Deep down, we all know that cooking at home is superior to ordering takeout in just about every way. It’s healthier, saves you money and makes you feel like a real adult. But after a long day at work, the thought of cooking dinner can sometimes feel insurmountable. Not to mention all the cleaning up you’ll have to do afterwards! Meanwhile, it’s hard to resist the urge to order takeaway when it’s just a matter of pressing a few buttons to get the food to your doorstep.
But at the end of the day, the benefits of cooking at home are well worth the time and effort. And thankfully, it actually doesn’t have to be a hassle! There are heaps of genius gadgets out there that make cooking super quick and easy. Not only are they must-haves in any busy girl’s kitchen, they make great gifts for the cooking obsessives in your lives.
Scroll through the gallery for 9 time-saving cooking gadgets:
1. Garlic Press
If like me, you use an inordinate amount of garlic in every meal, this simple gadget will be an absolute game-changer. You just pop your garlic in and voila — it peels and dices it for you!
Shop the IKEA Garlic Crusher.
2. Slow Cooker
Okay, we know we’ve raved about how amazing slow cookers are many times before. But when it comes to saving time in the kitchen, nothing else compares! You just throw in your ingredients, set the time and it cooks it and keeps it warm for you.
Shop the Russell Hobbs Slow Cooker.
3. Food Processor
Electric food processors are great in theory, but they tend to have a zillion different parts and are hard to operate (or maybe that’s just me!) We love how simple this manual food processor from Crate & Barrel is and it’ll still save you heaps of time chopping, dicing and blending ingredients.
4. Onion Glasses
Yes, these glasses are incredibly naff. But if your aversion to chopping onions is a major source of cooking procrastination, they’ll change your life. Basically, they protect your peepers from those tear-inducing onion fumes, so you don’t end up with mascara all over your face. They’ll also make your kitchen time approximately 10 times more fun too!
Dreamfarm have a serious knack for creating products that solve common kitchen dilemmas. Case in point: you know how you can’t use both sides of your chopping board because the side you used first will dirty your benchtop? Chobs are non-slip chopping board feet that clip onto any chopping board and raise it up off your bench, so you can flip it over and chop on both side. Sooooo clever!
Another genius invention from Dreamfarm, the Supoon is the ultimate cooking spoon. It has a flat squeegee tip and flexible sides to scrape your pan or bowl clean, a deep scooping head, measures teaspoons and tablespoons, and its clever handle design is like having a built-in spoon rest so your Supoon’s head sits up off your bench (no need worry about getting your bench dirty!)
How annoying is it when you try to move your food from the chopping board to the pan and it goes everywhere? Thanks to the Chop2Pot, that never has to happen again. You squeeze the handle and it folds in the sides, creating a chute that allows you to move your ingredients directly into a pan or bowl.
There’s no doubt steaming is one of the easiest ways to cook your veggies, but it can be a bit of a hassle. The Vebo makes is super easy, as you can wash your vegetables in it, insert it directly into the pot or microwave for steaming, then pop it in the sink to strain. Talk about the ultimate all-rounder!
9. Multi Jar Opener
If you spend half your time in the kitchen trying to open jars and bottles (guilty!) you need this multi-purpose opener from Crate & Barrel in your life. It pries open any type of vessel you could imagine, including twist tops and bottle caps. That said, it might be worth working on your grip strength, too!