Committing to a kitchen gadget can be tough, especially if you have a small kitchen, a limited budget or both. It must earn its keep by providing a benefit (usually in time, money or taste) that justifies the precious counter space it inhabits. Here are a few we’re looking to add to our kitchens this year that can help make cooking faster, healthier, and (most important) more delicious.
1. Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator
Dehydration is a great way to both preserve food and concentrate its flavors without losing nutrients, and it can be done with almost any food. And the Nesco FD-1040’s expandable design enables you to dry up to 20 trays of food at a time (think homemade fruit leathers, kale chips and beef jerky), and its digital timer means you can pretty much set it and forget it. $169.99; nesco.com.
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You’ve probably heard about this trendy device, which is all the rage among bloggers and health food fans. The Inspiralizer can take vegetables and turn them into veggie spaghetti, fettucine, or linguine, giving you a healthier alternative to regular pasta. It’s also the “official spiralizer of Inspiralized,” a website full of information about, well, spiralizing. And if you need more inspiration on how to use it, you can find some of our ideas here. $49.95; inspiralized.com.