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    23 Kitchen Products For Anyone Who Comes Home Starving And Just Wants To Eat ASAP

    Why is it 2019 and we still don't have that microwave from Spy Kids that makes delicious meals immediately?

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    1. A meal planner – it'll be helpful for you to write down what you're going to have for dinner instead of just staring into your fridge when you get home, hoping some sort of inspiration will come to you.


    Promising review: "As a busy working mom, this is fantastic! I keep an ongoing list of groceries needed on the right side (I modify mine based on what store I am going to) and then what's for dinner on the left side. I have four teenagers, and there is always someone who is asking, "What's for dinner?" so this does the trick as now they just need to look at the list! Perfect for the busy family, and LOVE the magnet on the back!" —Lauren T.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    2. A non-stick baking sheet – fill it with veggies and a protein, throw some spices on it, then stick it in the oven for 15 minutes to make a delicious (and healthy) meal before it starts to feel like your stomach is eating itself.


    Seriously, sheet-pan dinner have changed my life. They're so easy and taste so good. If you need some inspiration, check out these recipes.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A Vidalia Chop Wizard because chopping always seems to take an absurd amount of time. Like, seriously, when I read a recipe and it says it will take 20 minutes, they're not taking my slow chopping skills into account. This gadget will ~cut~ that chopping time in half.


    Promising review: "I love my vidalia chopper! It works great! I am really lazy when it comes to chopping up veggies and such, I really don't like doing it because it takes a lot of time, but the Vidalia Chop Wizard makes it go so much faster and smoother. I don't know what I would do without it." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $19.75.

    4. 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 $16.49.

    5. An avocado splitter, pitter, and slicer because I refuse to accept that avocado toast isn't something you should be eating for dinner multiple nights a week.


    I usually put a fried egg on top, add some sriracha and everything bagel seasoning, and call it a delicious and easy meal.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? This is worth it just for the part of the tool that removes the pit. It makes it so much easier to make my avocado toast! The knife is lacking a little bit. It doesn't work great on larger avocados, but that isn't a big deal to me. I love the de-pitter and the part for removing the avocado from the peel. So happy I bought this!" —Chelsea Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A microwave pasta cooker because waiting for water to boil is the WORST part of making pasta. What's the saying about watching paint dry? Well, when you're hungry, boiling water is worse than that.

    Fasta Pasta

    Just put the past and water in this, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have al dente past in no time.

    Promising review: "I'm lazy I'd rather microwave my dinner than get out a pot to boil water for it. That said this pasta cooker is one of my most favorite purchases. Every batch of pasta I have made has been perfect. The handy guide that references the cooking times for the different pastas is spot on. I just wish it came with a solid top too so I can stick my leftovers right in the fridge instead of having to transfer to Tupperware." —melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Read more about this microwave pasta cooker here.

    7. A rapid egg cooker you can use to make hard, medium, or soft boiled eggs. Wouldn't one be delicious on top of a salad?


    Promising review: "I love hard boiled eggs for protein especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud sounds like a basketball game buzzer) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked and was afraid they were still raw." —OnAJourney

    Get it from Amazon for $19.84+ (available in five colors).

    Read more about this rapid egg cooker here.

    8. An Instant Pot that just might revolutionize the way you cook because it does it all. Say goodbye to eating cereal for dinner and hello to *actual* delicious meals in a matter of minutes.


    It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one snazzy appliance. (Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!)

    Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

    Get it from Amazon for $74.96+.

    9. Or just a rice cooker with a delayed timer, so you can put rice in it before you leave for work, and come home to delicious food that's ready to eat.


    Promising review: "If you're pressed for time and you cook a lot of rice or other boiled/steamed grains, BUY THIS RICE COOKER. I would give it more than five stars if I could. It's a triumph of convenience engineering. I've owned a couple $20 rice cookers, which I used when I didn't have enough time to spare to pay attention to heat-on, heat-off cycles when I was making a meal. Now, I just select the type of grain from a super-intuitive menu, select the time I want it ready, and push a button. The rice is always perfect when the beeper goes off, and is still perfect the next day." —Kringle

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99 (available in 5.5- and 10-cup) or get a similar one from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in black, white, and red).

    10. A set of microwave-safe nested storage bowls you can fill with food and then put directly in the microwave, essentially cutting out the middle man when it comes to transferring food. Less work = best work.

    Food52, Food 52

    Get them from Food52 for $60+ (available in shallow or deep and in seven colors).

    11. A convection oven way more convenient to use than your actual oven because it cooks faster and more evenly. You can toast, bake, broil, roast, and more in this baby.


    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed. Its just the two of us and now, so there is no need to use the big propane-guzzling oven. It cooks fast! You need to keep an eye on it when you first start using it to get a feel for the faster cooking speed. I've baked bread, cookies, and casseroles in it with excellent results! It does heat up the kitchen slightly, but nowhere near as much as the regular oven." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    12. A rapid ramen cooker because ramen isn't just for students living in college dorms. Plus, you can make you own version of a dish many restaurants are now serving at high prices.


    Promising review: "This has been a total lifesaver! Kids LOVE this, and I love that it takes only 3 minutes to make and has hardly any clean up. We love this product and have bought multiple ones. The only negative is that the ramen packages from Japan and Korea are too large for this size. It's meant more for smaller Top Ramen and Maruchan brands, not so much the Sapporo Ichiban or Nong Shim ramen brands etc. We end up having to break them up on squeezing the excess of the dry ramen in vertically to get it in totally." —kimchic

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. A grilled cheese bag designed to make a perfect one without even turning on the stove. You'll brie so thankful.


    This is also great for anyone with celiac disease or a gluten allergy, as it protects the breads from cross contaminating while using.

    Promising review: "Unless you are a foodie and need to grill your sandwiches, this bag is a great way to get a warm sandwich—and if you have cheese on it, the cheese will melt. Just make your sandwich and put it in the bag. Put the bag in your toaster and you have a great sandwich! Its so easy, and when I am done, I just rinse the bag under the faucet. Great for kids who love grilled cheese - without the fuss of grilling!" —joycetv

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A five-minute chef that cooks both the top and bottom of the food at once so you have more time to get in bed and watch Netflix before passing out.


    Promising review: "I bought this product for my husband for Christmas, after watching the advertisement on TV. We have used the cookbook as a guide and have come up with a lot of meals. It works really well and the food is cooked thoroughly. Everything comes out light and fluffy. We've made eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, country style potatoes, hotdogs, and the list just keeps on going!" —Luv Newman

    Get it from Amazon for $21.45.

    15. A banana slicer you'll wonder how you ever lived without. It's a simple task, but a tiresome one.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    16. A microwave omelet pan designed to make you a delicious meal in a matter of minutes. Just put eggs, veggies, meat, and cheese into the dish, stick it in the microwave, and you'll be G2G.


    Plus, it's dishwasher safe, which means easy cleanup!

    Promising review: "I literally use this very inexpensive pan every day. The omelets come out just fluffy and delicious. It's wearing well...I can't believe I've lived the majority of my life without it." —B. Dancy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.89.

    17. A fruit soft-serve maker that'll turn whatever fruit you have into a delicious treat for dessert.


    Promising review: "This is a pretty amazing machine. I cannot explain how skeptical I was of the Yonana. I also can't explain just how wrong I was. The machine works better than I could have ever imagined. I actually find the end product to be more like ice cream than some of the low-fat ice creams you buy in the store. It is delicious. The fact that you can have desert without any added sugar and fat is just total bonus." —D. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    18. A defrosting tray so you can easily and quickly defrost meat or fish because it's too hard to remember to take it out of the freezer before you leave for work.


    Promising review: "There's nothing worse than coming home from work and realizing that there aren't any fresh proteins (chicken/steak/pork/fish) in the fridge to cook. With this defrosting tray, I'm able to grab something from the freezer and have it ready to cook in minutes! The tray is big enough to defrost proteins for the whole family, and I can just throw it in the dishwasher when it's done! Highly recommend!" —Tim Nossem

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    19. A griddler that may change the way you make sandwiches – once you've turned your sandwich into a panini, there's no going back.


    You can use this as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle! The cooking plates are removable and dishwasher safe. Plus, there's an attached drip try and adjustable temperature controls.

    Promising review: "This Griddler has become one of three indispensable counter-top appliances (my toaster oven and microwave are the others). It is perfect for cooking for two. It makes dinner quick and easy. We have fallen in love with home grilled potatoes. I microwave the potatoes, slice them put them on the grill." —Bruce H Beck

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    20. A grill and griddle pan so you only have to get one pan dirty to make a complete meal.


    Promising review: "It's a very useful item, to be able to fry meat and eggs at the same time. Plus, being nonstick, it cleans up easily. I highly recommend this item." —mary p

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in grey and bronze).

    21. A two-tier food steamer because you might be ~out of steam~, but that doesn't mean your dinner has to be!


    Promising review: "Amazed at how fast I can cook a meal with this product. Absolutely love it." —Cathy Parker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.73.

    22. Or a microwave version you just put veggies and fish on and your dinner will be ready faster it would take a Seamless delivery to even get to your house.


    Promising review: "This is an excellent product. I use it nearly every day for veggies and fish (usually just veggies). I usually just put a handful of asparagus or fresh brussel sprouts in there and a bit of water, no real measuring, and so far I have got perfect results from setting it on four minutes while I jump in the shower after work. So it may be the extra time it sits after the time on the microwave runs out, but it's always perfectly steamed results. After about thirty uses, I am glad to say it was worth the money and still looks brand new, but I do clean it immediately after each use and haven't ever put it in the dishwasher (cleanup is so easy I never feel the need for that)." —Counselor Troi

    Get it from Amazon for $13.76.

    23. An Aroma Housewares 3-in-1 Superpot you can use for slow cooking, steaming, and simmering, oh my!


    Promising review: "I love this appliance!! It was very easy to start using and cooks everything perfectly. I have no complaints; this is definitely worth the money. I've used it to cook pasta, chicken, steak, grilled veggies, and more. It leaves nice grill marks on meat and veggies. I feel like a pro chef when I use it! I would recommend this to anyone looking to save cleaning time in the kitchen." —Diana L.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.93.

    Who do I need to bribe to make this a real thing?????

    Dimension Films

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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