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25 Incredibly Useful Products Every Meal Prepper Needs

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1. A Pinterest-famous 7-in-1 pressure cooker with 19K+ Amazon reviews.

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It does the work of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt marker and warmer.

Promising review: "I get why people love this item. It's simply the best. You don't need to fuss around with the stainless steel interior. It cooks accurately and without requiring much attention. It's an everyday use machine in my kitchen now, from cooking rice to braising pork belly. Everything you can cook low and slow on your gas/electric cooktop you can do in the Instant Pot (as far as I can tell) and it comes out MUCH FASTER and just as delicious; although sometimes I feel like slaving and monitoring a stew on the stovetop adds to the flavor. Hurry up and get it, you won't regret it. I got the 8-quart because I cook for a family of five, but the 6-quart will do the job." --Philopolis

Get it from Amazon for $99.95+ (available in 6-quart and 8-quart).

Read a BuzzFeeder's full review here.

2. A mini strainer to quickly drain the liquid from canned tuna so you won't have to precariously use the sharp metal lid over the sink.

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Dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "This thing rocks -- I like the little tunas on the edge where you place your thumbs to squeeze. They are surprisingly strong too, which I was a bit apprehensive about because if not done right, they look like they might snap off. But it seems like they used an appropriate thickness to prevent this from happening. Have really pressed on them and it shows no signs of breaking. Plus they keep your hands clean. Recommended." --DS

Get it from Amazon for $5.52.

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3. A digital food scale for when recipes call for scarily accurate measurements.

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FYI, make cleaning a cinch by slipping a gallon ziplock bag over it so you can see and use it, but don't have to worry about harming the scale in a cleaning sesh.

Promising review: "Perfect for my needs for weighing food and tracking my meals as I prep them weekly." --Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

4. A pair of bag holders that can act like a second pair of hands when you're divvying up saucey stuff.

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Promising review: "Got this gadget a few weeks ago and I've been using it. It's working great. From quart size to gallon size, it holds up great. I can spoon right into the bags and not make a mess." --TravelingGrandma

Get them from Amazon for $9.59.

5. A Blue Apron subscription to avoid grocery shopping and measuring out ingredients.

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Each box includes pre-portioned ingredients, premium meats and sustainable seafood, and recipes cards.

Get a plan for $8.99+.

Read our reviews of a bunch of at-home meal kits here.

6. A Piquant Post subscription box of freshly ground spices and chef-approved recipes to take your palate to the next level.

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Each box includes four small-batch, freshly ground spice blends and recipes to go with them.

Promising review: "Silly puns aside, Piquant has been awesome for my cooking. Since getting the first box, my girlfriend and I have broken out of our usual, trusty, but sometimes-boring meals and tried cool new recipes. Each themed box has been really fun, too. We're excited to see what themes are yet to come! Also, the recipes have been simple!" --Diego

Get a monthly subscription from Crate Joy for $11.99+ a month.

7. Some easy-to-store collapsible colanders you won't have to rifle around your kitchen cabinets to find.

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They're BPA-free, food grade-safe, and heat-resistant up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit -- so they're good for blanching veggies in boiling water.

Promising review: "These colanders are PERFECT!!! The two sizes let me use the smaller one for a meal for one or two, while the larger one fits for meals of 3+. The material is strong and doesn't transfer heat. I LOVE that they're dishwasher-safe. I LOVE that they collapse to fit in my cupboard. These are perfect for ANYONE!!" --Ashley Berger

Get the pair from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

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8. This ~washable~ lunch box that folds down to a placemat so you always have a place to eat.

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Its neoprene material is PVC-, BPA-, and phthalate-free, and can easily be cleaned by throwing it in the washer.

Promising review: "These lunch boxes are AWESOME!! My son has used one for the last few years. Before he used the smaller one -- but it was almost too small for a growing teen, so he passed it down to his little brother and we purchased this large one for him. It is the perfect size for me to send plenty of food for his lunches. AND the fact that the smaller one has survived to be passed down is AMAZING!! They really are fantastic!" --JamesMarie

Get it from Amazon for $17.95+ (available in five color combos, two sizes).

9. A palm peeler to ~safely~ tackle fruits and veggies.

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Dishwasher-safe (top rack).

Promising review: "I have no skill whatsoever with cutting ANYTHING. I literally take half an hour to peel two potatoes, along with risk of cutting myself. With this product, I can peel potatoes (and other products) in under five minutes. Also, the blade is pretty effective (or at least to me)." --Kevin

Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in green and red).

10. A set of four flexible cutting mats for when you don't have time to wash one cutting board over and over and over again.

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They're even labeled to avoid cross-contamination!

Promising review: "I love to use these on top of a wooden cutting board. It provides a surface that is easy to clean, while still not dirtying my wooden board. I do this because cutting on the hard surface of my countertops is not good for my knives. I like having multiple plastic cutting surfaces because I can cut multiple types of food without having to clean up in between, and they can sit, prepped, ready to go when I want to add them to my dish." --Nico!

Get them from Amazon for $10.52.

11. Or, a 2-in-1 food chopper that replaces your knives and cutting boards.

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Promising review: "I don't know how I ever lived without this before! It is a marvelous help during regular meal prep and even canning!" --LINDA P. ROMIG

Get it from Amazon for $6.03.

12. A kale, chard, and herb stripper to separate the good stuff from its stems within seconds.

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Dishwasher-safe (top rack).

Promising review: "I seriously hate prepping vegetables. I usually buy the pre-washed and pre-cut kale, but I hate eating raw stems. I resorted to prepping kale by using my hands or a knife, which took forever. This stripper made kale prepping so fast and mess free. You simply take a leaf, put the end of the stem through the hole, and voila no more stem! Where has this been all my kale prepping life? I can't wait to try the stripper on herbs." --Cleaning Maniac

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

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13. A 3-in-1 avocado tool for quick work of guac, avocado toast, and so many other green possibilities.

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It safely splits, pits, and slices avocados. Top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I am ALWAYS fighting with getting the seed out of an avocado with a regular knife while trying not to cut off a finger. With this little piece of kitchen gadget heaven, you just push the center onto the seed and twist ever so slightly. And ABRACADABRA!!! It is out!!! Just place your finger or thumb in the center on the top side and the seed pops out with ease. The slicer takes a bit to figure out how much pressure to use, but it makes it SOOOOOO MUCH EASIER to slice and take the skin off the 'meat' in no time flat. It made my meal prep fly by and dinner was served faster then a 2-year-old can throw a temper tantrum." --Matthew Webb

Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in two colors).

14. A personal blender with a travel lid so you you don't have to gingerly pour your smoothie into another container.

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Jar stores upside down and cord wraps around base for easy storage.

Promising review: "This little blender works like a charm! I make a protein shake every morning for breakfast, so I use this every morning. I killed my other Hamilton blender trying to blend frozen banana. So now I just let the frozen banana thaw just a tad before blending, but ultimately, if you're looking to make some protein shakes, I'd recommend this. It works, it's cheap, and it does the job." --DLT

Get it from Amazon for $13.40.

15. Reusable bags that'll keep your produce haul fresh for up to 10x longer.

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They work on fruit, vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers by preventing excess moisture. Each bag can be washed and used up to 10x.

Promising review: "Love these, especially when I get seduced by the beautiful fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. I buy far more produce than we can use in a few days. I rinse, hang dry, and reuse. It's lovely to buy baby spinach and find it in pristine condition a week later in the fridge in one of these bags." --Zenpup

Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

16. A stainless-steel bar for rubbing away the invasive smell of garlic, onion, and fish from your paws.

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Promising review: "I handle onions often and it takes the smell off fast. The other day my fiancé came in the house and you could smell gasoline. He said he spilled some on his hands so I told him to use this now Rub-Away-Bar and it took the gas smell off his hands. It is a great little tool to have around!" --YorkieMom315

Get it from Amazon for $6.75.

17. A pineapple de-corer for slaying smoothie prep from whole foods if you aren't too keen on frozen fruit.

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Promising review: "I certainly prefer buying whole pineapples for a couple bucks (or even less on sale) vs. a much marked-up few dollars for the pre-cut stuff. However, it used to take me 20 minutes to go through the whole process of cutting off all the inedible bits, even after watching multiple YouTube videos on what was the 'best' way. I can now be completely done with the process in less than two minutes. Cut off the top, drill, and extract. That's it! I'm more than happy to sacrifice just a bit of usable fruit in trade for a 10x time savings!" --CS

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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18. Some gas-range protectors to keep your stovetop spic and span while you're juggling different prepping duties.

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Promising review: "I used only a little soapy water to clean the greasy stove pads. After cleaning, the pads are very bright. It protects it from grease and food while you are cooking. To clean it, just wipe it off and you are done with it." --Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

19. A salad mason jar with a container for dressing so your perfectly stacked meal doesn't get all soggy before you get a chance to eat it.

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Leak-proof lid, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe (top rack).

Promising review: "Love, love, LOVE these jars. I bring salad in them to work almost daily and I can't wait to order more so that I can have even more meal prep in advance. I love looking up new recipes to fill my jars with!" --Meagan Davis

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

20. And a mason jar salad cookbook with 50 layered ideas that'll look as pretty as they taste.

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Promising review: "Excellent first 'cookbook' to learn how to do the mason jar meal prep. The recipes were easy to follow and on my first try I made 10 salads (two of each kind) and shared with a friend. The pictures were SO helpful in what my final product looked like, as well as inspiring me to try each one because they looked so delicious. I highly recommend if you are a step-by-step learner." --Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon: eBook for $9.99 and paperback for $12.93.

21. A cauliflower prep tool so you can get those buffalo cauliflower bites into your mouth hole that much faster.

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Dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "You think you don't need a special tool to prep cauliflower, but then you get one and it's THE BEST. This has cut my prep time in half at least and has improved the prep experience immeasurably." --Abigail Simmons

Get it from Amazon for $8 (+ $5.99 shipping).

22. Some sustainable bee's wrap to help eliminate food waste and spend less cash on plastic wrap.

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They're made with beeswax, GOTS-certified cotton, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. They can last up to one year of regular use with proper care. Includes a small 7” x 8”, medium 10” x 11”, and large 13” x 14”.

Promising review: "I wrap hard cheese in these a lot and have used them over bowls. They do require a little pressure and hand heat to stick, but they are easy to use and so much better than plastic wrap! I'm thinking about buying one exclusively for saving onions!" --Zazzles

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.

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23. A thin apple slicer and de-corer for 16 perfectly portioned wedges.

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Dishwasher-safe and comes with a protective cover for storage.

Promising review: "It cuts the apples to perfect size for kids (and even me) and the bottom base 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." --jbug

Get it from Amazon for $8.53.

24. A microwave rice steamer so you you can spend stove-minding time on other meal-prep endeavors.

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Phthalate- and, BPA-free, and microwave-, fridge-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe (top rack).

Promising review: "I bought this rice cooker so I can prep food before I leave for work. I only cook half a cup of rice at a time, and it works great. It's a really large container for what I use it for, but it works just the same." --N4ch0

Get it from Amazon $11.78.

25. A pair of configurable bento boxes to keep stuff separate 'til chow time.

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BPA-free, and dishwasher-, refrigerator-, freezer-, and microwave-safe.

Promising review: "It's more durable than most brands, which is perfect for packing my lunches. I love its removable dividers because I can fit larger portions if needed, or use it as Tupperware storage in my fridge. And this thing feels like it's vacuum-sealed! Perfect for keeping food (especially produce) fresh and crisp!" --Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $16.97.

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