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.

Johnny Miller

1. Mandoline

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,


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