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    21 Essential Products For Anyone Who's A Beginner In The Kitchen

    Time to make cooking a little easier.

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    1. A 5-piece multi-function tools— like a spoon with measuring marks — that'll help you conquer cooking your first meal like a pro!

    Macy's

    These products are dishwasher-safe and safe to heat up to 400°F! The set includes a spoon with measuring marks, ladle strainer, masher with herb stripper, turner with cutting edge and ginger grater, and slotted spoon with herb stripper.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $35.99.

    2. An all-in-one kitchen tool including a funnel, juicer, grater, egg cracker, shredder, can opener, egg separator, and measuring cup — to make pouring, mixing, and measuring much easier.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this for when we have family brunch with my kids and grandkids for making pancakes and waffles! Makes pouring easy with no mess! I love it so much gonna get one for my daughter's house." —Maryann

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. A 6-piece knife set with protective covers that's perfect for beginners to give you a professional, sharp chop every time.

    Macy's

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $57.99.

    4. A non-stick spatula to flip pancakes like a pro! Because if you're just learning to cook, you may not know that regular spatulas can burn while cooking — plus non-stick spatulas will be easier to clean.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great spatula. What I really love is that the tip of the spatula does not burn and melt. I have plastic ones that melted on the end and food gets stuck in the burnt edges and is hard to clean. This one does not do that. It is very easy to clean and it has been very durable." —PugFamily

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in five colors).

    5. A stainless steel whistling kettle with a stay-cool wood handle to make heating up water safe and simple.

    Macy's

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $56.99.

    6. A collapsible silicone colander that'll make draining food effortless for beginners while not taking up too much space in your cabinet.

    Macy's

    This product is dishwasher-safe!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    7. A liquid measuring cup with a grip handle to make pouring a little less messy and keep it under control. Plus it's angled and allows you to read the measurements with accuracy, so you won't get confused on your first recipe!

    Amazon

    This product is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I do not like cooking but, with this measuring cup it makes it so much easier for me to measure things that I think that I will enjoy cooking now. I haven't had it long enough to speak of its durability but this product is AWESOME!" —Cheyennes Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in four sizes).

    8. A classic 12" cast iron skillet that'll cook your food evenly through so you won't have to worry about if you're food is completely cooked.

    Macy's

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $42.99.

    9. A 2-piece whisk set — they'll be easier to use than a spoon and can make whipping up eggs or batter a piece of cake — no matter the size of the bowl.

    Macy's

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $14.99.

    10. A 2-piece oven grip and splatter lid set that'll work double time as a food cover and an oven mitt — perfect for beginners who don't have either in their kitchen.

    Macy's

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    11. A palm peeler for easily peeling fruits and vegetables in the comfort of your hand — because peeling can be the hardest and most dangerous part of the recipe!

    Amazon

    This product is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: I'm very happy I purchased the Chef'n PalmPeeler. Peeling fruits and vegetables are so much easier and quicker now! This handheld design is also easier on the hands. My muscles don't get so sore as used to get with the traditional design.d.hagge

    Get it from Amazon for $3.64 (available in two colors).

    12. A non-stick ceramic frying pan — a necessity for newbies in the kitchen because it'll make cooking easy, while not overcooking your food.

    Macy's

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A colorful glass container set with protective airtight lids to keep your leftovers fresh.

    Amazon

    This product is microwave- and dishwasher-safe! Includes six pieces.

    Promising review: "Love these containers! Glass is so much better to use than plastic. The lids all fit snugly except for on the smaller square one, the longer sides on it doesn't seal as well, but definitely still usable!" —Lydia

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    14. An index cutting board set for newbies who are unaware about cross-contamination between raw meat, vegetables, fish, and cooked food — and it's also great for anyone who likes being organized.

    Amazon

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Very nice cutting boards. It makes the cutting process smoother and easier on the arm and shoulder. They are attractive, easy to store, and I like the color coding system. Obviously, some boards will be used more often than others. But I recommend these boards to anyone who wants a stylish, efficient, and smoother experience in the kitchen." —A. Kabani

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in three sizes).

    15. Stainless steel measuring spoons for precise measuring so making your first dish will be a success!

    amazon.com

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I should have purchased these long time ago! Finally no more guesswork and/or trying to weight out tiny amounts of supplements, oils and spices. The spoons appear of great quality, the markings are engraved so no washing off and there just doesn't seem like there is much that could ever go wrong with them. I like the various sizes they come in, which seem to be the amounts most often needed by me. I highly recommend this product. If any problems ever develop with them I will post an update but so far so good and have proved to be extremely useful." —Joanna Neal

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    16. A 2-piece tong set to make flipping your meat on the stove or grill so much easier.

    Macy's

    This product is dishwasher-safe.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $21.99.

    17. A non-stick cookie pan set for making cookies without burning them — unless you lose track of time while they're in the oven!

    Amazon

    This product is safe to heat up to 450º F.

    Promising review: "Best cooking sheets ever! Strong enough to cook everything from meats to cookies and clean up easily. Great!" —Macman

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. Stainless steel mesh strainers to simply sift through small things like spices and rinse off larger things like dried beans.

    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "This a really nice set of strainers! They're well-made and are not flimsy. I use the small one to sift powdered sugar on baked goods and it works perfectly. They all work great for the various tasks I've used them for and don't have anything negative to say about them." —NYCSteeler

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    19. A multipurpose saucepan that's scratch-resistant and durable, making cooking your very first meal almost effortless — and with an easy cleanup!

    Amazon

    This product is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I've only been using this for a couple of days, but it's exactly what I was expecting. The non-stick coating makes it very easy to clean. An excellent utensil that also looks good." —Mustafa Akailvi

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A 2-in-1 master opener that'll safely and simply open cans and bottles for those who don't know how or struggle with traditional can openers.

    Amazon

    This product is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "My favorite can opener ever! I cannot say enough about how easy this is to use. It never gets dirty with this type of design. My old can openers were disgusting after opening a few cans and difficult on your hands. If you have arthritis or joint issues and you need an easy to work can opener...this is it. It is worth every penny. You can open ring top soup cans, dog food cans, any type of can, as well as bottles and never have to stress whether it is on the can right. And it has no sharp edges that can cut or harm you." —Lori Trovato

    Get it from Amazon for $15.86+ (available in two colors).

    21. A salad spinner to make tossing a salad thoroughly so much faster and smoother.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This salad spinner is great. It is exactly how it appeared online. Very happy with this item and it really makes preparing salad much easier and faster!" —Julie

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

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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