11 Cool Kitchen Gadgets You Absolutely Need For Your Next Summer Barbecue

You won’t regret adding these tools to your arsenal.

July 25, 2016
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Summer is for basking in the heat and spending time with friends and family—not for sweating it out in the kitchen. Get food prep done faster with these handy tools and you’ll be back outside in no time.

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Watermelon Slicer

This zero-mess tool will let you serve a whole watermelon in minutes. The stainless steel slicer also leaves the rind intact so you can fill it again with your perfectly cut fruit…or a delicious summer punch.

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Grill Cleaning Paddle

Get the grill ready to go with this stylish and sustainable scraper. The solid wood tool easily removes charred bits of food, sans metal bristles, meaning you'll no longer need to turn up the heat or use harsh chemicals to get any leftover bits off.

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Reusable Sandwich Wrap

Wrap up sandwiches and snacks for the perfect picnic with this sustainable wrap. Made from organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil, these reusable sheets are a great substitute for plastic wrap. You can also stick them over a bowl to keep the bugs out (and here are 6 ways to keep wasps away from you). 

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Strawberry Huller

No summer meal is complete without strawberries and fresh whipped cream for dessert. Quickly prep the whole basket with this little huller, which removes leaves and hull without excess food waste.

Related: 12 Fruit-Infused Water Combos To Keep You Hydrated All Summer

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Oven-To-Table Baking Dish

Whether you're headed to a potluck or going straight from the oven to the table, this versatile dish can sit right on your countertop, table, or even on your lap with its sustainable cork trivet.

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Corn Cutter + Creamer

Getting corn off the cob doesn’t have to be a knife-slinging adventure. The stainless steel blade on this slim tool makes it easy to pluck off fresh kernels or cream corn right into a bowl—no more chasing kernels or flying cobs here.

Related: How To Blanch And Freeze Sweet Corn

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Hot And Cold Canteen

Keep the drinks flowing and the party going with this insulated stainless steel bottle. Big enough to hold a full bottle of wine, the thermos will keep any beverage cold for 24-plus hours.

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Avocado Scoop + Masher

One side of this dual-purpose tool scoops while the other end mashes. Plus, the stainless steel and rosewood gadget is simply a chic addition to any kitchen.

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Kabob Grilling Stone And Skewers

This handmade clay tray is safe for coal or gas grills, broilers, and even the oven. It’s designed with slots for each skewer so your kabobs don’t go flying around during transport.

Related: 17 Ways To Grill Greener

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Pizza Knife

Slice your pie like a pro with this stainless steel pizza knife's long, extra sharp edge. The knife is great for chopping veggies and herbs, too.

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S'more Maker

Cap off the perfect summer night with a quintessential campfire treat under the stars. This wire cage lightly toasts your graham cracker while the marshmallow and chocolate roast and melt. The basket holds three s’mores at a time (we won’t tell if you keep them all to yourself).

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