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. You don’t need a lot to whip up a good meal, but these mini kitchen gadgets can help make things easier and they take up hardly any space.
When you think of mini 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. From a 5-inch frying pan to a compact air fryer, give these mini kitchen gadgets a shot. You can get them all on Amazon for less than $60.
A mini frying pan is perfect for cooking one egg or one pancake, but you can 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 is easier to clean.
This 2-quart air fryer from the Instant Pot makers 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.
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.
You can mince garlic, chop veggies or quickly mix sauces with this mini wireless food processor. Simply put your ingredients inside and press the down button to chop. It comes in a 250ml (one cup) size and a 350 ml (1.5 cup) size and both are under $22.
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!)
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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