Whether you have a small kitchen or live in a dorm room, you still need to eat. Sure, you can order takeout, but sometimes a home-cooked meal just hits differently. Luckily, you don’t need a lot to whip up a good meal, and these are the best small kitchen gadgets if you are working in a tiny space.
When you think of small or compact kitchen items, you may think of low-quality gadgets that only do one, useless thing. However, these six items are actually so handy, you’ll likely use them every day. You don’t need a ton of cookware or an Instant Pot. You can cook everything you want with a 5-inch frying pan or a compact air fryer. That said. these are some of the best kitchen gadgets and you can get them all on Amazon for less than $60.
1. GreenPan Mini Healthy Ceramic Nonstick 5″ Egg Pan, $16.45 (Orig. $22)
A mini frying pan is perfect for cooking one egg or one pancake, but you could also use it to cook a little bacon, sauté a side of veggies or warm up a sauce. When you don’t need a big pan, use a small one — it takes up less space and it’s easier to clean.
2. Instant Pot Vortex 4-in-1, 2-quart Mini Air Fryer, $55 – $67.98
This 2-quart air fryer from the makers of the Instant Pot can also bake, reheat and roast foods. It’s big enough to hold about two chicken breasts or up to six chicken wings at a time. This size is especially great if you’re only looking to make a snack or usually cook for one person only.
3. Mini Whisks Stainless Steel, 2-Pack, $3.49
You won’t know the magic of a mini whisk until you use one. It’s great for beating eggs, mixing small batches of sauces, stirring powder ingredients or making a cup of matcha in a small cup or bowl. The smaller size loops fit into smaller containers more easily and mix better than a fork.
4. Olrid Electric Mini Food Processor, $21.99
You can mince garlic, chop veggies or quickly mix sauces with this mini wireless food processor. Simply put your ingredients inside and press the button down to chop. It comes in a 250ml (one cup) size and a 350 ml (1.5 cup) size and both are under $22.
5. DASH Mini Toaster Oven, $21.99 – $29.99
This mini toaster oven is great for heating and crisping up small plates. It comes with a small tray for mini pizzas, bagels, sandwiches, cookies and more. Turn the dial to control the timer, but don’t worry, it has an auto shut-off function if you forget about it. Because it’s so small, your food will cook fast. However, its size is also great for dorm rooms and small kitchens. (It comes in four colors, too!)
6. George Foreman Classic Plate Electric Indoor Grill and Panini Press, $25.66 – $29.89
You probably know George Foreman grills, but this one is the brand’s two-serving size. You can use it to quickly prepare burgers, chicken, paninis and more. You can also stand it up on its side for storage in your kitchen cabinets so it takes up minimal space.
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