There are some tools that you just can’t do without when it comes to cooking. Where would you be without your trusty spatula? Your best knife? Your “Kiss the Cook” apron? Whether you’re just getting your feet wet in the kitchen, or you’ve been slicing and dicing for years, having the right tool for the job is essential. That’s why we decided to bring you a few of our favorite kitchen gadgets that you just shouldn’t go without. Take a look.

1. Swing Mandoline

This swing mandoline from De Buyer is the perfect addition to your kitchen if you find yourself chopping a lot of veggies. It can crinkle cut, waffle cut, and thin slice all your veggies, and it comes with a protective handle designed to keep your fingers safe from the stainless steel blades. Those blades are easy to remove for cleaning, and the mandoline also comes with non-skid feet to help prevent any unwanted slipping on the counter.

2. Immersion Blender

If you haven’t used one of these before, now is the time to pick up an immersion blender and discover all the different uses you can put it to. Puree soup in the pot, blend smoothies, or froth hot chocolate—it’s all doable with this convenient, dishwasher-safe gadget. The deep reach allows you to thicken and emulsify sauces without taking them from the stovetop. Use it once and you’ll be hooked.

3. Salad Spinner

A salad spinner is invaluable for getting that crisp, fresh salad onto your plate without excess water dripping everywhere. They aren’t expensive, and you’ll be glad you made the purchase when you’re putting together the sides for your next meal. It takes a time consuming activity and does it in seconds. The spin mechanism is easy to use and comes with a braking button and a non-slip ring to hold the spinner steady on the countertop.

4. Digital Crock-Pot

This isn’t your grandmother’s crock-pot, but it is insanely useful to have when you’re planning on slow cooking something for several hours. The pot can be digitally controlled to cook for anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours, and it will immediately switch to a “warming” mode once the allotted cooking time has been reached. If you’ve ever forgotten about a crock-pot for a few hours too long, then this is the perfect kitchen tool for you.

5. Rabbit Corkscrew

Some people say that these rabbit corkscrews are overkill. That you don’t really need one. Those people are wrong. If you open a lot of wine bottles, or even just a few, this is the best corkscrew to do it with. It’s fast, easy, and always gets the job done. The smooth, levering grip allows you to pull out the cork with one fluid motion. Plus it looks extremely cool, and your friends will almost certainly be jealous.

At Dizzy Pig, we love hearing about our customers’ successes in the kitchen, and that’s why we work so hard to bring you the very finest seasonings and recipes. Check ‘em out today!