My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools Under $30

Today I thought I’d take a break from sharing a recipe, and instead, share with you a little behind-the-scenes tour of the favorite kitchen tools and gadgets I use to make my recipes.

So if any of you are interested, here are 10 of my current favs with explanations for why I love them!


How many of you have children at home? Do you constantly hear “I don’t want that” at dinner time? Or who knows a college kid or someone who is cooking for one? Or do you struggle to find a quick and easy lunch to bring to work?

I’m so excited to share Pampered Chef’s Microwave Pasta Cooker. This lifesaver cooks up to two servings of pasta, grains, or veggies in the microwave in about 10 minutes, making it a kitchen essential for college kids, dinner for one, and picky eaters.

It was designed with a beautiful ceramic dish that can go from the microwave to the table, so there’s only one dish to wash. Cleanup is simple because it’s dishwasher-safe, too!

You’ll want to pair this with our Microwave Bowl Cozy Set. You can tuck your Pasta Cooker right inside and microwave it, so when your pasta is done cooking, you don’t need an extra hot pad. The unique material is safe for cooking any food. The set comes with one large cozy that’s perfect for serving bowls, the Microwave Pasta Cooker, and our 2-qt. (2-L) Micro-Cooker. The small cozy is perfect for our Breakfast Sandwich Maker and most regular serving bowls.


How many of you stop at a drive-thru for breakfast or buy packs of frozen breakfast sandwiches? Or, how many of you are looking for a quick, easy breakfast that will fill you or the kids up all morning?

I’m thrilled to share Pampered Chef’s exclusive, microwave-safe Breakfast Sandwich Maker! It’s the only egg sandwich maker on the market that’s not electric and lets you use your bread of choice. It’s so simple to use, and it only takes about 2 minutes to make a delicious breakfast sandwich—so much faster than stopping at a drive-thru, and so much fresher than a frozen sandwich. Just add your eggs, precooked meat or veggies, and bread, then follow the instructions for a fun, portable breakfast that satisfies. Plus, you get to control what goes into your breakfast sandwich—there’s no more guessing.

With the Breakfast Sandwich Maker, you can feel confident about your ingredients and customize them however you want.


If you avoid cooking with fresh garlic because you don’t like the odor it leaves behind on your fingers, the Garlic Peeler and Garlic Slicer let you peel and slice garlic instantly, and without touching the raw garlic. All you have to do is pop a few cloves into the peeler and roll it back and forth over a hard surface. Voila, the peels come off like magic. Put the peeled cloves into the slicer and use a simple twisting motion and the two blades create perfectly even, thin slices of garlic … something that’s so difficult to do with a knife. And of course, both products can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. If you get these products as a set, you get extra savings!”

Whether you press or slice garlic has to do with how you want the flavor to appear in your dish. If you want garlic flavor in every bite, then use the Garlic Press. If you want a more subtle garlic flavor but with an occasional bite of pure garlic, then you’ll want to peel and slice your cloves. For example, you would press garlic for spaghetti sauce, but slice garlic for a pizza topping.


This set has the tools you need to make perfect soft pretzels at home. The mat has the directions you need while the form helps you wrap the perfect pretzel every time.


Your favorite salads and snacks are finally portable! This amazing container has everything you need for an easy meal on the go.


This handy press lets you make homemade burgers and sliders that are uniform sizes and fit perfectly on standard size buns.


How often do you find your family pulling up to the drive-thru on a busy weeknight? Or, who hates messing up a bunch of pots and pans just to get a meal on the table? Or, who would love to have a healthy dinner on the table in minutes?

Pampered Chef’s Micro-Cookers can solve all those challenges for you. The set comes with three sizes: 1-qt. (1-L), 2-qt. (2-L) and 3-qt. (3-L) which all nest together for easy storage and are dishwasher-safe so cleanup is so easy. 

This set will be a workhorse in your kitchen. You’ll find yourself using them over and over to steam veggies, cook rice, and make mashed potatoes. You can even use them to make a healthy veggie and rice dinner in less than 20 minutes. 

The 3-qt. (3-L) Micro-Cooker® Plus has a boil-over guard, so it’s the perfect way to cook rice, potatoes, pasta, and other starchy foods in the microwave—without making a mess.

You get all three sizes in our Micro-Cooker® Set, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. Everyone needs this set in their kitchen. If this sounds like something you can’t live without, mark it on your wish list and ask me for more recipes and ideas to get you started.


Easily measure sticky or semi-solid ingredients like peanut butter, shortening, and mayonnaise, and add them to recipes with one push on the plunger. The inner cup pushes contents out while scraping the sleeve clean, so no food gets wasted.


Six spoons, including the rare ⅛ teaspoon and ½ tablespoon sizes, snap together to keep your tool drawer neat. Spoons are long and narrow enough to reach the bottom of most spice jars.


Pampered Chef’s Brown Sugar Keeper Set solves a problem many of us have: hard brown sugar! It’s made from natural, food-safe terra-cotta that absorbs water and slowly puts moisture back into your brown sugar. It also keeps new brown sugar fresh and even helps keep baked goods like cookies, cupcakes, macaroons, crackers, and pretzels fresh longer! When it dries out, you can soak it to use it again and again. It comes in a set of two—keep one for yourself and give one as a gift!