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    Here's All The Products You Should Have In Your Kitchen (And Why)

    Here's a comprehensive list of everything you should actually be filling your kitchen with. Bone apple tea everyone!

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    1. Avoid doing the risky pasta-drain dance with a two-piece colander set designed to let you dump the pasta and boiling water using both hands β€” then just lift the colander and let the water fall out into the bowl.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life! I cook pasta at least once a week and I'm always fearful of carrying the pot full of boiling-hot water over to the sink to drain the water. With this two-piece colander set, I can drain the pasta right at the stove and also safely preserve some of the pasta water so that the pasta does not stick together. This set comes in cool colors (red and blue) and spices up my relatively boring set of kitchenware. I look forward to using this set over and over again!" β€”Crystal

    Get the two-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $12.44 (available in red/blue and royal blue/blue).

    2. Don't be that person who gives all their friends food poisoning: Place a digital thermometer into whatever you're cooking, then wait between 4 to 20 seconds (location and time will vary) to get an accurate reading of its inner temperature.

    Promising review: "Great thermometer! I bought this for my girlfriend for Christmas as she has gotten interested in baking, and more specifically bread making. If you search online, a lot of bakers prefer using a thermometer as opposed to any other method (like a toothpick) to check for doneness. She has had the thermometer for two months now and really enjoys it. It's accurate and it gives novice bakers more confidence. Highly recommend." β€”Amazon Customer

    Here's where you can find out out exactly where to place your thermometer based on what you're cooking, and what temperatures your foods should be.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

    3. Cook *nearly* anything on a nonstick surface β€” it's designed to prevent your food from attaching itself to your pan and gives you an even heat distribution so everything cooks at a consistent temperature.

    Promising review: "I'm all about one-pan meals, and having an 11-inch frying pan gives you plenty of room to throw in lots of ingredients and really cook them, rather than having them pile up on top of each other as they would in a smaller pan. It's also the perfect pan to combine things from other pots/pans as the last step of your meal when you're ready to mix all your ingredients together. Again, super easy to stir everything together without worrying about spattering/overflow. Also great that it's nonstick! It's also big enough to take to the table and serve dinner straight out of the pan. The pop of color is fun too!" β€”xtinaaag

    Check out some mistakes to avoid with your nonstick surfaces, and

    tips for how to care for them.

    And if you're looking for something that'll last you a lifetime, you can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $19.88.

    4. Keep your nonstick surfaces intact with a set of silicone utensils designed to be gentle on your pots and pans while resisting heat for up to 400 degrees.

    Promising review: "LOVE this set. From the colors to the durability, they look like they can withstand anything that is whipped up in the kitchen. I love the idea of having a set with all utensils that you would need in a set. They fit very lovely in with my kitchenette that has accents of blue and oranges β€” it just brings my kitchen together with a splash of color. Love it!" β€”Skravets

    Get the four-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $17.76.

    5. Get a solid, sharp knife set to help make preparing your ingredients β€” from bread to meats to veggies β€” that much easier.

    Promising review: "These are super sharp and have a great ergonomic handle. The weight and balance are really nice. The set includes every type of knife you might need, and I love the fact that each one comes with its own protective blade guard. I also have the option of storing them without the guard because they will stick to the magnetic knife holder I have on my backsplash. My favorite knife of the set is the bread knife, which slices through the crunchiest crust with ease but also can handle a tender crumb without tearing it up. I also love the yellow utility knife for slicing thin-skinned fruits and vegetables like tomatoes. I think these would make a great gift for a young person who is setting up their first home β€” good knives and cutting boards are so useful!" β€”S. Rudy

    Take a look at some cheat sheets on exactly what your knives are for and a guide on how to use them! You can also find more knife options here and read a full review on why this particular set is so awesome.

    Get the six-piece knife set from Amazon for $16.89+ (available in three color combos).

    And check out our picks for the best chef's knife on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. There are a lot of simple utensils and gadgets that'll make cooking a breeze β€” like this set of measuring cups and spoons for your dry ingredients and silicone tongs to flip your food with ease without damaging your the surfaces of pots and pans.

    Promising review: "This tool set includes the most essential tools for the kitchen. I can use these tools daily for my baking and cooking needs. The spatulas are a great mix of strong and flexible. I use the tongs every day. The emoji timer adds some whimsy to my kitchen." β€”Julie

    Get the 19-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $33.45.

    7. Regardless of whether you think plastic cutting boards are more sanitary or you'd fight to the death before letting the blades of your perfect knives touch anything other than wood, you should invest in a solid board for all your dicing and chopping needs.

    Promising review: "Great cutting board. Easy to clean and has the black rubbery sides for easy grip when cleaning or moving. Also has little 'feet' so that it doesn't sit flush on your counter, making it easier to pick up and move around. Haven't been terribly careful with the surface so far and I can confidently say that you don't even see any marks on it from aggressive knife work. There is like a little trough (for lack of a better word) around one of the sides that works great to prevent meat juices from running off onto the countertop. Would recommend to anyone who's looking for a nice decent cutting board." β€”M

    Learn exactly how cutting boards differ and which might work best for you.

    Get the OXO plastic cutting board pictured for $14.99, a large wooden one for $59.97, and a bamboo one for $26.99, all from from Amazon.

    8. Never have to say "when" again with a handheld grater in your kitchen β€” designed with a super-soft grip and two different-sized blade types that allow you to grate your fave Parmesan finely or coarsely.

    Promising review: "I never really thought I'd need a grater in the kitchen, but I have been watching a LOT of Tasty recipe videos where grating veggies is actually a crucial step. Graters tend to take up SO much space, which is tough in a shared kitchen. This is the only space-saving grater I've found, and it's just as effective as any other! The blades are very sharp and you get a consistent result. It also rinses easily so no need to worry about cutting yourself if you're used to having to scrub graters to get them clean." β€”xtinaaag

    And a grater isn't necessarily just for cheese! Check out how to zest your citrus with one.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $8.97 (available in white, red, green, and blue).

    9. Having a set of mixing bowls is essential to any kitchen: They make mixing ingredients super simple and storing extras a hassle-free experience, and even work in a pinch when you don't have any clean serving bowls.

    Promising review: "Love these bowls!! I've wanted to either switch my mixing bowls to stainless steel or glass for a long time. Considering I may need a hand mixer for doughs for baked goods, I decided to go with stainless steel. Good choice!! Very sanitary. And I can literally use them for ANYTHING. Cleaning up is a breeze, and I love that they nestle inside of each other β€” perfect for storage as I don't have a lot of room. They look exactly like the pictures and are sturdy." β€”Sunni

    Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. Let's be serious β€” every kitchen needs a good can opener with a solid comfy grip and a wide handle to turn, because the key to a good can opener is never actually having to think about a f#@%ing can opener.

    Promising review: "The Tasty can opener is STURDY! The construction feels very solid and the grip very comfortable. What more could one ask for in a can opener?" β€”lfei

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $7.44 (available in red, blue, royal blue, and green).

    11. If you've invested in a knife β€” and especially if you haven't β€” you need a solid sharpener that safely allows you to gently swipe and sharpen with ease to keep the life of your blades long and fine.

    Promising review: "I gotta say, this is the best sharpener I've ever bought in my whole life. I work at a Japanese restaurant as a sushi chef and I sharpened it at work. and wow my knife was like sharp like a samurai sword! Even my coworkers were surprised and asked me to order one for them. It was so sharp that I barely touched the knife and my pinky fingers got cut and I had to be sent home from work. Thanks for the product! Now I don't have to use the stone or sharpening rod that much. 😎" β€”Rodrigo

    Check out a full review on this awesome sharpener.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in black, green, and red).

    12. Even though kitchen real estate is very valuable, consider giving some up to a carbon steel wok, the perfect tool for making delicious meals in one easy-to-clean pan.

    Promising review: "This wok is HUGE. It's awesome for cooking a lot of food at once. As someone who food preps every Sunday to prepare for a 9-to-5 job, I like cooking in big batches. I used to have a regular, flat, nonstick frying pan, but I would always try to cram too much food (kale, spinach, rice, etc.) to fit in it. I would either overcook the bottom of the pan or drop food on the stove every few seconds. The best thing about this wok is the extra handle. It has a rubber handle that doesn't get hot, so I can lift the wok with both hands. It's a pretty light blue color that brightens up my tiny little NYC apartment kitchen. Even for a cooking beginner, I feel like a pro using this wok." β€”pineappleaustin

    Find some awesome recipes where you cook up a storm with your wok here, here and here.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $19.88.

    13. Add wooden kitchen utensils to your arsenal of cooking tools, which stay cool because they aren't conducive to heat β€” making them ideal for dishes that require a ton of stirring.

    Promising review: "These are a fantastic way to get the utensils you need. They are very inexpensive, finished well, and have a sturdiness to them that I appreciate." β€”Kelly Cox

    Get some tips on how to care and cook with your wooden tools.

    Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $7.39.

    14. Whether you plop down dough straight outta the package or you painstakingly mix it from scratch, you're going to need a cookie sheet capable of allowing food to bake and brown with ease β€” try a nonstick set with different sizes that'll cater to how much you're baking.

    Promising review: "The emoji cookie cutters are the best! These cookie sheets are just the right size for everyday baking needs. I just can't resist this set. My kids are going to love making their own emoji cookies β€” and mine will be a hit at the next office potluck!" β€”Eilujd

    Here are some cookie sheet cleaning tips and some awesome baking hacks.

    Get the three-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $9.97.

    15. And since you're investing the time to bake some delicious treats, you'll want let them cool with a nonstick wire cookie rack β€” I know it's hard, but giving your cookies a chance to release some heat is an important part of the baking process (and in the not-burning-the-roof-of-your-mouth process).

    Promising review: "Why did I never buy a cooling rack? Tasty made this one just right. A great size, foldable, and stackable while still being sturdy. This rack is perfect for cooling batches of cookies right out of the oven. I love that it stores so simply, and cleanup is a breeze. Every baker needs to treat themselves to one of these cooling racks." β€”Eilujd

    Check out this recipe for the perfect cookie!

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $8.87.

    16. If you ever need to measure out liquids (aka to make basically any recipe), then you need a glass measuring cup: It's nonporous, so it doesn't absorb the flavors of the ingredients, it's easy to clean in the dishwasher, and totally microwave-safe.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this measuring cup. I don't know why it is so hard to find a good-quality, big measuring cup, but this is an indispensable tool in my kitchen. Whether I'm making pancakes or mixing up formula for a farm animal, the size combined with the Pyrex quality make this my go-to. Honestly, I can't rave enough about this product." β€”Ashley O

    Get it from Amazon for $8.20.

    17. Believe it or not, a set of peelers is a pretty crucial addition to your kitchen-tool set for making prep much easier β€” try a julienne peeler for long spiral shavings, a swivel peeler for classic peeling needs, and a serrated peeler for soft fruits and veggies.

    Promising review: "These peelers are very durable and seem like they'll last forever! The comfort grip handles are an added bonus and will make me not hate peeling potatoes! I also love that they come in multiple colors! Bring a little brightness to such a dull task!" β€”HLents

    Learn more about julienne peelers, swivel peelers, and serrated peelers, so you can figure out when exactly to use them.

    Get the three-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $7.97.

    18. It may seem obvious, but a solid drying rack with enough space and slots will help immensely when it comes to cleaning up, and will provide some counter storage for all your go-to items.

    Promising review: "The cup hangers help keep space inside the drainer for larger items. Plenty of space for a family's meal dishes and more. Ample space in the flatware container, which sits centered on the outside front edge. Plenty of air circulation that things dry quickly if rinsed with very hot water." β€”Seain Gutridge

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in white or red and in two sizes).

    19. If meal prep is your thing, then you'll definitely need a ceramic-coated Dutch oven β€” it's the perfect tool to make delicious meals all in one pot.

    Promising review: "This pot has great value at a great price, and it is not made of cheap material. This is a great product for beginners who are looking to get started in the kitchen. It is not too light but not too heavy, just the perfect balance, with a sleek design. From eggs, soups, curry, rice, yogurt, and beans to everything in between, you will be able to cook well. This is a great pot for beginners (college students + recent grads)."β€”jchungychunggggggg

    Take a look at a bunch of charts on how to make cooking easier and a variety of delicious recipes to make in your Dutch oven.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $27.88.

    20. Or if you're more of the start-cooking-but-then-walk-away type, try a programmable Crock-Pot with a locking lid β€” it'll let you prepare amazing dishes while you do a million other things, plus you can transport it without fear of spilling anything.

    Promising review: "This is my first Crock-Pot. The programmable timer works as advertised. Once the countdown is complete, it reverts to keeping the food warm. Great price for a timer Crock-Pot with locking latches. I transported my chili in the back seat of my car without any problems or spillages." β€”Mr. EcoBoost

    Here are some amazing recipes to cook up in your Crock-Pot.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in stainless steel or red).

    21. Have a nonstick loaf pan on hand for making delicious cakes, meatloaf, and even homemade bread β€” the nonstick surface will make getting them out a little easier.

    Promising review: "Peep these pans!!! I'm a big fan of these loaf pans. They're a great size and have these dope little red grips on the side to keep you from dropping your culinary creation! Seriously, get your mitts (oven mitts, that is) on this set." β€”JocSchneider

    Here's an amazing recipe for homemade bread to make in your new loaf pan.

    Get two-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $10.61.

    22. Having an easy-grip garlic press can make life so much easier β€” just press a garlic clove and watch while perfectly cut chunks come out, leaving you with clean-smelling hands and just enough flavor for your meal.

    Promising review: "I use garlic a lot when I cook, and this is the type of gadget that you think you don't need until you have it. And then you will never want to peel and cut garlic the old-fashioned way again. It has a soft, comfortable handle and easy-to-clean features! It is dishwasher-safe, and also there is no garlic that gets stuck in between the holes." β€”AsianFoodLover12345

    Here are some awesome hacks for peeling garlic that'll make your next cooking session a little easier.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $7.44 (available in blue, red, royal blue, and green).

    23. To make kitchen cleanups less stressful, stock up on easily washable cotton towels you can use to dry dishes, wipe up spills, and even clean off your hands.

    Promising review: "These lovely towels are durable, have a nice tight weave, and hold up with lots of use. I highly recommend these!" β€”VS

    Check out more tools to make your would-be messy kitchen a little neater.

    Get the 15-pack set from Amazon for $15.97.

    And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    24. Don't let their reputation as bottom-tier holiday cakes fool you: Invest in a set of Bundt cake pans, which can be used for *so* many other delicious recipes as well.

    Promising review: "The Tasty fluted cake pan is a very good quality pan for baking a Bundt cake. My family loves Bundt cakes, so I bake it often. This cake pan is easy to clean, lightweight, and it bakes the cake evenly from all sides. The cake easily slides out of the pan, which is amazing." β€”avtarBitu

    Here's a recipe for the best bundt cake you'll ever know and see just some of the awesome ways you can use these pans.

    Get the two-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $17.74.

    25. Having a set of kitchen scissors specifically for food can be a real time-saver: Instead of using a knife or your hands, just cut right into a juicy chicken with a pair of scissors, for instance.

    Promising review: "I work as a professional chef, and scissors are needed. I use them to trim pineapple tops, open bags, and many other things. These scissors are very nice, sharp, and won't break." β€”Michael D. Lehman

    You can find more must-have products that our Tasty team swears by.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. Having a classic and easy-to-grip pizza cutter as part of your kitchen toolkit will make enjoying the best food on the planet that much better β€” plus, they're great for slicing through sandwiches, lettuce, pancakes, and so many other often-awkward foods to cut.

    Check more awesome ways to slice up your favorite foods using a pizza cutter here.

    FInd some awesome pizza recipes and tips on how to care for your pizza cutter.

    Get it from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $5.44.

    27. People don't often utilize sheet pans to their potential, and there are a variety of yummy, super-easy recipes you can throw together using one of these nonstick bad boys.

    Promising review: "Cookie sheets are usually pretty basic, but I'm a big fan of this one. It's really sturdy, which makes it great for putting actual dinners in the oven (e.g., chicken, fish, veggies, etc). Flimsier cookie sheets tend to have everything burn and stick to the sheet. Other flimsier cookie sheets I've used are pretty bad at cooking poultry thoroughly since the bottom layers will get stuck to the sheet, but I haven't had any such issues with this sheet! As a result, this is the easiest cookie sheet cleanup I've experienced. The handles are also a small but very helpful touch! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to use this for more than just cookies." β€”xtinag

    Explore a bunch of awesome sheet-pan recipes here.

    Get the two-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $14.75.

    28. If you're anything like me and love cheesecake more than most people, you definitely need a springform pan β€” it's designed to be totally leak-proof, so you just place all the ingredients in, let them set and bake, then unlatch for a super-easy removal with nothing left behind.

    Promising review: "I love baking cakes and have been dying to get a springform pan. It is a must-have if you like making cheesecakes and/or like icing your cake. It snaps open easily and lets you effortlessly remove the cake intact without having to worry about scraping it out. It has a sturdy steel buckle, which forms a tight seal around the detachable bottom, creating a leak-proof barrier that turns out perfect cheesecakes, streusels, and other delicious desserts. It is non-corrosive, stain-resistant, and dishwasher-safe for easy maintenance, and it's long-lasting." β€”SC04

    Check out this recipe for some awesome jiggling cheesecake.

    Get the two-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $14.20.

    29. Only you can prevent burning off all your fingerprints β€” and having a solid pair of textured silicone oven mitts is not only important for safety, but it's also a great way to get a grip on your food and prevent any spills.

    Promising review: "As someone who is super afraid of being burned, I am happy with using these. They 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 it's fantastic." β€”Jenne Schrader

    Find more cooking tricks and safety tips that'll make your time in the kitchen way more fun.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in seven colors).

    30. Although storing them can often be a chore, a complete set of containers will make meal prepping, packing lunches, and storing leftovers a very organized affair.

    Promising review: "In the amount of time that I have had these, they have performed flawlessly. There have been no issues with leaking and they are very easy to wash. With the Rubbermaid lid, there is nothing extra in the lid, so washing is easy and there is no chance for mold to grow. I am very pleased with the performance of these containers and I have also purchased the larger sizes on their own. I would highly recommend them." β€”gisamail

    Check out this DIY organizer and some awesome care tips to help you maintain the life of your storage containers.

    Get the 42-piece set from Amazon for $19.99.

    31. A plain old nonstick cake pan is such an important part of any kitchen set, because only god knows when you'll get a sudden craving to make a delicious box cake β€” and if cake or brownies aren't your thing, it can be used for lasagna or ziti too.

    Promising review: "Really love the silicone handles. I am not an advanced cook so I might be behind on the silicone trend but I have never seen this done before. The pan really is nonstick, unlike other brands that claim to be nonstick and just aren't." β€”pinkpurplegreen

    Get a set of two from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $13.74.

    32. Throwing a selection of berries, greens, and other nutrient-rich ingredients into a sturdy blender is a great way to make an on-the-go breakfast (or a delicious treat for any time of day, tbh).

    Promising review: "I researched a lot of blenders before I decided to buy this one. I needed a blender that was powerful enough to use daily but cheap enough (I'm sure those $200 blenders are amazing, but I honestly don't see the point in spending that amount of money on a blender). This model has a glass vase and the rest is plastic. It looks fine in the kitchen, and doesn't look like you grabbed the cheapest appliance you saw. It has a very useful feature β€” the top can be used to pour the liquid, so you don't have to use a separate jar! Very convenient." β€”eli

    Here are some super-easy recipes, some healthy recipes, some unusual recipes, and some non-smoothie recipes to blend up in your kitchen.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    33. And, if you're serious about being prepared for every culinary challenge, get your hands on a full set of cookware you can use to whip up nearly anything in the kitchen.

    Promising review: "This set has all the pots and pans I need β€” whether I want to make a lonely-person meal for one or a feast for my friends. Great gift idea, too, for anyone who needs a complete kitchen set! The material is diamond-reinforced so it is very strong and durable but also surprisingly light to carry around!" β€”walmartfan

    Get the 11-piece set from the Tasty collection for Walmart for $99 (available in copper, blue, and gunmetal).

    Happy cooking, everyone!

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