I use these gadgets, toys, and tools every day, and I am grateful to them every day for making my life easier.
This little baby gets more work than any other gadget in the kitchen. I use it daily for making steak, burgers, turkey, etc., of course, but I also use it for tea to signal when the water has reached the right temp for the type of tea. It has a programmable alarm, which I set for when I need to get up to check it. It’s worked flawlessly so far.
2. Vacuum Sealer
I am now on vacuum sealer #3 in 4 years. This one, by Rival, has lasted the longest, but it’s no longer available. Once it gives up the ghost, I will absolutely spend another $115-150 for a new one and I will decide whenever that day arrives whether to go back to FoodSaver, Rival, or something else. I love having a vacuum sealer because it really does keep food fresher for longer. It also prevents freezer burn, so I am able to buy and store more food than I would have otherwise. I freeze serving size portions of meats in bags I cut to size knowing that when I defrost and cook them, the meat will be perfect. It also reseals other plastic bags with the heat element, which seems to prevent freezer burn in the broccoli even if I don’t repackage it. There is nothing more disgusting to me than broccoli that has an essence of freezer about it, so for me, this is essential.