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    22 Kitchen Gadgets That'll Actually Make You Want To Cook In 2019

    2019 is the year the chef's hat comes out. You heard it here first.

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    1. A mini food processor that will help you achieve perfection with your homemade sauces, hummuses, and even smoothies.

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    Promising Review: "Such an awesome little power packed machine! By far my favorite food processor ever, and I've been in the culinary field for quite some time." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.17+ (available in 13 colors).

    And read our full review here.

    2. A stainless steel fish turner with slots that has me finally feeling confident in my seafood prep abilities. (Not fishing for compliments here.)

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    Promising review: "This is my go-to turner when I'm cooking for anything — not just fish. I'm pretty particular about turners, which sounds odd, but if they aren't thin enough at the edge, it's hard to get them under the food. Metal is important so it's not floppy, and the length is great because it can hold larger pieces of food. Worth it." —Mary Schumann

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    And check out our picks for the best cast iron skillet on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    3. A 10-tray fruit dehydrator for making an easy, delicious snack.

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    The dehydrator is also ideal for beef jerky!

    Promising Review: "I really enjoyed using this dehydrator. It has 10 shelves which gives you plenty of space, and the shelves slide in and out really easily. The door is magnetic which makes it super simple to open and check on what you're dehydrating! Instructions are clear, and the machine comes with lots of great recipes. I used it to make fruit leather with pureed fruit, I just lined the trays with parchment paper and it came out great." —B

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    4. A multitool that might honestly serve more functions in life than I do?? I need a moment to process.

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    It's a slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and a cutting tool. Consider me shook, slotted, and cut to my core.

    Promising review: "Give it a cap and a costume, this is the only thing I need in the kitchen! I am often looking for tools that can replace the other 30 I have collected in my kitchen. I have used this to flip grilled cheese, stir red beans and rice, strain brussel sprouts, and taste sauce. I use the flat edge to cut onions that were too large once in the pot and scrape the bottom of the pan. The uni-tool feels nice in my hand, has held up fine in multiple dishwashings, and has allowed me to toss a few kitchen tools that have become obsolete." —Hiawhatha

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A handy spill stopper so you don't have to worry about leaving the stovetop unattended for a few minutes (I repeat, FEW).

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    Promising review: "Works great. I got it as a Mother's Day gift for my mom since she's always boiling stuff over. Especially when family is over, the house is busy and she forgets about it and next thing you know, water is all over and then she has to scrub the stove the next day and well, she's retired and shouldn't have to do that. So I thought I would get this for her and see if it worked. It works and she loves it. No more boiling over the pots. When the family is over, it's always mashed potatoes or pasta so this saves her so much scrubbing the next day. I am glad I got it for her." —Chris w

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95 (available in four sizes and five colors).

    6. A spill-proof digital food scale that will give you the culinary confidence — but unfortunately not the hair — of Guy Fieri.

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    Promising Review: "This little scale is extremely easy to use, easy to clean and easy for me to read without my glasses! I am a professional cook who tests a lot of recipes. Ingredient proportions by weight are the most accurate — especially in baking. The 11 pound capacity of this scale makes it perfect for weighing small batch commercial test batches of dough (5 to 10 pounds). I use it for portion control recipes and portioning out bulk items. I also use the metric measure to translate European recipes." —EOS

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49 (available in black, chrome, metallic, navy, pumpkin, pink, green, red, and white).

    7. A dishwasher-safe cauliflower chopper to make homemade cauliflower rice easier than ever.

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    It also works on broccoli!

    Promising Review: "This was a purchase that I didn't need but I am so glad I got it! I love it. Made preparing Cauliflower so much easier and safer." —Shorteh

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    8. A rapid egg cooker, which prepares six eggs in any manner your heart desires — hard-, medium-, and soft-boiled eggs, two poached eggs, scrambled eggs, you name it.

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    Promising review: "I love hard-boiled eggs for protein especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks — I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud; sounds like a basketball game buzzer.) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked." —OnAJourney

    Get it from Amazon for $19.71 (available in five colors).

    And read our full review here.

    9. A countertop garden and herbs seed kit so you can always have a fresh supply of basil and mint awaiting your return from work.

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    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in three colors).

    10. A literal smoking gun for infusing any food (or alcoholic beverage, for that matter) with a smokey flavor — no heat required.

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    Promising Review: "I use this with meat I've cooked with my sous vide cooker. It's not like cooking on the grill but it gives a subtle smoked flavor and if it's cold outside you don't have to go out and fire up the grill. I use charcoal and it would simply waste the charcoal just to smoke the meat." —Bill Berry

    Get it from Amazon for $78.97.

    11. An Instant Pot that [shouts from nearest mountain top] has seven different uses to make your life so much easier.

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    It's a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker AND warmer!

    Promising review: "There are so many people who say the can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I Have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" —Aundrea

    Get it from Amazon for $76.49+ (available in 3-, 6- or 8-quart sizes).

    And read our full review here.

    12. A clip-on colander because you — unlike this handy gadget — shouldn't have to strain yourself to get food on the table.

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    Promising review: "Love, love, love my new kitchen gadget! I've always dreaded bringing out that big ol' colander and having something extra to wash — especially if it was for something small like a box of mac and cheese. I'd then find myself struggling with trying to use the pot lid and losing half the food in the sink. I've only had this for a week or so, and I've already used it several times with different sized pots for different food items. Tonight it was used on my biggest pot for a large helping of spaghetti. It fits every pot perfectly, no food ends up in the sink, I can throw it in the dishwasher when done, and it doesn't take up a ton of space in the cabinet or in the dishwasher. Worth every penny!" —Tired

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. An avocado slicer that'll remove pits with one quick twist, so you don't have to worry about avocado hand.

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    Promising review: "This is a great kitchen tool! The plastic edge cuts through the avocado skin easily but safely. The pit remover is a much easier way to remove the pit — and safer! The scoop end works very well too. Easy for making slices for sandwiches or salads. The perfect tool if you love to make guacamole!" —maxgsp2015

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99

    14. A juicer and zester so dealing with citrus fruits isn't a sticky mess (and you can regain your zest for life).

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    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $18.99.

    15. A professional cream whipper you can, for extra credit, do some fancy piping with.

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    Promising Review: "I've made both regular whipped cream and coconut milk whipped cream and this charger works great.well worth the price if you love fresh whipped cream that takes only seconds to make!" –AARON

    Get it from Amazon for $79.89.

    16. A nonstick and dual-sided omelet maker for producing tasty omelets that, for once, aren't Fail Blog material.

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    Promising Review: "Best thing I've ever purchased!! I used this all the time when I didn't have time to actually sit around and cook an omelette so I would just crack two eggs in and just let it cook while I did my makeup. Also great for toasting sandwiches!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in yellow and red).

    17. An easy-to-use pot that'll allow you to cook rice and steam vegetables at the same time. Also: It can be used to make oatmeal, chili, and soup!

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    Promising Review: "It's difficult to eat healthy while making time for work, leisure and rest. Eating out a few nights a week gets expensive very fast. This little angel will put those worries behind. I was hesitant about purchasing this product. As the old saying goes, 'you get what you pay for.' This cooker will possibly save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year with quick, healthy, inexpensive dinners you can make. If you're single, this is the answer to all of your cooking woes." —Ricky

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in white, red, and black).

    18. A 4.5-qt. KitchenAid stand mixer that won't take up too much space on your cramped countertops.

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    Promising review: There's no substitute for a KitchenAid. Solid, dependable, very powerful. I'm using it so much more than I thought I would. The price of this special edition model was right, so we made the leap and I'm so glad we did. It's a little bit smaller than the full sized one, which was important in our little kitchen because you don't want to have to take it off the counter to put it away. It's way too heavy for that. But it's worth making permanent space for because you will use it. —Scott R. Bloom

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (available in white and silver).

    19. A Bluetooth-enabled sous vide precision cooker to make sure your meats are perfectly cooked every time.

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    Promising review: "Early yesterday we decided to challenge this cooker with the tough-meat challenge. As you may know, one of claims of sous vide cooking is it can make the toughest cut of meat tender. So...we asked the butcher to provide us with a cheap cut of meat, which was a chuck underblade steak (also sometimes called a bottom chuck steak) — these are cuts that all too often turn out really tough. Be aware that tough meats need to cook for a much longer period of time. Following the instructions for cooking a tough cut of beef to medium rare. We cooked ours at 149 degrees for 19 hours (recommended time is 16 to 24 hours). The result was a delicious melt-in-your-mouth delight, no-knife-needed, cut-it-with-the-side-of-a-fork dinner. Really amazing." —Espresso Fan

    Get it from Amazon for $123.

    20. A vacuum sealing system so you can keep your produce and meats fresh for five times longer. It's also sous vide-safe!

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    Promising Review: "How in the world did I live this long without this phenomenal tool! It is the cat's meow! The best thing since air conditioning (I don't eat bread!). What a space saver, food saver, and money saver!!! I've been a vacuum sealing fool!! My husband is keeping close watch on our little pooch because he's afraid if the dog stops near me, I'll seal him up! =)" —Victory

    Get it from Amazon for $123.63.

    21. A vertical waffle maker that'll make you wonder why all waffle makers aren't designed this way.

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    Promising Review: "Makes waffles perfect every single time. Nothing sticks to it so you don't have to spray it and clean up is a breeze with a damp cloth. Small footprint so it stores away easily using very little space." —HRN7442

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    22. And a vegetable spiralizer, because if you're not eating zoodles you're doing it wrong.

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    Promising Review: "Pros: Powerful, stable, simple, three blades, blade storage, six good recipes. Cons: None evident. I’ve tried four spiralizers (three lathe-type and one hand-held), and this one from OXO is the best by far." —Wanderwoman

    Get it from Amazon for $38.96.

    Me getting word that you prepared three home-cooked meals in 2018.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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