5 Kitchen Gadgets Every Home Cook Needs

A chef’s kitchen is nothing without a collection of handy kitchen tools. From bakeware to cookware to knives and gadgets, there’s a kitchen tool for everything these days. It can be a little bit overwhelming, and how many fancy gadgets do you really need? We asked Daily Journal Food Editor Ginna Parsons to tell us her five must-have items for any kitchen.

Wine Bottle Opener

Why I love it: This Pampered Chef gadget allows you to open a bottle of wine in 5 seconds flat. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer.

Cost: $39

Citrus Press

Why I love it: It’s designed for lemons, but I also use it for limes and quartered orange. You get all the juice and none of the seeds.

Cost: $10

Microplane Zester

Why I love it: It’s perfect for grating Parmesan cheese, zesting citrus and shaving chocolate. Plus, it’s a knuckle-saver.

Cost: $15

Jumbo Ice Cube Tray

Why I love it: These 2-inch-square ice cubes are perfect for bourbon on the rocks. One cube is all you need for sipping.

Cost: $6

Swing-A-Way Can Opener

Why I love it: My mother bought me my first one 35 years ago. They last for years. I’ve bought one for each of my children.

Cost: $8

 

 

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