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Everyone could use a little extra help in the kitchen, so we have rounded up our top 10 gadgets we can't live without at home. Do you have a favourite kitchen gadget? Let us know about it in the comments below.
A Selection of our top gadgets.
1. Rocker Garlic Crusher
The stylish design of this garlic crusher makes this messy task much easier. By using downward pressure and a rocking motion it crushes garlic cloves quickly and efficiently, forcing the pieces up through the mesh of holes in its base. Once crushed, the garlic pieces are held in the shallow bowl, allowing them to be spooned or scraped easily into a pan.

As it is made from brushed, 18/8 stainless steel, the unit can be rinsed under running water after use and used to gently rub the hands and fingers to reduce any garlic odour.

2. OXO Good Grips Apple Divider
Core and slice apples and pears with ease.  The oversized handles work with minimal effort and take the pressure off your hands, and allow sharp, stainless steel blades to glide easily through fruit and yield perfect slices. The slices make great additions to kid's lunch boxes.

3. Cut Resistant Glove
Protect your hands when cutting or grating food with these category 5 resistant gloves that are flexible, durable and comfortable. Made from HPPE, glass fiber and nylon, these gloves are machine washable and can be used on the left or right hand. One size fits all.

4. Herb & Spice Slicer
See the exotic world of spices directly in front of you thanks to the clear packaging of this Herb & Spice Slicer and have them ground perfectly on your plate with a twist of your wrist. This elegant kitchen accessory shreds dried herbs so as to unleash their full flavour.

5. Microplane Spiral Cutter
Create restaurant quality dishes at home with this dishwasher safe cutter that cuts carrots, zucchini and cucumbers into spirals perfect for gluten free pastas, stir fry, salads and garnishes. The small and large barrel allow you to cut different size vegetables. You can see the Microplane Spiral Cutter in action here.

A Selection of our top gadgets.

6. Wooden Citrus Reamer
Perfect for adding a little citrus juice directly to your pan or plate without having to wash up a larger juicer. Simple hold your lemon half over the pan and twist the juicer into the fruit to add a zesty tang. Suits all citrus fruits.

7. Keep Fresh
Keep your food fresh for 6 weeks longer and reduce your fresh produce wastage by up to 80% with the Keep Fresh fridge cartridges. Simply place the cartridge in your produce draw and the cartridge will eliminate harmful ethylene gas and help retain vital nutrients in your food for 3 months.

8. Zyliss Pizza Cutter
Cut your pizza into delicious slices, without knocking off half the toppings, using this easy to use cutter that fits perfectly into the palm of your hand.

9. JarKey Jar Opener
This one has definitely been a life saver for me when I have discovered half way through making a meal I can't get the lid off the sauce I was planning to use. Since getting the JarKey - probem solved! Simply position against the rim of the lid and gently lift the key to release the vacuum until the lid pops. Move the key around to other points and repeat until the lid can be easily unscrewed. If you ask me, every kitchen could do with a JarKey.

10. Herb Scissors
If you are looking for a quicker way to cut herbs, then the herb shears are the tool for you. Made from tough, high quality materials that will stand the test of time, these herb scissors provide unrivaled performance.

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