14 kitchen gadgets that will make cooking a breeze

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Sourdough, banana bread, feta pasta. For a lot of people, these meals are synonymous with lockdown. People who went from eating most of their meals out have found a deep passion for cooking over the past few months, both for comfort and for something to fill the time. For 14 genius kitchen gadgets that will take your chef skills to the next level (and keep your passion growing far past lockdown), keep scrolling.

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14 cool kitchen gadgets on Amazon (Image: Amazon)

Proscenic T21 Air Fryer

Proscenic T21 Air Fryer (Image: Amazon)

4.6 stars from 4,817 ratings

If you haven’t jumped on the air fryer band wagon, this model by Proscenic may be the one that pushes you to take the leap.

Able to connect with your phone so you can control the device from the sofa, this multi-functional cooker can make perfectly cooked, delicious meals in record time and with just the press of a button.

The aluminium and Teflon coated basket is dishwasher safe and super easy to clean, so the whole process is simple from start to finish.

Reviewers are saying:

“Where has this been all my life. I’ve actually bought two now, one for my 82-year-old mum who’s daily care requires quick no fuss meal making and easy cleaning. It cuts more than half the time on normal oven cooking. The WiFi set up is easy allowing your phone to control all the functions from wherever you are but the Alexa voice control is a little more tricky. I haven’t used the oven or frying pan since. Everything tastes excellent”.

RRP: £119

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AnySharp World's Best Knife Sharpener

AnySharp World’s Best Knife Sharpener (Image: Amazon)

4.5 stars from 40,720 ratings

You don’t even realise how much blunt knives are holding you back until you give them a sharpen.

If you can’t remember the last time yours were sharpened – trust us, it’s time.

This precise sharpener can sharpen even the most blunt of knives, and can be used on serrated edges.

The power suck suction on the base of the device ensures that it is secured in place so you know it’s safe.

Reviewers are saying:

“I totally love this knife sharpener. It works great for me and the suction system works great!

My knives are really sharp now and it doesn’t require major strength to do it. The steps are easy to follow and I do recommend this product!”

RRP: £10.99, on sale now for £8 – you save £2.99

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DOQAUS Meat Thermometer

DOQAUS Meat Thermometer (Image: Amazon)

4.6 stars from 11,855 ratings

Checking your food is cooked with a thermometer not only makes sure it tastes its best, but it also makes sure you don’t accidentally give yourself food poisoning when experimenting with new dishes.

This digital thermometer by DOQAUS gives you an instant reading that will help you know when your food has finished cooking.

Reviewers are saying:

“Really easy to use, so useful. I’ve always tested food the old fashioned methods, but this is so much quicker and more reliable. Takes the guesswork out of cooking”.

RRP: £8.99, on sale now for £6.90- you save £2.09

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Aisaving Electric Potato Peeler

Aisaving Electric Potato Peeler (Image: Amazon)

4.2 stars from 688 ratings

Don’t waste time and effort peeling your potatoes manually, invest in this automatic peeler that does all the hard work for you.

All you need to do is insert the vegetable, adjust the blade position, press the ‘peel’ switch and let it work it’s magic.

Reviewers are saying:

“I love my potato peeler. It does look flimsy but it isn’t. I do have to use a small sharp knife to take out the eyes and top and tail the spuds but it’s so quick! I have painful joints in my hands and can’t grip very well. I wish I’d had one years ago when I think of all the spuds I’ve peeled”.

RRP: £26.96

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FREETOO Garlic Press

FREETOO Garlic Press (Image: Amazon)

4.6 stars from 5,223 ratings

This large capacity garlic presser lets you crush two or three pieces of garlic at a time.

The heavy-duty and easy to clean, home cooking has never been easier.

Reviewers are saying:

“Simple design that works better than any garlic press I’ve ever had. I was attracted to this in the first place because of the little spikes aligned with the holes. My bugbear with garlic presses was the amount of waste left over, and if you tried to squeeze harder to get more through the handles broke. Not with this one, it feels solid, is easy to use, easy to clean and garlic in a recipe is no longer a chore it’s a pleasure”.

RRP: £16.99

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Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer (Image: Amazon)

4.2 stars from 3,290 ratings

Courgetti and carrot noodles are an increasingly popular alternative to pasta, with people mixing in this alternative with the real stuff so they can eat more food with less calories.

Parents say that serving their kids vegetables in this form makes it easier for them to eat it, and is a fun way to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet.

Reviewers are saying:

“This has been an absolute dream to use and I am very pleased with my purchase! As a family we have loved creative, beautiful, healthy and tasty meals using this. I have used it several times and each time I have loved the results!”.

RRP: £24.99

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Andrew James Ice Cream Maker Machine

Andrew James Ice Cream Maker Machine (Image: Amazon)

Ever have dreams of having your own ice cream shop when you were a kid?

You can live part of that dream with this fun ice cream maker machine that gives you the power to make ice cream, frozen yoghurt, and sorbet all with your own customised flavours.

4.2 stars from 2,926 ratings

Reviewers are saying:

“Loved it loved it loved it. The easiest ice cream maker I have ever used. Use your imagination and the machine does the rest. Frozen yoghurt is the best I’ve ever made, better than bought. I bought this because I was shocked and amazed at some of the ingredients used in both ice cream and yoghurt desserts. I’m glad I did”.

RRP: £29.99

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KitchenCraft “Deluxe” Egg Separator (Image: Amazon)

Separating eggs while you’re cooking can be a messy affair.

This deluxe egg separator does the fiddly part for you, allowing you to just crack the egg into the top and it will strain the egg whites from the yolk with precision.

4.5 stars from 506 ratings

Reviewers are saying:

“Very easy, very effective. Easy to clean. I’ve never been able to reliably separate eggs but I love soufflés and meringues”.

RRP: £7.79

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Uutensil timed Automatic Stirrer

Uutensil timed Automatic Stirrer (Image: Amazon)

3.9 stars from 212 ratings

Have you ever wished you could have someone in the kitchen just to stir while you continue on with the cooking?

This timed automatic stirrer does exactly that.

When you press the start button, the StirrTime will automatically mix for the time you set, and let you know when the food has been cooking for one to 10 minutes by beeping in one minute increments.

Reviewers are saying:

“Love the product. No more lumpy porridge, great for sauces leaving you free to do something else rather than stand and stir. Easy to clean too”.

RRP: £24.99

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Otstar Jar Opener

Otstar Jar Opener (Image: Amazon)

4.3 stars from 2,093 ratings

Never battle against hard to open jars again with this jar opener that makes the process easy as can be.

Especially helpful to seniors and people with arthritis, this tool helps you to open jars and other lidded objects if you struggle to get a grip on things.

Reviewers are saying:

“This was purchased for a lady who has issues with gripping her hands for opening jars etc. I saw this item amongst similar ones and thought it looked the best, it had a great looking outer grip and can be turned over to open other size jars or bottle tops… needless to say the lady was very pleased and I’ve been informed by her husband that she’s using it quite regularly now and is no longer asking for his help”.

RRP: £3.99

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Microwave Pasta Cooker

Microwave Pasta Cooker (Image: Amazon)

4.6 stars from 1,094 ratings

Do your friends and family tease you because you can’t even make pasta?

Show them how wrong they are with this microwave pasta cooker that cooks perfectly al dente pasta, all from the microwave.

Reviewers are saying:

“I wasn’t sure about the product when it first arrived but now it is utilised very regularly. It is so simple to use and it cooks pasta to perfection every time – virtually an idiot proof way of cooking excellent pasta”.

RRP: £21.14

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LINKChef Hand Blender 3 in 1

LINKChef Hand Blender 3 in 1 (Image: Amazon)

4.6 stars from 3,520 ratings

Fancy trying your hand at making soups, smoothies, or a fancy sauce?

This blender set comes with a hand blender, a whisk, a food processor, and other accessories that make blending food a breeze.

Reviewers are saying:

“My old well loved blender died on me and this one arrived the next day and I have already used it 3 times. I am very impressed with the quality of the blender and the attachments. Because of the way the blender has been designed it can stand on the kitchen surface and it looks very good too as you can see! I found it to be very quick, efficient and easy to clean. I am more than pleased with it and am happy to give it 5 stars and recommend it”.

RRP: £44.99, on sale now for £39.99 – you save £5

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Progressive Fresh Guacamole ProKeeper

Progressive Fresh Guacamole ProKeeper (Image: Amazon)

There’s little more annoying than when you’ve been looking forward to the guacamole you saved only to find it’s gone brown and gross in the fridge.

This container by Prepworks uses extra-tough suction to make sure your food is kept fresher for longer.

4.5 stars from 5,259 ratings

Reviewers are saying:

“I bought this as a gift for my husband. He makes his own guacamole constantly and used to use a plastic storage container. The guacamole didn’t keep its freshness and turned dark after a day. This new container keeps his mixture fresh and prevents the guacamole from changing colour and the taste remains as fresh, exactly as described”.

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Metaltex Tidy-Tex Kitchen Sink Organiser

Metaltex Tidy-Tex Kitchen Sink Organiser (Image: Amazon)

Extra cleaning is the unfortunate aftermath of cooking up a storm.

Keep your sink area looking neat with this kitchen sink organiser that has space for all the main items you keep around the sink.

4.5 stars from 11,438 ratings

Reviewers are saying:

“Wanted something to tidy my area of the sink and this does the job. I thought initially the price was a little too high for what it was, however when it is arranged it is made out of strong material so it will last. Sorts everything I had round the sink and has tidied up that area and easy clean”.

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