We all love enjoying delicious, healthy home-cooked meals. After all, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to dinner to enjoy a family favorite!
A homemade meal takes time and effort to prepare—which many of us sometimes find is running in short supply. To help, we’ve made a list of our favorite cooking gadgets that can help make creating delicious homemade meals easier than ever.
Whether you’re looking for something to take your meal prep to the next level or just want to make life in the kitchen a little simpler, check out 18 cooking gadgets that any home cook can use in the kitchen!
18 Trendy Cooking Gadgets For Your Kitchen
1. Spiral Slicer
With a spiralizer, you can make long ribbons of your favorite veggies like Cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and more. This tool is perfect if you want to substitute your pasta noodles with something fresh, or even just add some extra texture to pasta dishes, stir-fries, and salads.
Our favorite: Paderno Spiral Slicer
2. All-In-One Mandoline
Not crazy about all the veggie chopping, slicing, and dicing your food prep involves? A mandoline can help you slice like a pro, easily creating everything from delicate julienned carrots to homemade apple chips.
Our favorite: Progressive Professional Mandoline Slicer
3. Vegetable Sheet Cutter
This vegetable sheet cutter is perfect if you’re looking for a pasta substitute (did someone say veggie lasagne?) or for creating wraps from vegetables like Cucumbers, zucchini, or sweet potatoes.
Our favorite: KitchenAid Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment
4. Smart Cut Salad
With all the chopping involved, sometimes even making a salad can seem like a chore. With this salad bowl, all you have to do is throw in all your ingredients, cut, rotate, and cut again. You’ve got a fresh, delicious salad in seconds!
Our favorite: Urban Trend Smart Cut Salad
5. Tomato Squeezer
If you’re into canning, a Tomato squeezer can make squeezing all those Tomatoes a lot easier. This tool is also great for making batches of your own fresh, homemade Tomato sauce for pasta or pizza night!
Our favorite: Imperia Spremy Tomato Squeezer
6. Easy Carrot Curler
This tool works just like sharpening a pencil, but for veggies instead. It’s an easy way to turn Cucumbers, carrots, squash, zucchini, and more into ribbons to be used as a fun and delicious garnish for your dish.
Our favorite: Norpro Easy Carrot Curler
7. Pepper Corer
Coring and de-seeding Bell Peppers (especially small ones) can be a pain. This Pepper corer makes the whole ordeal easier, so you can stop skipping past the Peppers whenever you see them on an ingredient list.
Our favorite: Norpro Grip-EZ Pepper Corer
8. Herb Stripper
You love adding fresh herbs to your meals, but who has time to strip herbs from their stems? This tool can help you strip herbs like oregano, thyme, and rosemary, so you can easily add a boost of flavor to your meals.
Our favorite: Prep Solutions Herb Stripper
9. Avocado Slicer
Avocados are healthy and delicious, and their delicate, hearty flavor makes them a perfect addition to salads and sandwiches. This avocado slicer makes sure you get the most of your avocado, with smooth, even slices.
Our favorite: Prepworks Avocado Slicer
10. Cherry Tomato Zip Slicer
Whether you’re making a salsa, bruschetta, or salad, this Tomato zip slicer slices small Cherry and Grape Tomatoes quickly and easily.
Our favorite: Prepworks Cherry Tomato Zip Slicer
11. Corn Stripper
A cob of tasty, fresh corn is a summer BBQ classic—but pulling out those silk strings can take forever. The bristles on this corn stripper make sure none of those strings find their way onto your plate, and can quickly remove kernels from the cob if you (or your kids) prefer your corn cob-less.
Our favorite: Prepworks Corn Stripper
12. Gourmet Herb Scissors
Fresh herbs make all the difference in the flavor of a dish. These herb scissors make prepping those herbs much more convenient, cutting them into 5 slices with each cut. No need for a knife or cutting board—just pop them straight into your dish!
Our favorite: StarFrit Gourmet Herb Scissors
13. Swiss Curve Peeler
Julienning fruits and vegetables takes lots of very precise cutting, and can be difficult. This Swiss Curve peeler makes peeling smooth, easy, and mess-free so you can julienne Cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and more like a pro.
Our favorite: Swissmar Swiss Curve Peeler
14. Mini Citrus Juicer
Adding a splash of citrus can give some much-needed zest to any recipe. This citrus juicer is great for lemons or limes—so you can add a taste of freshness to whatever you’re making! Try it next time you’re making your morning smoothie (this Cucumber Mango Smoothie recipe makes a great snack or meal).
Our favorite: Trudeau Mini Citrus Juicer
15. FastCut Herb Tool
Whether it’s parsley, basil, cilantro, or mint, fresh herbs always beat dried ones. This herb cutting tool has 5 blades for quick cutting, chopping, and mincing so you can easily add your herb of choice to any dish.
Our favorite: Zyliss FastCut Herb Tool
16. Fruit and Vegetable Chopper
This vegetable chopper lets you chop, slice, and dice your favorite fruits and veggies without worrying about breaking out your knives and cutting board. Great for making a quick (and healthy!) salad, or meals big enough to feed the whole family.
Our favorite: Prepworks Fruit and Vegetable Chopper
17. Garlic Mincer
Garlic is another one of those ingredients that can add an extra kick of flavor to any meal. But it can be difficult to chop and get the right consistency. A garlic mincer lets you quickly mince garlic into uniform cubes for the best taste and no mess. Great for making homemade pasta, stir-fries, soups, salad dressing, and marinades!
Our favorite: Prepworks Garliq™ Garlic Mincer
18. Staub Tomato Cocotte
We couldn’t resist including this Tomato-inspired cocotte on our list. Cocottes can be used to make soups and stews that are perfect to sit down to at any family dinner. And any Tomato lover will fall in love with the unique design of this one. It makes the perfect dish to serve up your favorite Tomato recipes!
Our favorite: Staub 3 QT Tomato Cocotte
With these gadgets, your kitchen is ready to get cooking! Check out our favorite recipes here for ideas and inspiration for your next meal.