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5 Top Picks for Best Designed Kitchen Tools

Whatever the time of year, we love our holidays. When they’re upon us, our thoughts naturally turn to the traditional meals that take center stage. Whoever is doing the cooking, well-designed kitchen tools can make all the difference.

The truth is, not all kitchen tools are made equal. It’s not always about price either, but it is about design. So, here’s a round-up of my top 5 kitchen tools designed to make someone’s kitchen duty a whole lot smoother.

1. Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Magnetic Measuring Spoons

These measuring spoons made the cut not only because they stay together in the drawer. Each spoon has three outstanding design features: an oval side to fit into narrow spice jars, a round side for measuring liquids and all have a flat base for resting on the counter without spilling the contents. Genius.  Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel – Set of 5

2. The Garject Garlic Press

The Garject Garlic Press

Photo Credit: Dreamfarm

The Garject takes the concept of the self-cleaning garlic press two steps further with its ability to press unpeeled garlic, as well as a built-in lever to eject the peel. It also comes in several colors.  Dreamfarm Garject – Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject (Red)

3. The CO2  Wine Bottle Opener

CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener

Photo Credit: Cork Pops

CO2 is carbon dioxide, the same stuff we exhale with every breath and apparently, it also makes opening wine bottles really easy. This bottle opener is designed with two small blades on the inside that you turn around the top of the bottle to slice the foil off the top. The needle then pokes through the cork. Then, you push the top to add a blast of pressurized CO2 into the bottle. This makes the cork pop out. Amazing.  Cork Pops CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener, Giovanni Collection

4.The All-Clad Immersion Blender 

All-Clad Immersion Blender

Aside from wattage and function controls, the basic design for immersion blenders has remained essentially unchanged. The money feature in this design is the longer shaft that works with deeper pots and bowls. Less mess is always best.  All-Clad KZ750D Stainless Steel Immersion Blender with Detachable Shaft and Variable Speed Control Dial, 600-Watts, Silver

5. The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

With a price tag that’s over $200, this one’s a bit pricey, not gonna lie. But when you can take the roast beast straight from the oven to the carving board without even having to lift it off the roasting rack, that’s impressive.  Made of American black walnut with a custom-fitted stainless steel rack. Exclusively at

Cooking and feeding others is a noble act. Show some love for the cook in your life, especially if that cook is you!


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