You’ll Want These Multitasking Tools in Your Kitchen
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Single-purpose kitchen tools can be clever, and when they’re for the right job, they’re often worth finding the counter or cabinet space for keeping around. With that being said, there’s not enough storage space or patience in the world for a kitchen full of one-trick ponies. Here, meet the trusty tools that can help you to doing it all, from prep to cleanup.
Most of these multitasking tools retail for under $20, making their value even more impressive when you realize how many different things you can use them for. Take the humble bench scraper, for instance: Commit to setting it out on your kitchen counter for a week and notice as you keep reaching for it to help with tasks like chopping, scooping, and, yes, scraping. What about the homely named flour sack towel? It’s been around since the time when people brought their flour home in actual sacks, but its place in the modern kitchen remains undisputed: Keep one stashed over your shoulder and you’ll use it to wipe up messes, grab a hot tray from the oven, and quickly dry off a bundle of rinsed herbs.
Depending on the piece of equipment, it can pay to invest for quality. A good Dutch oven will last a lifetime, ensuring the next generation of home cooks will get plenty of use out of one of the original kitchen mainstays. And a pair of stainless-steel kitchen shears that can be run through the dishwasher without dulling or rusting is worth its weight in gold.
Our Top 10 Kitchen Multitaskers to Buy Now
Metal Bench Scraper
From prep to clean up, this tool can become an extension of your hand if you let it. Hone your knife skills by using the ruler feature to perfect that ¼-inch dice on your carrots. Making a batch of biscuits? Meet the perfect tool for cutting the dough into squares. A bench scraper is also a much safer option than your chef’s knife for transferring chopped herbs, vegetables, and minced garlic from your cutting board to the pan. Lastly, if your counters are looking a little crusty, you can use it as a scraper to get them clean again in no time.
Shop Now: OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Multi-Purpose Scraper & Chopper, $8.05, amazon.com.
Combo Colander and Steamer
The name speaks for itself: Use it to rinse off fruits and vegetables or fit it inside of a saucepan and use it to steam broccoli to crisp-tender perfection. If you have a tiny kitchen, you’ll be pleased to know that this space-saving version can be flattened when not in use.
Shop Now: Sur la Table Collapsible Colander & Steamer, $25.00, surlatable.com.
Flour Sack Towels
Thinner than a dish towel but thicker than cheesecloth, flour sack towels are made from 100 percent cotton and feature a tight, durable weave. We love that they can be used for all kinds of kitchen projects. While excellent for tidying up tasks like wiping down counters and lint-free polishing for your glassware, they can also be used for things like covering dough that is proofing, in the crisper drawer to keep herbs and lettuce fresher for longer, or to ring out the liquid from zucchini for a quick batch of fritters.
Shop Now: Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Dish Towels, $14.99, amazon.com.
Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Investing in a quality enameled cast-iron Dutch oven is worth the expense as it will be with you for decades. Whether you need a deep-fryer, a bread-baker, a braiser, or a casserole dish, a durable multitasker like this roomy six-quart Dutch oven will take on all those tasks and more with ease.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Enameled Cast Iron Six-Quart Dutch Oven, $199.99, macys.com.
At first use, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a good pair of durable kitchen shears. Find a pair that can come apart and be run through the dishwasher so they stay sanitary; you’ll use them for tasks like chopping bacon, spatchcocking a chicken, snipping fresh herbs, and portioning quesadillas and pizzas.
Shop Now: Messermeister Take-Apart Stainless Steel Utility Kitchen Shears, $15.66, amazon.com.
Three-Quart Baking Dish
This kitchen workhorse is often included in the kind of large bakeware sets that you register for or outfit for your first kitchen post college. It’s usually a 9×13-inch rectangle and can be used for everything from cheesy casseroles to fluffy cakes to special-occasion roasts.
Shop Now: OXO Good Grips Freezer-to-Oven Safe 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish with Lid, $14.99, oxo.com.
A rasp-style grater with two different blades will prove to be a nimble and efficient kitchen helper. The fine side can be used for grating nutmeg, mincing garlic, or creating fluff out of hard cheeses like Parmesan. The coarser side is perfect for soft cheeses, like cheddar, or for grating ingredients like chocolate and fresh ginger.
Shop Now: Joseph Joseph Twist 2-in-1 Grater with Adjustable Handle, $17.99, amazon.com.
Cast Iron Skillet
Let’s face it: The uses for a cast-iron skillet are only limited by the imagination. Like a baking dish, it can handle both cheesy gratins and fruity cobblers. What really sets this multitasking must-have apart from other baking dishes is its cast-iron construction: It can go on a grill, campfire, broiler, even an induction stovetop without breaking a sweat.
Shop Now: Lodge 12″ Cast Iron Skillet, $29.90, target.com.
Here’s why this tool is indispensable: Even if you never plan on making pickles, the wide opening of a canning funnel can make quick and clean work out of tasks like transferring hot soups and fresh juices into storage jars. Beyond liquids, it’s also great for corralling rice, dried beans, and nuts and seeds into containers.
Shop Now: Progressive Canning Funnel, $7.95, williamssonoma.com.
Despite its kitschy name, this spatula is a serious workhorse in the kitchen. It scoops like a spoon but scrapes like a spatula, so it’s great for tasks like stirring up a bubbling pot of mac-and-cheese or taking a taste test of your smoothie before scraping it into your cup. This pick from OXO is made with silicone so it is safe to use at temperatures up to 600°F and can wash up clean in the dishwasher.
Shop Now: OXO Silicone Spoon Spatula, $8.99, amazon.com.