Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend! I went to an amazing engagement party for my beautiful cousin Jamie and her fiancé Logan, hosted by my stepmom Elaine, party planner to the stars (not actually, but she sure could be!) It was a great time… the weather was perfect and Elaine outdid herself with all of the phenomenal food!
Putting together a party with that much food is a lot of work! When I’m hosting a get together, or even just for everyday food preparation, I live by these kitchen gadgets to save me time and sanity!
AMAZING KITCHEN GADGETS
I’m perfectly fine and comfortable admitting that many of these gadgets appeal to the lazy cook in me. I love experimenting in the kitchen, but all of the prep work can get a little tedious, right?! This clip & drain gadget is case in point, eliminating the need to retrieve and wash another dish (in this scenario, a strainer).
This slice and dice garlic press is amazing! It goes well above the call of duty of the standard press, also mincing and dicing your garlic for you. I appreciate this little guy because I don’t appreciate my hands smelling like garlic for 12 hours after chopping it. (Seriously! How does the scent last that long and is so hard to wash off?! If only they could bottle that lasting power in perfume!)
I first saw this idea on Shark Tank and immediately said to Ryan “I would totally buy those!” Fast forward to my delight when we received these airtight storage lids as a wedding gift. It’s like they’re magic!
I throw fresh herbs into as many things as I can justify… water, beauty products, and of course recipes. Herb scissors make quick work of tedious herb chopping/stripping and can be used for some cool crafty projects too!
This chopping gadget saves not only time, but also freedom from mascara face. It has blade inserts for chopping and dicing, and although it is branded as an onion chopper, I use it to chop everything! It especially comes in handy when I need to chop a large quantity of veggies for a salad or soup.
I added the pyramid pan to our wedding registry after seeing it on an infomercial. (Don’t judge, there’s nothing on T.V. at 3 a.m. when insomnia decides to strike! 😉 ) This silicone baking wonder drains fat and grease into its little pyramid crevices, while elevating the food for more even cooking. I love using it for my Coconut Chicken Bites; since they’re propped up on the the little peaks, the breading/coconut mixture doesn’t get soggy on the bottom and they come out of the oven as crispy as if they were fried!
The oil mister is the perfect alternative to chemical non-stick cooking sprays. It also helps to control the amount of oil used in cooking. Win-win.
The pot clip. Because I can’t stand getting sauce, soup, eggs, etc. all over my cooktop, and don’t want to have to clean the spoon rest every night either. It’s just there for decor! 😉
I don’t know why I have tried to pour directly from a mixing bowl so many times in my life. Note to self: Lydia! It doesn’t work! I somehow think I’m going to MacGyver it with the velocity of my pouring speed or sharpness of my pouring angle. Nope. Not. Ever. These silicone pour spouts have helped me to face this reality.
Do you have any favorite time and mess saving kitchen gadgets? I’m always on the hunt for the next best one!