You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

11 kitchen accessories that solve our biggest cooking annoyances

Business Insider Australia logo Business Insider Australia 13/08/2017 Kelsey Mulvey

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

We all know making our own meals can save us money and help us be healthier, but it's not always the easiest option. If we're being honest, cooking can sometimes be a nuisance.

There are instructions to follow, ingredients to collect and prep, and dishes to do afterwards, which makes it all the more tempting to scrap the whole thing and order take out.

I asked the Insider Picks team about which kitchen tools they use to make cooking easier. These picks can save you time before, during, and after you cook, so you can focus on actually enjoying your meal.

Although the items on this list cover the problems we've faced, we encourage you to send us an email if we missed your biggest kitchen gripe.

An avocado slicer

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I love guacamole, but removing the pit with a knife is pretty dicey. Most avocado tools are just for cutting it up, but the OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer does more. It slices the avocado in half, helps you pop out the pit, and cuts perfect slices for avocado toast or guacamole mashing.

-- Malarie Gokey, guides editor

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer, $US9.99

A tea infuser

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I got really nice loose leaf tea from Harrods during the London leg of my last trip to the UK, but I didn't have anything to keep the leaves out of my drink, so I bought this twisting tea ball from OXO Good Grips off Amazon for $US10.

It's actually in Insider Picks' buying guide for the best tea infusers, so you can read more about why it's awesome there.

-- Ellen Hoffman, Editor, commerce editor

OXO Good Grips Twisting Tea Ball, $US9.95

A foldable cutting board

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

My house plans were not designed with me -- or anyone -- in mind. To compensate for limited counter space, I have to sit down at our kitchen table to prep any food, and it's just far enough away from the stovetop to mean some food might fall off the cutting board and onto the ground en route. This foldable one makes the process smoother, and I'm guaranteed to lose fewer ingredients on the way.

-- Mara Leighton, commerce reporter

Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Folding Cutting Board, sizes vary, $US10-$US20

An egg cooker

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I love hard-boiled eggs, but I've never perfected cooking them. How much water do I put in the pot? How long should I cook the eggs? I got Chefman's egg cooker to review and it takes the guesswork out of the entire process.

Once you've filled the base of the cooker with water -- it comes with a measuring cup that tells you how much water you'll need for every style of cooked egg -- you can place up to six eggs on the top tray. In less than 20 minutes, you'll be snacking on eggs cooked to your liking.

-- Kelsey Mulvey, commerce reporter

Chefman Egg Cooker, $US20

A handheld slicer

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I hate chopping stuff, so when I discovered the Mandoline, it was kind of a game changer. It's made it a lot easier to slice anything. You do have to watch your fingers as you get to the bottom of the vegetable, which is where the hand guard becomes essential. Don't make the same mistake I did. Once you've used it a few times, you will get the hang of it.

-- Breton Fischetti, senior director, commerce

OXO Good Grips Adjustable HandHeld Mandoline Slicer, $US14.99

Hooks for your go-to kitchen tools

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I've written about them before, but these little adhesive hooks have made my kitchen significantly more organised. Once you accumulate all of the kitchen tools necessary to cook a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes, the single drawer you use to store them in gets hard to close.

These hooks make it easy to hang your kitchen tools in plain sight, where they're always at hand next time you need to smash, mash, or stir something.

-- Brandt Ranj, associate commerce editor, commerce

Aibathroom Self-Adhesive Hooks, pack of 8, $US7.99

A spice rack

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

I've been cooking at home a lot more the past few months and trying out new recipes that require me to buy new spices for them. So I became in desperate need of a spice rack very fast. I ordered this spice organiser that can fit up to 24 bottles -- there are also versions that hold 18 or 30 bottles, depending on your need.

-- Ellen Hoffman, commerce editor

YouCopia 24-Bottle Spice Organiser with Universal Drawers, from $US34.98

A non-stick frying pan

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

Before I got a non-stick pan, I didn't believe the promise they sold. Dishes are one of my least favourite chores -- second only to laundry -- and the idea that you could buy a type of pan to made the process easier didn't make sense to me.

But after being gifted one from home, my doubts were quickly quashed. I make eggs pretty regularly with this pan and you can wipe it clean with a paper towel once it's cooled down. I love it enough to hide it from my roommates.

-- Tyler Lauletta, commerce reporter

GreenPan Rio 7' Ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan, $US14.99

A multi-compartment skillet

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

Since I don't have a dishwasher, I'm stuck washing and drying everything by hand. It's a tedious process.

With five compartments, the Master Pan makes it possible to simultaneously cook and season all of the ingredients for my meals without the risk of cross contamination. Best of all, it cuts down my time spent both cooking and cleaning. I've been using the Master Pan for almost a year, and it's still one of my favourite piece of cookware.

-- Kelsey Mulvey, commerce reporter

Master Pan Non-Stick Skillet, $US49.88

An avocado saver

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

All things considered, this might be the kitchen tool I use the most. Buying groceries for one means your perishables are already potentially lower-value buys than they are for big groups who can eat them before they deteriorate. To keep myself from being totally at the mercy of how fast an open avocado ripens, I use this to lengthen its lifespan.

-- Mara Leighton, commerce reporter

Evriholder Avo Saver, $US4.55

Bluapple One-Year Combo Pack, $US13.40

A hanging pot rack

© Provided by Business Insider Inc

Living in NYC means you'll probably never have as much space as you'd like. My kitchen has decent countertop space and cabinet storage, but it's not enough for easy storage of all my pots and pans. I'm planning on getting one of these wall-mounted pot racks soon to free up some room.

I like the copper version best for my space, but this rack from Cuisinart also comes in matte black, stainless steel, and bronze.

-- Ellen Hoffman, commerce editor

Cuisinart Chef's Classic 36' Rectangular Wall Mount Bookshelf Rack, $US119.95

More from Business Insider Australia

Business Insider Australia
Business Insider Australia
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon