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Every girl needs at least a few essential kitchen gadgets. When you're 20-something -- living alone or with a few gal pals -- these convenient little gadgets will make your life loads easier (and more organized)!
It's nighttime, you got home late from work and you still haven't eaten dinner. Going out to grab something may seem like an easy option, but when you're already home after a long day and don't feel like leaving, nothing is more convenient than popping open a can of soup or other canned foods like olives and such. So, no matter what you're making, a can opener is always useful -- those canned pumpkins aren't going to open themselves, you know. This WMF can opener from Williams-Sonoma will get the job done right every time.
Wine bottle opener
Much like the can opener, the wine opener is essential to have, especially for an over-21 lady. You never know when you're going to have an impromptu girls night watching reruns of Gossip Girl or have that cute guy from class over. And always make sure you have a bottle of wine handy for those times -- which is when this twist-style corkscrew wine opener will come in handy.
Let's be honest, juicers are a little on the pricey side -- but they are so worth it. Some may think them to be impractical, but when you're 20-something you can justify basically anything that involves spending a lot of money for no reason. And with a juicer, the options are endless! You can make fresh fruit juice, fresh vegetable juice, any type of juice you want! Going on a juice cleanse? Don't spend hundreds of dollars ordering that trendy stuff, just make your own. Juicers just promote a healthier lifestyle. (See? I told you I could justify buying a juicer.) Get this Sharper Image juicer from Amazon.
It sounds unhealthy, but a fry pan has much more going for it than a place to toss some burgers. Not only can you make omelets, scrambled eggs and saute your veggies, but you can caramelize onions and other veggies and fruit. Even if you use this just for eggs, you won't be disappointed. A fry pan comes in handy more than you think, especially when you're in your 20s. This stainless steel fry pan from Macy's will fulfill your many cooking needs and fried food cravings.
I know coffee makers are something you think only your parents and grandparents use, but it makes sense for young adults too. With Starbucks on almost every corner, it's easy to just stop off and grab your usual skinny vanilla latte -- but $6 for one drink will add up fast if you're an avid coffee drinker. Making your own coffee in the mornings will help you save big bucks, giving you more to spend on shopping (am I right?) and help you save on gas as well (because who knows when those prices are going down). Try this sleek single-serve coffee brewer from Target.
Making a fresh salad? Use this cutlery set to cut your veggies or make a fruit salad. Cutting your sandwich? You'll need a cutlery set. A stranger is trying to break into your home? Grab your cutlery set. (We joke -- call 911.) But a cutlery set will make your life easier in more ways than you can count. Try this 20-piece cutlery set from Macy's.