There is a phrase that goes “slaving away in the kitchen”. Why do you think this phrase was coined in the first place? Could it be because of the many hours that have to be dedicated to preparing and cooking a great meal? Probably so.
Fortunately, because of some smart minds and really innovative kitchen inventions, slaving away in our respective kitchens may be a thing in the past. Many inventors have set the goal of shortening the time spent at the kitchen, and have come up with amazing inventions that can significantly cut kitchen time. What’s even better is that there are many of these kitchen gadgets that are actually affordable, and therefore attainable. We’ve rounded up some great kitchen inventions that don’t only work marvelously to save time but do their share to be easy on the pocket too. If you want kitchen prep to be shorter, and sweeter, and are looking for a real bargain, then we suggest you get the following:
Are any of you fans of Jamie Oliver? We’re suckers for his 15-minute meals! Time and again, we’re constantly impressed on how he manages to whip up at least 2 dishes in such a short time frame. Upon closer examination, we’ve discovered that one of his secrets is the simple garlic press. Jamie doesn’t have to waste precious minutes slicing and dicing the garlic. He simply puts everything in the press and the work is done for him! There are many garlic presses around, but we tend to favor the Prepera garlic press, priced at $19.99. The New York Times agrees, giving this invention top reviews!
The mini food processor
If you have a garlic press, you’ve taken care of the garlic, but what about the other components of the dish that also need to be diced and pulverized? This is where the mini food processor becomes your friend. It’s a great tool for making rubs, sauces, or just cutting away fruits and vegetables. We want to emphasize the mini size because it is definitely easier on the pocket. Also, a mini food processor is a better choice if you have limited space in the kitchen, or if you only have to feed a few family members. We love this key-lime colored one from Cuisine Art. It got great feedback, is priced right, and the color is pretty cute.
Sometimes, the simplest things can make a difference in kitchen prep. For example, having your ingredients organized and ready to go saves you precious minutes that would have been spent looking for that thing that you wanted to use. The OXO’s stackable containers are our pick for getting organized in the kitchen. This 10 piece set is right at our budget at 99.99. They’re not only stackable, but they’re clear and varied in size, so there ‘s room to store pasta, cereal, chips, beans and four, among others.
Part of what takes so long in the kitchen is the washing and cleaning up. The process is made longer when there are sticky surfaces and burnt chunks of food that refuse to come out. The solution to all of these is actually these very simple non-stick mats. They’re a great tool for the home baker and are priced fairly at about 49.99 for one.
A Digital Measuring Cup
This last kitchen invention that we’re featuring doesn’t only score points for being a time-saver but has earned our approval because of its sheer coolness. The Taylor digital measuring cup is the very first of its kind. Equipped with a screen where the handle is, this measuring cup saves its owner from having to transfer ingredients that need to be weighed. Also, this measuring cup is pretty convenient as it can convert measurements from metric to imperial systems, and also works for both wet and dry ingredients. Lastly, the Taylor measuring cup is amazingly affordable at $35, making it a must-have in your kitchen.
The even better news is the affordable, and extremely useful inventions for the kitchen do not stop there. Every day, more and more inventors are adding to that list. If you wish, you can even contribute to that list by coming up with an invention of your own! When you do, a simple call may help you figure out how to develop it best!