There are hundreds of gadgets out there that promise to make prepping and cooking easier and faster. Here are a few that are worth their while.
Thinly sliced vegetables, such as beets, potatoes, or zucchini, cook quicker and more evenly. The prep doesn't have to be tedious: A handheld mandoline's sharp blade delivers rapid results.
Kyocera Adjustable Mandoline, $25, surlatable.com
2. Spring-Loaded Scoop
It's not just for ice cream -- use it to portion out cookie dough, meatballs, or muffin batter in record time.
Martha Stewart Collection Small Cookie Scoop, $15, macys.com
3. Immersion Blender
Puree soups and sauces in the pot! You'll avoid the messy step (and cleanup) of transferring hot liquid to a regular blender.
Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender, $35, surlatable.com
4. Garlic Press
Barely a day goes by that we don't depend on the flavor of fresh garlic, which is why this efficient tool deserves a spot in the drawer.
Bodum Bistro Garlic Press, $30, bodum.com
5. Salad Spinner
Dry salad greens hold dressing better and stay fresh longer. Save time (and paper towels) with a spinner that doubles as a storage container, too.
Oxo Salad Spinner, $30, oxo.com