The Space-Saving Meal-Prep Hero That Froths, Whisks, and Blends (I Don’t Know How I Lived Without It!)
In my kitchen, there’s a drawer full of kitchen gadgets that includes my can opener, milk frother, avocado slicer, ice cream scooper, rolling pin, and measuring cups. It’s not the most frustrating drawer to sift through, (that would be my hair accessories in the bathroom), but to be honest, it could be a lot more organized. I haven’t found a kitchen drawer organizer to solve that problem yet, but I have found a tool to hold me over in the meantime. BLACK+DECKER released their multipurpose Kitchen Wand last year, and I’ve had my eye on it for months. It’s a wonder gadget for the kitchen that can take on numerous duties from food prep to entertaining — all with the same handle. If that could help me cut down my kitchen “junk” drawer, it would be a miracle. So, when I finally got the chance to try it first-hand, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
I hadn’t seen the Kitchen Wand in its packaging before I received it, so I was surprised to find that it came packed into two cases that look like toolkits. The wand base and all of its attachments each have their own dedicated space for storage, which is a really smart idea to keep them from creating more clutter in the kitchen. It comes with a milk frother, salt and pepper grinder, can opener, whisk, immersion blender, and corkscrew. In addition to the gadget attachments, the Wand also comes with a mixing cup and charging dock for the base that can be kept on the counter. However, if you need to conserve space, you can leave the base in the storage case and charge it while it’s stored, too. Lights on the top of the Wand let you know how full the charge is at any time of the day, so I never have to worry about picking it up and not being able to power it up.
I know it sounds strange in theory to use the same handle for multiple gadgets that perform wildly different functions, but it took using the Kitchen Wand only once to see just how convenient it is. The device has multiple speeds so the proper settings can be applied depending on what you need it to do, and even has safety features in place to ensure that you use it with intention. To operate it, you must press the power button on the front and back of the wand for it to work.
So far, I’ve used the Kitchen Wand’s can opener the most out of all the other attachments. I thought it would be a hassle to have to unpack the attachment from the storage case every time I want to use it, but now I reach for the Wand before I even think about pulling out my old-school can opener. While I can simply grab the latter from a drawer, I actually open cans faster with the Kitchen Wand than doing it only by hand. I can keep the other attachments conveniently tucked away in my pantry until I’m ready to use them, and the storage bins can be stacked or connected to take up less space. Another perk of having the bins is that they’re easy to transport. When my family gets together for big dinners, I’m often asked to come early to assist with preparing a side or dessert, and now I can bring my own food prep tools with me instead of waiting for a whisk to be available.
The Kitchen Wand is currently on sale, but even if it wasn’t, it’s totally worth the price. If I was to buy each of these gadgets separately, it would cost roughly the same amount or more and not save nearly as much storage space. I don’t have a big kitchen, so the more room and money I can save, the better. I can’t wait to see all the ways I can use this ingenious gadget over the course of the year, especially when I get to show it off the next time I host the family dinner.
Buy: BLACK+DECKER Kitchen Wand, $175.99 (normally $199.99)