Your kitchen is likely where you spend most of your time. So wouldn't it be great if you could make your chores a little easier – not to mention more fun? From fresh spice containers to dish squeegees, we have a list of kitchen gadgets you didn't even know you needed until now. These cool and unique items will make all those chores you have to do everyday seem like anything but work. In fact, they will turn your tasks into fun jobs that will even have your kids asking to help out every now and then. So get ready to shop, shop, shop!
1. Herb Saver
Ever buy a bunch of herbs, use a little bit and then watch as they go limp on your counter? Why not invest in a cool storage container that acts like a greenhouse to help fresh herbs last up to three weeks. All you have to do is place the herbs in the container with the root or stem end at the bottom, fill it with water and cover with the lid. Keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them again.
2. Tabletop Oil Mister
This gadget is the best way to control the amount of oil you spray on your salad or baking pans. It's chemical-free and you can flavour it however you'd like. You can even pour your favourite salad dressing into the container to make it last longer and allow you to control how much you pour out. All you do is spray the desired amount onto your food.
3. Skoy Scribblers
Those kitchen sponges lying around your kitchen are nothing other than a magnet for bacteria and never really last that long. So it's time to invest in some reusable cotton scrubbers that are not only great at cleaning, but can be easily cleaned themselves in the dishwasher.
If you have a large family, chances are you likely freeze a lot of food to save for later. If this is the case, you should look into this product that actually vacuum seals your food to ensure your meals won't get freezer burn and will taste fresh after months on ice. The product actually forces all the air out of the storage bags. All you have to do is put your food in the bag, attach the included vacuum to the bag's air valve and press the button.
5. Dish Squeegee
Squeegees aren't just for your car windshield anymore. This squeegee is great to scrape all the food off your plate when mealtime is finished. It will save you money on pre rinsing your plates before placing them in the dishwasher. Also, it's a lot of fun to do so you can give the job to your kids – a good way to teach them that chores can be fun!
6. Fridgepad for iPad
If you use your iPad for recipes in the kitchen it is wise to invest in this gadget. You just place your iPad into the pad and stick it on your fridge for easy and safe access. It can even act as a small flat screen television in your kitchen.
7. Silicone Bowls
Once you invest in these bowls you will wonder how you ever lived without them. You can mix up your ingredients in the bowls and then easily pinch the sides together to pour just the right amount into your muffin tin or pan. These are great for baking and for making pancakes.
8. Greek Yogurt Maker
Buying greek-style yogurt is very nutritious but can also be very expensive. Well now you can make your own for a lot cheaper than store-bought yogurt. You start by heating up 5 cups of milk, letting it cool and then mixing in 1/2 cup of a greek store-bought yogurt. Pour the mixture into the machine and set the timer for 8 to 12 hours. Strain it and start eating.
9. Soda Maker
If you drink a lot of carbonated water, it's time you invested in a soda maker. While it costs you money up front, you will be saving tonnes of cash in the long run. Soda makers let you choose from several flavours and makes a litre of water in less than 30 seconds. All you have to do is fill the included bottle with still water, place it in the machine to add carbonation and then mix in the flavouring. Easy and cheap!
10. Pasta Pot
If you love pasta, this gadget is for you. The pot comes with a colander lid that snaps into place, allowing you to tip the pot and drain the water without using a separate colander. How cool is that?