10 Must-Have Gadgets That’ll Help You Make the Most Out of Summer Vegetables
Summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons — mostly because of the food, and especially because of all the in-season vegetables. Sweet corn, crunchy cucumbers, crisp leafy greens, and juicy tomatoes (let’s not get into the vegetable vs. fruit debate!): I want them all.
With such bounty comes an incredible amount of dishes you can make, like the ultimate summer pizza, creamy zucchini fettuccine, and grilled gnocchi with summer squash and burst tomatoes. And let’s not forget how good a lot these veggies are just sliced and eaten with a little something extra (looking you, tomato sandwiches and cucumber slices with cheddar cheese!)
As much as I want to eat all of these things, I don’t want to spend all my time making them. I want to have my snack and be on my way. The key to efficiency here? Having the right tools for the job. Here are the 10 gadgets that’ll help you make the most of your summer veggies — quickly and efficiently.
1. A Good Knife and Cutting Board
Now, these might seem obvious, but they’re, without a doubt, the most important items. A good, sharp chef’s knife and sturdy cutting board will help you with most prep tasks. These include slicing corn off the cob, halving cherry tomatoes, cutting zucchini into coins, quartering beets for roasting, and more.
2. A Spiralizer
3. A Peeler
For potatoes, zucchini, carrots, and cucumbers, you’re going to need a great peeler. And lucky for all of us, the best one only costs $7. It cuts through the toughest of produce skins like butter and stays super sharp over time.
4. A Salad Spinner
I told myself a salad spinner was an unnecessary, cabinet space-hogging gadget for years. But then I got one. And it’s absolutely worth the investment in terms of cash and storage space. This model from OXO wicks lettuce dry in a flash. It has a removable colander for rinsing greens, a one-handed pump, and a button that easily stops the spinner.
5. A Food Processor
6. A Grater
If you lack the storage space or budget for a food processor (or don’t love the idea of having to wash a food processor bowl), but still want to do some serious shredding, get a grater. I particularly like this grater, which has non-slip feet and, unlike a box grater, can fit in a drawer for easy storage.
7. A Corn Stripper
8. An Air Fryer
If you, like me, avoid turning your oven on as much as possible during the summer, an air fryer will be your best friend. Whether it’s fries to go along with a burger or an air-fried veggie side, this model will crisp and cook without heating up your entire kitchen.
9. A Bread Knife
10. Stainless Steel Skewers
What kitchen tools help you make the most out of summer produce? Let us know in the comments!