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Kitchen helpers

With the holidays approaching, most of us log extra kitchen time. Family dinners, special gatherings, a bounty of baking—every day’s a food festival. Here are a few tools that may make your holidays a little brighter.


Frequent fryer
Let’s face it—holidays are often unkind to the waistline. Ditch the oil and the deep fryer and cook your chicken, fries, fish, steak and just about anything you like in a NuWave Brio Digital Air Fryer. Pre-settings make for foolproof results and hot-air cooking gives you crunch without calories. $100, (800) 462-3966.

Smooth operator
Call it culinary disaster aid. The KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender comes to the rescue when sauces and soups need smoothing and gravies need de-lumping. It’s a quick fix. Plug it in, immerse it in a liquid and watch it work its smoothing magic. $50, (800) 462-3966.


Heater helper
Getting the timing just right on a big meal is always a challenge. Everything is cooking along when you realize that you don’t have a burner to spare for the gravy. No room for a second stove top? That’s when you pull out the Salton Stainless Steel Portable Induction Cooker. Cook when and where you need to and put the burner away when you don’t. $60, (800) 462-3966.


Cuppa cheer
Still making that stop every day for a barista special? Save time and money when you add the Nespresso VertuoPlus to your kitchen counter. This coffee maker uses barcoded capsules for ease and convenience (no mess or measuring!) and offers five cup sizes. It also comes with a handy attachment to foam your cappuccino. $174, (800) 562-1465.

Do you trust your oven to cook that expensive roast exactly like you want it? With the Anova Precision Cooker with Bluetooth, you eliminate the constant oven watch. Set it and forget it while the water bath brings your food to the internal temperature you choose. Perfect results every time, just like the pros. $159, (855) 421-8282.


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