10 Kitchen Gadgets under $30

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My mom really didn’t like to cook, but today’s world has a zillion gadgets and fun stuff to make cooking and baking so much easier. Here is our list of cool kitchen gadgets under $30 (or close, anyway).

Herbal Chef Butter Maker

This little gadget is a butter infuser. You know how sometimes butter comes with herbs and tastes sooo much better than plain butter? Well, this Herbal Chef Butter Maker helps your mom create wildly innovative and delicious butter. Amazon offers one of these babies that will flavor one stick of butter, and that one costs about $22. Another Chef Butter Maker will let her infuse two sticks of butter, and that runs about $31. Your call.

One thing you need to know. Before your Mom can use this cool kitchen gadget, she will need to decarboxylate the herb she wants to use. There’s a Youtube video on ow to decarboxylate here. Essentially, this just means a process that removes a carboxy group and releases the carbon dioxide. It sounds way harder than it actually is. And, yes, before you ask, this little butter maker can be used to make cannabutter (cannabis-infused butter). Of course, more traditional herbs can be used instead.

Enthusiastic review:

“I love this product.. excellent product .. very easy to use and it took around seven minutes and I had magical butter !! Just add butter (2 sticks) and water (1/2 cup) add your herb put on medium heat and wait till it percolates that’s it !!!!”

Automatic Jar Bottle Opener

If your mom is always asking you to pen a jar for her, this is a great gift for her . . . and you! This Automatic Jar Bottle Opener from Amazon means no more twisting or pulling. I happen to think it offers freedom, too. It’s embarrassing to ask for help, and a kitchen gadget like this frees me and maybe your mom, too. It runs about $22, but be sure to check before buying since prices do change.

This model works on most sizes of bottles. I have something similar, and have not yet found a bottle where this gadget won’t work. I also want to mention that this product is nice for arthritis sufferers.

Enthusiastic review:

“Very cool, smooth operation without lifting a finger.”

Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop

Yep, this one actually works well. I know I get tired of trying to dig through rock hard ice cream, but this Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop sports a pointed tip that glides through ice cream like butter. The ergonomic rubber handle is comfortable in the hand, too. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe. Acool gift for your cool Mom. Amazon has it for about $13. Good deal.

Enthusiastic review:

“I worked in a small ice cream shop as a young teenager called High’s Ice Cream. Very popular in the Tidewater, Va area in the 70’s. When I opened the box to the scoop I was so excited I took pictures of it and put on fb. It had the same feel and look of the ones we used in that shop. Much more attractive handle than the ones we used but a little dip in some water and this thing scoops very hard ice cream from the freezer. Releases the ice cream like a pro. I plan to give these things out for presents. This thing will last a lifetime. Highly recommend it.”

George Foreman Grill and Panini Press

Help your Mom take her sandwiches/paninis to the next level with this George Foreman 4-serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press. The “removable” part is important because it makes for easy cleaning. The non-stick coating helps keep this press clean, too. Amazon has it for about $25 now (always check before you hit “buy” because prices change.)

People LOVE this gadget, and your mom will like it, too. It doesn’t take up a lot of counter space, so that’s a plus.

Enthusiastic review:

“I had, when I purchased this grill, 2 larger George Foreman grills that over the years, I have loved. I bought this grill because I live alone..cook for one..and thought the removable grill plates might be easier
for me to clean.
First of all, this grill is small enough to fit on my counter in front of another appliance..it works better than it advertises..it is fast and the meat is juicy and delicious, the ‘sandwich’ things I have tried …omg delicious.
My favorite right now is tomato and sliced sharp cheese on wheat English muffins.
The cleaning…I can’t use enough superlatives. I drop them in hot soapy water and go eat my dinner..return and swish, swish! they are sparkling clean..and so so easy to remove and replace.
I am giving my larger and older GF grills to friends.I really love this grill.
Tenants in my cottage apartment are not allowed charcoal or propane grills on our patios…imagine my delight to buy this small but very very efficient electric grill…and have it be so satisfying.”

Mueller Onion Chopper, Pro Vegetable Chopper

Lordy, how I hate chopping onions. This heavy-duty pro Mueller Onion Chopper will do the trick if your Mom also gets teary while dicing onions. Its only about $21 on Amazon, and you just can’t get a better quality, more useful kitchen gadget than this one.

And it isn’t electric, which means it’s portable and can be used on camping trips. This is a real time saver, too, so I think it gives the cook in your home a chance to sip a glass of wine before dinner (rather than spending the time chopping carrots). We try to choose gifts that will make your Mom’s life easier, not just give her extra chores. This is my nomination as a great present.

Enthusiastic review:

“This is definitely a life saver! I really like onions but I usually can’t see by the time I am done dicing them. In comes the Vidalia dicer to save my teary eyes. The plastic is not cheap looking or feeling, the parts are easy to clean and the dicer works well. Just place your vegetable and apply a bit of pressure and that’s it. The photos say it all.”

ZOEMO Professional Whipped Cream Dispenser

Please note that the cartridges are not included here, but we’ll give you a link in a minute. Anyway, this cool ZOEMO Whipped Cream Dispenser can create 2-3 pints of delicious, fresh whipped cream. It’s $24 on Amazon.

Mom can use this for special desserts or her morning coffee (yum!) It’s easy to clean and comes with nice decorating tips, so the cream looks as good as it tastes. I like it because it can be used to make things nice for herself or for company.

You can add on a 24-pack of Creamright Ultra Purewhip chargers. That does bring the total to over $30, and I’m sorry. It’s just such a cool gift.

RenuSTRAW Silicone Collapsible Straw

So this little RenuSTRAW Silicone Collapsible Straw is just what the landfill ordered. This is the original foldable straw. It’s nice and smooth, so our mom won’t suffer any cuts. It’s made of silicone, so the straw won’t get ultra hot or cold to the touch.

The 8 inch straw is about $12, while the longer one costs $16 over on Amazon. The straw comes with a cleaning brush and travel case, so it’s easy to care for and tote along.

Enthusiastic Amazon review:

“I bought these to give as a gift & they loved them. I’m going to have to buy more (and get the longer ones too when available) Love that they’re portable, the straw is soft to touch but sturdy enough to put into a 16 oz tumbler. They give you the little container to keep clean and take with you, a few extra of the little cleaning brushes and a little bag for the extra straws too. The customer care from renu Hawaii is fantastic! Fast shipping and very quick response to a question I asked. Very helpful and friendly. Eco friendly & saving turtles A+.”

Hunnibi Glass Honey Dispenser

I fell in love with the shape of this cute little Hunnibi Glass Honey Dispenser, Syrup and Sugar Pot and hope your Mom likes it, too. This little kitchen gadget makes it easy to use and pour honey without getting it all over the counter. This dispenser also keeps the honey fresh for long periods of time, so granulation isn’t a problem (unless your Mom rarely uses honey). It’s great for getting honey into her tea or just pouring over pancakes.

This glass unit holds about a cup of honey, but remember it can be used for other syrupy-type substances, such as chocolate. She can fill ‘er up with chocolate sauce and it’s ready for ice cream sundaes. Amazon sells it for about $30.

Enthusiastic review:

“I got this to use with my Charcuterie boards. I filled it with honey to top some of the cheeses. Everyone had to try it out. It was easy to fill, and use. I left the plastic cap off while everyone was still eating, and the glass bottom caught any drips. (there weren’t very many) Then I put the cap back on to keep the honey fresh. It is so pretty that I keep it sitting out with my sugar bowl and use it in my tea. It also works great for adding just the right amount of honey to toast or sandwiches. So far, 3 months, it has kept the honey fresh w/no granulation occurring. I’m thinking about buying a 2nd one to use with syrup.”

Pancake Batter Dispenser

This high quality plastic dispenser KP Kitchen Easy Pour is perfect for cupcakes, muffins, waffles, crepes and, of course, pancakes. It’s durable and one of the most useful kitchen accessories I’ve seen in a while.

You can buy this tool on Amazon for about $18, and I think your Mom will be pleased (assuming she likes pancakes and waffles etc.) It’s also helpful if Mom is assisted by small folk because there’s way less mess to clean up afterward. Everybody wins.

Enthusiastic review:

“Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that’s even a double mess . So we searched Amazon to find something that would help us out, and lo and behold, we found this gadget. We read the reviews and were very impressed.

Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess. Thank you for your excellent customer support!! We will recommend this to our family and friends and anybody else we talk to in the world.”

Marble Mortar and Pestle

One of the best ways I know to increase flavor is by using freshly ground herbs. This Marble Mortar and Pestle means the herbs don’t come any fresher! Not only that, but this set is pretty enough to set on the table.

Mom can also make dips with this gadget. Guacamole and pesto come to mind, but creativity can run wild.

One thing that makes me smile about a mortar and pestle is that our ancestors used this method to crush herbs hundreds of years ago. Yet only a few well-stocked kitchens boast one of these. This beauty runs about $23 on Amazon.

Enthusiastic Amazon review:

“I love using this for making dry rubs for ribs, or making anchovie paste to put on my toast. Definitely a great buy!!!!”

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