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    22 Products That'll Help Beginner Cooks In The Kitchen

    Things to help beginners and non-cookers become pros in the kitchen.

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    1. A magnetic measuring spoon set that'll give you super-precise measurements so you don't overdo it with the spices. And! They'll stack up perfectly and stay organized.


    Promising review: "I didn't expect to like these as much as I do. Turns out that I LOVE these! While cooking I can use one side for dry and the other for wet ingredients — no need to clean or have multiple spoons out. Easy to clean. And they magnetically snap easily together so I can store them all in one section of my drawer, no more hunting for measuring spoons and no more clumsy rings, clips, chains or whatever to deal with. I originally thought the leveler was silly and that I'd have no need for it. Surprise! It's actually quite handy and I use it often." —D and A's Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87 (comes with seven spoons and a lever).

    2. A colorful knife set to ensure you don't cut vegetables with a raw meat knife. These knives will help you prevent cross-contamination, even if you don't realize it!

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    Set includes an 8-inch chef knife, an 8-inch serrated bread knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 7-inch santoku knife (the Japanese version of a chef knife), 6.5-inch serrated utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, and protective guards for each knife. And check out our review of Cuisinart colorful knives set.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these knives, I’ll never need to go kitchen knife shopping again. If I lose or break any of them I’ll just replace! Love that they can travel so easily with the sheath." —S.S.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (seven colors).

    See what won best chef knives on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. A pair of cut-resistant-gloves so you don't accidentally cut your fingers while trying to get your MasterChef on.


    Promising review: "I wanted a pair of gloves that I could wear when using my very sharp mandolin to slice vegetables very thinly. I'm always afraid of slipping and cutting my fingers, something I have unfortunately done in the past. These gloves fit perfectly and allow me good dexterity — an accidental bump against the mandolin blade did nothing to the glove or my mandolin blade. I couldn't be more satisfied." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99 (available in four sizes).

    4. A powerful hand-held food chopper for anyone who doesn't know how to perfectly dice or slice. This will do it for you — quickly and easily.


    Promising review: "This is the handiest gadget in the kitchen and believe me, I have them all, cluttering up the cabinets. If you hate dragging out your electric food processor every time you want to chop an onion or make salsa, this is for you! BEWARE!! The blades are razor sharp so be extra careful when using and cleaning. I make chop salads in seconds; you can load it up with your favorite veggies and pull the cord 8 or 10 times and you're done. I'm getting a spare for me and one for all my friends for Christmas." —Amazon Customer

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

    5. A set of magnetic spice jars to keep all your spices in view on your fridge so you're not frantically searching the cabinets to find the paprika.


    Promising review: "Finally!!! We searched for a long time for spice jars that would hold a nice amount of spices. These are perfect! With a pour or sprinkle option, window to see the spice level, strong magnet, space-saving square shape! We planed to just put our 'popular' spices in them for taking in the RV... but we love them so much we are buying another set so we can have all our spices organized!!" —JT

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (comes in four different set size options).

    6. A microwave pasta cooker so you can take the mess and wait-time out of boiling pasta on the stove. Enjoy a simple spaghetti dinner in just a few minutes.


    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. 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." —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A set of five mini beechwood tools to help you prep, baste, mix, or do anything you need. And they're non-stick!


    Set includes a rounded spatula, pointed spatula, spoon, all-purpose spatula, and a basting brush.

    Promising review: "Great set of mini tools. I very much liked the variety, the colors are cute and just as pictured. I find them very useful for scraping out mixing cups and get the last bits out of small containers. I find they come in very handy. My only negative was that the handles could have been a bit smoother, but they are wood." —ChicagoMom

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

    8. A beginner's cookbook that'll teach you the basics and everything you need to know about cooking. It has helpful tips and suggestions so you'll finally know your way around the kitchen.


    Promising review: "I usually don't like cookbooks because the recipes turn out to be crappy. Or I just make the recipes crappy. The fact that I'm a beginner cook with zero experience doesn't help. My mother never taught me to cook either. So when a recipe calls for 'common sense' things such as 'pressing on the meat until it feels firm' or 'cook on medium-high heat until browned,' I have zero clue what the right firmness or browning is. Unfortunately, I tended to overcook things to dry dust. Months of trying out recipes scoured from the web yielded mediocre results. Most of the recipes in the book also require simple ingredients. Ingredients that I can actually procure without having to drive to a huge grocery store or go to a farmer's market. This book is perfect for those who really want to learn how to cook. I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could." —Precious

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29.

    9. A rapid egg cooker to quickly and accurately make perfectly cooked hard-, soft-, and medium-boiled eggs. It can also make poached eggs and omelettes!


    Read our review of the rapid egg cooker.

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me; and like them soft but not runny or raw; just cook as directed. Have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :). Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $18.56+ (available in five colors).

    10. Or a stackable egg-cracking set for a precise opening of your soft-boiled egg so you can enjoy it with ease.


    Set includes an egg cracker with an anti-slip grip, two spoons, and two egg cups.

    Promising review: "Best egg cups and topper I have ever used. The silicone inserts really hold eggs well. And the topper actually works! Makes a clean cut all the way around, just be sure to pull it up all the way." —Brad K

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    11. A 6-in-1 food chopper knife set with a non-slip grip handle to speed up chopping like a pro. It'll snip herbs, cut through bones, scale fish, peel veggies, and even open bottles!


    This gadget includes a peeler, fish scaler, bone cutter, built-in cutting board, knife, kitchen shear, and a bottle opener. It also comes with a finger guard and a sharpener.

    Promising review: "This cutter is easy to use and speeds up all your cutting and chopping. Just grabbing one thing from the kitchen drawer keeps it really easy to have everything you need at hand. The herb-cutting scissors, finger guard, and sharpener are great little bonuses. Great housewarming or wedding gift!" —Huni Szep

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29.

    12. A stainless steel grater prep bowl for grating cheese or slicing ginger quickly and easily. And it's large enough so you can prep for the week ahead.


    The 5-quart prep bowl features a lid with a cutout in the center where you can place one of three grating and slicing inserts: a fine grater, coarse grater, and a slicer. It's also dishwasher-safe and comes with a non-slip silicone base.

    Promising review: "I love just about anything if it's versatile. This bowl definitely fits that description. Space-saving, multi-function bowl. The base has a non-slip surface. Slice, grate, beat, store.....this bowl is very useful!" —SpaceJunky

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

    13. A stainless steel Crock Pot so you can master slow cooking and have a warm meal waiting for you every day of the week.

    This Crock Pot features a program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours and has an automatic keep-warm setting plus a locking lid.

    Promising review: "WHY WOULD NO ONE TELL ME THE MAGIC OF SLOW COOKERS RIGHT WHEN THEY BECAME A THING!? Seriously, this thing is a busy person's savior, or in my case, a lazy person's dream! This one is plenty large enough; and incredibly easy to use. Reviews say this one runs a bit hotter than most, but I've followed a handful of recipes and their cook times seem to be accurate. I really love that this model will automatically switch to keep warm after the timer you set expires. That last part is crucial for me because I work 10+ hour shifts, and most recipes even on low are about eight hours. That keep warm feature makes sure my food isn't burnt, but still warm when I get home." —Peter Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    14. A microwave bacon cooker for those who struggle making bacon on the stove, or end up burning it in the oven. Just pop this baby into the microwave for perfectly-cooked bacon in 60 seconds.,

    Promising review: "This cooker is the easiest way to cook bacon. Drape a few slices over the rods, microwave 60 or so seconds, pull 'em off and enjoy! Now you don't have to do without bacon in the morning 'cause it takes too long to fix. Then, dunk it in soapy water, rinse, and let it air dry. Also quick. It even folds up small enough to store in a drawer. Ya can't beat this little jewel. Try it. Return it if it isn't everything I've said. I love it." —Kenne Messer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    15. A set of flexible cutting boards that'll make slicing and dicing easy, and funneling fruits or veggies into your dish even easier than the chopping!


    Promising review: "Very convenient, super durable, and extra flexible — easy for storage and clean up! I love the colors. When I'm making a stew or chopping multiple veggies or fruits, it is easy to transfer everything into a pot or bags." —Terri

    Get them from Amazon for $5.49+ (comes in a set of three and two color options).

    16. A splatter guard to keep annoying messes out of the opening between the counter and stove. It makes clean-up time after cooking even easier!

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed to bridge the counter and stovetop. It stops food from going down the sides and making a mess. Cleans easily. Made of some sort of flexible silicone. Easy to trim to fit where I needed it to go." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.68+ (comes in a set a two and available in three colors).

    17. A set of non-stick tongs that'll stay put in your hand and hold onto whatever food you're grabbing. No more dropping pork chops on the floor!


    Set includes 9" and 12" tongs. They are heat safe to 425°F and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I purchased these so my husband would quit using metal utensils in my pans and he likes them. Easy to use and dishwasher-safe." —BeckyB

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $8.93 (originally $21.99).

    18. A cooking oil spritzer to simply spray and base your pan with your preferred choice of oil. It spritzes out a controlled amount so oil isn't dripping everywhere.


    Promising review: "I love this spritzer! I don't like to use pam or aerosols, but they are super convenient when baking, so I wanted to get something that could convert my favorite organic oil to spray form. I had bought a different type of spritzer before, but I had to pump it a lot first before I could use it for just a few sprays. This one pumps the pressure in while you're spraying so you don't have to do any extra work and it's a total time-saver. Definitely recommend!!" —Mallory FS

    Get it from Amazon for $8.66.

    19. A cooking apron with conversions, cooking tips, roasting times, and other helpful cooking basics printed right on so you'll be prepared to cook anything, while also protecting yourself from the mess.


    Promising review: "I never realized I'd like having an apron so much. On the very first use, I was cooking in the wok and splashed some oil on me. Without the apron, I would have likely ruined the shirt I was wearing. The guide is handy and neat — gets a lot of positive comments. Pocket is occasionally handy. I'm a big guy at 6' 7" and 280 lbs., and this apron fits great." —CDK

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in full size or waist apron).

    20. A tofu press that'll drain all the water out of your tofu in a few minutes so it's ready to go right into the pan. Perfect for those who didn't know soggy tofu is a no-go!


    Promising review: "Tofu press! Where have you been all my life (or at least as long as I've been making tofu)? No more soggy, wasted paper towels and stacks of books, cans, or whatever you have lying around. I prop the press up in a Tupperware bowl and the press goes to town. Cranking the screws every few minutes, it's not very long until I can slice up my firm tofu and put it into hot oil where it crisps up quite nicely. It's night and day between the crumbly mess that would previously result from my forays into tofu-frying, and my S.O. definitely appreciates the taste and texture difference between then and now." —K

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. An easy-to-use breakfast sandwich maker so you can make your own Egg Mcmuffin in minutes. No need to use multiple appliances.


    Promising review: "It's simple. It's easy. It's fast. A hot sandwich any way you like it, in five minutes. What can be better than that? Save money at home by making your own McDonald's Egg McMuffin. I am pleased with this machine. Works great. I wish I had bought the double maker. My next try will be personal pizza." —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    22. And a burger press that'll bring perfectly-formed patties into your life so you can finally host the BBQ of your dreams!


    Promising review: "The item certainly lives up to the reviews! Even though the press appeared easy to clean, I saved myself a lot of effort by lining the cup with plastic wrap before adding the burger. I used 5 1/4 ounces of ground beef and placed the second layer of plastic wrap over the top. The press made a perfect indentation in the patty which I filled with crumbled bacon and Gorgonzola cheese. I used the second patty of about 2 1/4 ounces which I pre-formed and placed on top, then covered with plastic wrap and pressed to seal. Burgers popped out easily and clean up was minimal since I used the plastic wrap. The most important part, the burgers were great!! I've already purchased a second one as a gift. Can't wait to experiment with different fillings....maybe jalapeños and cream cheese next..." —SkeetaP

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in seven different styles and types).

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