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Let’s face it… There are a lot of cool kitchen gadgets on the market today.
Everything you could possible think of times one hundred (maybe even a million).
Seriously, kitchen gadgets can overwhelm your house if you let them.
For me, I have to be efficient with my time plus I don’t have enough space to store all of those cool kitchen gadgets. #smallkitchenproblems
If you have started the keto, paleo, or whole 30 diet, then cooking food from scratch is even more important.
Personally, I don’t like using the diet label (it feels too restrictive).
Instead, we focus on healthy eating.
For us, that means cutting out high fructose corn syrups (and the various names they hid under now), food coloring, MSG, partially hydrogenated oils, etc. Pretty much any highly processed foods.
While we aren’t perfect by any means, thus the must have kitchen gadgets for healthy eating on hand are key to our success. Plus to make things easier.
Also, this list of kitchen gadgets under $20 make great gifts. Simple, easy and creative giving.
So, what are the 20 Top kitchen gadgets under $20 for healthy eating…
Why These Kitchen Gadgets Made the List:
1. Eat More from Home
With a busy family, eating dinner at home can be a challenge. Let alone cooking a meal from scratch. Today’s society is on the move.
However, if you are trying to lower your grocery budget, eating at home is one of the fastest ways to do it.
All of these gadgets make it easier to want to cook at home.
If the kitchen gadget doesn’t save time, then it is worthless.
Time is money. And maybe not money, but doing something else you want to do.
All of these kitchen gadgets save me time. Period.
3. Healthy Eating
This is huge for us. Eating healthy is a priority.
When eating healthy, it takes time to chop, slice, and dice your food. Prep time can take a lot of precious time.
Until you have key kitchen gadgets on hand to make prep time quick and efficient. Then, healthy eating comes along, too.
Unless you are blessed with a kitchen with ample space and two dishwashers, then space is an issue.
Storing all of the kitchen gadgets is priority.
There are so many kitchen gadgets that don’t get used on a daily basis. For me, I deem a kitchen tool worthless if I don’t use it at least once a week. If that happens, then it is in the donate pile. #smallkitchenproblems
To be successful with healthy eating, then access to the best kitchen tools to make it happen is vital for success. Clear out your drawers to make space for the best kitchen gadgets.
Okay, there is no rhyme or reason to the order. One isn't more important than another tool. They are all awesome. Plus these kitchen tools make healthy cooking so much easier. This a also a wonderful gift guide to finding the perfect gift under $20. Without further ado, here is the list of the best kitchen gadgets under $20.
While there is minimal difference between scissors and shears, a solid pair is necessary. Don't waste time dicing up herbs - use the kitchen shears. Yes, this is something I am still training myself to do.
I'll be the first to admit I never understood the purpose of mason jars beyond just canning. Then, I ran out of containers and kept hearing about how great it was to use mason jars. My eyes were opened by how much longer they keep foods from spoiling.They can be used from green smoothies, salads, drink mixes, or even storing nuts. There are so many options! Plus no worries about using plastics. They come in so many shapes and sizes to fit exactly what you need.
Save time by using an electric chopper. Plus if you have kids, it is harder to notice the onions, mushrooms, and other vegetables thrown in. For my family, I prefer a slightly larger chopper - one that is greater than 4 cups.
First of all, there is a huge difference when cooking with fresh and dry herbs. However, if you use fresh herbs you know that herbs don't stay fresh long. These help keep herbs fresh for over week. A must have for healthy cooking.
Seriously, I had no idea what to call this cool kitchen gadget. It is great to chop up ground beef or sausage. It shaves up minutes of cooking time. Make sure to pick yours up before you can't remember what it is called.
Save tons of money on taking a brown bag for lunch! This can help pay off debt faster. Also, no need to rush through the drive through line. When making the change to eating healthy, the first thing you will notice is the need for reusable containers to take meals in. Plus, the price has gone down a lot! Less than one or two lunches out will pay for a whole set of reusable meal containers.
Have you found yourself DIY solutions to make your produce last longer? I know I have. Until I came across this cool product called BluApple! It helps absorb ethylene gas that would make the fruits and vegetables go bad. Seriously, this is the must have item for every kitchen.
This is my #1 Mom way to make eating fruits and veggies more fun! My kids love green smoothies now! This is a fantastic way to get fruits and vegetables into a school lunch. No more brown apples or squished fruit. They are easy to refill using a Baggy Rack. #MomWin
These are amazing! They make it so easy to fill up ziploc bags. Personally, I mainly use mine to help freeze meals or for Popsicle molds. They are sturdy and I have held 2-3 pounds of filling with no tipping over. Pick one up for yourself and give the other one away.
At the beginning of the school year, I went on a mini muffin craze! I put everything and anything into the mini muffin pans - eggs, pancakes, carrot cake. These are very versatile. Plus with the bite size, they help to stay within appropriate portion sizes, which helps with healthy eating. Make sure to buy 2 pans! Then, you can freeze a batch for later.
Every kitchen must have a set of cutting boards. This is probably the #1 item used in my kitchen. I prefer bamboo over wood because they don't dull a quality set of knives. Picking up a variety of sizes helps with meal prep.
So, many options under $20 dollars. Strainers come in every size, shape and form. For me personally, I like to have two types of stainers on hand. One that has a sturdy base and another that takes minimal space in the dishwasher.Kitchen Labels
Oh my! Labeling is so important in the kitchen. Once I transition to making plant-based foods, I need to label more and more jars. Labels are key to healthy cooking. There are so many options to choose from. Finding what works best for you is key.
Seriously, who wants to turn on the oven when it is 90+ degrees outside. Personally, I don't. So, outside to the grill we go to make a healthy meal. This grilling basket keeps all the veggies from falling through the grates.
Primary kitchen tool needed to bake fruits, vegetables, and even nuts! There are many to choose from, but I always go from two pans. Then, I'm not waiting for one to finish cooking for the next batch. This simple thing saves me time. This is my favorite brand.
Probably one of the most underutilized kitchen utensils in any kitchen drawer. A julienne peeler creates uniform slivers of short thin strips of food. Many people use them for carrots. But, they can be used with beets, squash, or zucchini.
Yep, this one is not a kitchen tool or gadget. This is an AWESOME book to kickstart your journey to healthy eating. Every single recipe I have tried is mouthwatering and delicious. Plus Jen goes into detail on why plant based eating is good for you, how to make it work, plus many more helpful resources. Also, a 4 week meal plan is included plus a shopping list. Pick up your copy of this HOT Amazon Bestseller!
Okay, I have to admit I love obsessed with green smoothies. Since I started to make them a part of my normal routine 5 years ago, I have felt better and less fatigue. Many people claim a regular blender works the same. However, I have tried. This Ninja didn’t cut it; the Vitamix is worth every penny. Since I use it daily, over time the cost is in pennies per day for usage. Plus, the cost has come down.
Okay, I’ll admit this is a luxury item in our house. After a Thanksgiving with friends, my hubby wanted to upgrade to a Traeger. Our grill had already seen its better days, so a replacement was needed anyway. Everything tastes better on a Traeger. Period.