written by Natalie Pattillo

Junk Drawer

Cooking Gadgets We Can't Live Without

As someone who can get swept away by attractive kitchen tools, I sometimes have trouble figuring out what's really necessary for me to stock in my cabinets and drawers. I mean, do I really need that panini maker? (But think of all the mouth-watering, warm, and cheesy sandwich combos, right?!) I love creating fun dishes and can be convinced easily that I've not been cooking to my full potential without X, Y, or Z item. Those gimmicky "3 payments of $9.95" infomercials can be so darn irresistible! So, to help all the passionate homecooks out there, I asked team Icon about their culinary must-haves.

Natalie: I, personally, am obsessed with my neon-green garlic roller, a tool that conveniently peels...wait for it..garlic skin! Yep, no more pungent garlic hands and fingernails (no shame if you're into that). Put a clove in, roll with one hand, and watch magic happen. It's totally dishwasher-safe too.

Kejal: I'm OBSESSED with OXO kitchen products. Pretty much if they make it, I have it, but my all-time fave is maybe the unsexiest thing they make: a silicone sink stopper that you can flip inside out to empty. At the risk of sounding painfully lame, it has changed the way I clean my sink. This is my truth and I stand by it.

Clifford: I'm definitely on the bandwagon of instant pot lovers. You can cook brown rice in 9ish minutes and make a perfect sweet potato. It's the only thing that stops me from the convenience of eating a block of cheese and hummus every night.


Bridget: I love my pizza cutter! It's great for slicing pizza, of course, but also for quick-cutting waffles or pancakes!


Kelsey: I love my french press! It's a generic (and cheap) model, but it's been the perfect way for me to indulge a strong cup of coffee. Surprisingly, I enjoy the steps and effort it takes to make it-- the physical nature of the pressing makes me feel like it's my personal touch that's made the coffee so great. :)


Ilona: Love a good spiralizer! Perfect for making veggie noodles to replace pasta!



Darby: Something I invested in for 2018 is everything coconut. In attempting to slowly convert to zero waste, I decided these coconut bowls and utensils would be great to reuse and they look cool. They're super easy to wash and they're perfect for if you want to photograph some smoothie bowls for the gram. :)


*~What are some of your most prized kitchen gadgets?~*

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