Adjusting to a new shelter-in-place normal probably means you’re spending about 32 hours a day in your kitchen. Cooking. Baking. Eating. Cleaning. Dishwashing. Rinse. Repeat. Yeah, us too.
So we’re letting you in on some secrets to help you tackle kitchen time, smarter. Like tools and gadgets that will make prep and cleanup easier. Which gives you more time to actually enjoy your third loaf of banana bread. Here are the essentials worth adding to cart.
Grab a silicone lid. Not only can they be used to prevent spills, but they also keep leftovers fresh. And keep food warm before everyone sits down to dinner. So you can say ‘bye’ to plastic wrap. And ‘hi’ to the new hero of your kitchen. ($40, Food52)
Put the knife down. This multi-chopper has five different size blades. So you’ll be able to dice tomatoes, onions, and peppers like a pro. The kit also includes a peeler, cleaning brush, and bin so your ingredients won’t be all over your kitchen countertop. Sigh of relief sold separately. ($24.77, Amazon)
Take out the guesswork. 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. ($19.94+, Amazon)
Soap it up. Well, minus the actual soap. Rub your hands with this stainless steel bar under water to get rid of smells you don’t want, like onion and fish. Now you can enjoy a meal without any lingering aromas. Chef’s kiss. ($7.99, Amazon)
Make your own. It’s simple. Just pour water into the base of this coffee maker. Then scoop your favorite ground beans into the mesh filter, and insert that into the water. For the perfectly chilled brew, leave it in your fridge overnight. Brew la la. ($19.99, Amazon)
Choose a scissor. But be careful. Any kitchen shear you use for meat shouldn’t be used for veggies or random tasks like opening packages. So grab two, because this pair even has an herb stripper. Aka, it really makes the cut. ($17.70, Amazon)
Organize your gadgets. Looking at you, whisk. Each compartment of this organizer is designed to make the most out of your drawers. Hence the use of vertical space. The makeover your cutlery didn’t know it needed. ($9.99+, The Container Store)
Say goodbye to aluminum. And hello to silicone. Each mold is flexible so you won’t have to bang the bottom of your banana bread. Or stick a knife into your cake pan just to get it loose. Oh, and they can withstand high temps and be put in the dishwasher. The next season of “The Great British Bake Off” is calling. ($49.99/set of 3, Amazon)
Try a new container. These containers regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide flow, so they keep your produce from spoiling. That’s right. Lettuce won’t wilt. Blueberries won’t mush. Plus, the built-in filter never needs to be replaced. ($24.99/set of 3, Amazon)
PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published. And we apologize for any shipping delays due to COVID-19. Thanks.
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