Whether you love it or love to hate it, cooking is kind of an essential part of life. Otherwise, you’ll starve. Or just spend way too much money on takeout.
With the right tools, you can actually make the annoying things you hate about cooking a little more bearable. Heck, maybe you’ll even start to enjoy it. The kitchen is the heart of the home, or whatever.
Here are eight kitchen gadgets and cooking essentials that might just ignite your love for cooking. Or, at least, help you stop dishing out so much dough on Seamless.
1. Classic Cuisine Cool Touch 1-Liter Deep Fryer
Did any of us ever really grow out of our love for chicken tenders and french fries? You can fry up some at home with this Classic Cuisine Cool Touch 1-Liter Deep Fryer without even making a mess. The sides stay cool to prevent you from burning your hands and the one-touch locking lid makes for clean, splatter-free cooking.
2. VitaChef Electric Steamer Skillet Cooking System
This all-in-one cooking system is one helluva multitasker. You can steam, roast, pan-fry, grill, stew, and more with just one device. It basically handles every single cooking method you can think of and is the ultimate space saver if you have a small kitchen space.
3. Ausker Non-Stick 3-Pot Set
Throw out your old, grungy pots and replace them with this warp-resistant set made with die-cast aluminum shells and a stainless steel underside. They’re designed for even heat distribution, with a five-layer non-stick coating that makes for quick and easy cooking and cleanup. You can even detach the handles and use them in the oven.
4. 20-Piece Non-Stick Cookware With Lids & Bakeware Set
If you Marie Kondo-ed your kitchen recently and need all new cookware, this 20-piece non-stick set from Gotham Steel should do the trick. It features a proprietary Ti-Cerama coating (titanium fused with ceramic), resulting in a nonstick and durable surface. It’s also PTFE- and PFOA-free, in case you’re concerned about chemicals. Also, it just looks good.
5. Official Top Chef Professional Stainless Steel Knives: 2-Piece Set
If you’ve dreamed of being on “Top Chef,” this knife set could be the next best thing. It’s a duo of officially licensed knives straight from Bravo’s popular cooking show. Each is made of ice-tempered stainless steel and features a razor-sharp edge for slicing and dicing like the pros.
6. BoilingBeeper Kitchen Timer for Boiling Water
Sometimes the simplest devices are the ones that improve our lives the most — like the BoilingBeeper Kitchen Timer. Simply drop this device into your pot of water, and it’ll beep when it reaches 212 degrees. That way you don’t have to sit around watching and waiting for it to boil.
7. Better Sponge: 6-Piece Variety Pack
Regular sponges are disgusting. This one is better. It’s designed with small silicone fingers to clean hard-to-reach places and tough stains without wearing out or smelling. You can even use it as an oven mitt, a pet brush, a hair collector, or whatever else you want.
8. Meat Claws: 2 Pack
We could all use a little more fun in our lives — especially the person who said we shouldn’t play with our food. These stainless steel meat claws let you shred grilled meat straight off the grill in a much more exciting way. Use them for chicken, brisket, beef, pork, turkey, etc. The possibilities are endless.