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10 More Favorite Kitchen Tools

10 More Favorite Kitchen Tools

Last year I shared some of my favorite kitchen tools with you, but since then, I have some new favorites so I thought it was time to write another post. Because guess what? I cook a lot! And I’m always on the lookout for kitchen tools that make meal prep a little bit easier without breaking the bank.

10 More Favorite Kitchen Tools

1. Mushroom Slicer

Why I Love It: I bought a cheap egg slicer from IKEA that I thought I could use on mushrooms, but it broke the first time we used it, so I upgraded to this one. Yes, this is a very specific gadget, but if you cook with mushrooms a lot, you will love it for the time it saves you!
Used In: Mushroom and Zucchini Quesadillas with Cilantro Pesto
Buy It: Mushroom & Egg Slicer, $8.44

2. Spiralizer

Why I Love It: I debated long and hard about this one, but the ability to make zucchini noodles finally won me over. You can also use it to make curly fries. It’ll be like Arby’s all up in your kitchen!
Used In: Raw Pad Thai
Buy It: Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer, $31.25

3. Kitchen Shears

Why I Love It: My mom used to cut frozen cheese pizza with kitchen shears, but I most often use mine for mincing chives and slicing green onions.
Used In: Trimmed-Down Cheddar & Chive Duchess Potatoes
Buy It: Kitchen Shears, $19.95

4. Spill Stopper

Why I Love It This is easily my favorite kitchen find of the past year. You know how when you make pasta, the water always boils over? This fits on top of your pot and keeps that from happening. We have a glass cooktop and cleaning up that burnt on starchy water is a nightmare, so this has been well worth the cost.
Used In: Stovetop Pesto Mac
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper, $21.99

5. Alligator Dicer

Why I Love It: I’ve seen these all over the place and even bought one as a wedding gift, but for some reason, I always thought they were a gimmick. But I got one for myself and now I’m a believer. Put the onion in it, slam it down, and boom, you have perfectly diced onions–all the same size, no wonky end pieces!
Used In: Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup
Buy It: Alligator Dicer with Collector, $26.53

6. Pizza Chopper

Why I Love It: I don’t think I’ve used my pizza wheel since buying this. With my wheel, I’d have to roll over the pizza several times and by the time I was finished, the edges of each slice would be completely mangled. This chopper makes it much easier to slice even pieces and it’s great for tarts and galettes too.
Used In: Lemon Gremolata Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
Buy It: Bialetti Pizza Chopper, $9.99

7. Pastry Scraper

Why I Love It: My mom bought me one of these for Christmas a few years back and I had no idea how I’d use it because I never bake pastries. But now it’s one of my favorite kitchen tools. Want to cut perfect squares of fudge? Brownies with straight edges? Use a pastry scraper!
Used In: Crazy Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Fudge
Buy It: Pastry Scraper, $9.95

8. Perfect Peeler

Why I Love It: I went through a lot of peelers before finding this one and it’s lasted me for more years than I can remember. The blade rotates so it works as both a Y-peeler and a straight peeler.
Used In: Curried Baked Carrot Chips
Buy It: Kyocera Perfect Peeler, $13.79

9. Cookie Dough Scoops

Why I Love It: I probably bake cookies once or twice a year, but that’s not why I love this thing. I use it as a scoop to make truffles, energy bites, and even meatballs. It minimizes the mess on my hands and helps keep things a uniform size.
Used In: Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
Buy It: Stainless Steel Scoop, $11.15

10. Marble Pastry Slab

Why I Love It: I completely bought this for photos–I had no intention of actually using it for cooking. But one day I was making calzones and I didn’t have enough room to roll them out anywhere in the kitchen, so I decided to put my marble pastry slab on the kitchen floor and use that instead. The dough rolled out perfectly with less flour and less sticking than usual and clean up is so easy. This is now my preferred work surface in my kitchen.
Used In: Brussels Sprout and Grape Galette
Buy It:Marble Pastry Slab, $25.89

Do you have any kitchen tools that you can’t live without? Tell me about them!

Disclosure: Yes, the links in this post are affiliate links! That means if you were to make a purchase, I would get a small percentage of the sales price. This helps me keep Oh My Veggies up and running.

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    November 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I have that spiralizer and I LOVE it! I need that anti-boil over contraption too!!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      It’s so much fun to use, right?!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Must get the spill over thingy because the Mr can’t seem to boil chicken without burning water onto the ceramic top.

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    Jessie
    November 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank you so much for writing this! The spiralizer and marble slab have been calling my name for a while now, helps a lot to have brands recommended by someone you trust!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      I bought that spiralizer based on another blogger’s recommendation and I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers using it too, so I think it’s definitely a safe bet! 🙂

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    November 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Great kitchen tools/gadgets! Love little things that make your life a lot easier! 🙂

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    christina
    November 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    i am so intrigued by this alligator dicer!

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    Allison B
    November 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I love my oil spritzer since it means I don’t have to use Pam anymore. I also love my cherry pitter! My kids love cherries, but they won’t eat them unless I cut the pits out. I cannot believe how long I did it by hand since the pitter is so fast and easy. It works on olives too!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      I LOVE my oil mister–that was on my favorites list last time! I finally got a cherry pitter last year and I find it therapeutic to use. 🙂

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    dishing up the dirt
    November 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I love that spiralizer too! I’m on the hunt for a new peeler and I’m going to buy yours. thanks for sharing!

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    On my list: that pastry slab and the spiralizer, love! I tend to hoard them too, but it’s not a “problem” if you use them all, right?!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      That’s what I say! I mean, I could be hoarding worse things, right?!

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    Maria Tadic
    November 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I totally want one of those spiralizers!!! Definitely should consider the boiling over thing too…since that’s a frequent accident in my kitchen!!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Yup, I can’t boil pasta without having that happen!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    November 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I don’t know what I would do without my bench scraper or cookie dough scoop. Both are a must!

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    EA-The Spicy RD
    November 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    The spiralizer it totally tempting me, and how have I gotten this far in life without an alligator dicer??? Just cooked in a tagine yesterday for the first time. I am in love 🙂

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      I have a tagine and I have never used it–how sad, right?! I need to do that. 🙂

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    Julie
    November 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I totally need to get a cookie scoop! As for kitchen shears, I’ve recently found that they are AWESOME for cutting homemade pizza – so much easier than a wheel!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      The cookie scoops were something I eyed for a long time, but I thought, “I don’t bake enough to justify that.” But man, I use them for so many things, I wish I hadn’t waited!

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    Susan Rubinsky
    November 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks! Some of these will make great Christmas gifts or even hostess gifts! I never even knew there was such a things as #6. Adding it to my list right now 🙂

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      You will love it. 🙂 Not only is it a great pizza cutter, it’s really fun to use!

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    November 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    That mushrooms slicer sounds SO handy! I definitely need to invest in one of those.

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Yeah, it’s one of those things that seems a little silly, but it’s nice to have. 🙂 Someone mentioned on Facebook that she uses hers for strawberries, so hey, there’s that too!

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    Holly
    November 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Maybe I should forward this post to my family members so they know what I’d like for Christmas? What great ideas! I think the marble slab and the no-boil-over gadget are at the top of my list of wants.

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      As a baker, you will LOVE the marble slab. I don’t bake much bread, but I don’t know how I did pizza dough before I got it. I would knead it on a cutting board and it would always stick and when I rolled it out, it would spill over the edges and the cutting board would move all over the countertop. Annoying!

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    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ
    November 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Pastry scraper? Wow… sounds very cool!

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    Belinda
    November 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I might have to invest in that peeler and the cookie dough scoop! My favourite tools are my microplane zester and my Japanese ceramic mandoline.

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      I just got a ceramic mandoline slicer and I love it too! I still like my old school mandoline, but clean-up is much easier with the ceramic one. 🙂

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    Sarah
    November 20, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I forgot I had a pastry scraper! Oh my that is a perfect tool to cut into brownies, etc. Thank you for this list!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I am incapable of cutting a straight line, so it definitely comes in handy. 🙂

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    Jenn
    November 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I have that same spiralizer and it gets so much use! Butternut squash pasta noodles is the latest and greatest thing to come from it. Off to check out some of your other picks. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Isn’t it the best? And it’s so fun to use! I still need to try butternut squash noodles. 🙂

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    lisacng @ expandng.com
    November 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Could you recommend a good mandolin, for slicing veggies thin? Thanks!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I like the Kobra slicer, but over the summer I picked up a handheld knock-off Kyocera slicer at a Korean grocery store and I really love it for quicker jobs.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    November 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is the coolest feature, Kiersten! I love that you reference recipes you’ve used in the tools in, too. I need that alligator dicer!

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      Kiersten
      November 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      The dicer is pretty amazing. 🙂 I have terrible knife skills!

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    Brenda Williams
    November 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My favorite thing in the kitchen is the onion chopper…I use it for peppers and lots of other veggies!

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      Kiersten
      November 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Isn’t it so nice?! I don’t know what I did before I got mine.

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    Freddie
    February 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    The pizza chopper honestly seems like more work if used just for pizza.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    December 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

    What a fabulous list!! I just hopped over to Amazon and bought that marble slab 🙂 Beautiful!

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    Helen Grammer
    January 20, 2017 at 3:09 am

    I honestly need those big and wide chopping board! i love cooking and baking! So it would be so convenient to have that wide and big chop board since I have to deal with dough at some point to. The board should stay perfectly still on my counter top though, it make it a lot easier to knead the dough.The wide chop board can be a good accent as well and I am a big fan of wood! Most of my kitchen appliances I got it personalized with some of wood part, just for the sake’s of aesthetic! I got most of my kitchen gadget and tools from online shops, check our site and I promise you you won’t regret it, thanks!

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