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When stocking the kitchen for the first time, we all know which basics to buy — but many don’t explore past the strainer, pans, and pre-packaged spatula set to see what new tools and solutions have cropped up to help us out in the kitchen.
Either to fix cooking annoyances we’ve long grown accustomed to (like the difficulty of de-veining shrimp) or speed up processes we rely on (like scissors with five blades to better chop up herbs), the kitchen gadget aisle in 2017 is worth a second glance, even after your own is fully functional in a traditional sense. Things have changed in the last few decades; we put a man on the moon and you don’t have to eat soggy cereal anymore.
Especially for those of us that too often pay for our favorite foods to be delivered due to a daunting recipe or too long of prep time, you may want to do some digging for tools that are designed just to make your life easier.
Below are 18 unusual (but potentially very helpful) kitchen tools to get you started:
Make four different noodle shapes out of your favorite veggies with an easy-to-use spiralizer.
A vegetable peeler with different blades for different dishes
This dual julienne peeler and vegetable peeler gives you more functionality with one tool. You can peel, slice, and julienne vegetables into noodles or any other shape with stainless steel blades in seconds. It also has a no-slip grip handle and a lifetime warranty.
Bear claw-imitating meat shredders
Shred meat perfectly without the mess.
A stainless steel bar to transfer smell to
If you’ve just been cooking with onions, fish, garlic, or anything else with a smell you’d rather not have on you, the Rub-a-Way Bar will remove smells that soapy water alone can’t. It’s made from lightweight, stainless steel so the molecules in the steel bind with the sulfur molecules on your hands, transferring them (and their smell) to the metal and off your hands.
Multipurpose kitchen shears
Cut your chopping time down to a fraction of what it normally is and you might find yourself wanting to cook with herbs more.
Finally, a shrimp peel device
Magnetic spice tins to fix an age-old storage obstacle.
These magnetic spice tins can make life easier by saving you space and showing you what you’re running low on.
A cereal bowl that will never make your cereal soggy
Cut resistant gloves
A tool that will easily strip your corn
A clip-on strainer perfect for skipping steps and clutter.
For easy trips from stovetop to sink, this clip-on strainer eliminates unnecessary steps.
An easy way to customize pancakes
The perfect cookie dipping tool
No matter your drenched or still-crunchy dipped cookie preference, you’re always in control.
A stuffed burger press
One big reason why we eat out rather than cook at home is the (usually true) idea that it will take too long to make what we’re craving. If you’re in the mood for a stuffed burger, though, this is a pretty compelling (and easy) way to decide to stay home.
A cutting board with a built-in strainer.
This cutting board lets you go directly from straining to chopping without excess tools.
A way to de-stem strawberries quickly and efficiently
A collapsible tea kettle.
For those of us who love a real cup of tea but can’t justify the cabinet space, behold the collapsible tea kettle people love.
An automatic grill cleaner
If you’d rather spend your time relaxing with a drink than chipping away at the built-up grime on your grill, you might love one of these automatic bot cleaners.