products people swear by to set up a kickass kitchen.

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1. Seamless silicone spatulas that don't trap nasty food and bacteria in any crevice.

Promising review: "I am 70 years old so I have a lot of cooking and kitchen tool experience! This is the first purchase in years that is exactly what I was looking for at a price that is fair! It has no food-trapping crevices or nooks. The handle is good and strong. Would not only recommend but would gladly give them as a loving gift!" —A. Cannon

Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.95.

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2. Thick but flexible cutting boards that make transporting food to a pan or plate ridiculously easy.

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Promising review: "These are tough, hefty, strong, and resilient. I run a thriving food blog, and these are my go-to boards. The crosshatch pattern on the undersides keeps them from sliding on counter or table top. They stand up to a lot of cooking and just keep on performing. Well worth your money, over any other I've tried." —Urban Monique

Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.88.

3. A microplane that makes adding zest and parmesan to dishes a breeze.

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Promising review: "I purchased this after spending two hours zesting limes for a gourmet cookie recipe with the traditional potato-peeler and food processor method. This zester did the same job in 30 seconds with no effort. Totally worth its weight in gold. I've also started using it for grating parmesan. Definitely takes Caesar salads and pasta up a notch. I'm purchasing several more as gifts for my friends." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

4. A pre-seasoned cast iron skillet that'll become your best friend in the kitchen.

Promising review: "I love my cast iron skillet. I learned how to use it, I treat it right, and it pays me back with the best performance and most delicious dishes ever. Dutch babies, giant chocolate chip cookies, salmon or tuna, caramelizing onions...... perfection. I couldn't be happier with it. Will buy more. Take the time to learn how to use and maintain it, and it will reward you." —Grateful L.

Get a 10.25" skillet for $21.

5. A rolling pin that ensures your dough is an even thickness for baking perfection.

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Promising review: "This cleverly engineered tool has changed my cookie-making life. I've been making cut-out cookies regularly for 30+ years for virtually every special occasion. After using a traditional rolling pin most of my life, I decided to give this gizmo a try three years ago. Wow. I marvel at how well it works every time I use it. At last, my cut-out cookies have a uniform thickness and cook evenly — every single cookie is perfect. I can't overstate how much I love this rolling pin." —Monica

Get it from Amazon for $16.

6. A kitchen scale that will make all your recipes more exact.

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Promising review: "This is my first kitchen scale and I can't believe how much weighing my ingredients has improved my baking!

PROS: The tare function is easy to use. I can use different dishes to weigh ingredients.

It's easy to change from oz to grams, etc.

Easy to read.

CONS: None!! It's a great little scale for a great price! You'll love it!" —Heather

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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7. An immersion blender that takes up little storage space and makes perfect dips and soups.

Promising review: "I consider myself to have a well-stocked kitchen but I've never owned an immersion blender. I ordered this one on the recommendation of a relative. I have to say I love, love, love it! I never knew how much I needed one until I actually had one. It's much easier than pulling out a blender and the clean up is a snap. If you are not sure you need this, think again." —Kyasi

Get it from Amazon for $28.98.

8. A salad spinner that will lit'rally change the way you eat leaves.

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Promising review: "I don't know how I lived for 71 years WITHOUT this! I hate making salad, but I got very tired of buying expensive bags of greens only to have them spoil rapidly. This works perfectly and rapidly, is incredibly sturdy, and is great for sticking in the fridge and storing the greens or salad you have just spun in it. It has essentially changed the way I eat." —Fulene

Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

9. A three-in-one avocado tool that means you'll get every morsel out of that expensive avocado.

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Promising review: "I love my avocado tool but it has made eating avocados a little too easy, and my avo consumption has increased by at least 200%. Yes you can just use a knife, but this tool makes eating avocados fun, without the risk of stabbing yourself to get the pit out. It's excellent for cutting up avocado for salads, sandwiches, guacamole, or eating them whole." —NYCdina

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

10. A Silpat liner that makes baking ~truly~ nonstick.

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Promising review: "I always thought that liners were for snooty folks who were too lazy to either butter their cookie sheets or baked their cookies too long so they stuck to the sheets. I owe a lot of folks apologies. The cookies slide off — no stick, no smooshing, no mangling. Done. Beautiful. Absolutely worth it for anyone who bakes cookies."—A. Customer

Get one from Amazon for $21.84.

11. A customizable drawer organizer that makes finding your favorite gadgets a breeze.

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Promising review: "Finally my knife drawer is perfectly organized. The proper way to store knifes is to lay them flat and not have the knife blades come in contact with one another, which can damage the blades. Drawer Decor perfectly aligns the knifes, keeps them in place and prevents damage to the blades." —TD14

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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12. A knife sharpener that keeps your blades in tip-top shape without taking up a lot of room.

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Promising review: "This is a magnificent little sharpener. As a former professional chef, I can honestly say if this product had been available twenty years ago I would have had one. When the blade dulls the work is slower and more likely to result in inferior cuts and accidental cuts. If you follow the instructions you'll have a razor sharp knife in about one minute. For the money, this is the BEST product for the kitchen I've seen in years!" —Dwight E. Schmuck

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

13. A Ninja blender that'll change your smoothie and hummus game.

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Promising review: "This blender has transformed what people eat in this family. It can tear most anything up. My kids don't particularly enjoy eating raw fruits or vegetables, but now that I'm grinding them up without any added ingredients except ice and water, they're eating much better. It purees garbanzo beans and makes great hummus. Cleanup is a snap too. Just fill it with water, turn it on to remove all the big chunks, then quickly clean the rest in the sink. At less than $100 the Ninja is the best value out there." —John Pfefferkorn

Get it from Amazon for $82.40.

14. A readable thermometer that makes sure your oven and fridge are at the proper temperature at all times.

Promising review: "As with all older ovens, mine didn't have accurate temperatures, and this affected the quality of my baked goods. This thermometer has given me the results I need." —M.L. Prejean

Get the fridge/freezer one from Amazon for $5.92 and the oven one from Amazon for $6.10.

15. A refillable oil mister that'll help you use the perfect amount whenever you need it.

Promising review: "We grill a lot of vegetables in my household (both on the grill, and in the oven in the wintertime), and this is a great device. Gives a light, uniform coating of oil to the veggies. Other things I use it for include oiling pans, my grill, and for misting the top of an italian pie or calzone with olive oil before baking. Also, if you coat chicken in a bread crumb mixture, spray it with oil, and then bake it, it comes out crispy on the outside. A healthy alternative if you miss the taste of fried chicken.

We have one, and are ordering a second." —Jeremy York

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. A silicone scraper that's perfect for using up batter and scooping up chopped ingredients.

Promising review: "I have a tiny kitchen and hate single purpose tools, unless they're indispensable. This handy little tool is both a bowl scraper and a bench scraper in one. I was hoping it would be, and it is exactly what I wanted." —JLK Junior

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

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17. Herb scissors that will make all your dishes more flavorful.

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Promising review: "Easy to use and a breeze for cutting chives, parsley, cilantro and green onion. No more worrying about cutting fingers or cleaning cutting boards. Sturdy construction, comfortable grip and no sticky blades. Comes with a protective cover and is easy to store. Great price and a super value for the money. A must-have for any kitchen gourmet." —Ann F.

Get them from Amazon for $11.95.

18. A stand mixer blade that scrapes the bowl down for you.

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Promising review: "To put it in simple terms this thing is amazing! I used it the day it arrived due to my curiosity and I was thrilled with it's performance. It mixed my cake batter so well that I didn't have to even stir once to incorporate the ingredients. It was just

wonderful!" —Baker Lady

Get it from Amazon for $14.75.

19. A peeler that's such a joy to use that you'll make mashed potatoes with every meal.

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Promising review: "I have used the OXO peeler going on five years now. It feels great in my hands and peels potatoes, carrots and other vegetables perfectly. While I was in culinary school my classmates were constantly borrowing this from me and asking me where I bought it. Even one of my chef instructors loved it and would use it from time to time. If this peeler were to ever break on me, which it has shown no signs of doing, I would not hesitate to buy another OXO." —Joseph Tidline

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

20. A two-in-one lid holder and spoon rest that keeps your counter impeccably clean.

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Promising review: "I wish I had invented this wonderfully simplistic little kitchen lifesaver! All my cook friends got one this year for Christmas. They can now cook with half the kitchen mess. Highly recommended." —Yooper AZ

Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

21. A set of collapsable measuring cups that'll free up your valuable cabinet space.

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Promising review: "I recently moved after 25 plus years to a place with less storage and cabinet space so I purchased several collapsible items to save on space. These are well made, easy to identify measurements and take up very little space. The colors are bright and cheerful and they come with a loop hook that keeps them together so I don't have to waste drawer space. I recommend these having used them several times, for both wet and dry ingredients." —Nancy B.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.60.

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22. A citrus reamer that also stores any extra juice.

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Promising review: "It's so simple, even I could have thought of it. No modern gadgetry--just a traditional juicer that's been designed to provide the most juice for the least amount of effort. This takes the sting, some of the mess, and most of the work out of putting the squeeze on five-six lemons. Wish all the gadgets I ordered were this inexpensive and efficient." —Sam Chell

Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

23. A greens stripper that makes kale and herb salads less of a chore to make.

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Promising review: "I used it for kale the other night and it was life-changing. That whole experience of hand-stripping the leaf from the stem that usually takes what seems like forever — reduced to next to nothing. What a joy to merrily pull those naked stems thru the hole. No waste! It was worth the price for greens alone. What a simple and elegant solution to a nuisance chore." —Virginia Pluta

Get it from Amazon for $7.77.

24. A three-in-one trivet, potholder, and jar opener you'll use all the time.

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Promising review: "I use these things for all kinds of things, hot pans out of the oven, sitting a hot pan on a counter or table, putting something hot in the refrigerator and also to cover the top vent on my smoker. They are just about indestructible and very useful for all kinds of things." —V. M. Coniglio III

Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.98.

25. A silicone steaming basket that's also dishwasher safe.

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Promising review: "Okay. I am not a big kitchen gadget person. I feel I am more of a fundamentalist when it comes to most things. I LOVE THIS! It fits my needs perfectly. It holds veggies and pasta while cooking and the handles stay cool for removal from boiling water. It folds up nicely and transfers absolutely NO strange smells or tastes to my food. It is flexible, but rigid enough to transfer food from stove top to plate. Oh, and it's dishwasher safe too. You won't be disappointed with this purchase!" —Robert

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

26. A silicone lid that keeps your pots from boiling over and making a mess.

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Promising review: "Wow, it really does work. I'm terrible when it comes to keeping an eye on boiling pots and often need to clean up spills but not any more. Just be careful though. It does get very hot so always use gloves or tongs to lift it off. Worth every penny." —Magpookie

Get it from Amazon for $10.36.

27. A salad dressing shaker that'll have you making and using your own sauces and dressings in no time.

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Promising review: "I bought this in the hopes of making my own delicious salads at home, and it's working! The bottle sotres nicely in the fridge; I can make enough dressing for a week. The marks on the side make measuring cups unnecessary. It's very convenient." —Sonz A Monz

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

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