15 Kitchen Gadgets That’ll Make Your Life Easier

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Did you know that kitchen gadgets are not only fun to use, but they can actually make your life easier, save you time and in some cases money? I know, you’re thinking, “Melissa, c’mon, ‘make my life easier?!?’ Don’t you think that’s a bit of an oversell?” Well, if you’re like me and you like to cook and/or entertain but you’re always busy, then I think you’ll be in agreement that items that shave off time from meal prep or save you money in the long run truly do make your life easier!!!

Chef’n Strawberry Huller

This tool is great if you have young kids or like to serve fresh fruit to guests. It easily takes the stem off of the top of the strawberry, no knives or cutting boards involved.

Microplane® Zester

OMG – I fell in love with this when I first got it. I used to zest lemons with a tiny tool that had a few claws at the end. It took for-ev-er! This thing allows you to zest the entire lemon, lime, orange, whatever in about a minute. It produces so much zest that I typically only use half of what a recipe calls for.

OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter

This sweet little tool will take the pits right out of cherries or olives. It’s a great tool if you like to make cherry pie. Or if you’re like my husband and can eat cherries like they are candy, you can pit a whole bowl of them for friends or families to just pop cherries right in their mouths. Not only saving you time from chewing and spitting out the pit, but also saving your teeth!

Automatic Salt and Pepper Shakers

Fun and practical…just turn the salt shaker over and it automatically grinds freshly ground salt or pepper. I love it especially when I’m trying to cook while holding one kid on my hip.

Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener Corkscrew Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter (Stainless Steel)

Another fun little doodad- just place this on top of your wine bottle and it does all of the work for you. You press a button and the corkscrew goes into the cork…press another button and it twists the cork out. Voila- so easy!

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Given that I work from home, this saved me from going out to grab some latte-love, saving valuable time. My husband also cut back on grabbing a cup of Joe on the go and got them from home instead. In the long run, it saved us money. We love this particular machine, it’s reasonably priced for an Expresso Machine and it produces a high quality product. If you don’t find that this makes you’re life easier, it will definitely make it more enjoyable. 🙂

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor (70725A)

Ok, so, if you eat a lot of plant-based meals or are chopping a lot of vegetables, this is a MUST HAVE instrument! It will seriously make your life easier! Any time I have a recipe that requires a lot of chopping (which many of mine do), I pull this baby out. It’s so fast, typically does a better job than I do, and ultimately saves me time.


A silicon, non-stick baking mat is a great tool for baking cookies. Nothing stick to silpat! It doesn’t require greasing or parchment paper.

OXO Good Grips Melon Baller

Our daughter loves cantaloupe, but we rarely never eat an entire one in one setting. What we do now is, cut about an inch of the top of the melon off, scoop out the seeds and use the melon baller to make a bowl of fresh fruit as a snack. It’s seriously easier than slicing and dicing the melon and the melon will last longer in your fridge.


Jenaluca Herb Scissors Stainless Steel

This gadget is great for chopping basil or cilantro. Just cut it straight from the stem, no knife or chopping board required.

ORBLUE Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press

I’ve had my garlic press for years and cook with it regularly. Just pop the clove in the end and press down, you get fresh garlic without having to make your fingers smelly.

Instant Pot

Now this is on my wish list (maybe this Christmas…hint hint hubby)- the instant pot cooks food up to 70% faster. Full stop…what more do I need to say? But I’ll go on, it also serves as 9 different appliances including a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer replacing other kitchen gadgets.        

Brown Sugar Saver

Do you hate it when you go to use your brown sugar and it’s as hard as a rock? This ceramic disc keeps brown sugar, dried fruit, marshmallows and more moist when they are kept in a sealed container.

Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Pan Scrapers, Red and Black

Makes cleaning tough stuck-on grime easier to get off.  You don’t ruin scratch sensitive coated pans and save yourself a lot of time and perspiration.

OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Herb Keeper- Small (1.8 Qt)

Tired of throwing away the rest of the cilantro that you didn’t get around to using. This gadget will keep your herbs fresher longer by controlling the humidity and providing water.

So, what do you think? Are you singing the tune to easy street at this point? Are you excited about trying out some of these new kitchen gadgets? Check out the “Shop The Post” to find your new favorite kitchen tool!

Shop The Post

  1. Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller
  2. Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
  3. Oxo Softworks Cherry / Olive Pitter (1, DESIGN 1)
  4. Graviti Electric Salt & Pepper Mills
  5.  Secura Stainless Steel Electric Wine Opener Corkscrew Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter (Stainless Steel)
  6. Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
  7. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Stack and Snap Food Processor (70725A)
  8. Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat, Half Sheet Size, 11-5/8″ x 16-1/2″
  9. OXO Good Grips Melon Baller
  10. Jenaluca Herb Scissors Stainless Steel – Multipurpose Kitchen Shear with 5 Blades and Cover with Cleaning Comb
  11. ORBLUE Propresser Stainless Steel Kitchen Garlic Press
  12. Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer
  13. Brown Sugar Bear Original Brown Sugar Saver and Softener, Terracotta
  14. Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Pan Scrapers, Red and Black, 2-Pack
  15. OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Produce Keeper – Medium

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  1. Jeanne says

    I have similar salt and pepper shakers and they are so cool! I am also intrigued by that strawberry huller; there really is a gadget for anything and everything!

  2. Lucy says

    Anything that makes my life easier in the kitchen is a good thing.
    Really interested in the silpat. Not heard of that before. Some great gadgets in your list. Definitely worth a try!

  3. Gaby says

    There are some brilliant products here. I wish I could afford my own espresso machine… Also, I never knew that a strawberry huller was a thing until now!

  4. Meaghan Dawson says

    I live and die with my microplane, even if sometimes I grate my fingers in it! Haven’t gotten on the instapot kick yet. Do you think I should take the leap?

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      I’ll have to let you know in the new year! I’m hoping to get one for Christmas!!! 🎁

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      Thanks Anissa. This is on my wish list…hopping to get one for Christmas this year. 🙂

  5. Our Little Mountain Tribe says

    These are all wonderful items! As a chef at heart they do make your life easier in the kitchen! I have a stackable food processor with interchangeable blades an d I love it! My dream is to have a coffee station in my kitchen and have a barista machine ♡

  6. daniella says

    I can’t believe I don’t have a garlic press. I can’t tell you how annoyed I get cutting and mashing garlic! I have also injured myself many times on accident doing so.

  7. Monica says

    OMG need these gadgets in my life STAT. We’ve already got a few, but will definitely be purchasing the ones we don’t already have!!

  8. Michelle says

    I don’t think I have any of those in my own kitchen, but an instant pot is high on my wish list and I’m going to click over and check out those pan scrapers right now.

    • Melissa @ Our Happy Hive says

      Honestly, my husband added those to the list. I typically cook and he cleans. He said they are wonderful!!!

  9. Julie I Aloha Lovely says

    These are great! My husband bought me an electric wine bottle opener a few years ago but I managed to break it. Love the cherry pitter too, looks a lot different from the old ones.

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