The quirky kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed (and they’re all under $10 on Amazon) 

Sometimes it’s the small things that make all the difference in the kitchen. Although you may not think you need an herb stripper or a three-in-one avocado slicer, once you’ve used them you’ll wonder how you ever survived before.

So to help make cooking simpler and smoother, we’ve scoured the internet to find the coolest and quirkiest kitchen gadgets. 

From a strawberry huller and a cheese melt pan to a garlic odor absorber, these clever tools will instantly upgrade your kitchen. And best of all, you can find them all on Amazon for under $10. 

Amco Stainless Steel Odor Absorber, $7.26 

There’s nothing worse than having the smell of fish, onions or garlic lingering on your fingers after cooking, and this nifty little bar banishes those odors. It is used like a bar of soap, so you rub it over your hands with or without water to instantly eliminate food smells. The bar usually sells for $26, but it’s currently 72 per cent off on Amazon so you can nab it for just over $7.  


OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, $9.99

Split, pit and slice avocados using this three-in-one tool from OXO. The stainless steel pitter removes the pit with one quick twist, while the slicer lifts fruit from the skin in seven perfect pieces, and the serrated blade slices the avocado. 


Deiss Shredder-Zester, $8.99

If you like your grated cheese and lemon zest seriously light and fluffy then this is the gadget for you. The Deiss Shredder-Zester finely grates citrus fruits to give you perfect tiny zest curls in 30 seconds. Because it grates so finely, it doesn’t even touch the pith so you avoid any bitter taste. The tool also works on chocolate, ginger, garlic, and nutmeg, as well as various vegetables.


Norpro Egg Perfect Egg Timer, $4.70

Do you struggle to cook the perfect boiled egg?  Whether you prefer your yolks runny or hard-boiled, this timer will help you make your eggs just the way you like. As the timer heats up, the red face starts getting darker, indicating when the egg is soft, medium, or hard, as well as the stages in between.


RSVP 5-Blade Herb Scissors, $9.95

Save time on food prep with these handy five-blade scissors that cut, chop, mince and snip herbs and vegetables. The scissors are perfect for preparing basil, thyme, dill, parsley, chives and mint, allowing you to sprinkle the herbs effortlessly over your meal for a restaurant-worthy finish.


Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller, $7.95 

Designed as a safe and simple alternative to hulling with a knife, this clever little gadget will help you prep your strawberries perfectly. You simply insert the stainless steel claw into the strawberry, release the button gently and then twist out the stem. 


Spring Chef Measuring Spoons, $9.97

Take the guesswork out of measuring herbs, spices, liquids, and other ingredients with these stainless steel measuring spoons. The dishwasher-safe spoons are engraved with US and metric measurement markings, and nest together for compact storage.


Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper, $7.99 

This cob corn stripper will prove to be your best friend when preparing soups, salsas and salads this summer. The stripper effortlessly shaves kernels away in one swift movement, allowing you to enjoy your corn fresh off the cob.


Websun Salad Cutter Bowl, $8.99

Get perfectly chopped salad quickly and effortlessly using this cutter bowl. First, wash your salad leaves using the bowl as a strainer. Then, use the base to close the bowl, flip it over, and chop up the salad through the strips. You can cut the ingredients even finer by then rotating the bowl 90 degrees and chopping again.


Lodge Silicone Hot Handle Holder, $6.80

If you’ve ever burned your hand on a piping hot saucepan or pot handle, you’ll appreciate these silicone handle holders. They are designed to fit snugly onto most conventional handles for a secure, comfortable grip that protects hands from heat up to 450°F.


OXO Good Grips Apple Corer, $8.99

This clever tool provides the quickest, easiest way to remove the core from your apple or pear without cutting yourself. The stainless steel gadget moves precisely through the fruit, and the core removes easily from the corer head with a simple shake.


Chef’n Greens and Herb Stripper, $7.39

This simple but incredibly efficient little gadget strips kale, collard greens, chard, and herb leaves from the stems in one quick motion. Simply pull the stem of the herb or vegetable through the gadget, and watch as the leaves fall away.


Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, $9.99

Make your pasta dishes healthier with this spiral vegetable slicer, which is surprisingly affordable at just $9.99. Ideal for vegetables such as zucchini, squash, carrots, or cucumbers, the slicer uses stainless-steel cutting blades to instantly create thick or thin pasta strands.


OXO Good Grips Silicone Garlic Peeler, $6.99

There’s no need to waste precious food prep time trying to peel garlic gloves with your nails when you have this clever gadget. Simply insert the garlic cloves into the peeler and gently roll it back and forth while pressing downward. The cloves come out peeled, while the peels stay inside.


Cuisinart BBQ Cheese Melt Pan, $9.99

This pan is perfect for those who enjoy their cheese with a slight smoky flavor as it allows you to melt it on the grill or on a griddle. The set includes a scraper to help you remove the melted cheese from the pan to top everything from pizza and pasta to vegetables, nachos, and hamburgers.


Rubbermaid Thermometer, $7

Cooking thermometers are not only extremely convenient, they’re also important for food safety. This one from Rubbermaid Commercial Products, which is currently 60 per cent off, reads temperatures between 60°F and 580°F. Simply pop it in your oven and use as a guide to ensure you’re cooking at the right heat.

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