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 OXO. 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.
Though we definitely think it's worth it to shell out for a really good blender, you don't need a $450 Vitamix unless you're really serious. This blender from Cleanblend is nearly as powerful as those from brands that are hundreds of dollars more, and it can handle all your DIY almond milks, nut butters, puréed soups, smoothies, and more.
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.)