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This December 2019 photo shows an assortment of various kitchen gadgets in New York, including a food processor, back right. (Cheyenne Cohen/Katie Workman via AP)

I love a shiny new kitchen object as much as the next cook, and at times my kitchen has resembled a kitchen specialty store. But if you have a small kitchen, counter space and cabinet storage are at a premium.

Here are some of my all-time favorite gadgets to make your cooking life better.

I'm skipping the bigger appliances like slow cookers and air fryers. I'm also skipping knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, measuring cups and the like, because you pretty much know you need those.

This is about great gadgets, both low- and high-tech, that deserve a spot in your kitchen because they work hard and smart.

Katie Workman writes the monthly Kitchen Smarts column for The Associated Press. She has written two cookbooks focused on family-friendly cooking, "Dinner Solved!" and "The Mom 100 Cookbook." She blogs at She can be reached at

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