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There are plenty of time-consuming jobs around the kitchen. From peeling potatoes to creating stock, you could spend hours on the most menial tasks. That’s why preparing the most delicious recipes from scratch takes serious commitment. But, doesn’t it feel like there should be a more efficient way to cook?
Some modern chefs turn to kitchen hacks, like microwaving eggs or grating butter. Sure, a few of those hacks work wonders, but others fail miserably in real kitchen tests.
Hacks only go so far. That’s why inventors have taken cooking into their own hands to create helpful kitchen gadgets for the most time-consuming tasks in the kitchen. these out-of-the-box kitchen accessories can core your pineapples, stuff your jalapeños and even shred your meat. There’s a kitchen accessory for every cooking chore.
Take a look through our 25 favorite unusual and specific kitchen accessories to find the ones that solve the battles in your cooking routine.
1. Stainless Steel Pineapple Corer
With this sturdy pineapple corer, you’ll never need to buy canned pineapple again. This gadget allows you to slice your way through a fresh pineapple in seconds. Is this the perfect excuse for a tropical-themed pool party? We think so.
2. Joie Silicone Devil Oven and Toaster Rack Puller
Anyone who has ever baked a lasagna or a pie knows how difficult it can be to remove larger dishes from the middle of an oven without getting burned. The Joie Silicone Devil Oven and Toaster Rack Puller solves that issue by providing a pull stick for removing bakeware and oven racks. The stick is made from nonstick silicone and can be used in heated spaces up to 536 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, it has a notched mouth so it can also push hot dishes or racks away from you, too.
3. Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller
BEST FOR STRAWBERRY LOVERS
This clever little huller is the simplest and fastest way to de-stem your strawberries (or other similar fruits). In just a push, twist and pull, your strawberries will be ready for filling with chocolate, slicing or even just eating whole.
4. Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper
BEST FOR SUMMER BBQS
If you love the taste of fresh corn on the cob but can’t stand the persnickety eating process and corn-between-your-teeth feeling, you should invest in this kitchen gadget. The Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper takes each kernel off the cob and provides you with a pile of freshly cut yellow goodness to eat with your barbecue or add to your salad.
5. Amco Rub-a-Way Bar Stainless Steel Odor Absorber
BEST FOR FREQUENT COOKS
Frequent cooks know how difficult it is to remove smells like garlic, onions or fish from the skin. The stink seems to last for days after the gorgeous meal you cooked. However, smart home chefs know that the secret isn’t scrubbing harder, but rather using a stainless steel odor absorber. That’s because the molecules in stainless steel form bonds with the sulfur molecules that cause bad smells on the skin. The bonds formed ensure the odor-causing molecules are transferred to the metal and away from your skin. This Amco Rub-a-Way Bar puts the power of stainless steel in any kitchen and makes a great gift for any budding chefs in your family.
6. Granitestone Blue Mini Nonstick Egg & Omelet Pan
BEST FOR EGGS
We think everyone needs a single egg pan in their kitchen. When making breakfast for one, a single egg pan almost always gets the job done for a hearty, fun breakfast. Crack that egg and do as you please. Leave as is with salt and pepper or scramble it up with cheese, meats, veggies or whatever else you’d like. Got some bread and avocado? Use this to make the best avocado egg toast you’ve ever had.
7. Evriholder Avo Saver
BEST FOR AVOCADOS
While we’re chatting about avocados, there is something all avocado lovers know. Saving the other side is a damn nightmare. No matter what, it seems that the other half of your avocado begins to rot in the fridge the second you put it in, making you never able to use it again. The Evriholder is perfect for those who can’t finish a whole avocado in one sitting to keep it fresh the entire time it stays in the fridge.
8. Cookie Dipper Spoon
BEST FOR DIPPERS
You wanted unusual and specific kitchen accessories, so here’s one kitchen tool we’re honestly surprised exists. This cookie dipper spoon was invented solely to help you dip Oreo cookies in milk. Although totally superfluous, this utensil means no one has to stick their fingers in the milk, thereby preventing messes and any germ transfer from skin to liquid. It’s not dishwasher safe, so be sure to hand wash only.
9. King Kooker Jalapeno Stuffer
BEST FOR POPPING
Spicy food lovers, this one is for you. The King Kooker Jalapeno Stuffer gives you an easy way to create your very own stuffed jalapeños en masse. This is the ideal tool for those who love to throw parties with hors d’oeuvres, or want a fun appetizer to make when people are over to watch the game.
10. Bear Paws Shredder Claws
BEST FOR CARNIVORES
You’re a carnivore. Bears are carnivores. So, act like a bear the next time you’re eating meat by purchasing these Bear Paws Shredder Claws. While they might look like a novelty item, these “claws” offer a very specific utility in the kitchen. That is, they are brilliant at shredding meat. Simply slip your fingers through the handles and go at your chicken, pork or beef for perfectly and safely shredded meat every time. You’ll never need to burn your fingers or awkwardly use a fork again.
11. Lettuce Grow The Farmstand
BEST FOR SALAD LOVERS
Ready to get growing all your greens right in the comfort of your own kitchen? Do it with The Farmstand. This incredible device grows all of your favorite greens by self-watering and self-fertilizing. All you need is a power source, water access and 6+ hours of daily sunlight to get going. Best part of all? It’s made with ocean-bound plastic.
12. KBS 17-in-1 Premium Bread Machine
BEST FOR BREAD LOVERS
Ditch the bakery and make bread at home with the KBS 17-in-1 Premium Bread Machine. This incredible bread maker can do it all. Create light or dark bread in a matter of minutes from old family-made cookbooks or new recipes you found online. The top of the machine even has an intelligent dispenser that spreads nuts or fruits on top at just the right time your bread is baking for a delicious, topped-off loaf.
13. Funwares TriceraTaco Taco Holder
BEST FOR TACO TUESDAY
We’re not sure if the Funwares TriceraTaco Taco Holder counts as an unusual kitchen accessory or if it should be classed as a dining room accessory, but we love it either way. The dinosaur-shaped taco holder can hold two tacos, waffles or sandwiches on its back and is ideal for kids and adults alike. Taco Tuesday has never been more fun!
14. Infuse & Pour Alcohol Kit
BEST FOR COCKTAIL LOVERS
Step up your cocktail game with this alcohol-infusing kit your friends will geek out over. Not only will you have unique, speakeasy-ready cocktails you’ve never tasted before, they’re also tons of fun to create. Simply snag all of your favorite dehydrated fruits and spices and get to it.
15. Uutensil Stirr
BEST FOR SAUCE MAKERS
So you’ve got a pot of sauce going again, don’t you? That only means one thing: it’s Sunday. When you’re making a sauce (of any kind) and you can’t be bothered to consistently keep stirring, make sure your creation is getting that good mix it needs with the Uutensil Stirr. This automatic stirrer does the job for you so you can sit on the couch and watch TV all day instead. When it’s time for cleaning, make your life easy and throw the removable legs straight in the dishwasher.
16. Talisman Designs Bacon Bin Grease Strainer and Storage
BEST FOR OLD-FASHIONED COOKS
In days of yore, pretty much every American household had a bacon grease container next to the stove. These cans stored leftover grease created from frying up bacon for future cooking use. Bacon grease containers were probably the secret behind how your grandmother made vegetables, grilled cheese or even pancakes taste so good. Luckily, you can also reap the benefits of a bacon grease container thanks to the Original Bacon Bin. This silicone canister strains and stores leftover grease, so you don’t ruin your plumbing through improper disposal, and so you can use the leftover goodness in future creations.
17. Kabob Grilling Baskets
BEST FOR GRILL MASTERS
If you find yourself out of the kitchen using the grill most of the time, these kabob grilling baskets will change the way you turn up the heat. Instead of making kabobs with wooden sticks, ditch them for these baskets that do the job even better. Less breakage, no unwanted jabs and never any tongue splinters ever again.
18. Wine Condoms
BEST FOR WINOS
No matter what size wine or beer bottle you need to close, these wine condoms have your back. Yes, they have a funny name and a weirdly specific purpose, but once you buy your first pack, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The condoms use shrink-to-fit technology to prevent 99% of spills, so there’s no need to buy a bottle stopper for every size bottle you use. Each pack comes with six reusable wine condoms.
19. Whisk Wiper
BEST FOR BAKERS
Get every last drop of the good stuff with the Whisk Wiper. This two-piece whisk and wiper set is designed with serious bakers in mind. It allows the user to rest the whisk against the bowl or counter without causing a mess. More importantly, the wiper provides bakers with the ability to completely clean the whisk and bowl of batter or frosting. As an added bonus, this set is available in eight different colors to match your kitchen decor.
20. Chef Buddy Pancake Batter Dispenser
BEST FOR ARTISTS
Have you seen those amazing videos of talented cooks creating pancake art? The results are simply too pretty to eat. You, too, can create gorgeous pancakes with the help of the Chef Buddy Pancake Batter Dispenser. This nifty tool allows you to control how much batter is added to the pan in order to help you build your artwork. It can also store excess batter in the refrigerator.
21. Tescoma Pomegranate Deseeder
Surely one of the most labor-intensive jobs in the fruit-eating world is seeding a pomegranate. This time-consuming task can often feel greater than the reward, but with the Tescoma Deseeder, you’ll be done in under two minutes. The three-part set requires little more effort than hitting the plastic bowl to provide you with a bowl full of delicious pomegranate seeds.
22. Watermelon Slicer & Tong by Sleeké
BEST FOR PERFECTIONISTS
Forget the mess and frustration of hacking away at a monstrous watermelon. This slicer provides a simple way to cut through a watermelon and produce the perfectly-sized slice time after time. And it’s simple to change the size of the slice you make by simply adjusting the blade.
23. Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer
BEST FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Once you’ve tried spiralized food, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it. Not only does it make vegetable meals more visually appealing for adults and kids (think zucchini pasta), the slicer is capable of spiralizing tougher veg like potatoes and turnips so you can enjoy your own homemade fries!
24. Glass Topper Cocktail Smoker
BEST FOR MANHATTANS
A Manhattan sans a smoke-filled glass? It’s going to be a no from us. Thankfully, this Glass Topper Cocktail Smoker makes smoking cocktails easier than it’s ever been. Become the mixologist of your dreams and smoke that glass from the top by torching woodchips in the included mesh cup. Aromatic and tasty cocktails? At your service.
25. Master Culinary Herb Scissors
BEST FOR HERBS
These aren’t your average kitchen scissors, they’re herb scissors made to shear herbs quickly using five sharp, 3″ blades that slice through easily and cut down on your prep time. They come with their own “long-finger” cleaning brush that makes clean-up easy and have an ergonomic non-slip grip handle that’s designed to be comfortable for righties and lefties.