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44 Creative Kitchen Gadgets You Probably Don’t Know Exist

44 Creative Kitchen Gadgets You Probably Don’t Know Exist

Whether you’re an infrequent kitchen dweller or an experienced chef there are loads of kitchen gadgets you can use to get tasty, healthy meals quickly and simply!

1. Sushezi

1-sushezi-sushi-bazooka
    droold.com

    Japanese food may be healthy, delicious and filled with vitamins but it can be tricky to make. That’s why any sushi enthusiast needs the Sushezi tool that makes sushi incredibly easy to make!

    2. Chef’n Bananza 

    3-bananza-banana-slicer
      bigkitchen.com

      If you want your slices of banana to be equal every time, then you need to get Chef’n Bananza!

      3. Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker

      5-breakfast-sandwich-maker
        shop.ca

        As someone who was impressed by any film that contained a contraption that could make breakfast at the tug of a string or push of button, I find that the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a miracle!

        4. RSVP Herb Scissors

        7-herb-scissors
          boingboing.net

          If you love preparing dishes with fresh herbs the RSVP Herb Scissors are a must have!

          5. Amco Rub Away Bar

          8-amco-rub-away-bar
            homesthetics.net

            Many of the best ingredients often tend to be a bit… smelly. Instead of scrubbing your skin off trying to get rid of the smell, use Amco’s Rub Away Bar.

            6. Food Huggers Silicone Storage Cover

            10-food-hugger
              foodhuggers.com

              Sick of left over fruits and vegetables getting chucked out because they won’t stay fresh? Then get these amazing Food Huggers and you’ll have fresh food for much longer.

              7. Chef’n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller

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                plusyourknowledge.com

                Perfect for summer days and quick desserts, the Chef’n Stem Gem is a great tool to keep around.

                8. Bella Cucina Donut Maker

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                  overstock.com

                  If you love donuts then you’ll love Bella Cucina Donut Maker!

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                  9. Cuisipro Apple Corer

                  50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-apple
                    healthychiceats.com

                    Get rid of apple cores quickly and easily!

                    10. Copco Chip Cap

                    50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-bag
                      thegreenhead.com

                      The days of having to either eat an entire bag of chips or waste half of the bag are over.

                      11. Portion Control Dressing Cap

                      50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-cap
                        everythingkitchens.com

                        Never soak your plate with salad dressing again!

                        12. Cracker Containers

                        50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-cracker
                          everymomneeds.com

                          Keep those crackers fresher for longer.

                          13. Flour Keeper

                          50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-flour
                            amazon.com

                            You could also use this marvellous contraption to store sugar.

                            14. Compact Food Prep Set

                            50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-food-prep
                              josephjoseph.com

                              Perfect for anyone living in a small home!

                              15. Microplane Herb Mill

                              50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-herb-mill
                                freshherbs.com

                                With the same basic function as a pepper grinder, the Herb Mill will supply you with fresh, ground herbs whenever you need them.

                                16. Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray

                                50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-ice-cube-tray
                                  hiconsumption.com

                                  So simple!

                                  17. Fridgepad For iPad

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                                    woodforddesign.com

                                    Whether I’m playing music or reading a recipe, I’m using my iPad in the kitchen all the time! If you do too, then this is a perfect kitchen addition.

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                                    18. In-Drawer Knife Organizer

                                    50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-knife
                                      chefscatalog.com

                                      Organisation meets safety: perfect for anyone clumsy!

                                      19. Citrus Sprayer

                                      50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-lemon
                                        joyofkosher.com

                                        Great on deserts or seafood, this Citrus Sprayer will save you a lot of hassle when you want lemon juice.

                                        20. Flameless Marshmallow Roaster

                                        50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-marshmallow
                                          hammacher.com

                                          Sleepover with s’mores anyone?

                                          21. Marinade Infusing Meat Tenderizer

                                          50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-meat
                                            hammacher.com

                                            Softens AND injects marinade, gimme!

                                            22. William-Sonoma Professional Multi-Chopper

                                            50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-multi-chopper
                                              firewireblog.com

                                              The easiest way to chop veggies!

                                              23. Tabletop Oil Mister

                                              50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-oil-mister
                                                villagegreen.com

                                                Control the amount of oil you put in your cooking and on your ingredients.

                                                24. Onion Holder

                                                50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-onion
                                                  homegadgetsdaily.com

                                                  Not only do you avoid having to touch the onion, you already get a good guide of where to cut.

                                                  25. Party Bowls On Ice

                                                  50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-party-bowl
                                                    amazon.com

                                                    Keep your dips fresh and cold throughout the party.

                                                    26. Julienne Peeler Blade

                                                    50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-peeler
                                                      kitchengadgetsandutensils.com

                                                      Prefer thin, julienne style slices? This is the tool for you!

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                                                      27. Easy Pineapple Slicer

                                                      50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-pineapple-slicer-2
                                                        wicked-gadgets.com

                                                        Easiest way to get the good bits out of a pineapple!

                                                        28. Clip-On Pouring Spout

                                                        50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-spout
                                                          silpoura.com

                                                          No more mess or rogue, run-away vegetables.

                                                          29. Rinse Bowl And Strainer

                                                          50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-strainer
                                                            thegreenhead.com

                                                            Perfect for rinsing fruit!

                                                            30. 2-in-1 Silicone Whisk

                                                            50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-whisk
                                                              amazon.com

                                                              Use it as a whisk and then to scrape out any leftovers!

                                                              31. Zipzicles

                                                              50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existed-zip
                                                                limetreekids.com

                                                                Make DIY ice pops with any ingredients you want! Fill Zipzicles with fruit, juice, yogurt: anything you want and you’ve got yourself a tasty, healthy snack.

                                                                32. Over-The-Sink Strainer Board

                                                                50-Useful-Kitchen-Gadgets-You-Didnt-Know-Existedstrainer-board
                                                                  chinaplasticproducts.com

                                                                  Wash and slice all in one place!

                                                                  33. Corn Zipper

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                                                                    williams-sonoma.com

                                                                    Get those kennels quickly and easily!

                                                                    34. Cake Batter Dispenser

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                                                                      collectionsetc.com

                                                                      Cake lovers! This is the tool for you!

                                                                      35. Dip Clip

                                                                      Dip-Clip
                                                                        progressiveintl.com

                                                                        The Dip Clip is the organised and efficient persons dipping companion!

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                                                                        36. Double Dish

                                                                        Double-Dish
                                                                          ocado.com

                                                                          For food with throw-away bits, these bowls are inspired!

                                                                          37. Flexible Measuring Cups

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                                                                            williams-sonoma.com

                                                                            Pinch and pour and clean with ease!

                                                                            38. Fold Flat Grater

                                                                            Fold-Flat-Grater
                                                                              josephjoseph.com

                                                                              Finally, a grater that doesn’t take up an inexplicable amount of space!

                                                                              39. Vegetable Grill Clips

                                                                              Grill-Vegetable-Clips
                                                                                awesomeinventions.com

                                                                                Stop your vegetables from becoming part of the grill with these Grill Clips.

                                                                                40. OBOL Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

                                                                                Never-Soggy-Cereal-Bowl
                                                                                  obol.co

                                                                                  If soggy cereal is the bane of your life you need the OBOL cereal bowl.

                                                                                  41. Kitchen Safe

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                                                                                    thekitchensafe.com

                                                                                    When you get a craving for sugar, the Kitchen Safe will make it harder for you to get your hit. It’ll also keep out any unwanted fingers or kids looking for snacks.

                                                                                    42. Trudeau Pot Clip

                                                                                    Pot-Clip
                                                                                      trudeaucorp.com

                                                                                      Stop your spoon from being lost in the pots and pans by attaching the Trudeau Pot Clip!

                                                                                      43. The Pasta Pot

                                                                                      pot-with-built-in-drain
                                                                                        amazon.com

                                                                                        The Pasta Pot might be the best thing ever created for people who love to make pasta or noodles!

                                                                                        44. Spaghetti Measure

                                                                                        spaghetti-measure
                                                                                          josephjoseph.com

                                                                                          Never make too much pasta ever again!

                                                                                          Featured photo credit: Healthy Pasta in a Pan | Foodie’s Feed via picjumbo.com

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                                                                                          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                                                          Boundaries are limits

                                                                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                                                                          • How much space do you need?

                                                                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                                                          Sample language:

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                                                                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                                                          Final Thoughts

                                                                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                                                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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