It is a well-known fact among family and friends that I have a slight addiction to kitchen gadgets. I love the idea of making some of the more unsavory cooking tasks more convenient, and I feel like a total boss when I’m surrounded by whirring, blinking gizmos as I hard-boil an egg or something.
Thankfully, I’ve mostly gotten over this particular addiction. It didn’t take long to realize that many of the “time-saving” kitchen tools and appliances are typically more cumbersome than helpful. And don’t believe any infomercial that uses the words “so easy to clean.” It’s a lie. It’s always a lie!
I’ve managed to trim down my counter clutter quite a bit, and now I only have a handful of specialty items that I keep in my kitchen. Most of them get to keep their rockstar status because they make it much easier to make basic staple foods that I would otherwise have to buy or spend hours doing it entirely by hand. If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of scratch cooking, consider investing in some of the following gadgets and tools to save yourself some time (and money.)