Tempus fugit. These two Latin words are our mantra: time flies, and never does it fly faster than in the time leading up to the holiday season. So, instead of suffering cooking chaos or scrambling to set the table, we’ve got some work-smarter-not-harder gizmos that’ll trim time spent in the kitchen. Here are our Top 10 Time-Saving Kitchen Tools.
1. MIRCROPLANE GRATER
Available in grades ranging from extra-fine to coarse, this inexpensive device will help you quickly grate, shave, shred, zest and curl everything from hard cheese and spices to fruits and vegetables.
The mandoline is a handheld, adjustable slicing tool that requires minimal skill and effort. Slide vegetables along the blade and create uniform slices in under 30 seconds.
3. SALAD SPINNER
A flick of the wrist and you’ll have perfectly dry salad greens, spinach leaves, herbs, leeks, pea pods…
4. GARLIC PEELER
Short of the snorkel, this is the greatest rubber tube invented. Place your unpeeled garlic clove inside the tube, roll it on the counter and, ta-dah, you’ve got fresh peeled garlic and still-fresh smelling hands.
5. KITCHEN SHEARS
Kitchen shears, what can’t you do? Prized for their versatility, sturdy and sharp kitchen shears effectively open bags, snip herbs, cut pizza, trim fat and hack bones. When buying a pair, look for one that separates easily for trouble-free washing, has no-slip handles and a straight blade.
6. FOOD PROCESSOR
Notice the clue inside the word ‘processor.’ Pro. Professional. Your own plug-in sous chef. This expert timesaving device can mince, dice, chop, cut, slice and puree. Never has grating cheese, scalloping potatoes or blending a salad dressing been easier.
7. RICE COOKER
With so few guarantees in life, when we spot one, we pounce. Add rice, water, push a button and walk away as the cooker magically delivers perfectly cooked grains in less than 20 minutes. And, as if that isn’t enough, your rice will stay warm for a few hours.
8. PORTION SCOOP
Though helpful when tunneling through a tub of Chunky Monkey, these scoops aren’t just for ice cream. Coming in a variety of sizes, the spring-loaded portion scoop is ideal for cookie dough digging and making uniform sized meatballs.
9. IMMERSION BLENDER
Not only does the handheld immersion blender make tasks faster, but it also makes cooking tidier. Place this magic wand directly in a pot or bowl to puree without any messy transfer to countertop blenders.
10. CITRUS JUICER
Minimum effort, maximum juice. Need we say more?
10 ½ . THE LAST WORD
To save minutes and hours, consider these 2 magic words: Dishwasher Safe.