21 affordable kitchen products that will up your chef game

May 4 2020, 12:43 pm

These days, it seems like everyone and their aunt is making banana bread and posting on Instagram about it (because if you baked and didn’t post about it, did you even bake?).

If you’re taking this time to work on your kitchen skills, you’re not alone — and we support you. Our team has been experimenting in the kitchen and wanted to share the products that have made it onto our respective wishlists.

These easy-to-use kitchen products can help you master new recipes (or just add a little fun to your new cooking normal). And if your kitchen becomes a little more Instagrammable in the process, that’s a happy coincidence.

Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Mini Waffle Maker

Dash Mini Waffle Maker/Amazon

Now that weekend brunch gatherings are on pause, consider purchasing one of these miniature waffle makers. They’re ridiculously easy to use, and before you know it, your kitchen will become your new favourite brunch spot! Get creative with a DIY toppings bar (and maybe a mimosa or two).

Silicon Baking Mats

Baking Mat

Prettycare Silicon Baking Mat/Amazon

These little mats make it possible to bake crispy fries, roasted veggies, or cookies without using oil or cooking spray. They’re also a great alternative to parchment paper or aluminum foil since they’re reusable and dishwasher safe.

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saving Storage Containers

 

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Grocery shopping once a week (or less) means that you’re likely storing fruit and vegetables for longer periods of time in your fridge. These containers have built-in vents that keep your produce moisture-free and fresh for longer.

AmazonBasics 14 Piece Knife Set

Knife Set

AmazonBasics 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set/Amazon

Now that you’re doing more cooking, it’s time to invest in a good set of knives. After all, an artist is only as good as their tools. This 14-piece set includes a knife sharpener and comes in a sturdy wood block for easy (and safe) storage.

T-fal Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

Kitchen Products - Cast Iron Skillet

T-fal Pre-Seasoned Nonstick Cast Iron Skillet/Amazon

Probably every food-stagrammer you follow owns a cast iron skillet, and let me tell you: it’s not just for the aesthetics. These pans are incredibly durable and can last a lifetime if you use proper care and cleaning techniques. Use these on the stove and in the oven, for making the perfect frittata or breakfast hash!

Imperia Pasta Maker

Pasta Maker

Imperia Pasta Maker/Amazon

For anyone who thought you had to spend a small fortune on a pasta maker, we’re here to set the record straight. This machine has over 2,300 reviews on Amazon, and you’ll be an (un)official Italian chef in no time with this easy-to-use gadget. Plus, you’ll get full bragging rights the next time you say you’re having homemade pasta for dinner.

Sedhoom 4-in-1 Spiralizer

Kitchen Products - Handheld Spiralizer

Sedhoom Handheld Spiralizer/Amazon

For a healthier alternative to pasta, check out this easy handheld spiralizer. With just a twist of the wrist, this magical little device helps you turn zucchini into “zoodles,” carrots into “coodles,” and sweet potatoes into… “spoodles”? (We’re still workshopping that one).

Utopia 3.2 Quart Air Fryer

Kitchen Products - Air Fryer

Utopia Kitchen 3.2 Quart Air Fryer/Amazon

An oil-free way to get perfectly crispy snacks, from fries and homemade chips to fried chicken. As a bonus, its small size makes it easy to store when you’re not using it.

9 Piece Sushi Making Kit

Kitchen Products - Sushi making kit

9 Piece Bamboo Sushi Making Kit/Amazon

If you’re missing your favourite sushi spot right now, maybe it’s time to take matters into your own hands… literally. This kit provides everything you’ll need, including a beautiful set of chopsticks.

Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker

 

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If you’re one of the last people in your friend group to jump on the Instant Pot train, now’s your chance! This device is basically the ultimate cooking companion because it can do so many things: cook rice, sautĂ©, slow cook, steam, pressure cook, and so much more. Trust us — once you get one, you’ll be an “instant” convert.

Joseph Joseph Compact Can Opener

Kitchen Products - Can Opener

Joseph Joseph Compact Can Opener/Amazon

Cooking with more canned goods means that your trusty can opener is getting more of a workout. Why not invest in a good one that makes opening cans a breeze? The shape of this can opener makes turning easier on your wrists and is easier to store.

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Kitchen Products - Dutch Oven

AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven/Amazon

We’re not throwing dinner parties any time soon (except maybe virtual ones), but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice! This dutch oven is not only available in gorgeous colours, but is also able to cook food on the stovetop, in the oven, and on a barbecue! The versatility of this piece of cookware makes it perfect for meats, stews, and even baking bread.

Easy Layers 5-Piece Cake Pan Set

Kitchen Products - Cake Pan Set

Easy Layers! Cake Pan Set/Amazon

If you’ve seen those multi-layered cakes on Pinterest but weren’t sure how to tackle them, then this is for you. This set of cake pans makes it easy for you to replicate all those fancy rainbow desserts you’ve been drooling over.

73 Piece Cake Decorating Kit

Kitchen Products - Cake Decorating Kit

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For you aspiring bakers, why not take it one step further? This kit includes everything you need to create beautiful cakes, including a piping bag with multiple tips and a turntable with a smoother for seamless icing application.

Solid Marble Mortar and Pestle

Kitchen Products - Mortar and Pestle

HIC Harold Import Mortar and Pestle/Amazon

Aside from being extremely aesthetically pleasing, a mortar and pestle is also a great method for crushing herbs. Just imagine making your own pesto or guacamole with one of these! Coincidentally, pounding spices into dust is also a good stress reliever. Just saying.

KitchenAid Mini Food Processor

KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor/KitchenAid

If you don’t have the patience for a mortar and pestle, we won’t judge you. Sometimes we get hangry and need food FAST. This mini food processor has nearly 4,000 Amazon reviews and makes it easy for you to whip up your favourite snacks ASAP.

Avocado 3-in-1 Tool

Kitchen Products - Avocado Slicer

Oxo Avocado Slicer/Amazon

We millennials are known for our love of avocado toast, and this handy little tool is here to help you get more of what you want. This gadget can help you cut and pit your avocados with ease, all the while giving you perfectly even slices.

Salton Panini Press

Kitchen Products - Panini Press

Salton Stainless Steel Panini Press/Amazon

Sometimes you just crave a hot sandwich for lunch, whether it’s a grilled cheese or a fully loaded panini. This press is the perfect partner for such an occasion. It can even fit two sandwiches at a time — so if you’re feeling generous (or hungry), you can save on time.

Rub-A-Way Stainless Steel Bar

Amco Rub-A-Way Bar/Amazon

You know how your fingers often smell like garlic for hours after you’ve minced a few cloves? That won’t be a problem after washing your hands with this metal bar. We’re not scientists — but this thing works. Try it for yourself and see!

Yonanas Classic Soft Serve Maker

 

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Everyone likes a sweet treat now and again. This handy machine makes it possible to make healthy ice cream with frozen fruit — check out the included recipe book for some inspiration!

KitchenAid 2-Speed Immersion Blender

Kitchen Products - Immersion Blender

KitchenAid Immersion Blender/Amazon

If you don’t have the kitchen space or funds for a full-size blender, consider one of these babies. Immersion blenders are great for making soups (arguably the best rainy-day meal), and the added blending jar is perfect for small jobs, like smoothies!


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