5 Multi-Tasking Tools You Didn’t Know Your Kitchen Needed

These hardworking gadgets save cabinet space.

Between matcha whisks, strawberry hullers, and avocado slicers, it’s easy for our kitchen cabinets to overflow with specialized gadgets we only use once in awhile. So when we spot a kitchen tool that does double (or even triple) duty, we’re sure to take notice. All of these handy devices fulfill more than one role—so they not only earn their cabinet space, but also get used twice as often.


Oversink Strainer Board

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Don’t call this kitchen tool a cutting board—it’s so much more than that. Designed to rest over your sink, the colander bowl rinses berries or strains pasta, while the reversible cutting surface can be used to chop veggies or slice meat without cross-contaminating. Plus, when you’re ready to stow the board away, the colander collapses flat to save space.

To buy: $30; containerstore.com.


Garlic Grater and Oil Dipping Dish

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An olive oil dish is an appetizer hour essential, and one that doubles as a garlic grater is even better. This ceramic dish was hand-thrown on a pottery wheel, and the rough texture on the bottom will grate a fresh garlic clove when it’s rubbed back and forth along the surface.

To buy: $15; uncommongoods.com.


Flour Shaking Rolling Pin

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Goodbye run-of-the-mill rolling pin. This multi-tasking baking tool not only rolls out cookie doughs and pie crusts, but it also shakes flour onto your work surface and is printed with inch markers so you can measure the dough without pulling out a ruler. This is a gift any avid baker would appreciate.

To buy: $20; uncommongoods.com.


Mason Jars With Multi-Use Lids

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We thought mason jars accomplished a lot before—storing everything from drinks to jams to chopped vegetables—but when you add lids that act as juicers, strainers, graters, spiralizers, and more, these jars make meal prep much easier. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice for your shrimp scampi, then switch to the grater top to shred some fresh parmesan.

To buy: $40; uncommongoods.com.


Pint Glass Opener

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Use the stainless steel opener to crack a cold one, then pour the frosty beverage right into the glass. Beer aficionados will appreciate this clever gift, and the lucky recipient is bound to become the most popular person at the party.

To buy: $13; bedbathandbeyond.com.