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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
    Our Place

    Promising review: "I have and love this pan! It just feels really nice to hold. The nesting spoon is absolutely genius, everything cooks evenly, and food just glides right off with minimal effort. If you hate scrubbing, consider getting this!" —Rebecca O'Connell, BuzzFeed Staff

    Our Place was founded by Shiza Shahid, along with Amir Tehrani and Zach Rosner. She's a Pakistani social entrepreneur who also co-founded the non-profit Malala Fund, which promotes education for young girls.

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

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used this straight out of the box to cook two pieces of chicken breast. I used olive oil and butter to prevent any sticking and to further season the skillet. I did not notice any sticking to the skillet. After I seared both sides of the chicken, I then let it finish in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. All I can say is wow! I love this skillet already, and this is my first time using it! I never used anything comparable to a cast-iron skillet. Never again am I going back to frying chicken, or any meat for that matter, on a regular pan. This was well worth the investment. If you're looking at this, just buy it." —Eric

    Get the 10.25" size from Amazon for $17.90 (available in eight sizes).

    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
    Amazon

    Shredded meat is also great for making tacos, dumplings, stews, and so much more!

    Promising review: "I love these! I used to use two forks to shred slow-cooked meat and it would hurt my hands and wrists. I bought the OXO shredding claws and used them for the first time yesterday. First, they worked brilliantly to scoop (and drain) the chicken breast out of the slow cooker and place it on the cutting board. Then I was able to very quickly and easily shred the chicken and get it back into the sauce. I can’t believe I’ve been struggling with dinner forks all these years. I’m so glad I bought this set." —Laura Broome

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    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.

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    This is a BuzzFeed community member response we featured in 21 Useful Kitchen Gadgets That People Actually Swear By:

    Promising review: "I don’t know life without a Pizzazz. My friends make fun of me, but they still heat up their entire kitchen preheating a stove for one frozen pizza. My pizza is done by the time they put theirs in the oven. So who is the smart one? Plus, it cooks any frozen premade food. Taquitos? Pizzazz. Frozen chicken patties? Pizzazz. Oh, you want fries with that patty? Pi-freaking-zzazz. The moral is: Get a Pizzazz and change your life." —Evan M.

    Get it from Amazon for $53.89.

    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
    Amazon

    Should you be inclined to dispel their suspensions of sorcery, you can sum the inner-workings of an air fryer up in one sentence: It crisps the edges of your food by circulating extremely hot air around it.

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99 (available in five colors).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This wonder tool does an awesome job tenderizing meat....from the largest standing rib roast all the way down to the skinniest pork chop or round steak. Those of you who like to marinate your meat will find this tool to be a God-sent savior as it provides hundreds of holes for the marinade and spices to soak into. I used to pound my chops with a metal mallet until there were holes right through it, and the poor pork chop was only a mere third of its original thickness. NO MORE! Now I use my Klemoo to poke a thousand holes on each side and the thickness never changes, but you can cut it with a fork when done. I use it on all meats: beef, pork, veal...even chicken and turkey. It works wonders!" —Wet Bruce

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    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.

    Amazon

    Read our full review of the Yamazaki Multi Eco Stand (#1 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I stumbled upon this product while searching for something to dry bottles. I am so glad I took a chance on it. I love it for drying bottles. It does everything the reviews list. I was sold on it because it looked so easy to store, but honestly, it hasn't left my countertop since it arrived. The way it opens and adjusts lends itself to any number of uses. My favorite part is that I can hold up large awkward items like cookie sheets and a 9-inch x 13-inch pan to dry. I have used it for holding open gallon bags to fill. Such a simple design and well-executed." —My Old KY Home

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in black and white).

    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.

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    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $63.94+ (available in three sizes).

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit-or-miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    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
    Amazon

    All you have to do is place your bread, eggs and other toppings in the separate trays and set the timer.

    Promising review: "I must admit I thought this seemed gimmicky — until I tried it. Super easy to use, easy to wipe up, and makes a delicious piping-hot breakfast sandwich every time. So fun to dream up new variations. Come up with your toppings as it heats, let it cook for five minutes, and voila, breakfast is ready! We use it almost every day now. The only con I can think of is that it doesn't fit a full-size bagel. Guess we'll get the mini bagels instead. Crumpets work fine and if you cut the corners off your bread that works great, too." —Karen Bramblet

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: “I have a friend who doesn't have a coffee pot. However, she has an electric kettle and keeps an assortment of teas, hot chocolate mixes, and instant coffee available for her guests. I'll admit it — I had kettle envy. I decided to start looking for a kettle of my own, and I had a couple of requirements: I did not want a plastic kettle, it needed to have automatic shutoff, and it needed to heat water quickly. I came across this little guy and it fit the bill perfectly. The water heats up so quickly — even faster than I expected. It doesn't make noise when the water is ready, but you can hear the water boiling, and you can hear the kettle making a click sound when the water is heated. My friend saw this on my counter and could not believe that I paid about the same amount for my kettle as she did for her plastic one. I guess now she has kettle envy!”—Shelleyd73

    Get it from Amazon for $29.73.

    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
    TheRedSwanGiftShop

    You just have to remember to turn it at the appropriate time.

    Promising review: "It's a great-looking magnet and it made my boyfriend smile when he saw it. It's also just super helpful to have because now the kids don't load dirty dishes when the dishwasher is full of clean dishes. I'm really happy with it!"—Nicole

    Get it from TheRedSwanGiftShop on Etsy for $7.95.

    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
    Oster

    Promising review: "I've tried four different waffle makers. They all had issues; some were very hard to clean; some made terrible uneven waffles. Most cost at least twice as much as this unit. I tried it in desperation. I figured that if it didn't work either, at least it was cheap. Boy, was I wrong. This unit MAKES THE BEST WAFFLES, IS SUPER EASY TO CLEAN, AND MAKES ALMOST NO MESS. Pay special attention to the 'seasoning' instructions. You wipe it down with a little veg oil and heat it up. Do this BEFORE making any waffles. The instructions say if waffles start to stick, just season it again. I've been using mine every weekend for a month, for a family of four, and haven't had to re-season it yet. Perfect golden brown CRISPY waffles that fall right out of the unit. Almost zero cleanup. Great every time." —Avid Reader

    Get it from Amazon for $17.88.

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I had a dental surgery that requires soft foods for an extended timeframe. This thing has been insanely helpful! I’ve used it for everything from mincing mushrooms and onions to chopping up hamburgers. SO simple to use! I love it." —Queenie547

    Get it from Amazon for $15.12+ (available in two colors).

    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.

    Amazon

    This tool is made from nylon and heat-resistant up to 480 degrees. It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Give it a cap and a costume, this is the only thing I need in the kitchen! I am often looking for tools that can replace the other 30 I have collected in my kitchen. I have used this to flip grilled cheese, stir red beans and rice, strain Brussels sprouts, and taste sauce. I use the flat edge to cut onions that were too large once in the pot and scrape the bottom of the pan. The uni-tool feels nice in my hand, has held up fine in multiple dishwashings, and has allowed me to toss a few kitchen tools that have become obsolete." —Hiawhatha

    Get it from Amazon for $19.26.

    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.

    InBooze / Etsy

    Each kit is enough to infuse 8 to 10 cocktails. Cheers!

    Promising review: "This was fantastic! Quick shipping, too. I followed the steps completely and it tastes just like a Moscow Mule. Great to know it was made with all fruits and spices. There was no mystery about what was in my cocktail! Highly recommend and will definitely be purchasing from this shop again."—Jay RA

    Get the classic Moscow Mule kit from InBooze on Etsy for $18 (more kits available in 17 flavors).

    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
    Avec

    Avec is a Black woman-founded business specializing in making mixers packed with real juice and natural botanicals. The sampler comes with three servings of five flavors: Jalapeño and Lime, Ginger, Hibiscus and Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Pomelo, and Yuzu and Lime.

    Promising review: “The way my life is set up, the very day I want a good cocktail is the very day I have no ingredients to make it happen. To be honest, I’ve never been much of the bartender, and when it comes to cocktails, I need something tasty that drowns out an overpowering spirit. So anything that came ready-to-go where I only had to add my spirit of choice, was already a win for me. After tasting, I was sold. The Avec Mixers take all the guesswork out of what to put in and how much. And, you can even drink them by themselves over ice without adding any alcohol at all. My personal faves are the Grapefruit & Pomelo and Yuze & Lime. If you want a super simple solution to super tasty cocktails, this is definitely the way to go.” —Kit Stone, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Avec for $45.

    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.

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    Check out our review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives." —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

    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
    Amazon

    No more lifting the bread with a spatula to see if your sandwich is burnt beyond belief or completely untoasted. Knowing you, it's likely one of each on either side.

    Promising review: "I purchased these for the office to end the endless fights about the dirty toaster and toaster oven and THEY DO MAGIC. Everyone is happy, toaster is clean, peace is restored! Food is heated evenly." —Marina

    Get three bags from Amazon for $6.99.

    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
    Amazon

    It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more!

    This is a BuzzFeed community member response we featured in 21 Useful Kitchen Gadgets That People Actually Swear By.

    Promising review: "I got it as a housewarming gift, and it’s so great that I gave a bunch as Christmas presents. No more mincing sticky garlic, and it works for tear-free shallot mincing, too!" —Ellen S.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    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.

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    Promising review: "I bought this out of curiosity and it has become one of my favorite seasonings. You need to know that I have a huge lazy Suzan filled with spices to understand how big an endorsement this is. This is a great flavoring for soups, stews, vegetable dishes, beans, and many types of meat. It has a little kick — not enough to frighten anyone away but just enough to make it interesting. I gave a package to the talented chef at our workplace cafeteria and he is constantly telling me what new thing he thought to put it in. I have ordered one of the samplers of several of their other spices and look forward to seeing what new creative dishes will arise from that." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    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
    Pastrymade / Etsy

    Promising review: "The rolling pin is very beautiful and came with care instructions and a recipe. I am excited to try it out. Update: It worked beautifully. I bought a pastry wheel to cut the cookies. The kids loved them." —Katrin

    Get it from Pastrymade on Etsy for $24.95+ (available in two sizes).

    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.

    Zavery Cakes

    The pancake molds are made with a mini-lift for easy flipping with a spatula and a line inside to prevent over-filling. They're also dishwasher-safe, BPA-, and lead-free. And they're from a Black-owned brand!

    Get it from Zavery Cakes for $12.99 (also available in butterfly and rocket shapes!)

    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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing makes pancakes a breeze! The batter mixes really fast in this bottle and it makes pouring the batter on the griddle super easy. I make pancakes at least once a week so this is a great addition to my kitchen tools." —LBND

    Get it from Amazon for $13.11.

    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.

    Lynn And Gray Kitchen / Etsy

    The brand recommends that you keep the syrups refrigerated and use them within four weeks since they don't have any additives or preservatives. Reviewers rave about the taste of syrups but also seem super impressed by the shipping times, packaging, and unique flavor offerings.

    Get a bottle from Lynn And Gray Kitchen on Etsy for $9.50+ (available in two sizes).

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