While any cook will be just fine with a set of knives and mixing bowls, sometimes we want a little help from gadgets. When we’re not in the mood to hand-julienne carrots for dinner or poach multiple eggs for Sunday brunch, we turn to one these nine cooking tools. They may be extra things to buy, but trust us—they’ll save you infinite hours and energy, so you can spend more time on the important part: eating.
Your fear of the mandoline is about to be over, thanks to this safety-conscious version from T-fal. The gadget slices, minces, and juliennes ingredients from chocolate to cheese to veggies. Plus, unlike the standard tool, you hold onto a grip instead of the ingredient, which means no accidental finger gashes.
Once you see how much more powerful the Vitamix is than that $20 blender you got in college, you’ll know why it’s time to shell out the big bucks. Whether you’re making DIY almond milk, grinding peanuts to make your own nut butter, puréeing butternut squash soup for dinner, or whipping up a quick green smoothie recipe, the blender basically pays for itself.
Poaching your eggs via a free-fall into boiling water takes practice and patience, so if you need eggs benedict ASAP, look no further than this four-egg poacher from ExcelSteel. (And if you’re a careful reader, you’ll have four slices of toast ready when the eggs are done. Hint: See No. 3.)