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Kitchen Gadgets to Take Meals From “Meh” to “Wow!”

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When it comes to cooking, there are two types of people. Those who enjoy it and those who view it as a necessary evil to ward off hunger. Even if you’re someone in the latter group, kitchen gadgets can make it more enjoyable to prepare your meals.

To help you find the latest and greatest items for your kitchen, we’ve put together a list of our top picks for cooking gadgets. You can find everything from a high-tech toaster to a smart coffee maker for your morning brew.

For High-Tech Toasting: Breville Die-Cast 2-Slice Smart Toaster

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Breville

Maybe you figured a smart toaster was out of your budget after seeing the Revolution InstaGLOW Touchscreen Toaster and its $300+ price point. However, there’s more than one smart toaster on the block. This smart toaster from Breville is a much more affordable option that comes with tons of great features.

Innovative one-touch automation lets you get the perfect toast every time, while an LED indicator keeps you updated on your toasting progress. If you’re someone who wants your toast to be a bit, well, toastier, there’s a setting called “A Bit More” to get your bread or bagel just right. Speaking of bagels, there’s a special setting for them as well as a setting for defrosting items.

For High-Tech Toasting:

For Exploring Sous Vide Cooking: Anova Culinary Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker

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Anova

Once you’ve enjoyed a meal that was prepared using sous vide cooking, you’ll never go back. This technique involves vacuum-sealing food in a bag before cooking it to a precise temperature in water. The result is a perfectly cooked meal. If you’re interested in trying this method yourself, the Anova Culinary Nano Sous Vide Precision Cooker is a great place to start.

The precision cooker comes ready to use without any additional equipment and is ideal for cooking meals for up to four people. It allows you to set just the right time and temperature using the controls on the precision cooker or the Anova App. Speaking of the Anova App, it gives access to thousands of sous vide recipes for free.

For Exploring Sous Vide Cooking

For Keeping Food Fresh Longer: NutriChef Automatic Vacuum Sealer

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NutriChef

Sure, you can use a plastic bag to store food in your refrigerator or freezer, but there is a better way to do it. A vacuum sealer like the NutriChef vacuum sealer helps you keep food fresher for longer, saving you money and making meal prep a breeze.

The beauty of this food sealer is that it has two modes so that you can keep dry foods from getting soggy and moist foods from drying out. This device is very user-friendly. You just plug it into an outlet and use the soft-touch buttons on the control panel. This particular model comes with everything you need to get started, including five medium vacuum bags, one extra-long vacuum bag roll, and a wine stopper cork.

For Keeping Food Fresh Longer

For Smart Brewing: Keurig K-Supreme Plus SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker

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Keurig

Do you ever wish someone or something could make your morning a little easier? The Keurig K-Supreme Plus SMART Single Serve Coffee Maker is here to help. This kitchen gadget uses the wonders of technology to brew the perfect cup of coffee or tea every morning or at any time.

BrewID recognizes your K-Cup pods and customizes the brew setting to make the perfect cup. This coffee maker comes with five strength settings, six temperatures, and five cup sizes. Not only that, but it also comes with the ability to brew over ice. And because this is a smart coffee maker, it is connected so that you can manage your favorite beverages and schedule brews in advance from anywhere.

For Smart Brewing

For Countertop Cooking: Breville Mini Smart Toaster Oven

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Breville

Many people think they don’t need a toaster oven if they have a stove. However, anyone who has one of these little ovens will tell you no kitchen is complete without one. If you want to bring one into your home, the compact size of the Breville Mini Smart Toaster Oven is the perfect fit.

Thanks to eight cooking functions, you can do everything from baking and broiling to toasting and roasting. You can even bake cookies or cook a pizza. The Element iQ System uses four independent quartz elements and smart algorithms to direct the heat and power to where it’s needed most to make the perfect meals as fast as possible.

For Countertop Cooking

For Getting the Right Temperature: MEATER Plus Smart Meat Thermometer

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MEATER

Getting the right temperature is key when you’re cooking. To make sure your foods are cooked perfectly, regardless of how you prepare them, you’ll need a meat thermometer. Specifically, we recommend investing in the MEATER Plus Smart Meat Thermometer.

This thermometer comes with two sensors, one probe, and absolutely zero wires to hold you back as long as you’re within 165 feet of the thermometer. The dual temperature sensors can monitor internal temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and external temperatures up to 527 degrees at the same time. And you’ll always know what to do next because this cooking gadget comes with a guided cook system that comes with alerts and estimates on cook time completion.

For Getting the Right Temperature

For Checking Recipes and More: Amazon Echo Show 8 2nd Gen

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Amazon

It can get really annoying to keep referring to your phone screen to read a recipe. Cooking can also get boring without a little music or a podcast. You can solve both problems when you bring the Amazon Echo Show into your kitchen.

An eight-inch touchscreen allows you to easily see any recipe or cooking video at a glance. In fact, this Echo can even provide daily recipe ideas with step-by-step instructions. You can also do everything from setting a timer while you cook to selecting the perfect playlist to keep the kitchen sounding as good as it smells.

For Checking Recipes and More

For Your Cooking and Frying Needs: Instant Pot Duo Crisp 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer

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Instant Pot

It seems like almost everyone has an Instant Pot, and there’s a good reason for it. This multi-purpose kitchen appliance might be small but it is mighty and comes with tons of different functions. The Instant Pot Duo Crisp 9-in-1 model is the perfect example of this, as it can do the work of a pressure cooker and an air fryer.

This Instant Pot comes with different lids with specialized sealing rings so that you can pressure cook or air fry using the same device. In addition to these functions, this cooking gadget can also slow cook, roast, steam, bake, broil, warm, and sauté. Having this device on hand is the perfect way to save space in the kitchen.

For Your Cooking and Frying Needs

For Perfect Seasoning: KitchenArt Select-A-Spice Auto Measure Carousel

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KitchenArt

It seems like measuring spoons are never around or clean when you need them. This specialized spice rack from KitchenArt solves this problem so that you never have to guess whether you’re putting the right amount of herbs and spices into your dishes.

The carousel can hold up to 12 different spices and rotates so that you can easily access each one. The coolest feature of this product is its ability to precisely measure spices. All you have to do is twist the dial on each spice container to get exactly 1/4 of a teaspoon every time. You can also pour or shake out your spices.

For Perfect Seasoning



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