10 Cooking Tools Under $10 We Love
Published on September 20, 2021
Last updated October 1, 2021
By Elizabeth Brownfield
In the kitchen, it’s important to spend as much as you can afford on certain items: a set of high-quality knives, for instance, or baking sheets that offer a pristinely even heat. But there are even more opportunities to cut costs without sacrificing quality, and we love a good bargain. Here are some of our absolutely favorite, super handy kitchen gadgets to stock up on — and they’re all under ten bucks!
Most ovens aren’t working at the temperature on the display. They’re often off by 25-50 degrees — which can have a big impact on a recipe’s success (especially with baking, which often requires precise temps and times). Take the guesswork out of using your oven with a simple oven thermometer that can reliably tell you if your oven skews hot or cold.
If your utensil crock is full of ancient, splitting wooden spoons and dinged-up spatulas, swap them out for this thrifty set of sustainable bamboo servers, spoons, and turners that cost about a buck a piece.
Channel your inner Top Chef by perfecting seared fish with crispy skin. This thin, extra-long metal spatula makes it a whole lot easier to flip that pricey fillet without tearing the delicate flesh.
Mandolines are indispensable for slicing veggies in a uniform way, and creating paper-thin gratins, slaws, raw vegetable salads, and homemade root veggie chips. But most options cost somewhere between $25 and $50. Not only is Worthbuy’s a bargain at just $10, but it’s fully kitted out: The set gives you five stainless steel blades, a nested colander and bowl beneath the blades to catch your produce, and an extremely important handguard and set of cut-resistant gloves to keep your digits safe as you slice and shred.
Pony up a mere $5 for three stainless steel whisks in 7-, 9-, and 11-inch lengths, and you’ll always have the perfect size tool for beating eggs, whipping cream, emulsifying vinaigrettes, or for any other cooking project you can dream up.
It’s hard to get much for $2 these days. But not only is the price tag on IKEA’s handy milk frother wallet-friendly, if it inspires you to make your coffee and tea lattes at home instead of hitting the coffee shop for that daily $5 morning drink, it can also save you a lot of money in the long run.
You might think that with all the blades in your knife block and scissors in your junk drawer, you have no real use for a pair of shears specifically for cooking. But KitchenAid’s all-purpose tool is sure to change your mind. Use them for everything from cutting up a whole chicken to snipping herbs and scallions: once you see how much easier they can make everyday tasks, you’re sure to be a convert. Plus, the rust-resistant stainless steel shears are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a cinch, too.
Kuhn’s trusty Y-peelers with carbon steel blades are super sharp and lightweight, making it easy to remove the skins from fall root vegetables, skin some potatoes, or shave up some strips of Parmesan. Bonus: they come in a rainbow of cheerful color options.
It turns out you don’t actually have to risk burnt fingertips for the sake of a perfectly toasted bagel. These bamboo tongs (which will set you back only $3) are specifically made to snatch hot bread from the toaster, but you’ll find a million other uses for them in the kitchen, too.
If you’ve been using an empty wine bottle to roll out your pie dough, it’s time to upgrade to a solid wood rolling pin at a great price.