Eater video series You Can Do This! often features the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. From pickling vegetables in a cream whipper to making flavor boosts for queso cheese with a mini chop in seconds, host Clifford Endo tests and showcases a variety of culinary tools that take an average home cook’s game to the next level.

Endo, Eater’s culinary genius, adds a creative twist to traditional recipes on his show: take his waffle-crusted fried chicken and this perfect burger with an egg yolk inside the patty. It may seem intimidating to make these recipes at home, but kitchen gadgets can make the process approachable. So here, just in time for Black Friday, are some of Endo’s tried-and-true recommendations. Read on to see which tools are worth the investment.

Benriner Japanese Mandoline

Nostalgia Electric Wood Bucket Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Mini Food Chop

This small food processor is one of the most-used gadgets in Endo’s home kitchen. It’s much easier to operate than the big, bulky versions — and it’s simpler to clean. Below, watch as Endo uses the Mini Chop to make queso.

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Breville Immersion Blender

Making a simple soup shouldn’t be difficult, but sometimes it feels like a lot of work. With this gadget, you can blend right in the pot. How easy is that?

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Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is one of the hottest gadgets this year, because it does it all — pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, etc. — and does it easily. Most home cooks use it for its programmable pressure-cooker feature, which drastically speeds up the cook time of a vast array of favorite dishes.

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This high-tech gadget bills itself as “the first countertop centrifuge made for cooking.” It’s fast, and can be used for making things like no-churn butter and herb oils. Yes, the Spinzall is pricey, but as Endo points out, this machine is worth every dollar for any modern restaurant or cocktail bar. 

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The Control Freak Temperature Controlled Induction Cooktop from Breville

Induction burners heat the pan directly, so they create a lot less heat than other burners — and they’re fast. This temperature-controlled induction cooktop’s speed heat-up setting takes only a few minutes to get a pot of water boiling. After testing the gadget, culinary technologist Dave Arnold says, “There is a reason why it’s so expensive.” But for serious cooks, it’s worth it.

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