The best kitchen tools to seriously improve your cooking

Spice up your kitchen life with some cool doodads.

Upgrade your kitchen essentials
Upgrade your kitchen essentials.Nick Fewings via Unsplash

Stop letting your avocados go bad. Stop making messes transporting your chopped ingredients to the stovetop. Stop almost slicing your knuckles while chopping onions. Stop losing pieces of penne while straining your pasta. There are things out there in world to help you with your kitchen annoyances. It's time to upgrade the essentials from your college years.

CleverOne Brands woodNflex Flexible Natural Wood Cutting Board

CleverOne Brands woodNflex flexible wood cutting board

A flexible cutting board makes it easier to transfer items you've chopped to bowls, pans, or plates.Amazon

While the top of this 14 x 11-inch cutting board is oak or walnut, the bottom is made of non-slip silicone. The combo makes the board bendable, which is great for putting chopped veggies in a pan without a major spill. It is not dishwasher safe and should be treated like any other wood cutting board—protected with oil and hand-dried. It’s flexible, sure, but the wood can snap if bent too much.

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun

Add flavor from woods or herbs to your food and drink.Amazon

Breville’s “Smoking Gun” is an indoor/outdoor smoker that allows you to infuse your food with flavor from woods, teas, or herbs. The handheld device has two smoking speeds, a removable burn chamber on top, and a silicone air hose so you can snake it into any covered container.

Anova Culinary Nano sous vide

Anova Culinary Nano sous vide

Cook your meats at a specific, consistent temperature.Amazon

A sous vide lets you evenly cook your food at a specific temperature. It's pretty darn hard to overcook your meals with one of these. The 12.8-inch-tall Anova Culinary Nano sous vide precision cooker is a smaller version of the popular immersion circulator. The device moves and heats the water it's submerged in. It connects over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can monitor your food's progress on your phone from anywhere in the house. The app features more than 1,000 recipes. To use a sous vide, place seasoned food in a plastic bag, drop that bag in a deep pot or container of water, and let the Anova cook it at the right temperature—anywhere between 32°F and 197°F. It's also great for developing film.

Meater smart thermometer

Smart meat thermometer

This tool will alert you when your food has reached the right core temperature.Amazon

Without a thermometer, it’s hard to truly tell if your meat is cooked as you prefer. The Meater is like any meat thermometer, but with wireless connectivity, so you can monitor your food's internal temperature from your phone. The Meater has a five-inch-long probe and charges in a AAA-powered wooden box. Pretty classy.

Chef'n Sweet ice cream sandwich maker

Chef'n Sweet ice cream sandwich maker

A silicon mold that makes ice cream sandwich prep easy.Amazon

Chef'n Sweet’s ice cream sandwich maker uses two silicone molds for batter—you must bake the brownie part yourself—that fit around the center ice cream mold, which you can fill with any flavor. Once all parts are finished, fit the molds together. Then you simply freeze and enjoy.

Pancake Pen 2.0

Pancake Pen 2.0

Make creative pancake designs.Amazon

Circular pancakes are cute and all, but you’ll really wow your breakfast mates with some sweet pieces of batter artwork. Tovolo’s Pancake Pen 2.0 has a free-flow cap that makes it easier to transfer batter to the pan, fill in molds, or draw free-form patterns. The Pancake Pen holds up to three cups of batter and is dishwasher safe.

Blazin' Watermelon Tap

Blazin' Watermelon Tap

Your friends will be so impressed.Amazon

Gut your fruit, insert the tap and fill it with delicious juice or alcohol.

Talisman Designs Cherry Chomper

Cherry Chomper Cherry Pitter

Easily pit cherries or olives.Amazon

A plastic tooth that takes care of your pits. It's kid-friendly, so don't worry about them losing a finger.

Kaizef Finger Guard

Kaizef Finger Guard

Keep your fingers safe.Amazon

There is nothing worse than getting finger in your food. It stings and ruins the meal. Get a finger protector.

Joseph Joseph Catcher Citrus Reamer

Joseph Joseph Catcher Citrus Reamer

A lemon aide.Amazon

Keep your drinks and food free from pulp and pits.

Joseph Joseph Compact Nesting Food Prep Set Mixing Bowls

Joseph Joseph Compact Nesting Food Prep Set Mixing Bowls
Plus: it looks like the cross-section of an Everlasting Gobstopper.Amazon

A compact—and colorful—way to prep dinner. The nine containers fit together in storage, and will help you mix, measure, and sift like a pro.

Joseph Joseph Chop 2 Pot Cutting Board

Joseph Joseph Chop 2 Pot Cutting Board

A foldable cutting board.Amazon

Fold your cutting board edges upward so never drop your vegetables on the way to the stove.

Kuchenprofi Pot-Top Strainer Sieve

Pot-Top Strainer Sieve

Another way to drain.Amazon

Save some space and throw away your colander. Hold this 13-inch stainless steel sieve against your pot with two hands and pour out the water.

Evriholder Avo Saver Avocado Holder

Evriholder Avo Saver Avocado Holder

Keep avocados fresh.Amazon

If you love avocados, you want to hold on to them for as long as possible. An avocado hugger will keep the second half of your avocado fresher for longer.

YOOCOOL Non Stick Reusable Toaster Bags

Non-stick reusable toaster bags

Grilled cheese in a toaster?Amazon

Reusable, non-stick toaster bags to heat up or melt things that usually have to lay flat.

Now Designs Takenoko House Shaped Garlic Keeper

House-shaped garlic keeper

Garlic deserves a space of its own.Amazon

Garlic should be kept out of sunlight with unobstructed air circulation. This porcelain house with a bamboo lid will provide that environment for your garlic. It's adorable, too.

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker

Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker

Make every night fondue night.Amazon

The brushed stainless steel Cuisinart electric fondue set has a 3-quart bowl. It comes with eight fondue forks and a rack to hold them.

Chef'n Zipstrip Herb Stripper

Chef'n Zipstrip Herb Stripper

It's about thyme.Amazon

Hate plucking herbs? Put the stem into this stripper and pull it through. It's that easy. You're welcome.

Meat Claws

Meat Claws

Prepare your meat like an animal.Amazon

These claws make for good meat shredders, tenderizers, and flippers. Or, if you really dislike kale but are trying to be healthy, have at it. You're going down, kale!

Obol The Original Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

Obol the Original Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

Keep your cereal from getting milk-logged.Amazon

While the drained flavors might make the milk tastier, soggy cereal is no improvement. That's where this never-soggy cereal bowl comes in.

Kitchen Gizmo Eruption Disruption Microwave Cleaner

Eruption Disruption Microwave Cleaner

It's gonna blow.Amazon

Did your roommate leave the microwave full of spaghetti sauce splashes? Don't blow your lid. Erupt a volcano instead. Add water and vinegar and turn on your microwave. Just wipe out the grime and your microwave will be good as new.

Chef'n Cob Corn Stripper

Chef'n Cob Corn Stripper

So you can continue not flossing.Amazon

Corn on the cob—while delicious—is for suckers and people who love having stuff in their teeth. Remove the kernels and enjoy your corn without a mess.

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

There is no right way to roll.Amazon

The rolling pin comes with four removable discs that change the distance between the roller and the counter, that way you can make your cookies as thin or thick as you want.

Coffee measuring spoon with clip

Coffee measuring spoon with clip

Keep your coffee fresh.Amazon

This coffee bag clip comes with a built-in coffee scoop.

Mason Jar Measuring Cups by World Market

Mason Jar Measuring Cups by World Market

Measuring cups you'll want to display on your counter.Amazon

This ceramic jar is actually a set of measuring cups with measurements for 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup. It also comes with four matching measuring spoons and a spoon rest.

Premium Lemon Lime Squeezer by Modern Cucina

Premium Lemon Lime Squeezer

Get all the juice out.Amazon

This stainless steel citrus squeezer has silicone handles for a comfortable grip.

Pig Yolk Remover

Pig Yolk Remover

It'll hog all your yolks.Amazon

All yolking aside, this pig will get the job done.

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

This is the second avocado product on this list because avocados are just that annoying.Amazon

This 3-in-1 tool will split, pit, and slice your avocados. Throw it in your dishwasher for a quick clean.

Hoan Bagel Guillotine Slicer

Hoan Bagel Guillotine Slicer

Off with their breads!Amazon

It is early in the morning. You probably haven't had your coffee. Don't let your finger slip in between your knife and your bagel. Keep it safe with this bagel guillotine that'll give you a swift, even slice.

ORBLUE Flatware Pie Server

ORBLUE Flatware Pie Server

Every season is pie season.Amazon

This stainless steel pie cutter doubles as a pie server. It has serrated edges help break through tougher areas.

Norpro Silicone Oven and Toaster Rack Puller

Norpro Silicone Oven and Toaster Rack Puller

Stay far away from hot ovens.Amazon

The silicone devil will help you remove your bakeware or pull out your oven racks. It's heat-resistant up to 536 degrees.

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