Really useful SMALL kitchen gadgets?

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FurrySlipperBoots Sat 05-Oct-19 14:34:56

Help me out would you Mumsnet? I'm wanting stocking filler suggestions of little kitchen gadgets. What can't you do without when you're cooking? Looking for ideas for both 'essentials' and quirky novelty things that are fun but will actually get used.

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SmilingButClueless Sat 05-Oct-19 14:37:33

Not for cooking, but this has become an essential for sandwich making!örklund-cheese-slicer-beige.0509477002.html

DramaAlpaca Sat 05-Oct-19 14:37:42

Top of the list for me is a garlic press.

How about a novelty pizza cutter?

yaduronronron Sat 05-Oct-19 14:44:04

I've got a handheld spiraliser from Lakeland that's great.
Mini 'supoons' from DreamFarm
Metal straws (maybe not really a gadget)
Nice chopsticks
Silicone ice cube trays
Carbon water filters that look lovely in a glass bottle in the fridge

CRbear Sat 05-Oct-19 14:45:46

Mini spatulas - so useful for getting last bits out of jars
Cake testers - you can use a skewer obvs but they’re cute and small
Micro plane graters- could not be without mine

msbevvy Sat 05-Oct-19 14:52:17

I find these silicone egg poachers really useful. They can sometimes be found in pound stores.

nailslikeknives Sat 05-Oct-19 14:54:19

How about a spoon rest?


milliefiori Sat 05-Oct-19 14:54:40

Y shaped veggie peelers. Sleek and easy to use. Nutmeg grater. Pizza cutter.

I love the sound of those mini spatulas @CRbear. Any brand you'd recommend?

milveycrohn Sat 05-Oct-19 15:02:22

The cheese slicer, the first reply suggested, is a gadget I cannot do without, and I use it for everything, as well as slicing cheese.
Otherwise, measuring spoons, and a recent favourite is the strawberry huller, from Lakeland.
I tried a similar egg poacher, (see earlier reply) but dont use it.
A recent buy is a cherry stoner, due to the cherry tree in the garden.

Soola Sat 05-Oct-19 15:04:43

My favourite to make hot chocolate. I had a Velvetiser but gave it away and this is much better

countingto10 Sat 05-Oct-19 15:08:48

Mini dustpan and brush for worktop - find mine really handy.

redredrobins Sat 05-Oct-19 15:09:09

Jar key, release vacuum in jars and make them much easier to open. No more asking DH to open jars for me smile

PrincessSarene Sat 05-Oct-19 15:14:05

Thermapen? No more guessing if chicken/sausages etc. are cooked through. Might be a bit pricey for a stocking filler though.

Fish tweezers for pin boning?

mateysmum Sat 05-Oct-19 15:14:57

This knife sharpener is great. Sticks to the worktop, so really handy.


Sgtmajormummy Sat 05-Oct-19 15:17:21

Wine bottle stoppers. I like the lever style ones with a rubber ring or the champagne ones with a metal clamp to keep the bubbles in. The conical metal ones with fancy tops never seem to work, though.
And you can never have too many klippits.
Sundae spoons aren’t very special but I much prefer them to short handled teaspoons.
What about those toast stencils that stamp messages into your bread?I’d love toast wishing me “Good Morning” every day!

mateysmum Sat 05-Oct-19 15:17:34

If the gift recipient likes making jams and chutneys or anything that needs stirring and heating to a specific temperature, this is brilliant. It has transformed my jam making!


HeronLanyon Sat 05-Oct-19 15:22:41

Just looked and saw thee which I use often -
Mini mortar and pestle
Nutmeg grater.
Mini whisk
Mini spatulas
Mini tongs
Mini measuring glass
Jar forks for olives/onions etc
Metal spoon straws for floats etc
Pretty paper straws
Nut cracker and pick set
orangencutter/peeler tool
Apple corer / segmenter
Melon baller
Mini grater
Cheese knife and fork set
Champagne stopper
Corn holders
Strawberry husker
Mini wooden spoons/porridge thing (forgotten word for it)
Cocktail muddler

AdaColeman Sat 05-Oct-19 15:32:31

Reel of cooking string

Ceramic baking beads

Honey drizzle stick

Wooden tongs for use with a toaster, the best ones include a magnet.

eeksville Sat 05-Oct-19 15:41:37


Fredastaireatemyjamsandwich Sat 05-Oct-19 15:43:48

Search eBay for dinosaur soup ladle. They also stand up by themselves on a saucer by the cooker, or in the pan!

TroysMammy Sat 05-Oct-19 15:46:24

Measuring spoons
Lakeland vegetable peeler
Lakeland garlic press, it slices and cubes garlic cloves
Lakeland burger press and waxed discs
Cherry stoner
Potato ricer

redredrobins Sat 05-Oct-19 15:57:16

Set of cup measures for american recipes.

redredrobins Sat 05-Oct-19 16:02:34

Microplane zester

FurrySlipperBoots Sat 05-Oct-19 16:06:23

These are brilliant guys!!

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WhereYouLeftIt Sat 05-Oct-19 16:12:32

These little mini spatulas are my most essential! So many uses, from getting the contents out of the bottom of the jar to quickly cleaning a roasting pan. And may things in-between. In use daily in my kitchen.

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