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.

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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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