Four Kitchen Gadgets Every Home Needs

Kitchen gadgets
We demand a lot from our kitchen gadgets on a daily basis. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Whether you need to cook for yourself or a crowd, you really need the right tools. Sure, you can get away with using the same gadgets your grandmother did, but these days there are better solutions on the market that simplify the cooking process and shorten your prep time. Here are some of our favorites!

OXO Good Grips Egg Slicer
Don’t lose a finger trying to slice eggs with a knife. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

1. OXO Good Grips Egg Slicer

With autumn fast approaching kids are heading back to school and some remote jobs are returning to the office. As a result, you might be thinking about what you will pack for lunch. While peanut butter and jelly sandwiches may be a fast and easy sack lunch staple, no one wants to eat the same thing every day. Instead, you may try making a chef salad topped with fresh hardboiled egg slices, or maybe you prefer delicious egg salad sandwiches. Either way, holding a boiled egg still while you slice it can be tricky business. That’s why you need this OXO Good Grips Egg Slicer. It makes egg slicing a cinch, and if you need to dice eggs you simply rotate the egg quarter clockwise and slice again. We love this brand because it comes with a nonslip coating on the handle which makes it safer and more comfortable to operate, and it is dishwasher safe so you can just put it on the top rack when you’re finished using it.

OXO Good Grips Large Salad Spinner
Stay healthy. Wash your lettuce! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

2. OXO Good Grips Large Salad Spinner

Speaking of salads, it is increasingly important to remember to wash your lettuce before you eat it. You likely have no idea where your lettuce comes from or if it carries any foodborne diseases, such as listeria, salmonella, or E. coli. To make sure the only thing you get from your salad is good nutrition and loads of vitamins, we highly recommend the OXO Good Grips Large Salad Spinner. We absolutely love ours! To use it, simply place your greens in the basket, rinse them off, then put the basket in the bowl, cover, and push the plunger down to watch it spin. Push the small button on the lid to stop the spinning, then drain the liquid from the bowl. When the water runs off clean, you know you’re ready to eat. Then you can dump the basket of greens in the bowl and use it to serve. When you’re ready to store the salad spinner, there’s a switch which helps the lid store flat, so it doesn’t take up too much space in your cabinet.

OXO Steel Wine Stopper and Pourer
Don’t waste a drop of your favorite wine. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

3. OXO Steel Wine Stopper and Pourer

Whether you buy Three Buck Chuck at Trader Joe’s or hold a membership to a mail-order wine club like Laithwaites, no one likes to waste a bottle of vino. We frequently enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner, but oftentimes we don’t finish it in one sitting. That’s why we love our OXO Steel Wine Stopper and Pourer. Once you uncork (or unscrew) the bottle—we aren’t judging as there are some really good wines with screw tops these days—simply push this stopper/pourer into the neck of the bottle. There’s a lever on it which keeps it airtight between servings, but when opened it allows the wine to aerate and pour easily. Every wine connoisseur should have one, and it’s inexpensive enough that it makes a great little gift. Sorry, this won’t work for those of you who prefer boxed wine.

OXO Good Grips Mess-Free Pepper Grinder

4. OXO Good Grips Mess-Free Pepper Grinder

If you ever cook along with our recipes, you know that we use a lot of freshly ground pepper. While you can buy it already ground, it just never has the same umph that it does when you grind it yourself. The great thing is that you don’t have to purchase one of those high-end wooden pepper mills that waiters bring out to the table at restaurants to grind pepper over your salad. One irksome thing about that style is that the grinder is at the bottom of the barrel, so when you put it on the table or counter, you’ll find that pepper seems to get everywhere. That’s why we prefer the OXO Good Grips Mess-Free Pepper Grinder. The grinder is at the top, so no messes are left behind, and it is compact enough to use every day, yet still super strong. It has five different settings that lock in place, so you don’t get a coarse grind when you want one that’s fine. The ceramic grinding mechanism grinds peppercorns easily and won’t rust or corrode either. Also, the nonslip grip allows you to grind pepper even if your fingers are slick with oil or wet from the sink.

Now, you may be asking yourself whether or not you need to buy the OXO brand. While there are similar products on the market made by other reputable manufacturers, we always look to OXO first because all of their products come with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. What that means for you as a consumer is that when one of their products breaks, you simply visit their website and let them know what happened. Each and every time we have done this, OXO has backed up their product without question. They send us a replacement, oftentimes without us even having to ship the broken product back to them. That’s why we love this company and endorse them freely (something we rarely do).

As temperatures drop and many of you head back into your kitchens after a long, hot summer spent grilling inside, we hope you’ll think about using some of these nifty gadgets too. Enjoy!

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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