Do you ever feel like you're constantly playing catch up in your kitchen? More time spent on cleaning and tidying up than actual cooking?
Some days it seems like there aren't enough hours in the day.
But with a bit of planning and some clever tools, you can drastically cut down on time you spend in the kitchen. These invaluable time-saving kitchen tools can be real-time saviors.
Some household chores can't be automated, but you can use many time-saving gadgets and services today.
These make your life simpler and often do a better job than you would on your own. If you're wondering what would make your life simpler, try one of these time-saving options.
1. iRobot Vacuum Cleaner
The iRobot has been on the market for years. When they first came out, they seemed like a novelty items. However, over the years, they've been perfected. Now, they do a great job of keeping floors clean.
They're convenient if you have pets and are tired of constantly cleaning up fur. Instead, consider one of these handy vacuum cleaners. You may still occasionally have to clean your floors but it'll cut back significantly.
2. Instant Pot
When you don't have the time to spend hours in the kitchen, this Instant Pot is your best friend. An instant pot is simply a pressure cooker but it's better than the old models.
Crockpots are slow cookers and both do the work of cooking a meal either in a matter of minutes or while you're gone all day. You can use one of the many recipes that come with most models or buy a cookbook for easy meal prep.
They make it easy to come home to a pre-made meal on most days.
3. Food Processor
A food processor is a compact kitchen multi-tool that does so much work, you'll wonder what you did without it.
You can use a food processor to slice fruits and vegetables, make bread, mix any number of items, and more.
We have THIS 7-cup Kitchenaid Food Processor, but if you have a larger family I recommend looking at THIS top-of-the-line Breville Food Processor.
There are also attachments that you can use. And a lot of people find that this tool saves them hours every week.
4. Good Chef's Knife
There's nothing worse than a dull knife but a good chef's knife will keep its edge well.
A chef knife is also amazingly versatile. It can be used to chop any number of items efficiently and it's small enough to be cleaned and reused time and time again.
If you had only one knife in your kitchen, this should be it. However, it's worth investing in a good knife.
- This is a great budget-friendly Chef's Knife.
- This is an outstanding commercial-grade Chef's Knife.
5. Ninja Blender
A Ninja blender is one of the top models of blenders out there today.
This affordable, high-quality blender is amazingly efficient. It also comes with a variety of options to make smoothies, protein shakes, and more.
You can find attachments to make items on the go and more. This is a must-have item if you need a blender that's efficient in your kitchen.
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6. Cheese Grater
Freshly grated cheese is a joy to have. Although you can purchase grated cheese, it tends to lose freshness.
A cheese grater is easy to store and takes up a minimal amount of space in a cabinet. You can pull it out to grate parmesan and other cheeses.
It can also be used to zest fruits. Cleaning the cheese grater is easy, you can choose to clean it in the dishwasher or by hand with a sponge.
7. Lemon Squeezer
I've been through quite a few lemon squeezers. Every morning I make my own detox tea (lemon, fresh ginger, honey, turmeric, and a dash of cayenne pepper). And I've found that not all lemon squeezers are created equal.
This lemon juicer is great for getting each little drop out of every single lemon.
And it's very easy to clean. If you prefer a lemon squeezer that has an attached bowl to capture the juices, you'll love this OXO lemon juicer.
8. Kitchen Shears
Kitchen shears are one of the best-kept secrets in the culinary world. They can be used to cut up pastry, meats, pizza, and more.
They're usually available in stainless steel that can be cleaned easily. You'll wonder how you got by without this handy tool.
9. Oxo Apple Divider
Slicing up apples takes a lot of time and an apple divider takes the work out of it. You can use the divider on both small and large apples.
Simply use the blades to separate an apple into separate segments and remove the core. This is great when you want to slice up an apple for baking, snacks, and more.
10. Over the sink colander
Colanders are handy to rinse off produce and drain pasta or other dishes. You probably try to position your colander over the sink with limited success.
However, you can find a colander that neatly fits over your sink to drain efficiently. This is incredibly useful and frees up your hands.
11. Best meal prep containers
Meal preparation has gotten a huge following in recent years. And proper meal planning can not just be a great time-saving kitchen tool, but it can also be invaluable in helping you to stay on budget.
When you're trying to eat healthier or simply eat out less, you'll need lots of meal prep containers.
Use good quality ones that will last well and can also be heated and cleaned well.
12. Voice-enabled Apps
Your kitchen can be the smartest room in the house. Combining Alexa and many of these devices or apps can save you time in the kitchen.
You can use apps to search for recipes, set timers for dishes, and connect with smart kitchen devices.
The options here are numerous but decide what you really need help with n the kitchen to be more efficient. Chances are, there's an app or device to help with that.
13. Smart Phone Notes App for quick note-taking
When you're out and about, you may find yourself near a grocery store without a list of the items that you need.
However, with this app, you'll have a grocery list in your pocket at all times.
Keep note of items when you run out of them and you'll never have to worry about leaving your grocery list behind again
Bonus Time Saving kitchen tool
Online Ordering Grocery Delivery Services
If you simply don't have time to go to the grocery store, there's a service for that! Going to the grocery store can be a time-consuming chore.
We spend time often a waste of time and you can get your groceries easily delivered to your home for no or a small fee.
When you're tired of having to go out, take advantage of this service.
What are your favorite time-saving kitchen tools? Let us know in the comments.
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