5 Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances We’re Loving This Winter

These gadgets spark joy.

We love this smart wireless thermometer from Nutrichef. • Photo by Lindsay Morris

Recently, inspired by an especially moving episode of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, I did something I don’t often do: I purged my kitchen. After months of having to play utensil-Tetris just to close my kitchen drawers, I decided enough was enough. Did I really need a slow cooker, Instant Pot, and Air Fryer? Four meat thermometers and eight silicone spatulas? No, of course not.

So I loaded up a few reusable shopping bags full of gently, lovingly used kitchen gadgets and gizmos and drove them over to Goodwill. The result? Magic, just like Marie Kondo promised—and more room to display the new gadgets and appliances I’m actually using and love.

Here are 5 items we here at Edible are loving—and actually using—this winter.

1. Nutrichef Easy BBQ Smart Wireless Thermometer

Photo by Lindsay Morris

Who said grilling was a summer-only activity? Here at Edible, we like to bundle up and barbecue all year long—and this thermometer is helping us do it without getting frostbite.

Not only is this thermometer extremely accurate and easy-to-use, but its smart, wireless features allow us to use it from up to 30 feet away with only a few taps on an iPhone app. We’re never going back to our needy, old school thermometers again! • $26.99

2. Joseph Joseph Spiro Spiralizer

Photo courtesy of Joseph Joseph

Sayonara, store-bought zoodles! This handheld, three-blade gadget has made it fast and easy to make our own at home. Included are coarse and fine spiralizer blades and a rotary grating blade to shred everything from cheese to carrots. We love how easy-to-use and safe this little spiralizer is; our fingers never even see a blade when we’re using it. And the best part? It’s dishwasher safe, so cleans up are a breeze, too. • $12.69 

3. KitchenAid Maximum Extraction Juicer

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid

If you’re anything like us, the holidays left you in desperate need of a detox. Right after New Year’s we traded our “gin and juice” for straight up green juice—and this juicer has made the transition easy, tasty, and dare-we-say-it(?) fun.

We love how quiet this juicer is (we’ve already tested it, and it will not wake anyone up), and its beautiful, all metal construction. Its wide chute allows us to juice up to half an apple (or an entire kiwi) at a time, and we love its 3 pulp screens, which allow us to make whatever we want: low-pulp juices, high-pulp juices, or even sauces. And finally, like the Spiro Spiralizer above, everything but the juicer’s body itself is dishwasher safe for an easy clean-up. • $73.39

4. Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Photo courtesy of Instant Pot

Have you ever looked around your crowded kitchen and wondered aloud, “How many kitchen appliances can one family freaking have?!” With the Instant Pot on your counter, the answer is almost miraculous: 7 in 1!

The Instant Pot functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, yogurt maker, and warmer—and it prepares many of our favorite dishes up to 70% faster, which is a godsend given our busy schedules.

And we’re not the only ones who love the Instant Pot; Jean-Georges Vongerichten has one in every one of his restaurants’ kitchens! • $99.99

5. OXO Food Scale

Photo courtesy of OXO

Do you ever find what looks like an amazing recipe, only to discover all of its measurements are listed by weight? We decided this year to break our habit of saying, “Thank u, next” to these recipes, and finally bought a food scale instead.

We love OXO products in general, but this scale is really special. A Cook’s Illustrated winner, this scale is cord-free (running instead on 4 AAA batteries, which are included at purchase), and features an easy-to-read display with an optional backlight.

We are pleased with its 11-pound capacity and accuracy, and love using this scale for baking; our breads have never tasted better. • $49.95

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Meghan Harlow

Meghan is the editor of Edible East End and Edible Long Island.