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    44 Products That Will Confront Your Everyday Cooking Problems

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    1. A reviewer-beloved veggie chopper can make onion tears and food prep mess a thing of the past! This way you won't waste so much energy on *evenly* spiralizing or chopping, a fool's errand! (Jk, but this'll make it way easier.)

    Reviewer putting a potato on a flip top lid cutter and bringing the lid down to chop it into pieces
    Model pressing down on top to cut an onion

    Check out a TikTok of the veggie chopper in action. 

    Promising review: "Makes life so much easier. I can't imagine chopping onions or bell peppers by hand anymore, and it does so much more. We used to have a Prepworks chopper which was a similar idea, but you had to press so hard to chop, and it broke after not too long. This one requires very little effort to cut through the food and it has a generous container." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98.

    2. Or a manual food chopper for quick work of herbs, fruits, veggies, and ice in case your knife skills could use some practice or you just wanna make food prep a lil' more fun.

    It's also dishwasher-safe (top rack only!) so cleanup is super simple.

    Promising review: "This is great for cutting lots of veggies super fast. All you have to do is rough chop down your veggies toss them in and give it four to five pulls for perfectly diced chunks for salsa or toppings on eggs or tacos. It comes with a handy cover too so all you have to do is rinse the blade and toss the container in the fridge or cooler." —Kevin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.71+ (also available in green).

    3. Dishwasher-cleaning tablets to get rid of residue that ends up creating odor and buildup on your dishes — and then creating an awkward moment when you think that one casserole dish is clean but turns out, it's def not and having to quickly hand-wash it messes up your cooking timing. 

    reviewer's before pic of inside dishwasher with buildup
    reviewer's after pic of inside dishwasher without buildup

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and dishes just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener was no longer doing its job so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine per the instructions and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully every month, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A set of measurement decals you can glance at rather than googling "how many teaspoons in a tablespoon" for the millionth time. (BTW, the answer is three.) No more ruined recipes!

    inside of a kitchen cabinet with the decals and measuring cups hanging.
    Amazon

    Note that this kit includes just the decals and measurement labels, not the horizontal holders or hooks for the measuring cups and spoons. 

    Promising review: "Bought these for my mom. I applied them inside her baking cupboard and it makes doing conversions for recipes a breeze. So convenient." —Kelly C.

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. A box of slow cooker liners that'll make cleaning up after yourself (and delicious concoctions) criminally easy. Just toss the liner when you're finished!

    slow cooker with plastic liners creating two sections for two different kinds of dip
    Amazon

    I adore my slow cooker but hate cleaning up after using it. So I use these handy lil' bags. Read my full review of Reynolds Kitchens Premium Slow Cooker Liners.

    Get a box of six from Amazon for $3.18.

    6. A trio lasagna pan so everyone in the fam will get their own fave version of lasagna for dinner without *too* much fuss. Nothing like your kid telling you at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday that they've gone vegetarian. With this, it'll be an easy dinner plan adaptation. 

    FYI, this also works wonderfully for brownies, blondies, and bread, too. 

    Promising review: "I loved everything about this pan. It's versatile, I can put three different cake mixes in each well, or meat loaves, etc. I really love this pan! A very happy customer." —Lisa F.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    7. A dishwasher magnet to keep everyone in the house is on the same page about whether it's OK to set the table with dinner plates directly from the dishwasher. 

    gif of hand switching indicator from clean to dirty
    Sally Elshorafa / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I got this because my mother has dementia and she kept putting away dirty dishes 🤦🏽‍♀️. And believe it or not she has actually been using it and it definitely has been working! So I highly suggest buying this for parents or someone you know who has a similar problem!" —Raquel

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in black).

    Also check out a version that's completely silver without the red or green for $19.95.

    8. A brown sugar saver disguised as an adorable terra-cotta bear that'll keep your brown sugar from going rock solid, which always seem to be its state when you need a mere tablespoon for a dinner recipe. 

    bear beside jar of brown sugar
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Had a large amount of brown sugar and couldn't keep it soft, even in a tight container. I purchased new 5-quart jars for my flour, sugar, and so forth, and quickly realized my brown sugar was a ROCK! I purchased this, soaked it, and placed it in the sugar as instructed. Within hours it was soft again! I have about 2 lbs. of sugar in the 5-quart jar currently. The jar is sealed with a gasket but I haven't had to re-soak the bear yet (only a month in use currently). Would recommend to anyone at this point, just mad I have wasted so much brown sugar over the years. I have not used it for any of the other uses, like cookies or bread, but will probably purchase more in the future since this little bear is dedicated to my brown sugar." —diosa

    Get two from Amazon for $7.99.

    9. A bacon sponge "unpaper" towel to help get the extra grease off of your fave breakfast side with a reusable kitchen tool instead of half your roll of regular ole paper towels! Team breakfast-for-dinner!

    a pile of bacon on the reusable towel
    Green City Living / Etsy

    It's 12"x11", and made of polyester and organic cotton. It's super absorbent but easily cleaned by soaking the towel in hot water and a degreaser soap like Dawn. After soaking, it can be washed along with your family's towels. Green City Living is a Denver-based Etsy shop that specializes in easy-to-use items to help you go a bit greener. They're currently donating 1% of sales to the Climate Emergency Fund.

    Get it from Green City Living on Etsy for $13.50 or Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A powerful dishwashing spray that, honestly, if you buy anything from this list, this should be it because the biggest problem with cooking is having to clean up after. You can spray down that casserole dish caked with enchilada sauce, let it sit, and you simply wipe and rinse away that saucy mess in a few minutes after you've conquered your meal. (Can you sense an enchilada theme here?)

    spraying the Dawn spray on a sink full of dirty dishes
    Target

    I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well.

    Get the starter pack from Amazon for $22.81.

    11. An easy jar opener — easier than those rubber things — so you won't have to burst a blood vessel in your eye just trying to open a jar of fancy preserves you, tbh, spent way too much on at the *nice* food store in your neighborhood. I can't be the only one who's had to toss said fancy preserves because I can't get them open. 

    person using the jar opener that latches across the top of the lid and has a handle to move it
    Amazon

    Hand wash when needed.

    Promising review: "I have a similar adjustable jar opener from probably 40+ years ago and it finally wore out at the point I needed most. This new one works great! I had given up finding another jar opener that helps me so much with my arthritis. It is the only one I have found that does not expect me to twist with my painful hand/wrist." —Lorraine Redrock

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. Or an under-cabinet lid opener can help pop open that jar of pasta sauce in a jiffy. Everyone can use this, but reviewers with limited dexterity especially find it helpful!

    The underside of a reviewer's cabinet, showing the lid opener installed out of site
    Reviewer using the opener to open a jar of sauce with just the palm of their hand

    Promising review: "I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one person who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the 'V' closest to you and with it placed in the front, in the right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." —moorecats

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    13. A rapid egg cooker to get your favorite breakfast or salad topping *just* how you like it, rather than tossing improperly cooked eggs (for the millionth time). Maybe you'll love it so much, you'll buy two(!) like my friend Marissa.

    the egg cooker
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation! Did not love the poaching tray." —J. Mercer Crenshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

    14. A colander spoon that'll let you scoop food straight out of the pot for a speedy trip to Flavortown. Plus it'll be much easier to hand wash than a regular old colander.

    pot of boiling oil with the colander-like spoon scooping out wontons
    Amazon

    It's made from toughened nylon and is suitable for use on non-stick cookware. It's resistant to temps of up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I've owned this for just over a month and I don't know how I lived without it! From spooning potatoes into boiling water without a mess to draining a full can of beans and far, far beyond, this scoop is a must-have in the kitchen. I find myself reaching for it every day. It has easily replaced the other spoons/scoops that I would usually use. You cannot go wrong with this purchase!" —Jill Clement

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

    15. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey because you try so hard at whipping up homemade lunch for $'s sake but always make puppy dog eyes staring at your work pal's food when you eat together.

    the bottle of the honey drizzling on a pepperoni pizza
    Amazon

    I've used this stuff and it is FANTASTIC. Just don't let them pour it in their morning tea! It's not that kind of honey.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    16. Or a truffle-infused honey to top off all sorts of stuff. Sometimes it's the condiments that really make a dish.

    Promising review: "Here's what you do for starters . . . slice a baguette. Add a slice of blue cheese. Toast in the oven or air fryer. Drizzle with this truffle honey to finish and impress your guests. They'll think you're a genius." —T. A.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49.


    17. And a bottle of truffle seasoning you can throw on ALL kinds of meals and snacks, which might just be the motivation you need to eat what you already have at home. 

    BuzzFeed editor holding a bottle of truffle seasoning
    Reviewer image of sunny side up eggs with seasoning on them
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com

    My colleague Emma Lord (pictured above) is ready to divulge why this stuff is so great: 

    "Okay, I bought this on a whim because there's a sushi place down the street from me that makes truffle avocado sushi rolls and I was like, I need these in my life, but I also need money to live. I decided to DIY it with a regular $4 avocado roll and this seasoning and the umami bliss of it all basically exploded my brain. Since then I've tried it on eggs, on burritos, on potatoes, on chocolate mug cakes, pretty much every sweet and savory thing I can think of. The best part is you really get an excellent bang for your buck — it's so flavorful that I've been using this for months now and have barely made a dent in the container!" 

    Promising review: "Yes, I'm a truffle lover to begin with. And, of course, only a truffle is a truffle. But I gotta tell ya this delectable heaven-sent powder is one heck of a more versatile option. Utterly AMAZING on popcorn, in eggs, added to soups and sauces to layer flavors, veggies, PASTA...the list is endless (I think the only thing I haven't tried was sprinkling it on ice cream...although LOL). It is a bit salty, so I advise testing the waters first. But I just ordered my 9th and 10th bottle of the Truffle Zest." —Greengirl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    18. A microwave pasta cooker that'll achieve al dente noods ready to top off with some jarred sauce for a super easy meal that doesn't require boiling water on the stove.

    rectangular clear plastic container with noodles inside and holes for draining
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. 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 afterwards. 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." —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    19. An instant-read meat thermometer to help you FINALLY cook the perfect steak while you're grilling so your cuts don't go uneaten. Or maybe just not give your family food poisoning!

    Promising review: "Couldn't be easier to use really. I tested it with ice water and boiling water and it seems to be pretty accurate. I've already cooked some steaks using it and they came out perfect. Plan to use it a lot with my smoker and expect good results there too. I love that it has the magnets so I can stick on the fridge, the grill or the smoker and it's always handy. And you really can't beat the price at under $10!" —FCC

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    20. Pre-made simmer sauces can really zhuzh up that plain chicken breast you have thawing in the sink. Seriously, just dump that sauce on it once it's cooked in the pan! (Psst, they're also Keto- and Paleo-friendly but IMO don't taste like it.)

    cast iron pan with the Thai Coconut Sauce cooking with chicken and bok choy
    Amazon

    I've tried nearly all of these sauces and can vouch they dress up all kinds of stuff. If you're craving some takeout food you're too lazy to replicate at home, some of these (esp the Thai Coconut Sauce that's shown here) will help you get some of that taste without buying a million ingredients.

    Promising review: "These sauces are magic. A high-end trick added to our meal prep. Really tasty options. We have been doing meal prep for quite a while and the salt and pepper meals were getting old. We tried to incorporate skillet sauces into our meals and tried all the brands out there. They were ok but not very healthy. When I saw these on Amazon I had to try them (keto and Paleo Certified) and they taste amazing. Now we have a different flavor each and every day and we can still keep the diet." —Fernando Pimentel

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15 (available in a variety of combos).

    21. Or The Omsom Bundle, which is really just fancy talk for flavorful Asian dish starters (aka, the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings) to keep stashed in your pantry for heavy lifting. Each comes with recipes you can easily follow. Just add protein and veggies!

    person emptying sauce out of a packet into a cast iron skillet with chicken in it
    the starter packets
    Omsom

    Cofounders and sisters Vanessa and Kim Pham started Omsom after stints at startups and in consulting. As the kids of Vietnamese refugees, they were inspired by all the from-scratch Viet dinners they watched their mom cook growing up. With Omsom, they aim to bring lots of flavor to your pantry with their pantry starters that'll help you make some amaaaazing Asian dishes. Each starter serves two to three people. (Fantastic news for lazy people like me who buy a spice once, and then let it expire.)

    This bundle will give you some major kick for your buck. It includes the entire Omsom collection of six cuisines with 12 starters total, including one Southeast Asian Omsom Sampler with Vietnamese, Thai, and Filipino starters and one East Asian Omsom Sampler with Japanese, Korean, and Chinese starters.

    Promising review: "Delicious and easy dinner. I love the flavors because they are nostalgic and delicious and make mealtime a breeze with my kids." —Suzanne R.

    Get it from Omsom for $55.

    22. An excellent chef's knife will help you cut up those whole ingredients with finesse so that's one less thing you've gotta worry about. ICYMI, cutting with dull knives is extremely dangerous!

    person using the knife to thinly slice a tomato
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was a butcher for years and always used good knives for my work. Now, I love to cook but can't afford pricey knives. I saw the other reviews here and was very skeptical. After using this knife for two months as my main kitchen knife, I couldn't be any more impressed with it. I use and abuse it, throw it in the dishwasher and use it and abuse it again, and it keeps coming back for more. I use it on bone-in meats, veggies, tomatoes... whatever, and it retains its edge and still looks brand new. I haven't had to sharpen it at all yet, and it is still razor-sharp. I highly recommend it." —HSHS Dad

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49+ (available in eight colors and several sizes/types).

    23. Or a KitchenIQ sharpener to handle dull kitchen knives for change when compared to pricier sharpeners.

    hand holding the kitchen sharpener in front of a cutting board with knives
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I own this beaut and it's transformed my hand-me-down kitchen knives. Read our full review of the KitchenIQ sharpener (#4).

    Promising review: "This cheap knife sharpener is great. It works better than my Chef's Choice sharpener. The Chef's Choice worked great for the first year. After that, it wasn't worth much. I figure I can buy three of these for something that lasts more than one year. Great for stocking stuffers at Christmas." —Ruth M.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.57+ (available in three colors).

    24. A Blue Apron subscription because having someone do your grocery shopping and telling you what to fix can be a good thing. And! If you're a Disney fan, you're going to want to try out the Lightyear dinners. Sadly, Chris Evans is NOT included. But you CAN partake in some Mission Control turkey meatloaf sandwiches. (They're delish.)

    meatloaf sandwiches with green beans
    Blue Apron

    I tried out the Lightyear recipes recently and can't say enough good things about them. They're made to be kid-friendly but they are very much single adult–friendly too. Especially that meatloaf sandwich with ricotta. Yuuuum. 

    Subscribe to a single-serving plan from Blue Apron for $9.99+ a week.

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