Top 10 kitchen gadgets

Date:28-10-2013 08:58:18 read:4

Top 10 kitchen gadgets

From garlic presses to silicone spatulas - the 10 accessories no kitchen is complete without

Gadgets galore: a hand mixer is invaluable in a kitchen Photo: Alamy

Tala cook’s measurer


Sometimes the best gadgets are the simplest. This handy tin has markings on the side which let you easily measure commonly used ingredients, from rice to milk, without the need for scales. I love the 1960s styling too.

Alessi spoon rest


Resting a ladle or spoon or the kitchen counter while cooking can be both messy and unhygienic. This elegant little gadget will hold a spoon or ladle of most lengths and sizes, and is so small it will fit into even the petitest of kitchens.

OXO Good Grips potato ricer


Banish lumpy mash forever with this sturdy stainless steel potato ricer. It’s dishwasher safe, has a non-slip knob so it easily hooks onto a bowl, and can also be used for making baby food.

Microplane grater


Microplane graters are so sharp that if you use them too enthusiastically, you’re in danger of slicing your fingers instead. This useful four-sided box grater offers three of the brand's most popular blades (fine, medium and extra coarse), plus a slicer. Cleverly, one of the panels can be slid out to make cleaning the inside easier.

Chef'n Freshforce Citrus Juicer


Juicing lemons and limes can be a messy business. This nifty gadget needs only the lightest of squeezes to produce considerably more liquid than many juicers on the market, and collects all the pulp and pith in its in-built strainer.

KitchenAid artisan stand mixer


KitchenAid mixers are ridiculously expensive, but their retro good looks, robustness and versatility make them the fantasy of any serious baker. You can use them to mix cakes, whip up meringues or make bread dough. Just don't expect to have much space left on your kitchen counter after you've maxed out your credit card.

Joseph Joseph TriScale


Every cook needs digital scales – they measure far more accurately than their old-fashioned counterparts, especally for small amounts. If space is an issue, this colourful, collapsible model from Joseph Joseph could be ideal. Its three arms fold down, so you can keep it in a drawer when not using. The “add and weigh” function, which lets you add ingredients to the same bowl, is very useful too.

Zyliss susi 3 garlic press


Garlic presses are one of those kitchen gadgets it’s easy to turn your nose up at until you use one. This press crushes multiple cloves of unpeeled garlic in seconds, and has an in-built brush which makes cleaning it much simpler than some other models available.

Kenwood kMix hand mixer


A hand mixer is invaluable in the kitchen, especially if your budget doesn't quite stretch to a KitchenAid. Kenwood’s kMix is a sleek machine with five speeds and a comfortable handle. But its best feature by far is its ingenious grey base, which doubles as both a stand and a storage container for your whisks when the mixer’s back in the cupboard.

Le Creuset silicone 'Professional Range' spoon spatula


Once you buy a silicone spatula you won’t stop using it – silicone is heat-resistant and non-stick, so whether you're using your spatula to scrape down a mixing bowl or smooth out icing, the mix won’t cling to the spatula's surface. The 'Professional Range' model from Le Creuset has a particularly comfortable wooden handle.

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