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Let Them Eat Fries
You can have your fries and eat them, too—with less fat—using the Oilless Fryer from Hammacher Schlemmer. Its infrared heating element and fan cook crispy food with dry, hot air at up to 400 F. Double the fun by preparing two foods at once—how about wings and eggrolls?—in the divided basket. $250. (800) 321-1484; hammacher.com.
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Prepare a complete healthy dinner in a single countertop appliance with the Hamilton Beach Digital Two-Tier Food Steamer. It cooks seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, rice and vegetables—it even has room for whole ears of corn or a head of broccoli. $38. (800) 851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com.
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List making goes hands-free and high-tech with SmartShopper, an electronic grocery list compiler that attaches to your refrigerator. Add items by using the device’s voice-recognition technology—more than 2,500 grocery items are pre-programmed, and you can customize your favorites. When you’re ready to shop, hit print and the list is ready to go. $150. (866) 369-8585; smartshopperusa.com.
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A hot, nutritious breakfast is fast and easy with West Bend’s 4-Slice Egg & Muffin Toaster. Wide toaster slots crisp up bread, bagels, croissants, English muffins or waffles, while the egg trays cook up to eight boiled eggs or two poached or scrambled eggs at a time. Heat a ham slice on the meat tray to complete your breakfast sandwich. $90. (866) 290-1851; westbend.com.
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A tip of the hand is all that’s needed to get the Bodum Bistro Automatic Gravity-Activated Salt and Pepper Grinder in action. The tilt moves a ball into place, engaging an electric motor. At the proper angle, it seasons your food with no wrist strain. $40. (866) 576-7337; brookstone.com.
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Hide recyclables from view, seal off smelly trash and keep your kitchen spick-and-span with a Nine Stars 21.1-gallon Motion-Sensor Trash Can that opens and shuts without a touch. It’s made of stainless steel and operates on four D batteries. $83. (800) 316-2207; wayfairsupply.com.
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Use any type of paper towel in the CleanCut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser, and regardless of where the roll’s perforations are, cut towels to any length you want. No-touch technology helps prevent food cross contamination. $140. (866) 599-7066; cleancutdispenser.com.
Kitchen duty is a lot more palatable with ingenious innovations that help make cooking faster and safer. And if the results are also healthier, that’s just icing on the cake.