While making a recipe from start to finish can be an act of self care and a loving service for those in your life, you may still yearn to steal some of of that time back for yourself (cooking can be nourishing and efficient, too). And if that's the case, there are so many kitchen tools for easy cooking that need to be on your radar—from air fryers to egg cookers to meatball shapers (oh, just you wait).
To help you spend less time cooking and more time eating, we scoured the internet for the handiest devices to help you cut down on the time it takes to get dinner on the table. No matter how many people you're cooking for, these eight gizmos and gadgets will help you stress less as you cook veggies, meat, eggs, and more, to perfection.
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8 kitchen tools for easy cooking in half the time
Someone gifted me this egg cooker back in college, and to this day, it’s still the best present I’ve ever received. If you’re someone who enjoys hard-boiled eggs on salads or as a snack, but don’t have the patience to cook (rather, babysit) them on the stove, prepare for your life to change. This little guy delivers perfectly cooked eggs in ten minutes or less, and you can make the eggs more or less runny depending on how long you leave it in the cooker. Just place ’em in the cooker, set a timer, and it’ll ding when the eggs are ready.
Air fryers are notorious for shaving time and effort off the cooking process, and this device ups the ante with two fryer baskets. That means you can air fry your protein in one compartment while making perfectly-crispy veggies or French fries in the other. Dinner will be on the table before you know it.
PSA: Waffle makers can do way more than just cook waffles. You can use them to whip up individual veggie frittatas, hash browns, quesadillas, and so much more. And this heart-shaped waffle maker will make sure your presentation is A+.
The humble toaster oven is an understated kitchen tool that secretly excels at multitasking. This model heats up to 450 degrees and has a built-in air fryer that allows you to cook a three-pound turkey, and toast up to four slices of bread at once. Plus, the compact shape of this machine means it fits easily in your kitchen—even if you’re running out of counter space.
So you want your pizza and you want it now? I completely understand. This pizza oven emulates the wood-fired, crusty texture you’d get at an expensive pizza joint with very minimal effort on your part. Just place it on your gas stovetop and, BAM, you’ve got a gourmet setup that cooks pizza lickety-split.
This may seem like an unconventional pick for this list, but hear me out: Meatball grillers yield endless cooking possibilities. Yes, they’re great for shaping and baking your meatballs, but you can also use them to make turkey balls, veggie meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, and basically anything else you can roll into a round shape. Plus, you don’t have to spend a bunch of time rolling the balls yourself; this tray basically does it for you.
It wouldn’t be an easy cooking gadget roundup without a pressure cooker. The “set it and forget it” superpowers of this device have earned it a place in the cooking hall of fame for decades—and it’s not going anywhere. Use it to prepare soups, desserts, protein, and so much more.
So you want corn on the cob, but you don’t want to spend an hour trying to figure out how to light an outdoor grill? Understandable. This indoor version of the essential cookout tool takes the waiting time away so you can enjoy that grilled flavor and texture without wasting time.
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