From fashion forward flatware to clever novelties, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas shares the hottest new gadgets for your kitchen this summer.
Most of us love food, but may not love the tedious chores that can come along with cooking. Thankfully there are a few handy dandy items that offer up some help. Toasta Bags from Wayfair.com are a smart solution for those who enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches (or melted anything), but don't care to use the stove or clean a skillet. Simply slip your sandwich into one of the reusable bags and insert into a toaster slot, then heat and eat ($13.99, Wayfair.com).
And since summer is "stone fruit" season, you can take advantage with the Cherry Chomper, which removes pits without damaging the fruit's flesh ($9.99, amazon.com). Or if you're looking for an efficient way to bag up sliced and diced fruits and veggies? Then the Baggy Rack is for you; it props up plastic bags so you can toss in small bits and pour sauces with ease ($4.98, amazon.com). Lastly, the Scrap Trap will quickly clean-up with it's convenient receptacle that attaches to the edge of the counter so you can slide trash out of the way and get on with your day ($9.99, Kitchenart.com).
Your closet may be color-coordinated, and your living room may be bright and cheery, but what about your kitchen counter? Add a touch of personality with Perpetual Kid's Diamond Ring Measuring spoons or a chic Stiletto Spoon Rest ($14.99, perpetualkid.com; $14.99, kitchenkapers.com) and you have the recipe for fun, stylish space. You can also bring some harmony to the oh-so-important utensil drawer with a colorful Beater Whisk, which collapses down to a narrow, manageable size so you can maximize space ($18, gretelhome.com). And just like fashion, a pop of color is always en vogue for the kitchen. Renova's Colored Paper Towels come in an assortment of rich hues, perfect for parties, while Leifshop.com offers utensils in bold, bright tones that are sure to put a smile on your face (Colored Paper Towels $16.99, amazon.com; Colored Serving Set $34, leifshop.com). Talisman Design's Pop Art Wooden serving spoons are also a playful way to add artistic flare to your next gathering ($6.99, amazon.com).
Last but not least, function meets fashion (sort of!) with Gent Supply Co's cooking guide apron, which features common conversions and fast facts printed upside down so you can read them at a glance (Cooking Guide Apron $25.50, gentsupplyco.com).
Finally, you can tell the kids (and the hubby) that it's okay to eat with their hands; that is, if they're wearing Trongs of course! These plastic tips make grasping finger food a breeze and are ideal for messy backyard barbeques and more ($2.95-$9.95, trongs.com). And tacos just got easier thanks to tip-free plate holders that come with a partition to keep the shells standing tall and full of topppings (Taco Plates $19.98, solutions.com).
Last but not least, pineapple is a warm weather favorite that can be a bit tough to tame, but Williams Sonoma makes it simple with their Easy Slicer, which removes skin, removes the core and creates delectable rings one swift swoop ($19.95, williams-sonoma.com).