Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets of the Past 10 Years, $10 or Less

by in Shows, May 10th, 2012

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by Steve Greenberg (pictured right)

As an Invention Hunter (aka product scout), I’m always searching for the next great kitchen gadget. For the purpose of this blog, let’s define “gadgets” as those inexpensive must-have tools that fit in your kitchen drawers. Here are my picks for the top five kitchen gadgets under $10:

Norpro Egg Rite Timer ($5) — Throw out your grandmother’s egg timer: This high-tech egg timer, isn’t really a timer at all. Shaped like an egg, you place it in the pan with your eggs and it calculates cooking stages by temperature, not by inaccurate time. It automatically adjusts for the number of eggs, amount of water and even the altitude. Egg-cellent, huh?

Mastrad Silicone Steam Cooker ($10) — Forget the old iron or aluminum steam cookers of yesteryear, silicone is today’s go-to kitchen material. This steam cooker is super convenient because you don’t have to use water or add oil to cook your food. All you have to do is stick it in the microwave for a few minutes and you get a quick, healthy meal.

Misto Olive Oil Sprayer ($10) — With more than 6 million sold, this is certainly one of those products that makes me say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Misto is a non-aerosol spray pump. Just add your favorite oil and spray on pasta, salads, pans, meats — you name it. With this oil sprayer you get the flavor of the oil, but you don’t have to use as much oil as before and that means less calories and fat.

Microplane Classic Series Zester/Grater (starts at $9) — Believe it or not, this kitchen multifunctional must-have started as a woodworking tool. Carpenters like it and chefs love it. The microplane is perfect for zesting chocolate, hard cheeses, lemon, ginger and garlic. This tool is “grate.”

Good Cook Safe Cut, Sidecut Can Opener ($10) — Talk about innovation. For years, can openers opened cans and in the process created cans and lids that were knife-sharp. Ouch. Then someone came up with the brilliant idea to open the can from the side, below the edge. So now there’s no sharp lid, no sharp can. The kitchen is safe again. A sharp inventor came up with this smooth idea. If you still have an old-fashioned can opener, my advice: Can it.

So how many of these do you own? And what must-have gadgets did I leave out? Let me know by posting your feedback in the comments below.

Watch me try to find the next great kitchen gadget with Patrick Raymond (pictured left) on Invention Hunters, Monday, May 14, 9pm ET/PT.

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Comments (123)

  1. I was wondering about the sip n snack cup that was aired on your show a while back. I was interested in purchasing one but didnt know how. Did that invention go through? Thanks

    • Kevin
      We did not decide to take the Sip n Snacker cup for a licensing deal– and the inventor is not selling them yet– What we used during the show was a prototype. BUT keep googling Sip n Snack –I'm sure he will eventually get his product to market
      Thanks for watching

  2. Kurt says:

    Awesome show!!! Loved the first season. Can't wait for season 2. I think it would be cool in the beginning of season 2 to see where all of the inventions chosen from season 1 have progressed (are they in prototype stage or are they being produced/manufactured, etc)

  3. Several of you have been asking the same question– When will INVENTION HUNTERS return to Food Network– at this moment I can only say– I don't know. I'm told we are "on the bubble"
    Food Network is deciding if they want to invite us back for a second season. I'm not sure if makes a difference– but if you want to let them know your thoughts on this issue, you can contact the Food Network via this site:
    Once again– thanks so much for watching and enjoying Invention Hunters– I hope we come back to bring your examples of American ingenuity.

    • Ms. Terry Cupples says:

      I have two exciting PATENTED inventions~one for the $52 BILLION Pet Industry~involving the 78,200,000 Dogs and the 86,400,000 cats in the USA. If we only sold to 4% of the dog owners~we would make $40,507,000 (Million $) and cats are even better~4% would equal $44,755,000 (Million $). The baby industry product that I have created / Patented targets the 490,000 babies born worldwide everyday / 340 a minute and included the 4,000,000 born yearly in the USA ! If the Food Network doesn't invite you back~join me and make Millions !

  4. Hmack410 says:

    Because of your show, I just placed an order for the Produce Freshies and am excited to get them!

  5. Ken Duffy says:

    How can I apply for a review of my invention?

  6. steve says:

    you need to see my invention…. pan scrubber

  7. Chad Barnes says:

    There are many of the gadgets on the list that have evolved already right? Either way, it is really indeed important to make sure your kitchen supplies is complete, to have a better cooking experience. Many kitchen company perth consider this that's why they are there to provide us with the best supplies needed.

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