11 Ingenious Kitchen Tools That’ll Simplify Your Life

Some kitchen gadgets are fun novelties, while others surprise you with their ingenuity and effectiveness. These 11 handy tools fall squarely into the latter.

As a team of experts who practically live in the kitchen, we’ve used every tool and gadget im…

Some kitchen gadgets are fun novelties, while others surprise you with their ingenuity and effectiveness. These 11 handy tools fall squarely into the latter.

As a team of experts who practically live in the kitchen, we’ve used every tool and gadget imaginable to help us cook smarter, find clever storage solutions, cut down on single-use plastic, and more, so we don’t take the term “ingenious” lightly. Exhibit A: Super-handy kitchen shears that does 90% of what a knife can do, but way easier and faster. Exhibit B: A pizza cutting wheel for perfectly cut pies without burning hands.

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12 Best Ice Cream Makers Because Wow, It’s So Hot Out

Cold, delicious ice cream on a hot summer day—there’s nothing better. Think classic vanilla bean with rainbow sprinkles, butter pecan loaded up with nuts, chocolate soft serve—oh sorry, can you see us drooling? Whichever flavor hits all the spots for y…

Cold, delicious ice cream on a hot summer day—there’s nothing better. Think classic vanilla bean with rainbow sprinkles, butter pecan loaded up with nuts, chocolate soft serve—oh sorry, can you see us drooling? Whichever flavor hits all the spots for you, ice cream is always the answer when temps are soaring.

Even though we love store-bought cones and pints, there’s nothing more convenient and gratifying than homemade ice cream. Maybe you’re in the mood for something super specific or the thought of venturing outside to a grocery store gives you hives. The solution? Make it yourself. And as a huge bonus, many ice cream makers pull quadruple duty and can make gelato, sorbet, and custard, too.

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17 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets—On Sale During Amazon Prime Day

Kitchen deals are continuing to drop every hour during Amazon Prime Day, though we’re seeing things slowing down. With the event taking place from June 21 through June 22 (as in today), it can be overwhelming to sift through all the deals to find the o…

Kitchen deals are continuing to drop every hour during Amazon Prime Day, though we're seeing things slowing down. With the event taking place from June 21 through June 22 (as in today), it can be overwhelming to sift through all the deals to find the ones worth buying.

That’s why we turned to our team for their favorite can’t-live-without kitchen items like a SodaStream for endless sparkling water and a kitchen scale that comes in clutch for baking—all of which happen to be on sale during Prime Day. Our shopping strategy has always been to buy things we absolutely need instead of just what we want, and after years of using these tools, we know you’re going to need ‘em.

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9 Best Immersion Blenders for The Creamiest Smoothies and Soups

Immersion blenders, or hand blenders as they’re sometimes called, are key to making super-smooth soups, smoothies, pesto, and even homemade baby food. Or, with a quick pulse, to roughly chop ingredients for salsa, guac, and other dips. They’re much mor…

Immersion blenders, or hand blenders as they’re sometimes called, are key to making super-smooth soups, smoothies, pesto, and even homemade baby food. Or, with a quick pulse, to roughly chop ingredients for salsa, guac, and other dips. They’re much more compact and easy to use than traditional blenders or food processors—literally a handheld stick that you swirl around a pot or container.

But in a world of kitchen gadgets and tools, it can be hard to find the right one—and the range you’d find on Amazon is enough to make your own head swirl. So with that in mind, we’ve done the work for you and curated the 9 best immersion blenders on Amazon—so you can start making your favorite summer soups or dips in no time. You’re welcome.

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11 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

Kitchen equipment tends to be pretty neutral. A red stand mixer or deep blue Dutch oven might be exceptions, but everyday essentials like pans, baking sheets, measuring cups, and cutting boards are usually the standard metal, wood, rubber, plastic, or …

Kitchen equipment tends to be pretty neutral. A red stand mixer or deep blue Dutch oven might be exceptions, but everyday essentials like pans, baking sheets, measuring cups, and cutting boards are usually the standard metal, wood, rubber, plastic, or glass.

And while there’s nothing wrong with that, there are often more colorful (read: fun!) versions of the same hard-working tools. It’s a low stakes way to start incorporating brighter, bolder hues into your daily routine. After all, committing to a neon drain tray is a lot easier than committing to a neon couch.

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12 Best Grilling Tools to Stock Up for the Summer

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather w…

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather with endless evening cookouts, surrounded by my friends and family (aka my happy place).

To prepare for the beginning of grilling season and ensure you have all the necessary supplies to pull off an amazing backyard barbecue, you’ll want to stock up on the essentials: tools, accessories, and ingredients that’ll help you step up your grilling game. Here are some of my hands-down favorite grilling items that you’ll want to snag before the season gets into full swing (they start to sell out quickly once summer is here).

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17 Essential Gardening Tools the Pros Swear By

Mastering a new hobby is no easy feat, especially if you’re a serial hobbyist like myself—I try and fail like a pro, let me tell you. In the past year, I’ve tested my hand at needlepoint, sewing, calligraphy, cheese making and baking. Granted, we have …

Mastering a new hobby is no easy feat, especially if you’re a serial hobbyist like myself—I try and fail like a pro, let me tell you. In the past year, I’ve tested my hand at needlepoint, sewing, calligraphy, cheese making and baking. Granted, we have been through a pandemic, so you can’t blame a girl for trying to fill her time. Still, attempting to be a renaissance woman (or man) can be time consuming, discouraging, and expensive.

Which is why I’m here to hold myself accountable in front of the entire internet and say this: I am moving on to gardening. And guys, I think this one is for keeps. I’ve been picking up some basics (like these much-loved garden snips, and this organizer for our garage), perfecting my soil blend and starting my seeds ahead of transplanting in a few weeks. The only thing left on my green thumb to-do list? Getting all the right gear.

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Is an iSi Cooking Tool Really Worth All the Hype?

When I worked at a cooking school in Barcelona, a lot of information came at me fast. I was juggling a new language, a new culinary lexicon, a whole slew of new adopted workplace behaviors. I often found myself asking: What’s that? Can you repeat that?…

When I worked at a cooking school in Barcelona, a lot of information came at me fast. I was juggling a new language, a new culinary lexicon, a whole slew of new adopted workplace behaviors. I often found myself asking: What’s that? Can you repeat that? Can you explain this to me? And then one day: What is that metal thing and why is it called a sifón?

I would soon learn the magic of the sifón, often referred to as an iSi whip tool in English. Essentially, it’s a pressurized canister that uses gas to create foams and whips. You fill the bottle with a liquid of your choice and the combination of internal pressure and the force of a small amount of nitrous oxide (N2O) allows a bubbly foam to emerge. For example: In goes heavy cream, out comes whipped cream. Voilà!

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Itching to DIY? Here Are All the Tools You’ll Need to Get Started.

This past year was a real make-lemonade-out-of-lemons situation for me. The lemon: a global pandemic that forced us to spend all our time indoors and make peace with our homes being our entire worlds. The lemonade: making the 500-square-foot apartment …

This past year was a real make-lemonade-out-of-lemons situation for me. The lemon: a global pandemic that forced us to spend all our time indoors and make peace with our homes being our entire worlds. The lemonade: making the 500-square-foot apartment I share with my husband feel bigger than it is.

I’ve bought more tools and done more home DIY projects in the last year than in the six years I’ve lived on my own. And I’m not the only one! A friend that once sat through a wine-and-paint event like she was having her teeth pulled out at the dentist now calls me regularly to discuss her DIY projects.

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The Tamis Is the Underrated Kitchen Tool I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I feel intimately connected to every item in my kitchen. There’s the bowl I love to eat my oatmeal out of, the mug I only use for morning coffee, my favorite fork, the whisk I bought in college, my light green mandoline. I carry my favorites with me fr…

I feel intimately connected to every item in my kitchen. There’s the bowl I love to eat my oatmeal out of, the mug I only use for morning coffee, my favorite fork, the whisk I bought in college, my light green mandoline. I carry my favorites with me from apartment to apartment, sometimes even city to city. Some items—the hard boiled egg slicer—don’t stand the test of time. But the tried and true are here to stay.

That’s why, when I uncover a new, must-have kitchen tool, it feels like a revelation. Enter the tamis. What is a tamis? It looks like a springform pan, but with a flat metal sieve across the bottom. In Indian cooking, a chalni accomplishes a similar purpose. Others may know a tamis as a fine mesh strainer or a drum sieve (named for its shape).

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