These terrific kitchen gadgets make cooking easier and more fun. They make great gifts, too! All are available on Amazon.com unless otherwise noted.
Microplane Spiral Cutter cuts ribbons and spirals out of fresh vegetables such as zucchini, carrots and cucumbers. Simply insert the vegetable into one of the two barrels and twist. It’s top-shelf dishwasher-safe. $14.95.
NewMetro Design CoolGrip Caddy. You can remove hot bowls and dishes from the microwave without burning your fingers. This donut-shaped ring with two high handles holds various-sized plates and bowls from five inches to 10.5 inches in diameter. A bonus is that it catches any spills or boil-overs so that your microwave stays clean. It’s made from BPA-free polypropylene and is top-shelf dishwasher-safe. $13.38.
Taylor TEMPerfect Butter Tray changes color when butter is the right temperature for baking. It also includes tablespoon cut guides and is top-shelf dishwasher-safe. $13. SurLaTable.com, 800-243-0852.
Kuhn Rikon Krinkle Knife creates crinkle-cut fries and veggies and fruit slices. It is a mezzaluna-style knife that can be rocked back and forth to cut without lifting from the cutting board (or press the knife down on the food). It includes a blade guard for safe storage and is dishwasher-safe. $14.
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Microwave Pressure Cooker by SilverStone combines the speed and convenience of a microwave and the flavor-enhancing and nutrient-preserving benefits of a stovetop pressure cooker. Just add the ingredients, close the lid and put it in the microwave. Comes with guidelines that help you modify your favorite recipes. Top-shelf dishwasher-safe. $62.99.
T-Fal ActiFry fries foods with very little oil. The machine has a stirring paddle that moves the food so it is evenly coated. I cooked two pounds of fries with one tablespoon of oil, and they came out crisp and tasty. It also can be used to cook other foods using little oil such as stir-fries and vegetables. 16.7 by 13.6 by 9.4 inches. Weighs 8.9 pounds. $179.10.