While I don't buy into every gadget fad on the market - I do think the right kitchen tools can make all the difference. Here are some of my favorites.
I will be updating this over the next few weeks. Do check back in and tell me what tool you just can't live without in your kitchen. I may just add them to my list.
Grater This one is a tiny Microplane grater that fits into the palm of one hand. I love that the holes are large enough to let you quickly grate ginger, garlic, and even fresh turmeric. I cannot remember where I got it from, but I always keep it handy. A quality box grater is key in the kitchen. Here's a website that has some tips on the better graters out there: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-grater/
Kitchen Towels I haven't used a paper towel in my kitchen in over a year. While I still keep thicker, absorbent dish towels on hand, some of my favorites are these super-thin towels that act like paper towels. I often line my fridge fruit and veggie drawers with them as well to keep things fresh and absorb extra moisture. Buy them in white or the darker ones that show less. Keep in mind, the reviews are mixed largely because they are not super absorbent - but they are great for drying off the counter, lining your fridge drawers, and other little messes. https://food52.com/shop/products/6628-unpaper-towels-set-of-16
If you want other ideas on how to cut out the paper waste in your kitchen, go right to the Dot and Amy website for wonderful cloth towel and napkin options. https://www.dotandarmy.com/collections/best-sellers/products/bargain-bundle-everyday-cloth-napkins-set-of-30
Egg Cups are fun ways to offer up dips to your kids. My girls would eat anything in an egg cup that they could pair with dipping carrots.
Mortar & Pestle. No introduction needed if you are cooking up Indian food. Perfect for pounding just about any spice down into powder.
Prep Glasses with Lids, known as working glasses, are essential in my kitchen to store everything from ground ginger and garlic to leftover smoothies. I will often make a shake in the morning and store if for my girls to grab themselves. Here's one link on where to purchase.
Electric Kettle. If there is something I use every day three times a day, it's my electric kettle. From heating water for my morning lemon-turmeric tonic to adding hot water to my legumes to speed up soaking to adding hot water to my slow cooker to cut cooking down an hour - you can do it all with this one small gadget.
Nesting Measuring Cups
Le Creuset Skinny Griddle
Wood Cutting Board with an insert
Nested mixing bowls with lids