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    30 Products That'll Level Up Your Homemade Lunches

    Go ahead and delete that delivery app — you'll be making your own lunches from here on out.

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    1. A portable salad bowl with a separate layer for toppings and dressing so your greens won't get all limp and soggy by the time lunch rolls around. There's even a fork in the lid!


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these salad containers. My fiancé and I have big appetites, but try to eat healthy. These containers fit a ton of salad greens and all sizes of toppings- nuts, beans, cheese, fruits, meats, pasta etc. They make packing lunch easy. Just throw in some greens, a protein, a dressing, and toppings that make salad fun for you! We use ours several times per week and they make it to both our jobs without spilling or leaking." —izzo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in eight colors).

    2. An easy-to-use circular sandwich cutter so you can make your own crustless PB&J without overpaying for those frozen versions.

    Reviewer holding homemade circular peanut butter and jelly sandwich

    Promising review: "Our daughter is very crust-phobic and this doesn’t waste much of the bread. Works perfectly." —Richard B.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.96+ (available in various colors and sizes).

    3. A leakproof bento box with five spacious compartments that'll keep your lunch well-balanced, perfectly portioned, and always exciting., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought three of these so that I could easily pack my kids’ school lunches and WOW, I love them so much! The serving sizes are perfect, they are relatively easy to clean (the removable tray is dishwasher safe for the top rack), and I swear my kids are eating more well-balanced meals just because of the fun presentation. If you need an extra compartment, just put in a cupcake liner and make your own (see photo). I also love that I am no longer washing multiple little Tupperware containers nor am I going through boxes of small sandwich bags. These are environmentally friendly, super cute, and so functional! I LOVE them!" —Kayla

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    4. A mini Crock-Pot that will keep your lunch warm all day long, because it's time to start loving yourself and stop eating room temperature chili.

    Small Crock Pot warmer filled with soup and placed on desk

    It has a 20-ounce capacity, a dishwasher-safe removable container, and a spill-proof lid.

    Promising review: "Love this food warmer. I use it for lunch and dinner at work every day. I meal prep by freezing big batches of food in small freezer-bags and place them inside of coffee mugs so the food is in a shape that will fit in the Crock-Pot. I let the food cook from frozen for about two hours and it comes out perfectly." —Karen w.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four colors).

    5. A set of portable cutlery with a fork, spoon, and knife made from BPA-free, food-grade wheat starch so you can finally say goodbye to single-use plastics and become the eco-warrior you truly are.

    Set of four cutlery sets in various colors
    Smile Boutiques/Etsy

    Promising review: "These wheat grass cutlery sets are great! Perfect and portable! Exactly what I expected. Colors are great." —wellesh

    Smile Boutiques is a small Etsy shop based in Canada.

    Get it from Smile Boutiques on Etsy for $9.94 (available in four colors).

    6. An avocado slicer and pit-remover that'll make it so much easier to make avocado toast for the seventh time this week.

    Hand using avocado tool to slice open avocado

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation." —NPR Man

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. And a bottle of Everything but the Bagel seasoning to take that avocado toast to the next level.,

    Promising review: "I literally put this on everything. It’s awesome! I bought it because I already love Trader Joe’s, so that was a no-brainer. I was making homemade keto bagels and wanted everything bagels, and this was perfect. I will definitely buy more when I run out." —Edward Maroney

    Get it from Amazon for $5.50.

    8. A pack of pre-prepared seasoned beans you can throw in the microwave for 60 seconds when you're way too tired to even think about cooking a side dish.


    The variety pack comes with two packs of Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry.

    Promising review: "Who writes a review about beans? Somebody who loves beans but had given up on them, until now. This is a great product. Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that." —Amazon Customer

    A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned small business based in San Francisco, California.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. A highly rated spiralizer that might just get you excited about eating your veggies. If you're looking to jump on the veggie pasta trend, this will make it so much easier.,

    Promising review: "You're not going to find a better built, better functioning spiralizer anywhere! I wasn't planning on buying one — I started out just researching. After researching the various models and reading reviews, I thought, 'I gotta get me one of those.' This is probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. My girlfriend just bought one two weeks ago and after seeing mine, said there's no comparison. She's sending hers back!" —Marie Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    10. Or this handheld veggie spiralizer if you're looking for something super compact but still just as easy to use. You'll have Food Network-worthy spirals at just a few flicks of the wrist.

    A hand using the spiralizer, which is similar to a large pencil sharpener, to make zucchini noodles

    Promising review: "I love veggie noodles because they’re faster to cook than regular noodles, healthier, and super delicious! Before this device, I would buy the pre-spiralized ones at the store for a huge markup, but this device is so quick and easy to use it’s no extra trouble to do it myself, plus it’s fresher!" —Phob

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A set of crystal clear food containers you can pop right in the microwave, because you shouldn't have to dirty extra dishes just to enjoy leftovers.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

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

    Promising review: "These surprised me. I avoid plastic for many reasons, but I gave these a shot because they were on sale and the reviews were strong. I bought a second set at regular price because I like them so much. The top clicks closed securely. I've never had leaks despite bringing soups and salsa and the like with me for lunch. They work very well in the freezer. The little vents that are hidden under the locks were a pleasant surprise. It makes microwaving that much easier." —V

    Get a six-piece set from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. An absolutely adorable zippered tote with an insulated interior so your sandwiches and fruit stay extra fresh, even when that meeting lasts 30 minutes longer than it was supposed to and cuts into your lunch hour.

    Creativelife Jenny/Etsy

    Promising review: "Love this lunchbox! Super cute, high quality, and the perfect size. Couldn’t be happier with it!" —Chrissy

    Creativelife Jenny is a small Etsy shop based in Bethpage, NY.

    Get it from Creativelife Jenny for $11.69 (originally $12.99; available in four patterns).

    13. This rapid egg cooker so you can quickly cook all of those eggs sitting in your fridge before they go bad. Whether you like 'em boiled, poached, or scrambled, this little device does it all.,

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. Soft boiled eggs took me about 11 minutes to make. Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in seven colors).

    14. A microwave rice cooker for the times you don't feel like pulling out a bulky appliance or rummaging in your cabinets for a pot.,

    Promising review: "I've had this for seven months now, and I think it's still my favorite tool in my entire kitchen. I eat a ton of rice, and I love how easy this is to use and how easy it is to clean. I put in one cup of white rice and two cups of water, and microwave it for 15 minutes. It comes out consistent every time. In the past, I've cooked rice on the stove and used an electronic rice cooker, and I prefer this microwave one to both. I hated how messy cooking on the stove is, and my electric cooker got mold down inside the part that you can't wash. With this, there's no mess, and there's nowhere you can't clean or that can trap mold or bacteria. I can throw every part of it into the dishwasher after I'm done with it." —C. Stone

    Get it from Amazon for $34.40.

    15. A spacious yet compact air fryer to help you whip up some healthier versions of your favorite fried goodies. Just be forewarned — you'll be trying to air fry literally everything in your home once it arrives.

    Jasmin Suknanan / BuzzFeed

    "This air fryer is (clearly) one of the best purchases I've ever made! Everything that gets cooked in here ends up crisp and delicious instead of soggy and full of grease. I've used this to cook fish, chicken, eggs, cheesecake, fries, potatoes, and more. Though, I will say that desserts like cake and cookies are best saved for your traditional oven. I even use my air fryer to heat up leftovers (sorry, microwaves) because of how crisp and tasty everything turns out. I just pop everything into the basket, set the temperature, set the time, and let the air fryer work its magic. It makes a loud beep when the time is up." —Jasmin Suknanan

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in four colors).

    16. A pair of light-up "chop sabers" so you can bring a touch of the force to every meal — and have a post-lunch light saber battle afterward.

    Reviewers holding light-up lightsaber chopsticks

    Promising review: "Got these for my spouse as a stocking stuffer, needless to say he absolutely loves them! Has only tried them with a ramen bowl so far but he said they work as expected although they are thicker compared to usual chop sticks. I tried them as well and I actually like the thickness of them a lot! A+ purchase for Star Wars fans like us! Will be getting more colors soon!" —Jae

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in seven colors and packs of two and three).

    17. A microwave pasta maker for the days when you're craving buttered noodles for lunch. All you have to do is fill it with pasta, add water, then microwave for about 13 minutes.

    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    18. A set of travel cups with a spoon attached on the side so you can easily take your homemade yogurt parfaits and overnight oats with you on the go.


    Promising review: "EXACTLY was I was looking for. I am now motivated to bring yogurt/fruit/nuts from home without buying it. It really is leak-proof, spoon that stores on the side is sooo practical. No regrets." —chiqui

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $25.45.

    19. A microwave veggie steamer, because getting in your daily serving of greens should be as easy and hassle-free as possible.

    Carrots and broccoli placed in microwavable veggie steamer

    It's also dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "This is a perfect little microwave steamer... I bought it to steam veggies for my toddler and it is great. It does a great job but is small enough that it’s not a pain to pull out and use and then clean just for one person." —SHOPPER123

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    20. An all-natural crispy Szechuan chili sauce so you can finally upgrade your boring condiment collection. It adds a spicy yet balanced kick to anything you put it on — pour some on everything from noodles to ice cream!

    Model eating noodles with Fly BY Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp sauce
    Fly By Jing

    Get it from Fly By Jing for $15.

    21. A super sleek lunch bag made of waxed canvas that looks so much more chic than your typical lunch box.

    Canvas lunch bag next to green apple
    Lozi Decor

    Promising review: "I love my new lunch bag! It fits right into the pack I take to work every morning. It has a distinct texture due to the beeswax coating which I can really appreciate." —Sahar A.

    Lozi Decor is a small Etsy shop based in Sarasota, Florida.

    Get it from Lozi Decor on Etsy for $20.95+ (available in two colors and a pack of two).

    22. Storage tubs with a removable divider so you won't have to use two different containers to store foods you don't want touching. You can fold the divider up to create two spaces or lay it flat to create an elevated surface.,

    Promising review: "These are amazing! Not only do I love the design for aesthetic reasons but they do so well at keeping our fruit fresh. I used to worry about keeping berries in our fridge for more than three days and now we’re eating them a week or more after purchasing! I am blown away by these and highly recommend them! Easy to use and clean as well." —Shelby

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $36.99 (also available in a pack of three).

    23. Microwaveable potato cooker bags for when you want a perfectly cooked baked potato and you want it now. It also works for cooking corn on the cob and warming up tortillas, so you'll probably be reaching for these quite often.

    Collage of microwavable potato bag with potato inside, bag placed in a microwave, and a cooked baked potato

    Promising review: "Honestly when I bought this I was not very convinced, I did not think that the potatoes would really be ready in such a short time, but I was surprised, the potatoes are really ready in four minutes, it is very practical and useful." —Luisa C Poggini

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.69.

    24. An electric hot pot so you can whip up some stews, noodles, and sautéd meats and veggies when you need some good comfort food.


    Promising review: "I'm a vegetarian flight attendant and sometimes have trouble while on the 'road' eating well. I bought this and it's now a 'must have' item in my luggage. I've showed it to many of my colleagues who have also purchased this ... Boils water in just minutes! My first photo was taken 22 minutes after I arrived in my hotel room at 1 a.m. Restaurant was closed, I was starving. I took dehydrated vegetables, some uncooked pasta, vegetable stock and water. Gorgeous hot steaming veggie soup in 22 minutes." —A. Keeney

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99.

    25. This apple slicer that proves getting perfectly sliced fruit doesn't have to be a painful process. Also, let's be honest, apples somehow just taste better when sliced... and dipped in peanut butter.

    Model using slicer to cut a whole apple

    Promising review: "Seriously, why has this never been invented before? It's the best thing in the history of apples! It cuts the apples in perfect sizes for kids (and even me), and the bottom base that makes it simple to push the blade all the way down is a game-changer. I always hated cutting apples because the last push was annoying and made slices fly everywhere. This is easy and keeps them all mostly attached. Love love love it!" —jbug

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    26. A pack of plate clips so your beloved dips will never be too far away from the chips.,

    Promising review: "You really do not know how badly you need these little cups until you use one. They're fantastic for dips, sauces and other little garnishments. They are much sturdier and more stable than I had expected. They're also very easy to clean." —Melissa

    Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. A rapid microwave ramen cooker that'll become your new best friend when you need some fuel in the middle of a busy day — or when those midnight carb cravings hit., Amazon

    Promising review: "It is the perfect size for ramen and allows you to cook it in the microwave in just three minutes. The neat thing is that the water line is marked so it takes the guess work out of it. Keep in mind that you will be using only 1 cup of water, so this is intended to be a drier ramen but if you want more broth, just add a cup of water to the dish when you take it out and use all the spice package. Your ramen will be cool enough to eat and you will have your soup! All in all, this is a handy gadget for dorms and small apartments. It is also a great gadget to take with you on vacation! Need a can make your ramen!" —Patricia D.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 15 colors, two sizes, and various packs).

    28. The one and only Mike's Hot Honey, which will definitely become your go-to condiment for literally everything from salads to pizza. It's the perfect blend of a little sweet and a little heat.


    Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. Makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, unexpected zip in dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked." —Martha Ronemus

    Read our full review of Mike's Hot Honey.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.59.

    29. A pack of washable, reusable zipper bags that aren't just eco-friendly, they're also SO much easier to store thanks to their free-standing design.


    Promising review: "Great for any use. Easy to move meat around if you are adding seasoning for a marinade. Good seal for thawing items from the freezer without getting leakage all over the fridge. The arrows on the bag and plastic lock make it simple to assemble. I've washed all the bags by hand so far and it was very quick with a brush and some mild soap." —Ashley Graf

    TheAbsoluteKitchen is a small Etsy seller based in Houston, Texas.

    Get a pack of seven from TheAbsoluteKitchen on Etsy for $35.99 (originally $39.99).

    30. And a panini press so you can stop settling for sad sandwiches and eat the crispy, golden-brown masterpieces you truly deserve.

    The panini press with a floating lid and a grilled sandwich inside

    Promising review: "It is quite compact but can easily do two panini sandwiches. Easy to clean. Cooks the paninis nicely. No temperature control, but I don’t need it for most sandwiches. Great value for the price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $33.25+ (available in three colors).

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