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    41 Things You'll Want To Have If You Plan On Living In Your Kitchen This Winter

    Like a mini waffle maker and a pizza stone for cooking up perfect pies at home.

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    1. 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 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
    reviewer holding a container of assorted chopped vegetables

    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+ (available in gray or white). 

    2. A set of Nordic Ware aluminum half-sheet trays, because not only is aluminum durable, it's also an excellent heat conductor, meaning your cookies will bake evenly and your roasted veggies will be perfectly crisp. Trust me, these babies will last FOREVER!

    reviewer's hand resting on one of the baking sheets
    reviewer photo of a pizza baked on the sheet tray

    I use these sheet trays at home, and whether I'm roasting cauliflower or baking cookies, I end up with even browning every time. I've had mine for almost 10 years now, and they still work as well as they did when I first bought them. Sure, they might be a liiittle less shiny, but that's how you know you're getting good use out of them!

    Promising review: "Love these baking sheets. They are the best ones I have ever owned. They say buy light-colored baking sheets for light-colored cookies that don't burn on the bottom, and these sheets seem to hold that saying true. Highly recommend them." —Chantilly Philly

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $23.76.

    3. And a pack of silicone baking mats that'll end any spatula versus sheet tray battles for good. No sticky residue, and just think of all the money (and trees!) you'll be saving by cutting down on parchment paper. Plus, they're great for rolling out dough when you don't want to make a mess of your counter.

    reviewer photo of cookies on a silicone baking bat on a sheet tray
    reviewer showing the golden brown, evenly baked bottom of a cookie baked on the silicone baking mat

    I bought these for my dad as a Christmas gift and he told me they're a game-changer! No more caked-on messes, and they're SO easy to clean.

    Promising review: "I’ve been baking for years and would occasionally have issues with uneven cooking across the bottom, especially with cookies. Decided to try these after hearing others talk about silicone sheets and seeing them used in baking shows. I’m SO glad I did. Absolute perfection; zero sticking, even heat distribution, and even color on the bottom of each cookie. WHY DIDN’T I GET THESE SOONER?!?! Love, love, love them!!" —Inked_girl

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $16.79 (also available in larger packs). 

    4. A small yet mighty mini rice cooker, which will have perfectly cooked, hot rice on the table in less than 20 minutes (a godsend when you're HANGRY). Reviewers say the end results are impressively consistent, and it's also *really* cute, too.

    GIF of someone lifting the lid off the red rice cooker and revealing cooked white rice, followed by a spatula being used to scoop up rice
    reviewer holding their finger up next to the teal rice cooker for scale

    Plus, it's got PFOA-free nonstick coating, and includes a rice measuring cup, serving spatula, and recipe book.

    Promising review: "I love love love this little rice cooker!!!! I am a rice snob and have the best Japanese rice, jasmine rice, basmati rice, etc. I was wasting a lot of rice by cooking it in a pot over the stove. Plus, I wanted to be able to cook smaller portions. This solved both my issues. And it cooks the rice perfectly once I figured out the water portions. (I put just a little less water than they suggest and it turns out perfectly). Love the care this company put into the packaging. They even included a recipe book with great suggestions. Can't believe it's so inexpensive. I can't live without it!!!!" —AMW

    Another promising review: "I wasn't expecting much for such a low-priced appliance. I'm glad I gambled on it — what a surprise that this cute little rice cooker performs exactly as it's advertised. It cooks rice perfectly, keeps it warm for as long as you want, and cleanup is a breeze!!!! It's so little that at first you can't believe it could make so much. Definitely get this if you're cooking for one or two." —Julie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79+ (available in eight colors, as well as several bundle options).

    5. An AeroGarden Harvest so you can grow — and pick! — fresh herbs right on your counter, no soil, sun, or backyard required. Ina will be *so* pleased you didn't use the dried stuff, even in the middle of February!

    Plus, reviewers say it's foolproof, so even if you're lacking a green thumb, you'll delight in seeing your herbs sprout up! It includes basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint seeds, along with a bottle of all natural plant nutrients.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full AeroGarden review for more info!

    Promising review: "This was worth every penny and then some. Easy to set up, spectacular results! Every one of the seed pods germinated, growth was quite astonishing, first flower popped out about 45 days from set up. My garden is now covered in healthy vegetation and copious blooms. Can't ask for more! But I may have to buy more, LOL!" —D.L. Sniderman

    Get it from Amazon for $89.48+ (available in two sizes and four colors). 

    6. A pack of oven liners future-you will thank current-you for buying when you realize they prevented your famous lasagna's overflow from becoming a sticky mess on the floor of your oven. Oh, and its nonstick material means easy breezy cleaning — beats scrubbing away at your oven for hours!

    the oven liner covered in goo on the bottom of an oven
    hands rinsing off the black oven liner in a sink

    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 $11.99+ (also available in a combo pack). 

    7. A TikTok-favorite savory seasoning that'll instantly zhuzh up your meat and veggies with its flavor-packed blend of garlic, onion, cayenne, parsley, and citrus. It has over 9,000 5-star ratings, and reviewers have mentioned loving it on everything from pot roast and chicken to mashed potatoes and even pizza!

    reviewer photo of the spicy and original seasonings
    reviewer photo of a chicken thigh seasoned with the spice mix on a plate with some sides

    Dan-O's is a small biz that was founded by — yes — Dan O. (Oliver), who came up with a spice blend one day and realized it actually tasted really good! People who tried the seasoning told him he should sell it, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

    Promising review: "Life changing. The best seasoning I’ve ever used. Definitely leveled up my cooking with this! Will order again — but the biggest size this time!" —Josie

    Get a pack containing the original and spicy seasonings from Amazon for $14.50.

    8. handheld milk frother you need in your cart if enjoying your favorite 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 $12.99+ (available in 43 styles).

    9. An 11-in-1 Instant Pot with a special air fryer lid, because if spending hours waiting on your stew to reduce seems a bit ~much,~ this will save a ton of time with its pressure cooking capabilities. Concentrated flavor in a fraction of the time? We love to see it. Plus, what other appliance also lets you air fry donuts 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: "I love it. I hate cooking but with my trusty Instant Pot I’ve been able to get some really delicious and nutritious meals on the table for my family. Such a time saver. So quick and easy. Can’t cook without it. Have made so much use of it already. Also love the air fryer — have used it several times as well for large quantities of food." —Amazon Customer

    Another 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

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in two sizes and colors). 

    10. Our Place's Always Pan — a versatile cooking vessel that'll quickly become one of your kitchen go-tos (and is a certified BuzzFeed FAVE). It's essentially an all-in-one kitchen tool, as it has braising, searing, steaming, straining, sauteeing, frying, boiling, serving, and storing capabilities. Plus, it comes with a wooden spatula and metal steaming basket!

    GIF of someone taking the lid off the pink Always Pan and lifting a steamer basket filled with dumplings out of the pan
    A pan full of a rice and veggie dish
    Our Place, Abby Kass/BuzzFeed

    Here's what BuzzFeed Shopping writer Taylor Steele has to say about it: "As someone who neither enjoys cooking nor is particularly good at it, the Always Pan has made being in the kitchen feel like less of a chore. Having one pan that can do everything means I don't have to second-guess every cooking decision I make. I can boil and prepare pasta in it. And I can roast Brussels sprouts. And I can make the perfect fried egg. And I can steam dumplings. The best part is that everything slides so seamlessly out of the pan and onto the plate, which also makes clean up super fast and easy. Both the amateur (read: reluctant) cook and the more seasoned chef will enjoy creating fan favorites and new recipes in the Always Pan!"

    Also, BuzzFeeders LOVE this pan: seven of our team members shared their thoughts in our Always Pan review, saying they loved everything from its nonstick coating and lightweight feel to its *gorgeous* design.

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

    11. And for when you wanna go from stove top to oven, Our Place's Perfect Pot, which not only comes in a *fabulous* array of fun colors but will also replace your super heavy Dutch oven. I'm no psychic, but I'm seeing lots of cozy braises in your future. 

    gif of someone lifting the lid off of the blue perfect pot to reveal a hot soup
    arms putting the lavender pot into an oven
    Our Place

    It's designed for (*takes huge breath*): boiling, crisping, baking, braising, roasting, steaming, straining, pouring, serving, and storing!

    I have this pot at home, and the first thing I noticed about it (aside from its pretty looks) was how shockingly light it was (less than five pounds with the lid!). As a 5-foot-tall weakling, I tend to get nervous whenever I have to lift a cast iron Dutch oven more than a few inches, so I was thrilled when I realized I'd be able to make my favorite hearty meals without the risk of dropping a heavy, piping hot cooking vessel. Plus, it comes with a steamer insert and a wooden spoon with — get this — little grooves that allow it to rest right on the pot's handle, so if you're anything like me and *still* haven't gotten around to getting a spoon rest, this bb's got you covered. Best of all, if you're short on cabinet space, this pot is so beautiful you'll want to display it on your stove for all to admire. 

    Promising review: "Love it, in particular the color, weight and functionality. I've been using it weekly to do a rotisserie-style chicken in the oven (amongst using it for other recipes) and it literally is perfect. My only problem — can I justify buying other colors, maybe one for each day of the week??" —Amy T.

    Get it from Our Place for $165 (available in nine colors). 

    12. An instant-read thermometer that'll have you breathing a sigh of relief, since it'll take the guesswork out of cooking meats, desserts, and anything else you're worried about being raw or too well done. Medium-rare chicken is *not* on the menu this season!

    Reviewer using the thermometer to read the temperature of a pie
    reviewer photo of the red thermometer reading the temperature of a pot filled with boiling sugar

    Using an instant-read thermometer is the best way to monitor the cooking process along the way and ensure your food is at its safest — and most delicious — temperature. This one might not be quite as durable as the pricier options on the market, but it's much more affordable and will cover any basic cooking needs — just don't leave it in the oven, like one reviewer did!

    Promising review: "I like to make jam, and since moving to Denver I've had trouble accurately adjusting my recipes for the altitude. Things were coming out too soft (but still delicious!). This was a small investment that is making all the difference; I just cook to temperature now rather than time. I've made several batches and it is accurate, cleans up easily, and is sturdy and easy to use." —Jen P

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors).

    13. A chic cross-back apron (with pockets!) to protect your clothes from the flour clouds and saucy explosions you'll 100% encounter during meal prep. It's so cute, you'll *almost* want to wear another apron over this one, but you can just toss it into the washing machine when it's time to clean. And the best part? It won't dig into the back of your neck the whole time you're in the kitchen!

    Model wearing the gray apron and placing a wooden spoon in the pocket
    back of model wearing the rust colored apron, showing the cross-back design
    Magic Linen / Etsy

    Magic Linen is a family-run small business based in Lithuania that makes the most gorgeous handmade textiles, from bedding to tablecloths.

    Promising review: "The absolute best thing I have ever treated myself to. Slip it on. No buckles, no ties, and no adjusting. Washes and wears beautifully. This is my second one. I also ordered my daughter one. She loves it as much as I do." —kathdona

    Get it from Magic Linen on Etsy for $59 (available in sizes S–XXL and eight colors). 

    14. An *essential* pair of onion goggles, because if you've ever found yourself sobbing through a mountain of onions while preparing dinner, you're gonna be so grateful you made the investment. Sure, they might look a little funny, but they'll keep the tear-causing fumes from reaching your eyes!

    BuzzFeeder wearing the black and green onion goggles
    reviewer wearing the goggles while chopping onions
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed,

    As you can see from the ~extremely~ stylish photo above, I own these very goggles! Ok, maybe they're not the coolest-looking accessories in the world, but NONETHELESS (!) they are an absolute lifesaver if you suffer from painful eye stinging and tearing while slicing those alliums. I used to avoid recipes that called for any onion that wasn't a scallion because I hated preparing onions with all my might, but once these entered my life, I found myself chopping away with ease. The key is to make sure the goggles create a really tight seal around your eyes — I have a smaller head, so I sometimes have to really push them on to make sure they're airtight, but once I figured this out, it was a total game changer. Will you feel super silly while you have 'em on? Yes! Will you care after you see your finished pile of onions that were chopped without shedding a single tear? No! And if I'm willing to plaster myself wearing them all over BuzzFeed, you can definitely wear them in the privacy of your own kitchen. I highly recommend them to anyone who also suffers from onion tears!

    Promising review: "I am about as sensitive to onion enzymes as a person can possibly be, and I have tried everything. A friend got these and posted a picture of herself with them and I had to look them up. They're definitely not as cheap as some swimming goggles but MAN are they worth it! These goggles are more like safety glasses, so they are easier to take on and off and are much more comfortable than actual goggles. I wasn't sure the soft foam around the inside would actually keep the onion enzymes out, since my face and head are decidedly on the small side, but it did! And lastly, they were crystal clear the whole time so I could take my time cutting my onions perfectly, rather than the hacking they usually get as I try to be done as quickly as possible." —Liz Lare

    Get them from Amazon for $17.78+ (available in five colors). 

    15. A chic electric kettle so speedy, it'll have piping hot water for your daily Earl Grey ready in less time than using a microwave! 

    Promising review: "This is a game changer! I bought this electric kettle after using the same model at a friend's house to make a coffee pour-over. Since getting this, I've eliminated our old coffee machine and have been doing just French presses. The time this saves me for making hot beverages is fantastic, and it eliminated the need for a stove top kettle taking up a burner. I've also used this to make instant grits and mashed potatoes! If you're on the fence, go for it. You won't find a better option for the price!" —Carmen C.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four sizes and five styles).

    16. compact blender that'll make quick work out of whizzing up smooth salad dressings and silky sauces from scratch. Oh, and can we talk about how GORGEOUS it is?!

    gif of someone turning on the blender to make a smoothie
    the gray blender filled with an orange smoothie and a hand holding a smaller blending vessel with an attached carry handle

    P.S. The blending bowl also doubles as a portable thermos and comes with a screw-on drinking lid and carry cap.

    I got this blender over the summer, and wow, as someone who had firmly decided I was an "I don't need a blender" person, I quickly changed my mind after the first use. For starters, it's not as large as those super industrial-strength blenders, and it's so aesthetically-pleasing that I have it out on my counter at all times. Plus, it couldn't be easier to use — just fill the bowl with your ingredients, pulse, and in a matter of ~moments~ you'll have a perfectly uniform blend of whatever you're trying to blitz. I first tried it out on a smoothie made with frozen bananas and peaches (see it in action on TikTok here!), and it pulverized the icy fruit like a champ. Best of all? It's a total breeze to clean, which, if I'm being honest, was probably the biggest factor in my having waited so long to add a blender to my kitchen arsenal. I can't recommend it enough, 15/10, no notes. 

    Get it from Amazon for $195 (available in three colors).

    17. And a KitchenAid immersion blender, aka Fairy Godmother: Soup Edition, since it'll transform your chunky sweet potato 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,

    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 $54.99+ (available in 10 colors and in corded and cordless styles). 

    18. A stainless-steel dumpling and empanada press for achieving expertly clean crimps without any intricate handiwork or super-involved folding on your part. Spray it with oil, place your dough over top, add filling, fold, and press for the perfect, pro-looking seal. Now your cheese will actually stay inside your pierogi!

    Reviewer holding handmade pierogi next to the dumpling press
    Reviewer photo of a plate of dumplings surrounding a ramekin of dipping sauce

    It's also great for making ravioli and even mini hand pies!

    Promising review: "Quick and easy dumplings. I used this to make Peking dumplings. My girlfriend summed it up best when she called the result 'perfect.' Very simple to use!" —Karen C

    Another promising review: "Great size and so easy to use. Made pierogi and they came out great. Just use the open circle to punch out the dough, then put the dough circle on top, add filling, and fold! I found it worked best when you stretch the dough circle just a little to make sure the edges line up, and my recipe suggested wetting the edges slightly to help make a better seal. Also you don't need quite as much filling as you might think. I popped it in the dishwasher (top rack) when I was done and it escaped clean and unharmed. For the price it was well worth it. Don't want to imagine how messy everything would have looked if I had tried with just my hands." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.