15 Tools That'll Save You Time in the Kitchen

Published on: May 7, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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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.

For when your microwave has pasta sauce splattered inside…
Food52 Lids
Grab a silicone lid
$40, Food52

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.

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For when your sponge can’t keep up with all your dirty dishes...
Dish Brush
Switch to a brush
$7.19, The Container Store

A soap dispensing brush, that is. Because why can’t one tool do two jobs. If the brush head ever gets icky, simply pop it off and replace it. Boom, brand new.

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For when there’s no room in your pantry for all that yeast…
Pop Canisters
Reorganize with canisters
$39.99/set of 5, The Container Store

Shelf space is precious space. These containers can stack snugly and keep your ingredients (flour, rice, coffee) fresh. And if you’ve got different types of the same thing, break out the labels.

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For when you’ve spent way too much time trying to chop a mushroom…
Veggie Chopper
Put the knife down
$28.99, Amazon

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.

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For when you always overcook your soft-boiled eggs…
Dash Egg Cooker
Take out the guesswork
$14.99+, Amazon

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.

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For when your hands still smell like garlic from last night’s meal prep…
Soap Bar
Soap it up
$9.99, Amazon

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.

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For when you’re craving a cold brew from your local cafe that’s closed…
Cold Brew Maker
Make your own
$23.58, Amazon

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.

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For when you’re struggling to cut through meat with a standard knife…
Kitchen Shear
Choose a scissor
$17.95, Amazon

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.

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For when you’re looking for more space in the dishwasher (because who isn’t)…
Flat Colander
Decrease the bulk
$14, The Grommet

Enter: the flat colander. It’ll catch food scraps, wash veggies, and stack like a dream. Just in time for your 12th cycle of the day.

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For when you wanna slice cucumbers for a salad and grate cheese for your pasta…
Do it all in one
$19.95, Sur La Table

This kit features a mini slicer, medium grater, coarse grater, and finger guard (bye, knicks and cuts). All within a neat storage container. Who says we can’t have it all.

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For when you just wanna open your utensil drawer on the first try…
Utensil Organizer
Organize your gadgets
$7.99+, The Container Store

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.

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For when you want a firm handle on your baking sheet...
Heat Gloves
Opt for gloves
$13.88+, Amazon

Sometimes mitts just don’t give you the control you need. That’s where these come in. Your fingers are free to move as they please. And will stay safe from unwanted burns.

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For when wiping down your kitchen counter is basically your new hobby…
Spoon Rest
Give your sauce spoon a rest
$13.69+, Amazon

This utensil rest can fit up to four cooking tools (spatula, turner, and slotted spoon). So your counter will never know it’s pasta night.

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For when you’ve lost one too many muffin bottoms to the ‘non-stick’ pan…
NEW Silicone Molds
Say goodbye to aluminum
$59.99/set of 3, Amazon

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.

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For when you’re tired of watching your strawberries go moldy after three days…
Produce Savers
Try a new container
$24.99/set of 3, Bed Bath & Beyond

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.

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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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