The 6 Kitchen Gadgets You Should Own by the Time You're 30

Not all kitchen gadgets are created equal...some are multifunctional, making them true kitchen essentials. Regardless of whether you are a new home cook or a passionate foodie, you can benefit from these gadgets. We've compiled a list of kitchen gadgets everyone should have in their kitchen by the time they turn the big 3-0.

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1. Copper Whisk

A whisk is an essential kitchen tool, but cooks often find themselves with multiple whisks for various applications, which can clutter your kitchen. The CopperTango whisk changes all of that. You will never need to buy another whisk if you invest in this stunning copper version. It creates voluminous and stable egg foams because of its copper bulb, and it's lightweight and well-shaped, which means that it is great for whisking everything from stovetop sauces to cold batters.

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2. 3.5-Inch Paring Knife

Owning a great set of knives is one kitchen collection that every home cook longs for but doesn't always have the budget for. Our advice is to buy one every year until you have a complete collection, and when you do so, start with the W√úSTHOF Classic 3.5-Inch Paring Knife because it has a compact spear-point blade that is ideal for peeling, slicing, trimming, and dicing small fruits and vegetables. It is the one knife that will get daily use.

Get our guide to all the essential kitchen gadgets you'll need.

3. Classic Microplane

If there is one thing that all professional chefs will agree upon, it is that having a multipurpose fine grater is a must in any kitchen. This Microplane Classic Zester/Grater is ideal for grating cheese, ginger, garlic, and produces fine ribbons of cheese, making it a great complement to both the kitchen table and the kitchen counter.

4. Soapstone Pestle and Mortar

This Sparq Home Soapstone Pestle and Mortar not only is great for grinding herbs, spices, and other ingredients, but also doubles as a serving dish and ramekin. The natural soapstone has temperature-retaining qualities that allow this pestle and mortar to be baked in the oven and retain the heat, or to be chilled in the fridge and hold the chill. This is a true kitchen-to-table gadget.

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5. Digital Kitchen Scale

Cups and measuring jugs are great, but they take up a lot of room and produce a small measure of error, especially when it comes to baking. Investing in a digital scale means that you will always know exactly what you are cooking with and have better baking results. When buying a digital kitchen scale, look for one that has a conversion switch for different measurements to make measuring simple, like this digital scale from Brabantia.

6. Digital Food Thermometer

A digital food thermometer is great for keeping your family safe from salmonella and other bacteria that cause foodborne illness, especially when it comes to preparing cooked meat. However, there is sweeter side to having a digital thermometer: They are necessary for melting chocolate, making candy, and even serving wine at the right temperature.

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