Weapon of choice: FoodTribe’s 2020 guide to the best kitchen gadgets
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Whether you’re the next Nigella or just working on developing your skills at the stove, having the best cooking tools for the job should never be underestimated. Whether it's some inexpensive measuring spoons or a full-on, do-it-all food processor, from the time you start chopping onions until you box your leftovers in the fridge, we've got you covered with our below guide to the best kitchen gadgets you can buy.
1: Joseph Joseph foldable chopping board
To get us started, the Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Foldable chopping board is just one of those gadgets that makes you think: why didn’t I come up with this myself? To save you the hassle, the chopping board will minimise the amount of times you have to hoover your kitchen after chopping the veg for your ratatouille.
2: KitchenCraft Stainless Steel Food can strainer
Thanks to this kitchen gadget, never again will you need to use the tin lid in a half hanging off state and, thus, semi lethal to one’s fingers, to drain off the brine/oil/miscellaneous liquid. Nor will you ever need to resort to a massive colander for a tiny tin or to a sieve which gets clogged up and is hard to wash afterwards. To use, simply pop this cute device over the can and push down on the handles. This helps extract liquid while keeping your hands clear. This strainer is made of high quality, rust-resistant stainless steel that won't discolour or absorb unpleasant odours. It’s great for everyday use as it’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
3: Beeswax food wrap
It's easy enough to stash most of your leftovers in glass or plastic storage containers. And yet, there are times when it feels like nothing but plastic wrap will do for that easy sandwich you threw together for your work lunch. For these urges and others, there's an alternative to plastic that’s far more sustainable and better for our planet: beeswax wraps. These swatches of reusable cloth coated in tacky beeswax can be used to wrap foods, cover bowls, even contain a handful of nuts for that afternoon snack. Not only do the wraps look great and help the planet by minimising your use of plastic, the best thing about choosing these wraps from Two White Bears is that for every purchase, they plant a tree.
4: Marcato pasta machine
If you’ve ever fancied the thought of making fresh pasta at home (or you already do and just want to upgrade your machine) this Italian-made pasta maker is the perfect choice. Not only will it make you feel as authentic as Ratatouille when you’re in the kitchen, with a wide range of thickness settings, an easy-to-use adjustment knob, and razor-sharp blades, the Marcato is easily one of the best pasta makers available today. Get ready for culinary success in all different shapes and sizes!
5: Mandoline slicer
Mandolines are handy tools for creating evenly thin slices of fruits and vegetables, but they can be a little intimidating to use. However, this versatile kitchen tool by McLea is one of the best we’ve found. It enables you to cut easily so you can get perfectly flat slices from 1 to 9 mm and it’s designed to be easy to operate, with a hand guard and non-skid bottom to prevent injury. The slicer is excellent for making french fries, potato chips, fruit and vegetable salads and saving you hours of unnecessary chopping!
6: Joseph Joseph Uni-took
If you’re tired of searching through the kitchen drawer for the correct utensil or simply want to reduce clutter in your kitchen, Uni-tool by Joseph Joseph may just be the ideal solution. The ultimate in space-saving design, Uni-tool is five utensils in one – a slotted spoon, a turner, a solid spoon, a spatula and a cutting tool. Made from tough nylon, the tool is safe for use with non-stick cookware, heat resistant up to 240°C and dishwasher safe.
7: Stainless steel spaghetti measure
When cooking pasta do you always find yourself either cooking way too much, or alternatively, way too little? Designed to perfectly measure portion sizes for one to four people, the usage of this essential kitchen tool could not be easier; simply push your spaghetti or other long pasta of choice through the hole which corresponds to the amount of diners, et voila, (or should we say Ecco qua!)
8: Electric potato peeler
Peeling is synonymous with drudgery, and here, at last, is our saviour. This electric potato peeler by Aisaving peels potatoes at the push of a button. And why just stick to potatoes? This device can work for apples, courgettes, you name it. Just place your desired item into the bottom holder and then insert the top pin into it. Better yet, it doesn't take off too much of the fruit or veg away with the peel, No waste, no effort!
9: Angry Mom microwave cleaner
This may be one of the weirder purchases you’ll ever make, but trust us, it’s totally worth it. The Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner uses water and vinegar to soften chunks of food sticking to the inside walls of your microwave. Fill the furious woman with water and vinegar, set your microwave timer to seven minutes, and watch steam rise from her head. It's a chemical free alternative, a safer option for families with young children. You can even add a dash of lemon juice to the mixture and freshen up your microwave with a pleasant fragrance. Also included in this purchase is Cool Mum fridge odour absorber, so you can make your fridge smell as fresh as your microwave looks.