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    24 Things To Help Make Your Kitchen More Efficient

    Goodbye, pan avalanches.

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    1. 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).

    2. 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 $10.97 (for six strips).

    3. A can rack that'll make you say "yes I can have an organized cupboard for once in my life."

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    Promising review: "This can rack organizer is a great product that makes storing cans in a cupboard so much easier. Before we had this product, we were stacking the cans in rows, which was fine but hard to see what you still had. Every time you take a can, the next can rolls to the front. This rack saves us time and space and makes our seven-can soup recipe so much easier to make. I recommend this product to anyone who stores and uses canned foods often and for those looking to improve on storage and organization of their pantry." —Jason and Kelle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    4. 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.)

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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 $13.69.

    5. 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.

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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 $27.99 (for a six-piece set).

    6. A tea bag organizer that'll give all your loose bags a home and keep you prepared for when hosting duties call.

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    Promising review: "This is the perfect addition to my new kitchen to get my many teas off the counter and out of sight, yet easily accessible. It’s sturdy plastic and fit exactly between the two trims on the inside of my cabinet. Many asked my question — can you mount it? Yes! The back is flat so I purchased the 3M double-sided tape and, voila! The description says it holds 90 tea packets but it’s more suitable to 72, 12 in each of the six bins. My cabinet doors are “self closing”—2Bounders

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

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

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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 $13.97.

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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

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

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    Promising review: "These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up 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 $13.99.

    10. 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.)

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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 $11.97 (for a set of eight).

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

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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).

    12. 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.

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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 $4.99.

    See what won best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    13. 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 hashbrowns. 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).

    14. 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.

    15. 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.

    16. 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 $399.

    17. 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 $9.99 (also available in green and in a set of two).

    18. 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!

    19. 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 five colors).

    20. 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 $2.99.

    21. 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.

    22. A rice cooker to 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 $148.81. Or, check out a cheaper option.

    23. 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 bake bread at least once every two weeks, sometimes a little more frequently based on consumption, and always got at least a little bit frustrated with the difference in the size of the loaves and boules. We have limited space in our kitchen, due to the size of it as a whole, so we put off buying a kitchen scale. After baking bread the last time around I decided that it was time to look to see if a scale could be found that would be small enough for storage, while still offering functionality to measure the weights as precise as possible. I looked at a few of the different scales available on Amazon and was definitely not interested in getting one that relies on a watch battery and also wanted one that didn't round the numbers up. This Ozeri Pronto has a small profile, uses two AAA batteries (which were included with the scale) and is precise within +/- 0.1%, based on the testing that another review for this product was able to determine." —J Walton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.93+ (available in seven colors).

    24. 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 have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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