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 gadgets 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 17 favorite unusual and specific kitchen gadgets 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 pernickety 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 stainless steel works wonders on such odors. That’s because the molecules in steel form bonds with the sulfur molecules that cause bad smells on the skin. The bonds formed mean 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. The Dipr the Ultimate Cookie Spoon
BEST FOR DIPPERS
You wanted unusual and specific kitchen accessories, so here’s one kitchen tool we’re honestly surprised exists. The Dipr 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. The Dipr is dishwasher safe and suitable for use by children and adults alike.
7. King Kooker Jalapeno Stuffer
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.
8. 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.
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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 delicious pomegranate seeds.
15. 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.
16. 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!
17. Lodge Legacy Series Bacon & Egg Griddle
BEST FOR BREAKFAST
The Lodge Legacy Series Bacon & Egg Griddle hasn’t changed much in the past 80 years. That’s because it’s perfect for cooking up the breakfast of your dreams. The cast iron skillet includes two sections for creating dreamy fried eggs and one section for frying up bacon or other goodies. Furthermore, because this skillet is made by Lodge in heavy duty cast iron, it will last for years to come with the proper love and care.