25 Kitchen Gadgets Under $25 That You Will Actually Use And They Make For Great Gift Ideas Also

Kitchen tools make for great holiday gifts.  There's plenty you can find that are affordable enough not to send your wallet hurting, compact enough to make wrapping a breeze, and practical enough not to end up merely tucked away in an attic box like a lot of gifts we receive during Christmas.   Here are 25 kitchen gadgets under $25 that can make for gifts both friends and family can appreciate.

1. Sushezi Sushi Bazooka $24.99

Perfect For: family and friends who love sushi but can't afford Japanese restaurants every night of the week

Making sushi ain't easy.  Yes, no matter how easy those how-to YouTube videos make it appear.  The Sushezi, a plastic extrusion sleeve styled to look like a mini-bazooka, changes that.  To use, simply split the tube in half, remove the plunger, and bundle up the ingredients (yes, you can put whatever the heck you want) in a pile.  Then, put back the plunger at the end, close up the bazooka to press everything into a perfect roll, and push the plunger to send the tightly-pressed load onto a nori sheet.  From there, you simply roll the wrap, slice the whole thing into bite-size pieces and enjoy.

2. Rice Cube $19.99

Perfect For: people who like fancy finger food

I have really warmed up to sushi in a last few years.  If you don't like sushi much, you can actually even get creative with these rice cubes and make some bite-sized appetizers with tasty toppings mixed in. I doubt anyone will be able to resist those.  That's exactly what the Rice Cube makes, which presses rice mixed with other ingredients into perfectly-shaped cubes that you can pop straight into your mouth.  Even better, it's not restricted to pressing sticky sushi rice.  You can use it with any rice, along with other food.  Think cheese cubes, potato cubes (you'll have to boil it first, of course), and anything else with similar consistencies.

3. Chef'n Bananza Banana Slicer $9.99

Perfect For: monkeys(?), people on a banana diet (hey, I heard it works)

I have to admit: a banana slicer sounded like too much of an unnecessary thing.  But what if, instead of spending a minute cutting banana slices with a knife, you can get the same results in literally two seconds?  That's exactly what the Bananza allows.  Plus, it's safe (dull stainless steel blades), clean (you can slice directly into a bowl of ice cream) and effortless (just insert the banana and squeeze), making it easy to use even for kids.

4. Easy Tool Pineapple Corer $5.97

Perfect For: dudes who can't skin a pineapple if their life depended on it, people who don't like pineapple-in-a-can

Want to make pineapple rings?  Easy enough -- just peel off the skin and work a little knife magic.  Yeah, it's the magic part that always gets you, though.  Well, this clever tool provides the magic all on its own.  To use, simply slice along the top of the fruit, insert the stainless steel end of the contraption, and drill it in.  A ratcheting handle allows simple operation for both left- and right-handed users, letting you core a pineapple in mere minutes.

5. OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer $9.99

Perfect For: health nuts, fruit fiends

Avocados are a great way to add healthy fat, valuable nutrients, and plenty of fiber to your diet.  Encourage friends to partake in the healthy produce with this 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, which you can use to split, pit, and slice the flavor-packed fruit.  The cleverly-designed slicer will not just cut the flesh in long, even slices -- it will do that while automatically parting it from the skin, too.

6. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker $24

Perfect For: single people, college kids in dorms

An all-in-one device for making breakfast sandwiches, the Breakfast Sandwich Maker will toast your bread, cook your eggs, and heat your cold cuts in one go, letting you quickly prepare a filling breakfast sandwich using just a single appliance.  Simply put one slice of the bread on the bottom toaster slot, lay the cold cut on top for heating, crack an egg straight on the griddle, and top everything off with the other half of the bread.  Then, press a button and wait for the whole thing to finish.  Seriously, this will make a great gift for dorm-dwellers and city folks who rush through breakfast every morning.

7. Amco Rub-Away Bar $7

Perfect For: that family member with the smelly hands during family reunions

Onion and garlic are cooking staples you likely work with in every meal.  Quite simply, kitchens around the world can't live without them.  Neither onion nor garlic, however, leave the nicest smell on your fingers.  The Amco Rub-Away Bar is designed to remove those odors off your hands -- no more need for soap or repeated washing.  Even better, it should remove any odor that lingers on your skin, so you can use it after preparing fish, eating blue crabs, or handling some noxious cheese the neighbors sent over.

8. Herb Scissors $9.95

Perfect For: discerning cooks who use a cornucopia of herbs and spices, home gardeners

If you spend any amount of time in the kitchen, it won't be long before chopping, slicing and mincing feel like the most natural things -- they're just something you'll have to do over and over.  The Herb Scissors is a time-saving contraption that will do the same thing, using five shear blades to chop green onions, chives, and any of the produce from your wall-mounted herb garden in a fraction of the time.  Plus, you can use it like a regular pair of scissors, allowing you to do all the chopping straight into a bowl or a pot.

9. Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks $12.95

Perfect For: dudes who want to tear meats violently

Want to carve, shred, and tear through large mounds of meat like a hungry bear in the woods?  No?  Well, we'll bet there's a man in your life who does.  These Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks are the tool for enabling that, letting you make quick work of any meat-mauling duties using six sharp claws.  It's made from hard, durable plastic, too, so you can use it to lift steaks offf the grill without getting burned.

10. Norpro EZ Jalapeno Corer $7.23

Perfect For: pepper-mongering hot food addicts

This is one of those kitchen tools that the recepient isn't likely to use a whole lot of times.  Those nights they decide to make stuffed peppers, though, they'll be so thankful they had a thoughtful friend who got them this contraption, which uses a stainless steel blade with serrated edges to cleanly remove a jalapeno's core and seeds in no time.

11. Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs $15.58

Perfect For: light eaters, people on a diet

First, you chop your vegetables, then you throw them in a bowl, tossing everything till they're mixed just right.  The Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs let you do everything right on the bowl, cutting up your greens with its scissor mechanism and mixing them right on the same container.  It features soft-grip handles, along with stainless steel blades and micro-serrated edges designed to never damage the bowl.

12. Victorio Apple and Potato Peeler $23.14

Perfect For: men who only want manly gadgets in their... uhm... man-kitchen

Sure, it looks like a tool that belongs in a craftsman's workshop more than it does in a kitchen, but this Apple and Potato Peeler can make peeling, slicing and even coring duties a whole lot easier.  A few turns of the handle will get your apples ready in a jiffy; for the potato, simply remove the coring blade and do the same thing to peel.  Construction is enamel-coated cast-iron with stainless steel blades, so it can last as long as your beloved workhorse tools in the toolbox, too.

13. Chef'n StemGem $6.76

Perfect For: people who don’t eat strawberries like they do in the movies (i.e. nib at it from the bottom while holding the stem)

This tool lets you hull strawberries effortlessly, pulling out the stem while keeping the entire fruit intact.  It uses a clever claw design that you inject at the top of strawberry, then clamp once inside to take the full stem without damaging the actual fruit.  Even better, it can also be used to quickly core tomatoes and similar small, soft fruits.

14. Food Huggers $19/set of four

Perfect For: conservative cooks, frugal moms

Sometimes, you just need to use half an onion or want to eat half an orange.  Problem is, the remaining half is going to end up spoiling if you don't finish it all up soon. Food Huggers is a set of silicone caps that cover the exposed part of the produce, sealing it in tightly, locking freshness, and keeping odor from escaping around the room.  It comes in four sizes for accommodating different types of fruits and vegetables, so you can use it for tons of stuff in the kitchen, including onions, tomatoes, apples, and more.

15. Brieftons Spiral Slicer $23.50

Perfect For: raw foodists, healthy eaters

One of my favorite kitchen toys, this device lets you slice any vegetable into spaghetti-like strips, offering a whole new world of cooking and presentation options for carrots, turnips, cucumbers and other firm vegetables.  To use, simply insert the vegetable onto the opening and start twisting like you do with a pencil sharpener.  With high-quality first-grade plastic and stainless steel construction, along with a slew of super-sharp Japanese blades, this is quite a great value for the price.

16. Joseph Joseph Food Station $20.36

Perfect For:  people who cook for large families

Sometimes, all the food you're preparing just won't fit in a single chopping board.  And while you can use plates and bowls to switch stuff to and from the board, we have a feeling these Food Stations will work a whole lot better.  This set consists of a glass chopping board and three color-coded chopping mats that can be attached to the main board during storage.  Basically, lay down the board and mats around the counter, put the different food items down, and each one gets their own dedicated chopping area.   The glass board also doubles as a trivet, able to withstand temperatures of 530 degrees F.

17. Tovolo Silicone Vegetable Steamer $15.99

Perfect For: healthy eaters

This contraption combines a steamer and a serving tray in one.  Lay down your vegetables on the 10-inch silicone surface, put it on the pot, and use the interlocking handles to pick it up when the food is done.  It features an elevated base to keep it from sitting too closely to the heat source, with the entire thing able to handle temperatures of up to 600 degrees F.

18. Joseph Joseph Square Colander $11.99

Perfect For: folks with cramped kitchens

This is, basically, like every other collander, except the entire thing is clad in a square shape.  Why?  So you can tuck it in a corner of the sink for efficient use of space.  Plus, it's got a vertical handle that reaches to the base, allowing the whole thing to stand freely, apart from facilitating easy pouring.

19. Bella Cucina Donut Maker $19.37

Perfect For: people not trying to lose weight

Yes, it's a mini-donut factory sized to sit in the counter.  It can work with any store-bought mix (just pour it in), cranking out up to seven round, holed sugary treats in mere minutes.  Oh yeah, there's no frying so it's only half as nasty as regular donuts, too.  At least, we think so (those don't look healthy, lol).

20. Black Beauty Bottle Capper $15.90

Perfect For: home brewers, dads who don't finish their beers and put them back in the fridge

This isn't the gift to get the serious home brewer who sells a couple dozen cases to local bars every week.  For the hobbyist who puts together a batch every now and then, however, this basic capper should do the trick.  It comes with built-in magnets to hold the cap in place when crimping it to the bottle, as well as a design that works with any American bottle and cap.

21. Joseph Joseph Folding Collander $19.95

Perfect For: folks with overcrowded kitchens

Collanders aren't the easiest thing to store.  They don't nestle well with other kitchen tools and take up quite a big chunk of room.  Not the case with this Folding Collander, which allows for convenient kitchen storage by collapsing flat, letting you squeeze it into tight spaces in a drawer or closet.  When put together, the collander's twelve hinges lock tight, ensuring your food stays in the container even when you get a little rough washing vegetables in the sink.

22. Keebler Personal Pie Maker $18.99

Perfect For: everyone because everybody likes pie

Pies are awesome. You can put in fruits for dessert, meats for a filling snack, or whatever the heck you want if you're feeling experimental.  With slots for up to four personal pies (each one good for 3 to 5 bites), you can use this appliance to make three meat pies and one apple pie (or whatever sweet recipe you want) in one go to cook up a proper meal in minutes.

23. Silvermark Grater Tongs $8.93

Perfect For: everyone who pulls out the cheese grater at least once a day

Why get a pair of tongs when you can get one with a built-in grater for instantly garnishing any meal with cheese?  This under-$10 Grater Tongs from Silvermark is a serious kitchen convenience, allowing you to cheat with a little cheese on the salad while saving you from another food prep tool to clean.  It comes sporting both fine and coarse graters, with heavy-gauge stainless steel construction and snappy spring action.

24. Casabella Silicone Microegg $7.64

Perfect For: people who insist egg sandwiches need perfectly-shaped square eggs

Round eggs make perfect sense when you sandwich them inside round buns.  But if you're trapping them in square slices?  Not so much.  But how do you make square eggs?  Apparently, by using this Silicone Microegg, which lets you cook a square-shapped egg in the microwave in just 60 seconds.

25. Dip Clips $9.38

Perfect For: people with a closet full of sauces, dips, and liquid seasonings

Know someone who never eats without an assortment of dips and sauces on hand?  In my family, that happens to be me.  And I can't help but think these Dip Clips were made for me, allowing me to surround my plate with a selection of dips and sauces that follow anywhere I go.  Each mini-bowl comes with capacity to hold a third of a cup -- big enough to hold a good helping of stuff and small enough to let you cram half a dozen around the plate easily.

32 Responses

  1. Roberto

    Very cool selection. I have the breakfast maker and salad tongs and love both. Breakfast maker is one the best kitchen utensils I ever bought as a bachelor.

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    • aaliyah

      -yawn- I’m just a kid! what am i doing here!? I almost fell asleep looking at the things booooring!1111

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      • Bryn

        :I Then why did you find the need to look through the entire site, instead of just going to a different site that you do enjoy?

  2. Neel

    Smart products for sure. I look at these and wonder why didn’t I invent some of these!

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  3. Braden

    I am a cook with a BPS in culinary arts, I receive kitchen gadgets as gifts all the time from friends and family members. I own the Norpro EZ Jalapeno Corer and it is completely worthless. It doesn’t do anything. It is flimsy and awkward. I have used in on jalapenos, and anything else that might be core-able. No dice. Just keep the money.

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  4. Hoeby

    Yeah all of these would end up never used in the back of the cupboard. For late night TV shopping addicts only.

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  5. Ruth Cooke

    I WANT that pie maker! And the apple peeler/corer looks a whole lot sturdier than the plastic piece of crap I now own. And I’ll admit to eyeing the sushi bazooka as a gift for my really weird kids, who do make their own sushi.

    But a banana slicer? Bear Paw Meat Handler? Strawberry corer? C’mon, folks! Knives, forks and fingers work just as well, at a fraction of the price.

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    • Iain

      I can truly say that the apple peeler/slicer works REALLY well as my father got one for christmas. It is AMAZING.

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  6. EngFacts

    “the serious home brewer who sells a couple dozen cases to local bars every week”

    A home brewer who does a couple dozen cases a week? I don’t believe they would be considered a home brewer anymore (and that home brewers cannot sell the beer they brew).

    Minimum a couple dozen, so 24 cases per week
    24 bottles per case so 576 bottles per week
    12 oz per bottle, so *math* is 54 gallons of beer per week.

    I believe at that point, you are no longer considered a home brewer.

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  7. fred

    Wow, that really is a large collection of the most retarded infomercial junk ive seen in a long time.
    Oh, Whats that you say? You would like me to substantiate my claims?
    Well it just so happens I would be very happy to make a list detailing how each of this items is entirely useless 🙂
    On a side note. To those of you who think some of these products might be good, I apologize for bursting the commercial bubble you have been taught to live in, but please dont take offense and instead try to learn something from my fervent display of contempt for these items.

    1. Sushezi Sushi Bazooka
    Ok, so it rolls the rice for you. Then you place it on a sheet of seaweed and then … YOU STILL HAVE TO ROLL IT

    2. Rice Cube
    Because other cube shaped objects just dont work quite that same as this cube shaped object

    3. Chef’n Bananza Banana Slicer
    Ok, so lets for a second forget the fact that anyone could do this with a butter knife “(dull stainless steel blades)” and that I also doubt instructions are really required, although maybe in America “(just insert the banana and squeeze)” But lets just look at the ‘time saved’ shall we? So lets say it saves you 30seconds. 1min my ass, its not THAT hard.
    For a $10 device that means that you just exchanged 0.33c per second. If you did it every day for a week = 0.04c per second. Over a month = 0.01c p/sec. If you have a $20per hour job you only make 0.005cents per second. Basically, your time just isnt worth that much.

    4. Easy Tool Pineapple Corer
    Might actually be considered useful depending on how often you core pineapples. I live in Queensland, Australia, one of the largest pineapple growing regions in the world. Number of times Ive required a pineapple corer? Zero.

    5. OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
    Again, another tool which would just as easily be done with a butter knife.

    6. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
    OMFG this is the big one. Holy F%$ING SHIT! Right here is definitive proof that we as a human race are completely fucked. If you are not sure what is wrong with this, or are possibly thinking “hey that could be handy for when im in my DORM”. Please kill yourself immediately. No Im not joking.

    7. Amco Rub-Away Bar
    Oh hey, That stainless steel knife you just chopped onions with..yeah it does exactly the same fucking thing. $7 Oh and it only works on specific odours, not the ones you mentioned. Good luck using this on a fish smell. Oh but maybe you just need MORE of them, yeah thats it. Its a cumulative effect. You need 6. $42

    8. Herb Scissors
    Seriously? Please see the banana version *facepalm*

    9. Bear Paw Meat Handler Forks
    Yes, I enjoy meat. These do not look like they would in any way help me to eat meat. I would have to first scrap them across my steak/chicken/bacon to hope i can remove a piece of suitable size, then i would have to lodge the piece between my two claws as i bring them both towards my face akwardly and try to manuever it into my mouth. Rinse(literally) and repeat.

    10. Norpro EZ Jalapeno Corer
    This has already been covered by another poster with firsthand experience.

    11. Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs
    Ok, so you have to slice the cucumber, tear off the lettuce leaves, Slice the onion, put it in a bowl, toss it, then chop it again?? Did you not do it right to start with? Or I guess you could just throw a whole onion, cucumber and lettuce in the bowl and this tool would totally help with that (sarcasm).

    12. Victorio Apple and Potato Peeler
    Some have this items have claimed to ‘save time’ and yet here we have a ridiculous contraption which looks like it takes a good 4-5 minutes to set up, another 10 to clean, and all just to peel and apple. Ill stick with the $1.50 hand peeler instead of this $23 waste of space.

    13. Chef’n StemGem
    If you can not stem a strawberry, you have a learning disability, not a lack of cooking skills.

    14. Food Huggers
    I like how it comes with 4 different size variations. Now I can just take these with me to the store every time to make sure I get food which is the right size rather than using say…plastic wrap..which allows me make it whatever size I want. Huzzah! What a timesaver!?

    15. Brieftons Spiral Slicer
    Firstly this would only work on carrots. Secondly, who the fk cares.

    16. Joseph Joseph Food Station
    Chopping boards, with different colours. So then you can see that there are different food items on those different boards. In your picture I dont think I would have been able to tell there was fish on that board without it being clearly marked with that Light blue.

    17. Tovolo Silicone Vegetable Steamer
    A steamer! It does what every other steamer does, only this time, its a steamer! Now you can steam your vegetables, and unlike those other steamers which steam your vegetables, this one steams them!

    18. Joseph Joseph Square Colander
    This could actually be handy. It has a handle. Colanders from my experience are usually just round baskets with no handles. I wouldnt mind this in the kitchen. Lets maybe hold off on notifing Mensa about having missed an applicant though.

    19. Bella Cucina Donut Maker
    Donut shaped cakes does not a donut make.

    20. Black Beauty Bottle Capper
    Bottle cappers have been around for a long time. Not sure why this is a big deal. Also recommended to hobbyist brewers … Bottles!

    21. Joseph Joseph Folding Collander
    Because I sometimes need to flatpack my kitchen.

    22. Keebler Personal Pie Maker
    Have oven, Have cupcake tray. Dont need this.

    23. Silvermark Grater Tongs
    Why not make them a shoehorn too! and you could also add a whistle on the end incase lost at sea. How often have you been tossing your salad and thought, I really wish I could grate something now without having to spend 3 seconds opening a draw and pulling out a grater.

    24. Casabella Silicone Microegg
    Sigh, to begin with, a round egg on a square sandwich? Get the fk over it.
    Second, if you microwave the egg you arent making a very good sandwich to begin with.

    25. Dip Clips
    First world problems, I swear.

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    • Bo

      Fred, I completely agree with you on all but one (and a half) of these, (more on that in a moment). In general I steer clear of gadgets that can only be used for one purpose. Why on Earth would I spend money and space on a gadget that has the sole purpose of slicing bananas? That task is so simple your basic 3-4 year old can do it. Many of the rest seem to make a simple task more cumbersome and/or time consuming. My kitchen gadget drawer is already full, I don’t need to buy anything that can’t replace at least 2 of the items in that drawer. Also, cabinet space is at a premium, so same rules apply.

      However, the apple/potato peeler and corer is actually a great tool. My parents have a few apple trees and use them to make pies and applesauce (the *best* applesauce, in my completely unbiased opinion 🙂 ). This gadget has saved them hours each summer. Clearly it’s not worth it to pull it out for just one or two apples or potatoes, but when you have several bags full to get through (and your fingers aren’t as nimble as they used to be) this tool has been worth every penny and more.

      There is one aspect of the avocado slicer that looks interesting to me (though not enough to get me to buy it). It’s the round part in the middle that helps you get the pit out. When I was a young teen a friend of mine did the hold the avocado-half-in-one-hand-and-whack-the-pit-with-a-sharp-knife-then-twist-the-knife-to-get-out-the-pit maneuver. The knife slipped and she ended up slicing her fingers so badly she had to have microsurgery to reconnect the nerves. It was awful, and her recovery was grueling and lengthy. I don’t know if this gadget’s corer works well, but I would buy one that does. Don’t need the slicer and peeler, though. A knife works just fine, thanks.

      That said, every single one of these fall squarely in the category of first world problems and solutions.

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    • Carbon Based Life Form

      That was the best internet experience ever. And that is including the sneezing baby panda. Thank you for aiding my effort to procrastinate.

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    • Beece

      I literally busted out laughing “because sometimes I need to flat pack my kitchen”

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  8. Tina

    oh, i have the sushezi sushi bazooka and it works great. really recommend it for avid sushi-makers! 🙂

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  9. Harry

    There’s not a single item on the list that I would want. Most of the gadgets are aimed at people with more money than sense.

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  10. Beth

    The cheese grater tongs are not under 6.00! They cost over 23.00!!! HUGE price difference from what is posted here. If this is a old post, then I understand. Maybe each page should be dated so that people have an idea of when prices were posted.

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  11. Sara

    I love my pineapple corer so much it’s ridiculous! Coring and cutting a ripe pineapple by hand/knife turns not only my cutting board but also my countertop into a wet and sticky mess. Furthermore, if I don’t want to serve the pineapple with the peel still on the wedges I have more wet stickyness coming my way. More time spent with the knife and cleaning up means less time stuffing our faces with delicious pineapple. Why would we want to make that trade off? Enter the corer! Chop the top off, drill, stuff face, and that’s how our fresh pineapple yearly comsumption ratio went from 1 to 20. Shipped all the way across the globe to Sweden. Take that, mother Nature!

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  12. rich

    My girlfriend brought one of those Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich makers. It is a hazard to anyone that tries to operate it. Many burns and poor design. Keep away.

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  13. Guest

    Okay this really pisses me off. The fact that we need machines and gadgets to do the simplest tasks. We as human beings need to learn how to do things manually. Gadgets like these just make us stupid.

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  14. Magda

    Hahaha I used the spiral slicer before… and it works awesome. The blades were amazingly sharp that I even had to go to the emergency room and get stitches. The spiral cutter is not a rip-off for sure.

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  15. Gadget Queen

    Fred, your post is excellent. I’m sure lots of us agree with you. However, I have several of these (most were gifts from loving children). The avocado slicer is good if I want to dig it out of the back of the drawer. Usually I grab the knife which is in front. The apple peeler/slicer is great as I can homemade applesauce and apple butter and make apple pies. The strawberry huller is fabulous. I have severe arthritis and it makes hulling berries a breeze. There is no waste at all. I have an entire drawer of kitchen gadgets and use them all the time. I inherited my Granny’s collection so most of mine are old but cool. The rest of the items seem like a waste to me. But then I’m cheap.

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  16. Donna

    This is truly a great list with some brilliant ideas! For me, the favorites are the herb scissors, 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer and the Food Huggers. I have all 3 at home and they make my life a lot easier!

    However, regarding the specific herb scissors that you mentioned, I must admit that there are better options on Amazon. I bought the one that you mentioned around a year ago, but recently got as a gift the Chefast herb scissors set, and I must admit that those from Chefast are of better quality and also come with useful extras and a very nice box which makes it a great gift…

    Anyway, my next purchase will probably be the Square Colander and the Vegetable Steamer, both of them look like something I need 🙂

    Thanks again for the very useful list!

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