Top Frugal Kitchen Gadgets and Tools

Kitchen Gadgets that are Actually Worth Owning

The right tools can help you to save a lot of money (and time) in the kitchen. Check out our list of must-haves, and see if there are any that could enhance your money-saving efforts.

Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. Photo Courtesy of

Ice cream is a welcome treat, but when you buy it at the store someone else chooses the ingredients and the price. Pick up an ice cream maker, and you'll have more control over both.

Cookie Scoop

Cookie Scoop
Cookie Scoop. Photo Courtesy of

Get more cookies per batch by using a cookie scoop to measure out perfectly uniform cookies.

Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer
KitchenAid Artisan Mixer. Photo Courtesy of

A good quality stand mixer makes cooking from scratch a joy, whether you're mixing up batter for a batch of cookies, or making dough for a homemade pizza.

My advice: opt for a work-horse, like the KitchenAid Artisan. It may cost more on the front end, but it'll outlast and outperform all the others.

Silicone Baking Cups

Silicone Baking Cups
Silicone Baking Cups. Photo Courtesy of

Do you bake a lot of cupcakes or muffins? Then, consider buying a set of silicone baking cups. Since they can be washed and reused again and again, it'll do away with the need for paper cups.

Waffle Maker

Cast Iron Waffle Iron
Cast Iron Waffle Iron. Photo Courtesy of

Homemade waffles are cheaper and healthier than frozen waffles any day. Purchase a good quality waffle iron, like the cast iron waffle iron by Rome (it'll last a lifetime), and you'll never have to buy waffles again.

Cast Iron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillet
Cast Iron Skillet. Photo Courtesy of

A cast iron skillet just won't let you down. It heats evenly, goes from stovetop to oven with ease and lasts for generations.

Dutch Oven

Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Photo Courtesy of

One dutch oven can take the place of several pots and pans. You can use it on the stove to make soups and stews or in the oven to make roasts. It's equally at home in either setting, and rugged enough to become an heirloom.

Misto Oil Sprayer

Frosted Misto Olive Oil Sprayer
Frosted Misto Olive Oil Sprayer. Photo Courtesy of

At $3-4 a can, cooking spray is a pricey buy. Fortunately, there's a low-cost alternative: The Misto Oil Sprayer. Just fill it with your choice of cooking oil; pump it up; and it's ready to go.

Strawberry Huller

Strawberry Huller
Strawberry Huller. Photo Courtesy of

A strawberry huller is one of the simplest tools around, but it's the tool to have when you're processing lots of strawberries for jam.

Popsicle Molds

Zoku Popsicle Mold
Zoku Popsicle Mold. Photo Courtesy of

Popsicles are the ultimate summer treat, but they're outrageously overpriced at the store. The frugal fix? Spend a few dollars on a popsicle mold; and make your own whenever you want them.

Stovetop Popcorn Popper

Stovetop Popcorn Maker
Stovetop Popcorn Maker. Photo Courtesy of

Enjoy the three-minutes-and-it's-done aspect of microwave popcorn? Well guess what? You can get the same speed for less buck (and with less junk), if you switch to a stove-top popcorn popper.

Glass Popcorn Popper

Catamount Microwave Corn Popper
Catamount Microwave Corn Popper. Photo Courtesy of

Prefer to make popcorn in the microwave? Switch to a glass popcorn popper, and you won't need to buy microwave popcorn to enjoy microwave popcorn. It uses plain popcorn kernels – so much cheaper.

Coffee Grinder

Quiseen Coffee Grinder
Quiseen Coffee Grinder. Photo Courtesy of

Relish a good cup of coffee, but hate paying coffee shop prices? Buy a coffee grinder, and you can enjoy that fresh roasted taste at home for far less.

Canning Kit

Granite Ware Canning Kit
Granite Ware Canning Kit. Photo Courtesy of

Canning is a great way to preserve the fresh tastes of summer, and to dodge the expense of canned fruits and vegetables and jam. Purchase a canning kit; and it will pay for itself in the first season.

Food Dehydrator

Food Dehydrator
Food Dehydrator. © Erin Huffstetler

Like dried fruit or jerky? Then, buy a food dehydrator and you can make your own from bargain-priced fruits and meats. It may take hours to dry, but it only takes a few minutes of hands-on time to get a batch going.

Yogurt Maker

Yogurt Maker
Yogurt Maker. Photo Courtesy of

Yogurt is great for you, but those individual serving cups can be expensive. The solution? Purchase a yogurt maker, and you can whip up your own yogurt for little more than the price of the milk that goes into it.

Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker
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A slow cooker is the busy cook's best friend. Just plug it in in the morning; toss in the ingredients for dinner; and the food's ready to eat when you are.

Bread Maker

Bread Maker
Bread Maker. Photo Courtesy of

Like fresh bread, but hate paying a premium for it? Then, add a bread maker to your kitchen arsenal. All you have to do is toss in the ingredients, and it'll take care of the rest.