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    40 Kitchen Products That'll Make You ~Fall~ In Love With Cooking And Baking This Season

    That apple crisp isn't gonna make itself. 🍎

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    1. A pair of extra-long oven mitts, because as someone who used to bake for a living, take it from me: Your wrists and forearms are the most vulnerable when it comes to kitchen burns, so it's wise to keep that area as covered up as possible! Plus, a little extra protection will boost your confidence when it comes to taking piping hot lasagnas and casseroles in and out of the oven.

    Promising review: "There is nothing to dislike about these oven mitts. They arrived quickly and I use them every day. I've baked cookies and bread and roasted meat and veggies without a single burn, which is a first for me. These long mitts protect way up on my arms and they are very flexible...no more pans slipping out of my hands because of padded cotton mitts that are too bulky to allow for a good grip. I will never use anything but these mitts, and I'm buying some for my daughter as well!" —Georgia grandma

    Get it from Amazon for $14.18+ (available in six colors, as well as a slightly smaller size). 

    2. A handheld milk frother you need in your cart if enjoying PSLs and other foamy beverages at home sounds like...just the greatest thing ever. No, you don't need a fancy espresso machine or sky-high Starbucks budget. 

    Reviewer using the frother to frother milk in a cup
    reviewer photo of a foamy drink next to the milk frother

    Promising review: "Best frother that I've ever used...very comfortable to use and powerful, too. Got this to replace another branded one that zonked out on me after only a couple of months. Love love this frother. I use it to 'blend' my morning coffee with coconut oil. This frother is more powerful than my last. The stand is a nice little bonus to keep the frother off the table and from rolling off the counter. The handle is very comfortable to hold. The back (if the label is facing you), has an index finger rest. I highly recommend this frother." —N Duong

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 43 styles).

    3. Plus, a bottle of pumpkin pie sauce to top off all of your cozy drink creations à la a professional barista. Don't forget the whipped cream!

    reviewer photo of a hot drink topped with whipped cream and the pumpkin pie sauce
    reviewer photo of the bottle of pumpkin pie sauce next to a drink topped with whipped cream and the sauce

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy this but I'm so glad I did. I've been trying to stay away from Starbucks but with PSL season approaching didn't know if I could hold out. THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING. It's a good consistency, so it's easy to stir and even good to put on top on the froth as a topping. Great pumpkin flavor and smells amazing. Although it's a bit pricey, it will save me money in the long run from the $5 a cup I'd spend in the drive-thru." —Lnw2220

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (also available in 11 other flavors, as well as a four-pack). 

    4. A lovely macrame produce hammock for storing all of those apples you picked so they won't take up every square inch of your counter. Voilà, more room for prep!

    the white product basket attached to the bottom of a cabinet and holding fruit
    Knapp's Knots / Etsy

    San Diego-based small biz Knapp's Knots is pretty much any macrame lover's dream — in addition to their popular produce baskets, they make beautiful shelves, plant hangers, and wall decor.

    Promising review: "I hated having a pile of fruit on my countertops. Bowls and baskets were always too big or small and taking up precious counter space. This is the perfect, cute and functional solution! I was able to screw in the hooks by hand — quick and easy installation." —Taylormschulte

    Get it from Knapp's Knots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors). 

    5. A large Cuisinart food processor designed with people who like the idea of cooking but detest the thought of prep in mind. Luckily, this workhorse takes allll the work out of dicing and slicing, so you can enjoy your sweet potato gratin without breaking a sweat. 

    gif of reviewer using the food processor to slice strawberries
    reviewer's overhead shot of cheese that was shredded using the food processor

    If you're wondering whether it's worth shelling out money for this bad boy, keep in mind it has a whopping 14-cup capacity, so if you really hate chopping vegetables, this will hold a garden's worth. 

    Promising review: "I LOVE this food processor! I've looked for months, asked friends for recommendations, and read countless reviews. I decided on this model and it is SO easy and fun to use. Cleans up in a flash as well. Next to the Vitamix, this food processor is the "other" star in my kitchen. No idea how I cooked without one for so long!" —AM

    Get it from Amazon for $229.99+ (available in seven colors). 

    6. Or if you're short on space, a downright magical veggie chopper that'll surely become your new BFF once you realize that by owning it, you'll finally be relieved of your least favorite kitchen task forever. It'll cut down on roasted vegetable prep time by a ton, and if you're an onion crier like me, well, no more standing over a cutting board with stinging eyes. 

    Reviewer putting a potato on a flip top lid cutter and bringing the lid down to chop it into pieces
    Model pressing down on top to cut an onion

    Promising review: "Best chopper I've used! It's super sturdy, cutting onions especially is super easy, even though they have a really hard and waxy skin. My Vidalia chopper failed in less than five uses. And it took so much strength and pressure from me to chop the onions. The blades were blunt. This chopper is the answer to my prayers. The blades are super sharp, and because of this, they have safety features too! Everything can come apart easily, and put back together. So putting it in the dishwasher takes no effort!" —SummerBreeze

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 — don't forget to apply the coupon to save $5!

    7. An 11-in-1 Instant Pot with a special air fryer lid, because if spending hours waiting for your stew to cook seems a bit ~much,~ this will save a ton of time. Plus, what other appliance also lets you air fry cider doughnuts for dessert? 

    Silver and black instant pot with control panel next to a cooked chicken
    reviewer photo of a creamy pasta dish made in the instant pot

    It's got air frying, roasting, baking, dehydrating, pressure cooking, slow cooking — *takes breath* — steaming, sautéeing, sterilizing, warming, rice cooking, and yogurt making functions! 

    Promising review: "This has changed my life! The air fryer is SO MUCH more efficient than my old air fryer. I was able to get rid of my rice cooker, crock pot, and air fryer. The Sous Vide mode is a game changer in making perfect medium rare meats. You can throw meat in there frozen and it comes out super tender and never dry. Just BUY IT!!!!" —susie v clewellclancy

    Another promising review: "What else can you say about this product? It will replace three appliances that I use on a regular basis — rice cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. That's important to me because at this point kitchen space is at a premium. The packaging is great, the instructions are very clear and well written and it works very well. The first use was to make chicken bone broth using the pressure cooker feature. It worked flawlessly. Two-hour cook time. It takes 10 minutes prep, 30 minutes to cool off. Three hours later I had homemade bone broth in the refrigerator. And the whole house didn't smell for 24 hours like it would with an open pot method. Anyway, the instant pot is a huge kitchen innovation IMO. Just get one, and use it." —Josh Brainard 

    Get it from Amazon for $186.42

    8. A pair of cut-resistant gloves in case you're someone who thinks the scariest part of Halloween is getting nicked while carving pumpkins. These will protect those precious fingies so you can chop up everything from meats to veggies with confidence.

    Model wearing grey gloves while cooking meat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought the gloves because I had two nasty cuts in quick succession from a cheese grater. Anyone who has had injuries to their fingers knows how difficult it is to continue to do everyday activities and meal preparation while still protecting your wound. I received the gloves quickly after my order and pressed them into use immediately that evening. I am most impressed. My fingers/hands were protected from my very sharp grater and knife while I prepared dinner. I bought two pairs, one to keep and one to give as a gift. I am now going to buy a third pair in a larger size for a friend who also likes to cook but suffers from occasional run-ins with mandolines, graters, and knives. Great product!" —O'Hare

    Psst — check out BuzzFeed's NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves deep dive for more deets.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49+ (available in sizes S-XL and four styles).

    9. A pre-seasoned Lodge cast-iron skillet, which will likely become one of your most reached-for fall cooking vessels once you realize how versatile it is. Cast iron offers great heat retention, making it perfect for keeping your favorite comfort dishes piping hot — plus, it can be used on the stove and in the oven, or even over a grill or fire!

    BuzzFeeder's photo of baked pasta in a cast iron pan
    reviewer holding up the black cast iron pan
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    I've had my Lodge skillet for maybe seven years now, and I love it just as much today as the first day I got it. Nothing — and I mean NOTHING — is better when it comes to achieving the perfect golden brown pancake, crackly-skinned fish, and crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside baked pasta (see photo above!). Contrary to popular belief, it's incredibly easy to care for, and as long as you don't let it rust it'll last you FOR-EV-ER. I'm already planning on baking some cornbread in it for Thanksgiving!

    Promising review: "Best pan I've ever had. I can’t believe I just found this gem! I have been using nonstick pans for years and decided to try something with less chemical on it. This Lodge cast-iron skillet looks like it will last for centuries! It can easily go from stove to oven, even to my outdoor grill. The seasoning part seemed daunting at first, but once a nice protective layer is built up, cleaning just means an easy rinse with water and drying with heat." —Amazonian

    Get a 10.25-inch skillet from Amazon for $20.99 (also available in seven other sizes, and in bundles with accessories). 

    10. A reusable bowl cover that'll keep your prized sourdough loaves from drying out as they proof. It's much more eco-friendly than plastic wrap, and can be cleaned in the washing machine!

    Three stacked bowls covered with the reusable covers next to some cookies
    Stacy's Kitchen / Etsy

    Stacy's Kitchen is a San Francisco-based small business that makes handmade kitchen linens with a focus on sustainability. 

    Promising review: "Adorable! Perfect size for my proofing bowl." —Jenna Turco

    Get it from Stacy's Kitchen on Etsy for $17.12+ (available in six sizes and four patterns, as well as a set of three). 

    11. An absolutely *genius* adjustable measuring spoon for anyone with limited drawer space, since it's really six different spoons in one! Just drag the slider to your desired amount to get the correct measurement — no more digging around in search of multiple spoons every time you wanna make some pumpkin bread.

    Promising review: "I really like that I can use just one tool to measure whatever I need by adjusting the spoon size. I cook and bake frequently and this has been so convenient to use. I no longer have to worry about finding a specific spoon size and this takes up less room, which is key since I have limited storage space." —Amber O

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    12. A foolproof corer, because the thought of making an apple crisp is all well and good until you remember, "Oh, right, I actually hate prepping apples." With this, you won't only save time; you'll also save your fingers from potential knife mishaps!

    GIF of reviewer using the corer to remove the core from an apple
    Reviewer photo of the corer holding an apple core next to the hollowed-out apple

    It's so much more efficient than using a knife, and once you've removed the core, the blades open up for simple disposal.

    Promising review: "This thing is great. Very sturdy. Works amazingly well. I bought this because I had 1 1/2 bushels of apples I needed to core to make apple butter. Did the job in no time at all with this gadget. Much less waste than cutting around the core and in more than 99% of the apples, it removed the entire core and seeds without me having to do touch-ups with a paring knife. I highly recommend this tool and will be buying more of them to give as gifts for friends who enjoy the culinary arts." —James Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 18 colors).

    13. A pack of oven liners future-you will thank current-you for buying when you realize they prevent your famous pecan pie's overflow from becoming a sticky mess on the floor of your oven.

    the oven liner covered in goo on the bottom of an oven
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These liners are life changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Cleanup is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love that I can cut them down to size to fit my toaster oven. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him to grill. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Kindle Custommer

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    14. A compact 8-in-1 spiralizer that'll instantly transform all of those farmers market root vegetables into tasty zoodles. Plus, you can also use it as a juicer, grater, shredder, and more — rather than buying a bunch of little individual tools (that end up requiring way more drawer space than you'd think), you've got 'em all right here!

    BuzzFeed editor holding the transparent cup with eight black lids
    A model using the device to make zoodles, grate cheese, and squeeze an orange
    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Just swap out the inserts to go from one function to another!

    BuzzFeed Shopping's Emma Lord says: "I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe."

    Promising review: "This is the second spiralizer that I have purchased, and by far the best I have used. It's super easy to use and to clean. My other spiralizer that I had was difficult to clean properly and I want to use they as often as possible so the use and cleaning of the product is very important! Fullstar Vegetable Spiralizer is a great product and I will be purchasing more to give as gifts for the holiday season. I would definitely recommend. A+++ item." —Yvonne I

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (also available in four- and six-in-one styles) — don't forget to apply the coupon to save 20%!

    15. A cute as a button mini waffle maker in case you're someone whose idea of the perfect fall breakfast treat involves nooks and crannies. There's even a pumpkin-shaped one!

    reviewer photo of a stack of waffles made in the mini waffle iron
    the orange waffle maker next to a plate of pumpkin-shaped waffles

    Try your hand at unconventional waffles via the included recipe book, and take comfort in the fact that the nonstick cooking surface cleans like a dream.

    Promising review: "I’ve NEVER wanted a waffle maker. This has changed my life. I always buy the frozen waffles and put them in the toaster oven and was Happy with this. Then I randomly bought this and it is amazing!!!!!! The waffles are the same size as the frozen waffles and easy to make with a mix. It heats quickly, cooks evenly, and is easy to wipe down. Plus it’s tiny so it stores well. Quick tip: spray it down with Pam or something similar just in case. Also, BUY IT!" —rooks1101

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in 23 styles).

    16. Or if you're more of an apple-cinnamon pancake person, a batter dispenser that'll take the mess out of preparing your weekend brunch. It's got a helpful measurement guide on it so you can mix up your batter right in the container, and when it's skillet time, just pull the lever for perfectly portioned flapjacks, no batter splatters or dribble-drabbles in sight. 

    reviewer using the batter dispenser to pour a perfect circle of pancake batter onto a griddle
    same reviewer's perfectly round pancakes cooking on a griddle, some plain, some with chocolate chips

    Promising review: "I got this yesterday, and my son asked me this morning if I would make him pancakes! I was happy to oblige so I could try my new kitchen gadget, and it did not disappoint! I LOVE it! I made the batter right in the container, and it has measurements on it, so I didn't even have to get out my measuring cups. The batter came out perfectly and easily, and when I stopped the flow, it immediate stopped! There was not one dribble of batter anywhere, and the pancakes turned out perfectly! I cannot wait to make cupcakes with this! That was the main reason I bought it, because I always dribble cake batter everywhere when I try to make cupcakes, and it's a mess. I love cupcakes, but not the mess. Now I will be able to easily make them! I will most likely buy this as gifts for my family and friends as well. My advice, get it!" —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $17.83.

    17. A splurge-worthy KitchenAid stand mixer you'll find yourself using time and time again if you think autumn = prime baking season. It effortlessly brings cake batters together (hello pumpkin loaves), creates the fluffiest meringues (sweet potato casserole topper!), and whips up cream in a jiffy (you'll put it on everything). TL;DR: Your arms will thank you. 

    reviewer photo of the yellow stand mixer on a counter
    BuzzFeeder photo of homemade cinnamon rolls made using the stand mixer
    www.amazon.com, Britt Ross / BuzzFeed

    Don't worry about it teetering over the edge of your counter when you set it to high speeds — it may be pricey, but as a former professional baker, I can confidently say nothing compares when it comes to sheer sturdiness. If you're serious about taking your pastry skills to new heights, I highly recommend having one of these in your arsenal. In addition to whisk and paddle attachments, it comes with a dough hook for all of you bread lovers out there (I used it for kneading the dough for the cinnamon rolls pictured above!), as well as a pouring shield, which keeps flour from getting all over your counter (and you!).

    Promising review: "This mixer will change your life! I went from making French macarons all by hand power to using this standing mixer and I feel like a new baker! This mixer will definitely transform your practice and baking game, everything has become 100% easier! I suggest cleaning each part (three attachments, guard, and bowl) with mild soap and warm water, then clean the bowl with a baking powder paste to remove the gray metal polish that is applied at the factory. I was amazed at how gray the paste turned once I started rubbing it in the bowl. Glad I didn't ruin my first batch of macaron shells. So far the only con is the price, but having the right tools make baking SO much more enjoyable and productive." —Mr. P

    Get it from Amazon for $399.95+ (available in 20 colors). 

    18. Or a cordless KitchenAid electric hand mixer that'll reeeally come in handy when all of your outlets are being occupied by other cooking appliances. Plus, that baby blue color option is pretty enough to warrant a cozy weekend baking project.

    Model using the blue hand mixer to mix a bowl of cookie dough
    Amazon

    It has seven speeds for everything from easy stirring to intense whipping, and can mix dough for dozens of cookies on a single charge.

    Promising review: "Okay, I was skeptical about a cordless hand mixer. But I trust KitchenAid so I gave it a shot. Where has this been all my life?!? I love it! It’s quiet, powerful, lighter weight, and so convenient without the cord! Love!!!" —Staci Lyons

    Get it from Amazon for $89 (available in seven colors).

    19. A four-event timer, because if you're on Thanksgiving duty this year, you're gonna need a surefire way of remembering when the turkey, green beans, stuffing, and pies should each come out of the oven. This helpful gadget lets you set four timers at once, and even comes with a whiteboard so you can write down which timer is for which dish when your brain is feeling as mushy as mashed potatoes (GENIUS). 

    reviewer photo of the timer on a fridge with two timers set and labels for
    the four-way timer with four timers set next to a rack of cookies

    P.S. It's magnetic, so just stick it on your fridge!

    Promising review: "This is SO handy! I was thinking of it particularly for Thanksgiving, but have already used it for multiple cooking times. Takes a little practice setting, but once you do it a couple of times, it's easy. Nice loud alarm. Does not shut off until you shut it off." —shopping genie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.78.

    20. KitchenAid immersion blender, aka Fairy Godmother: Soup Edition, since it'll transform your chunky butternut squash concoction into a silky smooth puree. Plus, it'll keep you from burning yourself, since you won't be transferring a big batch of piping hot soup to a standing blender.

    the blue immersion blender
    reviewer photo of the light blue immersion blender inside of a pot of soup
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    I own the blue immersion blender, and as someone who's just 5 feet tall and has practically zero upper body strength, I find that it's been a total game-changer. Now, whenever I want a smooth sauce or silky soup, all I have to do is stick this bad boy into the pot, press a button, and presto! No more having to muster up all my strength to lift a heavy pot, and then pour hot liquid from it into a blender (I mean, disaster waiting to happen). Oh, and it's SO easy to clean, plus the pretty blue hue makes me happy every time I use it!

    Promising review: "Best immersion blender I've used! This thing is so powerful! Smoothly blended my roasted butternut squash, onion, and celery to make a bisque. I love the pan guard so I can blend right in the pot and it doesn’t scratch. It was very easy to use and clean. Highly recommend." —Annabelle

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in 10 colors and three styles). 

    21. A nifty herb leaf remover that separates the leaves from the stem in one fell swoop. No more picking each leaf off individually, and no more unpleasant stems sneaking their way into your roasted vegetables!

    GIF showing someone using the herb leaf remover to take leaves off a sprig of parsley
    Mud Pottery Studios / Etsy

    Mud Pottery Studios is a small business based in Mendocino, California, that makes small clay trinkets and accessories for the kitchen and home. 

    Promising review: "This is a great addition to my kitchen. Well-made and good looking. I've been using it for cilantro and am very happy with it." —rohshambo

    Get it from Mud Pottery Studios on Etsy for $19.50 (available in seven colors).