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    31 Kitchen Tools That Are So Genius, You May Wonder How You Ever Cooked Without Them

    I'm pretty sure I've needed the corn butter spreader my whole life.

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    1. A Kochblume spill stopper you can put on top of your pot and then walk away, knowing that the water won't overflow onto the stove whenever it finally decides to boil.

    The spill stopper in red on top of a pot on a stove with water boiling inside, illustrating that it will not boil over

    Promising review: "Wow wow wow, I have no words to describe how great this product is. I'm a mom with a large family who cooks and bakes all the time, and there is never a time that something doesn't spill over even when standing and watching the pot. With this, life has just gotten easy. I think I'm throwing out all my pot covers after using this."—Rackel

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in three colors).

    2. A jalapeño corer that will make it super easy to get your jalapeños clean and ready to use in seconds — and keep your hands from touching the spicy insides.

    Reviewer image of the jalapeño corer with a number of clean cored jalapeño in the top of the images all of the cores in the bottom of the image

    Promising review: "This is a great tool! The first time I tried to core jalapeños, I tried a variety of knives and any other sharp pointy tools I could find in the kitchen. It took me forever, made a huge mess, and no matter how careful I was, I still tore the tops off the jalapeños. I was determined to find a better way to core a silly jalapeño. I read reviews on Amazon for several different jalapeño corers, and I am SO glad I chose this one! It works great!! In just a short time, I had 14 perfectly cored jalapeños, with 14 intact cores (above). I highly recommend this tool!" —daetexas

    Get it from Amazon for $13.76.

    3. Silicone dish-washing gloves with bristles to help scrub food residue without having to use a sponge or brush.

    Reviewer wearing the gloves while washing dishes with right hand facing up, showing the bristols on it

    Promising review: "I bought these gloves to save my dry cracking hands and they are wonderful! I just had a baby, and I’m constantly washing bottles and pumping accessories, therefore constantly washing my hands, and they are taking a beating. I love these gloves because I can still wash my bottles in hot water and can’t feel the heat through the gloves. I also love that they have bristles on the palms so I can wash anything with them. They are a little big on me, but other than that they are a great pair of cleaning gloves!" —Kelsi Wilde

    Get them from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    4. A KitchenAid attachment organizer so you can keep all the accessories for your mixer under the cabinet right next to it. You'll be able to easily switch from the dough hook to the whisk when the recipe calls for it.

    The attachments and organizer hanging from a cabinet
    3D Home Solution / Etsy

    You can select either Command strips or wood screws to attach this to your cabinet.

    BTW — 3D Home Solution is a Texas-based shop that specializes in all kinds of home organization products.

    Get it from 3D Home Solution on Etsy for $12 (available in three colors).

    5. A fast-prep kitchen slicer that gives you a better grip while cutting awkwardly shaped food, such as tomatoes, grapes, and even chicken breasts.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I have tried many different kitchen gadgets said to provide a safe reproducible easy method of reducing foods to thinner sections. Most were disappointments. I like this product because it does all of the above without reducing my hand to paper-thin pieces. I have been unable to filet skinless chicken breasts into thinner sections for quick cooking to top a summer salad. This works well but has some limits in the shape and. size of the item being sliced. I'm glad I got it." —Steve

    Get it from The Grommet or from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors on Amazon).

    6. A silicone popcorn maker you just fill with kernels, ~pop~ in the microwave, and end up with delicious popcorn in minutes.,

    I've been using a similar one for years, and I still swear by it. It's so much cheaper than buying microwave popcorn all the time. It's super easy to use and makes delicious popcorn in minutes. Plus, it's collapsible, so it won't take up a lot of room in your cabinet. You *can* use it as its own bowl, but it's usually pretty hot after coming out of the microwave, so I usually just transfer to another bowl so I don't have to wait for it to cool.

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! I am throwing out my old popcorn maker because there is no need for it anymore. I cannot believe how easy it was to make perfect popcorn and use the same bowl to eat it out of. I've already told all of my friends to buy this!" —Cindy Suy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 19 colors).

    7. A corn butter knife – everyone who sees it will be all ~ears~ to hear where you got it, because they'll want one themselves. Yeah, that's right, you'll say, "I never have to struggle spreading butter on my corn again."

    The corn butter knife with a pat of butter under it on an ear of corn
    The Grommett

    BTW — The company that makes this, Grand Fusion, is a small biz of houseware experts who work to create innovative gadgets you'll actually use.

    Promising review: "I love the corn butter knife! It works very well with ice-cold butter or soft spread. The curved blade gets every bit of the butter into the kernels. It's a great product." —Deidre

    Get it from Grand Fusion for $8.99, a set of two from The Grommet for $13.95 or from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A three-in-one egg separator because I can't be the only one who has had to start a recipe over multiple times because an egg yolk or shell has accidentally made its way into the bowl.

    The egg separator attached to the side of a bowl with a model's hand breaking an egg into it

    Ugh, now I'm just thinking about how much time I would have back if I had owned this years ago. Not only does it separate egg yolks from whites, but it also keeps shells from falling into the bowl and has a raised edge to help you crack the egg more easily.

    Promising review: "I love this product. Just hold the separator with one hand, crack the egg on the ridge with the other, swirl the yoke until all the egg white has poured out then dump the yoke in the trash or sink. If they had these in a two- or four-egg model, I'd buy it. By far the best yoke/white separator I've owned." —Ajobe

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Oven gloves that are connected by organic cotton fabric with a texture to help you get a good grip and not spill the hot dish you're carrying.

    Model with the gloves on both hands holding a pot by the bottom and by the handle

    BTW — Goodee is a Black-owned curated marketplace with products from a variety of different brands. They select brands with a focus on transparent sourcing, upcycling, and ethical treatment of employees.

    Get it from Goodee for $45 (available in two colors).

    10. A silicone drain cover great for anyone who does not have a disposal and wants a simple way to stop food from going down the drain. This suctions to the sink and can easily be removed to throw the food scraps away.

    Closeup of the drain cover in blue with small lines to let water through and a model's hand picking up a corner, showing the suction underneath

    Promising review: "We do not have a garbage disposal in our kitchen. We have been using the sink drain stopper, but finally got tired of constantly cleaning them, as food would get stuck in the holes. I looked for a different solution for some time and thought this would be a cheap thing to try. They suction well and it's easy to pick up and wipe the food in the garbage. They clean so much faster than the original ones." —Deloris P.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.97.

    11. An eco-friendly washable sponge with mesh on one side to help you scrub any caked-on food residue off your dishes.

    Model holding the sponge with the mesh side up under a faucet with water coming out of it
    Marley's Monsters / Etsy

    BTW — Marley's Monsters is a woman-owned business creating eco-friendly essentials from Eugene, Oregon since 2013. This sponge is made from 100% cotton terry cloth on one side and 100% cotton flannel with 100% polyester mesh over it. It's also mildew-resistant, washable, and hypoallergenic.

    Promising review: "This was my second purchase of these sponges because we love them so much and wanted more. The first are still in great shape, I just wanted to be able to have more in the rotation so we have some when others are sitting in the laundry pile. I wish I had gotten reusable sponges years ago!" —Kasey

    Get it from Marley's Monsters for $12+ (available as a single or a three-pack and in four colors).

    12. A freezer tray to store the extra herbs you buy when your recipe calls for four tablespoons of fresh parsley...but the grocery store only sells it in bushels meant to serve hundreds.

    A tray with four connected cups filled with herbs and a model's hands taking a few herbs out of one of the cups

    Promising review: "These little freezer cups are awesome. They make it really nice when you need some fresh herbs, and you don't want to run to the store all the time. Also, it makes it nice to freeze the fresh herbs I grow." —DUCK

    Get it from Amazon for $12.74.

    13. Swedish dish cloths that absorb up to 15 times their own weight, so you can use them to clean your whole kitchen in one swoop and then throw them in the dishwasher when done.

    Close up of a model's hands using the dishcloth with a cacti design and dotted boarder to clean a bowl

    They can also be put in the washing machine!

    Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After I use then, I just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints, and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." —sandra simpson-kraft

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.37.

    14. Reusable produce storage bags specifically designed to keep fruit, vegetables, and even flowers fresher longer so you can actually enjoy everything you purchase.

    Double images: On the left two bananas, one in the GreenBag on the left and one on the right a little more brown, not and on the right, two bananas showing the one on the left that was in the bag less brown than the one on the right /

    Promising review: "We decided to do a little test. One banana in a bag and one out, same location in the kitchen. This was after nine days you can see that’s there’s a distinct difference in the bananas. Amazing product!" —Trio Mum

    Get a 20 pack from Amazon for $9.88.

    15. Or a Bluapple produce extender that works for three months to keep your produce from wilting when you look away for one second. Now, you'll actually be able to enjoy all the fresh produce you bought with your hard-earned money.


    Okay, I know that's not how it works, but doesn't it feel like that's how it works sometimes??? This absorbs ethylene gas that would otherwise ripen your fruits and vegetables. It's safe to put in the fridge or even in a fruit bowl. Each packet lasts three months.

    Promising review: "These REALLY work! We have to move them away from our fresh fruit so it would ripen! My produce is lasting at least three times as long without spoilage. This is a great product, and I have already bought many as gifts. They don't seem to work on tomatoes, but they are great with bananas, apples, kiwi, pears, grapes, plums, peaches, lettuces, mushrooms, and many more fruits and vegetables." —Jacki

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. A scrap collector you can attach to a drawer and scrape excess food into while you're cooking, keeping your cutting board cleaner as you cut everything you need.

    Small bin in green attached to a counter with food scrape inside of it

    Promising review: "I am one of the messiest cooks in the world. When I get done, I usually have scraps around my feet where I have knocked bits of veggies off the counter. I've looked for a long time for something to take care of the problem, but everything seemed like overkill. This container is perfect. It's just the right size. I attach it in front of my belly, and all the stuff that usually hits the floor, goes in the container. Plus, I can wipe the counter into it, empty it in the trash, and pop it in the dishwasher." —Patricia Logos

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in green and black).

    17. A fruit slicer set that comes with a watermelon slicer and scooper, a strawberry slicer, and a peach pitter to make cutting and thus enjoying fruit a tad bit easier.

    Food 52

    Get the set of three from Food 52 for $28.

    18. A reusable silicone bag you find so useful for not only storing food but also making it super easy to steam, sous vide or marinate.

    Model holding a clear silicone bag with asparagus inside and olive oil being poured inside

    Plus, they can be put in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing idea! I keep my frozen bananas in them when they start to go bad. The freezer disposable bags used to freezer-burn them. These reusable bags keep these from getting freezer burn, and they taste amazing in my smoothies. Plus, they're easy to close! I need 100 more! I love this color, however, I think I would lean towards clear since if I have multiple in the freezer, it's easier to see what's in them." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59+ (available in seven sizes and 13 colors).

    19. An Always pan designed to replace eight pieces of cookware, and look good while doing it. This means you can have a decluttered cabinet and yet still make all the different kinds of food you want.

    Our Place

    Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The spatula is designed with an integrated spoon rest. The pan is dishwasher-safe and only weighs 3 lbs.

    Promising review: "My Always pan is going to be my new favorite cooking ware. It's super versatile and absolutely beautiful. I love the functionality that it possesses and the versatility range, someone really thought about all the best way to cook with this! Safe, easy to clean, and beautiful to look at! Makes you want to cook more delicious meals all day long!" —Celyn V.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in seven colors).

    20. A handheld bag sealer here to ensure you never get excited to eat your favorite Chili & Lime tortilla chips from Trader Joe's, only to realize that they've gone stale with the lackluster bag clip you have. This small device uses heat to reseal any bag, leaving whatever's inside fresh and ready for you to enjoy.,

    And BTW, there's a button at the bottom that slides to reveal a razor blade — so just be careful!

    Promising review: "This thing is super nifty. I've used it on all sorts of bags and it really does seal them. If you don't slide it quick enough it sometimes melts a hole just above the seal but even when that happens, the bag stays sealed. You can easily reopen the bag by pulling on the sides like you normally would. Once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder how you lived without this thing. This is such a useful little gadget." —Darlena

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three colors).

    21. A champagne stopper perfect for anyone who likes to enjoy a glass with dinner or mimosa with brunch — but doesn't want to feel pressure to finish the bottle in the same day. This little tool reseals it, so it's fresh and bubbly for longer.

    Double image: On the left, model's hands around a champagne bottle with arrows pointing to where it is sealed and on the right, the hand and a red arrow showing how to press it down with the words 'Pump it'

    Plus, it has a date tracker in it, so you remember exactly when you opened it.

    Promising review: "I purchased this stopper after seeing one being used at a local wine-tasting event. I enjoy sparkling wines, but either have to drink the whole bottle myself before it gets flat (ugh) or throw it out (terribly wasteful). This product was the answer to my problem! It is very easy to use and keeps my sparkling beverage fresh and bubbly! Definitely a must!" —MKC

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in two colors).

    22. A set of toaster oven bags designed to make the perfect grilled cheese without turning on the stove. You'll brie so thankful for this easy dinner, especially after you finally finish your work day and find you're exhausted and just want to eat now. Why does a grilled cheese always sound good at that moment??


    You can also heat up pizza slices, chicken nuggets and more with it, meaning you'll have dinner ready in a matter of minutes. Reviewers say these are also great for anyone with a gluten allergy who needs to keep their bread separate in the toaster.

    Promising review: "I get lazy and hate to heat up the stove for grilled cheese. I used old bread from the freezer and popped it in to try it — WOW, great grilled cheese. I buttered the outside and it was great!! Love these." —Kulena

    Get a 4-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. A miracle plastic container with FreshVent technology to regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide to keep your berries fresh for up to two (!!) weeks so you can actually enjoy them instead of realizing they're already bad and having to take a trip to the grocery store to get more.

    Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. What kind of witchcraft could make these small plastic bins be born from that would make them somehow extend the life of our otherwise short-lived produce? Well, let me tell you if it was witchcraft that produced these containers, then call the Sanderson sisters and get them rolling on another batch! Down here in southeastern Virginia, the produce is terrible! We couldn’t get strawberries to last for more than three or four days. They’re so much cheaper to buy in the large containers, but then we had to eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner just to make sure they were gone before they started to get too soft and juicy. I was beginning to dislike strawberries. And that, ladies and gentlemen, would be a crime in and of itself. But along came these wonderful containers. They more than doubled the life of our berries allowing me to once again think to myself 'eh, maybe this meal I will have kiwi.' P.S. they’re easy to clean and stack well in the fridge too."—Michael Territo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in nine styles).

    Read one BuzzFeed Shopping writer's full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver.

    24. A rapid egg cooker you can use to make hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs in a matter of minutes. So goodbye to not knowing what you're going to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this week.

    Amazon, Marquaysa Battle / BuzzFeed

    Multiple people on the BuzzFeed shopping team love this little device and so others, as it has more than 6,000 5-star reviews. Plus, it comes with a recipe book to help you come up with a few new ideas to try.

    Promising review: "I am not a fan of 'extra gadgets' in the kitchen. They clutter things up as far as I am concerned. But this truly is a game-changer for my hard-boiled eggs. I have tried EVERY method in the book for hard boiling. This cooks them perfectly — no gray rings. They peel with no struggles at all! The only drawback is that you can only do six at a time, but it goes so quickly that I don't even mind that all. Easy to use, easy to clean. You won't be disappointed in this gadget — it does what it is meant to do perfectly! —Sarah Z

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    And read one BuzzFeed writer's full review of the Dash rapid egg cooker.

    25. An EZ Off Jar Opener, because I can't be the only one who's abandoned making dinner and simply ordered takeout because I couldn't get a jar open.


    This little gadget can not only open jars, but also other hard lids (like on plastic bottles). Just put it in the corner and twist for easy opening.

    Promising review: "I bought this last year and have used it many times on many different lids, even use it to open gallon milk jugs when those pesky plastic attachments just won't seem to give. I haven't found anything I try that it won't open for me. No more banging on the counter, just hold it under my cabinet and slid it in the V-shaped opening, give it a little twist to open, hardly any effort at all. It was easy to attach under the cabinet, I put mine so the wide opening faces forward. I personally think every house should have one of these." —Addie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.69.

    26. A microwave pasta maker that just might revolutionize how you make pasta. Just put the pasta and water in, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have al dente pasta in minutes. You'll never have to wait for water to boil again.


    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years. Pasta has always been a simple, go to, dinner for me. Tending to the boiling pot of pasta was just part of the process. I’ve been getting 'tired' of cooking as I’ve aged. This simple little microwave pasta cooker has simplified cooking so much more than I could have imagined. It seems silly, but it’s kinda like a little miracle. No more toting a heavy pot to the stove. No more pouring pasta and boiling water into a colander. It’s simple, lightweight, and foolproof. You’ll never regret buying this." —Winkie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    27. A flip top you can attach to your bottles to make sure you get EVERY. LAST. DROP. There's really nothing as satisfying as using up all of your condiments.

    Double image: On the left, bottle labeled 'Barbecue Sauce' with no much left and on the right, the same bottle with a flip top attached and sitting upside down causing everything inside to be close to the cap

    Promising review: "This is perfect. File this under 'Products that truly do make my life better.' I love this so much. The variable sizes are good, and the tripod is really stable. Now I'll be able to get every last drop of my lotion and shampoo." —N. Folsom

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    28. A garlic prepping set because if you're like me and HATE mincing garlic with a burning passion (don't ask me why; I have no idea) then what you need to do instead of not cooking dinner is use the peeler and mincer to get perfect garlic in seconds.

    hands holding the silver stainless steel garlic press, mincing some garlic through the wholes in the middle, with the pink round peeler sitting next to it

    Just pop the individual clove in the tube, and roll it against the counter a few times for a quick peel. Then simply push the press down, and your perfectly minced pieces are ready to use! Ugh, I really should just add this to my cart rn.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product! I like the size of the garlic chunks that you get with this masher, and I LOVE how easy it is to clean compared to other garlic mashers. I love that you don't need to use your fingers to peel the garlic. My mom has been cooking with garlic with every meal for 50+ years and wants one now too!!" —Ann M

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    29. An automatic pot-stirrer that'll basically be your sous-chef when you don't have any help in the kitchen as it keeps whatever you're cooking stirred while you focus on whatever else the recipe calls for.

    The pot stirrer with three-prong legs in a pot of red sauce
    The Grommet

    Promising review: "It works perfectly! The stirring moves it around in the pot and when it touches the side of the pot it moves away to the other side so it stirs everything completely." —Robert

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.99.

    30. A Whisk Wiper Pro because while licking the entire whisk *sounds* like a good idea, this little tool will *actually* get it clean way easier than just sticking it in the water and hoping for the best.

    Model lifting the Whisk Wiper off a wisk, illustrating how it cleans it

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful accessory for anyone who uses the whisk attachment on their mixer. This particular one is designed for 4- and 5-quart mixers. It is easy to slide on and will remove the food from the whisk wires when you remove it. Makes cleanup a breeze. I highly recommend it." —Suzanne G. Wills

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in seven colors).

    31. A three-pack of nonstick oven liners you can cut to fit your oven or grill to protect it from getting covered in the goo and gunk that spills out of whatever you're cooking. Just pull the liner out (when the oven isn't hot anymore) and wash it in the sink for a fuss-free way to keep your oven clean.

    Inside of an oven with a pizza baking and the oven liners sitting on the bottom catching droplets

    These can be cut to fit whatever size your oven is. They can also withstand heat up to 500 degrees F.

    Promising review: "After a few months, I have to say this was a good investment. I use it to keep the bottom of my oven mess-free. It works superbly. I love just being able to cut it to size, slip it in and out whenever it needs cleaning. Cleans easily. I also use it to cook! Placed on top of an oven tray, it's a great non-stick surface for granola making, fruit dehydrating, you name it!" —Adrianna T

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

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