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While outdoor dining has gotten us out of our homes and minimized time spent in the kitchen, the colder months will likely bring us back to making meals and yummy treats at home once more.
Whether you’re whipping up dinner or trying out new TikTok recipes, two things are sacred in the kitchen: time and space. Working from home might have given you less time on your hands, and with the whole family home, your countertop space might be more sparse than ever.
Chef Elena Besser joined the 3rd Hour of TODAY this morning to share some kitchen gadgets that can help maximize space in one of the busiest rooms in the house and take some of the prep time out of home cooking.
From an electric wine opener to a food processor that can help reduce clean-up time, Besser shared a few favorites that can come in handy in any kitchen.
1. Lipper International Turntable Organizer
Lipper International Turntable Organizer
Lipper International Turntable Organizer $23.35 at Amazon
Lipper International Turntable Organizer $20.54 at Walmart
Lipper International Turntable Organizer $23.99 at QVC
Need extra room on your kitchen counters or even in your refrigerator? This tiered turntable organizer can keep sauces, jams and any other bottled or jarred goods within reach and prevent them from magically disappearing on bottom shelves or in the back of the refrigerator. You can choose from the acacia or bamboo styles to find the finish that best suits your kitchen.
2. Yamakazi Home Expandable Countertop Organizer
Yamakazi Home Expandable Countertop Organizer
Yamakazi Home Expandable Countertop Organizer $65.00 at Bloomingdale’s
Yamakazi Home Expandable Countertop Organizer $49.99 at Wayfair
Yamakazi Home Expandable Countertop Organizer $65.00 at West Elm
While some prefer bare kitchen countertops, sometimes keeping a few essentials on your kitchen counter can be unavoidable. Besser says a self-standing countertop shelf can help keep everything “looking pretty” without feeling like a cluttered mess. This expandable rack is made from steel with a smooth, white finish that can make any kitchen feel clean and modern.
3. West Elm Aaron Probyn Kaloh Spoon Rest
West Elm Aaron Probyn Kaloh Spoon Rest
West Elm Aaron Probyn Kaloh Spoon Rest $7.60 at West Elm
If you don’t own one already, Besser says a spoon rest can be a “game-changer” for any kitchen. Whether you’re stirring pasta sauce with a wooden spoon or using a silicone spatula to achieve the perfect scramble eggs, this stoneware spoon rest can help keep your counters free of drips and spills. You can even snag this West Elm exclusive on sale right now for less than $8.
4. Cuisinart Mini Food Processor