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20 Things For The Person Who Always Has An Excuse For Not Cooking

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1. A pack of reusable, food-preserving wrap if you often find yourself getting stressed out about how fast produce goes bad.

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Get a three-pack from Food52 for $18+ or check out the full collection at Amazon here.

Read our full review here.

2. A professional-grade nonstick skillet that'll give you an evenly cooked, just-right meal every time — a game-changer for omelet aficionados and pan-fried-fish fanatics.

Promising review: "Love! Works great and even held up perfectly in the dishwasher without discolorations. I love that it's a smooth nonstick surface too as many now come with the ridges but this heats up much faster and cooks very consistently." —CherileeGet it from Amazon for $57.14.This is also one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for the best nonstick pan!
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Promising review: "Love! Works great and even held up perfectly in the dishwasher without discolorations. I love that it's a smooth nonstick surface too as many now come with the ridges but this heats up much faster and cooks very consistently." —Cherilee

Get it from Amazon for $57.14.

This is also one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for the best nonstick pan!

3. An incredibly intuitive rice maker (and food steamer) for an easy foundation to every meal.

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Promising review: "This thing has changed the way I eat, and made everything simpler. Now I can have good, non-microwave food cooking in the other room while I play video games, and it doesn't overcook, but instead stays warm until it's ready to eat." —Jon Bettinger

Get it from Amazon for $29.92 (available in white and silver).

4. And a rice storage bin with a measuring-cup spout that'll make a measurable difference in the ease of meal prep.

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Get it from Amazon for $9.87.

5. A sworn-by Magic Eraser, if the mere thought of cleanup always holds you back from meal-prepping.

Promising review: "Basically the best cleaning tool ever. Walls, counters, sinks, toys, you name it, I've used a Magic Eraser on it. We have a light-color sink basin in the kitchen and I use these once a week to keep it sparkling white. I used to have to use heavy-duty cleaner but just a quick wipe down with the Magic Eraser and it's good as new!" —seven4elevenGet it from Amazon or Jet for $4.97.Or check out our picks for the best sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews.
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Promising review: "Basically the best cleaning tool ever. Walls, counters, sinks, toys, you name it, I've used a Magic Eraser on it. We have a light-color sink basin in the kitchen and I use these once a week to keep it sparkling white. I used to have to use heavy-duty cleaner but just a quick wipe down with the Magic Eraser and it's good as new!" —seven4eleven

Get it from Amazon or Jet for $4.97.

Or check out our picks for the best sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews.

6. A set of microwavable nesting storage bowls that'll allow you to eat right out of the bowl you prepped the food in.

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Promising review: "Had no idea bowls could be so beautiful and still be so useful. They are light, making handling of bowls from freezer or refrigerator to microwave easy. Being able to store and microwave in same bowl and serve from the bowl is an added benefit. Oh, and they are stackable." —Shirley

Get a set of four from Food52 for $60+ (available in seven colors).

7. Or, an eight-piece glass bowl set with lids that are the perfect size for meal prep.

Get it from Amazon for $17.50.
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Get it from Amazon for $17.50.

8. A pair of cut-resistant gloves, so the process can be as accident-free as possible.

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 know 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'HareGet it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in sizes S-XL).And read our full review here.
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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 know 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 $10.99 (available in sizes S-XL).

And read our full review here.

9. A pair of scrapers, because you haven't quite figured out how to best take of your cast-iron pans yet.

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Promising review: "High marks for low-fuss high utility. Scrapes everything nonstick like a dream, no scratches. Heat-resistant. I used this to scrape the oven after a bazillion things spilled during the holidays. Waited until it was no longer hot and used this to simply scrape off muck. The scraper was easy to clean off with a rinse when I was done." —Achievers

Get a pair from Amazon for $5.16.

10. A snap-on can strainer that might seem gimmicky but will actually make you so thankful next time you're tasked with cracking open a can that's 50% juice.

Get it from Amazon for $5.75.
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Get it from Amazon for $5.75.

11. An Instant Pot, because there's a reason people won't shut up about these things: They have seven tools (including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker) and prepare gourmet meals in a fraction of the time you're probably used to!

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." —SunahmGet it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart).Read our full review here.
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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 $79.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 8-quart).

Read our full review here.

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

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Get it from Amazon for $7.59+ (available in six colors).

13. A citrus juicer, because, wait, there's a way to squeeze lemons without making a total mess of the place?

Get it from Amazon for $18.64+ (available in lemon, lime, and orange).
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Get it from Amazon for $18.64+ (available in lemon, lime, and orange).

14. A knife block that doubles as a tablet stand, so you can bravely face your kitchen with a recipe at your side.

Promising review: "We absolutely love this knife block. It makes viewing recipes or even TV on your tablet in the kitchen so easy, and of course is a great knife block. We didn't even realize when we ordered it how nicely it swivels around. Seems like such a simple idea, but makes a big difference and adds to convenience in the kitchen!" —AudreyBGet it from Amazon or Food52 for $50 (available in dark or natural wood).
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Promising review: "We absolutely love this knife block. It makes viewing recipes or even TV on your tablet in the kitchen so easy, and of course is a great knife block. We didn't even realize when we ordered it how nicely it swivels around. Seems like such a simple idea, but makes a big difference and adds to convenience in the kitchen!" —AudreyB

Get it from Amazon or Food52 for $50 (available in dark or natural wood).

15. 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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Get it from Amazon for $13.24.

16. An attachable stopper to put an end to messy spills for good!

Promising review: "This thing really does quell the boilover problem. It rides on top of the pot, and the flaps do a good job of collapsing the bubbles as they froth out. We now have two of these for the different-sized pots we most often do any boiling in." —Brian BloomGet it from Amazon for $12.64+ (available in three sizes and five colors).
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Promising review: "This thing really does quell the boilover problem. It rides on top of the pot, and the flaps do a good job of collapsing the bubbles as they froth out. We now have two of these for the different-sized pots we most often do any boiling in." —Brian Bloom

Get it from Amazon for $12.64+ (available in three sizes and five colors).

17. An Antoni-approved smokeless indoor grill that's perfect for backyard-less folks who never thought they'd have an opportunity to grill.

Promising review: "This grill is awesome! Replicating outdoor grilling is nearly impossible, however this one comes very close. My first time using the grill, I cooked a rib-eye steak. It came out perfect, medium rare, and juicy as I like them. Cooked a tuna steak, and pork chops thereafter. All came out fantastic. I experienced very little smoke in my house, which was nice. I highly recommend this product for an alternative when outdoor grilling is not possible. I certainly won't have to endure grilling in inclement weather anymore." —Dano Get it from Amazon for $279.93.
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Promising review: "This grill is awesome! Replicating outdoor grilling is nearly impossible, however this one comes very close. My first time using the grill, I cooked a rib-eye steak. It came out perfect, medium rare, and juicy as I like them. Cooked a tuna steak, and pork chops thereafter. All came out fantastic. I experienced very little smoke in my house, which was nice. I highly recommend this product for an alternative when outdoor grilling is not possible. I certainly won't have to endure grilling in inclement weather anymore." —Dano

Get it from Amazon for $279.93.

18. A handheld spiralizer that'll have you doing the zoodle dance.

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Promising review: "I was really happy with the zoodles that I was able to make with this spiralizer. I am cooking for one and the size of this little gadget is just right for that. It was super easy to use and I plan to try some more vegetables like cucumbers and eggplant." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available with one, two, or three blades).

19. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook, the perfect book of recipes for anyone in (or out of!) college looking to make a healthy, fast meal without a ton of work.

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Get it from Amazon for $12.74, Barnes & Noble for $8.89, Indiebound, or find a copy at your local library.

20. And a meal-planning pad that'll help you stay on top of grocery shopping so you never fall back into your old takeout-ordering ways.

Get it from Amazon for $5.82.
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Get it from Amazon for $5.82.

Looking for more kitchen products that'll actually motivate you to cook? Look no further:

* 22 Kitchen Products For Anyone Who’s Always Exhausted After Work

* 30 Kitchen Gadgets On Amazon That'll Actually Make You Want To Cook In 2018

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