Don’t you hate it when you’re cooking, and you have to go full renaissance mode and do things old fashioned: with your hands even though you know there’s probably already a device for whatever you’re doing. The only time I’ll say it’s okay to go barbaric is when you’re making pasta from scratch.
However, buying these random yet essential kitchen accessories elevates your cooking game, all the while saving you loads of time. When I moved into my first apartment, I really thought I didn’t need much for the kitchen since it’s just me cooking. However, I, along with I’m sure many people, were wrong.
When it comes to your closet, do you build a clothing rack but no shoe rack? When it comes to your clothes, do you wear just pants? Or do you wear a belt as well to keep them from falling?
The same applies to the chef of the house. To keep your kitchen space running smoothly, you need tools, as with any other activity you do.
Before we dive into the more technical accessories, let’s check out some essential kitchen gadgets that help you organize your space as well as improve the techniques needed to perfect a meal:
Essential Kitchen Gadgets
Dish Drainer/Dish Drying Racks
Dish drainers are essentially a caddy and drying station for your wet dishes right out of the wash. There are a couple of different types of dish drying racks out there. Just make sure that the rack will be able to fit somewhere around your sink area, so it’s easily accessible.
Over the Sink Racks: Surpahs Over the Sink Roll Up Dish Drying Rack, Over Shelf Dish Rack
Small Kitchen Dish Racks: Boosiny Kitchen Dish Rack, Ikea Dish Rack
Expandable Dish Racks: iPEGTOP Expandable Deep and Large Dish Drying Rack
Best Sink Racks: Simplehuman Dish Rack, Kitchenaid Dish Rack
Spice racks are a MUST. They are the most effective and efficient way of storing and working with your spices. Here are the best spice racks for optimizing your space:
I really didn’t know I needed a plate rack until I had one. These racks are a stylish and practical way of storing your plates. There are even plate racks for storing your pots and pans. I place my plate racks in cabinets because they fit with ease, and no one can see them. They can serve several functions, but they serve as an organizational tool for my dishes, pots, and pans. Some of the best multifunctional dish racks include:
Utensil Stands + Holders
As the words suggest, these are storage containers for your utensils. Utensil stands vertically hang the utensils, for easy to find access. Whereas with a utensil holder, they hold them all in place and tend to be more for storage and a minimalistic appearance.
Lazy Susan Cabinets
I personally love Lazy Susan cabinets. Lazy Susan’s are usually found in your kitchen’s lower cabinets for them to be easily accessible, and their primary function, organization. They are typically used for storing food products like spices, teas, sugars, snacks, etc. They are great because of their rotating design, which allows easy access to all your food products with a short turn. Popular Lazy Susan Cabinets include:
There are a lot of fantastic kitchen tools, but rarely ever used. However, chopping boards are your new best friend. The more, the merrier. I don’t even know where else I would be able to chop and leave my food sitting out while preparing. While most cutting boards are basically the same in appearance, some are made sturdier based on the materials they are made from. So pick one that most suits your personal style:
Stackable Steamer Inserts
These are pretty neat devices! They allow you to cook multiple/different foods at once. All you have to do is insert the steamer stacks into your pressure cooker, and voila! No more worrying about how long one food would take to cook to put the next one in. Done away are the days of single-handed tasks. Some famous stackable steamer inserts include:
Now I want to introduce you to accessories that have made my life easier and my cooking cleaner. These little guys are amazing and tend to make the cooking experience much more fun and simpler for you. Your food will also come out better as a result.
Now, get to cookin’!!!!