Apple-peeler-corer-slicer - even if you don't make applesauce (which you should definitely try some time!), I still think this gadget is worth your cabinet space. I'm surprised by how much I use it. It makes dicing apples for muffins or bread much faster, kids think the curly-q shape is super fun to eat, it works well to do a pot of mashed potatoes, and did I mention homemade apple sauce couldn't be more fool-proof?
Salt Bowl - I stopped using a salt shaker a while ago when a friend gave me a little wooden salt bowl. Mine looks more like these, but I do wish it had a lid, like this one. Dipping my measuring spoon into the bowl or, more often than not, taking one or two pinches is so much easier than pouring from a container. I know we're talking seconds here, but it adds up, right? Plus, you can have whatever kind of salt you like without needing bigger holes in your shaker.
Kitchen Sheers - opening packages, "dicing" bacon, trimming green onions, splitting chicken . . . you name it, I've probably used my sheers for it.
Large Jelly Roll Pan - I just bought my second pan because I was constantly using one, wishing I had another at the same time. I roast vegetables for dinner a LOT. These pans are also perfect for making a double batch of granola (time and money saver). I don't own any other cookie sheets or flat baking pans.
Locking Tongs - I actually use chopsticks more than I use my tongs. Living in China has left its mark. But I would probably have burnt my hand less using these longer tongs to turn chicken or bacon in hot oil. Tossing pasta or salad is super simple with these. They are a regular go-to from my utensil drawer.
Pampered Chef wooden spoons - my Nana gave me a set of these before I got married. Nine years later, you will still always find one in my dishwasher or on my drying rack. The same set. No splitting, staining, splintering . . . as much as I've used them, I'm convinced these spoons are indestructible.
What's one of your favorite kitchen gadgets?