OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler
If you own the right peeler, you should only need one: which is why we urge you to buy a Y-shaped peeler. The wide blade means fewer swipes, so you can quickly peel apples, potatoes, carrots, and more. It’s also your best bet for making ribbons of Parmesan cheese, or creating large shavings of chocolate to top a dessert.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.
Cuisinart Set of 3 Fine Mesh Strainers
Once you’re a proud owner of a fine mesh strainer, you’ll find yourself using it for both sweet and savory dishes. It’s great for dusting powdered sugar onto sweets, rinsing quinoa and beans, and sifting dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour, etc.) for baked goods. We like this particular model for its built-in hooks, which help securely attach the strainer to your mixing bowl.
To buy: $8, amazon.com.
Wing Corkscrew Wine Opener
There are few things worse than pulling out a bottle of wine, only to find you don’t have a corkscrew handy. Though the Internet may tell you otherwise, a sturdy corkscrew is the only reliable tool that will pull a cork out with ease—and not crumble it into pieces (or push it back into the bottle). This model doubles as a beer opener, too.
To buy: $12, amazon.com.
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
Not a day goes by that we don’t turn to our half sheet tray. Use it to crisp up pita for an appetizer, roast chicken and veggies for dinner, bake cookies for dessert—and everything in between (toasting nuts, catching drips). Don’t have a pizza stone? Turn the baking sheet over, sprinkle with cornmeal, and bake the dough right on top.
To buy: $10, amazon.com.
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
Instead of turning to pre-washed salad in clamshells, we prefer to buy fresh greens and wash them at home. To cut down on dinner prep during the week, wash your greens on Sunday, wrap them in paper towels, and keep them in your fridge until you’re ready to cook. We love this tool for spinning our greens dry—it’s quick and durable, and the brake button is genius.
To buy: $30, amazon.com.