Learning your way around the kitchen can be a daunting task for some people, but having the right tools can go a long way in making it simpler. A lot of the kitchen tools on the market today can make your meals come together faster and more importantly, come out tastier. There are so many expensive kitchen items out there it can be easy to forget that some of the best don’t have to break the bank…

We’ve rounded up some of the top kitchen utensils Amazon has to offer, all for under $10. They balance out low price tags with high ratings. Each of these cooking utensils can help cut down your clean up time or at least take your recipes up a notch.

KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2 Stage Knife Sharpener$5.43 Prime Shipped

A sharp knife can make all the difference in speeding up your chopping and dicing time, not to mention cut down on the tears when chopping onions. Regularly sharpening your knives will make your food prep a breeze. You can use it on you favorite Chef’s knife or paring knife to keep them sharp and working their best.

Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher,Press and Mincer$8.66 Prime shipped

Speaking of food prep, this garlic crusher, press and mincer will be your new favorite tool. If you are like me and put garlic in everything, this is an essential. Not only does it save your fingers from that lasting garlic smell, it can also works great on ginger for a delicious stir fry.

Oxo Stainless Steel Sraper and ChopperOXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper and Chopper$9.95 Prime Shipped

This scraper and chopper is so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it everyday. Whether you’re dividing dough, cutting brownies or scraping off your counter, this best selling scraper is the top choice. It will make a big difference when you make your next pastry recipe.

The Chef’n Kale, Chard, Collard Greens and Herb Stripper$7.99 Prime Shipped

Making your favorite healthy greens has never been easier. The Chef’n Kale Stripper is such a simple and useful gadget. It works by quickly separating your greens from the tough stems you don’t want to eat and has a side that you can use for your heartier herbs too. You’ll be happy to have it when you make your favorite Kale Salad recipe.

Vegetable Spiralizer

Spiral Vegetable Slicer by Gourmet2day$6.99 Prime Shipped

Another great way to enjoy your veggies is with a spiralizer. Spiralized vegetable recipes are popping up all over Pinterest for a reason, they are delicious and healthy. Make your own veggie noodle recipe with this affordable tool that comes with a handy cleaning brush. If you start using this regularly you may want to consider upgrading to the more efficient and higher quality Sur la table version.

Amco Collapsible Steamer$7.89 Prime Shipped

One of the healthiest ways to prepare your food is by steaming. The Amco Collapsible Steamer is stainless steel and adjusts to fit a variety of different pots. Steaming isn’t just for vegetables, you can use it for fish, tamales, dumplings and more. Try it with this Steamed Vegetables with Chile Lime Recipe.

Herb Scissors

FreshCut Gourmet Herb Scissors$9.85 Prime Shipped

I am all about saving time in the kitchen and these herb scissors are a great way to do that while also upping the flavor of your meals. This is particularly great for your more delicate herbs that wouldn’t fare too well in the Greens and Herb Stripper. Think basil on top of your pizzas and pastas or extra cilantro on top of your tacos. You’ll be surprised at how often you find yourself using these with your favorite herb recipes.

Lemon Zester and Cheese Grater by Zesty$9.89 Prime Shipped

Another great way to add flavor to your meals is with a little bit of lemon zest. I use mine most often for lemon and lime zest to add a little boost of flavor, but it also works great on nutmeg or for some freshly grated Parmesan. The lemon zest really makes a difference when you start adding it to your baking, like in a Lemon Velvet Cake.

Taylor Precision Products Instant Read Pocket Thermometer$5.68 Prime Shipped

A meat thermometer can really perfect your meal, especially for those new to the kitchen. This pocket thermometer is a solid option, coming with a plastic sleeve that can be used as a re-calibration tool. The right meat thermometer can ensure that you are not over or under-cooking your meats and will leave you with the perfect finished product. You don’t have to spring for a Bluetooth thermometer to get the job done right.

These are just some of the ways you can up your game in the kitchen without spending much money.

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