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1. An easy cookbook with limited ingredients (but unlimited flavor!) in case recipes with double-digit ingredients intimidate the heck out of you.

Promising review: "Toby has done it again! A great resource for anyone looking for simple meals that are delicious, nutritious and satisfying! I love the addition of 'Toby's Tip' to help customize a dish to your preference, too!" —Shaw's Simple SwapsGet it from Amazon for $11.74, Barnes & Noble for $14.82, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.
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Promising review: "Toby has done it again! A great resource for anyone looking for simple meals that are delicious, nutritious and satisfying! I love the addition of 'Toby's Tip' to help customize a dish to your preference, too!" —Shaw's Simple Swaps

Get it from Amazon for $11.74, Barnes & Noble for $14.82, IndieBound, or find a copy at your local library.

2. An egg cooker to mind your #1 source of protein instead of you having to stand over a pot with a stopwatch in hand. Maybe you'll even feel fancy enough to make some deviled eggs for Friendsgiving!

Promising review: "This thing is NO JOKE the easiest thing I've ever used in my life. Pretty sure it's idiot proof. And I'm an idiot in the kitchen. I love hard-boiled eggs, but I'm the kind of cooking-illiterate person who can't even boil water right. So I bought this puppy, read the directions carefully, got 6 eggs, and in 15 min, the buzzer went off and VOILA! Hard boiled eggs! I put them all in a bowl of ice water right after the buzzer went off, just for a minute or two (That was a tip in the instructions). That really made the shells come off easily. In one piece even! It was a joy to make these! They were perfectly cooked, nice and yellow in the centers, tasted awesome. I'm gonna make a bunch more and use them as quick snacks. This appliance is so great and cheap! I couldn't believe how well it worked. It's really small and all the pieces are plastic or metal, but it works like a charm, so who cares! A+++++ Highly recommended." —EmilyGet it from Amazon for $15.05+ (available in five colors). Also check out the double-decker version.
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Promising review: "This thing is NO JOKE the easiest thing I've ever used in my life. Pretty sure it's idiot proof. And I'm an idiot in the kitchen. I love hard-boiled eggs, but I'm the kind of cooking-illiterate person who can't even boil water right. So I bought this puppy, read the directions carefully, got 6 eggs, and in 15 min, the buzzer went off and VOILA! Hard boiled eggs! I put them all in a bowl of ice water right after the buzzer went off, just for a minute or two (That was a tip in the instructions). That really made the shells come off easily. In one piece even! It was a joy to make these! They were perfectly cooked, nice and yellow in the centers, tasted awesome. I'm gonna make a bunch more and use them as quick snacks. This appliance is so great and cheap! I couldn't believe how well it worked. It's really small and all the pieces are plastic or metal, but it works like a charm, so who cares! A+++++ Highly recommended." —Emily

Get it from Amazon for $15.05+ (available in five colors). Also check out the double-decker version.

3. A rotating countertop oven for ~evenly~ cooking all sorts of the frozen goodies that make up your entire diet. (Might as well make them taste their absolute best!)

Promising review: "The funny looking thing works like a charm. Our local stores have specials on frozen pizzas almost every week. Sometimes $3 each sometimes 2 for $10. They may not be the healthiest meal but they ain't bad. This oven (not sure why they called it an oven) does a wonderful job of cooking them, a pleasure for anyone wanting a quick easy meal. One other nice thing about this item is that when you take the pizza tray off the base doesn't take up all that much room and the tray is thin and can fit most anywhere. The only kind of heads up I would give is that you should be careful about letting cheese fall off the pizza onto the tray. Once the stuff gets baked on it doesn't want to come off." —JadedGet it from Amazon for $44.90.
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Promising review: "The funny looking thing works like a charm. Our local stores have specials on frozen pizzas almost every week. Sometimes $3 each sometimes 2 for $10. They may not be the healthiest meal but they ain't bad. This oven (not sure why they called it an oven) does a wonderful job of cooking them, a pleasure for anyone wanting a quick easy meal. One other nice thing about this item is that when you take the pizza tray off the base doesn't take up all that much room and the tray is thin and can fit most anywhere. The only kind of heads up I would give is that you should be careful about letting cheese fall off the pizza onto the tray. Once the stuff gets baked on it doesn't want to come off." —Jaded

Get it from Amazon for $44.90.

4. Spicy honey that'll add all kinds of extra flavor on anything and everything like leftover pizza, turkey burgers, "healthy" frozen stir fry, whatever!

I've put this stuff on all those things and it made them SO MUCH TASTIER.Get it from Amazon: a 12 oz. bottle for $9.11 or a dozen 0.75 oz. packets for $10.80
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I've put this stuff on all those things and it made them SO MUCH TASTIER.

Get it from Amazon: a 12 oz. bottle for $9.11 or a dozen 0.75 oz. packets for $10.80

5. A bacon keeper to keep those tasty slivers of meat just right 'til you have a chance to finish off that opened package. You and I both know breakfast for dinner is easy when you have the goods to make it!

Promising review: "I was tired of putting leftover uncooked bacon back into that slimy package. Now I just take out all of the bacon, and whatever I don’t use, I place it right into the Keeper. I was surprised to see how fresh the bacon kept. After over two weeks, it was still soft and light pink in color. Not brown and hard like it usually gets after a few days." —LucyGet it from Amazon for $8.50.
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Promising review: "I was tired of putting leftover uncooked bacon back into that slimy package. Now I just take out all of the bacon, and whatever I don’t use, I place it right into the Keeper. I was surprised to see how fresh the bacon kept. After over two weeks, it was still soft and light pink in color. Not brown and hard like it usually gets after a few days." —Lucy

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

6. And a bacon microwave maker so you won't have to worry about grease popping onto your hand like the last time you attempted the breakfast staple.

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Allow 1 minute on your microwave timer per bacon slice. And the tray catches the fat, which can later be used for cooking! (Talk about using your resources wisely.)

Promising review: "Sometimes you need the stovetop space and don't want the mess. This is a great alternative. Takes about 10 minutes to have crispy bacon. Takes up very little space in a drawer and easy to clean." —azcoolmom

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

7. An anti-soggy cereal bowl that could also make the perfect server for chips and dip and other delish two-fer things you can pass off as dinner.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven styles).Also check out some cereal bowls made for couch use so dinner won't turn into a cleanup sesh.
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Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in seven styles).

Also check out some cereal bowls made for couch use so dinner won't turn into a cleanup sesh.

8. An Instant Pot with 7(!!!) uses! Even those who "can't cook" can use this to whip up a hot, home-cooked meal.

This baby serves as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.Promising review: "There are so many people who say the can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I Have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" —AundreaGet it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 9-quart sizes).
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This baby serves as a rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out a BuzzFeeder's review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.

Promising review: "There are so many people who say the can't cook, but I swear I'm on a whole new level of not being able to cook. This little appliance helps expand our menu and I Have learned to do so much with it. I will sum up in a nutshell, I love how easy it is and how I throw everything in it comes out done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I still don't love it for meats (which I don't eat much of anyway), but I think that's just a matter of needing to experiment more with them. I seriously can't believe how many foods can be cooked in here!" —Aundrea

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in 3-, 6-, or 9-quart sizes).

9. Or a programmable slow cooker (with fewer frills) and slow cooker liners in case the thought of cleanup has been what's keeping you from hopping on the (v friendly) slow cooker train.

I've used these liners lots of time and they don't smell like weird, burning plastic! Get them from Amazon: slow cooker for $44.99+ (two colors) and six liners for $3.03
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I've used these liners lots of time and they don't smell like weird, burning plastic!

Get them from Amazon: slow cooker for $44.99+ (two colors) and six liners for $3.03

10. An omelet microwave maker set to help you recreate your fave greasy spoon dish without the grease or greasy spoon smell.

BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.Promising review: "I've made several egg white/egg substitute omelets, bulking it up with veggies. It worked perfectly! The entire piece is plastic. However, it is sturdier than I thought it would be. Cleanup is amazingly easy — even stuck-on eggs come off easily with soap and water." —CraftyReaderGet it from Amazon for $10.84.
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BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I've made several egg white/egg substitute omelets, bulking it up with veggies. It worked perfectly! The entire piece is plastic. However, it is sturdier than I thought it would be. Cleanup is amazingly easy — even stuck-on eggs come off easily with soap and water." —CraftyReader

Get it from Amazon for $10.84.

11. Sheet pans to turn you into a sheet pan dinner believer because you can throw so many delish food combos onto one pan, pop it in the oven, and have several brag-worthy meals!

Get two half-sheets from Amazon for $24.11 (available in several sizes).Check out some great sheet pan dinner ideas.
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Get two half-sheets from Amazon for $24.11 (available in several sizes).

Check out some great sheet pan dinner ideas.

12. A rolling garlic chopper because you'll never quite get over that time you tried to slice a clove paper thin like in Goodfellas.

Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this handy gadget!Get it from Amazon for $6.64+ (available in four styles).
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Check out a BuzzFeeder's review of this handy gadget!

Get it from Amazon for $6.64+ (available in four styles).

13. A vented microwave cover to help keep those restaurant leftovers on your plate (and eventually in your tummy) instead of splattered on your microwave walls.

I have one and it really works! Also it collapses flat, which makes it easier to store.Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).
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I have one and it really works! Also it collapses flat, which makes it easier to store.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

14. A spiralizer set so you can transform (gasp) FRESH PRODUCE into smaller pieces for ingestion to put in soups, salads, pastas. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES!

Ok, so even if you're not into zoodles, a spiralizer is an ~exciting~ way to add veggies into meals without the hardship of chopping. And one with a crank like this is easier to use than a pared-down version (trust me, I know). BTW, the pieces are made of BPA-free plastic and stainless-steel blades.Promising review: "I am a raw vegan and shredding zucchini has been such a pain. It eats up all my time and i often cut my fingers. However, with this I can be done and sitting down to eat a yummy dinner in less than 20 minutes, including wash time! I was surprised by how smooth and easy to operate it was. I was scared that i would constantly have to realign the zucchini, but u never have to. I was most surprised by the suction cups. I didn't think they would do much but wow they work perfectly. Don't hold down on the spiralizer with the hand that is not turning the crank. You do not need to. The suction cups hold it in place flawlessly. To release the suction cups, just kinda lift up a little corner of the cup and it will come off easy peasy." —EBGet them from Amazon for $19.89+ (available in several varieties).
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Ok, so even if you're not into zoodles, a spiralizer is an ~exciting~ way to add veggies into meals without the hardship of chopping. And one with a crank like this is easier to use than a pared-down version (trust me, I know). BTW, the pieces are made of BPA-free plastic and stainless-steel blades.

Promising review: "I am a raw vegan and shredding zucchini has been such a pain. It eats up all my time and i often cut my fingers. However, with this I can be done and sitting down to eat a yummy dinner in less than 20 minutes, including wash time! I was surprised by how smooth and easy to operate it was. I was scared that i would constantly have to realign the zucchini, but u never have to. I was most surprised by the suction cups. I didn't think they would do much but wow they work perfectly. Don't hold down on the spiralizer with the hand that is not turning the crank. You do not need to. The suction cups hold it in place flawlessly. To release the suction cups, just kinda lift up a little corner of the cup and it will come off easy peasy." —EB

Get them from Amazon for $19.89+ (available in several varieties).

15. A muffin tin that'll help you cook multiple meals at once! It ain't just for breakfast, kids.

Don't believe me? Check out 18 quick meals you can make in a muffin tin.Get two from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.99.
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Don't believe me? Check out 18 quick meals you can make in a muffin tin.

Get two from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.99.

16. A panini press to get you excited about coming home to a hot sandwich you can whip up (and then eat) in a flash.

It has a compact size that's built for upright storage, non-stick surface, and a dishwasher-safe drip tray. What a wonderful but lazy way to feel a bit fancier!Promising review: "I bought this panini maker to start experimenting with various types of sandwiches. I later upgraded to a more expensive model, but I find myself going back to this one. I think this is all you need when it comes to making personal sandwiches, burgers, steaks, etc... the temperature control is automatic and perfect for toasting bread and cooking meat. Clean up is easy with some wet towels and soapy water." —JakeGet it from Amazon for $22.99.
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It has a compact size that's built for upright storage, non-stick surface, and a dishwasher-safe drip tray. What a wonderful but lazy way to feel a bit fancier!

Promising review: "I bought this panini maker to start experimenting with various types of sandwiches. I later upgraded to a more expensive model, but I find myself going back to this one. I think this is all you need when it comes to making personal sandwiches, burgers, steaks, etc... the temperature control is automatic and perfect for toasting bread and cooking meat. Clean up is easy with some wet towels and soapy water." —Jake

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

17. Or if you're still meh about how often you'll use that, some toaster sandwich bags to make your bagel prep machine kinda sorta like a panini press!

These bags can be washed in warm, soapy water or the dishwasher up to 100x! And reviewers note that they're also super helpful for folks with Celiac diseas.Promising review: "Perfect for making grilled cheese and Reubens. You don't have to flip and keep a constant eye on the toasting like you do in the oven or on one of the portable grills. I'm not sure how long they will last but we've made about a dozen sandwiches with one bag and it's still going strong." —StarstruckGet a four-pack from Amazon for $7.85.
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These bags can be washed in warm, soapy water or the dishwasher up to 100x! And reviewers note that they're also super helpful for folks with Celiac diseas.

Promising review: "Perfect for making grilled cheese and Reubens. You don't have to flip and keep a constant eye on the toasting like you do in the oven or on one of the portable grills. I'm not sure how long they will last but we've made about a dozen sandwiches with one bag and it's still going strong." —Starstruck

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.85.

18. A really good can opener to make popping the top off that can of chicken noodle soup (even when you feel like death!) easy-peasy.

Promising review: "Strange that I would rate a can opener, but this is a really awesome can opener! I have yet to see it slip, not open, not penetrate the can, or anything. I open two cans a day for my dogs and this guy just chews through them. Nice thing is the quick release button so you don't have 'dog food hands' after you are done!" —Mack-SS-SeattleGet it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three color combos).
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Promising review: "Strange that I would rate a can opener, but this is a really awesome can opener! I have yet to see it slip, not open, not penetrate the can, or anything. I open two cans a day for my dogs and this guy just chews through them. Nice thing is the quick release button so you don't have 'dog food hands' after you are done!" —Mack-SS-Seattle

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three color combos).

19. An electric kettle you can use to steam veggies, make hard-boiled eggs, cook food, or heat up leftovers so you aren't tempted to spend all your pennies on fast food when you have perfectly fine stuff to cook at home!

Has an easy-pour spill-proof spout, adjustable heat settings from low to high and boils water quickly and safely. Easy-clean interior and removable dishwasher-safe lid.Promising review: "Heats water faster than I can load my morning coffee cup with coffee and sweetener! Up until I got my Elite, water for coffee would take three minutes in the microwave. And I love how fast it treats me to hard-boiled eggs which, because of the raised egg tray insert, means the eggs are raised and get good circulation of water around them. Maybe that's why they seem to be easier to peel than the old way? The shell comes off in larger pieces which is a nice plus." —juniemoonGet it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Has an easy-pour spill-proof spout, adjustable heat settings from low to high and boils water quickly and safely. Easy-clean interior and removable dishwasher-safe lid.

Promising review: "Heats water faster than I can load my morning coffee cup with coffee and sweetener! Up until I got my Elite, water for coffee would take three minutes in the microwave. And I love how fast it treats me to hard-boiled eggs which, because of the raised egg tray insert, means the eggs are raised and get good circulation of water around them. Maybe that's why they seem to be easier to peel than the old way? The shell comes off in larger pieces which is a nice plus." —juniemoon

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

20. Produce freshness extenders — they may just help you eat those cucumbers you picked up at the farmer's market before they go bad for the 74543th time.

Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (3–4 days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks and some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFCGet a one-year pack from Amazon for $19.99.
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Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (3–4 days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks and some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

Get a one-year pack from Amazon for $19.99.

21. A microwave ramen cooker ready to get those delish noodles just right for even less effort.

Promising review: "Now this is something you can't live without. It makes cooking Ramen so fast and effortless. They also have a mac and cheese cooker now that I also will get. It cooks very fast, and is just as good as when you make it on the stove there is no taste difference. If you like ramen, this will change your life. Perfect for those in college!!!!" —BlaineGet it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in seven colors).
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Promising review: "Now this is something you can't live without. It makes cooking Ramen so fast and effortless. They also have a mac and cheese cooker now that I also will get. It cooks very fast, and is just as good as when you make it on the stove there is no taste difference. If you like ramen, this will change your life. Perfect for those in college!!!!" —Blaine

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

22. And a microwave pasta cooker so you can cover all the important noods in your life.

Promising review: "I normally would not have given this item a second look, as I recall earlier pasta cookers for the microwave not doing such a good job. But I saw the Fasta Pasta Microwave Pasta Cooker recommended on America's Test Kitchen on PBS, so decided to give it a try. In less time than it would take to boil a pot of water, I had perfectly cooked pasta from the microwave. This cut down on heat and humidity, and had it done in half the time. Measure out the pasta with the included measurer, add water to the line, and run the microwave for the allotted time.12 minutes for thin spaghetti was all it took, and it was the perfect doneness. It has its own strainer, so easy to pour and dish up from the Cooker." —GELGet it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising review: "I normally would not have given this item a second look, as I recall earlier pasta cookers for the microwave not doing such a good job. But I saw the Fasta Pasta Microwave Pasta Cooker recommended on America's Test Kitchen on PBS, so decided to give it a try. In less time than it would take to boil a pot of water, I had perfectly cooked pasta from the microwave. This cut down on heat and humidity, and had it done in half the time. Measure out the pasta with the included measurer, add water to the line, and run the microwave for the allotted time.12 minutes for thin spaghetti was all it took, and it was the perfect doneness. It has its own strainer, so easy to pour and dish up from the Cooker." —GEL

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

23. A quesadilla maker to create perfect lil' pockets of ooey, gooey cheesy goodness that we are lucky to have thought to call a meal.

Promising review: "It is way more versatile than just quesadillas. I also use it to create pocket snacks for breakfast with my coffee. One recipe is to put a 1/4-inch slice of cream cheese in each pocket area. Thinly slice an apple and distribute over the cream cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cook. I try to eat low sugar, but you might want to sprinkle some brown sugar, too.” —V. BrownGet it from Amazon for $23.99.
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Promising review: "It is way more versatile than just quesadillas. I also use it to create pocket snacks for breakfast with my coffee. One recipe is to put a 1/4-inch slice of cream cheese in each pocket area. Thinly slice an apple and distribute over the cream cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cook. I try to eat low sugar, but you might want to sprinkle some brown sugar, too.” —V. Brown

Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

24. A snap-on strainer to make draining the water from your canned tuna pantry staple so much easier.

Just add mayo! Dishwasher-safe.Get it from Amazon for $4.90.
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Just add mayo! Dishwasher-safe.

Get it from Amazon for $4.90.

25. A rice cooker/steamer — it'll take care of meal prep for all kinds of dinner staples.

Holds 2–8 cups of cooked rice and has a 15-hour delay timer for flexible meal planning. Promising review: "This thing has changed the way I eat, and made everything simpler. Now I can have good, non-microwave food cooking in the other room while I play video games, and it doesn't overcook, but instead stays warm until it's ready to eat." —Jon BettingerGet it from Amazon for $24.24+ (available in two colors).
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Holds 2–8 cups of cooked rice and has a 15-hour delay timer for flexible meal planning.

Promising review: "This thing has changed the way I eat, and made everything simpler. Now I can have good, non-microwave food cooking in the other room while I play video games, and it doesn't overcook, but instead stays warm until it's ready to eat." —Jon Bettinger

Get it from Amazon for $24.24+ (available in two colors).

26. A fish spatula that'll become your go-to for other proteins like those turkey burgers in your freezer just begging to be inhaled with some spicy brown mustard.

Non-stick and dishwasher-safe.Get it from Amazon for $7.99.
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Non-stick and dishwasher-safe.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

27. And in case peanut butter is a food group in your household, a special peanut butter knife could be a sound investment to help you get the last creamy bits at the bottom of the jar.

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Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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