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34 Things That’ll Help You Improve Your Time In The Kitchen

Fry food, brew coffee, and measure ingredients with ease, thanks to these gadgets that are *chef’s kiss* amazing.

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A veggie spiralizer because you can whip up a bunch of zoodle dishes without having to peel *and* chop up squash or zucchini beforehand. Spiralized veggies for tossing with pesto and stir-frying are coming right up.


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Promising review: “I love that the spiralizer is compact and takes up little space; in fact, it easily fits into a kitchen drawer. It makes beautiful spiral veggies, which opens up endless possibilities for creating healthy veggie noodle and beautiful salad additions to your table. Easy cleanup; cup is dishwasher-safe, and the blade rinses off easily. I couldn’t have ordered this at a better time with all of the fresh flavorable summer vegetables available.” —TX Lady

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

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A Takeya cold brew maker that’ll give you amazing iced coffee with minimal effort. It’s so easy to use and will save you money (spending $5 on a cold brew every morning or afternoon can seriously hurt your wallet). All you need is coarse or French Press-ground beans and water to make your caffeine dreams come true. ☕


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You’ll get a Takeya cold brew pitcher, ultra-mesh fine filter, and instructions to help you brew delicious iced coffee.

Just pour French Press-ground beans into the fine mesh filter, screw the filter into the lid of the pitcher, pour water into the pitcher, drop the filter into the pitcher, and place the pitcher in the fridge to brew up to 36 hours. Once it’s ready, you’ll have fresh cold brew coffee to drink whenever you need a pick-me-up.

BuzzFeed Editor Maitland Quitmeyer swears by this coffee gadget and said “It’s so delish, it makes mornings far more bearable. It’s also great for keeping in the office when that 3 p.m. slump hits, but you don’t feel like going to a coffee shop (or spending $5 on cold brew).” Read more of her Takeya cold brew maker review.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (also available in a two-quart size and three colors).

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A five-in-one countertop cooker so you can prepare mouthwatering burgers, paninis, and salmon without an outdoor grill. It cooks food quickly *and* doesn’t take hours to clean. You can still have a delicious barbecue, even if you’re not dining al fresco.


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It works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. Reviewers also suggest buying griddler plates if you want to make waffles with this gadget. Think of all the counter space (and cooking time) you’ll be saving with this baby!

Promising review: “This is an amazing griddle. I bought this when my roommate and I first moved into our apartment. The reason for this purchase was two-fold: we had no grill in the common apartment ground area, plus we weren’t allowed to have a grill on the balcony and we wanted a waffle iron. The plates interchange very easily, are nonstick, and despite being over a year old, heavily used, and cleaned in the dishwasher, they still remain in great condition. It is easy to use and I can honestly say it was one of my best purchases for the kitchen.” —ELL

Get it from Amazon for $79.33.

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Pretty soup crocks just begging to be filled with chili, chowder, and stew when you’re in the mood for warm comfort food. Plus, you can pop one of these in the microwave or oven to heat up your food in minutes.


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Promising review: “If you’re thinking about buying these — do it! I made French onion soup and used these to melt the cheese in the oven under the broiler. The handle wasn’t absurdly hot, and the bowls withstood the heat. These are also very adorable and patterned.” —Kristine T

Get a set of four from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

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A bamboo cutting board with a juice groove that’ll catch any water or liquid while you’re slicing fruit or veggies. The next time you’re chopping up celery or a watermelon, you won’t make a mess all over your counter and save so much time on cleanup.


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It even comes with a phone slot, in case you need to read recipes while you’re prepping all your ingredients!

Promising review: “This board fits across my kitchen sink which makes more counter space. I can carve and serve a whole chicken with ease. Haven’t used the smartphone slot yet but I like knowing it’s there for future reference.” —Food52 Customer

Get it from Food52 for $59.

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A knife sharpener that’ll get your blades in perfect shape for dicing onions, meat, tofu, and more. All you have to do is slide your knife into one of the slots and pull the knife through the slot from heel to top in your direction. Chopping up ingredients will be SO much easier, especially when you need to get dinner on the table ASAP.


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This tool comes with three slots (coarse, medium, and fine) for knives that need to be sharpened. If your blade is extremely dull, start with the coarse slot and repeat the movements for the medium and fine slots.

To start, hold a clean knife in your dominant hand. Use your other hand to grasp the handle of the sharpener and hold it down on a flat surface. Insert the heel part of the knife into the coarse slot of the sharpener and pull the knife through the slot from heel to tip towards you. Repeat three to five times and then follow the same steps for the medium and fine slots if you need to use them!

Promising review: “This is a handy little gadget for those of us unfamiliar with how to sharpen knives. I use it each time I want my knife honed to a good clean blade. Just insert the blade into its sharpener and pull it back towards you. Don’t worry about getting it in the wrong sharpener, all of them work!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful Collection on Amazon for $9.99.

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An air fryer to make all the barbecue sides you can dream of: This baby quickly heats up fries, wings, and more delights without a nasty grease pool, thanks to air crisp technology. Plus, it fits up to 6 quarts of food if you are cooking for yourself and the fam!


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Promising review: “My husband and I are extremely happy with our air fryer! We have made wings twice (better than any wing place we’ve eaten at) two different types of french fries, potato skins, and the kids’ chicken tenders and fish sticks. (Perfect amount of crispy!) It’s huge but perfect for a family of six!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in five colors).

Psst…if you’re cooking for yourself or a small group, you can also purchase the 2-qt version of this nifty gadget!

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Essie Spice’s Coco-For-Garlic sauce because your seafood, meat, and veggie meals need a major flavor upgrade. Just add this mouth-watering blend to whatever you’re cooking and you won’t have to sift through your pantry for more ingredients.


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Essie Spice is a Black woman-owned business known for their homemade sauces and spice rubs. From Coco-For-Garlic to Mango Chili Medley, you’ll find delicious blends for every dish.

Get it from Essie Spice for $10.

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An all-in-one avocado slicer that divides, pits, *and* slices your avocados for you. This nifty gadget ~halves~ the time it’ll take to get these fruits ready for guacamole and toast.


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Promising review: “Of all the kitchen gadgets I own, we use this one the most! We eat an avocado almost every day, so I love that this does everything we need! It cuts it in half effortlessly, pulls the pit, and slices the good stuff. If you are eat avocados regularly, invest in this tool. It will save you so much time and effort compared to using several different things to get the job done. I’ve recommended this to several friends and they’ve all thanked me for it! As an added bonus I like that we can wash it in the dishwasher.” —KmberlyB

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A baking mat with a nonstick surface (and measurements!) so you can make bread, pies, and other baked goods with ease. Roll, knead, and cut dough without making a mess or using a slippery counter.


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It also doubles up as a table mat if you want to protect your dining room table from food and spills!

Promising review: “This baking mat solved a lot of my troubles when I needed to roll out dough for breads or pie crusts. It has a circular measure on it for several different sizes of pans so it’s virtually foolproof. It’s easy to clean too. I just wash mine in the sink and lay it outside to dry. It also clings to the kitchen counter top so there’s no problem with sliding around while I am rolling out dough.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

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A breakfast sandwich maker to whip up a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you are craving brunch. Just place your ingredients into this multi-layer press and bam, breakfast is served. No more using a million pans to get the job done.


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Promising review: “I am actually excited for my weekday breakfast now. These homemade McMuffins are so good! My favorite version uses sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and precooked bacon. So many options, so easy! My kindergartner and my teenager both love it. It’s also easy to clean with a quick wipe down.” —Joolie

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in two colors).

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A cast-iron skillet so you can cook yummy dishes like rosemary chicken, pasta with veggies, and veggie fajitas. If you’re whipping up dinner for a party of two, three, four, or more, this pan will quickly heat up large quantities of food. It also has great heat retention, so your meals won’t get cold when it’s time to eat.


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Promising review: “I love this cast-iron skillet. It’s perfect for the days that I don’t feel like going outside to grill and it’s big enough to cook enough food for my family. It’s worked great and it does not stick.” —Michelle A.

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

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A four-in-one burger press to create homemade quarter-pound, half-pound, three quarter-pound, *and* restaurant-sized stuffed sliders. This tool makes molding so easy (no rolling pin required!) and your patties will be perfectly shaped for grilling.


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Promising review: “I love my hamburger press! Different-sized burgers can be easily made — even sliders! You can also stuff them with different cheeses. Just throw it in the dishwasher to clean.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.84.

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A microwave bacon cooker because you’ll get to eat crispy bacon and not spend so much time making it. This gadget cooks bacon in minutes and doesn’t soak pieces in fat drippings. If your old skillet isn’t ~meating~ your cooking expectations, this gadget def will.


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Promising review: “I hated cooking bacon on the stove because there is always some splatter, even when you use a screen to keep it at a minimum. I have done bacon in the oven and it still splatters everywhere. So I started my search and came across this wonderful microwave bacon cooker. It is as simple as hanging your bacon on this rack and covering it up with some paper towels. It catches the bacon fats that I need for other recipes and is microwave safe. I am so pleased that I plan to buy another for making more for larger recipes.” —Robert

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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A citrus juicer that’ll effectively squeeze lemon and orange halves without squirting juice everywhere or leaving seeds behind. It also has a dual-gear mechanism to help minimize achy hands and fingers.


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Promising review: “This juicer is amazing! It’s much heavier and larger than I expected it would be. On my first squeeze, I was stunned. A huge volume of juice came out and I didn’t even completely finish squeezing the half of the lemon I had in the juicer. For the recipe I was making, I normally end up using a whole lemon. This time I didn’t even use half of the lemon. Love this thing — no more waste and easy to use.” —Oakland Girl

Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (available two styles).

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A microwave pasta cooker for *chef’s kiss* perfect spaghetti. Even if you don’t have a stove, you can still make a delicious pasta dish in minutes. Just place your noodles in the container, add water, cook in the microwave, and drain. Bon appétit!


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Promising review: “The cooking time is rather quick, clean up is a snap, and being able to have pasta when access to a stove (e.g. at work, in a dorm room, hotel room, etc) is not possible is a really great thing. This is a great option if you are cooking for one, if you are in a situation without a stove, or just really love pasta. I’m glad to have tried it out, it is quickly becoming a much used (and loved!) piece of kitchen equipment.” —Cate

Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

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A set of herb scissors because you’ll save so much ~thyme~ on prepping ingredients before cooking. Five-blade shears help you avoid herb chunks and an ergonomic handle ensures a safe grip.


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Promising review: “I bought this out of curiosity. When I used it first time, it felt clumsy and I was not sure how much pressure to use. But now I use it to cut herbs and even spinach and other leafy vegetables. It works great each time. It is easy to clean as well because of the cap has slits that reach into the scissors slots and remove the pieces stuck in there. I love it.” —Alka Dighe

Get them from Amazon for $19.85.

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A three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer so you can have plant-based ingredients ready and not waste time chopping them up. You’ll get perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for every meal in minutes 👏.


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Promising review: “Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks.” —Mark Marin II

Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

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Measuring spoons that’ll ~bee~ helpful if your recipes require spices, condiments, and sugar. They’re marked with measurements, so you can easily scoop up ingredients when you’re baking or cooking. Plus, don’t they look so cute?!


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Each set comes with a 1-tablespoon spoon, 1-teaspoon spoon, 1/2-teaspoon spoon, and a 1/4-teaspoon spoon.

Get a set of four from AFewSpareMoments on Etsy for $26.95 (available in five designs).

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A food chopper to ~cut~ your meal prep time in half and reduce the mess on your countertop. Mash ground meat, fruit, and veggies with ease in glass bowls and skillets.


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Promising review: “The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc. much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don’t normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier. The nylon material is heat-resistant and seems durable, but the packaging still directs not to leave on a hot surface when not in use.” —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

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A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker because it makes ~eggcellent~ hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, and omelets for your entire crew. This gadget cooks up to six (yes, six!) eggs at once. All you have to do is place the eggs inside, set a timer, and the buzzer will go off in a few minutes when they’re done.


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One of my colleagues swears by this small gadget, which has helped them whip up quick breakfasts in the morning and requires minimal cleanup. You can read more of their Dash Rapid Egg Cooker review.

Promising review: “How does a busy mom who loves to start the day with a hearty breakfast squeeze in a bit of yoga before the day begins? With this handy hard-boiled egg maker! I just plug this baby in, pour in the water and add my eggs and a few minutes later, voila! My eggs are made. I pop some bread in the toaster, and let the eggs cool while I do a 15-minute yoga routine before the family descends on the kitchen for breakfast. It is so convenient and makes me smile! It’s a great way to start the day!” —J. Austin

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four colors).


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Promising review: “We absolutely love this tool. We are working on a Keto/low-carb diet and these help us make several slider size ‘chaffles’ at a time. It’s a total game-changer. On a low-carb diet, it’s a challenge to not just make a quick sandwich, making several batches of these ahead of time allows me and the family to grab a quick bite. Love it!” —Shelby Roberts

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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A pair of shredding claws for brisket, chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can easily grasp and shred pieces of meat (no carving knife required) for your next barbecue or slow cooker meal. They’re also melt-proof, so you won’t have to worry about excessive heat ruining them.


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Promising review: “We love barbecuing on the grill and the bear claws help picking up the meat easily and turning it over. Pulled pork is a favorite of ours and the claws pull apart the meat, chicken or pork with ease. These are very durable as well.” —Nadine D Piatt

Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

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A vacuum sealer because your fridge is way too packed and you don’t want meat juice dripping all over your shelves. Make meal prep and food storage easy with this device, which compresses poultry, veggies, and leftovers into space-saving bags.


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If you’ve struggled with food preservation in the past, this set will help keep your meats and produce fresh. You won’t have to think twice about leaky containers or lids slipping off *before* you get cookin.’

In addition to the air suction hose and vacuum sealer, you’ll also get a wine stopper cork, five medium vacuum bags (78 x 118 inches), and one extra long vacuum bag roll (78 x 790 inches).

Promising review: “I’m an avid cook and baker, and with two small kids, I make a lot of small-sized foods, in bulk. My freezer would be packed full of Ziplocs. Not anymore. This thing has saved my food *and* my space! You can cut bags to size, use it with marinades, wet food, and seal in canisters. It’s not horribly loud either. This gets the job done!” —Jessica Saroch

Get it from Amazon for $49.88+ (available in four colors).

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A jar scraper spatula to help you scoop up every last bit of jam for bread. It’s shaped like a cute platypus and also doubles up as a knife, so you can spread your PB&J or toast with ease (and not use a crappy spoon when you’re hangry).


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Promising review: “This is such fun to use! I really like the shape and design. I’ve had a much easier time getting more out of containers and the bottoms of jars with this handy little platypus. Plus it’s great for other things too, I recently used it to perfectly smooth icing on a small cake. The possibilities are endless when it comes to platypi.” —Victoria Hoover

Get it from Amazon for $15.20.

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An AeroGarden so you can grow herbs and leafy greens right in your home. This indoor garden comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill seeds and it doesn’t take up too much counter space. You’re going to love having fresh ingredients on hand that don’t require a grocery store trip.


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Promising review: “We like to use fresh herbs in our cooking, but when we buy them at the store, we usually end up using half the package and the rest go bad. This product has added a nice green element to our kitchen and a good amount of herbs to use. The plants sprouted and grew exactly as described in the instructions. It has also been fun to watch the process.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $99.97+ (available in three colors).

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A mushroom-shaped funnel because it makes it quick and simple to pour olive oil and wine into bottles sans spills. It’s also dishwasher safe and will be a cute addition to your kitchen tools.


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Note: Reviewers said this little helper works best for narrow-neck bottles!

Promising review: “So cute and works just fine for bottles with necks as narrow as wine bottles. It wouldn’t work for any opening smaller than a wine bottle though, because of the fatness at the bottom of the mushroom’s stem.” —ellafont

Get it from Amazon for $14.20.

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An electric hot pot that’ll let you cook anything from ramen bowls to fried eggs in minutes. This gadget doesn’t require a stove top and has an adjustable temp setting. Yes to chowing down on your incredible meal while chilling in bed.


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Promising review: “This will make your life super easy as far as heating food is concerned. It’s great for roommates who can’t use the kitchen with freedom. Of course great for dorms. Super easy to clean and maintain. The spatula that comes with it is a great addition. I’ve used it daily for almost two months now. Can’t praise it enough.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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A NutriBullet blender you’ll want to add to your kitchen counter if you love making smoothies and juices. This baby easily blends fruits and veggies, thanks to three precision speeds, and won’t leave ice chunks in your drinks.


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This blender comes with a 1200W motor base, 64-ounce blender with lid and vented lid cap, tamper, 32-ounce cup, 24-ounce cup, an easy-twist extractor blade, two to-go lids, and a recipe book.

Promising review: “This NutriBullet blender is the truth. Chops any solid veggie or fruit to a liquid. Ensure you add some form of juice or fruit liquid to it because it eases the blending process. The smaller ‘to-go’ cups make it easy to bring a smoothie for breakfast or lunch or post-workout shake at the gym. I love this blender and definitely believe it was worth the investment. :-)” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

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A rotating pizza oven so you can bake a pepperoni, veggie, or plain pie with ease. You’ll be glad you didn’t have to wait hours for your cheesy creation to come to life, because this doesn’t require preheating like a standard oven.


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What’s cool about this device is that it has heating elements that bake food on the top and bottom, meaning you won’t get randomly uncooked pieces. If want to to eat nuggets or wings, this device will heat them to perfection too!

Promising review: “I was hesitant at first to spend $40 on a pizza oven that I didn’t have a need for. Boy am I glad I bought it!! This is easily the most used appliance in our kitchen and we use it for so many meals! We often cook pizza, frozen appetizers (potato skins, mozzarella sticks, etc), as well as pizza bagels, cookies, you name it! The Pizzazz is so much quicker to use than the traditional oven, and is amazingly versatile! We bought ours about six months ago and it is still holding up very well after almost daily uses.” —Joseph Kennard

Get it from Amazon for $54.

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Reusable food storage bags that are leak-proof and hand-washable, so you don’t have to throw them away after you use them. They’ll work great for leftovers *and* will not take up too much space in your fridge.


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Promising review: “I have tried several brands of reusable bags and I really enjoy these the best. I like that there is no separate apparatus to close or seal these bags, they have a sturdy closure and their lay flat design is idea for maximizing space. They are perfect for taking snacks for my toddler when we are on the go, and my husband uses them in his lunches. These have been a great buy and make me feel better about using less one-time-use plastic products.” —Ardena

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (also available in a two-gallon size and three colors).

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A smart pot-stirrer for times when you have to share kitchen space with fam or roommates. Clip this baby onto a pot and let it do the work for you, so you don’t have to bump into each other while you’re making chili or soup.


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Promising review: “This stirrer has real muscle, the motor is geared down so that it stirs with real power. Yesterday I made risotto, and it stirred the whole thing for me. It just sat there on the pan for about a half hour, stirring away instead of my having to stir.” —Dave Roberts

Get it from Amazon for $64.85.

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An easy-to-clean compost bin so you can properly dispose of produce scraps while you’re cooking. Its lid also seals in odors, so you won’t be smelling banana peels or carrot slices before you empty it out.


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Promising review: “So many things to love about this little can. It’s small enough to be inconspicuous on the countertop, but large enough to hold about a week’s worth of compost. The lid lifts easily so you can be cutting veggies with one hand and lift the lid and toss scraps with the other. Twist the top of the bag and transfer easily to your outside composting bin. Cleaning is a breeze.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

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And a clip-on colander that’ll be incredibly helpful if you’re draining pasta with one hand. It easily fits on round pots and pans and gently lets water out. You won’t have to worry about rotini or ravioli pieces falling in the sink anymore.


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Promising review: “I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter. This strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold to drain off the water, with this I can still hold on with both hands, and then when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain fidgety pasta. Washes up like a dream, or you can toss in the dishwasher. Now I can get rid of probably 20 items out of my kitchen.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in four colors).

That feeling when you’re making a good meal in the kitchen:


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