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15 Kitchen Gadgets You Should Have

written by: Mitty Chang•edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom•updated: 10/7/2011

Every kitchen master and chef has his or her own idea of what belongs in their kitchen. This image gallery features fifteen gadgets that your kitchen ought to have. From pop art toast to perfectly cooked rice, this list offers it all!

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    Mini Donut Factory

    Mini Donut Factory 

    We live in the 21st century now, and with technology these days it is no wonder that you can shrink all the warm delicious goodness of a donut factory into a miniature gadget for your kitchen! That's exactly what the Mini Donut Factory from ThinkGeek does! Just imagine waking up and making donuts for breakfast whenever you want, without having to go out to the donut shop. Amazing!

    $19.99 from ThinkGeek

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    Pop Art Toaster

    Pop Art Toaster 

    Weird smiley faces, "bite me," and other 50's inspired designs! Get all of that on any piece of bread or goodie that you want to stick into your brand spanking new toaster! Finally will you be able to express your mood with your food. You can even make extras for your friends and family, to cheer them up or send them an indirect message.

    $44.99 from ThinkGeek

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    Professional Popcorn Machine

    Professional Popcorn Machine 
    Stop living under the tyrany of microwaved popcorn bags. Today is the day you gain your freedom with the Professional Popcorn Maker Machine! Now you can have a popcorn maker in your own kitchen. Imagine all of the epic movie nights you will have now that you can supply your audience with fresh, homemade popcorn. Can you smell that? It's the smell of buttery popcorn in the air, and it's calling your name!
    $73.55 from Amazon
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    Nostalgia Cotton Candy Machine

    Nostalgia Cotton Candy Machine 

    Become the king of sugar by offering cotton candy in your own kitchen! That's right. You can reap all the tasty, sweet benefits of having this Nostalgia Electronics Cotton Candy Machine right on your own kitchen counter top. Choose the colors you want to make and have as much cotton candy as you want! You don't even have to go to the circus or carnival for this one.

    $39.99 from Amazon

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    Taylor Commercial Digital Thermometer

    Taylor Commercial Digital Thermometer 

    I have become a stronger believe in having a thermometer readily available in order to check the temperature of your meats. There are traditional ways to get around this, such as slicing the meat or using a utensil to poke it and check the center for juices. However, the truth is that all of those ways are pretty messy, and take away from the look of the final product. Sometimes, it's just really hard to accurately check if a chicken is done unless you either tear it up or stick in a thermometer. The Taylor Commercial Digital Thermometer does all this and more. I definitely recommend keeping one in your kitchen arsenal.

    $12.16 from Amazon

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    Induction Cooktop

    Induction Cooktop 

    "MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" That's the sound of pure maniacal laughter - not of mad scientist, but of a genius who cooks with magnetic fields! This Induction Cooktop by ThinkGeek does just that, with temperatures ranging from 140F to 450F. It even has a 180 minute timer, and overheat sensors built-in! Awesome!

    $99.99 from ThinkGeek

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    Corn Dog Factory

    Corn Dog Factory 

    Forget the corn dog stands or frozen corn dogs! Now, you can have your own little corn dog factory in your kitchen, and get the bragging rights to tell your friends that you made those tasty corn dogs from scratch! This factory makes up to six corn dogs at a time, and the best part is that you can alter the recipe to make your dream corn dogs! Funnel cake corn dog, anyone?

    $24.99 from ThinkGeek

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    DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit

    DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit 

    This Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Juice to Alcohol Kit will turn any juice you want into a 14% alcohol! Now you will be able to make your homemade alcoholic juice beverages to share with your friends and bring to parties! Can you probably achieve the same thing by adding some hard liquor to juice? Maybe...but will it bring you the same kind of fun and pride that you can say you fermented the juice yourself and turned it into alcohol? No, it won't. Only this DIY kit will do that!

    $9.99 from ThinkGeek

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    8-cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer

    8-cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer 

    I have one of these rice cookers, and it works wonders. You can put in the rice in the morning before you go to work. and when you come back, the rice will still be perfectly warm and ready to eat. It also works well as a slow cooker for meats - especially stews or soups. This is definitely one of those investments that you will not regret having around in your kitchen. Saves you hours of trouble!

    $37.54 from Amazon

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    Mini Cupcake Factory

    Mini Cupcake Factory 

    Cupcake anyone? Become the rave of your friends with this mini cupcake factory! Now any miniature cupcake is within your reach to make in your little factory! Red velvet minicupcakes? No problem! This is definitely a crowd pleaser, and a sure way to make new friends!

    $19.99 from ThinkGeek

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    Breville Compact Juice Fountain

    Breville Compact Juice Fountain 

    Fresh juice beverages cost anywhere from four to seven dollars these days. Now, you can get the three times the amount of fruit for the same amount of money. So why not just start juicing the fruit yourself? With the Breville Compact Juice Fountain, you can do just that. This bad boy creates 8-oz of juice in a matter of seconds. Just feed in the fruit and turn on the motor! It's a little bit of an investment, but definitely a good gadget to have in your kitchen if you can afford it.

    $99.95 from Amazon

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    Digital Kitchen Scale

    Digital Kitchen Scale 

    Sometimes you need the exact weight of an item for the perfect recipe. Or, you just want to make sure you're cooking the right amount of meat for your guests. No matter what your reason is, having a digital kitchen scale comes in handy--especially if you want to replicate a recipe with precision and accuracy.

    $25.00 from Amazon
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    Cuisinart 2 Quart Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

    Cuisinart 2 Quart Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker 

    Who can say no to ice cream? Better yet, who can say no to *homemade* ice cream or sorbet? Forget the artificial ingredients and flavors that are added to store-bought ice cream. Now you can make your own ice cream or ice cream flavors using this ice cream and sorbet maker! Experiment and come up with your own flavors. Who knows, you might become the next ice cream sensation!

    $63.87 from Amazon

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    Jura Impressa Z7 One-Touch Automatic Coffee Center

    Jura Impressa Z7 One-Touch Automatic Coffee Center 

    Can we justify spending almost three grand for a coffee machine? Maybe not. Will getting this monstrous beauty make you a certified boss of latte macciatos, cappuccinos, and coffees? Yeah, it will. In fact, you will be able to enjoy those drinks with just one touch of a button, at your own pleasure whenever you want. Your drinks will come out perfectly the way you set the machine to make it. This gadget is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a child's toy. This is the gadget of a true slave to the bean. And a happy slave you will be, sipping on your macciatos and cappuccinos. Cheers to technology.

    $2,898.00 from Amazon

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    Presto Pizza Oven

    Presto Pizza Oven 

    The Presto Pizza Oven lets you bake your own pizzas or small appetizers in half the amount of time it takes to bake in a conventional oven. Now you can turn your kitchen into a tiny pizza restaurant as you feed your friends or children an Italian and American favorite!

    $44.94 from Amazon

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