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    Updated on Aug 3, 2020. Posted on Aug 1, 2020

    17 Products That’ll Help Solve All Your Little Summer Kitchen And Food Problems

    It's too hot, smells like trash, and the fruit flies are out to ruin your life. Now what?

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    1. An oscillating tower fan with three handy speed settings, which'll help you stay cool while you're bent over the stovetop making that Alison Roman dish the Internet told you to make.

    White oscillating tower fan placed in kitchen

    Promising review: "Good size, relatively quiet. Perfect for kitchens, can be moved from area to area. Also, it has several different time settings and a remote with big buttons, which are helpful if you are visually impaired or have dexterity issues due to arthritis" —ReB

    Get it from Amazon for $50.58+ (available in 36" and 38" and in four colors).

    2. Or, a draft blocker so you can get the most out of your AC by preventing the cold air from escaping your kitchen. You've tried it during the winter months to stop the cold air from coming in — the same science applies while you're sweating buckets.

    As an added bonus: It'll muffle outside noises, which is great news if you live with a roommate who is extremely chaotic around pots and pans.

    Promising review: "I used it to close the gap in some of the rooms in our house. We are working from home and closing the air gaps reduces sound traveling between rooms and also enables better air conditioning." —manikandan

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five colors).

    3. A "disgustingly effective" set of sticky-stake insect traps to put an end to pesky gnats, thrips, and fruit flies that love to terrorize your kitchen during the summer months. (Especially the pothos plants you have sitting on your window sill.),

    Promising review: "Holy cow these suckers work! I'm so grossed out by the result, but at the same time I have a sick sense of satisfaction. I used these in my house plants that are breeding fungus gnats like crazy. I used them in conjunction with beneficial nematodes, and they definitely cut down on the number of gnats in our house. Unfortunately I added a new house plant, plus repotted one that had outgrown its prior home, and we are wrapped up in them again. I'm buying another package of sticky traps as soon as I finish this review!" —Megan

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $5.04.

    4. An Instant Pot that'll stand in for your usual oven-cooked meal without heating up the whole space in the process. Best of all, you don't have to stand around while this thing works its magic.

    Instant Pot with macaroni and cheese in it

    What can't this thing do? It can cook rice, pressure-cook, slow-cook, steam, saute, make yogurt, and warm up food. It cannot drive your children to school.

    Promising review: "I absolutely despise spending a lot of time in the kitchen after work. I am tired, just want to pour a glass of wine, and binge-watch Supernatural. My boyfriend can't cook to save his life, so that isn't much help either. I'd feel better eating something created out of real, edible foods rather than microwaved in a pouch with fake cheese, so I cook even when I stay over at his house. Just when I was pondering the option of breaking up and finding a man who can cook (not really), INSTANT POT HAPPENED! Dinner is done and ready to eat every time in less than an hour. Sometimes WAY less than an hour. I can't believe I survived 30 years without one! It would have been AMAZING back when I was in college! I am constantly learning new things I can whip up (sometimes trial and error, sometimes recipe books). I can throw frozen chicken breasts in it, seasoning, just hit poultry setting, adjust the time up a bit, and boom. Super tender amazing chicken. Something about handling raw chicken makes me too disgusted to eat it once it's cooked, so being able to throw it in frozen is such a relief." —Sunahm

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in 6- and 8-quart).

    5. A single-serving shake and slushy maker to turn any liquid into a refreshing, ice-cold treat in under seven minutes. Great if you loathe prep work or find being stuck with leftovers annoying.

    Cups with red slushee drink inside

    For best results, keep the inner core in your freezer for at least eight hours beforehand. Then place it in the cup when it's slush time.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product. It makes awesome slushies, is easy to clean, and a great product for the hot Florida summers. During the summer I use it nearly every day. I've used it with coffee and cream, juice, peach sweet tea, and soda. I haven't found anything that doesn't work with this product! I've tried just about every slushy maker out there, and this is absolutely the best one!" —Thesillybanana

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five color combos).

    6. A bamboo compost bin with a super effective scent filter so foul odors resulting from the blistering heat don't undermine your noble, eco-friendly efforts.


    The bin comes with one filter replacement for inside the lid. Note: filters should be replaced every 60 to 90 days.

    Get it from Food52 for $45 (available in three colors).

    7. Relatedly: A deodorizer with baking soda to sprinkle into your garbage can or drain the second you catch a whiff of something gnarly. It'll destroy tough odors on contact!

    Arm & Hammer deodorizer packaging

    Promising review: "The scent is strong, as it needs to be, but not overwhelming or off-putting. Definitely mutes odors from chicken, dairy, and eggs that may have to sit in the dumpster for a few days before pickup. Has eliminated our dumpster funk and that of our neighbor's! Seems to work best sprinkling in when the can or dumpster is empty. If there is a particularly ripe bag, sprinkle a little more on top of the bag." —R. Pick

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    8. An insulated cooler tote bag that has room for up to 24 cans — and best of all, will arrive at your destination cold and dry. (Its water-resistant PVC lining stops leaks before they happen.)

    Blue, black, and white cooler tote bags grouped together

    Get it from Food52 for $26+ (available in regular and extra large sizes and in three colors).

    9. A watermelon cuber if the only thing holding you back from purchasing your favorite summer fruit every single day is how clumsy the prep is. This gadget promises only one, simple step: Push!


    You'll also get a melon baller and slicer.

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome! I was skeptical that this would actually work, but after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try. It makes cutting up a watermelon so easy and actually kinda fun. Totally recommend." —Stacy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.17.

    10. Or, a pineapple corer to do the same with another notoriously difficult fruit to prep — you'll get perfectly shaped rings with this thing and get to flex a bit at the end of it all with a totally intact shell that doubles as a bowl.

    Reviewer's photo of the stainless-steel corer next to an empty pineapple with slices next to it

    Promising review: "I have seen pineapple corers advertised before but never bought one. I figured that it would be difficult to use — WRONG! This corer worked exactly as advertised! It took very little effort to twist the blade down through the pineapple and was super easy to remove the fruit. If you love fresh pineapple but hate cutting them up, this is the gadget for you!" —Mockingbird50

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98.

    11. A smart toaster that gets 50% hotter than your average toaster — in other words, it’ll prep your morning bagel three times faster so you can zip in and out of your kitchen. (I can't handle the heat so I will be getting out of the kitchen.)


    Get it from Food52 for $300.

    12. Ice pop molds with a cover for spillage that'll make it really hard for you to mess things up. Consider this a challenge.


    Get a set of eight for $40 (currently only available in "cactus" variety; strawberry and tropical fruit available Sept. 7).

    13. A set of "wine sticks" to keep your glasses nice and secure while you're camped out in the grass with a good book. A bit extra? Most certainly.

    The wine sticks holding glasses and a wine bottle above the ground

    Promising review: "These stakes are well-constructed and heavier than I expected. I tried the holders on a variety of bottles and wine glasses with great results. They are plenty long enough to hold the wine bottle and the glasses securely. " —Patrick W.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A room freshener spray you'll want to spritz every corner with once that unidentifiable summer scent (and I'm not talking flowers) begins to waft into your kitchen.

    Reviewer photo of Basil-scent Meyer's Clean Day room freshener bottle

    Promising review: "As everyone knows, after a long session of cooking/grilling/smoking meats and veggies, your kitchen can smell like a smoke house! I bought the Mrs. Meyer's clean day room freshener to spray and lighten up on the post-cooking smell for when my dinner guests come over. So far so good since they didn't complain about the smell at all (maybe they were just being nice). I also use this for my kitchen and bathroom trash cans, which can smell dreadful after a few months. I don't want to touch the bottom of the cans, which can smell awful so I spray them a few times and it works like a charm! The handle (as you can see from my picture) is easy to hold and relatively comfortable and the product does last a while. I've had it for a few months and it's still pretty full. I'm happy with this product overall." —sixrings271

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98+ (available in four scents).

    15. A rapid wine chilling rod so you can keep your vino ice cold It'll even go above and beyond and work as an aerator (enhancing the taste) and pourer (avoiding any drips or spills).


    Includes: A metal rod to put in your bottle with an attached aerator, as well as a corkscrew and stopper.

    Promising review: "This is a great product. It keeps wine cold for a long time and makes it easy to pour!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A lightning fast chiller to apply some of the same magic to your morning java. This gadget is like adding 30 ice cubes to your beverage — but with no dilution! Voila: Your new alternative to pouring hot coffee over ice and having the cubes instantly melt.

    Hand pouring coffee out of chemex into the chiller cup

    Also consider using this on tea, booze, and still water.

    Promising review: "Amazing! I hate drinking a hot latte in the summer and sweating all over...this makes coffee ice cold in seconds! Can't wait to chill a glass of wine in it!" —Dancequeen19

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    17. And a super lightweight folding table (that can support 250 pounds per seat and up to 20 pounds on the table itself) if you're trying to organize a socially distanced picnic hang but can't say you love the idea of lugging around a bulky table to and from the park.


    Get it from Food52 for $167.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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