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Kitchen gadgets

Beyond basic pots and pans, every kitchen requires some gadgets. These tools will create a more efficient kitchen while looking good on your countertop, too. Why give up form for function when you don’t have to? Here are some essential pieces for the kitchen.

Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools for iPad sets. Mise en place is key to a good kitchen, but don’t forget a spot for the iPad. This set will display your recipes for easy access, and it has speakers. $199.95, Williams-Sonoma

Zeroll ice-cream scoop. The perfect scoop. The handle contains heat-conductive liquid that warms up as you grab it so it’s easier to scoop out ice cream. $19.95, Williams-Sonoma

Hobnail pitcher. Every kitchen should have a beautiful pitcher for sunny afternoons on the porch. $78, Anthropologie

Cole & Mason Wood Electric Salt & Pepper Mills. A beautiful set of electric salt and pepper mills to accent the dining table. $69.95, Williams-Sonoma

Microplane grater. An absolute must. It perfectly zests citrus and grates hard cheese finer than any other tool we’ve tried. $14.95, Crate & Barrel

De Buyer Viper dicing mandoline. For clean and quick slicing of anything, including tomatoes. Food prep will be faster than ever before. $149.95, Williams-Sonoma

Salter lifestyle digital scale. Baking requires precision. Salter is known for its accuracy, and this sleek glass scale is pretty enough to keep on the counter. $59.95, Williams-Sonoma

– Ileana Morales, Tampa Bay Times

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