Kitchen Gadgets You Will Actually Use!


Kitchen tools make for great holiday gifts.  There’s plenty you can find that are affordable enough not to send your wallet hurting, compact enough to make wrapping a breeze, and practical enough not to end up merely tucked away in an attic box like a lot of gifts we receive during Christmas.   Here are 25 kitchen gadgets that can make for gifts both friends and family can appreciate.

1. Sushezi Sushi Bazooka: Perfect For: family and friends who love sushi but can’t afford Japanese restaurants every night of the week

Making sushi ain’t easy.  Yes, no matter how easy those how-to YouTube videos make it appear.  The Sushezi, a plastic extrusion sleeve styled to look like a mini-bazooka, changes that.  To use, simply split the tube in half, remove the plunger, and bundle up the ingredients (yes, you can put whatever the heck you want) in a pile.  Then, put back the plunger at the end, close up the bazooka to press everything into a perfect roll, and push the plunger to send the tightly-pressed load onto a nori sheet.  From there, you simply roll the wrap, slice the whole thing into bite-size pieces and enjoy.

2. Rice Cube: Perfect For: people who like fancy finger food

I have really warmed up to sushi in a last few years.  If you don’t like sushi much, you can actually even get creative with these rice cubes and make some bite-sized appetizers with tasty toppings mixed in. I doubt anyone will be able to resist those.  That’s exactly what the Rice Cube makes, which presses rice mixed with other ingredients into perfectly-shaped cubes that you can pop straight into your mouth.  Even better, it’s not restricted to pressing sticky sushi rice.  You can use it with any rice, along with other food.  Think cheese cubes, potato cubes (you’ll have to boil it first, of course), and anything else with similar consistencies.

3. Chef’n Bananza Banana Slicer:

Perfect For: monkeys(?), people on a banana diet (hey, I heard it works)

I have to admit: a banana slicer sounded like too much of an unnecessary thing.  But what if, instead of spending a minute cutting banana slices with a knife, you can get the same results in literally two seconds?  That’s exactly what the Bananza allows.  Plus, it’s safe (dull stainless steel blades), clean (you can slice directly into a bowl of ice cream) and effortless (just insert the banana and squeeze), making it easy to use even for kids.

4. Easy Tool Pineapple Corer:

Perfect For: dudes who can’t skin a pineapple if their life depended on it, people who don’t like pineapple-in-a-can

Want to make pineapple rings?  Easy enough — just peel off the skin and work a little knife magic.  Yeah, it’s the magic part that always gets you, though.  Well, this clever tool provides the magic all on its own.  To use, simply slice along the top of the fruit, insert the stainless steel end of the contraption, and drill it in.  A ratcheting handle allows simple operation for both left- and right-handed users, letting you core a pineapple in mere minutes.

5. Norpro EZ Jalapeno Corer:

Perfect For: pepper-mongering hot food addicts

This is one of those kitchen tools that the recepient isn’t likely to use a whole lot of times.  Those nights they decide to make stuffed peppers, though, they’ll be so thankful they had a thoughtful friend who got them this contraption, which uses a stainless steel blade with serrated edges to cleanly remove a jalapeno’s core and seeds in no time.

6. Victorio Apple and Potato Peeler

Perfect For: men who only want manly gadgets in their… uhm… man-kitchen

Sure, it looks like a tool that belongs in a craftsman’s workshop more than it does in a kitchen, but this Apple and Potato Peeler can make peeling, slicing and even coring duties a whole lot easier.  A few turns of the handle will get your apples ready in a jiffy; for the potato, simply remove the coring blade and do the same thing to peel.  Construction is enamel-coated cast-iron with stainless steel blades, so it can last as long as your beloved workhorse tools in the toolbox, too.

7. Tovolo Silicone Vegetable Steamer:

Perfect For: healthy eaters

This contraption combines a steamer and a serving tray in one.  Lay down your vegetables on the 10-inch silicone surface, put it on the pot, and use the interlocking handles to pick it up when the food is done.  It features an elevated base to keep it from sitting too closely to the heat source, with the entire thing able to handle temperatures of up to 600 degrees F.

8. Dip Clips:

Perfect For: people with a closet full of sauces, dips, and liquid seasonings

Know someone who never eats without an assortment of dips and sauces on hand?  In my family, that happens to be me.  And I can’t help but think these Dip Clips were made for me, allowing me to surround my plate with a selection of dips and sauces that follow anywhere I go.  Each mini-bowl comes with capacity to hold a third of a cup — big enough to hold a good helping of stuff and small enough to let you cram half a dozen around the plate easily.

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Michelle heads up the web content and digital marketing at Mantality, and is a true fan of all the cool products she works with. Outside of work she is a competitive athlete and dedicates every other waking moment to diet and training – and consumes enough chicken and tuna to feed a small African country. You’ll also find her hitting the decks as Lady Sinister with DJ partner The Boogeyman. “Tomorrow never comes, so don’t wait for it to say what you want to say, do what you want to do, and live every waking moment to the fullest.” – Michelle G.

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