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10 Kitchen Gadgets That You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

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Preparing meals doesn’t have to be painful or tedious! People are always looking to reinvent the wheel, which means there are so many clever inventions out there (and we always love a good kitchen hack). That’s why I love these clever kitchen gadgets which truly make life easier, hassle-free, and even more fun!

1. PB-JIFE! peanut butter knife

comparison of regular knife with large red peanut butter knife in a jar

Buy it at Amazon$12.99

This ultimate peanut butter knife helps you to scoop up the last of your peanut butter from even the biggest jars. With its round stainless steel ergonomic design, you’ll never be dealing with buttery knuckles again! 

long red peanut butter spreader laying on counter with jar of jif peanut butter

“Years ago I bought PB-JIFE’s from Kickstarter. My kids love it because of how it’s shaped and how long it is, perfect for spreading your peanut butter and to scrape up the last of the peanut butter.” – Michelle 

2. Surpahs roll-up drying rack

metal drying rack sitting over kitchen sink with two wet cups sitting on top

Buy it at Amazon$25

This drying rack is the perfect addition to any kitchen! Since it fits directly over the kitchen sink, water will drain only where it’s wanted – with no more mess on the countertop. The silicone lined rods keep dishes from slipping, plus its even dishwasher safe making clean up totally hassle-free.

rolled up wire rod drying rack over kitchen sink with soap in the background

Simply roll it up for easy storage when you’re done with it, or you can even use it as a trivet for hot pots and pans!

“My drying rack has been a lifesaver. It rolls up, and it’s so strong, I can even place heavy pots and pans on top. I also use mine for vegetable prep. It’s versatile and easy to use.” – Jamie

3. The Pampered Chef measure-all cup

pampered chef measuring cup sitting on a kitchen counter

Buy it at Amazon$17

Why have a ton of measuring cups floating around your kitchen drawers when you can have one that’ll do it all?! This measure-all cup is easily adjustable by sliding the bottom to your desired amount. It even measures both solids and liquids.

“When I originally bought this measuring cup, I never realized how much I would use it – I absolutely love it!” – Amber S.

4. OXO Good Grips avocado slicer

green avocado peeler knife with ripe avocados on the counter

Buy it at Amazon$9.99

Cutting avocados just got a whole lot easier. With this unique tool, you can cut, pit, and slice your avocados with ease. It’s a hassle-free way to enjoy all the avocado toast and guacamole that your heart desires!

5. Aickar garlic press + silicone peeler

silicone roller with peeled garlic press and bowl in the background

Buy it at Amazon$12

This isn’t just any garlic press. This one comes with a handy silicone roller that easily strips each of your garlic cloves in seconds. Your days of standing at the counter peeling garlic will be long over! I even love that it comes with a stiff mini brush to get the garlic that tends to stick in the corners.

Hip Tip: If you already have a garlic press that you love and just want to scoop up a silicone roller for easy peeling, try this OXO garlic press that Bryn loves! It even comes with its own case!

6. Good Cook High-Temp Hamburger Meat Chopper

meat chopper in pan with ground beef
Buy it at Amazon$3.97

If you’re frequently chopping food over your stove, such as ground meats, you’re going to love this time-saving tool that quickly and effectively chops meat into tiny bits for all your dishes. It can even be used to break down fruits for all your favorite jam recipes. YUM! 😋

“I love this! It makes it super easy to get your hamburger into smaller pieces. My son is picky about the chunky meat, and if your meat isn’t fully thawed, it works so well to break it up!” – Angie

“That meat chopper is the best thing ever. I ordered five two years ago to share in a Favorite Things Party, and I have extras in my closet to give as gifts. They are the best!” – Stacy

7. Vidalia chop wizard

half onion sitting on sharp food chopper with bag of onions in the background

Buy it at Amazon$20

Chopping foods for all your meals has never been easier, quicker, or more simple to clean up! With this chop wizard, you simply place the food on top and push down the lid. Perfectly dice an onion in seconds or cut carrots for a salad. The options are endless!  

“My mother in law bought this for me, and I absolutely love it! I never realized how much food I have to cut when making meals until I had this to do the dirty work for me. This chop wizard made my life so much easier! I used to hate preparing for family taco nights because of all the foods I would have to cut up, but now it’s my favorite meal to make because I get to use my chop wizard for everything. There’s even a measuring tool on the side, so I know exactly how much food to cut without even taking it out! I have no clue how I ever lived without it!” – Sara

8. KOHLER kitchen squeegee and countertop brush

hand brushing crumbs off white countertop into sink

Buy it at Amazon$10

This kitchen squeegee and countertop brush was a great reader recommendation, and I have to agree. I love the simple design of this product and how simple it is to store and take out when I need to quickly brush up crumbs or water spills near the sink. This way I don’t dirty my hands or use unnecessary paper towels.

9. Kitchen Gizmo snap ‘n strain strainer

green meat strainer clipped onto a cooking pan

Buy it at Amazon$11

If you’re looking for an easy way to strain pasta or drain meat, this clip-on silicone colander is a must-have! It also fits on almost any size pot or pan, even those with a lip on the edge, which easily allows you to stabilize the pot you’re draining with both hands.

10. Kools food chopper

hand using scissors with cutting board to chop veggies

Buy it on Amazon$14

A built-in cutting board for your knife?! Say no more! This convenient tool allows you to chop foods quickly whether dicing up a banana for your toddler’s breakfast or cutting up some fresh parsley for your simmering stovetop soup – the options are endless!

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments 18

  1. Jodie

    Thank you for your list of favorite kitchen accessories. I own many of them already.

    A great knife is a must in the kitchen. I never really had a great knife until about 8 years ago and I don’t know how I lived without one for so long. A great knife is also an expense that can stop us in our tracks. I subscribe to Cooks Illustrated and they did a knife evaluation and I have to agree with their top pick for chef’s knives. Please see the following article regarding the Victorinox Forschner Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife.

    In addition to that my other favorite kitchen tool is the Martha Stewart Flex Core Jar Spatula. It is perfect for small hands and for getting the last bit out of jars.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! You’re SO very welcome, Jodie! Thanks for the helpful suggestions! Good to know!

  2. Jeremiah2911

    Wow, these are great! Maybe I didn’t know they exist but I definitely NEED the roll up drying rack and the strainer!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! I love that one! I bought that gadget for my parents for Christmas! It is SO useful! Hope you love it too if you decide to grab it!

  3. Eera

    Wow! I just signed up on your new site and I am already floored!! I just bought the peanut butter knife, drying rack and the silicone strainer! I am sure I will get plenty of use from these gadgets! Thanks for sharing your finds!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! You’re SO very welcome, Eera! Thanks for the super sweet comment! Hoping you love those gadgets as much as we have!

  4. browniesmomma

    I absolutely love the mix & chop from pampered chef. My daughter had 1 & told me about it. Then she had a pampered chef party so I ordered 1. It is amazing for choping grd turkey, sausage, hamb., or anything. I eventually bought one for my BFF for a Xmas gift like 4 yrs ago. Recommend it 😁

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendation! I have not used that one yet!

      • browniesmomma

        Your welcome. I also use it to chop up avacodo in a big bowl, if I am making a bowl of guac. Also for egg salad. Just cut the eggs in half & toss in a bowl. Then chop them with the mix & chop. Hope some of these ideas help.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Yes! That sure sounds yummy! Thanks again!

  5. Alyssa

    I love that Pampered Chef measuring cup, I have my mom’s. It’s so great for icky or messy things like mayo, sour cream, etc for dips, peanut butter, and for things you would pack like brown sugar. I’ve considered buying a second one for my Mother in Law, mainly so we can use it… Mine is in storage while we are living with the in laws and saving for a house.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! That one is a favorite of mine too! I use a few times a week for sure! Thanks for the feedback, Alyssa!

  6. jane

    Pampered Chef had adjustable tablespoons and teaspoons that I bought years ago. They have been so amazing while baking! I also have the drying rack. My husband bought me one about a year ago and I love it. No more bulky plastic drying rack on my countertop. Plus, because of the size, I tend to wash/dry/put away now instead of letting things stay in the rack for days. Makes for a cleaner looking kitchen.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing your favorite items with us, Jane!

  7. Sammie
    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! Those are awesome too! Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Crescent City Couponer
    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for letting us know what you have liked most! I may need to grab one of those!

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