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    28 Cooking Gadgets That’ll Help Turn The Worst Cook Into A Top Chef

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    1. A *super*-compact 8-in-1 spiralizer ideal for people who are interested in making zoodles. This tiny wonder can transform your zucchini into pasta perfection in a mater of seconds.

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    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall I'd recommend it. :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. A rapid corn and potato cooker that'll let you enjoy corn on the cob and baked potatoes without having to turn on a stove or oven.

    two slot container with cooked potato and corn inside

    Promising review: "I used the rapid corn and potato cooker for both corn on the cob and for baked potatoes. This rapid cooker is wonderful to use, requires less time, and there's no mess to clean up. Both corn and potato takes only three minutes in the microwave with the rapid cooker. The taste of the food is great. Can also use this for steamed veggies." —Abe 

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99

    3. A beloved microwave pasta cooker to pretty much make your dreams come true because it lets you make the perfect al dente pasta in the microwave. Your dinner guests will never know. Now top it with some sauce and serve it up!

    A model straining water out of a transparent rectangular cooker full of pasta

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week. If not more. First of all, 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 afterwards. 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. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy to clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A Tasty cutting board and prep station complete with measuring strips, a built-in garlic grater, and multifunctional trays that act as an herb stripper, strainer, and grater. Not to mention, top-rack dishwasher safe. So, why is this not in your kitchen already?

    the cutting board with an onion being cut and chopped celery in one of the removable compartment trays

    Promising reviews: "I'm loving my new Tasty cutting board prep station. The originality, the thoughtfulness, and all the extras that come with it are just awesome. So if you desire a cutting board that is a cut (no punt intended) above the other standard cutting boards out there this is the one I would recommend." —Barbara

    "Nice and sturdy cutting board! It's actually a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. Trays lock in place when not in use and can rest on top of compartment when in use. Easy storage as well." —Jailyn

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.97.

    5. A magnetic hanging utensil set that nest together nicely for a not only visually appealing display but a space-saving solution for kitchens with limited counter space.

    The utensils sitting upright and stacked in their holder in shades of blue and green

    Promising review: "We travel full-time and move every three months so everything has to be compact and packable. These replaced five other kitchen utensils that did not nest in each other. They sit on the counter ready to use. They are sturdy and have been used in nonstick ceramic and cast-iron pans. Very happy with this set." —Justice Talbot

    Get a set from Amazon for $28.

    6. Or a 5-in-1 Uni-tool so you have a slotted spoon, a solid spoon, a spatula, a turner, and a cutting tool whenever you need it. You can go from one dish to the next without having to switch it up.


    Promising review: "I love this Uni-tool. I use it for sautéing veggies, scraping bowls, browning meats, tasting soup, testing macaroni for doneness, etc. I like that I can taste test with the spoon side and keep working with the other side. I randomly told my husband I wanted one for Christmas, and I am so glad I did. It's a useful kitchen gadget to have." —Lori Price

    Get it from Amazon for $15.32.

    7. A beautifully crafted wooden tortilla press that'll allow you to make the perfect tortillas. Taco Tuesday just got a major upgrade, and it's all thanks to this nifty creation.

    Central Coast Woodworks is a California-based small business!

    Promising review: "Best tortilla press. While it's a bit more expensive than other tortilla presses out there, it is definitely worth the price. I got this for my mom as she wanted something that would make it easier for her to make tortillas/gorditas. The press is heavy enough that she doesn't have to add a lot of pressure to press the tortilla out, and it is easy to clean. It looks beautiful in the kitchen and it's easier for her to use than the old one she had." —Smamazon Customer

    Get it from Central Coast Woodworks on Amazon Handmade for $109.99. Find more sizes and styles here.

    8. A stainless-steel slicer in case your love language is a top-tier charcuterie tray. This slicer will ensure that each piece of cheese is cut to your desired thickness. And, it comes with an extra wire in case the first wears out, and it probably will because, I mean, when are we NOT eating cheese?

    A model slicing cheese from a block with the stainless steel slicer

    You can adjust the wire in the slicer to get your desired thickness (and it even comes with an extra wire in case the first wears out).

    Promising review: "Cheese is considered a major food group in our house, so replacing our broken slicer was an absolute necessity. This slicer is an absolute dream. It's very sturdy (without being too heavy) and it cuts extra-sharp cheddar as if it were room-temperature butter! Don't waste your time and money on a cheap slicer — this one will probably last for years." —StillontheEdge

    Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

    9. A Partyclette for cheese lovers to saturate their favorite foods with freshly melted cheese. Your next picnic just leveled up.

    Promising review: "Hey, you! You like cheese? You like to put cheese on everything? How about you step it up and put melty cheese on everything! This is a fun ~easy bake~ way to melt cheese as a topping for burgers, veggies, potatoes, and more. Mix different cheeses, add garlic, spices, light the candles, and watch the melting begin!" —awfullyrad

    Get it from Amazon for $24.76.

    10. A Breville sous vide with the power to heat your food to the precise temperature you want it — no more, no less — so you'll never overcook it.

    The white cylindar-shaped sous vide in a pot of water

    This unit is pretty small compared to other sous vide machines and lightweight. Plus, it can connect to Wi-Fi via Bluetooth so you can keep tabs on what's cooking (and how long you have left) in an app.

    Promising review: "Love it. I've made crème brûlée, egg bites, and a couple rib roasts. I'm saving so much money on NOT buying Starbucks egg bites it was worth it for that alone. I can't compare it to other sous vide units, but it heats quickly, the depth works well (I use my big old All-Clad lobster pot and clip it on the side, but before I pulled the lobster pot out I set it down in my Dutch oven and I loved the magnet that stood it up). The app is OK. It does its job. I like being able to check on the timer from wherever. I would buy again." —erin johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95.

    11. A spaghetti measure because even after reading the instructions, no one really knows exactly how much spaghetti to throw in the pot. The math is hard. This makes it so much easier.

    A person holding pasta inside the spaghetti measure
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    Fabberforge is a small business based in Omaha, Nebraska, that sells 3D-printed home decor and gadgets.

    Here's why my coworker Stephanie loves this:

    "OK, so I'm definitely the kind of person to cook an entire box of pasta because they have no idea how much they should be making for one person. This measure has worked perfectly for me to figure out exactly how much I need to make for myself and my fiancé for dinner. No more wasted pasta!" —Stephanie Hope

    Get it from Fabberforge on Etsy for $6 (available in 10 colors)

    12. A Levo infusion machine you can use to incorporate herbs, oils, and flowers into butter, honey, glycerin (for soap), and more. It's an excellent tool for creating your own edibles for those who indulge in a ~lifted~ lifestyle.

    The white oil infuser
    @levo_oil / Via

    Promising review: "This machine does it all so you don’t have to! So far I’ve made infused cheese straws, homemade Hershey's kisses, pastries, and cupcakes. This weekend we are doing cinnamon rolls and infused popcorn for movie night! Easy cleanup. Five stars all day long." —Michael G.

    Get it from Amazon for $299.99 (available in seven colors) or Levo for $299 (available in five colors).

    13. A silicone bread maker so you can make bread at home. You can use the silicone bread maker as a bowl and container to hold your bread while it rests before baking.


    This is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It's capable of withstanding temperatures up to 428 degrees.

    Promising review: "I love this. It's very easy to use and to clean. I have been trying to make fresh bread every week and this is much easier than using my Dutch oven. I have been trying different recipes with this bread maker and so far all have come out great!" —Natalia Corres

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    14. A dishwasher-safe garlic peeler that TBH is one of those things that you think you have in the kitchen until you buy garlic and then you realize you don't have it. You'll never not need it because everything is better with garlic.


    This includes a ventilated case for storage.

    Promising review: "OK, this is DEFINITELY not a gimmick! Follow the instructions and this will save you time and sanity in the kitchen! Roll it with minimal pressure and it works like a champ. It also rinses very easily and dries quick. The case has holes on either end to ensure it dries completely in between uses when you toss it in a drawer. I will never hand/knife smash garlic and fight with those pesky skins sticking to everything ever again." —ThatKasper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    15. And a garlic press if you love to make homemade pasta or pizza. You know how you read the ingredients and it says three minced cloves, but you know they really mean seven — that's when this device will come in handy.


    Promising review: "I wanted a garlic press that would help make using fresh garlic less of a hassle and this one fits the bill. I love to cook and want my garlic ready quickly. This instrument is heavy and does the job fast without much muscle. It's easy to clean as well and pops right into the dishwasher. Perfect! —Laurie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A one-handed spice and pepper grinder perfect for adding freshly ground spices to your meal.

    the grinder with freshly ground spices in front of it
    The Grommet

    Dreamfarm is a small business that makes problem-solving products for the kitchen. 

    Promising review: "I am trying to make my kitchen more modern and classy and this is the effect addition. I love the look of the tool and it works amazing!!" —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in two styles and with an extra jar) or The Grommet for $24.95+ (available in two styles). 

    17. An Instant Pot that will do just about anything you want it to. It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all rolled into one nifty appliance.

    a product shot of the instant pot and food around it that was made with the pot including macaroni cheesecake mashed potatoes and vegetables

    Read our Instant Pot review for more deets!

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I bought it to cook dried beans fast, and it does. A process that required eight hours of soaking and two hours of boiling now takes a half hour. The unit is also easy to clean. Plus it has a whole bunch of cooking modes in addition to pressure cooking. The sauté feature makes it easy to sauté the food in the same pot that you pressure cook in, so it reduces the number of pots and pans you need to cook your meal." —S. Coffrey

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three sizes).

    18. Or, a Ninja Foodi for everything the Instant Pot can do: pressure cook, steam, slow cook, sauté, bake, roast, broil. Plus, the ability to air fry! A plethora of opportunity — all in one device.,

    Not only can it cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods, it can basically turn any dish into crispy, air-fried goodness. For example, you can use the pressure cook setting to whip up casseroles, stews, chilis, and desserts and then give it a crispy or bubbly layer of your favorite topping using the air fry setting. You can also throw in frozen foods (like chicken wings or mozzarella sticks) directly without having to thaw them out first. Of course, if you're not in the mood for fried food, you can always use it as a regular pressure cooker or slow cooker!

    Promising review: "This thing has changed the way we cook. It is amazing. You can cook practically anything in it. I find it great for cooking side dishes while your main dish is in the oven (e.g., making roasted potatoes while you have a meat dish cooking at low temp in the oven). You can rapidly air fry french fries, tots, toasted ravioli, crab rangoon, etc. This thing is incredible. Over 19K reviews and it gets 5 stars. What are you waiting for?" —MachMyDay

    Get it from Amazon for $165.99.

    19. A pancake batter dispenser sure to make you the ruler of hotcake perfection. You'll ~wow~ with your next set of pancakes, waffles, crepes, and more, as long as you get the measurements right. You can also use it to dispense cake batter, too.,

    KPKitchen is the small business that created this nifty contraption.

    Promising review: "I just upgraded my pancake game!! This thing was SUPER easy and not messy at ALL!! 5/5 review from me! Get yours NOW!" —Bobbi Ocker

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    20. A mess-free storage bin with a spout because I too am one of those people who spills rice all over the counter every time. This container is clutch because not only does it have an easy-pour spout, but it also comes with a measuring cup.


    Promising review: "Love these sooo much I bought three! I use them to hold rice, homemade breadcrumbs, and coconut flour. The caps make a nice airtight lid and they're very convenient to use, always right where I need them to be. The sizing on the bin itself is a little tall, so I store these lying down in my cabinets, otherwise, they don't fit. If you are looking for something to store your grains/powders/crumbs/seeds/cereal/whatever in, these bins are AWESOME." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    21. A trio pan that'll let you try out three different lasagna recipes at one time. This is an excellent find for people who like to meal prep for the week.

    a reviewer photo with three different types of lasagna in the pan after baking

    Promising review: "There's nothing but good coming from this pan! Yummy crunchy edges on every piece! I made three different kinds of lasagna in this pan and all I can say is that there were already plans for the next batch before this one was gone! This pan is heavy duty, has an awesome nonstick coating, and will definitely stand up to much use. The recipe called for spraying the pan with nonstick spray but it was completely unnecessary. I've already suggested this pan to others." —srenee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A pair of bear claws so you don't have to struggle to shred your meat with your dinner forks. Instead, you can pretend you're an alpha on Teen Wolf and use these claws to rip your meat to shreds, literally.

    Model shredding meat with the claws

    Promising review: "These claws are just what you need for shredding pork, chicken, beef, or any other items. The points are sharp, narrow, and long, and work well as a pair. It's much more efficient and quicker than using two forks. Even when I buy pulled pork from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled,' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. I thought I might have been a little extravagant in ordering this, but now I realize it is very useful beyond shredding, e.g., holding a watermelon with one hand/claw as you cut with the other hand." —J. Renfrow

    Get them from Amazon for $11+ (available in four colors).

    23. A sushi-making kit — ambitious, I know — but imagine how fancy you'll feel when set out your perfect rolls.,

    Promising review: "This sushi kit is awesome. Such a game changer for making sushi at home. It has everything you need to make some quality rolls better than a restaurant. It has been a lifesaver during the pandemic when I need to get my sushi fix!! The knife is really sharp, and the avocado slicer is key!! Highly recommended!!!" —sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    24. A digital food thermometer if you've sliced your poor steak to death trying to make sure every part of it is cooked thoroughly. Just stick this thermometer in to check the temp and save your steak from further dismemberment.,

    Promising review: "I used this for the first time last night for dinner. We fried some chicken and I’m so glad I had this!! Cooking with some bigger bone-in thighs, this definitely came in handy. Extremely quick and accurate. When you unfold the thermometer it automatically turns on and turns off when you fold it back, and it provides the current temperature reading as soon as you insert. Best investment! I almost forgot to mention it comes with a three-year warranty after you register within 30 days of your purchase!" —Corinna

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in seven colors).

    25. An olive oil and vinegar dispenser set with a built-in measurement cup and drip-free spout that makes for an easy and precise pour every time.

    review photo of the two dispensers

    Promising review: "First off, I was surprised at how much oil you could put in the larger container. Secondly, my favorite feature and the whole reason I bought this was because of the nondrip spout. True to its name, it seems like every drop comes off cleanly. I have yet to have it drip down the side of the container. Pretty great product thus far." —Alex M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. A kale and herb stripping tool in case you're anything like me and know nothing about how you're supposed to get the herbs off of their...stems?! Help.

    a product shot of the kale and herb stripping tool and you can see its design and the different holes used for different types of herbs
    The Grommet

    Raw Rutes is a small biz based in Buffalo, New York, on a mission to help you celebrate the homegrown and homemade in your life. 

    Promising review: "I was tired of stripping thyme with my fingernails and knives didn't work. This also cuts the kale quick and easy. I liked this so much I bought another for my sister." —Mary Ann

    Get it from Amazon and The Grommet for $15. 

    27. A classic Le Creuset pie bird that'll act as ventilation so you don't need to poke holes in the pie. It can 1) keep your pie filling from boiling over, 2) distribute moisture to avoid a soggy bottom, and 3) make sure the top crust cooks evenly without splitting. It's also super-cute decoration, too.

    a pre cooked and cooked pie with the pie bird in the center

    This pie bird is safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, broiler, and dishwasher!

    Promising review: "Amazing what difference this bird can make to your pie! I definitely made the best apple pie I've ever made with this little device. For the first time ever, my pie did not spill out juices onto the pan below or into the stove, and the crust was flaky and crisper than it has ever been. I really cannot speak highly enough of how well this pie bird worked. If you make pies, you need one of these!" —Happylakedreamer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.45+ (available in four colors).

    28. An adjustable measuring cup so you can switch back and forth between measurements without having to look for the 1/4-cup tool that somehow got lost in the drawer.

    A hand pouring oil out of the cylindrical measuring cup, which features precise measurements etched on the side

    It has a 2-cup capacity and is dishwasher safe and BPA free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well-made adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded." —Gabriella W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    You putting the finishing touches on your latest masterpiece:


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