31 Things From Walmart That’ll Help Just About Anyone Improve Their Cooking
These will make any new chef feel like a
Master Chef champion.
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two-piece rectangle baking set, so you can make your first roast chicken and vegetable dish all in one pan.
Promising review: "These ceramic pans are beautiful. They are made of good solid quality. The designs are even prettier in person than on the website. Perfect size for a one-pan meal and then a one-pan dessert. I love the handles, which are also ceramic, so pot holders are needed. They are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe!"— ASmith123
seven-egg cooker that can help you make poached and soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs stress-free.
Promising review: "Seriously, I have no idea how I got along without this before. The boiled eggs peel perfectly and are cooked to perfection. The poached eggs are really nice as well. The only drawback is that you can't do more than 7 eggs at a time."— LRWolfe
nonstick, 12-piece stainless-steel cookware set so your hands won’t be sore after scrubbing away stuck-on food with a Brillo pad. Translation: your food won't get stuck even if you leave it to boil a little too long.
Set includes one 8-inch saute pan, one 10-inch saute pan, one 2-quart saucepan, one 3-quart saucepan, and one 5-quart Dutch oven.
Promising review: “This is the best quality cookware on the market because I have done the research. And the Walmart pricing for this beautiful set blew me away. The heat induction on this product allows you to reduce your range temp by 50% saving energy. And when used properly, cleanup is a breeze and they are just as beautiful as new.”— Phillipsds
Price: $129.00 (available in five different counts)
food meat thermometer that provides fast (and accurate) temperature readings, so if it's your turn to make the Thanksgiving turkey this year, you won’t have to pray to the food gods for good luck the night before.
Promising review: “Our family loves this thermometer. Instant reading of food temperature makes cooking easier. Numbers are bold (you can see them without your glasses) and it lights up for even easier reading. Folds away and stores easily within reach because the handle is magnetic.”— Madeline
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13-piece cooking set to make your "Meal-Prep Sundays" an absolute cakewalk.
Set includes one 1.5-quart saucepan with cover, one 2.5-quart saute pan with cover, one four-quart Dutch oven with cover, one eight-quart stockpot with cover, one 8” skillet, one 10” skillet, one steamer insert (fits eight-quart stockpot).
Promising review: “ The pots are perfectly sized. The bog pasta pot is also amazing. Worth every penny and make a great wedding gift too. In fact, we bought this because someone gave the same set to my daughter for a wedding present. She was so in love with them she suggested we replace our old Teflon stuff with a set of Contour. We love them.”— Jon E. S.
stainless-steel pressure cooker because, of course, you'll want to wow your guests with some delish home-cooked grub.
Promising review: “Just had for about two weeks and so far so good. Used it for making mashed potatoes and the tenderest, most flavorful pot roast I have had in years. This may just replace my Crock-Pot. It's faster, easier cleanup, and uses less energy. It takes some getting used to (Temp Control on my Range) but once you get the hang of it, it's great...Would highly recommend it. Try it and if you find it's not for you, then return it to Walmart.”— PJ2532
charcoal grill with a one-touch cleaning system, so you can make the greasiest of burgers without a huge mess to clean up afterward.
Promising review: “Can't stop using this grill! Been using it as both a low and slow smoker and a hot and fast charcoal grill. Temp control is great, the one-touch cleaning system makes for easy cleanup, and I love the hinged grates that come with this model. Couldn't recommend this grill enough to anyone looking for a quality backyard BBQ grill!”— Trent H
Price: $165+ (available in three colors)
four-piece spatula set so you can mix, stir and whip to your heart's desire.
Promising review: “I really enjoy using these spatulas. I like that it's a set of three different sizes. They are very sturdy and easy to hold. I got them because they are silicone spatulas that won't scratch my pots and pans. They are easy to clean as well. I love that they are matte black. All my appliances are black so it matches pretty well. Very happy with my purchase.”— jkfelix77
Price: $39.99 (available in two colors)
6-inch chef knife, with a self-sharpening sleeve, so you can feel like you’ve won a Master Chef onion cooking challenge, even if you’ve never chopped one before in your life.
Promising review: “I was in dire need of some new knives. My old set could hardly cut through sliced bread! So when I was preparing dinner the first time trying this knife, I was so happily surprised with how easily it sliced. I've used it to cut baked chicken, apples, cheese, and tomatoes so far. It was a breeze to cut through those foods. It's easy enough to clean, too. I hand wash mine and place it right back into the sharpening sheath. It's nice to know that this knife will stay sharp for quite some time.”— AMarie2009
baking set for making your first batch of pizza, muffins, or cakes in little to no time at all.
Set includes one 9" x 13" cake/utility pan, one 12" pizza pan, one 6-cup muffin pan, one 9.3" x 5.2" x 2.7" loaf pan, one 15.3" x 10.2" cookie pan, and one 8" round cake pan.
Promising review: “This BakerEze 6 piece Non-stick Bakeware set is good baking set for beginners. It is lightweight and gets the job done. As a college student, I was pretty impressed with the purchase and very happy with what I received. I am now able to bake dishes that do not stick, that's right that does not stick to the pan. Pretty good product and would recommend it to anyone not only those just starting but anyone who needs a baking set for a good price.”— Smiles18
smokeless electric grill that brings the grilling experience indoors — you can carefully roast veggies and work your way up to grilling burgers, dogs, and steaks.
Promising review: “I love this grill. We live in an apartment so I cannot have a grill outside. This is so nice and easy to use. And no smoke in the house.”— michelle
10-piece cookware set with different-sized pots and pans. After all, you won't screw up your first attempt at pad thai or shrimp scampi.
Promising review: “I argued with myself about this cookware for a full year before buying and I wish I hadn't wasted time! They're absolutely lovely colors, just as vibrant as they look on screen. They're a good weight, not too flimsy. In my experience, they heat evenly. They are hand wash recommended which I didn't know about but the ceramic makes them easy to clean.”— Amanda
Price: $99 (available in three colors)
pair of heat-resistant grill gloves that provide against heat up to 475 degrees, so you won’t burn your hands while you’re grilling, cooking, or baking.
Promising review: “Received my Expert Grill Silicone Dotted Heat Resistant BBQ Gloves and they are for some heavy-duty grilling. There are plenty of silicone dots on the backs of the gloves that will deflect heat and keep any master chef from burning his hands. Overall, they are well constructed and the material is thick enough to protect anyone's hands. The cuffs are long and thick also which will protect your wrists and a little beyond. The gloves are large, so petite hands may have some difficulty using them, but they should fit most large-sized hands. Good protection for serious grilling.”— GeoCal
rotating pizza oven for improving your DIY pizza skills so you won't have to order in anymore.
Promising review: “I really like my pizzazz. I like that I don't have to heat the oven up for a pizza and get the house hot in the summer. I especially like that they updated the rotating tray! Much nicer and very easy to clean. Looks like it won't leave burn marks like the old model either. Very easy to use.”— Patrick
soft-serve ice cream maker you can use at home, so you don't have to get confused over hard-to-follow steps for DIY ice cream recipes.
Promising review: “Easy to use ice cream maker! The recipes contained within the included booklet are a great place to start as you're learning this machine. We've so far made two successful batches. Love the tip to keep the frozen bowl in the freezer at all times so that when you're ready to make ice cream, it is ready to go! Otherwise, as we learned the first time, you will be waiting 24 hours for it to fully freeze.”— Kristen DV
pasta maker machine with a stainless steel roller hand, for making fresh spaghetti, angel hair, or linguine just the way Nonna did.
Promising review: “Why the heck have I been making pasta by hand? Even my grandma had a pasta maker. This machine is amazing. It does 99%of the work. Especially at a very reasonable cost, this is one of the best purchases of my life. If you need a basic, not fancy workhorse, but this. You won't regret it.”— Shell
mini personal blender that is easy to use, so you can feel confident enough to whip up dips, guac, and hummus for your first party in your new home.
Promising review: “I have used it multiple times every day since it arrived. This thing can do so many things. I bought it for its ability to grind things into powder. I was interested in making coconut flour and cassava flour where the ability to grind becomes necessary. Perfect for shakes and smoothies. It is sturdy and well made. It is very easy to use, to clean and comes with a large and small cup. I am really happy with this product and recommend it.”— RICHARD
nonstick Belgian waffle maker for making the perfect Sunday breakfast your fam will definitely thank you for.
Promising review: “Love this waffle maker! I bought a lower-end flip waffle maker for $50 but it broke when I received it. I didn't want to splurge on a fancy flip waffle maker so I took a chance with this Oster brand and I LOvE it! It makes waffles just as well as those fancy flipper machines and waffle shops. The batter never sticks to the waffle plates and always comes out perfectly crispy on the outside and soft inside.”— Walmart Customer
five-speed corded hand maker, because while a fancy blender can also get the job done, sometimes you just want to blend, mix, or whip your way.
Promising review: “Had the opportunity to beat a few eggs, using this Mainstays hand mixer. What I love about this mixer is its one-touch ejection button, in addition to the five-speed settings accessible while using the mixer. It is very lightweight, so no strain on the wrist, comfortable handle to hold, and, best of all, the beaters are solid and very sturdy.”— Msmoemoe
electric milk frother to rev up your latte-making skills, so you can finally resist the siren song of the morning drive-thru.
Promising review: “This Milk Foamer is awesome. It recharges with a USB connection and has plenty of power. It makes FANTASTIC foam. I added a bit of powdered stevia “sugar” to 1/2 cup hot skim milk and got a slightly sweetened full glass of foam. My husband and I then used the foam to make EZ fabulous coffee drinks, especially welcome when going out for coffee has been a challenge.”— EllenRpH
eight-cup food processor if you don't know how to use a knife, so onions, garlic, and veggies can easily be chopped up for you.
Promising review: “This is a simple food processor made by a reputable company. The smaller 8-cup size works for the two of us and fits in the cupboard easily. We were pleased with how it slices, grates and chops. Just a couple of pulses chop a whole onion (without it turning to mush).”— Lynn
air fry microwave oven, which can be used as an air fryer or convection oven, because if you are a beginner cook who is overwhelmed by the appliance space, of course, you'll want a tool that can do it all.
Promising review: “ Microwave, air fryer, and convection oven, or combo; this machine does it all. It is fast in any of the options you choose, and you can cook anything and everything with it. I really like that you can cook for a family, this machine comes with everything you need, the air fryer kit especially is great for cooking bigger quantities than a regular air fryer, and it cooks everything crispy and tasty.”— whitt
digital multifunction kitchen food and scale to provide accurate measurements, so you’ll be able to make meatballs that are evenly cooked.
Promising review: “It was the first item to arrive among several items I ordered at the same time. Came with batteries and works well so far. Easy to use, instructions in multiple languages and it turns itself off after a couple of minutes to preserve the battery. You can also change the units of weights between several different options (lbs, lbs oz, kg, oz, ml.”— Selma
Price: $15.11+ (available in seven colors)
onion chopper and slicer that measures out chopped ingredients for you, so you can take the guesswork of figuring out just what a 1/2 cup of onions looks like.
Promising review: “This completely blew my expectations! I even tried it on tomatoes and it chopped them better than I ever could. It's simple to use, simple to clean, and even dishwasher safe. My only regret is not buying it sooner. I love this thing!!”— Arabel
8” silicone basting brush for making all your meats full of delicious flavor — in a very surprisingly easy way.
Promising review: “This basting brush is easy to use and quite durable. This basting brush is easy to clean because of the silicone. After washing this bush there is no residue left behind. This basting brush has enough bristles on it so there is ample coverage with your barbecue sauce, but small enough to store away easily. The green color on the bristles is very pretty. This basting brush is heatproof to high temperatures that it gets exposed to.”— MamaFen
quesadilla maker, which works in just five minutes, so you don’t have to look for your phone for a good while, just to place a takeout order at your favorite fast-food restaurant.
Promising review: “I love this Hamilton Beach Quesadilla Maker. It's quick, easy, leaves indentations on the top and bottom, and seals the outer edges, makes 6 perfectly sized quesadillas, and clean up is a snap; my only regret is not buying it sooner. I highly recommend it and the Walmart price and delivery was good.”— Brenda
meat chopper with a five-blade head if you want to make taco meat or Bolognese sauce quickly and easily.
Promising review: “ These meat choppers make hamburger meat and pork sausage super easy to crumble up. It does the work for you. I paid three times the amount on one from a very reputable cooking utensil company, and there is no difference that I can tell.”— Duey
three-piece measuring cup set so you won't have to guess just what a 3/4 cup of milk looks like.
Promising review: “These measuring cups are accurate and durable. They will last for many years. I love the three sizes and bought a set as a gift for a friend. Dishwasher and microwave-safe. I use them as bowls for dishes that you have to measure ingredients. They have many uses."— Pat123
smart home assistant for discovering new recipes, or making video calls with your mom if you are stumped on how to follow her famous pot-pie recipe.
Promising review: “I use a few Google Assistant speakers around the home and added the Nest Hub Max to our kitchen and it has met all of my expectations. I enjoy the sound quality, slideshows, and video conferencing, including Zoom. It's a good way to keep track of recipes and cooking, while staying connected with friends and family.”— Scott
Price: $199.88 (available in two colors)
electric spiralizer to create zucchini, carrot, beet noodles for your next Meatless Monday potluck.
Promising review: "This is so much easier to use than the hand spiralizer or the one with the suction cups. You can spiralize almost anything very quickly. There are several pieces to clean when you're done but they can go on top of the dishwasher. This is a great addition to my kitchen!"— Donna
food steamer if you don't want to burn your hands trying to boil veggies on the stove.
Promising review: "I bought this primarily to steam vegetables. I love that you can just put them in there, set the timer, and walk away. I made broccoli and green beans recently and they turned out perfect. I am especially going to appreciate this in the summer when I don't want to turn on the stove."— CatLadyPhoenix
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