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    Updated on Jun 19, 2020. Posted on May 30, 2020

    30 Kitchen Products That May Make You Think, "Where Have You Been All My Life?"

    May the only lazy thing about your kitchen be your newly purchased lazy Susan.

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    1. A freshness-preserving storage container so you're not throwing shriveled-up produce into your meal.

    Strawberry shriveled and discolored; strawberry plump and fully red
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    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $31.60.

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    2. 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. You'll really have to go out of your way to mess this up.

    Dash-branded black egg cooker on table next to eggs benedict
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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." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).

    Read more about the Dash Egg Cooker here.

    3. A set of portable straws made of platinum-grade silicone (arguably superior to glass, stainless steel, or bamboo alternatives) so you can convert your whole family to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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    Includes: 10 straws, four travel cases, and four clean-up squeegees. (Oh, and everything is completely dishwasher-safe!)

    Get it from Food52 for $25.

    4. A natural surface spray that'll work wonders on just about any surface — perfect for anyone who is sick of having to buy a specific solution for every imaginable part of their home.

    Surface cleaner being sprayed onto stainless steel surface
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    Hello, it's me, a newly minted Laundress head. I started using this spray a few weeks ago and in the days since have completely lost control! I insist on cleaning every corner of my apartment with the sweet, ylang ylang-scented stuff. Did I mention it is the first product that's ever successfully worked to remove all the grime on my fridge? No choice but to stan.

    Get it from Laundress for $12.

    5. A reusable silicone bag with — say it with me — so many uses. It can steam vegetables! Or be used to freeze your fruit! Or just...act as your new to-go lunch container.

    Blue storage bag containing broccoli being placed in microwave
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    Plus, they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

    Promising review: "Well, these are amazing. I didn't expect them to be. I'm trying to replace disposable items in my home with more sustainable/eco-responsible items. I ordered these just to try. I did not expect to love them as much as I do. They are thick and sturdy. The top is easy to close, and it stays closed. Cleaning is a breeze because the opening is big enough to get your scrubber in there and really get it clean. A+++" —Grasshopper

    Get one from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in five sizes and in 12 colors).

    6. A minimalist travel tumbler so you can cut down on buying single-use plastic bottles when you're on the go.

    Seven travel tumblers in different colors standing upright on white marble surface
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    Get it from Food52 for $38 (available in seven colors).

    7. A two-stage knife sharpener so you don't have to deal with dull blades (and a lousy mincing job as a result).

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    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8-10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    8. An attachable "scrap trap" with a scraper (think: dustpan and broom for your countertops) that'll make the transfer of scraps to garbage as seamless as ever.

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    Promising review: "I sometimes get suckered into kitchen gadgets that I never use, but this thing is awesome! Keeps the counter clean, you can either scoop the parts you want to put in the trash into this (strawberry stems, onion peels, etc.), or you can put the parts you want to use in here to make them easier to dump into the pan (broccoli florets, chopped peppers and onions, etc.). Makes it so much easier than trying to scrape chopped veggies off the cutting board into the pan and spilling them all over. Love this thing!" —*BeckyC*

    Get it from Amazon for $17.42.

    9. A roll of bamboo paper towels that can be washed and reused up to 120 times because, arguably, the biggest fail of all while cooking is being super wasteful and burning through a single-use paper roll.

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    Promising review: "I've had these bamboo towels for a month now and am incredibly impressed with their performance! They're much larger than a regular paper towel, thicker, softer and more absorbent. I've washed the first ones I've torn off the roll several times now and they DO survive the laundry and perform just as well afterward. I've only used five bamboo towels this month, washed them and re-used. Several times. I would have been through a whole roll of Brawny by now. One caveat...when you wash them, you're supposed to air dry them, so I haven't sent any through the dryer. And I haven't needed to, because allowing them to air dry has not affected the quality of the towels when I 're-roll' them!" —A. Clark

    Get a roll from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A set of microwave-safe nesting storage bowls you can fill with food and then put directly in the microwave, essentially cutting out the middle man when it comes to transferring food. Less work = best work.

    Get a set of four from Food52 for $62+ (available in seven colors and two sizes).

    11. A spice drawer organizer that'll give you some pretty impressive "before" and "after" pictures. Which is to say: No more holding your breath every time you open your jam-packed drawer of rogue spices.

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    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite things I've ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to any drawer size. I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for-sure buy!" —momonono

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (for a 10-foot roll).

    12. Or, a set of spice-gripper clips to save tons of room in your cabinets.

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    Promising review: "OMG, I love these things! Such a simple idea; how did I ever live without them? They added a lot more room in my spice cupboard, and they’re great for my OCD(ish) tendencies. They hold all different circumferences of spice bottles. If some spices are too big to place all in the same connected row, you can cut off a tab and separate them. It doesn’t really affect the items on the shelves; you just have to push them back a little (maybe half an inch or so), so the spices have clearance when the door is shut." —Bridget D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 (for six strips).

    13. A set of refrigerator bins so you're always aware of your supply and don't purchase the same bag of cheese five times by accident.

    Clear bins containing food inside fridge
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    Promising review: "Product arrived exactly as described. The containers are sturdy, and work great! Before my fridge looked like a mess you'd find on an episode of Hoarders." —hari sharma

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99 (for a six-piece set).

    14. A mountable jar opener to give you a hand with that wide container of applesauce that you have to pass off to three people before finally cracking open. (Plus, it'll work on everything from nail polish to peanut butter.)

    Hand twisting mason jar on cabinet-mounted opener
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    Promising review: "I bought this last year and have used it many times on many different lids, even use it to open gallon milk jugs when those pesky plastic attachments just won't seem to give. I haven't found anything I try that it won't open for me. No more banging on the counter, just hold it under my cabinet and slid it in the V-shaped opening, give it a little twist to open, hardly any effort at all. It was easy to attach under the cabinet, I put mine so the wide opening faces forward. I personally think every house should have one of these." —Addie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A wineglass rack that'll make use of the space underneath your cabinets while always keeping your precious stemware at arm's reach.

    Wine glasses hanging upside down on mounted wooden rack
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    Promising review: "We love the look of our under-cabinet wineglass rack and the flexibility. We based the opening on the largest base wineglass we have (after reading another review) so all my everyday wineglasses fit nicely over our newly completed bar. It also works really nice as a drying rack for the wineglasses and we can grab glasses from the kitchen side and the great room/bar side." —M. Koelsch

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    16. A pan organizer to put an end to the all-too-familiar "pan avalanche."

    Pans stacked on top of one another in organizer
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    Can be used vertically or horizontally.

    Promising review: "This rack is perfect. I put my largest skillet on the bottom and smallest at the top. I did not secure the rack with the screws that came with it so I can easily move it if I rearrange my pots and pans area. Even without securing it to the cabinet, it works perfectly and doesn't shift when I remove a pan. I also appreciate the color: Others I have seen are shiny silver, which I did not want. I will be buying another one of these for our cabin. I have already recommended this rack to friends." —CustomerO

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    17. A set of classy stainless-steel measuring cups with etched measurements so you don't have to play the guessing game again. (Or use your hand-me-down plastic ones.)

    A set of stainless steel measuring cups filled with baking ingredients
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    Promising review: "The metal is good quality, no rust even after multiple washes. The cups and spoons have a bit of heft to the hand, but not too much...this isn't an obscenely expensive Williams-Sonoma set, after all. However, they do add a bit more panache than typical cheap K-Mart sets, and certainly made to last longer. If your house is like my house, where guests tend to congregate in the kitchen while dinner is being made, this set not only gives off a good impression, but it performs well also." —J. Tant

    Get it from Amazon $12.97 (for a set of eight).

    18. A set of reusable nonstick oven liners to catch cheeses, sauces, and other potential messes, and create much less work for you later.

    Pie dripping onto oven liners
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    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 down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, as he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. A foldable cutting board so you can dump your sliced veggies right into your pot when you've finished.

    Green cutting board transporting mushrooms into stovetop
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    Promising review: "These are the most amazing cutting boards! It is so handy to be able to slice, dice, chop, and then fold it up and pour into a bowl. I love them and have them in three sizes!" —C. Whitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in five colors).

    20. A mini skillet that'll be perfect for individual servings of fried eggs, cookies, or brownies. Instead of splitting up into individual portions, you can enjoy your meal straight out of this thing if you so please.

    Brownies and ice cream in small skillets
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    Promising review: "I love these. I use them for individual cast-iron skillet cookies. They make a great presentation, and the best thing is I can cheat and use the refrigerated cookies so its a quick on-hand dessert. With a scoop of ice cream, you are a star." —Cabinlife

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    See what won best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    21. A set of silicone cups to prepare your muffins and cupcakes in instead of resorting to the wasteful single-use options that get dumped in the bin immediately after use.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these things. Can't believe I waited so long to try them. They don't come clean in my dishwasher for some reason, but hand-washing is probably better for them anyway. The jumbo size in particular is my favorite, but I have used them all. The others are about the same size as the disposable liners and the little rectangular ones are perfect for brownies and cute little banana bread muffins. May get a second set so I will have enough to do a full batch of cupcakes in one type." —Teresa A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (for 36).

    22. A rotary peeler with the choice of three different blade types so you don't have to rifle through your drawer to find the right peeler.

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    Promising review: "I don't peel often, but when I do, it's with a Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler, because it's a lean, green peeling machine. This has made peeling so much easier that I now sing opera while I make hash browns. I reserve my karaoke impulses for those times I'm slicing off sections of delicious carrots, because there's nothing like a little Bruno Mars whilst making your garden salad." —Daisyloohoo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 ($10.24 without handle).

    23. A digital food thermometer so you never have to play the fun guessing game of "Will I Get Very Sick From Eating This Undercooked Meat?"

    Thermometer inserted into chicken reading "163F"
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    Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    24. Or, flex a bit with a sous vide precision cooker for cooking your plastic bag-covered meats to perfection by circulating heat in a slow and steady fashion. The rookie days are behind you.

    Hand inserted bagged meat into sous vide
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    Promising review: "This is miles ahead of the competition. It's powerful, heating up my water more than twice as fast as my Instant Pot model; also, it generates a much stronger current. Both of these enable it to warm 17 gallons (much more if in the right container), which I think is its main selling point. As far as build, this thing is just perfect. Large Min and Max water area, very adjustable, and able to work 24/7 with no issues." —Aaron Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $335.43 (or 5 monthly payments of $67.09).

    25. A silicone safeguard if you're simply done with getting boiling pasta water all over your cooktop.

    A red silicone cover shielding boiling water from spililng over on pot
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    A watched pot never boils, but an unwatched pot makes a huge mess. This bb is heat-safe up to 482 degrees, so you can safely pee while your pasta cooks without dealing with the aftermath. You can even steam veggies right on top!

    Promising review: "Love this product! It does exactly what it is designed to do. It really works, has prevented many boil-overs for me. I can now make my oatmeal, pasta, or chicken broth without any worry of a messy spill-over. I no longer have to stand near the stove to watch for the boil-over point, I can do other things or get distracted while this marvelous invention takes care of whatever I am simmering or boiling. It is a great value, you get two of them and I gave one to my son who cooks. It is also easy to clean, you can pop the yellow flower off for easier cleaning." —Hey Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in green and in a set of two).

    26. A pair of handheld scrapers to restore your trusty cast-iron pan and avoid getting surprise bites of burnt residue in your stir fry.

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    Promising review: "Necessary tool to clean your cast iron pots and pans. Perfectly contoured to the rounded corners used by Lodge in their pans so you'll get any food stuck to your pan off easily. The plastic is sturdy, malleable but not so much that it will deform. Been using them for a couple months now, and I haven't had them break, and since I still can't get a properly seasoned coating on my pans, I have a lot of food that sticks (my fault), but these scrapers get pretty much everything off easily." —JGtz

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.57.

    27. An adjustable wrap stand that'll get you more pumped on the idea of wrapping up your leftovers and eating that for lunch tomorrow.

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    Promising review: "Just what I needed! Great product! It stands perfectly well with or without boxes in it. It is a real game-changer for my cupboard because now my boxes are organized and not all mumble-jumbled falling out when I open the door!" —Bethay

    Get it from Amazon for $33.90.

    28. A rolling three-piece pet-food storage system to conveniently keep your pet's food supply separate from your own.

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    Promising review: "Not only are these containers airtight, they are also dog-proof! I left my three boxers inside the house with two sets of these containers and came home to find them in various places in the house, with numerous scratches and bite marks, but still closed and the contents safe! Attempts at self-feeding were foiled! Great product!" —Diana Nicholson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.36+ (available in 12 colors).

    29. A mess-free storage bin with a spout so what you eat isn't dictated by how much cleanup it'll call for.

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    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 to 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.

    30. And a lazy Susan to remember all those items chilling in the hidden corners.

    Sauces and wine placed on lazy susan in cabinet
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    Promising review: "I put one of these turntables in the corner of every other shelf of my new pantry. I arranged the shelves in such a way that I had easy access to them and that tall items could be placed on them. They are super sturdy and the non-slip rubber surface is such a plus. The lip on the edges is great too! I would expect a turntable of this quality to be much more expensive (but happy they were so reasonably priced)!" —Sherry D. Johnson

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

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

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