Time-Saving Kitchen Products and Appliances

Forget a pricey remodel! Get the buzz on new products that can speed up cooking and the dreaded cleanup.

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Pot Minders

Peter Ardito

Pot Minders

Put one of these clay squares at the bottom of your pasta-filled pot to prevent the water from boiling over. $7 set; uncommongoods.com

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Chef'n Looseleaf Kale and Greens Stripper

Peter Ardito

Chef'n Looseleaf Kale and Greens Stripper

Prepping greens can seem like a hassle. But this clever tool makes it easy by removing tough central ribs from kale. Bonus: It also separates leaves from herb stems. $8; surlatable.com

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iTouchless Bag Resealer

Peter Ardito

iTouchless Bag Resealer

This nifty gadget reseals bags in seconds. It has a magnetic back so you can keep it on the fridge. $22; itouchless.com

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ThawThat II

Peter Ardito

ThawThat II

Forget to take dinner out of the freezer? Set it on this thawing pad to defrost quickly. Fish fillets take about six minutes. $60; thatinventions.com

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Fagor 8-Quart Duo Pressure Cooker

Peter Ardito

Fagor 8-Quart Duo Pressure Cooker

This miracle appliance cuts cooking time for rice, grains, veggies, and meats by up to 70 percent. And the handle has a safety lock. $110; amazon.com

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GE Ranges

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GE Ranges

New freestanding Profile Series gas and electric ranges allow you to preheat them from anywhere (say, in line at the supermarket or when you leave work) when you download a free app for your smartphone. Starting at $1,400

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Maytag Durable Dishwasher with Chopper Disposer and Fully Integrated Display

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Maytag Durable Dishwasher with Chopper Disposer and Fully Integrated Display

You won't have to waste time rinsing plates before you put them in this model with four-blade chopper and high-pressure spray for especially dirty dishes. Starting at $649

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It Worked For Me: Quick Kitchen Tricks

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GE Café Series Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System

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GE Café Series Refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System

Save space by making coffee in the fridge door. The system dispenses ice and cold water too. Available this fall, starting at $3,300

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Parents magazine.