I have a weakness for kitchen gadgets. Drop me at a Williams Sonoma or a Sur La Table and I’m like a kid in a candy store. But, let’s be real, a lot of times we think we need the latest slicer/dicer only to have it collect dust and take up valuable cabinet space.
However, these 5 must-have kitchen gadgets have been tried and true in my kitchen for years without a dust mite in sight. In fact, I find them so useful, that I’ll put this stake in the ground: I simply won’t live without their handiness!
1) Avocado Slicer:
Because, AVOCADO TOAST! If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out for sure! Below are some of my favorite avocado toast varieties. This handy 3-in-1 tool helps you cut, de-seed and slice an avocado quickly and efficiently and since its all-in-one, you’ve got one less item to wash post-meal. Added bonus!
Why this gadget is a Penelope Must Have: Avocado toast is the ultimate in breakfast (or lunch!) efficiency. You can throw it together in the matter of a minute and it provides lasting nutrients to get that metabolism kicked into gear. For the Penelope on the go, its a no-brainer.
2) Spiral Slicer:
Because … Zucchini Noodles! Which are my go-to for noodle substitution in our gluten-free house. But you can also make gorgeous salads with beets, carrots, cabbage, and more! Really, the possibilities may be endless. And this particular spiral slicer is my fave because the 3 blades store right into the machine meaning more cabinet space for other gadgets! (#addicted)
Why this gadget is a Penelope Must Have: Any tool that stores its own accessories within itself is a win. No hunting for the right blade attachment wasting precious seconds that can be used for list making!
3) Cookie Scoops:
Because … cookies and energy bites and melon balls … oh my! I have all 3 cookie scoop sizes and I use them all for different tasks. I like the medium one for regular chocolate chip cookies. The small one for melon balls. And the large size gets used for pre-workout energy bites in my house.
Why this gadget is a Penelope Must Have: Perfectly round and uniformly sized cookies are more pleasing to the Penelope eye when laid out on a tray for your guests or family. Also great for making consistent serving sizes and avoiding the ultimate kid complaint “Mooooooom, hers is bigger than mine!“.
4) Offset Spatulas:
Because … if you have ever wondered how bakers get icing on a cake so smooth … this tool is their secret weapon. If you want to impress your family and friends, invest in these devils BEFORE your next cake baking adventure. You’ll be amazed at how quickly it’ll make you appear like a pro.
Why this gadget is a Penelope Must Have: Ever tried to ice a cake or a cookie with a plain old regular knife? How do you like those tiny little line from the teeth marks? Annoying! These offset spatulas are the key to a smooth finish and uniform icing thickness.
5) Microplane Zester/Grater:
Because … zesting is fun! This is one you don’t realize you need … until you need it. Or, until you have one. Adding a little citrus zest to a salad or pasta dish can take it from DRAB to FAB. This little tool is also great for grating fresh ginger in all your favorite Asian dishes and for adding nutmeg to your holiday eggnog.
Why this gadget is a Penelope Must Have: Last time I tried to zest an orange on a regular box grater, I ended up with 1/3 the amount of zest I needed and a whole lot of wasted citrus fruit. If your Penelope personality craves as little waste as possible in your food prep, the microplane is without a doubt, the way to go.
What do you think? Tell us: what is YOUR must-have item in the kitchen?