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Equip: 12 Cooking Essentials, Week of November 9th

Whether you’re an amateur chef or you’ve spent the past 20 years in the finest restaurant in Paris, there’s always something new to learn in the kitchen.

Moreover, there’s often a new device or gadget that can make your life easier. Here are a few of the most interesting ones.

1. 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

An avocado slicer, a cooking essential.

Splitting, pitting and slicing avocados can be a relatively dangerous task if you’re an amateur chef. Simplify your life and prepare your avocado toast safely with a three-in-one slicer. This nifty gadget has a plastic blade to remove the skin and can remove and size of avocado core.

$7 from Amazon

2. Chef’n Original Stem Gem Strawberry Huller

A strawberry huller, a cooking essential.

Strawberry coring and hulling with a knife is time-consuming, especially if you’re new in the kitchen. Hull strawberries and other soft fruits and vegetables in seconds with this convenient Stem Gem huller. Simply insert the stainless steel claw, push gently and twist to remove the strawberry stem.

$7 from Amazon

3. Zyliss Black 5-Way Opener

A 5-way opener, a cooking essential.

Whether you’re trying to open a bottle of beer or can’t get the lid off that salsa jar, this five-way opener can help. A comfortable soft touch handle allows for a firm grip so you can open cans, bottles with plastic and metal twist caps and the most stubborn jars. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe so you can minimize clean up time.

$9 from Amazon

4. OXO Good Grips Chef’s Squeeze Bottle Set

Squeeze bottles, a cooking essential.

Sometimes, all you need to make food prep easier is a few good squeeze bottles. This set consists of a medium and large bottle with one thick tip and one thin tip so you can squeeze everything from pancake mix to salad dressings. Lids are dishwasher safe and interchangeable between bottles.

$10 from Amazon

5. Leaf Herb Stripper

A leaf herb stripper, a cooking essential.

Are you tired of picking all those thyme leaves off by hand? Use an herb stripper to remove leaves in a snap and get back to prepping your savory soup. This handy device has nine holes with different sizes to suit everything from cilantro to kale. It’s also rust-resistant, reusable and easy to clean.

$6 from Amazon

6. Notrax Sani-Tuff Premium Rubber Cutting Board

A rubber cooking board, a cooking essential.

Ditch your plastic and wooden cutting boards for something more heavy-duty. This rubber board provides a non-skid surface for slicing and dicing. Plus, it won’t crack, warp, harbor bacteria or absorb liquids or odors. Hand wash with dish soap and reuse for years.

$65 from Amazon

7. Tramanto Olive Wood Utensil Set 5 Piece

A utensil set, a cooking essential.

Metal spatulas can scrape your non-stick pans and plastic spoons can melt. Why not treat yourself to some long-lasting kitchen utensils and get this five-piece wooden set. These tools are made of genuine olive wood and are a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Rejuvenate with a food-grade mineral oil to keep them looking good as new.

$38 from Amazon

8. Silicone Utensil Rest With Drip Pad

A utensil rest, a cooking essential.

Keep your countertop and stove neat and spill-free with colorful silicone drip pads. With multiple slots, you can easily rest your cooking utensils nearby between stirring, whisking and flipping. The wide, square bowl will catch any drips, so all you have to do is toss it in the dishwasher after dinner.

$9 from Amazon

9. Sondiko Butane Torch

A butane torch, a cooking essential.

Toast marshmallows, crisp your creme brulee and add the finishing touch to your meringue pie with a high-quality culinary torch. This refillable butane lighter comes with a safety lock and adjustable flame, making it a versatile addition to your arsenal of kitchen gadgets.

$18 from Amazon

10. Rorence Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set With Graters

A stainless steel mixing bowl set, a cooking essential.

Proof bread dough, store food and make cake batters in these stainless steel mixing bowls. This set of five comes with transparent lids with a hole in the middle so you can hand blend or grate cheese, vegetables and other foods into the bowls.

$29 from Amazon

11. Sunkuka Premium Garlic Press

A garlic press, a cooking essential.

Mincing garlic can be a challenge, even for veteran chefs. Luckily, this premium garlic press is here to save the day. Simply peel the garlic with the silicon tube, stick the cloves in your press, squeeze and voila! Crushing garlic has never been easier. This press also comes with a mini brush for quick, easy cleanup.

$9 from Amazon

12. Cleaning Sponge Gloves

Sponge gloves, a cooking essential.

When you’ve finished plating your masterpiece of a meal, the last thing you want to do is wash all those dishes. Of course, you’ll have to clean them eventually. Why not make cleanup easier by slipping on a pair of sponge gloves? These scrubbers are made of food-grade silicone and are heat resistant up to 160 degrees Celsius.

$10 from Amazon

Investing In the Art of Meal Prep

For chefs, preparing a meal is an art form. Thus, most chefs are willing to purchase a few quality tools to streamline prep work and make the most of their time in the kitchen.

If you’d like to take your prep and cooking skills to the next level and create beautiful dishes, invest in a few functional, multipurpose tools.

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