Summer has its own culinary staples (BBQ, anyone?) which means your kitchen ought to be equipped to take advantage of the flavours of the season. Summertime is also about relaxation, and having the right tools and accessories is essential to stress-free cooking. If you plan to entertain this summer (or simply want to make yourself a refreshing meal), consider stocking up on these kitchen essentials for summer cooking.

Cold, Sweet Treats
Beat the heat with a machine that turns frozen fruit into healthy soft serve treats in seconds! These treats not only help you cool off, but making your own is a fun activity for the kids as well. Looking for an even simpler treat? Get some moulds for making your own popsicles, too!

A Refreshing Juice Machine
Stay hydrated and easily get your day’s nutrition with a good juicer. This 17-piece blender from CL CUISILUXE is compact and fits in any kitchen, making it an easy tool for mixing custom juices. Those who take their juice seriously can purchase a Breville Juice Fountain, which makes up to 2 litres at a time.

Koolatron Ice Maker
If you’re drinking as much water as you should during the summer, chances are you’re having trouble stocking up on ice! Say goodbye to empty ice cube trays with a Koolatron ice maker, which makes about 11kg of ice each day. You can even choose between two different sizes of ice.

Salad Spinner
Salads are a summer staple because they’re cool and refreshing: there’s no need to sweat in front of a stove or oven to make a delicious, nutritious meal. A salad spinner makes it easy to wash, dry and serve salad with ease. It’s a must-have for vegetarians or those who love a good summer salad.

Fresh, Homemade Pizza
Make any night pizza night with a pizza stone. Making your own pizzas from scratch is a great (and fun!) way to take advantage of the season’s best fresh toppings. Some top ingredients that are in-season for summer are bell peppers, garlic and tomatoes, so check out your local farmer’s market.

Seafood Scissors
Even if you can’t make it to the beach, enjoy fresh seafood this summer. Seafood scissors like these from Ricardo make prep easy, allowing you to cut through whatever shellfish you wish to serve.

Grill Sheet
Summertime is the season of barbeque, but this favoured cooking hobby can often be messy. Take the mess out of grilling with a NOSTIK BBQ grill sheet. The sheet lets you grill whatever you please—meats, veggies, seafood and more—without leaving any mess to clean up later. Because who wants more work during the summer?