A Guide To The Kitchen Tools And Gadgets We Love

Sorry folks, you don't need a lot of really expensive toys.

You don't need ceramic knives, copper mixing bowls, and enameled Dutch ovens. You can do just fine with a few inexpensive toys. 

What exactly do you need? We went through our cabinets and drawers and made a list of all our favorite tools and what you should look for when shopping. All the tools below are items we have tested personally and merit our Gold Medal Best Buy Award. Here's an idea: Sign up for Amazon's Gift and Wish Registry and link to the products you'd love to get.

Trudeau Garlic Press
A good garlic press is an important kitchen tool and the Trudeau Garlic Press is the perfect choice. The Trudeau press is sturdily built, and is easy to grip. It's also quite easy to clean, and has a large hopper to hold big cloves. Avoid non-stick garlic presses. Read more...
Kyocera Adjustable Grinder Everything Mill
The Kyocera Everything Mill Adjustable Grinder allow you to dial in the size of your grind from coarse to fine and it grinds all kinds of spices from pepper and salt to coriander and cumin. Fresh ground pepper has much more flavor than the pre-ground. And the size of the grind matters making this a perfect choice. Read more...
silicone basting brush
Silicone brushes are the best thing to happen to barbecue since the charcoal briquet. I long ago relegated my natural and nylon bristle brushes to cleaning computer keyboards. Silicone brushes load up with lots of sauce, deliver it evenly, and are easy to clean and decontaminate. Read more...
RSVP Endurance measuring spoon set
What can go wrong with measuring spoons? A lot. Trying to fit them into little spice jars is the worst. These rectangular measuring spoons from RSVP make it so much easier. The 18/8 stainless steel set includes everything from 1 tablespoon down to 1/8 teaspoon. Read our review here. Read more...
Grandma's Secret Spot Remover
A spot remover that will remove the grease stains on almost all my shirts is something I considered to be as elusive as unicorns and perpetual motion machines. So I bought a 2 ounce bottle and tried it. One drop was enough clean a shirt so well that I could not find where the stain had been originally. Read more...
OXO Good Grips Nylon Balloon Whisk
When it comes to selecting the right whisk, we have found a clear cut favorite in the nylon OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk, especially because it can be used vigorously on a nonstick pans without scratching the surface. It is perfect for making scrambled eggs for whipping cream, and so much more. Read more...
Hand operated meat grinder
Grinding your own meat gives you fresher, better tasting meals. You can buy attachments for stand mixers and food processors, but an old fashioned hand operated meat grinder is inexpensive and will last forever. If you make hamburgers you can create your own signature beef blend featuring chuck, brisket, and more. Read more...
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A carving fork is sometimes the best tool for holding meat steady when you slice it. Read more...
Dymo LetraTag Label Maker
Keep your stored food items organized and easy to find with an inexpensive labeler. Read more...
Chefsgrade egg slicer
These two tools can make cooking and slicing hardcooked eggs much easier. The slicer can be used for bananas and soft vegetables as well. Read more...

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