Creating delicious and exciting meals from scratch can be rewarding. However, we don’t always have the time, motivation, or energy to spend on preparing the types of meals that we would actually like to be eating. Our busy lives often mean that we are rushing around, and, by the time we get home on an evening, the last thing that we want to be doing is laboring intensely in the kitchen.

Thankfully, we live in an age where creative innovations are commonplace. There is quite literally a gadget for everything in life, and cooking is no exception. So, if you are getting hung-up in preparing your food and want to speed things along and take the stress out of the whole business of making the meals that you want to enjoy, using innovative kitchen gadgets can be helpful.

Here are 5 unique kitchen gadgets that will speed up your meal prep and take the headaches out of cooking:

Smart Pot Stirrer

One of the worst things about cooking a tasty but elaborate meal is that a recipe will call for you to constantly stir something as it cooks. Now, standing and stirring your pans, might be an annoying task, but it is all well and good if you have the time to do this. Very often, the recipe will ask you to start doing something else midway through. Of course, you only have one set of hands, meaning you end up juggling your tasks, getting stressed, delaying the meal, and potentially getting food stuck to the side of the pan.

A Smart Pot Stirrer is a great solution to this problem. Simply attach the stirrer to your pan, and let it do the hard work for you.

Onion Chopper

There are several reasons to dislike chopping onions. They can be fiddly to chop, especially if you want them finely chopped. It can be a bit time-consuming to have to chop an onion too. But the reason that most people hate chopping onions is that they make you cry.

An onion chopped that slices the onions and drops the chopped pieces straight into a container underneath it will help you to reduce the chance of tears while saving you time. 

Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer 

It is important with some types of food to know that it is fully cooked. For example, if a chicken is not cooked right through, it can cause food poisoning. A thermometer is a way to check this. However, constantly prodding uncooked food will leave bacteria on your thermometer, and this can easily be spread causing contamination. A non-contact infrared thermometer is a way to help you to prevent this.

A Cheese Melting Pan

If you love instantly gooey cheese on your food, a cheese melting pan is a great way of achieving the consistency that you love in your cheese.

Warming Butter Knife

There really is nothing worse than having to slice a piece of hard butter. If the butter has been left in the fridge, it can be considerably challenging to do this. Instead of battling it out, use a warming butter knife that will slice through the butter with ease.