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    21 Products That'll Help Prevent Cooking Fails

    From kitchen clown to talk of the town.

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    1. An easy oven cleaner that'll utterly eviscerate every last trace of your cooking, because sometimes the biggest cooking fail is the aftermath.

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    Promising review: "My oven was in bad shape. I had tried doing the whole baking soda and peroxide trick, but it made things worse. I tried this after seeing it on a BuzzFeed article and it actually worked! Let it sit for about four hours and the nastiness wipes off effortlessly." —Natalie C

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. Relatedly: A set of nonstick oven liners because you probably know the struggle of cleaning up crusted-over residue from the inside of your oven all too well. And why not catch it before it becomes a problem?

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    Promising review: "I expected to be happy, but I'm thrilled! Each mat is pliable and fits the entire width of my standard oven. When the mat is against the back wall, it extends up to but not over the front lip of the floor. On first use, pizza cheese and sauce dripped onto the front edge of the mat and onto that uncovered lip. The baked-on cheese and sauce slid right off the mat! Effortlessly! After I cleaned up the lip, I layered a second mat to cover the lip. These mats are so great that I almost want food to drip on them so I can show off how wonderful they are." —Artset Outset

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 for a pack of three).

    3. 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.

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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 $18.11+ (available in five colors).

    Read more about the Dash Egg Cooker here.

    4. 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?"

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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 $12.99.

    5. 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.

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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 $398.96.

    6. A terracotta bear that'll keep your jar of brown sugar super fresh for up to six months so there are no unpleasant surprises during prep.

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    Promising review: "Not only do I use one of these little fellows for my brown sugar, I picked up a tip from someone else. If you take one of these little guys and don't run him under water, but leave him perfectly dry, he will help keep your electronics such as cameras dry in the camera bags during humid months by absorbing the humidity. How perfect is that? A multi-tasking little fellow. Well worth getting multiples of. I'm sure I can find other uses as well." —A.B.A.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.15 (for two).

    7. A cherry stoner to remove the pits from your cherries and not leave your kitchen looking like a crime scene in the process.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I have never had a cherry pitter before, but I have tried all of the how to easily pit a cherry with random crap around your house tutorials online and always end up with a giant mess. This only has a minimal splatter that I can usually control by holding it over a bowl when pressing. It is super easy to use — even my 4-year-old can pit his own cherries. I specifically chose this model over a similar plastic one and I'm glad I did. This washes well, even when left out for a few hours covered in cherry juice. It isn't heavy at all and is much smaller than I expected." —Lisa Mai

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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

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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 $8.99 (also available in green and in a set of two).

    9. A color-coded cutting board to avoid the cooking fail that is cross-contamination.

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    This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats.

    Promising review: "One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, clean up is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!" —K. Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $24.04.

    10. An "Angry Mama" microwave cleaner that'll clean up any minor explosions that resulted from your thoughtless decision to heat up a liquid without proper covering.

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    Add water and vinegar and place this in the microwave for 5–8 minutes on high heat. Then, take a rag and wipe that grime right off without a sweat.

    Promising review: "At first I was skeptical to try this product due to all the hype of how it works, but I stand corrected. It works great! I was so surprised with just how well all the grime and junk got off the walls of my microwave. It's really simple to use and takes only minutes! It loosens all the sticky food residue so all you need to do is wipe clean, pretty effortless! Great investment!" —Dalya Blech

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. 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 $5.45 (available in three colors).

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    12. An avocado slicer that removes pits with one quick twist, so you don't have to worry about *shudders* "avocado hand."

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    Promising review: "What an awesome tool this is! I should have gotten one of these years ago! Living in SoCal, I get avocados from the Farmer's Market all year long and this incredible tool is just fantastic. The 'knife' is plastic, yet sharp and cuts through the skin like butter! Then you flip it on its side and place the prongs over the pit and push in. The pit comes out and you push from the opposite side and it releases right into the garbage can...no more dangerously stabbing the pit with a sharp knife to lift it out and then struggling to get it off the knife! Then flip the tool over for the third time and slide it from top to bottom for the PERFECT slices! LOVE OXO brand, and LOVE this." —MountainNurse,BSN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. And while you're at it: A pair of cut-resistant gloves, so the prep process can be as accident-free as possible.

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    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

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

    And read our full review of NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves here.

    14. A pair of meat-shredding claws that'll work with much more speed and efficiency than that clumsy fork you're using.

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    These are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees.

    Promising review: "These work wonderfully! I originally purchased them because I was cooking for a group of 100+ on a trip. We made about 40 pounds of shredded chicken thighs. Having made the same meal about a year prior, and spending a couple of hours shredding chicken with two kitchen forks, we knew there had to be an easier way! Using these shredding claws, we shredded 40 pounds of thighs in about 45 minutes. There were two of us and we kept swapping out because shredding still hurts your back/shoulders. But these claws are so sharp and useful that it took less than half the time! I've since used them to make shredded pork at home and they also work wonderfully for that!" —H. L. Kern

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

    15. Cheese storage paper to keep your cheeses tasting prime until the very moment they're to be used in your meal. (Purposeful aging only, please!)

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    The paper breathes just the right amount, maintaining the perfect humidity and mimicking the environment that cheese is aged in.

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" —Prairie Woman

    Get a package of 15 11"x14" sheets of cheese paper from Amazon for $14 (also available in larger packs).

    16. 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.

    17. A julienne peeler if you struggle with presentation — particularly getting those strips of veggies super uniform.

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    Promising review: "I am very afraid of mandolins, peelers, and slicers so when it came time to julienne peelers I did a lot of research to find one that was safe and easy to use and doing my homework paid off. This peeler is easy to use and safe (assuming that you are careful too when using it). It has a cover for the cutting part so storage is safe too. Washing is easy by hand or dishwasher. It is all stainless steel so I don't expect it is going to rust. the handle is very comfortable on the hand too. I have used it on soft vegetables like zucchini and hard vegetables like green papaya and it worked great." —A. Mwangi

    Get it from Amazon for $16. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    18. A rice cooker that'll make it very difficult to overcook it like you do every time you simmer over the stove.

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    Promising review: "I have owned a couple of the pot-style rice cookers sold in the $20 to $50 US range and found they had problems with boiling over, scorching the bottom of the rice and did not hold rice at temperature for any length of time, making them hard to use for a person with no fixed time to get off work. My Asian friends told me Zojirushi was the way around these issues and they were spot on. I have had this for about a week now, have made one batch of sushi short grain rice that rivaled any I have had in sushi houses, have had fresh, hot rice jook (rice porridge) two mornings this week, oatmeal one morning and fresh, hot white or brown rice ready for me when I got home, one time at 17:00 and twice after 21:00, so I can definitely say that the keep-warm function works. My only regret is not buying one of these machines five years ago!" —Bear

    Get it from Amazon for $145.49. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    19. 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 $2.54.

    20. A kitchen scale that'll convert between five units of measurements so you never fail the math portion of your next cook.

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    Promising review: "I've never had a kitchen scale. I can see how it would be useful for diet or recipe conversions. I, however, am using it for weighing yarn. I crochet, and when I get near the end of a skein and wonder if there's enough to make one more row......I previously didn't want to take a chance of running out mid row. I don't like changing skeins mid row. But now, I can weigh a skein, crochet a row, and weigh it again and I KNOW how much it takes to do a row. Now I can plop that last glob of yarn on the scale and I will know without a doubt whether or not it will last for one more row. ;)" —Hopeful

    Get it from Amazon for $9.47 (available in seven colors).

    21. A plastic storage container so you're not throwing shriveled-up produce into your meal.

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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 $26.99.

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

    Some reviews in this post have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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