When dinner is headed toward disaster, reach for these tools
Which gadgets do you really need?
Anyone with children will tell you that sometimes making it through a meal seems like an impossible feat. There are days when everything from the size of the kernels on an ear of corn to the shape of your child’s sandwich can cause serious distress. Luckily, there are a few simple gadgets that parent’s can have on hand in the kitchen to help solve (and many times prevent) the majority of these meal-related crises.
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Luckily, some of the best gadgets to have on hand are also some of the most basic; they’re simple pieces of kitchen equipment that have stood the test of time. This means that you don’t need to spend a lot of money stocking a wide variety of expensive tools (no need for that special avocado slicer); you’d be surprised how many kitchen gadgets serve not only their intended purpose, but some more creative ones as well.
Once you’ve figured out which tools your family needs and your kitchen is stocked with a basic arsenal of kitchen gadgets, you’ll also need to know how to use them. Organize your kitchen so that you can access these basic tools quickly and don’t be afraid to use them creatively when problems arise. When all the knives are dirty and your child needs something cut, grab the scissors; when you’re out of pasta, grab your vegetable peeler and make zucchini or carrot “noodles” — there are a number of ways to use these basic gadgets to your advantage.
If you’re not sure how to decide which kitchen gadgets are most useful for your family, start with some of these. They’re basic kitchen tools that every home cook, especially those with kids, should have.
Having a can opener on hand is always good, but look for one that allows you to open a variety of different containers —cans, bottles, jars, and more. Then, regardless of what you’re trying to open, you only have to reach for one tool.
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Having an immersion blender or a small personal blender (designed for making smoothies) on hand can be extremely useful. If you need to make a quick, last-minute sauce or purée (say, to hide extra vegetables in your child’s dinner), this blender will do the job with far less mess than a traditional blender.
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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.
Adaptive Kitchen Tools That Make Cooking Easier for Everyone
For some, cooking is bliss — a meditation, an art form. For others, it&aposs simply a necessity. Dinner needs to be served, and the kitchen is where we make that happen, preferably in as hassle-free a manner as possible. Either way, our gadgets and appliances make cooking easier and faster.
But what about home chefs with disabilities that may not be able use those same gadgets and appliances? What are the best kitchen tools for those of us with mobility or visual impairments, with arthritis or grip-strength challenges?
Allrecipes spoke with hundreds of people who cook every day while navigating a variety of disabilities. The result? We found some of the best kitchen tools for accessible cooking and baking. From slow cookers to these POURfect Braille and Tactile Measuring Cups, we have compiled the best adaptive kitchen tools to make your time in the kitchen fun and relaxing.
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- 2020-06-24: Version 33.0 released.
The previous version introduced two bugs: It would crash on Windows 8.1 with some Windows Updates installed and some gadgets render incorrectly in certain situations. Both should be fixed now. Also added a minor bugfix in Clipboarder.
- 2020-06-13: Version 32.0 released.
Added monitor theme to Clock and Clipboarder gadgets:
The clock theme was provided by Dmitri Poterianski, thank you!
Improved multi-monitor support: gadgets now remain where they were placed after user-switch and remote-desktop connections. Improved DPI-support: DPI-aware gadgets remain sharp when they are moved to a monitor with different DPI-values and after the DPI-value is changed. DPI-unaware gadgets are now scaled so they are usable on monitors with very high DPI-values. Made it easier for gadget developers to make gadgets DPI-aware: objects added with addTextObject and addImageObject are now automatically scaled (calling fixDpiObject() is no longer necessary). Fixed Clock gadget rendering issues on Windows 8. Handle Windows major updates better so that gadget settings are not lost on some cases. Added back Microsoft Currency Gadget and made it working again. It now uses data from the European Central Bank and has some more bugfixes. Added back Microsoft RSS Feeds Gadget with better explanation on how to use it and some other improvements. Add 24/12-hour option in HUD Time gadget. Fix rendering issues in flyouts of some gadgets. Fixed scaling issues in RecycleBin and SearchAll gadgets. Remove Weather Meter Gadget (no longer working). Improved Slovak translation of 7 Sidebar. Clipboarder shouldn't slow down MS Word and Excel when copying anymore. Fixed rare crash of Clipboarder that would occur in some situations while files are in the clipboard. Made Clipboarder hotkeys compatible with a Windows Update of Windows 1909 and with Windows 2004. Updated MyWeather and Igors gadgets.
- 2019-10-18: Version 31.0 released.
Fixed a bug introduced in version 30 that would sometimes crash the gadget process. Also fixed high-dpi problems with Drives Meter and Power Status Gadgets.
- 2019-10-10: Version 30.0 released.
Updated all outdated gadgets. Further improved compatibility with Windows 10 1903. Added new gadgets: Countdown2Date, Date & Time, Desktop Calculator, Drive Activity, GPU Meter, Piano. Fixed high-dpi issues in the following gadgets: All CPU Meter, Drives Meter, Currency Meter, Network Meter, Top Five 10, Network Utilization, Drive Activity, Desktop Calculator, Clock, Picture Puzzle, CPU, Volume Control, GPU Meter, MSN Weather. Added German localization to MSN Weather gadget. Improved Brazilian Portuguese localization in 7 Sidebar and some minor bugfixes. Reverted behavior in Clipboarder to show the same copied text only once (because many applications put it into the clipboard multiple times).
- 2019-05-24: Version 29.0 released.
- 2019-01-27: Version 28.0 released.
Updated all outdated gadgets. My Weather should work again. Changed Clipboarder so copied text always creates a new element, even if it is the same as the current one. Fixed installer errormessage bug. Fixed transparency bug in 7 Sidebar.
- 2018-09-30: Version 27.0 released.
Made gadgets compatible with the upcoming Windows 10 1809 update. Clipboarder can now optionally override the new built-in Clipboard manager Win+V shortcut. Updated all outdated gadgets. The sidebar now adjusts its color when it is changed in Windows Settings.
- 2018-04-28: Version 26.0 released.
Made gadgets compatible with the upcoming Windows 10 1803 update. Made the color for the sidebar more like the color of the taskbar in Windows 10. Added blurr behind the sidebar on Windows 1803 to match the taskbar. Fixed an issue with Clipboarder. It was locking the parent folder of the file that is in the current clipboard. Also fixed a small issue with copied images in firefox. Updated a bunch of gadgets. Removed the Microsoft Currency Gadget, as it is no longer working.
- 2017-12-08: Version 25.0 released.
Changed the provider in the Currency Meter gadget to Google Finance to make it work again. Thanks to tomazov for the fix! Some minor improvements to Clipboarder.
- 2017-10-07: Version 24.0 released.
Some compatibility bugfixes for the upcoming Windows 10 version in October. Also fixed some bugs that might occur if you use Clipboarder and Word/Excel (it's actually not Clipboarders fault, but I guess MS will never fix these bugs. So I added a workaround.). Updated some gadgets.
- 2017-05-23: Version 23.0 released.
Made some usability tests and quite some issues came up! Added newsletter option so you can get notified about updates via mail. Fixed rare crash in Clipboarder when opening a link. Added workaround for a bug in MS Word when copying a formula while Clipboarder is running (Word crashes when the user copies a formula and then the textformat of the clipboard is requested. Clipboarder detects this now and skips the text formats). Added also another workaround for a minor bug in Word: When a certain clipboard format is requested Word adds a favorit inside the document. That format is now skipped as well. Fixed a bug with the "Enable unformatted paste" option in Clipboarder when used with the right shift-button. Clipboarder now handles images with transparency copied in browsers correctly. Added Date Time, Digitalclock, Turn off PC, CPU and Network Utilization Gadgets. Removed Google Mail gadget (it no longer works). You can place gadgets on the sidebar whereever you want now without snapping while holding Shift. Added workaround for a bug that caused several gadgets to fail sometimes during startup. Fixed a bug that caused gadgets to go behind the sidebar sometimes. Fixed many minor issues.
- 2017-03-25: Version 22.0 released.
Updated a bunch of gadgets. Removed intrusive window that appeared after major Windows Update. Glassy Network Monitor now scales the graph according to the maximum visible value. 8GadgetPack no longer overwrites Win+G per default. If you want to keep using Win+G for gadgets, go to 8GadgetPack Tools and reenable it there. Or use Win+Shift+G.
- 2016-09-28: Version 21.0 released.
Fixed a bug that made gadgets freeze on Windows 10 Anniversary Update (thanks to Ron Foo for giving me reproduction steps!). Improved LibreOffice support in Clipboarder. Fixed rendering issues in the Volume Control Gadget. Updated a few gadgets.
- 2016-08-04: Version 20.0 released.
Made many gadgets work on Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Fixed a bug in Clipboarder that prevented Dropping of files onto Clipboarder on Windows 10. Added a bugfix by Sergey Shkurov to make the buttons in the Slideshow Gadget work again.
- 2016-06-14: Version 19.0 released.
Fixed a bug in Clipboarder that caused it not to start up correctly. Fixed some bugs in the installer. Made it easier to disable the window-manager if activated by mistake. Fixed bug in DriveInfo gadget that caused high cpu and memory usage over time. Fixed an autorun issue. Improved compatibility with upcoming Anniversary Update of Win 10. Changed default Weather gadget to My Weather. Improved gadget shutdown performance. Updated several gadgets.
- 2016-01-22: Version 18.0 released.
Fixed a transparency bug in 7 Sidebar. An errormessage "gadgets are not responding" shouldn't appear anymore. Updated several gadgets.
- 2015-12-04: Version 17.0 released.
Fixed an issue with the flyout of the Microsoft Feeds Gadget. Improved performance of the Glassy Network Monitor. Fixed a bug that caused the sidebar to be white. Also the transparency can now be enabled in high contrast mode on Windows 8 and later. Added a workaround for a bug that caused the gadgets to be always on top temporarily when you press Win+D, then open a Modern app on Windows 10. Fixed a hang in 7 Sidebar that occured on Windows 10 when explorer.exe hangs and the window-manager was open. Fixed a bug that caused the clock to display its hands off center. Made the gadget "Remove Drive Safely" high-dpi compatible and fixed a bug in the gadget that caused high-cpu usage over time.
- 2015-10-31: Version 16.0 released.
The default-theme of the clock is now crystal clear in high-dpi configurations (up to 200%):
Left is the old, right the new clock on 125% dpi.
Added a workaround for an issue that occured on Windows 10 Insider that caused high cpu usage and prevented some gadgets to open. Added the Sticky Notes gadget by Microsoft that was included in Windows Vista as an alternative. Removed the Microsoft weather gadget from the package. It is extremly unreliable and there are plenty of alternatives included.
Clipboarder now lets you search the internet for a copied text with a single click. Added a How-to on this page. Improved HUT Time Gadget. Updated some gadgets.
- 2015-08-30: Version 15.0 released.
Improved Windows 10 support. Created a new icon to fit Windows 10 style:
(if installed on Windows 7 or 8 it will keep the old icon). Win+G now works in Windows 10 to switch between gadgets. (You can disable this in 8GadgetPack Tools if you want to use the game bar). 7 Sidebar now adjusts its style to the Win10 taskbar. The window-manager in the sidebar now supports the new virtual desktops in Windows 10 and hovering over a thumbnail to peek into a window works again. Fixed a crash that occured when using flyouts in certain gadgets (e.g. Launch Control). Added high-dpi support for these gadgets: Custom Calendar, Digiclock, Launch Control and My Weather. Added an option in 8GadgetPack Tools to disable/enable the sidebar (because many people don't seem to realize that it is just a gadget).
- 2015-05-29: Version 14.0 released.
Added on option to 8GadgetPack Tools that allows to change the size of gadgets. Improved Windows 10 support. Added a fix that makes the Microsoft weather gadget more reliable. Added MSN Weather alternative. Improved DPI scaling with some gadgets. Fixed a bug in the CPU Gadget that occured on Non-English systems.
- 2015-01-31: Version 13.0 released.
Finally added high-dpi support. Gadgets shouldn't appear too small anymore. Added a separate uninstaller tool (here) to fix broken installations. Started to work on Windows 10 support. Most of the gadgets work on Windows 10, but not all. Updated outdated gadgets. Added iBattery gadget and a japanese calendar gadget (only visible on japanese Windows versions).
- 2014-08-23: Version 12.0 released.
Added a workaround to make gadgets stay visible when pressing Win+D or when using the Show desktop button under Windows 8.1. Fixed a bug that prevented access to gadgets by touch. Due to high demand, it is now possible to install 8GadgetPack on Windows 7. Improved startup reliability. Improved multi-monitor support in 7 Sidebar. Updated outdated gadgets and added a new gadget (that I made myself): Glassy Network Monitor.
- 2014-03-26: Version 11.0 released.
Fixed a bug that often caused a crash at startup. Updated outdated gadgets.
- 2014-02-27: Version 10.0 released.
Cleaned up the 8Gadgetpack Tools. Fixed a bug that caused gadgets to appear multiple times in startup tab of taskmanager. Also fixed a bug that caused not to load all gadgets on startup. And another bug that caused "library errors" and errors involving "d3d9.dll" was fixed (this bug was my fault for a change, and not Microsofts). Added skin support in Clipboarder and fixed a bug that prevented it to open clipboards in Modern App Programs. Added a few gadgets and updated the outdated ones.
- 2013-12-11: Version 9.0 released.
Startup is more reliable now hopefully. Added a few gadgets and updated the outdated ones. The sidebar is now not always on top by default and accessible by keyboard.
- 2013-08-22: Version 8.0 released.
Fixed a bug that prevented to start all gadgets at startup. The crash on startup should happen way less often now. Also fixed a bug that prevented the installation of 3rd party gadgets when the temp directory was not on the systemdrive. Added a few gadgets and updated the outdated ones.
- 2013-07-22: Version 7.0 released.
Added Windows 8.1 compatibility. All gadget settings will remain during the update to 8.1 if you install this version. The new Internet Explorer in 8.1 is really buggy in combination with gadgets. It was really a lot of work to workaround that, so I hope you appreciate this. If you have a high DPI setting the gadgets will look smaller on Windows 8.1.
- 2013-05-05: Version 6.0 released.
I hopefully fixed a bug that caused the gadgets to crash at startup or prevented gadgets to show up. Also made autostart more stable. Fixed a bug that prevented flash gadgets to work. Updated outdated gadgets and added a few. Added silent install support (see FAQ).
- 2013-01-20: Version 5.0 released.
Resolved a bug preventing the gadgets to start. Updated a lot of gadgets and added a few. Improved install time and installer compression. Changed the weather gadget that appears on first start-up to WeatherCenter
- 2012-11-13: Version 4.0 released.
Resolved an error message preventing to install when an uninstall previously went wrong. Added several gadgets and updated a few. New users will get a message now that the sidebar is closable and that gadgets still can be moved to the desktop.
- 2012-10-29: Version 3.0 released.
Resolved an error message appearing when opening event viewer. Fixed a bug preventing the installer to work when windows is not installed on C:.
- 2012-08-30: Version 2.0 released.
Added 30 languages. Basically every major language is supported now. The Microsoft gadgets support only 6 languages (Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Russian) though, but they will fall back to English, so you can still use them. Contact me if you want a specific language added.
- 2012-08-23: Version 1.0 released.
11 Kitchen Gadgets and Tools Perfect for Kids Who Love to Cook
Because even the littlest sous chef needs the right equipment!
Cooking with little kids can be fun and messy, but as they get older, it can actually turn into a rather helpful experience. Smaller tasks like mixing and whisking are great ones to start with and eventually, your kiddo can move on to measuring, cutting and chopping. Like any good cook, the proper tools will go a long way. Here are 11 of our favorite colorful, durable and useful tools to get kids cooking in the kitchen — and have fun while doing it too!
Multi-Colored Silicone Pinch Bowl Set
It’s never too early to teach kids to stay organized while cooking, and these colorful silicone pinch bowls will help them along the way. They’re perfect for mise en place, holding mix-ins for baking, making spice blends and so much more.
Jovitech Safe Cooking Nylon Knives Set
These nylon knives are the perfect introduction to knife skills. They’re shaped like actual knives, so kids can get used to holding them properly, but they aren’t quite as sharp. Use them to cut through softer items like fruits, breads, cakes and more.
Get It Right 5-Piece Mini Tool Set
These tools are smaller in size, which make them perfect for pint-sized hands. Kids can use them for a variety of things like whipping up scrambled eggs, scraping the batter from the brownie bowl, flipping pancakes and measuring ingredients (the holder doubles as a measuring cup!)
Joie Crinkle Cutter & Wavy Knife
This cutter not only adds a cool wavy texture to your fruits, vegetables and cheeses, it’s also a great way to introduce your kids to knife safety. The cutter is sturdy and easy to grip but kids still need to learn to mind their fingers because the blade is sharp! Have them cut up strawberries, cucumbers, cheddar cheese and more as they get more comfortable with beginner kitchen safety.
Curious Chef Measuring Spoon Set
Teaching your kids proper measurements helps with cooking and math. These measuring spoons are color-coded with large, easy to read measurements. The wide spoon format also allows for less spills and more independence.
Koogle Rolling Pin Set
This food-grade silicone baking set is perfect for an afternoon of baking with your kids. The rolling pins come in two sizes, so you can each grab one to roll out your dough. The brush and scraper make it easy for them to spread frosting, icing and other goodies. Cleanup will also be a total breeze!
Pampered Chef Donut Hole Pan
Kids love mini-everything, and this sheet pan will help them create the perfect golf ball-sized treats. Use it to make mini-donuts, bagel bites, meatballs, cake pops and more. It’ll also teach them how to portion things uniformly for even cooking.
Hedley & Bennett Kids Apron
If your kids are serious in the kitchen, it’s time to get them a serious uniform! Hedley & Bennet makes colorful and durable aprons for chefs across the country, including kid chefs. It’ll keep them from getting their clothes dirty, and they’ll look pretty cute geared up.
OXO Swivel Peeler
Peeling vegetables is a great way to get your kids involved in cooking prep. This swivel peeler makes it easy for kids to help peel carrots, apples and more for any dish. Just teach them how to properly hold the peeler (and peel away from themselves) and your kids will own the task.
Kuhn Rikon Silicone Rainbow Whisk
Balloon whisks are a must in any kitchen tool drawer, but this one is especially great for kids. The bright colored rainbow whisk is made of silicone, which means they can beat eggs or stir sauces and not have to worry about scratching any surfaces.
OXO Mixing Bowl Set
Mixing bowls are essential in every kitchen. These OXO bowls are great for kids thanks to their non-slip bottoms and handles. Plus, their pourable spouts make it easier to transfer ingredients. The bowls also clean out easily and nest for simple storage. simple enough for the kids to put away!
Rhoda Boone, Food Director: Rimmed Baking Sheet
Quite simply, you can't have a sheet pan dinner without a rimmed baking sheet. But rimmed baking sheets can also be used to roast whole chickens and turkeys or make a batch of Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. For Rhoda, it has to a be a restaurant-quality half sheet, and it has to be well-seasoned.
TrueCraftware Aluminium Commercial Baker's Half-Sheet Pan, $11 at Amazon.com.
It's the only pan Rhoda needs—and the only one she wants.
Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Ali Nardi
8. Kitchen Tongs
Walk into any restaurant and you’ll see the cooks on a restaurant line holding kitchen tongs. They are used to pan fry foods, turn over foods when reaching into the oven (and even to help remove hot pans from the oven). I also use them to place the finished foods precisely on the plate. They are a workhorse, and I have used many in my career and my favorite is the high tensile steel type with a bend at the articulation instead of a spring and pin mechanism. I also like the version that has a dipped in the silicon handle material for no slip and also some heat resistant support
Attach the Anova Precision Cooker to any water-filled pot, put your food in a sealable bag, and set the time and temperature. The cooker heats and circulates the water to a precise temperature, cooking the food to an exact temperature. This cooking method increases tenderness and retains moisture (without worry of overcooking). Because it's Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, you can even download the Anova app and start/stop/monitor/adjust your cooking session via your phone!
The 8 Best Kitchen Shears for Food Prep, Finishing Touches, and More
A quality pair of kitchen shears can be a real game-changer for fledgling and professional cooks alike. The handy tool steps in for a variety of tasks where a knife just won&apost do, from slicing pasta dough to breaking down a whole chicken. Plus, they&aposre indispensable for opening difficult clamshell packaging.
Kitchen shears aren&apost your regular pair of scissors. They are typically made from heavy-duty food-grade stainless steel and oftentimes come outfitted with features like bottle-cap openers, nutcrackers, or fish scalers built into the handle. Many kitchen shears also are designed with one or two serrated edges, which can be great for cutting into anything from thick veggies — we&aposre looking at you, artichokes — to boney poultry, as well as other materials like heavy-duty cardboard, aluminum, and cooking twine.
Of course, not all kitchen shears are created equal. There&aposs a lot to consider when finding the perfect pair. Most importantly, look for sharp edges. Dull cutlery can be dangerous, and kitchen shears are no exception. The best shears typically have blades made from high-carbon stainless steel for a razor-sharp edge. Even better, this material can be maintained with a whetstone knife sharpening stone, ensuring it will last a long time.
A comfortable handle is also at the top of the must-have list. Experienced chefs and home cooks tend to go for kitchen shears with roomy, non-slip handles that have spring-hinged mechanisms to prevent hand strain. Left-handed? Keep an eye out for kitchen shears specially designed with proper balance for ambidextrous use. Kitchen shears with built-ins like bottle cap removers, as well as notched areas in the handle to help open stubborn bottles, are also major pluses.
To help you find the kitchen shears for your needs, we combed through thousands of reviews from real shoppers who tried out the tools for themselves. What we found was eight top-rated options that work so well, users can&apost stop raving about them.
Here are the best kitchen shears, according to customer reviews:
- Best Overall: J.A. Henckels Zwilling Twin L Kitchen Shears
- Top-Rated: Mairico Ultra Sharp Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
- Most Affordable: Farberware Edgekeeper Sheaths
- Best Splurge: Shun Classic Kitchen Shears
- Best for Chicken: Victorinox Poultry Shears
- Best for Herbs: OXO Good Grips Herbs Scissors
- Best Easy Cleaning: Wüsthof Pull-Apart Shears
- Best Heavy Duty: Skylight Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
From a quality German stainless steel option to a top pick for left-handed cooks, all of these super sharp slicers are sure to impress. Read on to learn more about each, then shop your favorite for easier cooking.
Whether you’re snipping herbs from your indoor garden or slicing up some homemade pizza, this option by Zwilling is up to any culinary task. The 7-inch, German-engineered kitchen shears feature two solid stainless steel blades, one straight and one serrated, and an ergonomic handle that provides a comfortable grip. The blades come apart for easy sharpening and cleaning. They’re also dishwasher safe, though handwashing is recommended for optimal upkeep. These shears go beyond the kitchen, too. One reviewer wrote, “I use them throughout the home, even to cut fabric for sewing projects.”
With over 6,000 positive reviews on Amazon, Mairico's Ultra Sharp Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears has become the go-to cutting tool for many home cooks. Made with stainless steel blades, this pair of kitchen scissors are ideal for a wide range of cooking tasks, including butterflying thick steaks and snipping off poultry bones. One user said, “No exaggeration, these have ‘cut’ my prep time by over 50 percent. And, yes, these will cut through cartilage and smaller bones.” Customers also love that these shears are lightweight and are designed with extra details like a bottle opener and nut-cracking function.
What’s better than a great pair of kitchen shears? How about two? When it comes to value, you really can’t get more bang for your buck than this set of utility kitchen shears from Farberware. For less than $10, you get high-quality cutting tools made of carbon stainless steel. Even better, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your blades. The shears’ sheaths contain built-in ceramic sharpeners that automatically hone the blades every time you take them in and out. They also feature a wide ergonomic handle designed with comfort in mind. One happy customer wrote, “These scissors were purchased for my 90-year-old aunt who has arthritic hands that don't allow her to easily or comfortably hold traditional scissors.” Choose from black or red options.
Any cooking aficionado will tell you Japanese steel is the way to go for high-quality cutlery. It’s lightweight, delicate, and perfect for precise cuts. So it comes as no surprise that these kitchen shears from Shun are a favorite among customers who don’t mind spending a little extra. Crafted by Kershaw — a Japanese company that has been around for over 90 years — these luxe kitchen shears feature extra sharp stainless steel blades (one straight and one sawtoothed) ideal for trimming meats, slicing dried fruit, and much more. The two halves of these shears come apart for fuss-free cleaning and there’s even a jar opener, nutcracker, and bottle opener built right into the sturdy handle. If you’re looking to invest in kitchen scissors that are in it for the long haul, the Shun Classic Kitchen Shears are definitely the way to go. One happy customer said, “We have had these for over three years and they are still going strong.”
Whether you’re spatchcocking a turkey for speedier roasting or chopping up chicken for superior stock, you need a solid set of kitchen shears. Poultry shears are specifically designed to snip through slippery skin and tough bones, and this version from Victorinox is the perfect assistant for all your chicken recipes. Made in Switzerland, these heavy-duty shears feature a curved design specifically for slicing through poultry meat, fat, and cartilage. No matter if you’re breaking down chicken, turkey, or duck, the nonslip handles feature a spring-hinge mechanism to prevent hand-strain, as well as a lock to safely secure the four-inch pointed blade in place when not in use. “The shears seem well built and cut everything I have placed in front of them,” one Amazon shopper wrote. “I have tested them with paper towels, tissues, foil, plastic, and it cut them all cleanly. I have cut up several chickens without any issues. They feel sturdy and seem they can last a long time.”
If veggies and herbs are the stars of most of your recipes, this OXO Good Grips Kitchen Scissors is for you. It features an herb stripper that seamlessly removes tender basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint leaves from tough stems. Its micro-serrated, stainless steel blades are perfect for snipping up herbs and greens into delicious garnishes for your omelets, quesadillas, or a weekend cocktail. Plus, you can separate the blades for thorough, no-stress cleaning. The OXO Good Grips Kitchen Scissors is so popular that it’s earned a remarkable 4.8-star rating from more than 2,800 reviewers who say the tool is versatile, durable, and high-quality. One said, “This pair of shears make kitchen tasks easy, start to finish. Blades are sharp so I find it easy to cut and trim meat, fish, and, of course, veg and herbs. The inner teeth for pulling herbs off the stem is a nice feature.”
Besides a sharp blade for easy cutting, many chefs and home cooks appreciate a pair of scissors that come apart for easy cleaning. This option by Wüsthof offers both, making it an ideal cutting tool for everything from fresh fruit to parchment paper. Customers also love the slip-resistant handle and built-in bottle opener. The price point – under $20 – is also a plus. One happy customer even called these kitchen shears an “absolute must in every kitchen.”
Having the right kitchen tools can make your cooking experience faster, simpler, and more enjoyable. Kitchen shears are no exception. Those who are looking for a chef-quality cutting tool to add to their arsenal of culinary gadgets should consider this option by Skylight. These kitchen scissors can not only cut meat, poultry bones, and vegetables but also serve as a nutcracker, bottle opener and scraper for fish scales. Measuring at just over 10 inches, they’re made of sharp, high-carbon German stainless steel that is both rust-proof and corrosion-resistant. Its comfortable handle was designed to offer a great grip for both right and left-handed chefs. What’s more, they come with a 100% lifetime guarantee so you can use them without worry. “They are sturdy, strong, and comfortable to use,” an Amazon shopper said. “They cut hard stuff with ease.”
What to Consider When Buying Kitchen Tools on a Budget
You want tools that are built to last (many of these come with warranties), with the thoughtful features that make them extra user-friendly. Think a silicone base on a mixing bowl to prevent slips and a digital display on a meat thermometer for greater precision. Our picks take into account where it makes sense to save, dish out a little more dough, or buy in sets.
If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt, you may be able to save even more money by browsing thrift stores, garage sales, discount stores like HomeGoods, and even dollar stores before you hit the major retailers. Who knows? You could end up with a high-end chef&aposs knife that just needs sharpening or a gently-used vintage Dutch oven for fractions of their retail price tags.
Be judicious, though. You may score a digital meat thermometer for just a buck at a dollar store, but don&apost bother with a flimsy spatula that won&apost feel good in your hand and may need to be replaced in a few months — which will just cost you more money and time in the long run.
Another place to find savings is store credit cards. Target, Amazon, and Williams Sonoma all offer cards that will earn you cash back and/or rewards you can use towards future purchases. Some also give additional intro discounts when you sign up for a card, which can add up to big savings when you&aposve got a long shopping list.
3. Toss: Anything You Have Multiples Of
We hate to break it to you, but you really don’t need three wooden spoons and five different spatulas, especially if you’re trying to cut down on kitchen clutter. Just one of each will be fine, and you can quickly wash your favorite wooden spoon if you need it to stir a few different dishes while you’re cooking. Other items to toss are those that serve duplicate purposes—if you have an electric mixer, you’re safe in getting rid of your old rotary beater.