19 Kitchen Gadgets Skimm'rs Keep Adding to Cart

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Skimm Faves: Kitchen EditionOur Place

We're halfway through the year (phew, that was fast), and to mark the moment, we're rounding up all the products that Skimm'rs loved most over the past six-plus months. 

In this edition of Skimm Faves, we're taking a look at the kitchen items you keep on adding to cart — plus a few personal favorites of ours. We’ve got gadgets that’ll aid with cleanup, stuff to help you meal prep, things that’ll make your feta pasta leftovers so much easier to store, and more. Let's get cookin'.

Want more Skimm Faves? We’re also revealing your fave books, problem-solving products, home items, self-care essentials, and all-around faves.

Cooking and Prep

Baking Mat
A mat for all your baking needs…

This silicone one will perfectly line your pan and is a great replacement for foil or parchment paper. It’s non-stick, dishwasher-safe, and also works as a prep board if you’re rolling dough and working with flour. All you gotta do is preheat your oven to 350 and get baking. ($15, Food52)

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Spicewalla set
The ultimate seasoning set that’ll jazz up any summer BBQ… 

This six-pack is perfect for anyone who loves to spend their summers manning the grill. It comes with a pork rub, a steak rub, a honey and herb option, a cracked coriander and pepper mix, a mustard and tarragon rub, and a Modena balsamic rub. And they’re all paleo-friendly and free of GMOs and artificial flavoring. All you need now are some s’mores for dessert. ($32.99, Amazon)

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Vegetable chopper
A tool that’ll save you all that time spent trying to dice an onion…

This thing can chop, slice, grate, and spiralize. It’s got 12 blades total, a peeler, cleaning brush, and bin so your ingredients won’t be all over your kitchen countertop. More time to binge Netflix. ($20.99, Amazon)

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Always pan
A nonstick pan that can truly do everything…

You can use it to fry, saute, steam, braise, sear, and boil. So whether you’re making an omelette in the morning or a sauce at night, this pan will become your go-to. Oh, it also comes with a beechwood spatula that sits on top of the handle. And a nesting steamer basket and colander. Pssst...we’ve used this pan so many times and love how easy it is to clean. Leftover oils and juices slide right off. ($145, Our Place)

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Silver French Press
A French press so you can brew an incredible cup of joe every morning…

Without relying on K-cups or coffee you buy from your local chain. So you can save a bit of cash and reduce waste. It’s simple to use: Add your ground beans to the bottom, pour in your hot water, set your timer (we usually wait four minutes), and then press the lever down once it’s ready. The filter works to collect the grinds at the bottom, making sure you have a delicious, smooth pour every single time. ($24.95, Amazon)

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Blue Ice cube tray for cocktails
Special ice cube molds for cocktail night…

These large square ones not only look awesome but will also keep your drinks from getting diluted too quickly. The product is dishwasher safe and has an internal steel frame that’ll keep water from spilling everywhere during refills. Oh, and it has a lid, which makes it easily stackable. Plus, the cubes are easy to pop out of the mold. Happy hour, population: you. ($14, W&P)

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Red Hardboiled egg cooker
For when you want a nutritious breakfast with minimal effort…

Let this do the cooking. Choose your preferred style (hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, or omelette) and set the timer. Then jump in the shower while your breakfast is cooking. The device will switch off when it’s all done. Eggcellent. ($19.99, Amazon)

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Cleanup

Collapsible dishwasher rack
A collapsible dishwasher rack that’ll sit over the sink for drying…

Introducing your new favorite space-saver. It’s got a built-in utensil caddy and lots of strength to support heavier pots and lids. You can pull it out once the dishes are washed and then stow it away when they’re dry. Hello, some much-needed counter space. ($45, Food52)

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Goldune compost liner bags
Compostable trash bags + compost liner bags for your kitchen…

Out with the old and in with the new. These trash bags are made from plants and (drumroll) potatoes. So they’re free from plasticizers, otherwise known as what’s added to a bag to make it more stretchy. There’s a 13-gallon size for larger bins and a 3-gallon size to line your compost bin. The time to get trashed is now. ($30, Goldune)

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Swedish dish clothes
Swedish dishcloths to swap in for paper towels…

Single-use paper towels? We don’t know her. You can use these cellulose cloths all around the house. They’re incredibly absorbent and fast-drying. One can last up to eight weeks and 200 washes before being composted. PS: Many customers also say they don’t get stinky during cleaning. Phew. ($19.95, Amazon)

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Affresh dishwasher tablet
A tablet that’ll clear buildup in your dishwasher...

Yep, even your dishwasher needs cleaning. Oh, the irony. Once you start seeing those streaks on your glassware…you know it’s time. Drop in a tablet to power away leftover detergent and mineral buildup. And it'll get rid of some weird odors. You can add a tablet to a full load or run it solo (sans dishes). ($5.99, Amazon)

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Storage

Fridge bins
A set of clear bins to help you actually see what’s in your fridge…

With these bins, you’ll be able to group like items (yogurts, fruits, and veggies) together easily. So you can see what you’re running low on and what’s about to expire at a quick glance. Making your grocery list is about to get a whole lot easier. ($35.99, Amazon)

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Produce savers
Produce savers that’ll prevent your food from getting moldy too soon…

These containers regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow. So your fruit and veggies last longer. That’s right. Lettuce won’t wilt. Blueberries won’t soften. Plus, the built-in filter never needs to be replaced. Pro tip: Don’t wash produce before putting it into the containers. Just drop everything in and store ‘em in your fridge. You can wash food before you eat it. ($15.03+, Amazon)

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Utensil organizer
A genius tiered tray for cutlery that’ll stack everything...

This little organizer is space-saving 101. It’ll provide more room in drawers, which is especially important in tiny kitchens. You’ll be able to add more utensils and you’ll even have space for larger knives and tools. Boom. ($9.99, Amazon)

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Sustainable beeswax food wraps
Sustainable beeswax food wraps to replace plastic wrap…

The wrap is made from cotton and infused with beeswax and jojoba oil. It’s washable and reusable, but it works like any other food wrap. It’s also biodegradable and uses the heat from your hands to form a seal. Just mold the wrap to food items or bowls and storage containers to keep items fresh. So you can save half-eaten avocados and tomatoes. No more items going to waste. ($18 for a set of three, Amazon)

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Stand-up silicone bags
Stand-up silicone bags that’ll store leftovers...

A little less takeout, a little more home cooking. These silicone bags stand upright in your fridge and are perfect to house all your leftovers. So you can say ‘buh bye’ to using plastic baggies that quickly wind up in the garbage. These can go in the microwave, dishwasher, or freezer. And can be used to steam and sous-vide. They pretty much do everything. ($32, W&P)

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Lid organizer
An organizer that’ll hold food container lids of all sizes…

Because otherwise they just get tossed into your  cabinet’s graveyard. And then you can never match the right lid with the right bottom. End the mess with this organizer. The dividers are adjustable, and each compartment can fit both square and round lids. Perfect. ($19.99, Amazon)

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Spice Shelf rack
A shelf that’ll finally help you see all your spices at once...

It’s time to start stacking. This shelf lines the edges of your kitchen cabinet so you can actually see what you’re workin’ with. It’s adjustable and can fit cabinets of different sizes. It can also hold up to 40 pounds and 64 spice bottles. Talk about an impressive before and after. ($27.99, Amazon)

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Airtight silicone lids
Airtight silicone lids that can suction to bowls you already own…

Use ‘em as saucepan lids, storage lids, or as covers to keep food warm once it’s cooked. Consider them the eco-friendly sub for plastic wrap. We’ve used them as bowl covers when microwaving. So you don’t get that annoying sauce splatter. They’re easy to wash and nestle together to lie flat. Versatility 101. ($40/set of 5, Food52)

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Skimm’d by Lindsay Schneider, Alexandra Napoli, Emmy Favilla