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8 ingenious kitchen gadgets you didn’t know you needed (you have to see #4)

How many times have you flipped through channels late at night and run across infomercials hocking the latest and greatest kitchen tools? “For just 3 easy payments of $19.99, you’ll never shed tears chopping onions again.”

When the item shows up in the mail, the tears start to flow because you realize you’ve been duped into buying just another basic knife. Don’t fall into the late-night ad trap again.

Instead, we’ve rounded up a list of gadgets that’ll actually help you in the kitchen. Hint: you’re going to love the fourth item on the list.

1. New cooker with all the bells and whistles (Wi-Fi, Alexa)

If you haven’t heard about Instant Pot you must have been living under a rock the past few years. It’s all the rage with home cooks.

Why, you ask? Because it’s a multi-purpose device that works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, warmer and more.

This model is especially cool. It’s the first multi-use programmable cooker that can be controlled from your phone, tablet or Alexa virtually anywhere. Schedule, adjust and monitor the progress of your meals — all from your gadget.

2. The classic version that’s a little more low tech and usually more affordable

If you don’t need all the bells and whistles with your Instant Pot, this is the model for you. It’s still going to get the job done as a 7-in-1 multi-use programmable cooker, just without the Wi-Fi connection like the model we talked about earlier.

As with all Instant Pots, you’re able to easily create healthy, convenient and tasty meals in less time with less mess. This model is great for first time Instant Pot users, so give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.

3. Gadget that makes it easy to cook like a pro

The Anova Precision Cooker Nano makes cooking restaurant-quality meals at home a breeze. This sous vide circulator is the perfect kitchen appliance for hands-off cooking.

You can easily cook vegetables, meats and so much more with precision and consistent control. You can even control it remotely with your gadget, allowing you to cook while you’re on the go.

If you’ve never used sous vide before, it might sound intimidating. It’s not. Simply attach it to any pot, add water, drop in whatever you’re cooking in a sealed bag or glass jar and start the cooking process with a touch of a button.

4. This just seems fun

If you’re looking to kick up your chef game a notch, I can’t think of a better way than using this Sondiko culinary blow torch. There’s no need to be intimidated, it’s designed to be safe. Its safety lock prevents accidental ignition and comes with a wide set base to keep it from falling over.

It’s ideal for caramelizing sugar atop crème brûlée, glazing a baked ham, searing steaks, roasting bell peppers, melting cheeses and so much more. If you truly want to impress dinner guests at your next get together, and make it an event to remember, this culinary blow torch is the way to go.

5. A revolutionary tool for making the perfect eggs

If you struggle with cooking eggs perfectly, this gadget was built for you. It’s the Rollie hands-free automatic and easy egg cooker.

In just two easy steps you can prepare eggs, omelets, frittatas and more. You can cook eggs quickly without dirtying pots or pans. Simply crack one or two eggs directly into the Rollie Eggmaster cooking chamber and insert a wooden skewer. A few minutes later you’ll have perfectly cooked eggs ready to eat.

6. Skip takeout and make your own breakfast sandwiches

Speaking of eggs, here’s a way to make amazing breakfast sandwiches at home instead of hitting the fast-food drive-thru. This Hamilton Beach dual sandwich maker lets you cook two breakfast sandwiches at the same time for the busy family on the go.

With just four simple steps, you’ll be eating a healthy breakfast in no time. Whether you’re looking for a low carb, protein-packed breakfast or just a good old fashioned greasy sandwich, this is the machine for you. You get to decide just how healthy your breakfast needs to be by customizing each sandwich to your tastes. Oh, and you’ll save money by not buying fast food every day.

7. Eliminate all the guesswork

With this Kizen instant-read meat thermometer, you’ll never overcook your steak again. It’s super fast, too. In as little as two-to-three seconds you’ll get an accurate reading within one degree of temperature. No more waiting over a hot stove or grill for temperature readings.

This model is waterproof so it can be washed under running water without fear of ruining the device. You’re also going to love the easy to read LCD screen that is large and lights up brightly so you don’t have to mess around with a flashlight when grilling at night.

8. This one isn’t high-tech but does solve an age-old problem

Who doesn’t love a nice crunchy bowl of cereal every now and then? The problem is the crunch doesn’t always last long enough — until now.

This Obol original never soggy cereal bowl solves the mushy cereal problem we’ve been dealing with since we were kids. Its spiral slide design keeps cereal crispy bite after bite, simply by separating it from the milk until you’re ready to add more with one simple motion.

It even has a built-in grip making it easy to hold while watching TV or having breakfast in bed. No more worries about spilling and making a huge mess.

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