Even if you're not much of a cook, you probably spend a fair amount of time in your apartment's kitchen, and the right set of kitchen gear items is vital to save time and hassle during the daily process of food prep and cooking. Maybe part of the problem is that you've never taken the time to figure out what would work well in your kitchen, aside from the appliances your landlord has provided such as the refrigerator, oven, and microwave oven that you probably can't change. The good news is that many great kitchen items are actually quite affordable. Nevertheless, they can make a huge difference and save you a ton of time while also bringing some enjoyment to your culinary efforts. Here are 10 great kitchen items on Amazon that you can buy right now that will make your life easier as soon as you start using them.
You haven't lived if you haven't cooked with an air fryer. They save you time, reduce fat intake, and generally make cooking numerous types of foods simpler and easier. They can fry with 75% less fat and can even deyhdrate food, as well. This 4-quart Ninja air fryer is affordable, highly rated, and seriously versatile with a 105 degree Fahrenheit to 400 degrees cooking temp range. It also has a heat-friendly ceramic-coated nonstick basket and crisper plate. The basket, crisper plate, and multi-layer rack are even dishwasher save. The $100 price makes it even more attractive.
This might look like a gimmick, but the WineOvation Electric Gun Wine Opener is both cool and useful. Just put the large barrel over the wine bottle and pull the trigger. It punctures the seal and removes the cork without any fuss. Just pull the trigger until it stops, and you're ready to pour. It docks in its own base and recharges fully in 12 hours, at which point it's ready to remove up to 30 bottles of wine (don't drink them all at once, eh?). It might also deter guests from taking anything from your apartment that doesn't belong to them. For a mere $40, you get a slick wine opener and a visual deterrent!
This smokeless grill is a great way to reduce cooking smells in your apartment, and you can even take it out on your balcony to do flameless cooking outside. It provides ample space for meats, veggies, seafood, etc. , and the uniform heating element ensures even cooking. All of the smoke produced from cooking is retained in the unit, and it will heat from 212 to 482 degrees. There's even an LED touchscreen control panel, a timer, and an easy-clean stainless steel housing. The grill surface is also removable for easy cleaning. All this for just shy of $140.
Cooking out of a cookbook can be a pain, but lugging your laptop into the kitchen to take up space is also inconvenient. This folding tablet stand can be used anywhere: the countertop, wall, and even under your cabinet. It can manage just about the largest and thickest of tablets, as well as rotate 360° for perfect hands-free viewing in either portrait or landscape positions. It even comes with a wall-mounting or cabinet mounting kit. The all-aluminum construction means it's light and durable, as well as quite attractive in any kitchen. It's also a bargain at $15.
Sometimes you just don't want to make a full pot of coffee, nor do you want to be wasteful with pods. This 2-in-1 Ground and Pod Coffee Maker allows you to make a single serving while, at the same time, offering two options: a large-capacity 25g (0.9oz) ground coffee basket or a pod for that last minute convenience. Make coffee from 6 oz to 14 oz and even adjust the strength between dark and light. The small footprint makes it even more attractive for small kitchens, but it can accommodate a travel mug so you're ready for your commute. It comes in multiple colors and costs just $60. It's wakey, wakey for less.
If you're using your kitchen knives without sharpening them, you're doing something dangerous. You'll be more likely to slip and cut yourself if the knife isn't sharp enough. This 3-stage sharpening system is professional grade, and anyone can use it (unlike a manual whetstone). It can manage just about any kitchen knife via its blade thickness selector, and it can handle anything from thin paring knives to big hunting knives (you have one, right?). The Presto 08810 will even hold the blade at the optimal angle. You'll get sharpening happy for about $45, and you'll want to start slicing every veggie in your fridge.
Really, utensil set? What's the big deal, anyway? Well, a good wooden set can make cooking easier (as well as making your kitchen look better). It prevents your pans from getting scratched the way metal utensils do, and this set is made out of tough teak wood that resists moisture and wear. The set comes with a flat spatula, frying spatula, strainer spoon, salad spoon, salad fork, and a mixing spoon. They're BPA-free and made of 100% high-quality teak wood with no varnish, chemical treatments, or smells. Teak is also very hard and resists cracking. You can get the full set now for just $24.
In some parts of the country, you still get plastic grocery bags, which are bad for the environment but sometimes still necessary. Having them smashed in your under-sink cabinet is no way to store them. This plastic bag holder/dispenser is both useful and quite attractive. It organizes both grocery and kitchen trash bags. It can even amange most 13-gallon trash bag rolls that measure up to 9.5 by 4.50-inches. Double holes allow you to store and remove grocery bags with ease, up to 20 of them. The built-in hangers allow you to easily place it over a cabinet door to keep a small footprint. Snag-free and attractive bamboo keeps things clean. No more stray bags, and it gives you peace of mind for just $50.
If you're like us, you have way too many water bottles, but you can't get yourself to throw them out (ok, so you lose a couple a year). This rack can make things a bit easier, and it might even make your kids want to put their water bottles away! The three-tier rack is both height and width adjustable, extending from 10.6" to 16.7" in length. It will even manage wine bottles, soda bottles, and flask sports bottles. The metal resists corrosion and provides strength, while the plastic shelves are BPA-free and can handle up to 40 pounds. Installation is also a cinch, and the $28 price tag seals the deal.
Who says toasters can't have a touchscreen? This smart toaster has its own LCD Display with touch buttons that allow you to choose the type of break or pastry, and the darkness level. It takes the guessing out of choosing the right setting, and it even provides a countdown timer for those who gotta have the numbers. You can even select defrost and reheat functions for even more versatility. A "More Time" button adds 45 seconds in case you didn't get your desired level. Each slot is 1.4 inches wide, so it can handle toaster pastries, bagels, and even Texas toast slices with ease. There's also built-in cord storage. All this toaster tech comes in at an affordable $60.