The Best Money-Saving Kitchen Gadgets

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Slow cookers for sale. (CPChannel)
It's time for an Alpha Consumer Challenge: Nominate your choice for the best money-saving kitchen gadget. The randomly-selected winner will receive a copy of Slow Cookers for Dummies, which gives you a hint at my first nomination. Here are a few other ideas to get you started. Leave your own suggestions in the comments below for a chance to win.

  • Slow cookers: Whether you use it to make a huge batch of chili, part of which you freeze for later, or a simple dinner for two, the slow cooker saves time and money by eliminating the need to order out at the last minute.
    • Cheese grater: Not only does cheese you shred yourself taste better, but it also saves money, since pre-grated cheese comes with a hefty premium.
      • Hand blender: This tool lets you make soups from scratch, which means you can cut out the sodium, and the cost, of pre-prepared varieties.
      • Now, let's hear your nominations.