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Best Kitchen Gadgets Under $50

Home kitchen gadgets remain state-of-the-art for decades—there’s no improving on the rice cooker, for instance. Yet others are continually updated with smaller proportions, and so many bells and whistles that they’ll do everything but the dishes. To compile our list of the best budget-friendly cooking tools we combed through the classics, the brand new, and the new-and-improved. If you don’t already have these kitchen essentials, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them!

Four-in-One Avocado Tool

Instead of juggling (and dirtying) a knife, spoon, and fork when preparing an avocado, use this nifty all-in-one tool for ease, convenience and cleanliness. About $15, Williams-Sonoma

Coffee Grinder for Spices

Use a coffee grinder to freshly grind spices and achieve more flavor in your dishes. The Braun Coffee Grinder is an affordable way to concoct your own spice blends, control the texture of the grains, and just make less mess. About $135, Amazon

Attachments for KitchenAid

Clearly the KitchenAid mixer is itself a classic kitchen gadget. But you can pimp out the machine with some amazing affordable attachments.

The KitchenAid Citrus Juicer comes with a straining feature for smooth morning OJ. About $35, KitchenAid

The KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer Kit makes sausage-making easier and manageable; it comes with two different thickness sausage options. About $14, KitchenAid

Griddle Pan

Life will never be the same after you’ve brought the griddle pan into your daily life. Toast a quick piece of bread, make the perfect quesadilla, brown the crispiest piece of bacon, and more on this all-purpose piece of cookware. The 5-Ply Stainless Steel Round Griddle will become an instant favorite. About $35, Direct Shopping Center

Nonstick Rice Cooker

Sure-fire rice in a nonstick rice cooker? Just measure in the rice and water and let the machine do its magic. Or throw in some vegetables, spices, and broth along with the rice and quickly make a flavorful one-pot meal. The Zojirushi Rice Cooker, in a smaller 3-cup version, will produce a manageable-sized portion and will even keep the rice warm after it’s done cooking. About $43, Target

Non-Stick, Eco-Friendly, Chemical-Free Pan

Stainless on the outside, ceramic-based, non-stick inside—and it’s better for the body and the planet. Sounds too good to be true, but the Cuisinart Green Gourmet Stainless Non-Stick Fry Pan is just that—making it well worth the hand-wash. The proof is in how great your eggs or grilled cheese sandwiches turn out. About $30 for the 8-inch or $49.99 for the 10-inch, Bed Bath & Beyond

Mini Food Processor

The trick to dicing quickly and painlessly lies in this miniature version of the classic kitchen appliance (think onions for any and every recipe). The 21-oz. White Mini-Prep Food Processor by Cuisinart is strong yet compact and dishwasher safe, too. About $30, Cuisinart

Protective Cookbook Holder

This oldie but goodie let’s you follow recipes while protecting treasured cookbooks and magazines with clear acrylic. Clear Solutions Jumbo Cookbook Holder, about $35, KitchenWorks

Non-Stick Mats

You’ll think these silicone mats are heaven sent when you roll dough that doesn’t stick, bake cookies that don’t burn, or clean up the non-stick surface without scrubbing.

Digital Measuring Cup and Scale

The first ever of its kind, the battery-powered Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale measures (and can convert) both weight and volume for dry and liquid ingredients. About $19, Target

Palm Peeler

The Chef’N PalmPeeler fits on your finger, like a ring, and allows for speedy and sharp peeling. About $7, Amazon

3-in-1 Funnel

The Cuisipro 3-in-1 Funnel lets you pour liquids through multiple-size openings, making large and small funneling tasks manageable and more efficient. Refill small spice mills, strain hot soups into containers, and more. Even better, it has a removable strainer and it’s dishwasher safe and BPA-free. About $10, Amazon

Turkey Lifter

Don’t burn your hands, bend spoons, or ruin another pair of oven mitts when it’s time to flip your bird. Use these All Clad Turkey Lifters to do the trick. About $35, Chef’s Resource

Corn Stripper

Self-explanatory and really smart, the OXO Corn Stripper shaves the kernels off the cob and collects them in a container as it cuts. About $14, Amazon

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