In this article, I’m going to share my nominations for small kitchen gadgets that are huge time-savers and must-haves. That’s because they won’t just take up valuable counter or cabinet space – you’ll actually get a TON of use out of them.
In a previous blog post, I talked about using glass food storage containers instead of plastic containers.
Now, let’s talk about:
3 Excellent Kitchen Gadgets
Rice Cooker: I lived in Japan for 6 months and saw how popular rice cookers are there. I used one and fell in love with it. Every batch comes out great and you don’t have to watch the stove to make sure your rice isn’t gummy or overcooked. Rice cookers are relatively inexpensive and you can also use them to cook your quinoa. (Very helpful for meal prep!)
Slow Cooker/Crock Pot: Chances are, you have one of these kicking around, but if you don’t, definitely consider picking up one. If you meal prep, these will help you multitask big time. You can even roast a chicken in a slow cooker while you’re using your stove/oven for other things!
Note: consider what you’ll be cooking before you buy a slow cooker, as they come in a variety of sizes. If you plan on roasting chickens or cooking in bulk/for a crowd, get a bigger cooker. Likewise, if you hate leftovers and mostly will be cooking for one or two, buy a smaller version.
Instant Pot: Right now these updated pressure cookers are all the rage. If you like the idea of cutting how long it takes to cook meals like pot roast, stews, or other dishes that take hours to cook, you might consider buying one of these. They come with dozens of options, and some even make yogurt.
These are NOT to be used around unattended kids, because this appliance cooks at high pressure. Even though safety measures are built into the devices, you still need to pay attention.
Have you used any of these kitchen gadgets? Let me know your experience and maybe some hacks on using them in the comment section below!
Have you had a chance to check out our Meal Planning Guide yet?