20 Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $20

20 Useful Kitchen Gadgets Under $20
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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the $20-and-under kitchen gadgets that they can’t live without. Here’s what they said.

1. Collapsible Measuring Cups

Collapsible Measuring Cups

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“Compared to regular plastic measuring cups, these save so much space in my kitchen drawers.” —Hayley

More info: $9.95 here.

2. Silicone Spatulas

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Look for one that’s built as one solid piece. A lot of spatulas are two pieces (a silicone head on a wooden handle) and stuff gets trapped in the gap.” —RCIAG

More info: Set of three, $13 here.

3. Slow Cooker Liners

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These just make life easier, and I’m at a point in my life where I’ll pay a small amount to prevent 30 minutes of scrubbing.” —Amber Freeman, Facebook

More info: $6.99 here.

4. Pasta Pot with Built-In Strainer Lid

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“Perfect for draining pastas efficiently without dirtying up another dish.” —Stephanie

More info: $19.99 here.

5. Garlic Crusher

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Legitimately a godsend for when you don’t want to deal with mincing garlic by hand but you’re past the jarred stuff.” —Lindsay Rose

More info: $15 here.

6. Spill-Proof Ice Cube Tray

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“The removable silicone cover prevents leakage and lets you store it on its side. It’s the perfect space-saver because our freezer is always full and there’s never enough flat space to put a regular tray.” —iloxymorons

More info: $9.95 here.

7. Glass Pyrex Bowls

Glass Pyrex Bowls

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“Trading out all my weirdly stained plastic Rubbermaid bowls for a set of glass Pyrex bowls has been a game-changer.” —Crystal Bowling, Facebook

More info: Set of four, $19 here.

8. Swing-A-Way Leveraged Jar Opener

Swing-A-Way Leveraged Jar Opener

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“I grew up with one because my mom has a spinal cord injury and her grip strength wasn’t great. Then when I moved out, I got my own. It’s the best.” —Adrianne

More info: $9 here.

9. Milk Frother

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Mine is from Ikea and it’s super versatile. You can make frothed milk or whipped cream for homemade lattes, or use it to easily mix sugar and powders into drinks. No more big hot cocoa lumps!” —Dominika Oliver, Facebook

More info: $2.79 here.

10. 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

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“This thing has changed my avocado life. It easily cuts through the skin, pits the avocado, and slices it. My fiancé’s mom got it for me after watching me use a knife in what she says was ‘an unsafe way’ to get the seed out. Anyway, it’s amazing.” —Kayla Murphy, Facebook

More info: $9.99 here.

11. Bendable Cutting Boards

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“Just cut everything up, fold it in half, and add everything directly to a pot or bowl.” —m4e3ef324d

More here: Pack of two, $1.99 here.

12. Instant Thermometer

Instant Thermometer

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“My digital thermometer was my best friend when I first started cooking, and is still a dear friend now that my skills have improved. It takes all the guesswork out of serving food to friends and family and eliminates the need to overcook meats out of fear.” —Nyequita Destiny Smith, Facebook

More info: $17 here.

13. Microplane Zester & Grater

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“I thought microplanes were kind of a frivolous ‘one-use’ item — until I caved and bought one. It’s awesome! You can use it on everything from perfect citrus zest, to fresh garlic or nutmeg, to finely grated Parmesan.” —mangofox

More info: $14.95 here.

14. Can Strainer

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“Snap it over a can and turn it upside down to quickly get all the excess liquid out.Flip it over and it’s the perfect size for straining a can of tuna too.” —Brittany Cabello, Facebook

More info: $5.97 here.

15. Bench Scraper

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This is the most useful thing in my kitchen. I use it on everything from scooping things off the cutting board and into a pot to sectioning off pastry for baking.” –Jenna Ballinger, Facebook

More info: $10 here.

16. Pineapple Corer

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“It’s the coolest thing to use to cut up such a difficult-but-delicious fruit. Plus, once you pull out all the fruit, you can use the outside as a cup for awesome tropical drinks and feel like you’re on vacation.” —Katie

More info: $12 here.

17. Egg Slicer

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“You can slice just about anything, like mushrooms for omelets, or strawberries for strawberry shortcake. Super handy.” —mgraczyk

More info: $9.99 here.

18. Julienne Peeler

Julienne Peeler

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“I love this thing. It juliennes all of your favorite fruits and veggies and makes it so easy to quickly make matchsticks.” —jazzymm

More info: $10 here.

19. Mandoline

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“I have near nonexistent knife skills, and this cuts prep time in half. It slices through everything from apples to potatoes to zucchini with ease and I use it pretty much every day now, mostly because it’s fun and oddly satisfying.” —Kristen G.

More info: $14.99 here.

20. Silicone Baking Mats

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“Nonstick baking mats are fantastic, and you can use them in place of foil or parchment. They don’t need to be greased, they last a long time, they’re flexible, and they make cleaning a breeze. Great for baking, roasting, candy-making, and more.” —mrsh810

More info: Set of two, $14 here.

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