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    30 Kitchen Gadgets For Anyone Who Doesn't Know What They're Doing

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    1. A stainless steel strainer so you can drain cans without making a total mess and without cutting yourself. The rust-resistant stainless steel won't trap odors and is easy to clean.

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    Promising review: "This product is easy to use and easy to clean. I've used the plastic strainers before and they bend, crack and break. So when it came time to replace them, I spent a bit more and got a stainless steel strainer. This makes the chore of draining cans very easy and fast with no mess. Just put it in the dishwasher and it comes out clean and ready to use again. This strainer doesn't bend or crack, so I expect it to last a very long time, maybe a lifetime. I'm pleased with it and recommend it to everybody." —Wisconsin Amazon Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    2. A pack of basic cooking utensils that are both durable and heat-resistant for your everyday needs. Flipping burgers? Check. Making pasta? Check. Plus, the handles are made from Acacia wood for a sleeker look.

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    In total you'll receive a spatula, round spatula, soup ladle, slotted spoon, solid spoon, spaghetti server, slotted turner, and a wide slotted turner.

    Promising review: "If you are looking for kitchenware that will not scratch your pots, this set is the right thing to buy. The wooden handles are study, but at the same time, the silicone part is soft. It seems to be durable, as well. Also, it can be cleaned in no time. Overall a great set!" —Sajan

    Get the set from Amazon for $23.99+. And check out a similar set that includes 11 pieces in a gray color.

    3. A silicone baking mold, because spending all that time making egg muffins or cupcakes only to have all the bottoms rip off is way too frustrating. The molds are freezer-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe, so they're super versatile.

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    Since the molds bend easily, you can pop out your baked goods in about half the time. Also, they're incredibly easy to clean compared to traditional baking pans!

    Promising review: "A must-have for any baker! Hands down, this is one of the best silicone additions to my kitchen cabinet and bakeware arsenal I have. Extremely easy to clean and always makes a burn-free, stick-free finished product. The silicone prevents burning or hotspots with even temperature distribution, making each muffin as good as the last! Your treat (muffin, biscuit or cupcake) will seamlessly pop out of the silicone mold once cool! Thus, preventing the dreaded fork and spoon removal method that results in crumbs and cracks. To clean, just wash and rinse with warm water and light soap and that's it! No scrubbing or scraping needed. Now everyone can be a five-star baker with this five-star muffin pan!" —Angel Lee Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    And check out our spotlight on the silicone baking molds here.

    4. A Dash mini griddle for pancakes that'll make breakfast a total breeze. It's the perfect size for a dorm room or small apartment, and with the blue indicator light, you'll know exactly when your food is ready.

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    It heats up within minutes and both top and bottom are non-stick! I use it constantly in my apartment for protein pancakes and over-easy eggs.

    Promising review: "Don’t waste time thinking about getting this, just get it! I’m in love with this little gadget! It’s so very easy to use and extremely convenient. All you need to do is plug it up and your home turns into an IHOP. I used this little beaut for the first time this morning and whipped out some perfectly cooked pancakes! It takes about four-five minutes to make each pancake. Expect flawless, golden brown, consistently crafted pancakes that are completely effortless. And this skillet can be used for more than just pancakes! I fully intend on cooking eggs, bacon, quesadillas, steaks, and whatever else my heart desires on here. I got my eye on that mini waffle maker next!" —LesLeaLuvShopping

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six colors). And check out the Dash waffle maker, too!

    5. And a Dash rapid egg cooker, because a nutritious, hearty omelette shouldn't take an eternity to make (or be super difficult). It'll serve up hard-boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs in just minutes.

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    And don't worry if you're in the shower when your meal is done – the cooker has an auto-off to prevent overcooking and a buzzer to alert you. The removable trays are also dishwasher-safe.

    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." —OnAJourney

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

    And check out our spotlight on the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker here.

    6. Heavy-duty kitchen shears that'll come apart for a full cleaning once you'd used them on meat, veggies, as a bottle opener, peeler, can opener, and nut cracker. Well, not all at once, but you get the idea.

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    With no-slip grips and stainless steel blades, these'll last you a lifetime.

    Promising review: "These are heavy duty shears. I have used them daily since I received them. Also love the fact that they come apart for cleaning. I keep these in my hobby building on my work station. I have used them for thinning back my tomatoes in the garden as well as cutting paper, opening feed for the chickens and cutting up baby back ribs. Absolutely all purpose!" —Roxanne R Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

    7. A digital food scale with a conversion chart etched onto the top so you'll never have to ask Siri how many tablespoons are in a cup again. No one ever remembers those measurements anyway, so having a cheat sheet handy is the way to go.

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    This scale measures grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters and fluid ounces. It comes with batteries and has an easy-to-read screen.

    Promising review: "I love it. What's also helpful are the measurements that's on top of it. It's very easy to use. It allows you to change measurement units as the item sits on the scale. I'm buying one for my mom when it's on sale again." —SheridaH

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, sold exclusively at Macy's for $13.93 (originally $35.99).

    8. A three-in-one slicer so you can cut apples, dice potatoes, and core mangos without overloading your kitchen drawer with unnecessary gadgets.

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    Promising review: "It beats other slicers out there. It is heavy-duty and has different discs for different fruits which makes it so useful." —Makduda

    Get it from Food52 for $30.

    9. A Frywall to prevent the awful oil and grease splatter that plagues your stovetop every time you attempt to cook. The heat-resistant silicone won't melt in the pan and can be wiped down with soap and water after use.

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    This Frywall will fit 12-inch pans, so make sure to check your pans before buying! I bought one for my mom who always creates a splatter mess when she cooks. It contains everything and makes cleanup afterwards so much easier.

    Promising review: "I love my Frywall! There is zero spatter on my stove, counter tops, and backsplash! I used to dread the cleanup from stir frying and skillet cooking.now, I just put the pan and Frywall in the dishwasher and it’s clean! It rolls up and takes little to none storage space too! I bought a large and a medium. Told my family all about it too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95

    10. Kitchen timers so you don't accidentally burn the food you worked so hard to prepare. Experienced cooks just ~know~ when they're food is ready, but hey, you're learning as you go and might as well rely on an actual clock.

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    They can count up or down and have a alarm that'll alert you when the timer is finished. They also have an alarm shutoff so you don't have to hear an annoying ringing if you're too busy getting your pans out of the oven.

    Promising review: "I researched several, but this one looked like just what I was looking for and it was: a simple kitchen timer, easy to set, easy to read, two volume settings, and a magnetic back. It even has a leg in back if I need it to stand." —M Cummings

    Get two from Amazon for $6.97.

    11. Color-coded cutting boards, because mixing raw meats with veggies when prepping food is unsanitary! Each board provides a handy photo so you know which is which, plus they're lightweight, flexible, slip-resistant, and durable.

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    Promising review: "Very durable so far! I bought them four months ago, used them almost daily and got usual marks from knives but never got close to cutting through. I've put them in the dishwasher and while they did bow slightly, I just bent them in the opposite direction before storing them and they're good as new. The little photos haven't washed off, either. They haven't slipped on me. Overall, great for the price." —T.

    Get the set from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in a set of four or six).

    12. A digital thermometer to avoid undercooked meat because uh, that's a serious health hazard!! For an accurate reading, this thermometer takes four to six seconds to determine the temp and is great to use when cooking your first roast.

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    Promising review: "It's a meat thermometer so you expect a certain design and usage. I've had a few and they all work basically the same. Why five stars? Because this one comes with a nice cover for it, it's sharp enough to go deep in thick cuts of meat and works fast. The readout is clear, easy to read and easy to use. I've used it a few times and it cleans up well." —K. Mills

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    13. A reusable silicone baking mat that'll save you a ton of money on parchment paper, tinfoil, and flour. It's great to use when working with dough since it's non-stick. With clear measurements, any novice baker will feel like a pro when they're finished prepping their pie.

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    Promising review: "I’ve never used a silicone mat for baking before. I actually thought the mat would be a harder plastic. To my surprise the mat was soft and flexible, but it also felt strong. The mat has all the information I need to bake just about anything. I also like the fact that the silicon mat protects my granite countertop. When I was done with the prep for my pie I couldn’t believe how simple it was to clean the mat. A quick wipe with a damp paper towel was all it took (I could’ve also easily rinsed it under the sink faucet). I am looking forward to use the mat for rolling and cutting sugar cookies for Easter. I love this addition to my kitchen baking goodies!" —Mai

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95+ (available in two sizes).

    14. Collapsible strainers, because no one really has enough cabinet space to store these easily. You can rinse whatever ingredient you're using and even use the bowls to serve. Once finished, just collapse down!

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    Promising review: "This was a gift for our daughter. She loves the different sizes so she doesn't have to always use a big one. And it's nice that they fold down and store easily. No trouble with the dishwasher or regular cleaning." —Mike Whitmer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.97.

    15. Or! A flat colander to lay at at the bottom of your sink to catch all the food scraps that otherwise fall down the drain and cause a clog. It can also be used for defrosting so water doesn't pool around the chicken your mom asked you take out of the freezer a few hours ago!

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    Promising review: "I love this flat colander. When cooking meals that require more washing and preparing of veggies, I can set them all out and wash them at the same time. Since I don't have a garbage disposal, I peel potatoes and carrots such that the peels fall on the colander, making it easy to collect them and dispose of them. I use it all the time." —Natalie O

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89+ (available in three colors).

    16. A finger guard for protection while chopping veggies and other foods. The grip can be adjusted to fit different finger sizes and is made of rust-resistant stainless steel.

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    If you're not super experienced with a knife (everyone minus Arya Stark), this is a must!

    Promising review: "The finger guard is nice and helpful especially for a newbie like me. It helps to cut things thinly without any risk of cutting my finger tip. The guards are very sturdy, and I can see myself using them for a long time. " —VIOLET M.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available as a pack of two or four).

    17. An easy-to-use NutriBullet blender so you can make delicious protein shakes and smoothies quickly and efficiently. The stainless steel blades will cut through fruits and veggies with no problem.

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    I have a NutriBullet at home and absolutely adore it. I use it mostly for protein shakes in the morning, but it seriously only takes a couple minutes to make. It crushes ice with ease. I've also had it for over a year now and have had zero issues with overheating. It's never died on me!

    This set comes with one tall cup, two short cups, one flat blade, one emulsifying blade, two re-sealable lids, and a pocket nutritionist and manual with recipes. If you're on-the-go, you can use the lid provided and you're out the door in seconds!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this thing. I'm a big fan of juicing but the ordeal of cleaning the juicer that I bought was getting time-consuming. However with this, I can blend up just about anything. And from what I can see I get a lot more from it. I can also use this as a blender to make smoothies or grind coffee beans; I've been making my own homemade Nut Butter and nut milk. I've also made my own hummus! Forget all of your other products! This is the way to go. For a single person, this makes all the difference in the world. It's extremely easy to clean and I'm able to make two or three things at a time which allows me to have my juices for the whole day." —Olexia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    And check out our picks for the best blenders on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    18. A steamer basket to make steaming veggies a breeze. It'll cradle broccoli and carrots so you don't have to burn your hands when removing the vegetables from boiling water.

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    Promising review: "I received my steamer last week, have used it twice already, and am very happy with it. I've been getting fresh vegetables from a local farm delivery service and microwaving them to steam was just not the best. I had never owned a true stove-top steamer before this one and I'm so pleased with how easy it is to use and how much better my vegetables taste." —D. Mathewson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in two sizes, in one or two tiers, and with an extendable arm).

    19. A three-cup rice cooker that'll do the heavy-lifting for you come dinnertime. It'll master white or brown rice, plus oatmeal. And the steam vent cap means you won't get those annoyingly messy overflows. It can actually adjust cooking temperature and time due to its internal computer and will keep food warm once it's done.

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    It also comes with a rice spatula, spatula holder, and rice measuring cup. AKA, it's an investment piece you'll use over and over again.

    Promising review: "Best rice cooker ever made. Having the setting for steel-cut oats is why I purchased this item and it works perfect: one cup steel-cut oats (using the clear cup that comes with the cooker) and three cups water (using same clear cup). With this amount, it makes two to four servings depending on how big you want your serving to be. I refrigerate the extra servings and heat in microwave the next day or for a snack." —Bruce Bradshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $132.88.

    20. A stainless steel odor remover, because regular soap and water sometimes cannot rid of icky fish, garlic, and onion smells! You can use this bar like you would a bar of soap — with water! Once finished just leave it out to dry.

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    Promising review: "I used this after cutting onions and the smell wasn't nearly as bad afterwards. I first ran warm water and smelled my hands after drying. The smell was still strong, but after rubbing with the steel under warm water, I could barely tell there was any onion odor. Completely satisfied." —Lawrence Bowers

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99. And get a similar bar here that is sold in packs.

    21. A press to crush garlic instead of having to delicately cut the small cloves. It makes the process so much faster and even comes with a quick-peeling silicone tube and mini brush to clean the cloves beforehand.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This garlic press is of the highest quality. I was very impressed with its ease of use and cleaning. It actually has three moving pieces, which makes cleaning very easy. It will not break like some of the other presses you find online. Overall fast and easy!" —Jack G.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. An oven rack push/puller so you don't have to reach awkwardly into the oven to grab whatever goodies you just made. It's made of beech wood and has a high temperature resistance, so no, it will not burst into flames.

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    Promising review: "Seemed somewhat of what I would call one of my 'silly purchases.' That was until I used it for Thanksgiving turkey. I tried to take out the rack to check the bird and could not, too heavy. Then I remembered I had this in the drawer. Rack slid out like a breeze. One of those things you don't think you will really use, but thankful that I own it." —Robert C

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12. And check out a wood version here.

    23. A cell phone and tablet stand, because when you start out in the kitchen, you're definitely gonna have to reference the recipe once, twice, or maybe one hundred times to get it right. And that's okay! Better safe than sorry.

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    The stand is compatible with all phone and tablet types.

    Promising review: "I love this stand. It is very sturdy, cute, and unique. Fits my phone if it's lying horizontally or vertically." —LaShae936

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two styles).

    24. A pair of onion goggles to prevent teary eyes while you're chopping away. The soft foam blocks out irritating odors to leave your eyes dry and sting-free.

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    Promising review: "The only thing I don't like about these goggles is the fact that I didn't buy them years ago! These are practically magical. I love to cook with onion and up until now I just resigned myself to it taking a while longer since I would periodically have to step back and get the tears under control to avoid cutting myself. But now! Holy moly – these work!! They're comfortable and they don't fog up. This is not a luxury item – it's a necessity!" —C. Eastwood

    Get them from Amazon for $18.79+ (available in five colors).

    25. A heating-conducting scooper so you're not hacking at ice cream like a lumberjack until some finally comes loose. Now you'll be able to enjoy dessert time post-dinner without having to get an extra arm workout in that day.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I own an ice cream shop and employees often complained about their arms hurting after a busy day of scooping ice cream at the shop. I have been searching for the perfect scoop recently and ran across an ad about the heat conducting scoop that caught my attention. I ordered one to try and I loved the way it cut through the hardest ice cream. I have since ordered additional scoops and although my employees still complain about the busy times at work...their arms no longer ache." —Hugh

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $20.

    26. A set of mini spatulas to get every last drop out of sauce and Nutella jars. These work really well on bottles with a narrow opening so you don't waste food and get your money's worth.

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    These spatulas are resilient, flexible, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "You need to buy this! It is sooo helpful! I literally used almost every last drop in my foundation jar, which I have never done before! Now I think about how much I have thrown away in the past and wish I had this handy tool before! It could've saved me some big bucks before, and now it definitely does." —Maven

    Get a set of two (6" and 12") from Amazon for $11.70+ (available in two colors).

    27. A vegetable chopper that'll dice up carrots and onions in seconds so you can keep all your fingers intact. It has two different sized blades, a four-cup container, and a cleaning brush.

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    Promising review: "I use it regularly to chop many different kinds of vegetables, including onions, celery, mushrooms, and carrots. Works well for apples, too. I find that it is a terrific time-saver. I was concerned that it might break. Mine so far has held up great. It seems like it is very well-made. I was also concerned it might be hard to wash. Not the case for me. It admittedly can be slightly challenging getting all the food pieces out of the chopper parts, but the nylon bristle brush that comes with it makes it a relatively easy job. I have used my chopper almost daily for several weeks now. I am actually finding that I’m more eager to cook since getting this thing."Owen Knowles

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available with two or four blades).

    28. A handheld knife sharpener to combat the dullest of blades. The bottom has rubber grips so you can safely sharpen your knife set without fear of slipping. Plus it's ergonomic so both lefties and righties can use it!

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    Promising review: "I used this for the first time on our kitchen block set. I was quite surprised about the ease and quickness it took to sharpen the knives. My wife recognized the difference immediately. She said the knife she used to cut an onion sliced through the onion effortlessly. I've had similar sharpeners in the past, but this one is the best I've ever used." —Mike H

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

    29. A silicone popper so you can get fluffy, perfectly-popped popcorn without having to stand over a stove. It'll collapse down for easy storage and is made from durable silicone.

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    All you've got to do is add kernels to the designated fill line, cover it, and pop it in the microwave. You can also add your own toppings like oil, salt, and butter!

    Promising review: "My family enjoys having popcorn for an evening snack. It is much healthier than our usual choice of chips and ice cream. We usually buy the bags you put in the microwave, but with this I can control the ingredients and make it even healthier. It is made from silicone and collapses, so it does not take up much room to store. I fill it up to the line, put the lid on, and put it in the microwave for four minutes. My first time, I listened to the pops and stopped when it was getting few and far in between. It only took three minutes in my microwave. There was so much popcorn in it, the lid was popped up and it was almost overflowing. I was so amazed at how well it worked! I got a super-healthy snack in just minutes! I am so grateful to have found it!!" —Tammy Dolby

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in eight colors).

    And check out my spotlight on the Colonel Popper, too!

    30. A jar opener suitable for those with limited mobility and safe enough for kids. It can handle bottles and jars of various sizes, using its metal teeth to open the lid with little effort on your part. AKA it'll finally stop you from struggling with that jar of pickles.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 85-year-old mother who has a bit of arthritis in her hands. She loves this jar opener. She commented on the ease of use and likes the fact that it can be used on smaller bottles. Made a daily task much easier for her." —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $11.71.

    Only a little bit of practice and you'll be a pro!

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