16 incredible gadgets under $50 that every kitchen should have
Stocking your kitchen with the basics — knives, pots, plates — is a rite of passage for any adult. But not everything you keep in your cupboards needs to be boring.
There are loads of cool products that can spice up any stove, pantry or dining room, from new cooking gadgets to innovative utensil redesigns.
Here are a few affordable must-have tools.
A shaker that holds both salt and pepper.Wayfair
The Bodum grinder lets you switch between salt and pepper, rather than buying two separate shakers.
Buy it: $20
A pot that doubles as a strainer.Amazon
This Bialetti pot has a strainer built into the lid. Just lock the top onto the pot, and you can easily dump the water straight into the sink.
Buy it: $29.88
A wine glass that won't spill.
This novel wine glass designed by Super Duper Studio has a rounded bottom, so it won't ever tip over.
Pre-order it on Kickstarter: $32
Made from granite, Sea Stone's rocks will keep your drinks cold without watering down your whiskey.
Buy them: $34.95
A tray that makes ice cubes for water bottles.Harold Import Company
Most ice cube trays make thick cubes, which don't fit inside a narrow-mouthed water bottle. This silicone tray from Harold Import Company makes slender ice sticks, so you can put them in a bottle and enjoy chilled water on the go.
Buy it: $4.50
A lid to keep ice trays from spilling.Amazon
With the silicone OXO Good Grips Lid, you can slide your ice tray wherever it happens to fit in your freezer. Attaching to the top of the tray, it makes sure water doesn't spill.
Buy it: $9.95
A tool that re-seals bags.
With the Smart Sealer, bags of chips will stay fresher longer.
Buy it: $16.99
A sushi roller that makes it easy to prepare maki.Amazon
Just pack your rice, fish, and seaweed into the Camp Chef Sushezi Roller Kit, and your rolls will turnout out perfect every time.
Buy it: $19.99
Tongs that double as a meat thermometer.Flame Kings
To make sure your steak or chicken is done, you either have to slice it open or stick a thermometer in the meat. But with Flame King's temperature tongs, you can easily check if your meat is ready while flipping it on the grill.
Buy it: $34.37
A waterproof timer for boiling eggs.
Deciding when to remove your eggs from boiling water always involves a guessing game. But the Norpro Egg Rite timer measures temperature and changes color when the eggs turn soft, medium, or hard. That way, you can cook them perfectly every time.
Buy it: $7.19
A disposable sleeve to protect your iPad from food.Chef Sleeve
If things get messy while you're following a online recipe, the Chef Sleeve will keep your iPad clean as you cook.
Buy a pack of 25: $14.45
A see-through toaster.Amazon
You'd never have to worry about burnt toast again with the Dash toaster, which lets you see your bread through the glass. Just take the bread out when it reaches that perfect golden brown.
Buy it: $49.99
A handheld garlic crusher.Amazon
OXO's Good Grips Press minces fresh garlic so you don't need to chop it yourself. Just place a few peeled cloves in the device and press the handles together. The chopped garlic comes out on the other side.
Buy it: $15.95
A measuring cup that automatically weighs and converts ingredients.Amazon
Taylor Precision's cup is both a digital scale and measuring cup, displaying precise readings on the handle. It also converts flour, sugar, milk, water and oil from ounces (weight) to cups (volume).
Buy it: $20.72
A knife that slices and spreads cold butter with ease.
The ButterUp knife has a built-in grater, which slices the top of hard, cold butter sticks with ease.
Buy it: $12
A breakfast sandwich maker.
This device from Hamilton Beach isn't exactly necessary, but it can make a mean ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. One Amazon user even describes it as "the best invention in the history of mankind."
Buy it: $24
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