The kitchen is the center of any family home: from cooking to eating together, it’s a chance for busy families to reconnect with one another and fill their hungry tummies. We’re crushing on a few new and cool gadgets that are full of whimsy, fun and convenience. Scroll below to find the new object of your foodie affection.
Salad Prep Knife
Let your school-aged kids help and chop in the kitchen without worrying about giving them a real knife with this new tool. The salad prep knife features a curved handle and a flat wide blade that allows you to quickly chop lettuce, remove tough ribs from greens and strip herbs from stems. Get yours at is kuhnrikonshop.com for $10
Karoto Original + Karoto Julienne
They look like giant pencil sharpeners but they produce julienne-style results that can easily be formed into garnishes, thereby making your food look 10x fancier. Get the set of two for $19.99, here.
Dive deep into pots of soup and stews with this long-necked, footed ladle in the shape of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. $15.99. Get yours here.
BÉABA is all about making mealtime simpler for parents. The French-designed product company recently released a twist on their traditional Babycook: BÉABA Babycook Neo, which is the only baby food maker with a glass bowl and stainless steel steam basket. Both the Neo and the ever-popular Babycook can steam cook, blend, reheat or defrost to your heart's content. Making your own baby food was once an arduous process, but now thanks to BÉABA, it all can be done in 15 minutes or less. Discover their products, all which come in a variety of fun colors, at beabausa.com.
Bear Hands Oven Mitts
Protect hands from burns and amuse your guests with these silly-sweet oven mitts that look exactly like bear paws, made with insulated cotton with heat-resistant silicone pads. Makes a great hostess gift, too! $20/pair. Find them at apollobox.com
Splatypus Jar Scraper Spatula
Never miss out on the last little bits of jam or peanut butter thanks to the Splatypus jar scraper. This sweet little spatula is just $14.99, you'll save that much in jam in a year alone. Get it here.
The Timber Spatula
Keep the sticky spatula off the surface (and the surface off the spatula) with this genius invention! In spite of the name, it won't just fall right over. Made of wood and silicone, BPA-free, dishwasher safe and 100% food safe. $15.99. Available at animacausa.com
Not only is this little peeler adorable, it's easy for little hands to hold. Just remove the ears and you'll find the peeling blade. It should come in very handy for all those potatoes you need to peel for for Thanksgiving mash. The handle also has a tiny grater, perfect for a bit of parm. $9. Get it here.
EZPZ Play Mat
This adorable, dishwasher-safe silicon mat not only makes meal time fun, it's perfect for those eaters who like their foods "separate" whenever possible. We also love this mat for holiday baking (you can use all the compartments for different cookie toppings) and even crafting supplies. Because it's easy to wash, there's no problem using it for a variety of things. Comes in an array of colors and sizes (some have more "mat" area for crafting, etc. Starting at $19.99. Get yours here.
Silpat Baking Molds
Love to bake but short on space? Silpat has you covered. Their brand-new baking molds are lightweight and flexible (read: they easily fold up and are optimal to store in small spaces). The mold itself is coated in food-grade silicone so you don't have to worry about coating it in butter or non-stick spray. Bonus: it's dishwasher safe. Available in madeleine, mini-loaf, mini-muffin and mini-fluted cake pan exclusively at Williams-Sonoma for $49.95.
Lemoniere Lemon Juicer
It’s a juicer, it’s a miniature watering can and it’s a ton of fun! Perfect for your favorite salad dressing, just squeeze the lemon juice directly in, add whatever seasonings and oil you might want and then sprinkle directly onto your greens. This just might get them to eat those veggies! $17.99. Get yours here.
Get your knights to gather around the table with this adorable-but-functional chees grater that looks like a dagger. Enough said, right? You will never buy the pre-shredded cheese again. We’re pretty sure you’ll have a few volunteers to pitch in with meal prep with this one. $13. Shop for yours now.
The Brain Drain
Kids love playing in soapy water, so take advantage of that and get them to do a few dishes (non-breakables are fine). Even the most reluctant rinser will perk up when they see the Brain Drain, a clever little sponge holder that looks like a skull. And as a bonus, you can use it to hold a body scrubber in the bath, too. $11.99. Find yours here.
The Lunch Pot
This little travel pot from Black + Blum is perfect for soups and noodle dishes on the go, but we also think it’s a great fit for kiddos who like their food items kept separate. It fits nicely in a purse (moms who work through lunch, we’re looking at you) and includes a spork and carry strap. The smaller pot fits inside the larger one to make it more compact when carrying, too. And you know what else? It doesn’t leak. We put this one to the test. $24.95 (comes in 5 color options). Buy yours here.
Bloom Rose Napkin Holders
From birthday parties to everyday eats, these napkin holders make mealtime more like story time. Easy to use, you just grab any napkin (cloth, paper) and fold it in half, give Bloom a twist and bam! Your napkin just became petals. Whimsy with a side of good manners? Yes, please. $15.99/set of 4. Buy your set here.
Whether you’re introducing carrots to a wee one’s diet or making fancy popsicles for a playdate, this adorable popsicle maker will bring on squeals of delight. How can you go wrong? $15.99. Find it here.
OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate
You want kiddo to learn to eat from a real plate but don't want said plate tossed on the floor. Your solution: OXO Tot's new stick and stay divided plate. It suctions to any surface—it's easy for mom and dad to remove, but difficult for baby to. The curved side walls encourage your babe to feed herself. Gets yours at OXO.com for $9.99.
Their First Kitchen Utensil Set
Whether they're into banging on pots and pans or have actually graduated to helping in the kitchen, set your little chefs up for success with this seven piece utensil set from Q.D. Foodie. The utensils feature sensory-friendly, easy-to-grip handles, braille on the measuring pieces, and mimic real fruits and veggies. Get yours at qdfoodie.com for $49.99
Their First Kitchen Utensil Set
Whether they’re into banging on pots and pans or have actually graduated to helping in the kitchen, set your little chefs up for success with this seven piece utensil set from Q.D. Foodie. The utensils feature sensory-friendly, easy-to-grip handles, braille on the measuring pieces, and mimic real fruits and veggies. Get yours at qdfoodie.com for $49.99
Tasty Emoji Cookie Cutters
It's cookie baking season, and your kids will love whipping up a batch of sugar cookies in the shape of emojis! Tasty's cookie sheet set comes with three sheets and four cutters that are designed in classic emojis. The cookie sheets themselves are made with a BPA and PFOA-free non-stick coating and are dishwasher safe. $8.97. Buy yours here.
Dripo Cold Brew Coffee Maker
If you love cold brew but are tired of paying triple for an 8 oz. cup, you’re going to love the coffee-loving parent’s new best friend: the Dripo. You just put in your ground coffee, add cold water to the top, screw together and walk away. You can stick in your fridge to keep it nice and cool, and the best part? When it’s done, unscrew the drip filter and put on the travel lid. A word of caution: this is slow, cold brew coffee, so it takes a little over an hour to drip all the way through, so we suggest starting it the night before. It’s super easy to clean up, too. $34.95. Buy yours here.
—Amber Guetebier, Erin Lem, Gabby Cullen
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