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    17 Products Under $15 That'll Make Cooking So Much Easier

    Need I remind you that ANYONE CAN COOK? The products in this post were updated in August 2018.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A peeler with a swivel design to conform around whatever you're peeling. No more taking 75 years to skin just one potato!

    I can't be the only one.

    Promising review: "This is the only peeler I'll ever trust. The handle is comfortable in my hand, and the blades are sharp in both directions: whether you peel away or towards yourself, you're in good shape. The actual blade swivels just enough that it will conform to whatever you're peeling, but not so much as to feel loose in your hand." β€”Dinakar Sarma

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    2. A ravioli maker that'll have you eating homemade "stuffed pillows of joy" without having to pay for a fancy dinner.,

    My heart says go to an Italian restaurant for dinner, but my wallet says L O L.

    Promising review: "I made my first batch of homemade ravioli using this press, and they turned literally turned out perfect. A super simple process, too!"

    Get it from Amazon for $13.17.

    3. An all-in-one tool that'll split, pit, and slice your avocado to perfection. Instagram toast has never been so hassle-free.

    Promising review: "Do you eat avocados every day like I do? Do you eat avocados a few times a week? A month?! If it's any of those options, you NEED this. When I first excitedly told my friend I bought a slicer tool specifically designed for avocados, she scoffed at me. But I kid you not, it is literally the best thing. I LOVE tools that are designed to make prep work enjoyable. I love avocados but did not love that I needed a knife, then a spoon, to cut and scoop out the insides. But this slicer has an attractive green color and is easy to grip and clean. I love that while the knife end can easily slice through any avocado skin, it will not cut mine! Removing the pit is soooo much easier now." β€”Vivian

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    4. A patty press designed to make the most perfectly shaped sliders you've ever seen. SpongeBob, you jealous?

    Sliding into my shopping cart like...

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I was looking for. We were having a birthday party for our son and wanted to make sliders, but I wanted a quick way to do it since there was a lot of them to be made. This was an inexpensive solution and worked perfectly. It took a few tries to get the hang of putting the right amount of meat in the circle, but once I got the hang of it, it was pretty effortless. It made the food prep a lot easier!! Also, what made me decide to purchase this patty press was the fact that it is all self-contained. Everything fits perfect into a small plastic 'case' that the actual press locks into. Barely takes up any space and it fits neatly in my drawer." β€”Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    5. A slicer and corer that'll have 16 apple slices ready in an instant. This a must-have for bakers everywhere.

    Or just, you know, apple eaters.

    Promising review: "This made it so much easier to make holiday pies! My old slicer only made eight slices and then I would have to slice them by hand to make them smaller, which ended up with uneven slices." β€”D in MI

    Promising review: "This deserves a Nobel Peace Prize." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $10.50.

    6. An adjustable pie shield to protect your poor, innocent crusts from burning. Can I get an AMEN?

    Promising review: "This worked perfectly! Not one of the crust edges burned on the three pies I baked. This is very easy to use, and I will never bake a pie again without using this shield." β€”Dlea

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

    7. A dessert decorator designed by the world's most renowned bakers to help you decorate your desserts like a pro.

    This makes it sooo much easier to frost cupcakes, people.

    Promising review: "This makes cupcake decorating so much easier! My cupcakes come out so beautifully, and I don't need to use a piping bag. This is definitely a must-have product for beginner bakers." β€”Ms. AB

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. An kale, chard, and herb stripper to help your favorite ingredients ~leaf~ their stems.

    "Kale I help you?" β€”This herb stripper

    Promising review: "This is a superb product and a great idea. This is perfect for getting the leaves of kale, chard, and other herbs! It doesn't take up much space either, and I feel that this was a useful addition to my kitchen gadget assortment." β€”Jesena

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    9. A silicone pastry mat with easy-to-read measurements that also doubles as a baking liner.

    Promising review: "This mat saved the day during my marathon baking sessions for Christmas! It stayed in place on my countertop so I could roll out pie crust and sugar cookies. I used the size guides to press out biscuit dough to the size of the pan before cutting out the circles to make sure I got the most out of each batch and they were uniform in size." β€”Tawny9753

    Get it from Amazon for $9.74.

    10. A citrus juicer perfect for making fresh-squeezed OJ. It's part of a balanced breakfast, okay?

    Instead of manually cutting a lemon/lime/orange and attempting to collect all the juice into a cup, this handy device will thoroughly squeeze the fruit and get the most juice possible into the attached bowl β€” all while keeping your hands clean.

    Promising review: "I love this juicer! It's so easy to use: the plastic ridges tear into the lemon (or whatever citrus you choose), and help extract the juice as you push down. There's also a measuring label on the side, as well as a lip for pouring out the juice. I've had no issues with pulp or seeds sneaking in, either." β€”Mason Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.33.

    11. A can strainer to ensure you get rid of excess water, without getting rid of any food. The horror, amirite?

    Promising review: "I love this clever strainer! It fits right over an opened can and makes it incredible easy to strain corn, beans, and peas. The handles are lovely and slightly textured, which makes them easy to grip and hold." β€”AggieGal00

    Get it from Amazon for $4.19.

    12. An angled measuring cup so you don't have to crouch down in order to see the ingredient amount.

    Promising review: "If you're going to get excited about a measuring cup, it might as well be this one. Designed with consumer habits in mind, the angle of the cup makes it easy for you to measure out liquids by looking directly into the cup as you pour; no more cocking your head to the side! This measures by the cup or by the ounce, it's dishwasher-safe, lighter in weight than your traditional glass cups, and has a great handle grip which allows you to keep a handle on things (no pun intended). Durable and still looks brand new after two years of heavy use. This is your cup!" β€”Drea A.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A nifty tool to help you prepare cauliflower, broccoli, and other veggies in half the time it would take with a knife.

    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." β€”Ashley M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    14. A garlic peeler even a vampire would appreciate. Just roll the peeler and BAM! The clove will come right out.

    Promising review: "OK, this is DEFINITELY not a gimmick! Follow the instructions and this will save you time and sanity in the kitchen. Put three to five cloves in at a time, roll it with minimal pressure, and it works like a champ. It also rinses very easily and dries quickly: I will never hand-smash garlic and fight with those pesky skins ever again." β€”That Kasper

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A de-corer rumored to be evil; it destroyed SpongeBob's home. BUT! It'll have you serving and eating pineapple in minutes.

    Promising review: "This works flawlessly, and is so simple. You remove the top portion of the fruit, line up the circle cutter with the core, and turn. That is it. When you reach the bottom of the pineapple, you'll feel resistance and you just pull the fruit out of the skin. From there, you remove the handle and slide the perfectly cut fruit from cutter. It is that easy. All that is left behind is the core and the skin. We use the empty core to hold fruit salad!" β€”B. Hamlin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.03.

    16. A funnel pitcher to prevent ingredients from getting on the baking pan and basically ruining your life.

    Promising review: "This little pitcher is a multi-purpose powerhouse. I use it not only for cupcake batter, but for pancakes, filling the electric kettle, filling the coffee pot, watering plants, watering the dog, filling small-mouthed bottles with mysterious substances, and measuring various liquids. It's a tiny little work horse that sits quietly between jobs and eats very little. Not to mention, it's dishwasher-safe. I give this little guy 2256699978 thumbs up." β€”Karigig

    Get it from Amazon for $6.01.

    17. A silicone baking mold used by Little Debbie. This bad boy makes 24 brownies at a time.

    Bonus: You won't need to worry about staining your pan.

    Promising review: "I've had bad luck with silicone bakeware in the past, but I'm very pleased to say that these have changed my mind! I love them β€” they are perfect for making candy or baking brownie bites." β€”Book/Moviefreak

    Get it from Amazon for $10.65.

    Me, making delicious food with all my new tools.

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