6 Unique Kitchen Gadgets
PaperChef Parchment Cooking Bags
Baking food in parchment—or “en papillote”— eliminates the need for lots of oil and butter, while locking in flavor. These ready-to-go envelopes hold everything from fish to vegetables and require no complicated folding into packets.
To buy: $7.50 for 10 bags, at Whole Foods, Supervalu, Kroger stores, and amazon.com.
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OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer
No more wrangling sharp knives and slippery avocado pits. This clever tool has a plastic blade that slices through tough skin and a three-pronged center that allows you to pull out a pit with one easy twist. The fan blade at the end scoops and slices, too.
To buy: $10, surlatable.com.
Cork Pops vinOice Wine Chiller
Who has room for a wine bucket on the table? Keep this slender rod in your freezer, pop it into a bottle of white, and enjoy cool, crisp wine for up to an hour. The built-in spout makes pouring a breeze.
To buy: $26.50, overstock.com.
Healthy Steps Cheese Grater
If you’re tempted to overdo the Cheddar, try this nifty device, which lets you shred the cheese directly into a clear container marked with 1- and 2-ounce portions for easy measuring.
To buy: $7, amazon.com.
Lékué Lemon Press
Extract fresh lemon juice without the pesky seeds. Simply place half a piece of citrus in this silicone pouch, remove the cap, squeeze what you need (the seeds can’t get through the small spout), then pop the whole thing in the refrigerator for future use.
To buy: $12 for a set of 2, lekueusa.com.