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Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets ~ Inexpensive AND Durable

Updated on July 19, 2015

My Top Ten List of Low-cost Kitchen Essentials

Need ideas for a Wedding Shower Gift Basket? Do you have College-bound kids who you hope eat more than takeout or a daily menu of Ramen Noodles and boxed cereal? Or how about a House Warming Party for a new apartment renter or home owner?

This is a list of often forgotten gadgets, and inexpensive items, for the kitchen. Some of my choices are time savers, and even better, double-duty items that make kitchen storage count. All have been tested for a least 10 years to give you the best reviews possible.

FYI: It does not include the usual pots, pans, measuring cups, or the usual items needed in a well-stocked kitchen. I think most could find those on their own. :)

Every pictured Kitchen Gadget provided at least 10 years minimum of exceptional service to rate as "Recommended Products"

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Amco Swing-Away Handheld Can Opener - Under $7!

Classic, easy to use, low cost, and super durable. Like most of my treasured, and most used, kitchen gadgets, this one is more than 15 years old! Opposed to the electric can openers that take up valuable counter space, this one goes right in my kitchen gadget drawer.

Eco Green, too! This opener won't add to your footprint as it doesn't use a lick of energy beyond a few simple hand turns. :)

Proctor Silex Coffee Bean Grinder - Under $15!

Believe it, or not, I don't actually use this grinder for coffee that often.

I most use this to grind:


Hardened brown sugar

Croutons into bread crumbs,

and more.

Why not? Who says a Coffee Bean grinder is just for coffee beans?

Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder, White
Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder, White

I love the compact and easy to clean design of this grinder. Small enough to tuck right into a drawer for storage. too.


High powered Bravetti Hand Mixer... - also has fun and really useful accessories

This is the best , most powerful, handmixer I've ever had or used. Love the bag and different mixing beaters for whipping, bread hooks, and standard batter mixing, too. And yes, the Mixer fits in the bag, too, for a very small footprint in your kitchen cabinet.

Unfortunately, this product is no longer available. I have found a comparable model made by KitchenAid that I feel comfortable to recommend since it is on my list if this one should fail me. :) It has a powerful 9 speed motor, and also includes the dough hooks, whip, and bag.

While this is not a cheap handmixer, it's more than makes this purchase worth it as I have yet to need a stand mixer. Saves valuable kitchen space and money, too.

KitchenAid KHM920A 9-Speed Hand Mixer candy apple red - With (Free Dough hooks, whisk, milk shake liquid blender rod attachment and accessory bag) Candy Apple Red
KitchenAid KHM920A 9-Speed Hand Mixer candy apple red - With (Free Dough hooks, whisk, milk shake liquid blender rod attachment and accessory bag) Candy Apple Red

Really fun color.Also includes the Rod-type of accessory like the handheld Stick blenders. Oh, I always wanted to try one of those.The overall Amazon Reviews are great!ViewPoints has some great reviews, too.


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Pyrex Meat Thermometer Probe

Under $5!

Robinson Knife Pyrex Meat Thermometer
Robinson Knife Pyrex Meat Thermometer

Easy to use with temperature large number markings for specific meats and poultryYes, you can immerse it in water!No batteries to replaceNo plastic to break since it is made of metal and glassMeasure temperatures for:PoultryLambBeef well, Veal and PorkBeef medium, and HamBeef rare, and Cooked Ham


Another classic, but long lasting, and highly durable, kitchen probe thermometer.

Maybe it's just me, but I figure a digital probe is not going to last as long as this always dependable 20 year old. Maybe I'm just a kitchen dinosaur.

Pampered Chef Pizza Cutters - Under $10

15 years old, and just as sharp as the day I bought it at a Pampered Chef home party. I do love this rotary cutter, but they have improved the design to be more ergonomic. I may need that one in a few more years. No, I'm not getting older. Really.

Cuisinox Ice Creamer Scooper - Not just for Ice Cream!

Makes perfect size serving portions, ice cream, cookies, mashed potatoes, and more.

I also have, and recommend getting, the 1 1/4 inch size scooper. Great for silver dollar pancakes, small cookies, and mini-sized cupcakes.

Under $12!

Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop, 56MM (4 Tablespoons)
Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop, 56MM (4 Tablespoons)

Dishwasher safeSuper durable as often seen in commercial food serving useGreat size for individual side dishes for those looking for portion control


Kitchen Scissor Shears

Kitchen shears are a must have for the kitchen. I regularly use then to cut chicken, prime beef for stews and soups, and have been known to use them for non-food things like stubborn, hard to remove, zip ties and other bindings. :)

Mine have broken after 20 years of dependable usage, so my next purchase will be the Wusthof kitchen scissors below. I'll post a new picture of my set soon.

Under $20!

Wusthof WU5558 Kitchen Shears, 8", Black
Wusthof WU5558 Kitchen Shears, 8", Black

Great reviews posted at AmazonEasily separated for a good wash between cutting meat and vegetables(or aluminum cans :)


ToastMaster Mini Food Processing Chopper

Easy to use, and a breeze to clean, this little giant saves space and time by doing big food processor jobs on a smaller scale. Also frees up kitchen space since it measures only 5-1/4"H x 7-1/2"W and 4-1/2"D.

Under $25!

Toastmaster 1122 Chopster Electric Food Chopper
Toastmaster 1122 Chopster Electric Food Chopper

Chop veggies with easeSave and toast those sliced bread heels and crusts that kids won't eat to make no-preservative bread crumbs


Silicone BBQ Barbeque Pastry Brush

I've owned many, many pastry brushes, and until I purchased this one, they have all ended up in the trash after a short period. Mop and bristle styles give my the heebie-jeebies since even very well washed, they never looked very clean. Using standard barbeque brushes on the grill could burn or singe them too. YUCK!

Silicone solves that problem!

Under $5!

Prepworks by Progressive Drip-less Basting Brush
Prepworks by Progressive Drip-less Basting Brush

Easy to clean and always immaculate when washed.Great for high temperatures, too. No singeing or burning.Won't discolor with tomato-based barbeque sauce. Perfect!


Special Mention: Square Griddle Pan - See those perffectly sized pancakes? I always use the Scooper above. :)

This pan is not a gadget, of course, but I felt it needed to be shown here as I absolutely think every kitchen should have a square griddle. Perfect for pancakes and toasted sandwiches, a regular fry pan just can't cut it.

My pan is coming to the end of it's life after 20 years. It's time to think about replacing it. My quandary is purchasing a pan without chemical based non-stick coatings. After many reviews, I've come to the conclusion:

I don't want ceramic because of the possible chipping of the glass-like surface.

I don't want an Earth pan because of the high-temperature burning and sticking.

I recommend going back to cast iron like my grandmother used all her life. A recent bonus... You can now buy pre-seasoned cookware! And the cast iron griddle below has 2 handles for a comfortable grip when lifting.

I'm sold! I will update this with my review of my purchase soon.

Lodge Pro-Logic 12 Inch Square Cast Iron Griddle. Pre-Seasoned Grill Pan with Dual Handles
Lodge Pro-Logic 12 Inch Square Cast Iron Griddle. Pre-Seasoned Grill Pan with Dual Handles

Pres-seasoned grilling pan perfect for:Toasted grilled sandwichesPancakesFrench Toast...and more since this pan has raised sidesHeavy-duty2 handles for a better lifting grip


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