5 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Change Your Life

Use only these essential kitchen items to make meal prep easy, dinner healthier and cleanup a snap.
  1. A Mini Blender

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    This handy tool is a cook’s best friend and should be in your daily arsenal of kitchen gadgets. It dices herbs in seconds, chops fresh greens like spinach, broccoli and kale -- and cleanup is a breeze.

    Magic Bullet, $50, Amazon.com

  2. Plastic Cutting Boards

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    In the restaurant business, wood cutting boards are a health-code violation because they’re porous and can harbor unseen bacteria. Plastic ones are often color-coded for meat, poultry, vegetables and fish so there’s no chance of cross-contamination.

    Rectangular color-coded flexible cutting mat, $16 for set of 4, SurLaTable.com

  3. A Mandoline

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    This tool is a lifesaver when a recipe calls for sliced fruit or vegetables. A sharp mandoline will get the job done quickly and uniformly. Pull it out when you want sliced fruit in sangria, homemade veggie chips or even sliced truffles for savory dishes. And don’t be scared of it -- it’s not hard to use.

    OXO V-blade mandoline, $40, Williams-Sonoma.com

  4. Stainless-Steel Pizza Slicer

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    It easily slices through pizza so you can serve it hot right out of the oven, and if you’re entertaining, just quickly slice a pie into bite-size pieces for an instant appetizer.

    Zwilling JA Henckels Twin Pure pizza cutter, $25, ChefsCatalog.com

  5. Vacuum Sealer

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    This small appliance will change your life. Whether you love leftovers or want to stock up for easy weeknight meals, a vacuum sealer is perfect for freezing marinades, meat and raw ingredients. It keeps food fresh for a long time, so you’ll make less-frequent trips to the grocery store.

    Foodsaver V3835 vacuum sealer, $171, Sears.com

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