Kitchen drawers and countertops across the nation are filled with gadgets that claim to revolutionize cooking. Most, alas, are utterly useless, destined to hog space without offering much in return. (Does anyone really need a pickle fork?)
Yet every once in a while, a kitchen gadget comes along that makes you say, “Wow, that’s a great idea!” And in my experience, these worthy contenders tend to live at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Seriously, whoever stocks the store shelves has stellar instincts on the pain points of home chefs—and how the right gadget can help. For instance, do you get teary-eyed cutting up onions? There’s a gadget for that. Struggle to open stuck jars? There, too, is a solution.
To clue you into the possibilities out there, check out these helpful gadgets that I never knew I needed until I saw them at Bed Bath & Beyond.
1. Onion goggles
Not a fan of the waterworks while you’re simply trying to slice some onions? Well, this fancy eyewear (Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99) will fix that. Thanks to the comfy foam seal, you’ll enjoy maximum protection. So go ahead, chop those chives, scallions, and leeks with the utmost confidence knowing you’ll be dry-eyed the whole time. I have a pair in pink and wouldn’t think about mincing an onion without ’em.
2. Stuck-jar opener
The wrestling match with that jar of tomato sauce is finally over, and humanity has emerged the winner—thanks to this hands-free opener (Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99). With the push of a button, this battery-operated beauty will do the heavy lifting (or twisting) for you, opening jars ranging from 1 to 3.5 inches in diameter.
But does it really work? Online reviewer Mickey swears by it: “We are delighted to find such a quick and easy way to open jars after years of trying all the traditional alternative methods.”
Phyll, another reviewer, agrees: “No more banging jars on the sink or trying to pry open lids with a knife.”
3. Finger scoop
If you’ve been using a knife to spread your condiments, you’ve probably looked on in dismay as dollops of mustard and mayo plopped on your countertop or plate rather than your bread. If you’ve longed for more control, you’re in luck.
This silicone finger scoop (Bed Bath & Beyond, $4.99) allows you to scoop and spread with ease. It’s also ideal for young kids who aren’t ready to handle sharp implements just yet. Because it’s flexible, not only do you have more spreading control, you can also dig deep into the corners of a jar, letting no delicious peanut butter or Nutella go to waste.
4. Corn butterer
If corn on the cob is a staple at your summer barbecues, don’t set the table without this helpful sidekick. The Butter Boy Corn Butterer (Bed Bath & Beyond, $7.99) slathers your kernels in no time. You won’t miss watching that pat slide off your knife when it begins melting, leaving only half an ear well-buttered. This cute fella also comes in handy when buttering cake pans, while keeping your hands clean.
5. Rub-away bar
Onions and garlic definitely enhance the flavor of a dish, but what home cook wants their pungent aromas lingering on the hands long after the meal has been served? Thankfully, this stainless-steel Rub-Away bar (Bed Bath & Beyond, $8.99) removes odors left behind by even the most pungent ingredients.
How does it work its magic? Apparently, molecules in this steel bar bind with the sulfur molecules on your hands; the smelly molecules are thus transferred to the metal, leaving you with fresh-scented hands.
Online reviewer Cohenclan is so pleased with it, it’s become a go-to gift: “I’ve used it a few times already and it has taken away the smell of onion, garlic, fish and jalapeño completely with no suds or lingering smells. I love this product so much that I went back and bought 10 more to give away as gifts to friends.”
6. Shredding claws
Anyone who’s ever struggled to mimic perfectly pulled pork or chicken at home probably knows a couple of dinner forks just aren’t going to cut it. With the help of these Cuisinart shredding claws (Bed Bath & Beyond, $14.99), you’ll have that meat uniformly shredded, thanks to the seven evenly spaced prongs, and on the table in no time.
Satisfied online shopper Turkey gave these claws a five-star review: “I was happy to get these and they are very handy and easy to clean. Would recommend them highly.”
7. Pineapple slicer
Anyone who’s ever tried to slice a pineapple knows it’s easy to come dangerously close to carving off a pinky while trying to remove that rough outer skin, as well as the dense, fibrous core. Thanks to this multitasking tool (Bed Bath & Beyond, $8.99), you can enjoy the tropical fruit with confidence—and all your digits. This gadget peels and slices the fruit, and easily releases the core. Bonus: The shell remains intact in case you want to use it as a serving bowl for fruit salad.
I first heard about this nifty gadget through my brother Chris Brue of Scotch Plains, NJ—who seriously won’t shut up about this thing. He claims he eats at least twice as much of this fruit now that he’s the proud owner of this tool.
“It’s incredibly easy to use,” he says. “And, yes, I use the shells for drinking mai tais.” (Still waiting for my invitation, Chris.)