Kristina’s 5 must-have kitchen gadgets

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

We've tested so many kitchen products over the years, and we're often asked about our must-haves. I head into the kitchen to show off my favourites:

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microplane zester

The Microplane Zester

  • Model 40020
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Zests easily without requiring extra work (e.g. chopping, extracting)
  • See our zester test

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khun rikon corn zipper

Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper

  • Y-style, blade protector
  • Safe construction protects your fingers
  • Easy to use
  • See our corn zipper test

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Garlic Pro Dicer 

  • Easy to use
  • Accommodates several cloves of garlic at one time
  • The resulting chunks are a little big for use in salad dressings and the like, but are good for sautéing.
  • Keeps the cook surface clean, and was fast and easy.
  • Read our garlic gadgets test

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norpro-cheese slicer

Cheese Slicer

  • Makes nice thin slices
  • Easier than cutting with a knife

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Kitchen Scissors (shears)

  • Helpful for fine cuts (e.g. thinly sliced fresh herbs like basil)
  • Handy for a number of kitchen tasks
  • Read our kitchen shears test

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  • k8zilla

    Use the microplane zester for garlic mincing and skip buying the garlic chopper. Perfect for sauces, dressings and marinades. I can’t remember the last time I chopped garlic.