2014 GadgetGal Gift-Picks, Part 1

Kitchenware gadgets always bring smiles when family or friends unstuff their holiday stocking or unwrap a gift. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite new products in a range of prices, starting with those you can buy for $10 or less. Stay tuned for more to come.

$10 or Under

Stick With It

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Miss your fresh summer herbs? No problem any more. Looking a bit like a giant glue stick, the Lekue Herbstick saves your favorite herb or herb mixture, chopped and mixed with oil, in your freezer for on-call use. Simply twist the device then slice or scrape off the herbs into soup, stew, or skillet saute, or directly on a prepared dish. So handy you’ll want two or three for your favorite herbs. 5x3x5-inch silicone cylinder includes a cover for storage. Lime green. Top rack dishwasher safe. $10. Available at amazon.com.

Don’t Be a Drip

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The Tovolo Sleek Spout fits into most any bottle, making it suitable for wine, oils, vinegars, liquors, and more. Pours quickly, precisely, and drip free. Six colors: blue, green, red, purple, gray, and white. $5 a piece at kitchenoutlet.com or set of 3 for $19 at amazon.com.

Give ‘Em a Hug

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The Farberware Food Huggers extends the life of cut fruits and veggies, such as citrus, tomato, avocado, onion, and pepper halves, keep  them fresh, moist, and bright. Each set of reusable silicone covers includes an extra small, small, medium, and large sized hugger shaped to fit. To use, simply push the half into the appropriately sized hugger and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. (We found that first rubbing the cut side of the avocado helped color retention.) A tight seal locks in natural juices and odors and prevents spoiling and dehydration. Top-rack dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Set of 4 round- or avocado-shaped Farberware Food Huggers are $10 at amazon.com.

Scrub A Dub Scrub

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Fresh fruits and vegetables should be washed prior to eating and /or cooking. The Daylight Design Vegetable Scrub is a mitt that fits your hand for scrubbing larger items like potatoes or carrots. For small items such as cherry tomatoes, just drop into the mesh mitt and run under cold water. A woven mesh in green, for veggies, and red for fruit, it is quick to dry, comfortable for arthritic hands, and so easy to use. Retails for under $10 and soon to be available at amazon.com

A Smidgen of Chocolate With That? 

bothcupgratersLove your cocoa? Make it better with a grating of chocolate flakes on top. The Microplane Chocolate Cup Grater , a cylinder shape, fits over a cup while you grate a chocolate bar for a few shavings of chocolate and adds a perfect garnish to any whippeddessert. The grater works well for fresh coconut, carrots, and soft cheeses. The surgical-grade stainless-steel grater is razor sharp and is housed in a plastic cup with a cover for safe storage.  Want to grate spices? With the same cylinder-cup, the Microplane Spice Cup Grater has stainless steel blades for grating fresh spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg.  Both are available for $10 each or 2 for $18 at microplane.com.

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