Chop Your Cooking Time in Half: 10 Awesome Gadgets to Save Time in the Kitchen

Chop Your Cooking Time in Half: 10 Awesome Gadgets to Save Time in the Kitchen

#1
Samsung Smart Refrigerator
#2
Crock-Pot Smart WiFi-Enabled WeMo 6-Quart Slow Cooker
Best Overall Kitchen Gadget for Men
#3
Bamboo Cutting Board with Knife Storage and Screen Shield for iPad
  • Makes an incredible gift for foodies
  • Protects (and makes a great stand for) tablets
  • Definitely makes food prep more fun
Best Kitchen Gadget for Pizza Nights
#4
Dreamfarm Scizza Pizza Scissors
  • Makes a great gift
  • One of the most useful of the "cool" kitchen gadgets
  • Once you try it, you'll never go back to a slicing wheel 

Some men want to eat healthier.  Others want to cut their food budget.  And some men just love cooking.  It doesn’t matter what drives you into the kitchen, you’ll eventually want to save some of the time you spend in food preparation and cleanup.  These are the tools and gadgets that will help you do just that.

When you’re ready to save some time in the kitchen, take a look at the tasks that cause you the most irritation first.  It could be chopping onions or wrapping up leftovers.  Don’t invest in a time saving gadget until you’ll actually use it.  Try making a dish the hard way before you invest in a gadget.  You never want to buy a rice maker, for example, if you’re only hoping to eat more rice this year.

Need more tips?  Take a look at these faves - they’ve got the ideas you need to save time and money.  Oh, and some calories too!


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Chop Your Cooking Time in Half: 10 Awesome Gadgets to Save Time in the Kitchen

Chop Your Cooking Time in Half: 10 Awesome Gadgets to Save Time in the Kitchen

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Some men want to eat healthier.  Others want to cut their food budget.  And some men just love cooking.  It doesn’t matter what drives you into the kitchen, you’ll eventually want to save some of the time you spend in food preparation and cleanup.  These are the tools and gadgets that will help you do just that.

When you’re ready to save some time in the kitchen, take a look at the tasks that cause you the most irritation first.  It could be chopping onions or wrapping up leftovers.  Don’t invest in a time saving gadget until you’ll actually use it.  Try making a dish the hard way before you invest in a gadget.  You never want to buy a rice maker, for example, if you’re only hoping to eat more rice this year.

Need more tips?  Take a look at these faves - they’ve got the ideas you need to save time and money.  Oh, and some calories too!


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67
Score 67
$135
180 Bought | Save: $41 (23% OFF)

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This particular rice cooker is a kitchen marvel.  It features:

  • 3-cup capacity makes 6 cups of perfectly cooked cooked rice every time
  • Cooking Functions: White/Mixed, Sushi, Porridge, Brown, and Quick Cooking
  • Inner cooking pan provides even heating for better cooking and measuring lines for precise control of ingredients
  • Features detachable inner lid, easy-to-read LCD control panel, automatic and extended keep-warm setting, reheating cycle, delay timer with two settings and a built-in retractable power cord
  • Small footprint takes up minimal counter space; Accessories include measuring cup, nonstick rice spatula, and spatula holder

 

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Score 70

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This is the knife sharpener that automatically adjusts for professional-quality results with standard, serrated, or Japanese-style single-bevel knives. Invented by a master knife maker in Austria, the sharpener’s precision ground tungsten carbide surface delivers a superior cutting edge without damaging the blade and hones like a chef’s steel without removing metal. Simply draw the knife across the center opening—the sharpener’s patented spring-action bars adjust automatically to accommodate different blade angles for coarse sharpening, honing, or polishing of any metal blade. Four rubber feet on the base prevent scratches on tables or countertops and its streamlined design and compact size conserve counter space.

 

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Score 84

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These little gadgets save more than time.  They also lock in the freshness of your food (and that saves money).  Nice, right?  And, at this price, you truly want them.

  • Just slide Bag Re-Sealer across bags to seal in freshness
  • Safety pack cosmetics when traveling
  • Magnetic back keeps Bag Re-Sealer handy on your refrigerator
  • Creates airtight seal that locks in freshness and flavor
  • Store foods in their original bags

Best Kitchen Gadget for Pizza Nights

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Score 78
$23
401 Bought | Save: $7 (23% OFF)

Why People Love it

  • Makes a great gift
  • One of the most useful of the "cool" kitchen gadgets
  • Once you try it, you'll never go back to a slicing wheel 

While these sheers make pizza cutting easy - that's hardly where their usefulness ends. They're also great for pastry cutting (or even fabric). That's because of the lovely lifter on the bottom blade.

 

Some of the older models were made from substandard materials. Even now you may want to avoid putting these in the dishwasher. 

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Even if you don't have any other kitchen scissors (though we think that you should), you really want to get your hands on one of these.  

What’s it used for? These pizza scissors are one of the most fun kitchen gadgets you're going to find. They don't just cut your pizza, they also help to lift it so you can serve it quickly and easily.  Cool, right?

Is it easy to use? Super easy. Really, you just need to be able to use a pair of scissors to make these happen. The Scizza's unique spatula tip slides easily under food (or anything else) and the extra-long 4-inch blades cleanly and completely slice through food. Brilliant.

Dishwasher-safe? You can put these scissors in the top rack of your dishwasher, but hand washing in warm, soapy water is recommended. 

Will it break the bank? For scissors, these aren't exactly inexpensive. So, you'll want to care for them. That's where the whole hand washing thing comes into play. 

What Reviewers Say: 

For such a small gadget, people love to write reve reviews about it.

  • So you know those crappy "as seen on TV" commercials, where the problem for which the product was created is shown in a very ridiculous, absurd and unrealistic way? (For instance, you would see a person trying to, say, open an umbrella, and the umbrella would break and pop and everything would be all over the place). Not kidding, this is how I was until this product. I had what is considered "one of the best' pizza wheels, and it would drive me INSANE.
    We make homemade pizza in my house, and we do it with the thinnest crust, and cutting that thing is like the workout before the food. It was frustrating. I tried using the sharpest, best knifes instead, tried applying pressure, and eventually, it worked - but the pizza would always have some tearing, and the time it takes would be longer than the actual cooking time. So I went online, looking to find the absolute best pizza cutter. Then I saw these pizza scissors. I saw the good reviews and thought to myself- Why not? I absolutely didn't think it would be that easy, but hey - it's gotta be easier than that annoying wheel, right? I got this yesterday, and couldn't wait to make a homemade pizza again and try it. Of course, I did, and it's simply amazing. It cuts through the pizza as if it was the thinnest paper. Absolutely amazing. I do believe this must be the best product out there for cutting pizza. If you're looking to actually cut pizza and do it as efficiently and quickly as possible - this is the product for you.
  • We make pizza at home all the time but would argue about who had to cut the pizza. We have tried several different wheels and the large rocking blade too. The crusts were always difficult to slice and the cheese and toppings stuck to the wheel and slid out of place. Enter my Scizza - now I always want to cut the pizza! I was skeptical at first because I just didn't think it could be so easy to use but it really is. No more scratched pans either. Get these and get rid of all those wheels.
  • I love this scizza. It keeps my pizza pan from getting the scratches that a reg scissors makes.

Best Overall Kitchen Gadget for Men

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Score 99
$20
727 Bought | Save: $10 (33% OFF)

Why People Love it

  • Makes an incredible gift for foodies
  • Protects (and makes a great stand for) tablets
  • Definitely makes food prep more fun

This combination cutting board is ideal for watching cooking videos and shows while prepping dinner. The bamboo is also  durable and easy to use (besides being good looking in the kitchen). 

You can store knives in it, but it's really not ideal unless you can work it into your overall decor. 

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There are few things sexier to a woman than a man preparing a meal. Now you can show off your skills and your style while doing just that. It's so hot that the folks over at Houzz can't help themselves - and even CNET is ready to recommend this cutting board to the guys that are perhaps a little messy in the kitchen. So what are you waiting for? 

What’s it used for? This awesome cutting board has a protective screen for your iPad. Follow a recipe, or just watch a movie, it all depends on why you're cooking. The removable, clear screen shield protects the iPad from chopping debris. Plus, there are eight built-in storage slots for various kitchen knives.

Is it easy to use? If you can use a cutting board, it's about as simple as that. Okay, we do need to warn you about  hacking into your fingers while watching the screen during food prep - at least if you want to keep your digits. The side slots for knife storage are only really necessary if you leave this on your counter top for your kitchen tablet. But, all in all, it's as easy as you would think to use. 

Dishwasher-safe? Nope, sorry. You'll need to hand-wash this baby. And, think of this as a friendly reminder not to store dirty knives in any woodblock, drawer, or anywhere else. Wash them and then put them away. Anything else makes your kitchen unsafe to work in or eat from.

Will it break the bank? Hardly. When it first came out, you would have paid a bit more for it. Now it's about as cost-effective as you can imagine. Of course you want it. 

What Reviewers Say: 

It's really not hard to find positive reviews for this simple gadget.

  • This one is a must if you like to cook and want to keep your iPad intact. The bamboo cutting board holds the iPad very well and even comes with a stylus so you don't have to use your dirty hands to touch your screen. Very smart guys!
  • Don't you just hate it when you suddenly realize you've got to chop some vegetables, but you're absolutely killing that level of candy crush that you've been stuck on for weeks? Time to say hello to your new best friend: the cutting board with an iPad stand. Now you can wield sharp objects without ever taking your eyes off of your tablet. It's perfect for those evenings when you have to get dinner on the table in a hurry, but you still haven't caught up on your Twitter feed. Horrors! Now your facebook status can include, "on my way to the emergency room, but I broke my high score record on Temple Run!!" In all seriousness, I've used this wonderful appliance quite a few times without injury, and now I don't know how I ever prepared dinner without it. It's also a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Before the bamboo cutting board with iPad stand, I could barely drag my six year old away from the television. Now she loves helping me slice potatoes, and she never has to miss a minute of Sofia the First!!

 

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Score 99
$100
258 Bought | Save: $50 (33% OFF)

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This Crock-Pot is enabled with WEMO which allows you to control it with your smartphone. The slow cooker can hold 6 quarts of food and has built-in cord storage. With the WEMO app you could adjust cooking time, shift to warm or turn off the device. There are plenty of recipes out there for your slow cooker, but the principles remain the same - toss in meat and veggies (perhaps with a bit of stock) and leave them to cook.  When you get home for work, the work is done (and it always smells delicious).

What Reviewers Say:

If you're like a lot of users, you're going to love this gadget.

  • I love this crock-pot. It was very easy to set up as I read other reviews complaining about the setup process but I had no problems at all. I used it right away and works excellent.
  • Great for person on the go
  • The smart crock pot is the best thing anyone could have.I absolutely love it.I highly recommend this product.

 

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Score 2
$2699
455 Bought | Save: $1400 (34% OFF)

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The Samsung RF31FMEDBSR Energy Star 30.5 Cu. Ft. French Door SodaStream Refrigerator with Counter-Height FlexZone Drawer and Freezer Drawer, in stainless steel, delivers fresh sparkling water directly to your refrigerator. Samsung partnered with SodaStream to bring regular and flavored sparkling waters and sodas to the water and ice dispenser in this refrigerator with SodaSteam's unique capsule technology. This refrigerator also features numerous other impressive features, including an astounding 30.5 cu. ft. internal capacity capable of hold nearly anything, 5 tempered glass spill-proof shelves in numerous configurations, and numerous large door bins. The unique middle drawer is great for storing easily accessible foods, like snacks for children, who will be able to easily open the drawer that to the Easy Open Handle. All compartments are well like with high efficiency LEDs designed for complete illumination.
 
The Samsung Stainless Steel 4-Door Refrigerator with Automatic Sparkling Water Dispenser is ideal for large families and those who love to cook and entertain. With a capacity of 31 cubic feet, this modern, four-door refrigerator can hold up to 31 bags of groceries*. It features a built-in sparkling and still water dispenser powered by SodaStream and an in-fridge ice maker that makes up to 10 pounds of ice daily. Separate air flows in the refrigerator and freezer help keep food fresher, while the FlexZone drawer lets you store food at four different temperature zones. And with five shelves, two humidity-controlled crispers, and six door bins, you'll have plenty of room for all your favorite drinks, party platters, and leftovers.

Editor: Fashion & Grooming, Home & Office, Food & Drink

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