Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets and Tools for Every Home

The time has finally come to revamp your kitchen tool collection. Perhaps you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to cook at home more and eat healthier food. Maybe your budget has gotten tight from eating out too much. Or it could be your knives have gotten so dull they couldn’t cut through snow, never mind a pork chop.

Whatever the reason, you’ll want the best kitchen gadgets and tools at your disposal. The folks at Miles Kimball have put together the list of our 10 favorite kitchen tools for food prep that are practical, affordable and easy to use. Cooking a meal in your own home doesn’t have to be a hassle — and with these useful kitchen tools at your disposal, it might even be fun! These unique finds and many others can be ordered through our online store, so start your journey towards high-quality home cooking today.

1. Rubber Spatulas

A rubber spatula is one of the best kitchen tools for food prep you can own. They can be used for scooping batter from a mixing bowl, flipping a burger on the stove, spreading mayonnaise on bread and so much more. We recommend having three different sizes in your drawer or stoneware crock to fit various containers or foods

2. Kitchen Shears

Scissors aren’t just for arts and crafts. Shears are another kitchen gadget you need. Uses include opening food packages, removing fat chucks from meat, cutting herbs and trimming aluminum foil or parchment paper to fit a pan. These heavy-duty kitchen scissors are safer than knives for these tasks to prevent injury.

3. A Good Knife Set

You don’t need your kitchen to look like a butcher shop. However, you’ll at need at least a few good ones. A 6-piece knife block set will have all the essentials for carving, slicing and pairing, and a steak knife set is perfect for the table. You’ll want a knife sharpener as well to keep them working their best. We also recommend a large plastic knife for slicing through brownies, lasagna and other softer foods without scratching the pan.

4. Food Grater

Try it and see: home-grated cheese tastes way better than bagged store-grated cheese. A grater is also a must for shredding vegetables and will help you add that “zest” of citrus you thought only existed in high-end restaurant. Whether it’s a simple one-side microplane grater or a four-sided stainless steel grater, they’ll save you plenty of time and elbow grease.

5. Electric Mini Food Chopper

Tired of manually cutting every single piece of food? An electric mini chopper does the hard work for you. Add meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts and anything else you can think of, then chop them as large or fine as you want for a salad, stew or stir-fry. These gadgets mix and dice as well, so you can make salsa, guacamole and other dips in your kitchen.

6. Bamboo Cutting Boards

Whether your beautiful kitchen counters are made of hardwood, marble or granite, you’ll want to protect them from scratches. While cutting boards can be made of many different materials, we like the bamboo cutting board the most. They’re heavy enough to stay balanced on a table, light enough to move and clean with ease and strong enough to withstand constant pounding and slicing. These renewable resource boards look amazing, too!

7. Burger Press

Anyone who loves a good burger can create their own with a burger press or hamburger maker set. Both of these useful kitchen tools allow grill-masters to make perfectly-shaped hamburgers, turkey burgers and sausage patties at any thickness. You can then toss them on the grill, store them in the refrigerator/freezer or put them in the cooler for a camping trip. They’re not just for meat-eaters, either — vegetarians can make black bean burgers or tofu burgers just as easily.

8. Large Colander

A colander is another useful kitchen gadget that you can use practically every day. Set your stainless steel mesh colander or plastic colander in the sink to rinse vegetables, fruits and meats. They’re also a safe way to drain pasta and other boiled foods after cooking to reduce the risk of burns or water spills.

9. A Spiral Slicer or Spiralizer

A spiralizer set might seem like one of those weird made-for-TV gadgets that doesn’t have much use in a real kitchen. But as soon as you use one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t sooner! Among other things, this cool kitchen tool can be used to easily make homemade pasta noodles, veggie pasta, French fries and salads. You can spiralizer many other fruits and vegetables as well for dipping, party snack plates or to make them easier for kids to eat.

10. Juicer

If you own a citrus juicer, you can enjoy fresh-squeezed juice in your own home with almost no effort. Make a glass of orange juice that tastes great and doesn’t have the added sugar and preservatives of store-bought juice. Add fresh lemon and lime juice to recipes or make your own lemonade and limeade instead of using powdered mixes. An electric juicer can also be used for vegetables, letting you create unique summertime drinks!

Fun Coffee Décor & Gifts

There’s no substitute for a good cup of coffee in the morning — but cool coffee decorations and gifts are a close second. Miles Kimball knows how many people out there love their brew, and we’ve picked out some of the best ways you can celebrate that love.

With coffee-themed kitchen décor, you can create a home coffee bar, brighten the living room or expand your coffee horizons. Our selections for the best coffee décor and kitchenware will pay the ultimate respect to java. You’ll also find plenty of coffee-themed gifts for family, friends, employees and others who can’t live without their morning Joe. We’ve stocked unique gifts and unexpected finds at an affordable price since 1935 and will do the same for coffee-lovers everywhere.

Coffee-Themed Décor

Tabletop Adornments

 Turn any flat surface — whether it’s a rustic coffee table, kitchen counter or work desk — into a coffee shrine with the right decorations. A metal coffee cup clock is proof that any time is a good time for your favorite brew. Set it by your bed or hang it above the coffee maker for a well-timed alert. Personalized vanity trays are another cool gift. These trays are a perfect place to set down your mug without sloshing any liquid onto the table.

Coffee-Loving Animals

Do you own a large white goose statue or other garden figurines? You can turn them into coffee lovers, too! Simply order an “I Heart Coffee” T-shirt for them to wear proudly in the garden, on the front porch or in the living room. After all, any home can always use an extra messenger of this drink’s power.

A Coffee Nightlight

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean coffee time ends. Coffee nightlights are cute and functional coffee-themed décor that can show the way when it’s dark outside. Get up before the crack of dawn, find your way to a late-night snack or give your kids some extra security without waking up the entire house.

Coffee Wall Art

Everyone will know how much you love your coffee when that love is covering the walls. Hang a coffee plaque with a simple but to-the-point message such as “Coffee is Always a Good Idea” and “All You Need is Love and a Lot of Coffee”. They just might spur you or the recipient to make an extra cup. If you prefer something with a more vintage or industrial vibe, metal coffee cup wall art is an instant pick-me-up that will have a kitchen buzzing.

Affordable Coffee Gifts

Whimsical Coffee Mugs

Everyone who drinks coffee can use more mugs — especially when it’s a mug chosen and designed just for them. Personalized coffee mugs with a name or message printed on them will quickly become a loved one’s new favorite hot beverage cup. Kids can give their dad a tear-jerking Father’s Day gift with a personalized father mug. Is someone you know a huge fan of both coffee and football? Help them wake up for the big game with an NFL coffee mug. Every team is available so you can enjoy good java no matter who you cheer for.

Coffee Warmers

If you’ve made a great cup of coffee, you want to savor it, not chug it down. But that’s hard to do when the coffee gets cold halfway through. A compact mug warmer will keep your beverage at the right temperature so you can drink it as slow as you want to. Give it to anyone who is tired of lukewarm or cold coffee as they’re getting ready for the day. Insulated coffee carafes will keep larger amounts of coffee hot longer for a second cup that’s as good as the first.

Coffee Holiday Sample Packs

A sampler pack is a great coffee-themed gift for someone who wants to try new brews without going to a shop or buying huge bags of each. The Twelve Coffees of Christmas gift set will be the perfect holiday present. It contains a dozen gourmet blend packets that each make 10-12 cups of coffee — all for an unbelievably low price. You might just end up giving it to yourself! A single-serve Christmas coffee pack is also available. If you want to get a holiday beverage for the whole family, get the Christmas sampler trifecta that includes all the great holiday coffees plus 12 gourmet teas and 12 hot cocoas.

Coffee Snacks

A cup of Joe is even better with a tasty treat on the side. Some bakery snacks or candies are a delightful holiday present or addition to the Christmas party coffee table. Coffee cakes are a clear option, and a pumpkin streusel or apple streusel cake will be gobbled up fast. Dark chocolate espresso beans and caramel macchiato candies also add that coffee flavor to an edible form. Plenty of other breads and cookies also pair well with a coffee palate.

Countertop Holders

Every coffee drinker needs a place to store their coffee-making accessories. A wire coffee pod holder is a creative gift for organizing up to two dozen single-serve pods, whether they be store-bought K-cops or reusable coffee pods. They also can be used for utensils, napkins and other coffee supplies. A ceramic cow creamer is another fun option. Pour milk or cream from these elegant holders at lunch and say goodbye to wasteful disposable containers.

Must Have Gadgets for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

Whether you are cooking for your family or expecting guests, food is the best way to show others how much you care. While spending all day in the kitchen making an elaborate meal can definitely let people know you value and appreciate them, you probably don’t have that much time. Thus, easy meal prep is necessary, and you are probably always on the lookout for easy meal prep ideas.

When it comes to making meals quick and easy, you need to have the right food prep tools. There are many gadgets in the world that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks, but below are some of the meal prep must haves that you should add to your list.

Easy Twist Jar Opener

One of the most frustrating parts of cooking is not being able to open your supplies. This can add time to the meal prep, and may make you consider making a completely new dish. To make things easier, you need an easy twist jar opener. This tool has the ability to help you open a variety of different sized jars quickly and easy. Whether it’s a jar of pickles, sandwich spread or another item, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking for help after adding this tool to your kitchen.

Bamboo Expandable Cutlery Drawer Organizer

When it comes to easy meal prep, one of the best ways to make food quick and easy is to be organized. When you know where everything is, you can grab it and get to work. To save yourself precious time digging through drawers to find your meal prep tools, get the bamboo expandable cutlery drawer organizer and always know where your utensils are.

Multi-Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set

Getting together with friends and family for holidays or other special occasions can be a lot of fun. When it comes to meal prep tools that make feeding the crowd quick and easy, you’ll want to get the Multi Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set.

These food prep tools can be used for a variety of different chores and are good at Thanksgiving and for the 4th of July—as well as any time in between. Once you add these to your kitchen accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The set comes with a baster, brusher and infuser, so you can add spices and injections to any food you might be cooking.

Bamboo Rooster Cutting Board

When it comes to tools to make meal prep easy, having a cutting board is imperative. It protects your countertops from damage and contains messes to an easy to clean surface. Of course, you don’t have to pick a boring cutting board. If you want to add some style and whimsy to your kitchen, then you should consider getting a bamboo rooster cutting board.

Once you are done using this item, you won’t to hide it away in a cupboard. It is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, so when it’s not in use, you can use it as a decoration. Since it is constructed of bamboo, you can rest assured knowing it is mold- and mildew-resistant, as well as incredibly durable and strong. It is also made from a renewable resource, so you can feel good that you are doing something nice for the environment.

Rolling Meat Tenderizer

Every so often, the meals you decide to make for your family needs some extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean it should take more time to prepare. If you have meat that needs some tenderizing, then you need the rolling meat tenderizer.

This gadget is made from stainless steel and has a jagged surface and the right amount of weight to make steaks, pork chops or chicken nice and tender for you and your family’s eating pleasure. The long handle keeps your fingers away from the sharp edges, and the fact that it rolls means you won’t have to overexert yourself to create a delicious meal.

Stainless Steel Cake Server

If you enjoy having guests over, then you probably enjoy serving cake. To ensure that every slice is the same size and the cake doesn’t fall apart during the cutting process, you need the stainless steel cake server. This useful gadget can also lift the cake away from the plate for you. This utensil will add style and sophistication to any get together, include birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries and more!

You enjoy cooking for friends and family, but you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. If you’re always looking for easy meal prep ideas, then you are looking for ways to make the process faster. There are tools to make meal prep easy, and investing in them is worth the time and effort.

Spice Measuring Spoons

Letting your family and friends know you love them through food means adding the right amount of spice. When it comes to meal prep must haves, you should look into getting spice measuring spoons.

These measuring spoons are designed with smaller spice bottles in mind, and the narrow shape makes it possible for even the tablespoon to fit into a spice jar. They are constructed from stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Not only do they make meal prep quick and easy, but cleaning them is also a breeze.

Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes & Helpful Hints

Crock-Pots and slow cookers became extremely popular in the 1970s. Subsequently, they dwindled to near extinction before recently undergoing a revival. The best thing about the resurgence of this handy appliance is that now, there are so many more options in slow cooker design (e.g. both manual and digital models, ceramic or stoneware insets, availability of non-stick coatings such as Teflon, portable models and even choices in lid design). During seasons when the weather is cold, and at busy times around the holidays, slow cookers can be invaluable for the following reasons:

  • Nutritious and balanced one-pot meals can be prepared inside a slow cooker, cutting down on meal prep time.
  • Slow cooker recipes can be set up hours in advance, allowing a hot meal to be ready and waiting for you when you come home from work or school.
  • Crock-Pots and slow cookers don’t heat up a kitchen the way an oven can. They also utilize less electricity, cutting down on your energy usage.
  • The slowness of the cooking process helps to tenderize less expensive cuts of meat.

Obviously, for people with hectic schedules, the timesaving aspects of slow cooking can be a huge benefit. You may be surprised at the number and variety of mouth-watering recipes that can be made with this relatively low-cost appliance. Below are some suggestions on making meat, soups and stews, and desserts in a slow cooker, and a few yummy recipes to check out:

Meat Dishes:

  • All types of meat can be slow-cooked, even whole chickens and large cuts of beef, but for better taste and texture, choose meats that have a firmer texture and are higher in fat, such as chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders, lamb shanks and dark meat chicken. The extra fat makes the meat tender and flavorful when cooked with the moist, low heat of a slow cooker. Leaner meats like chicken breasts and pork tenderloin tend to dry out with when slow-cooked.
  • Another tip with meat is to trim the excess fat; otherwise, you’ll wind up with your meal stewing in an unappetizing, greasy liquid. This includes removing the skin from chicken, too.
  • If you are cooking meat along with vegetables (potatoes, carrots and onions work well in a slow cooker), make sure you layer the vegetables on the bottom of the cooker and put the meat on top.
  • Finally, consider browning your meat and sautéing the vegetables before you put them into the slow cooker. The payoff is food with an extra layer of rich, caramelized flavor.

Try these delicious meat recipes:

Slow Cooker Turkey — Perfect for holiday meals.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Meatballs — These make a delicious appetizer or holiday potluck dish.

Crock Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze — Another holiday meal crowd-pleaser.

Soups and Stews:

Combine colder weather with an active family and a crockpot, and voilà — delicious slow cooker stews make the perfect mealtime solution. Stews can be a combination of meat and vegetables, as in Slow Cooker Beef Stew, or tasty vegetarian dishes like Classic Lasagna and Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers.

  • Remember, avoid opening the lid of your cooker while in operation, as this can add considerably to the cooking time required.
  • Regarding cooking time and slow cooker settings, it generally takes twice as long to cook a dish on the “low” setting as on “high.” Different recipes call for specific settings to yield the best results.

Soup is another Crock-Pot-friendly dish which can be made using any of countless recipes, with or without meat. To make it even easier, consider using a pre-prepared soup mix, possibly even adding a few additional ingredients of your own. A couple of holiday soup classics to make in a slow cooker include Healthy Crockpot Potato Soup with Chicken and Easy Crockpot Vegetable Lentil Soup.

Desserts:

There is no skimping on decadence when using a slow cooker to make desserts. Crockpots are excellent for making moist cakes and crumbles, and even some kinds of pies, cookie bars and fudge. People with experience using slow cookers to make desserts comment on how easy it can be: “Just dump all the ingredients in and let the slow cooker do the work.” Of course, we love that.

Since the holidays go hand-in-hand with sweet indulgences, check out these recipes:

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Turtle Brownies — Fulfills every sweet-tooth

Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler — Serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream or your favorite whipped cream.

Cookies and Cream Slow Cooker Fudge — Perfect homemade gift

If you threw away your slow cooker sometime during the ‘80s, it’s time to get a new one and try some of the recent recipes made possible with improvements in this appliance. Think of all the gift-wrapping and Santa-letter-writing you could do while your dinner or party recipe is taking care of itself inside your Crock-Pot.

Cookbooks Never Go Out of Style

Dining out isn’t the only way to add variety to your everyday meals. Cookbooks can be a fun way to change up your at-home menu and learn new skills in the kitchen, saving you the expense and hassle of a restaurant meal and making it easy to prepare a variety of delicious meals. With a well-rounded collection of cookbooks, you’ll never run out meal ideas.

Miles Kimball carries a selection of excellent cookbooks to add to your collection, including options for healthy eating, quick meals, and more.

Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook
Kickstart your eating with the Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook, packed with 58 nutritious, easy-to-make recipes that are bursting with flavor. With meal-planning ideas and suggestions for foods to eat, limit, and avoid, this informative cookbook puts eating within easy reach. The Copper Skillet Cooking helps you unlock all the magic of this durable, versatile nonstick pan!

Air Fryer Cookbook
Make the most of your air fryer with the Air Fryer Cookbook, a collection of 117 recipes that anyone can prepare. Designed to serve as the perfect companion to your electric air fryer, this cookbook is filled with recipes for every meal of the day, including vegetables and appetizers, desserts, meats, and side dishes.

Woman’s Day Easy Everyday Dinners Enjoy delicious dinners every night of the week with this compilation of recipes from the popular Women’s Day magazine. Organized into useful categories like “No Cook,” “20 Minute Meals,” and “Under 400 Calories,” this cookbook makes dinner prep easier than ever.

Make Now Eat Later Book
Save yourself time by mastering the art of meal prep with this handy cookbook, which provides detailed information about easy ways to simplify your approach to delicious meals.

Rediscover your cooking creativity and learn a variety of new, delicious recipes by stocking your kitchen shelves with cookbooks from Miles Kimball.

Personalized Gifts

Add Thoughtful Personalization


Personalized gifts continue to remain a cornerstone in the lineup of unique, fun, and decorative gifts available at Miles Kimball. Choose from our extensive selection of personalized gifts including personalized address labels that help you stay in touch, calendars and stationery to help keep your busy life on schedule, and kids’ toys that spark creativity and imaginative play. Our artists and designers are ready to personalize your gifts to make every occasion unforgettable. Add thoughtful personalization to every gift with the vast array of budget-friendly options, including exclusive products available at Miles Kimball.

Make magic happen with the help of Miles Kimball where you’ll find something for every lucky recipient on your shopping list. The expert processes including hand-painted personalization, embroidery, engraving, and direct-to-garment printing used to create your favorite items like calendar towels, pet items, t-shirts and more allow you to show how much you care with that extra personal touch.

At Miles Kimball, we give you even more ways to shop with convenient categories of personalized gifts organized by activities like entertaining, playtime, sports, and decorating where you’ll find beautiful ideas like a customized casserole dish ready for fun personalization like ‘Grandma’s Goodness.’ We also organize our vast array of personalized options by person making it easy to find items made just for kids like a piggy bank with their name, gifts perfect for him like pocket knives and wallets, and thoughtful ideas just right for her like stylish robes.

Make Miles Kimball your first stop where you’ll find everything from our broad range of personalized cards to unique solutions that go that extra mile like memorial ornaments for your pets. With our everyday low prices and every-changing special offers, you’ll find everything on your shopping list in our personalized gift categories.

Add Space-Saving Efficiency to Your Small Spaces


The carefully chosen selection of small appliances at Miles Kimball puts you in the driver’s seat of kitchen organization so you can create any culinary masterpiece. We Air Fryerhave a broad range of space-saving solutions like our easy-to-use 5.5 Qt. Air Fryer by Home Marketplace™ that offers a healthier cooking option. With the use of super-heated air working in unison with a grill, you need little or no oil to recreate all your favorites like deep-fried fish and chips.  With such an innovative range of wallet-friendly solutions to choose from, it’s always the right time to add space-saving efficiency to your small spaces.

Whether you’re living in a thriving urban center where smaller accommodations are the norm and you need to get creative with how you utilize every bit of space, or you’re living in a tiny house taking advantage of modern, mobile living, we’ve got space-saving solutions that give every small area big character at Miles Kimball. Check out our Cuisinart® Brew Central™ 12-cup coffee maker with a sleek, brushed stainless design to save pace and elevate existing décor. With 24-hour programmable functionality this high-quality, small appliance saves you time.  No matter how small your space is, you’ll find space-saving solutions that turn every kitchen and food preparation area into a gourmet culinary environment at Miles Kimball.

Opt for our tabletop electric grill by Home-Style Kitchen™ just right for small spaces like Table Top Electric Grilla dorm room or for when you want to grill indoors even in inclement weather. This top-of-the-line appliance features cool-touch handles and a non-stick surface, so you can grill indoors any time of year; plus, you can store it away when not in use. From induction burners to versatile slow cookers, you’ll find everything you need to create crowd-pleasing dishes in no time at Miles Kimball.