Have you started using the oven more than your microwave yet? For most of us, it's an important signpost on the road from adolescence to adulthood. But it doesn't mean cooking has to get harder. Believe it or not, "easy" and "tasty" are not mutually exclusive adjectives in the kitchen - as long as you have the right tools. Here are ten pieces of kitchen tech that will elevate your meals no matter who you're making them for.
When it comes to fire up-and-forget meal prep, nothing beats a slow cooker - unless it's a modular system like the VitaChef, which can slow-cook, steam, bake or saute. It comes with multiple removable plates to handle everything from burgers to lobster, and the PFOA-free Vitanium surface makes it easy to clean. The VitaChef Electric Steamer Skillet Cooking System is now $99.99, a full 66% off the list price.
The undulating patterns on these precision blades are just a beautiful side effect of the nitrogen-cooling process that's used to make them. Rust-resistant and triple-riveted, this cutlery is built to take on the tough jobs. This Damasukasu 3-Piece Japanese Chef Knife Set is now $49.99, more than 90% off the original MSRP.
You can usually count on non-stick pans to scratch or otherwise lose coating after a couple of years. Not this set, which sports a PFOA-free Ti-Ceramic layer that combines titanium with ceramic for a perfect mix of durability and slickness. The full 20-Piece Non-Stick Cookware With Lids & Bakeware Set is $179, 28% off the original price of $250.
Preparing crispy rice involves cooking rice, drying it, then cooking it again with pinpoint timing - or you could get this compact and handy device which does it at the push of a button. Spice up any meal with the Crispy Rice Cooker for $69.99, more than 20% off the list price.
Sous vide is French for "under vacuum," but that's a simple way to describe this failsafe process for cooking steak, fish, chicken or most any entree. This kit lets you prepare fantastic meals the way top restaurants have been doing it for years. The Sous Vide Power Precision Cooker is now $39.99, a full 80% off the list price.
This dishwasher-safe gadget turns any stovetop into a grill with an innovative drip pan that catches grease as it infuses meats with your choice of flavors from wine, marinade or whatever secret recipe you care to add. The Chef Buddy Smokeless Indoor Stove Top Grill is on sale for $13, a 40% discount off the original price of $21.99.
Even at high altitudes, this innovative widget will be your "kettle whistle" in any pot or pan. Sensors inside the BoilingBeeper turn it on when it gets wet, monitoring the temperature of your water until an alarm goes off right at 212º F. Pick up the BoilingBeeper Kitchen Timer for Boiling Water for $17.99, 10% off the MSRP.
The perfect gift for any true carnivore, these tools ensure that they don't have to wait for their meat to cool before tearing it into lean, sandwich-ready shreds. The stainless steel claws with wooden handles are great for brisket, pork, beef or any barbeque fodder. Grab a 2-pack of Meat Claws for $30, nearly half off the lsit price.
The juicier the food, the better - unless you're the one who has to clean up afterward. These sheets save you that hassle, catching grease or other drippings from any grill or oven on a non-stick, heat-resistant surface. Get a 2-pack of this BBQ Grill & Oven Sheet for $9.99, a full 75% off the MSRP.
This set is oven and dishwasher safe, and the copper-infused ceramic surface is one of the slickest you can buy - even for baking. Meanwhile, the aluminum interior makes sure there's even heat distribution for an all-around great meal. A two-piece set of the Original Non-Stick Copper Pan is now $44.99, a full 30% off the original price of $64.99.