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    26 Kitchen Products You'll Probably Wish You'd Owned Sooner

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    1. An Always Pan, which, besides having an incredibly sleek and aesthetically pleasing design, is the perfect pan for people in search of versatile cookware. It has a nonstick surface and vented top for sautéing, a mesh basket for steaming, and a high-quality spoon that hooks onto the handle.

    the pan set on a kitchen stove

    2. Or a Lodge cast-iron skillet pre-seasoned with 100% vegetable oil, so you don't have to worry about synthetic coatings or chemicals getting into your food. It can go straight from the stove top into the oven, making it an equally versatile piece of cookware.

    salmon and asparagus sitting in the cast-iron skillet

    3. Meat shredders for when you want to make your protein for the night a bit more interesting. If you haven't tried pulled chicken, turkey or pork, you don't know what you're missing!

    model's hands shredding chicken with the shredders which look a lot like thick plastic rakes for food

    4. A rotating oven that'll produce a pizza that tastes so good your roommates might think you've been adopted by a Sicilian grandmother — until you put pineapples on it.

    5. A compact air fryer to convince anyone who's unfamiliar with this trend that you're a straight up sorcerer who cooks with the power of witchcraft — I mean, how else would you explain producing a Popeye's-level crunch to your fried chicken without the use of oil?

    The air fryer in red, featuring an analog timer, round temperature dial, and convenient handle for removing the basket

    6. A 48-needle meat tenderizer that allows you to create "heat channels" in your meat, thus reducing your cooking time by about 40%. This is perfect for busy cooks who want to whip up quick meals without resorting to frozen TV dinners (do people even call them that anymore? Aren't all dinners technically TV dinners these days?).

    model's hand pressing the meat tenderizer to a slap of beef

    7. A multipurpose bag holder you can use to store a bunch of different things in the kitchen. As someone who cooks multiple times a day, I'd personally use this to hold small trash bags that I can throw things like egg shells, vegetable stems and potato skins into until I'm done preparing my meal — that way I don't have to keep walking back and forth to the garbage can the whole time.

    8. An Instant Pot so your houseguests will think you've mastered multiple appliances (when in reality you've only pushed a few buttons). This thing is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one.

    9. An electric egg cooker so simple you'll feel like it cooked your breakfast for you. It can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and even individual omelets.

    an electric egg cooker filled with eggs next to a plate of deviled eggs

    10. Or a sandwich maker that will LITERALLY cook your breakfast for you. If this sounds too good to be true, you're not alone. Reviewers were skeptical at first too until this inexpensive thing turned them into magicians in the kitchen!

    the sandwich maker with three sliding layers

    11. A microwave pasta cooker for folks who are culinarily challenged. This will also cut down your cooking time considerably whenever it's pasta night.

    A model holds the Fasta Pasta, a rectangular container with cooked pasta inside, over a sink as they strain the water out

    12. Or an electric tea kettle for those lazy nights you can't imagine "cooking" anything other than instant ramen.

    hand holds large kettle with window to show liquid inside and measurements

    13. A Golden Girls dishwasher magnet you can use to let everyone in your home know whether the load in the machine is clean or dirty. It'll make living with roommates (older or younger) a whole lot easier.

    a hand holding the golden girls dishwasher magnet

    14. A super straightforward waffle maker that'd allow you to make a 5-star breakfast with minimal hassle. You’d actually have to try very hard to NOT make a perfect waffle in this thing.

    a freshly made waffle being removed from the waffle maker

    15. A manual food chopper – it can handle anything from large fruits and veggies to boneless meats. It also gives you full control over consistency whether you prefer big chunks or finely diced slices — it just depends on how many times you pull the lever.

    a pair of hands using the food chopper

    16. A 5-in-1 unitool that works as a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, a spatula, a turner, and a cutting tool. It's basically a Swiss army knife, except...ya know...it's not a knife.

    17. DIY cocktail (or mocktail!) kits so you can save yourself a trip to your local watering hole and get straight to the festivities from the comfort of your own home.

    18. Or a sampler of mixers from Avec so you'll always have a variety of cocktail (or mocktail) ingredients available for virtually any mood you and your squad happen to be in.

    the sampler in a box and some colorful avec cans on a bar cart with fruit and a cocktail

    19. A tiny, two-stage knife sharpener to repair and restore your knives just as quickly an easily as it appears in this GIF. Anyone who walks in the kitchen and sees your sharpening your steel as you prepare to go to war with a batch of potatoes will know you mean business.

    20. A pack of toaster bags if you're looking for a quick way to make your favorite sandwhich that doesn't involve a stove or spatula.

    grilled cheeses in bags in a toaster

    21. A garlic twist to create the perfect mince without leaving your hands smelling like you murdered a vampire. It's a way better solution than just haphazardly waving a bottle of garlic powder over your food, which is what I usually do.

    Someone holding the clear gadget with garlic inside

    22. Smoked bacon chipotle sea salt you can use to seriously step up your seasonings. With the wonderful medley of flavors in this sea salt, your roommates will think you've suddenly become a top-tier spice blender.

    23. A stunning embossed rolling pin so you can get artsy and maybe a little craftsy as well with your homemade cookies.

    the wooden rolling pin with embossment designs engraved in it to impress upon the cookies and cookies in a bowl with designs on them from the pin

    24. A fun pancake mold so you can do something similar for that special tiny person in your life. A plate full of edible dinosaurs and rocket ships is sure to impress your little ones, and it'd certainly be a step up from the misshapen "circular" pancakes you usually serve them.

    25. And a pancake mixer bottle that'll allow you to mix, pour, and fry your pancakes as fast as possible. This is perfect for people who live in households with many mouths to feed.

    hand holding a bottle full of batter and pouring out pancake circles onto a griddle

    26. Annnddd some locally made syrup to smother those bad boys in once they're fresh off the stove. It's from a woman-owned shop based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and made of all-natural lavender flowers and unrefined raw cane sugar.

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