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1. Russell Hobbs Rice Cooker and Steamer
Word has it that once you get a rice cooker, you never go back. This handy model from Hobbs can hold 10 cups of rice – meaning you can whip up a curry for the whole family and serve it up with perfectly cooked rice, no matter how many people are crammed around the table. It even includes a special tray for steaming fish and vegetables, so you can prepare whole meals in one go.
“The only kitchen accessory I couldn't do without is my rice cooker – it makes the best rice. It's unbelievable to think I used to hate homemade rice – now mine is so good I don't order it in restaurants. I'm always disappointed.”
2. Cooking Marvellous Champagne Stopper
Wave goodbye to flat champagne/prosecco/your bubbly of choice with this handy stopper. It'll only set you back less than £1, and there's free delivery too.
“I used to do the teaspoon trick, which works OK, but being given a champagne stopper has been life-changing! It works so much better. I can open a bottle of Cava on a Saturday night and drink half, leave it in the fridge until the following weekend, and it’s good as new.”
3. OXO Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer
This little beauty creates even slices every time, and you can even choose from three levels of thickness. Use it to smoothly slice over a plate, chopping board, or hook it over a bowl so your veg can shimmy straight in. And if all that talk of slicing makes you nervous, fret not – a food holder's there to protect your hands and cover the blade when not in use. It's dishwasher safe too, so gloriously easy to clean.
“I love my mandoline. Homemade coleslaw never tasted so good, and it's perfect for slicing potatoes.”
4. Kenwood Triblade System Hand Blender
One of the most revolutionary kitchen appliances has got to be the hand blender. This model delivers a whopping 800W of power, and comes with a mashing attachment and beaker.
“I've got lots of gadgets but my favourite is the Kenwood Triblade. It has lots of attachments so you can mash and use it as a chopper/mini food processor, whisk and stick blender.”
5. Dreamfarm Scizza Pizza Cutters
It's high time we all just admitted that pizza wheels are a bit naff. Now you can easily cut neat slices with these red pizza scissors. Heat resistant up to 205 °C, their non-stick nylon base means that they won't scratch the pan. The blades are stainless steel, too.
“I swear by pizza scissors – no messing about. I was served pizza in a great pizzeria in Rome where they used these, so if scissors are good enough for the pros, who am I to argue?”
6. OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher
As far as cheap kitchenware goes, a potato masher is an essential. Say goodbye to achy arms and unwieldy long handles with this stainless steel masher from OXO. Ergonomically-designed for comfort, the broad, horizontal handle makes mashing surprisingly easy. It's also dishwasher-safe for easy clean up.
“The OXO potato masher is by far the best I've ever used. I'd never go back to a long handled one.”
7. OXO Good Grips Vegetable Chopper
OK, so this kitchen gadget might be fairly life-changing. Simply pop your fruit or veg inside, close the lid, and have it perfectly chopped in a moment's time. It saves on mess, too, as you can pour your chopped goods straight into a bowl. No more hunting around for stray bits of onion that have somehow made it to the floor. Super versatile, but there are still times a decent kitchen knife will come in handy too.
“I love my OXO Good Grips. I wouldn’t use anything else now.”
8. SWETON Egg Shell Remover
If you're after some pretty niche kitchenware (for under a tenner), consider an egg topper. Essentially, it sucks the top clean off your egg – no messing around whacking the side with a tea spoon. Is it essential? No. Is it fun? Absolutely.
“My favourite kitchen accessory is my egg topper. It's like a little hat for your egg with a pull-up stalk on the top of it, creating a vacuum and cutting through the shell, crumble-free. Then the top just lifts off – magic.”
9. KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer
If you're looking to make an investment, this might just be the ultimate kitchen accessory. You can knead, you can mix, and you can whisk at 10 different, powerful speeds. The mixer comes with a dough hook, whisk, flat beater and 4L mixing bowl – not too shabby.
“I love my KitchenAid, it's brilliant. I have lots of attachments and bowls.”