There are thousands of kitchen utensils out on the market. Many are the basic staples of any good home cook, many more are championed by professional chefs, and a lot are...kind of ridiculous. But sometimes the gadgets that initially seem a little weird are actually quite useful. Here are eight gadgets that you'll want to have in your kitchen.
1. SPREADTHAT! II
If you've ever had that struggle of trying to spread cold, hard butter on soft bread, this is the gadget for you. At first it seems a bit silly, but the more you think about it, it's totally something you need. SpreadTHAT! uses the warmth from the palm of your hand to soften your butter as you scrape it. It's also great for other spreads like peanut butter and cream cheese.
2. Chef'n Oil Wand Silicone Oil Dispenser
Many recipes call for a "drizzle of oil" over food, but you may be afraid that some parts of your veggies are going to get more oil than others, or maybe you'll add too much, or too little, and on and on...until you get this oil dispenser. Twist off the brush to fill with up to 5 ounces of cooking oil, and brush on the perfect amount of oil every time.
3. Ok Soy Vay
You find a great recipe on Pinterest, and you're in the middle of making it, but you keep having to stop your computer or tablet from going to sleep, which leaves your device covered in whatever delicious gooey-ness you're whipping up. Sound familiar? Here's a solution: Ok Soy Vay. These voice-activated talking recipes help you follow a recipe by just speaking to your computer. It's available for free through Google Chrome. Here's what Debi Mazar and celebrity chef Marc Murphy have to say about it:
4. Coffee Scoop and Clip
If you're a regular coffee drinker, this gadget definitely needs to be sitting on your counter, or wherever you store your coffee beans. This adorable coffee scoop and clip measures a one tablespoon scoop and then neatly seals the top of your coffee bag until you're ready for the next cup. Perfect!
5. Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin
Unless you're a grandmother who doesn't need to measure anything, it can be tough to know when your dough is the right width and thickness. Until you can master grandma's skill, use this adjustable rolling pin. It includes three sets of discs that help you roll the dough to thicknesses of 3/8", 1/4" and 1/16".
6. Quirky Nibble Cake Pan
Wouldn't it be great if you could check how your dessert tastes before you ice it and serve it to your guests (without blatantly digging into the cake)? In comes the Quirky Nibble Cake Pan, which provides a silicone tasting cup on one edge that bakes for 12-15 minutes while your 8" cake bakes. So if the cake isn't up to snuff, you'll know before you spend the entire 40-60 minutes baking. Or, if you know the recipe will taste great, this offers you a delicious taste before anyone else can dig in!
7. Chef'n Zipstrip Herb Stripper
Fresh herbs are great to cook with, but who wants to stand there and pick the leafs off of each individual stem? With the Zipstrip Herb Stripper you can easily strip and collect fresh herbs in a flash. Plus the bowl has marked 1, 2 and 3 tablespoons and 1/4 cup measurements.
8. Jokari Baggy Rack Storage Bar Opener and Holder
Plastic bags are commonplace in kitchens these days, whether it's for leftovers, marinating or tossing a salad. But it's not the easiest thing to pour anything into a bag without an extra set of hands or a mess all over your counter. In walks the Baggy Rack, which clips your bag into place so you can focus your hands on carefully spooning in your secret chicken marinade.