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    If You Have No Time To Make Dinner, You Need These 32 Products

    Appliances, gadgets, and tools that speed up the process so you can have a home-cooked meal instead of ordering takeout...again.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An Instant Pot you've probably heard about approximately one million times, so if you don't have one yet, why not? This device might just revolutionize the way you cook because it does it all. Say goodbye to eating cereal for dinner and hello to delicious meals in a matter of minutes. Yes, you heard me correctly. I said minutes.

    the InstantPot
    Amazon

    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 $66.32+ (available in three sizes).

    2. A StirMate automatic pot stirrer that'll basically be your sous-chef when you're in a rush and trying to tackle multiple steps in the recipe at the same time. This genius device can keep watch on the pot while you focus on chopping those veggies you need in the next step.

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    The device self-adjusts to fit pots from 6–12 inches in diameter and 3–9 inches in depth. The motor will stir for up to 13 hours per charge and then only takes 30 minutes to recharge.

    Promising review: "I love this device. It will slave over the stove stirring your soups, sauces, and candies all day without a complaint or tiring. Now I cook things that I enjoyed serving and eat but hated all that stirring. No more burnt pots and ruined recipes due to under-stirring. It’s a little costly, but once you use it, you will never be without it. I may even buy another one to handle all of my stirring. This would also make a perfect gift." —Steve Bruss

    Get it from Amazon for $63.83.

    3. A chopping finger guard so you can chop as fast as those chefs do on TV without fear that you'll accidentally cut your fingers in the process — when you don't have time to make dinner, you def don't have time to for a trip to the ER.

    the stainless steel finger guard
    Cyraeon / Etsy

    BTW — Cyraeon is a UK-based small business creating useful cooking gadgets!

    Promising review: "Love it. No more cutting my fingers!!!" —tgranville1

    Get it from Cyraeon on Etsy for $8.62

    4. A fast-prep kitchen slicer that gives you a better grip while cutting awkwardly shaped food, such as tomatoes, grapes, and even chicken breasts, meaning you won't struggle at all and get all your chopping done super quickly. I mean, just look at how many tomatoes they're cutting at once!! What is this sorcery???

    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 Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors on Amazon).

    5. A five-in-one countertop cooker perfect for cooking burgers, salmon, and even grilled veggies so much quicker than on the stove or in the oven. Plus, you can use it as a panini press to craft the perfect grilled sandwich. Reviewers even confirm that cleanup is super simple, so you can get done with dinner and move on to the more important things on your to-do list.

    Gray and black 5-in-1 countertop cooker with fresh orange pepper slices, broccoli florets, and a slab of salmon
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    This combines a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle into one counter-space-saving device. So yes, you can use it to grill burgers on Friday night *and* make pancakes Saturday morning.

    Promising review: "I use this grill daily, sometimes twice a day. I can make pork chops for dinner in seven minutes and those cooking plates are very easy to clean. I can have crispy bacon in four minutes, burgers in five minutes, steaks in four minutes. I really like being able to prep and cook dinner in less than 10 minutes. We are eating real food as opposed to fast food more often because this machine makes dinner easy. Sorry, McDonald's, but spending my $20 on steaks instead of your burgers and fries. This grill heats up quickly, cooks evenly, is easy to clean, and is inexpensive. The instructions have a good amount of information on the cooking times of various items. I would definitely recommend this grill to friends; in fact, my mother recommended it to me." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $95.35.

    6. A strainer designed to make draining pasta a snap because all you have to do is clip it to the pot and dump the water out.

    green strainer attached to the side of a pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This makes it so much easier to dump out water when making pasta of any type. It fits very well to most sized pans and is dishwasher safe. My 9-year-old granddaughter can now dump the water out of the mac and cheese easily. This is a must-have for people who make pasta of any kind that require dumping out hot water. It is made out of a type of rubber so I’m not sure if I would use it for hot grease, but it may be OK for that too since a lot of spatulas are made from similar material" —Bill McNeil

    Get it from Amazon for $10.68+ (available in four colors). 

    7. A veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer because chopping takes 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.

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    It comes with a small dice blade, large dice blade, spiral blade, and ribbon blade that are interchangeable and gives you the option to chop, slice, and julienne vegetables. Plus, you get a lid with a built-in chop and a storage container to hold the veggies.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this for a couple of months now, and it makes my life SOOOOO much easier. Anything I’ve thrown at it, it’s sliced with ease. Tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onions, celery, carrots...EASY! I even use to chop the eggs when I make potato salad now since it’s so easy and makes perfect slices.

    "What used to take me three to four mins chopping up an onion and then a face full of ruined makeup, now takes less than one minute and no makeup ruined. The blades are SHARP, definitely be careful when removing them. But the lock on the tray makes it easy and so far I haven’t hurt myself with it. Typically, I’ll use it and then rinse out the top and put it in the dishwasher. It’s been through on the top rack well over 20 times now and still looks brand new. If something ever happens to this one, I’ll be back to get another one. It saves me so much time when cooking dinner!" —Macygrey09

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    8. A set of Foodie Dice for when you're really in a pinch and have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner. All you have to do is roll the dice, and there's your answer.

    the wooden foodie dice
    Two Tumbleweeds / Amazon Handmade

    BTW — Two Tumbleweeds is a small Arizona-based biz that specializes in these Foodie dice, as well as a mixology set, and more! The set includes dice with options for cooking methods, protein (including vegetarian options), grains/carb, herbs, spring veggies, summer veggies, fall veggies, winter veggies, and a bonus ingredient. 

    Promising review: "These foodie dice are great for when you really don't know what you should make for dinner. I originally bought this as a Mothers Day gift, but I'm really considering purchasing a set for myself!" —Noah Johnson

    Get it from Two Tumbleweeds on Amazon Handmade for $24

    9. A tool designed specifically to make cutting a head of cauliflower super simple and not time-consuming. And when you're in a rush to get dinner on the table, you need all the help you can get.

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    Promising review: "Do you eat a lot of cauliflower? Or anything with a stalk? If you do, it's totally worth it to buy this doodad. I can literally chop up a head of cauliflower in two minutes, whereas I used to struggle for quite a bit longer with a knife." —Ashley M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors). 

    10. A microwave bacon cooker that cooks a strip of bacon in ONE. FRICKIN. MINUTE. Did you hear that? Yeah, pretty sure that's the sound of you making BLTs and breakfast for dinner every week for the foreseeable future.

    on the left, raw bacon on the cooker in the microwave, and on the right, the same bacon now perfectly cooked on a plate with pancakes
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    Plus, the tray catches all the grease, and it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use." —G. Carver

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A can colander specifically designed to fit over a can so you can easily (and quickly) drain the water out without having to pull out the huge colander you've used in the past.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "For years, I’ve been saying somebody needs to invent something to easily drain tuna. Finally, it’s here. Drains in 1-2-3. Quick, easy, and no mess. No longer do you have to deal with being sprayed or getting your hands messy. I only wish I had been smart enough to invent it myself. Who knew such a simple item would save so much time and less mess in the kitchen." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.63.

    12. A Bluapple produce extender that works for three months to keep your produce fresh for longer. This means if you buy too many veggies to cook with at the grocery store, they'll still be good to use next week.

    Amazon

    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.

    13. A Thaw Claw designed to defrost meat seven times faster. All you have to do is suction it to your sink, fill the sink with water, and then put the frozen food under the claw. It will be defrosted in no time — and you'll never have to scrap your dinner plans because you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer last night...

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    Promising review: "A package of frozen meat would have taken at least two days to thaw in the fridge. I used this for a 2-pound package a couple of days ago, and the meat was thawed within 90 minutes. One of the most practical kitchen gadgets I own." —Llda Schellhase

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in two colors).

    14. An Always pan here to replace eight pieces of cookware so you can make a delicious meal while only using one pan — which will not only make it easy during prep but also cleanup. And that's a win-win.

    Our Place

    Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, sauté 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 absolute new favorite!! I cook anything and everything in it. Dumplings? No prob. Pasta? Piece of cake. Time to scrub? No scratch and? Good as new. You can use it as a skillet or to flip pancakes. Weight is OK, but heavy for one hand so use both arms to carry. And super space saving. No clutter." —Shaiza N.

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

    15. 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.

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    Plus, it's super easy to use. Use measure how much pasta you want to cook using the serving size holes in the top of the container. Then add water to the level etched on the side of the container. With the lid off, heat the container in the microwave. One serving usually takes about 12 to 13 minutes. Then put the lid on, hold the sides, and pour the water out. (This part will be very hot.)

    Promising review: "This works perfectly. I was very skeptical, but it actually works much better than I expected. I am going to put this one in our RV and purchase the family-size one for our home. I always stayed away from pasta when in the RV because of the steam caused when boiling large amounts of water and then having to wash a large pot in a small sink. Pasta will be back on the menu now that I have found this amazing product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. An air fryer that once you try, you'll wonder how you've lived so long without this magical device in your life. Not only can it "fry" french fries, meat, or veggies, but it can also heat up leftovers in minutes — leaving them just as crispy as when you first ate them. And that, my friends, is what I like to call a game changer.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Hannah Loewentheil says: "I'd been contemplating buying an air fryer for quite some time, but it wasn't until I found myself cooking every night with my family due to COVID-19 that I finally decided it was the right time to get one. Friends of mine were raving about their new Instant Vortex Plus Six-in-One Air Fryer, so after reading similar feedback on Amazon, I decided it looked like a winner. And it happens to be made by the same company that makes the crowd-favorite Instant Pot. I figured I would be using this appliance primarily as an air fryer, but as an added bonus, it can also roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate food.

    "I've had this air fryer for about three weeks now, and I can honestly say it's become the hero of my kitchen. It preheats quickly, it's large enough to hold a good amount of food at once, it's easy to clean, and it makes food taste crispy on the outside and moist on the inside without any oil. I've been using my air fryer to make vegetables just about every night and it makes them taste so good. If you're cooking for kids, picky eaters, or you just don't get so excited about eating vegetables, the air fryer could be perfect for you. If you like chicken, the air fryer might change your life, and I don't mean that to be dramatic. The air fryer produces restaurant-quality chicken that tastes absurdly decadent, except there's no oil involved in the cooking — just air. We also tried making sesame chicken in the air fryer using boneless skinless chicken thighs. The sesame chicken tasted almost identical to my favorite Chinese takeout, and it had nothing to do with my cooking skills. Thanks to the air fryer, the chicken gets so crispy. I couldn't believe I made this at home!!"

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95.

    Check out the full review of the Instant Pot air fryer, plus some recipe suggestions, here!

    17. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins seasoned beans you can microwave for only one minute and then add to your dinner for a delicious addition to whatever else you're whipping up.

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    BTW — A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned, San Francisco–based small biz. The variety pack comes with black beans, pinto beans, chickpea curry, red beans, refried black beans, and refried pinto beans. Plus, they're vegan!

    Promising review: "Who writes a review about beans? Somebody who loves beans but had given up on them, until now. This is a great product. Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment, so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself, but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I've been trying to avoid packaged, processed foods but the natural ingredients make these different. I can feel good about eating them. The beans are whole and not mashed up liked in cans. All of the varieties are seasoned well and versatile. I've had them on their own, in salads, and in wrap sandwiches. Do yourself a favor and order some. You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. Gobble, a food subscription box that sends you a box filled with dinners that only take 15 minutes to make. Yes, that's right, only 15 minutes. Many of the ingredients already come precooked so you can have a delicious meal faster than it would take for delivery to arrive.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    You can select what meals you want on their website, and they even have low-carb and vegetarian options. Then, the box will arrive at your door weekly with instructions on how to get it ready in 15 minutes or less.

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly says: "Behold my beautiful shrimp dish that I whipped up in a mere 20 minutes and even my Southern mama (a tough critic who often feeds me veggies in fritters and bread) raved about! After my Gobble box delivered, I, naturally, was served a Facebook ad about Gobble with a promise of 15-minute meals. This recipe card for Honey Harissa Shrimp didn’t specifically say it would take me 15 minutes to make, but I timed it nonetheless (also I had about a ~45 minute window before my next meeting to cook and then eat). I was able to whip up this meal like a fire was lit underneath me (again, my schedule; plus I was on the verge of hanger) and clean up after myself on the way.

    "The packing of individual ingredients were easy to open (not always the case with meal kits!) and there was plenty of the marinade left to drizzle over my plated lunch. I rarely have dressing/sauces/condiments left over in meal kits because I like my food *really* saucy. So this was a wonderful little side benefit! Did I mention that this was my first time marinating shrimp? And this was probably only my third time actually even cooking shrimp! It also made two generous servings of lunch, even though my mom had mentally prepared to have to maybe fix herself something else for lunch. Out of other meal kits I’ve tried, I’ve definitely been left with meager portions (guilty parties rhyme with Stew Bacon). So score one for Gobble in comparison to basically other meal kit I've tried."

    Get it from Gobble for $11.99+ per serving.

    19. A food chopper useful for actually grounding up that ground beef faster than a spatula. Plus, you can also use it to mash fruits and veggies while not making a mess on your counter.

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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 $5.59+ (available in three colors).

    20. A set of microwave-safe nesting 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.

    Food 52

    Promising review: "I got these so I can store and serve in the same container and these look perfect going from fridge to table to a friend's backyard BBQ. The bowls all nest inside of each other which is perfect for storing in a small kitchen." —Ginger D.

    Get a set of four from Food52 for $64+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

    21. A grease bag with the ability to hold up to 32 ounces so you have a place to pour the extra grease from your pan and don't have to waste any time trying to figure out the best solution. This is the best solution. Plus, the packaging is compostable, so you can just throw it in the trash when it's full.

    Grease Bags

    BTW — Grease Bags is a Black woman–owned small biz!

    Get a single bag from Grease Bags for $13.99.

    22. A compact eight-in-one spiralizer made to grate, juice, spiralize, and shred all the ingredients you need for your recipe. This one tool really can do it all and make it so you can actually enjoy a home-cooked meal, even if you don't feel like you have any time for it at all.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord says: "I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe."

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall I'd recommend it :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

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

    the black ramen cooker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has been a total lifesaver! Kids LOVE this, and I love that it takes only three minutes to make and has hardly any cleanup. 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 $14.99 (available in 15 colors). 

    24. 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 if you're always exhausted after you get home from work.

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    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 four-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    25. A microwave rice and quinoa cooker to take the task of making your grain on the stove (that takes approximately 20 minutes) and turn it into a super-simple step in your dinner-making plans. The bowl is designed to stop water from overflowing, so you can make the base of your dinner in less time. Plus, when it's ready, you can just serve it in the bowl, and that saves yet another step.

    hand putting the green rice cooker into a microwave
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We love this rice maker! Prep time in just minutes... This has saved us so much time, especially when we need dinner done quickly! The rice comes out fully cooked... In the beginning, it may take a few tries, since all microwaves are different, (setting at 800) as recommended, you'll eventually know what amount of rice goes with what amount of water, etc.... I add salt to taste and a teaspoon of olive oil, and it comes out delish! When done, just turn it over on your serving plate or just serve it directly from the container... Afterward, just pop in the dishwasher, no hard rice scraping to do. Highly recommend!" —Ani

    Get it from Amazon for $26

    26. 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 7,800 5-star ratings. 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 $16.99+ (available in seven colors).

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

    27. A small microwave steamer that comes with a built-in colander, so you can effortlessly make a single serving of veggies to add to your dinner. And since it's less than $10, this tool will pay for itself in about a week.

    Amazon

    It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "For years I would buy those metal fan-like steamers that adjusted to the size of the pot; a good concept but the fins would always fall off in short order, and they really were kind of a pain to clean (plus you had to clean the pot too!). This steamer, on the other hand, is ideal for me. It is the perfect size for a single serving, and best of all it's made for the microwave and not a pot on the stove top. Cleaning is a breeze and I usually hand clean it so it's ready for another meal right away. It does take a few tries to figure out the timing for each type of vegetable, but that's OK — they come out crisp and fresh tasting. I'll never buy another metal steamer again. :-)" —dvd

    Get it from Amazon for $8.42.

    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
    Amazon

    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. And while we're at it, a herb mincer, roller, and slicer so you can speed up the prep before you actually start cooking. I swear the smallest ingredients are always the most time consuming — looking at you, cilantro!!

    the red and grey tool showing how it can mince, scrape, and strip herbs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I feel safe using, cleaning, and storing this mincer. It fits nicely in the palm for easy mincing. The blades are easily removed for cleaning and equally as easy to reattach. And the blades retract for safe storage." —Katie Melber

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

    30. A freezer tray to store all the extra herbs you buy when your recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of fresh parsley...but the grocery store only sells it in bushels meant to serve hundreds. You can totally put your minced herbs into this so you save yourself time the next time you need it!

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

    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 $10.49.

    31. 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.

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    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 $14.15.

    32. And a magnetic meal planner so you can easily plan your meals for the week and then write all the ingredients you'll need for those meals next to it. Then when you head to the grocery store, just tear off the ingredient sheet, and you'll know exactly what you need from the store. When it's dinnertime, you won't be frantically trying to figure out what you can whip together because your plan will be right there waiting for you.

    A hand tearing away one of the grocery list sheets
    Jenna Kate / Etsy

    BTW — Jenna Kate is a small biz based in Utah that makes all kinds of organizational accessories including calendars, chore charts, daily planners, and more.

    Promising review: "The perforated list separator is very nicely done, super easy to tear. The quality of the paper, cardboard backing, and magnets are great. I love the free shipping, plus this item shipped SO quickly! I'm very happy with this purchase." —Stacy S.

    Get it from Jenna Kate on Etsy for $12.59 (originally $13.99).

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