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    Remy The Rat Isn’t Real, So Buy These 28 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Help Instead

    Until we can train rodents to make our food, we must fend for ourselves.

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    1. An automatic pan stirrer since no small animals are gonna pick up the slack if you walk away from your pan.

    The three-pronged stirrer in a pan

    It has a built-in timer and runs on four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    2. An egg cooker that'll make hard-boiled eggs so good, even Anton Ego would approve.

    the egg cooker

    Oh, you wanted soft-boiled? It can do that too. Poached? Sure, get fancy. Scrambled! Yep!!!! Now you can have scores of deviled eggs at home instead of reluctantly overpaying $6 for one at a restaurant. It has a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access.

    BuzzFeed actually tested it out and loved it.

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

    3. A rice cooker so you can set it and forget it, no Little Chef needed.

    small rice cooker with plastic cup, lid, and rice spatula

    Promising review: "This is a great little rice cooker for making small portions. My first batch of rice came out too wet and the steam vent overflowed so on my second batch I added less water than recommended and the rice came out perfect." —Ivan

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

    4. A breakfast sandwich maker that cooks every part of the sandwich at once and then neatly stacks them together. Voila! And no little rat paws touched any part of your meal.

    the sandwich maker with three sliding layers
    Hamilton Beach

    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.

    5. A garlic chopper perfect for anyone who's more of an Alfredo Linguini than an Auguste Gusteau when it comes to prep work.

    Remember those cars that scooted around after you pulled them back to wind 'em up? This device is kind of like that. After you fill it with garlic, simply roll it around to chop up the garlic. It saves time and fingers.

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love the Garlic Zoom! Mincing garlic has never been easy or fun until now. It makes mince work out of garlic, onion, chilis and herbs. I'm not sure what I love most about this little gadget. Not smelling stinky garlic fingers all night? No burning fingers or eyes from chopping a super hot chili? Or mincing fresh herbs in a blink of an eye? Anything I can throw in the GarlicZoom I zoom. It's fun! I have a problem wrist from an injury and an arm and hand that suffers from nerve damage. I can still manage to zoom this." —Kennedy Collins

    Get it from Amazon for $11.05.

    6. A beloved 7-in-1 pressure cooker sure to replace at least three of your bulky kitchen gadgets (and one fictional rat chef).

    the instant pot

    This baby steams, slow cooks, makes rice, sautes, and even make yogurt. It's like having a sous chef on deck at all times.

    See BuzzFeed's Instant Pot review.

    Promising review: "I am a senior noncooking male who was suddenly faced with feeding myself after my wife passed away. The Instant Pot has been a marvelous help. With it I can cook meat (poultry, beef, pork), potatoes, carrots, and corn all together with excellent results. Everything cooks to perfection within about 30–40 minutes. All I have to do is put the ingredients in the pot, push a button, and leave for about 30 minutes. Voila! Instant dinner. I have also cooked rice as a kind of breakfast porridge. No problem. Cleanup is very easy." —David A.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A retro diner-style 3-in-1 breakfast station, because that breakfast scene from Ratatouille is really cute, but sadly not something we could have experience IRL. This has a griddle, coffee pot, and toaster oven so your breakfast battle station is all in one place.

    the breakfast station in red

    Promising review: "This is a cute all-in-one breakfast center. I actually purchased this for my husband to use in his semi. Due to health concerns when he's traveling across country, he tries to stay away from truck stop food. It also saves him money when he can make his own breakfast, cook his own pizzas, and make his own coffee. I liked that this one has a permanent coffee filter in it. I tested it out and the coffee was fast, it toasted well too." —shopper1

    Get it from Amazon for $102.10.

    8. And not to keep harping on the cutest breakfast scene in movie history, but here is a mold you can just throw in your Instant Pot for easy eggs!

    egg poured into a mold with seven semi circles

    It doesn't have to go in an Instant Pot to work, but it does fit in one. You can also use it to make chocolate, mini cheesecakes, cake pops, brownie bites, muffins, popsicles, ice cubes, and more! If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can still use these in boiling water, the microwave, the freezer, or other pressure cookers. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "These egg bite molds are perfect for my 8-quart Ninja Foodi! I found a recipe on Pinterest and had a quick easy breakfast for the week! The egg bites popped right out with nonstick spray and they were easy to clean up in the dishwasher. Highly recommend if you are a Foodi or Instant Pot user!!" —Abby Inman

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $9.99.

    9. An Aerogarden countertop garden for a foolproof way to grow fresh herbs at home. If Remy was here, he'd want you to use more basil.

    garden with sprouting herbs in pods with light on top

    This kit comes with seeds for Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basi,l and mint. There's an overhead light and it alerts you when the plants need water.

    Promising review: "I planted everything photographed 1/3/19 and I took this photo this morning (2/5/19). It takes care of itself and they grow a little bit more each day. It's the most exciting part of my morning routine. While my coffee brews, I admire my plants!" —kristy campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A rotating oven for heating your food evenly and keeping your precious pizza visible at all times, lest a rodent try to sneak a bite.

    Promising review: "This appliance should come standard in every dorm room. Not only is the one of the safest ways I could imagine doing dorm cooking, but it also EXTREMELY versatile. I have made prosciutto-wrapped cheese-stuffed jalapenos, broiled steaks, fried eggs, baked cookies, and of course made frozen pizza on this wonderful machine, all using tin-foil to form what ever kind of pan or tray I needed. The default state of the machine is as a rotating cooling rack with a fan that cools the heating element as well as the food/tray. Overall it's idiot-proof and versatile beyond expectation." —Cman

    Get it from Amazon for $49.89.

    11. A cute microwave helper so you can make s'mores in the microwave. Is this cuter than Remy? No. But is it real? Yes.

    s'mores in microwave with gadget holding them closed

    Pour water into the device and then slip the s'mores into place. Your friend's little hands keep the sandwich together, even when the marshmallow starts expanding.

    Promising review: "I needed something to quickly make s'mores for a classroom full of third graders. This was perfect! The marshmallow always rolls off the cracker in the microwave, and this handy little gadget stopped that from happening. Fantastic invention!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.81.

    See more stuff you can use in the microwave.

    12. An electric peeler — not as cute as watching a rodent get to work with a mini peeler, but way more efficient.,

    Promising review: "I have had this product now for almost a year and can say I honestly love it and use it weekly. I have a toddler so I try to do everything and anything to cut down on prep time. I usually prep my foods the night before when he is in bed. However, when I peel potatoes at night they always turn brown within hours. Therefore, this product allows me to peel the potatoes quickly to add to my stew in the morning. Cleanup is very easy as I just run the two pieces that hold the item in place under water." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $17.59.

    13. An ice cream sandwich maker for pristine sweet treats worthy of a dessert counter in Paris.

    the mold with ice cream and brownies in it
    Williams Sonoma

    The mold requires ice cream and homemade brownies. Reviewers have mentioned that it works better when you freeze the brownie sheet and let the ice cream sit out for a bit.

    Get it from Amazon or Williams Sonoma for $19.95. If baking brownies seems like entirely too much work, check out these cookie sandwich makers.

    14. A pack of toaster bags so you can get your grilled cheese fix without waiting around to flip your sandwich in a pan. Spatulas are too heavy for lil' rat paws anyway.

    grilled cheeses in bags in a toaster

    End the agony of constantly under your bread to see if it's ready yet. It never is! It's either completely untoasted or inedibly burnt.

    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.

    15. A veggie chopper to make quick work of your prep work. I personally, would not want to hold a sharp object while a rodent controlled my movements, so this seems like the next best option.

    Think about how much time you'll be saving! So much!!!! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

    Promising review: " The chopper is heavy duty, and stainless-steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    16. A sushi kit so you can whip up maki like a pro. Auguste Gusteau was right — anyone can cook (or assemble maki)!

    the maki kit with a mold for even slices

    Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    17. A life-changing gadget that converts your boring frozen fruit into — hello — soft serve "nice cream." Ice cream for breakfast? There have been crazier ideas before (like a rat becoming a famous Parisian chef).


    Unless you have sleeping roommates because this thing is kind of loud.

    Promising review: "It is a true marvel of science, magically producing perfect frozen yogurt from fruit, yes that's right, magic. It blew my mind how similar it is to real ice cream. If you had placed a bowl in front of me, I dare say I would not recognize its true composition of pure fruit. Magic frozen yogurt which I am now guiltlessly consuming as I transcribe this very review. I can say with confidence, this magic frozen yogurt leaves you feeling healthy, full, and like you've just had a bowl of ice cream... for breakfast." —Tosh

    Get it from Amazon for $48.92.

    18. A yogurt maker to cut down on grocery store costs and impress all your guests with Paris café-level goodness.

    the yogurt maker

    Promising review: "I love this yogurt maker and have been using it once to twice a week since I got it. I find that whether or not homemade yogurt is cheaper than store bought depends on your ingredients that you are using i.e.: organic milk vs. regular store brand milk. I was eating brand name and store name yogurt daily and it was getting costly. This really cuts down on the cost and tastes a lot better." —LAS

    Get it from Amazon for $27.57.

    19. A salsa maker that chops ingredients super fast so you can enjoy salsas and guacamole with your roommates (sadly none of which are talking rodents).

    veggies in a bowl with lid that has rotating lever

    Manually crank the handle and doubles blades will slice and dice your ingredients in seconds.

    Promising review: "I bought this because I love the salsa you can get in restaurants, but I'm not a fan of the jarred stuff you get in the grocery stores. I grow my own tomatoes and peppers so this is wonderful for a quick batch of fresh salsa." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    20. A hot dog maker so you can get perfectly toasted dogs and buns. Hot dogs, you know, the famous French delicacy.

    toaster with slots for dogs and buns

    This thing is doggone awesome!

    Promising review: "I am quite endeared to this little hot dog maker. So much better than just throwing hot dogs in the microwave." —Tootie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two colors).

    21. A sous vide precision cooker to create meals worthy of a spot on Gusteau's menu.

    the tube-shaped device in water

    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

    Promising review: "Add this nifty gadget to your kitchen arsenal and get time back normally spent hovering over, carefully trying not to overcook meats! Not only that, but you'll have perfectly cooked meat every time! I used to never buy steaks because they were too difficult to perfectly cook without a grill, but now with this, all they need is a sear in a pan for a minute and you are ready to have the juiciest, well-cooked steak. This tackles more than just meat though, I have had success in cooking eggs in here as well, some of the silkiest, smoothest you will ever try. It's almost confusing at first when you taste it because they are so smooth, but once you have that first bite, you will clear the plate in no time. Take this, an Instant Pot, and an air fryer, and you'll be noticing that oven and stove top staying A LOT cleaner." —Brian

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    22. An immersion blender kit so you can blend your hollandaise sauce right in the pan and save yourself the pain of having to wash out a blender. You don't have a tiny sous chef to help clean, after all.

    the blender with all the extra accessories

    Along with the blender, you get an egg whisk, milk frother, chopper bowl, mixing beaker, and blending head.

    Promising review: "Exactly what I've been looking for in an immersion mixer. Steel construction, over 500 watts, adjustable speed controls, and the 20-ounce cup is a nice addition. If you haven't made hollandaise with a hand mixer, you're short changing yourself and the sauce. I will continue to play with this thing and update if necessary, right now it's a 5-star product!" —Lamon Tucker Jr

    Get it from Amazon for $46.98.

    23. Oooor a Ninja Foodi personal blender that's small but effective (like Remy!). This thing can obliterate tough ingredients like ice, nuts, and frozen fruit, making it a must-have in every kitchen.

    model spoons out thick acai from bottle

    I am a huge Ninja blender fan. They just work better than any other brand. I can thoughtlessly throw any frozen chunk of whatever in there and know the motor won't burn out. I love making hummus, nut butter, acai bowls, and thick smoothie bowls with mine! This model comes with 14- and 24-ounce cups, plus a 1,200-peak-watt motor and four preset programs.

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    24. A compact air fryer you can turn to when you want crispy food that hasn't been totally soaked in oil or covered in rat fur.

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

    This is great for all sorts of foods, especially frozen food. It makes food extra crispy without the need to fry it. It's also a lot more convenient than a toaster oven.

    Promising review: "Hands-down the best $70 I have spent for something in the kitchen. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, chicken — you name it, and chances are there’s a way to air fry it." —lyssanicoleh

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in five colors).

    25. A family cookbook with room for all your best meals so you can pass down your legendary ratatouille recipe to future generations.

    hand writes in notebook

    Does a book count as a gadget? Yes. Don't argue with me on this.

    Promising review: "Gave this to my lovely wife for her birthday. She had been looking for a cookbook to write down recipes she loved or invented. The quality of this book and slipcover are such that someday our children or grandchildren will inherit the family recipes. Neat layout, with options that other books don't have." —Bladesmith

    Get it from Amazon for $26.19+ (available in two colors and four other styles).

    26. A weekly meal planner pad with room to plan meals, a perforated shopping list section, and a magnet. There's no rat around to tell you what to buy so keep this on the fridge and tear off your shopping list when it's time to hit the grocery store.

    hand tears off the perforated shopping list section of the notepad

    Promising review: "I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly 'what do you want to eat,' 'what do we have,' blah blah, etc. Now, I can lay out the week's meals and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don't miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good and doesn't stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low." —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A mini griddle ready to whip up eggs, pancakes, and other goodies — thanks, Little Chef 2!

    small circular griddle with lid

    Promising review: "I LOVE this little gem. The portion size is perfect for one (me). Just be cooks stir-fry-size meats quickly and perfectly. It makes a grilled cheese on a small bun and a perfect egg. Clean up is so easy and quick. I love not messing up a pan and the stove. I like to eat, but for me, cooking for one is not especially fun. This is almost fun and so easy. All I really use now is my Dash, microwave, and coffee pot. Kitchen stays immaculate!" —Jaiyen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven colors).

    28. And a microwave popcorn maker that melts butter as the kernels pop so you can have evenly coated popcorn for movie night. I know what I'm watching tonight!


    The top can be used to measure out popcorn kernels and hold a chunk of butter when cooking.

    Promising review: "This is so easy to use and makes delicious popcorn! I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil (instructions say any cooking oil) in with the corn kernels and a good pat of butter on top and cook in the microwave. I just listen for when the popping slows and remove from microwave. I add a small amount of salt and shake it up — makes perfect popcorn!!!!!!!!" —TMAC TexasTop

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Bon appetit!


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