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    27 Useful Things That'll Help You Cut Down On Your Cooking Time

    Who wants to sit around waiting for food to be ready when you're hangry?

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    1. These 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 $8.49.

    2. A pair of onion goggles because cooking dinner shouldn't make your eyes water more than the first 10 minutes of Up.

    Model chopping onions while wearing onion goggles

    Promising review: "The only thing I don't like about these goggles is the fact that I didn't buy them years ago! These are practically magical. I love to cook with onion, and up until now I just resigned myself to it taking a while longer since I would periodically have to step back and get the tears under control to avoid cutting myself. But now! Holy moly — these work!! They're comfortable, they don't fog up, and like I said upfront, I just wish I'd purchased them before. This is not a luxury item—it's a necessity!!" —C. Eastwood

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in five colors).

    3. This One & Done Seasoning that takes all the flavors currently in your overcrowded spice cabinet and packs them into one bottle. It'll definitely upgrade your next steak night, but it's also versatile enough to sprinkle on chicken, burgers, BBQ, french fries, and basically anything else you whip up.

    Bottle of One and Done seasoning next to cooked steak

    Promising review: "The girlfriend always asks while cooking, 'What should I put on this chicken or pork?' BAM! Problem solved! Kickass seasoning, cheap, but really does go great on pretty much any kind of meat! Especially fish, or any kind of seafood! It DOES have a kick to it, so if you don't like spicy you may not like it. It's not crazy hot, just a hint of spice in there." —Drew Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four sizes).

    4. 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 $26.73.

    5. A subscription to Freshly, which delivers fully cooked meals right to your door so you literally won't have to think about what you're eating tonight. Whether you're in the mood for Chicken Tikka Masala or a White Bean Turkey Chili Bowl, it'll be ready in just three minutes.


    You can choose between four to 12 meals a week, and you can skip a week at any time.

    Get a plan on Freshly starting at $8.49+ per meal.

    6. A bestselling immersion hand blender so your smoothies can actually be smooth for once and your soups will look as creamy and delicious as the Pinterest photo you took the recipe from.


    Promising review: "I got this after my old stand blender burned out while I was grinding oatmeal. I thought a stick blender would be able to work through dry ingredients a little better and keep from overheating. I'm happy to say that is the case. This little thing is very powerful for its size and really chops whatever you set it to. Its easy to assemble, disassemble, and clean and works great." —Clara

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    7. This breakfast sandwich maker that's so easy to use — even if you haven't had coffee yet. Just toss your ingredients in, close the lid, and you'll have the perfect grab-and-go breakfast ready in about 10 minutes.

    Breakfast-sandwich maker opened to reveal various ingredients

    Promising review: "I love this! Takes me less than 10 minutes to get a breakfast sandwich and head out the door! I love being able to mix up what ingredients I use. My fave is cheddar, tomato, and spinach." —Amazon Customer

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

    8. An absolutely genius tool that lets you easily spread butter on your pans before cooking or directly on hot foods like corn on the cob or fresh bread. No more butterfingers!


    TheMagnetack is a small Etsy seller based in Miami, Florida.

    Get it from TheMagnetack on Etsy for $10.95.

    9. 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 $17.87+ (available in five colors).

    10. The ridiculously popular Instant Pot that more than lives up to its hype. It may look like a normal slow cooker, but it's also a pressure cooker, sterilizer, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker — so get ready to donate all of your other bulky appliances.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stovetop) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the eight-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in four sizes).

    11. 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.

    12. 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.

    13. A microwave pasta maker for the days when boiling a pot of water is just too much to handle — trust me, I've been there. All you have to do is fill 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 $16.98.

    14. This three-section nonstick grill pan so you can finally master the art of multitasking in the kitchen while also reducing the amount of cleanup afterward.,

    Promising review: "This three section pan does the job well at preparing three different meals at once. Bacon, eggs, sausage, beans, stir fry ... you name it! It's perfect for those who don't wish to make a lot of dishes but want a good selection on meals." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $31.97.

    15. 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.

    16. A shredder claw set so your pulled pork will look just as tender and delicious as it does at your favorite BBQ joint.

    Orange meat claws next to shredded meat

    These are melt-proof and heat-resistant to temperatures up to 475 degrees. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I received the Bear Paws Shredder Claws the next day and I had a Boston Butt that I need to shred (pull). I was amazed at how well the claws worked. They were much faster than using forks and much easier on my hands. I was able to shred the butt in a short time and didn't have any problems with burning my hands as I do with forks. The claws were easy to hand wash and I had no problems with the tips of the claws bending, as some reviewers have posted. If you shred any type of meat I highly recommend that you invest in a set of these claws." —SR8586

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    17. A set of herb scissors to give your dishes a touch of freshness. You'll be ditching your pre-packaged bottles of rosemary and parsley in no time.,

    Promising review: "I like to grow herbs and use them in salads, soups, and many other recipes. I received these Jenaluca Herb Scissors as a birthday gift, and can't believe how fast and easy it is to cut up cilantro, basil, parsley, lovage, etc. My husband tried them today too for the first time while making guacamole, and found that slicing the cilantro went very quickly. The storage case-cleaner is very efficiently designed too." —Lucille P. Nawara

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    18. This 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 (available in two styles).

    19. A pack of three unique hot sauces so you can add a spicy kick to literally any meal you whip up — and admit it, your taste buds are bored of the same brand you've been buying for years.

    Three bottles of Hot N Saucy hot sauces
    Hot N Saucy

    The variety pack comes with Garlic and Peperoncini, Beet n Fresno, and Sweet Potato n Habanero.

    Hot N Saucy is a Black-owned, woman-owned business based in Brooklyn, New York.

    Get it from Hot N Saucy for $30.

    20. A corn peeler so you can safely and easily de-cob your corn and finally ditch the frozen and canned stuff. You deserve fresh corn and you deserve it NOW!

    Model using tool to remove corn from cob

    Promising review: "I have previously only used a knife to remove corn from a cob and I always feel like I leave too much on. With the corn prep peeler it was extremely easy to get all the corn. The head is curved so it aligns with the cob and the downward motion had very little resistance making removal effortless." —Kelly Morriss

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (also available in six other peeler styles and in sets).

    21. 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 $13.99.

    22. A super handy garlic press so you can chop up your favorite ingredient without smelling it on your hands for the next 10 years. You can even put a personalized engraving on the handle, making it a perfect gift for the true garlic lover in your life.

    Garlic press placed on cutting board with minced garlic

    PrecisionMemory is a small Etsy shop based in Los Angeles, California.

    Get it from PrecisionMemory on Etsy for $19.99 (originally $24.99).

    23. Or a garlic twist for the times you need freshly minced garlic but don't possess the knife skills to make that happen.

    Model holding garlic twist filled with minced garlic

    It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more! You can adjust it for coarse to fine mincing.

    Promising review: "I was leery about spending money on what I suspected might be one of those gizmos that end up at the back of a kitchen drawer. Nope. This thing actually has me not just liking but actually USING fresh garlic. It takes about 3 seconds to clean. Rinse and done." —Justine

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50.

    24. A helpful two-stage sharpener to bring some life into those knifes you've had for far longer than you'd like to admit.

    Model running knife through sharpener

    Promising review: "I'm very surprised by how well this product works. I make knives and sharpen my knives by Japanese whetstone or belt grinder. I sharpen my mom's and grandma's knives by stone whenever I visit. I've tried to teach my mom to use a honing stick while I'm gone to keep the knives in good shape, but she can't seem to get the hang of it, so I decided to buy this product because of the simplicity of use. I tested it on a few of my dull knives at home, and it takes about 10 strokes on the coarse grind and 10 strokes on the fine grind to get a sharp enough edge to slice printer paper without tearing. I love how simple and how little time it takes to sharpen a knife enough for kitchen use. Now my mom and grandma can sharpen their knives whenever they need it. I highly recommend this product!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

    P.S., Elizabeth, an editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this knife sharpener and said it totally transformed her knife collection!

    25. This freezer pod tray that will make food prep SO much easier. Simply fill each rectangle with smoothie ingredients, soup, or any other leftovers you're not sure what to do with. Once you're ready to eat, just pop 'em out and re-heat!

    Reviewer photo of tray filled with frozen soup

    Promising review: "I cook a large batch of brown rice and used to put it in snack size ziplock bags. I didn't feel good about using more plastic so I purchased three of these freezer pods in the half-cup size. They are perfect. I can pop out a half-cup portion whenever I need one. I may buy more of these in different sizes to freeze beans." —Kathy Sims

    Get it from Amazon for $13.20+ (available in four sizes).

    26. This manual food chopper that evenly breaks down everything from ground meat to fruits and veggies with just a few turns of your wrist.


    It's safe to use with nonstick cookware and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "To tell the truth, I'm not really sure why I bought this. It seemed kinda silly at the time because I have a spatula (turner) that works fine to break up ground meat while cooking. This, however, is much better than fine — it's excellent! It makes quick work of breaking up meat — as big or small as you want — and then cleans up beautifully in the dishwasher. No scratches on my nonstick cookware, either!" —P. Draper

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    27. And an egg white separator that can hold up to four egg yolks at a time and is really just too adorable for words, so I'm going to stop typing now.


    PixieDustDivaStore is a small Etsy seller based in Los Angeles, California.

    Get it from PixieDustDivaStore on Etsy for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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