"Go-To" Kitchen Gadgets

When it comes to cooking, it's a lot easier to get the job done when you have the right tools. And it can be downright disappointing when something doesn't work.

Consumer Reports has put together a list of go-to gadgets to help make cooking a breeze.

You could spend hundreds of dollars on kitchen gadgets. How about a crinkle cutter for veggies or goggles for cutting onions?

Consumer Reports wanted to size up which kitchen gizmos are the biggest help...so it asked for a little help from its friends.

Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports says, "We asked our Facebook fans which gadgets they rely on and use, then we narrowed down the list and had our testers check them out."

The list of essentials included can openers, graters, garlic presses, and peelers.

Consumer Reports' expert sensory panelists tried out traditional versions of these handy helpers along with ones that offer a twist.

First up, a garlic press. And a new type of cheese grater. They also tested a retractable peeler.

But, new-fangled doesn't necessarily mean "improved."

Testers had to pick out the garlic from that funky garlic press.

And some of the gadgets were just plain awkward. For example, a Joseph Joseph collapsible cheese grater doesn't lock. And a squeeze grater wasn't a favorite.

A better option-the Oxo Good Grips Box Grater for $18. And it even has a compartment with measurement markings for your grated cheese. Handy!

DiClerico says, "More often than not our testers preferred tried-and true designs."

The Oxo Good Grips garlic press for $16 has a large chamber and built-in cleaner.

And the $20 Oxo Magnetic Locking Can Opener was a lock-with it's cushioned grip and magnetic arm that keeps the lid from falling into the can.

As for peelers-Consumer Reports recommend the Kyocera ceramic peeler for $18. It has a comfortable handle and an adjustable blade that works well whether the chef is a righty or lefty.


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