10 Kitchen Essentials to Help Elevate your Cuisine

The kitchen can be an overwhelming place, with busy schedules, and limited time, but it doesn’t need to be intimidating. Cooking is a great creative outlet, but like all creative pursuits, the tools you have can dramatically alter the end result. Our LDExperts are here to offer advice for some must-have kitchen gadgets that will help you save time, without diminishing the cooking experience. Also included are some green alternatives to classic kitchen favourites, to help make those small environmental contributions that much easier. We cover it all so you can let your inner chef out and fully embrace the art of cooking.

Accuracy, a solid foundation

Being accurate in your measurements is imperative to a good meal. If you really want to elevate everything from your coffee brew to your cordon bleu, the following will help you to be as precise as possible. These compact tools allow you to be sure everything is accurately accounted for, when crafting your next masterpiece.

Kitchen scale
The coffee aficionados use a kitchen scale to measure their grinds. You could also simply use measuring cups for that, but a kitchen scale can also come in handy when dividing family packs into freezer meals, in addition to being able to fully track your dietary intake, should you choose to do so.

Meat thermometer
The key to cooking delicious meat is making sure it’s juicy and not dry. The meat thermometer takes all the guess work out of the process. You will no longer have to pinch your hand mimicking chef Ramsay, pretending to know if the steak needs another 2 minutes. The AccuTemp Wired Meat Thermometer doesn’t even require removing your food from the oven to ensure the perfect cuisson. Program your desired temperature, and wait for it to alert you when done (then enjoy your masterpiece).

The perfect cut

Peeling and slicing can be a laborious affair. It need not be that way though. Having the proper slicing and dicing tools goes a long way to speeding up your chop game, combined with added safety and consistent sizing.

The Starfrit Stand Up Pump’n’Slice
This is a great multi tool for the kitchen as it slices (from 0.5mm to 8mm), cuts au julienne, and dices. Consider it a stand-up mandolin, with an emphasis on safety. With fully enclosed blades, pusher and feeder, it ensures you keep your fingers safe, while getting that consistent slice every time.

Farberware vegetable ricer.
Have you ever tried to cut cauliflower into rice-size bits? You end up with cauliflower all over the kitchen, as it seemingly tries to explode while chopping. This Farberware Vegetable Ricer saves the day by allowing you to cut all your favourite vegetables up into rice-size bits for those vegan paleo meals, but without the mess!

Pots and pans like a pro

Having the right pots and pans is another key element of cooking, especially when you’re timing your meal so everything is served hot. Waiting for something to finish to reuse the same pot for another side slows down your workflow, in addition to preventing everything from being finished in unison.

Lagostina 10 piece cookware set
This set provides all the needed pots for your feast. Featuring a lid for each, you will never be left in the position of having a single lid for 2 pots. Irradial plus base technology ensures even heat distribution, and the range of sizes makes sure you have one for every use you can imagine.

Nonstick pans
A good non stick is vital to success in the kitchen. We have a wide variety of options to choose from, from the London Drugs ILAG Basic non-stick coated pans to the T-fal Character frypans. When making your choice, consider the amount of use combined with type of use. Drop by a store to browse our full selection and talk to an LDExpert about which pan will best serve your needs.

Green gadgets to help reduce waste

The kitchen can be a waste-generating hot spot. From the packaging food items come in, to the storage of leftovers, it’s easy to get swept away in plastic waste. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little thought and preparation, you can dramatically reduce kitchen waste.

Stasher reusable bags
Imagine a re-sealable zipper storage bag that doesn’t puncture easily, and can be safely reused. Meet the Stasher Bag. A hot item within the zero waste community, these practical bags can keep your phone dry when kayaking, to your steak dry while sous viding (link to search). Made of high quality silicone, these bags are a must-have if you’re looking for a way to replace one-time use re-sealable bags.

Joie Rainbow metal straws
Eliminating one-time use straws is an easy way to start reducing your plastic consumption. The Joie metal straws come in fun rainbow colours and include a pipe cleaner to be sure you can keep them shiny inside and out. Bonus points: Kids love them too!

Glasslock Airtight set
After cooking that tasty meal, don’t forget to make a little extra and pack those leftovers away. Is it time to upgrade your old plastic food containers though? Consider making the jump to glass. These Glasslock Airtight containers are oven safe (without lid) to 450 degrees, as well as microwave safe (without lid), and dishwasher and freezer safe too. Talk about versatile and eco-friendly. They use far less plastic compared to traditional plastic food storage containers and tend to last longer, as they are odour-free and stain-proof.


Contigo travel mug
Bonus green item! Bring a travel mug with you to get your coffee in the morning. Not only is it a good choice for the environment, it also keeps your drinks warmer for longer! These are also spill proof, featuring AUTOSEAL® technology, ensuring even on those abrupt bus stops, your shirt stays coffee free. Available in a variety of sizes and colours ensures the personalized touch you want. (We have many more options in store!)

These are just some of the handy kitchen accessories we carry that can help simplify your kitchen experience, and improve your cooking. Visit a London Drugs near you and talk to an LDExpert today about how we can help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen, and create inspiring meals the family will love. Shop our full kitchen event on now here.

10 Genius Kitchen Gadgets for the Clever Chef

These days, there is no end to the amount of gadgets out there, especially for the kitchen. Let’s face it, not all of them are useful, and they end up taking up precious space in your kitchen. To save you some trouble, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite, affordable and genius kitchen gadgets, whether you want to up your own kitchen game, or surprise your favourite home chef.

Gotham Steel Bacon BonanzaGenius Kitchen Gadgets

Many chefs swear by cooking bacon in the oven. It reduces the fat, eliminates stovetop splatter, and guarantees a perfectly crispy result. The Bacon Bonanza makes cooking bacon in the oven even easier: the non-stick rack spaces up to 12 pieces of bacon perfectly, the non-stick pan catches the grease for easy cleanup, and both are dishwasher safe.

PL8 Fresh Herb Saver

Genius Kitchen Gadgets

Fresh herbs are a key ingredient to taking the quality of your home cooking up a notch. But unless you’ve got your own fresh herb garden, store-bought herbs don’t last very long in the fridge. This simple little item will add life to your fresh herbs so you can use them again and again, and save you the sadness of watching them wilt in your fridge. Its compact size fits easily in any fridge door. Works for saving asparagus, too!

Zipstrip Herb Stripper

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Now that you have all of these fresh herbs just sitting around, you’ve got to use them! This little gem will save you loads of time; it easily strips, collects and measures herbs all in one step. Four separate sized holes fit any variety and size of woody, stemmed herbs (such as rosemary, thyme and tarragon) and the bowl easily catches the leaves and simply measures your portion.

Brooklyn Brownie Copper Pan

Genius Kitchen Gadgets

What’s the best part of a pan of brownies? The corners, of course! This time-saving brownie pan will give you 18 perfectly portioned corner pieces every time. The durable, non-stick surface allows you to mix the batter right inside the pan, no pre-greasing required. The slicer insert slides right out when the brownies are done, with no arguments about who gets the corners.

Ove Glove

Genius Kitchen Gadgets

Traditional oven mitts are awkward and bulky, and who hasn’t burned themselves on the oven using a tea towel? Never fear, because the Ove Glove is here to save your precious fingertips. Three layers of insulation protects from heat, flame and steam up to 540℉, and the five fingers with silicone grip will have you nimbly dashing around your baking and barbecuing like the kitchen hero that you are.

One Stop Chop Cutting Board

If you’re obsessed with keeping your cooking space neat and tidy through the dinner-making process, have we got the gadget for you. This beautiful bamboo cutting board hides secret, tidy prep drawers underneath to store your ingredients until you’re ready to use them, making room on your cutting board in the process. Aahh…satisfying, isn’t it?

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Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

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So, you like precision, do you? Oh, we’re gonna get precise. Any good baker knows that winging it is a recipe for disaster, especially when it comes to making the perfect dough. That’s why the always-inventive Joseph Joseph gave bakers this ingenious rolling pin that measures the thickness of the dough while you roll it. Simply attach one of three included sets of discs to the pin for rolling thicknesses of 3/8”, 1/4″ and 1/16”. There are also measurements etched into the barrel help you roll sheets of dough to exact widths. Guesswork, you’ve met your match.

Soda Stream Source Soda Maker

Genius Kitchen Gadgets

If you’re trying to kick the sugary drink habit, the Soda Stream makes healthy, carbonated beverages at home, right on your countertop. Have your beverage your way with customizable carbonation settings, and optional low-sugar, natural flavours. Voted Best New Product in 2016 by Canadian Living, this handy, compact gadget will save you money on your grocery bill, and save hundreds of plastic bottles and cans from going into the waste cycle.

Crock-Pot Express 8-in-1 Crock Multicooker

Genius Kitchen Gadgets

This is not your mother’s Crock-Pot. This insanely useful appliance is the new rock star of the small appliance world for people who love to cook, and even people who don’t. This multi-cooker does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven! And we don’t know about you, but we definitely don’t have the space in our humble kitchens to store all seven of those appliances. Whether you want to prep your meal in the morning and cook all day, or have a fast healthy home-cooked meal in under an hour–this one-pot wonder does it all!

I Could Eat A T-Rex Pasta Measuring Tool

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No matter how long you’ve been cooking, you’ll likely never be able to eyeball the perfect portion of pasta. A pasta measuring tool is essential to any cook’s tool kit, so why not make it fun, too? This adorable tool helps you portion pasta for a kid, woman, man or a visiting T-Rex. Warning: approach hungry T-Rex with care, and don’t make any sudden movements.