Cooking meals at home for yourself, family, and friends can be time consuming, especially if there are many items on the menu. Luckily, there are kitchen gadgets available to help make life easier and preparation time faster, especially if one is a novice in the kitchen.
Here are a few selected hand gadgets that may be what you need to help pick up your game.
Fruit is great to eat on its own or combined with other ingredients to make an appetizer or entrée. For a large fruit like watermelon, imagine cutting it into 12 perfect slices with one strong, swift motion. It is possible with a stainless steel watermelon slicer, an easy tool to use.
All you have to do is cut both ends of a fruit, then place the flat side on a cutting board. Next, center the slicer in the middle and push down on the handles to cut the fruit all the way through. Presto! You have beautiful slices ready to eat.
It can also be used to cut cantaloupe and pineapple.
Attention hamburger lovers. Say goodbye to using your hand to make patties. Grillaholics’s Stuffed Burger Press has made life much easier to create patties with style and consistency. The burger press is straightforward to use, resulting in perfect patties or creative stuffed patties if you want to kick it up a notch. You’ll definitely surprise your guests next time they bite into a stuffed burger. You can try stuffing the patty with bacon, cheese, chili, or jalapeños.
Do you love eating oysters but hate the difficulty of shucking it open? Then it’s time to check out the Duxbury Shucker manufactured by R. Murphy Knives. The knife is small and ergonomically designed with input from “oystermen at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts” according to the company’s website. With that in mind, the sharp tool is known to ease into the oyster’s hinge with minimal effort, thus making oyster shucking a piece of cake.
Just remember that it is a knife and super sharp, so exercise the necessary precaution when using it.
Pineapple Core Peeler
A pineapple can be a tricky fruit to cut. Removing the skin and core can take some time, especially if you plan to serve it in pretty slices at a party. Fortunately, there is a kitchen gadget to make this task faster for you. The pineapple core peeler is able to remove the pineapple flesh from the skin and core in perfect shaped rings. The trick is to ensure you center it correctly before twisting the tool down. In no time at all, you’ll be eating fresh pineapple.
There is no doubt that vegetables are an important part of our diet. Eating leafy greens, like kale and arugula, are all the rage but prepping can be quite a pain. Thank goodness for LooseLeaf, a kale and greens stripper. Stick the stem through the smallest hole it can fit in, then tug-and-stop continuously to strip the leaves off the vegetable. Works well with herbs like thyme too.
Corn on the cob is commonly served at many a backyard barbecue. It’s so easy to cook and eat, but it also frequently gets stuck in one’s teeth. Sometimes you want to enjoy a kernel on its own, which is why a corn stripper comes in handy. This unitasker lives up to its name by removing whole corn kernels with a twist and push motion, allowing you to quickly add corn to any dish.
No one enjoys eating meat that is tough, which is why a meat tenderizer comes in handy. This particular model has 48 sharp needles that can penetrate and break down the connective tissues in beef, chicken, and pork. The gadget also helps to marinate the meat faster and reduces cooking time. It’s a win-win for the chef and eater.
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