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    31 Products For Anyone Who Basically Can't Even Boil Water

    These may not turn you into a *master* chef, but at the very least they'll help you actually prepare yourself a meal. Small steps!

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    1. These gloves to help stop any accidental finger amputations while you attempt to do some slicing and dicing.

    Promising Review: "Excellent gloves! They work extremely well for mandolin slicing, but would also be great for a beginner in the kitchen who isn't comfortable with a knife yet!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.

    2. This pasta measuring tool so you can finally figure out exactly how much pasta you should be making.

    Promising Review: "This small plastic item is the best way to measure spaghetti that I have found. Works much better than trying to stuff a bunch of noodles into a small hole." —Steven Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    3. These oven mitts because you should never, at any point, try to take things out of the oven with your bare hands.

    Promising Review: "As someone who is super afraid of being burned, I am happy using these. They do reach all the way up the arm so that I feel safe reaching into my old oven. I don't have any problems bending my fingers to grip things, and so far I haven't felt any heat when taking things out. Before I was using a 20-year-old woven glove that was past its prime. I haven't felt safe using anything but that single glove. Now I have these and they're fantastic." —Jenne Schrader

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12. (Available in a variety of colors.)

    4. This food thermostat to prevent you from giving everyone food poisoning — again.

    Promising Review: "I bought this initially for baking prime rib, but my wife uses it all the time when she bakes chicken. It takes the guessing game out of baking and you know you are getting a cooked piece of meat without having to cut into it and letting all the juices escape." —Abe

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    5. This baking mat so you can always have the right measurements when you're learning how to make a pie crust — the hardest of all freakin' things to make.

    100% food-grade silicone that's stain-proof, BPA-free, and stick-resistant.

    Promising Review: "Really pleased with this baking mat. It stays put on any surface and makes working with pastries less cumbersome. Also it is easier to clean with less mess and takes up hardly any space to store." —drab

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    6. This cookbook that'll let you experiment in the kitchen without actually having to cook any meat ('cause that may be too much too soon).

    Promising Review: "Love love love this cookbook. I'm four recipes in. I am a proud meat eater, 1000% non-vegan, but damn this food tastes good. The enchiladas alone make this worth the cost." —Drake

    Get it from Amazon for $10+. (Available in hardcover and for Kindle.)

    7. Or this cookbook because let's be real, instant noodles are your signature dish and you should probably figure out how best to prepare them.

    Promising Review: "Everyone knows Ramen Noodles are terrible for your health — but they are so dang delicious and cheap. So while you probably shouldn't cook from this book every night, when times are tough and you're looking for cheap inspiration, this book is awesome. Who knew you could do soooo much with a simple dried noodle package?! The book is a small, thin size, packed with creative ways to transform a simple dish. It's spiral wire bound which is great for keeping the recipe open on the counter while you're prepping and preparing. I actually originally bought this for my sister as a joke because she is obsessed with Ramen Noodles, but I was surprised by its flexibility and ideas and ended up keeping it for myself!" —AmyRiger

    Get it from Amazon for $6.

    8. This print that'll let you know when your favorite fruits and veggies are in season so you can start cooking with the freshest of ingredients.

    Get it from Stone and Feather Paper on Etsy for $10.

    9. This vegetable dicer perfect for getting those finely chopped veggies that you'd probably cut your fingers off trying to do by hand.

    All parts are dishwasher-safe, FDA-certified, and BPA-free. Package includes the Mueller stainless steel discs, 4-cup container, cleaning brush, and the Mueller recipe e-book.

    Promising Review: "It's easy to dice vegetables with just one push. This even cuts harder vegetables like carrot and potatoes. All the parts are dishwasher safe so it's easy to clean and the container keeps vegetables from spilling. I used to cut my fingers a lot while chopping. This is great for beginners in cooking. Overall, this is an awesome tool and very convenient." —Lucky10z

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    10. This clip-on strainer so you don't have to do that very uncomfortable juggling session when you're trying to drain your pasta.

    Made with heat-resistant silicone and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "This is the best gadget ever. I was a bit skeptical but decided to give it a try. It was always a hassle digging out the big colander to drain things from my pots, but no more. This nifty little gadget easily clips onto the edge of the pan, (any size), and quickly and easily drains the liquid. The cleanup is so much quicker than with a large colander. My kids were so impressed they have all asked for one!" —Marbid3

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    11. This olive oil sprayer to guarantee you don't waste any precious olive oil 'cause that shit is expensive.

    Made from BPA-, latex-, and DEHP-free plastic. Bottle is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "This is a terrific product — and a huge cost saver! I now use less oil, (less waste), and the convenience is off the charts. It'll pay for itself with its efficiency and utility in no time. The actual material quality and clever 'robustness' of the mechanism is of the highest quality and suggests it'll last a long, reliable lifetime. The ergonomics of the trigger and its action is predictable and allows you to meter the intended volume reliably. It's content capacity belies its sleek footprint." —Paul Egan

    Get the set from Amazon for $22.

    12. These reusable toaster bags because if there is one oven you'll be able to master, it'll be the toaster oven.

    Promising Review: "I received the toaster bags and immediately made a grilled cheese sandwich. It came out great. The bags fit in my toaster just fine. No pans or spatulas to clean up, couldn't have been easier. I hope they last a while, as I love grilled sandwiches." —Tucci

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.

    13. This print that'll help explain all the math behind your meal.

    Get it from South Pacific on Etsy for $5.

    14. This anti-slip cutting board to make sure your food (and knife) don't go sliding around when you're trying to chop like at lightning speeds because you watched too many episodes of Top Chef.


    Promising Review: "Safe for fine knives. Almost as fast as wood but much easier to care for. Yes, it survives the dishwasher and does not warp. Long-lasting! Easy to grab and pick up by the side handles. Short of an expensive Teak cutting board, this is the best option I know of. Highly recommended, especially if you use expensive knives. Here's my helpful tip, useful for ANY cutting board. If your thin plastic or wobbly wooden cutting board won't sit still on the counter, place a paper towel underneath it and spritz the towel with water or household cleanser. The moist towel will help keep the board steady and safe." —G. Conner

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    15. Or these clearly labeled ones so you don't accidentally spread salmonella everywhere.


    Promising Review: "These are great! Having the separate boards is nice to avoid the cross-contamination and they are pretty durable, so I know they'll last awhile. Obviously they won't work great for roasts or anything that leaks fluid because there's no well around them. I'm happy overall, especially because the price was right." —Rebecca

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $13.

    16. This microwaveable corn steamer for all those times you just want a little corn in your life but trying to play that "Have I cooked them long enough?" game is just too much.


    Promising Review: "Good quality product. Does the job and is dishwasher, (at least top-drawer), safe." —Usually Quiet

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    17. This timer that'll make sure you don't overcook (or undercook things) while still being cute AF.

    Promising Review: "I don't ask much from a kitchen timer, and was simply looking to replace the last one. When I saw this one I knew he was mine, immediately — even though it took another 15 minutes for my heart to persuade my mind. Call me a softy, but who can resist a timer, (that works just fine), that is also cute?" —L. Breneman

    Get it from Amazon for $5. (Available in a variety of animals.)

    18. These silicone tongs to grab things and rotate them, something you should do when you're cooking. FYI.

    Made of BPA-free silicone and are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "Came quickly and with helpful tips for the novice cook. No quality issues." —Julanne Montville

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10+. (Available in a variety of colors.)

    19. These spatulas made with silicone to help keep them flexible and your bakeware scratch-free.

    Stain- and odor-resistant and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "I've been looking for a nice spatula. One that gives just enough, but still scrapes and scoops long the curve of a bowl. This is a nice set. It performs as I'd hoped and is durable enough to handle the dishwasher. This would be a great gift for a novice or expert in the kitchen." —CatzMora

    Get the set of three from Amazon for $11.

    20. This avocado tool even you — the person who has only had a few packets of ketchup and soy sauce in their fridge for the last two months — will wonder how you ever lived without.

    Top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "This is the best device ever. I can't believe how easy it is now to slice avocado and make guacamole. I can't believe I lived this long without it. I takes about 30 seconds to get the avocado meat out. Wonderful!" —seashell824

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    21. This microwaveable rice cooker to make the perfect amount of rice with just the push of a few buttons — instead of enough rice to feed your entire neighborhood.

    100% virgin plastic that's phthalate- and BPA-free. Top-rack dishwasher-safe and microwave-, fridge-, and freezer-safe.

    Promising Review: "This rice steamer works great, and it's easy to use. My favorite thing about this is the ease that the inside lid can be removed. It just lifts up, easy. It's also surprisingly easy to clean, doesn't need to be scrubbed. The only thing I would like is a sealing lid, (both lids have slots to allow venting). A sealing lid would allow me to use it to store leftover soup, (which it also works great for), without having to dirty a second container." —Cheryl B

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    22. This food storage bag holder because when you can't cook and you only have two hands, there is no possible way you'll be able to get things into your baggie without spilling.

    Promising Review: "I love these bag holders! It's so easy to use and it really makes a difference when I'm trying to fill up a bag. Now I can have the bags ready for filling without bugging the crap out of my husband to hold the bag, which he tilts as I'm trying to get the right angle to pour something in and we end up in a fight because he has different ideas of how to fill a bag than I do. Seems small, but it's easy to get cranky when you're holding a big pot of hot chili and the other person is CLEARLY not listening to your directions. ANYWAY. These are dead useful and I'm glad I got them." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    23. This toaster with a window so you can track your toast's progress and stop burning every damn piece you try to make.

    Promising Review: "I purchased this because of the see-through window. My kids love Toaster Strudels and I always burn them, no matter what setting I use. With the see-through window on this toaster, I can make them without burning them. I love the motorized feature, as well. But it did take me a few times to get used to not having to push down the toast like all the toasters I have owned in the past. This is perfect for bread, Toaster Strudels, waffles, and more!" —Circumspect 4

    Get it from Amazon for $30.

    24. This cookbook that's as magical as your cooking will become.

    Promising Review: "This book is a must have for any Harry Potter fan! I'm a beginner cook and this was very easy to follow and helped me even improve my cooking skills by learning many useful techniques. Even if you're not in the mood to cook, or don't have the time/ingredients, the commentary under the recipes alone is amazingly entertaining to read. Not only does it reveal where the item of food is found within the books, but it also gives the actual origin of the foods. There are 150+ recipes in this wonderful book and every recipe I've tried has turned out great." —Blaire

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    25. This popcorn maker for learning to make movie theater popcorn from the comfort of your sweatpants.

    100% food-grade silicone, and BPA- and PVC-free.

    Promising Review: "I love these thIngs so much, this is now the third one I've bought. I have one at home, one in the office, and I got one for a coworker. They are simple and easy, and work great. I just buy regular popcorn and put in a little oil and salt. I never burn in the office anymore and it tastes way better than the bags with none of the chemical taste. The silicone is easy to clean, just be careful because they are super hot when you take out of the microwave." —Jumesan

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    26. This egg cooker because believe it or not, the hardest thing to learn to cook are fuckin' eggs.

    Includes poaching tray, measuring cup, omelette tray, and six-egg holding tray. All non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising Review: "Great for beginner cooks, the culinarily-challenged, and those who are in a hurry! Even though I've had to make my own meals for years, cooking has never been my strong point, and I still mess up on the tiniest things. This is a HUGE lifesaver as it is cheap, and not easy to mess up. Breakfast is so much easier now." —Joan Russoon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    27. This microwaveable pasta cooker you'll love and wonder why everyone says cooking can be really hard — it's obviously not, 'cause you mastered this thing.

    Promising Review: "This device was as easy to use as promised. The novice cook has had great success. Great idea. Love it." —Eugene P. Fogarty

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    28. This breakfast sandwich maker for McDonald's quality breakfast sandwiches your friends won't believe you made.

    All removable parts are dishwasher-safe; surfaces are covered with durable, nonstick coating.

    Promising Review: "Great little countertop kitchen gadget. I'm always looking for simple ways to encourage kids and people with limited kitchen knowledge to try cooking their own food by making it easy to have a fool-proof outcome. It consistently produces a nicely cooked, hot breakfast sandwich. Good choice — it would be perfect in an RV, small apartment, dorm, etc." —Catherine M. George

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    29. This tablet stand so you can follow along with your soon-to-be favorite recipes that you just found online.

    Promising Review: "This is such a great versatile product and is well-made. I purchased this so I could mount it under our kitchen cabinets so my wife could watch TV on her tablet while cooking or to use it to display a recipe. I didn't fully realize that it can also be removed from the under-cabinet mount and used as a free-standing stand. This makes it very helpful as a video prompter while you're working on your hobby or for entertainment wherever you're busy. It is well-made of sturdy materials. I'm very happy with the purchase." —Wes Brockway

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    30. This Tasty One-Pot that automatically adjusts its temperature, tracks cook time, and even tells you when to add ingredients or stir, based on whatever recipe you're cooking from the Tasty app.

    Just download the Tasty app, pull up the recipe you want to start cooking, and the Tasty One-Pot will adjust the temperatures for the food you're cooking and track it, along with cook time, to let you know when you should add additional ingredients, stir, or when it's ready to eat.

    Reserve one from BuzzFeed's Tasty starting at $149.

    31. And this kitchen towel to throw at all the haters who have yet to experience your culinary talents.

    Get it from Wildwood Landing on Etsy for $12.

    IRL footage of you cooking after getting all this stuff!

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