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10 Cool Kitchen Gadgets To Make Your Life Easier

10 Cool Kitchen Gadgets To Make Your Life Easier

Hats off to inventors of kitchen gadgets for making life easier! Today, you have a kitchen gadget for every chore. Even an occasional cook can use these handy gadgets to make cooking a delight. You may not be a kitchen genius, but these kitchen gadgets can help you view cooking from another angle. What’s more is that you will be astonished to see what a huge variety of them exist!

Let’s take a look at 10 of these helpful kitchen gadgets.

1. Cappuccino Maker

There are three varieties of cappuccino makers available — the pod machine, the pump machine, and the steam machine. A cappuccino maker is an easy gizmo to operate. You need not waste your precious morning minutes fiddling with a challenging gadget. You simply have to add the ingredients, flick the switch, and behold your delicious caffeinated beverage is ready!

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Now you can have a frothy cappuccino at any time of the day. And how nice it is to serve cappuccino instead of regular coffee when you have guests! As an added bonus, having a cappuccino maker at home can save you a lot of money over time.

2. Silicone Bowls

Owning silicone bowls will certainly make you wonder how you ever lived without them. They make prep a clean and easy process. Just mix your ingredients in a silicone bowl and pinch the sides to easily pour the correct amount into your pan or muffin tin.

3. A Draining Sieve That Can Attach Right To Your Pot

This tool means that you won’t need that extra colander for your draining job. The attachment helps you to drain any veggies or pasta effortlessly!

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4. Cast Iron Bacon Press

Who doesn’t love bacon that is cooked evenly? Cooking bacon in a frying pan means you have to cope with oil splatter while ensuring that it doesn’t curl up or get stiff. A heavy press is the answer to all your bacon-cooking woes. A cast iron bacon press will flatten your breakfast meat and ensure even cooking.

5. Herb Mill for Fresh Herbs

Adding fresh herbs to your cooking just got easier! An herb mill gadget is similar to a pepper grinder, and you can grind fresh herbs like dill, rosemary, sage, or parsley. Adding fresh herbs over dried herbs to your cooking makes meals even more flavorful!

6. Dainty Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Cups

A set of stainless steel measuring spoons and cups is very handy when you have to measure your ingredients precisely. The measurement indicators ensure that you measure up the right amounts of ingredients for your cooking. With flat bottoms, they can be rested evenly on your countertop. Coming in a variety of measurements, stainless steel spoons and cups are dishwasher safe.

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7. An Electronic Blender

An electronic blender can really speed up the cooking process. Loaded with various functions, your kitchen blender is great for preparing smoothies, purees, soups, or frozen desserts. Go for a versatile machine that helps you to not just prepare fresh juice, butter, or nut spreads, but can also grind grains into flour, prepare dips and salsas, or even emulsify dressings.

8. Banana Slicer

Of course, slicing bananas is easy, but this adorable gadget really can save you some time if you tend to eat a lot of them.

9. Carrot Peeler/Sharpener

This fun cooking marvel is another must-have for your kitchen. With an inbuilt peeler, you can play with this sharpener and make the best smoothies and stir fry recipes.

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10. Pancake Pen

A pancake pen will allow you to make the most enchanting flapjacks in a mess-free manner. Etch a name or draw anything you fancy!

Cooking a meal requires patience and skill. Whether you are a pro or an amateur cook, these gadgets will surely lend some extra support and help to make your life a bit easier! So stock them in your kitchen — you will love that extra comfort in your daily life!

Featured photo credit: VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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