5 Surprising Kitchen Gadgets That Make Cooking for Kids Easier
You'll never look at your pizza wheel the same again.
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I own a four-piece set of biscuit cutters and use only one for making biscuits — seriously, everyone knows the only appropriate size for a biscuit is large! It's worth keeping the extra rounds in the drawer, though, because ... kids. You actually have quite a few one-trick-pony gadgets in your kitchen that are anything but space-hogging tools. And if you have kids, they can especially make your life a whole lot easier.
Buying premade lunches can get expensive, but kids (at least mine) love the convenience of those hand-held cheese-and-cracker sandwiches. Do your wallet a favor and buy your kids' favorite deli meat and cheese, then use your smallest biscuit cutter to create your own perfect rounds.
I honestly looked at the pizza wheel as the thing that cuts pizza and that's it for years. But it's great for cutting lettuce and herbs, pitas for dip, tortilla (to make homemade baked chips) — the list goes on. It also makes cutting the crust off sandwiches quite easy. Let's face it: Even if you're trying to save yourself from doing extra dishes, sometimes the butter knife you used to spread the PB just doesn't always ... cut it. Use the pizza wheel!
Inviting kids to help decorate cookies or set up an ice cream sundae bar is almost a win-win for everyone. The person who's stuck with washing all the bowls used for the individual toppings? Not the winner. The solution: Get out your egg holder. This tool can do so much more than keep eggs safe in the fridge. Use it to easily corral all the sweet ingredients you'll need for dessert and have only one dish to clean up afterward.
It's no secret that muffin tins make it easy to turn out perfect hand-held goodies, both savory and sweet. But this classic kitchen must-have can help you make kid-friendly foods beyond breakfast, snack and dessert. When given the choice, my kids will always pick eating with their hands rather a fork. (I can't win 'em all.) Thanks to my trusty muffin tin, I can serve lasagna cups, taco salad and protein-packed frittatas fork-free.
Sheet pans have been enjoying the limelight a lot lately, so it's probably not a huge surprise that yours definitely deserves a spot in your kitchen. But do you honestly know ALL that your trusty sheet pan can do? You can literally use it to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert — all without hardly any cleanup. When you've got homework to finish and laundry to fold, a one-pan meal (like this Extra-Crunchy Mac and Cheese) is a lifesaver. And when you've got multiple sweet tooths to feed, nothing can beat a Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie.