31 Things From Walmart That'll Help Make You A Better Cook Get to work, chefs!
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colander and bowl set so you can save the pasta water that'll make the sauce silky smooth — starchy pasta water is a powerful emulsifier, which means that sauces won't separate and get all clumpy!
Promising review: "I bought these bowls because I have painful osteoarthritis that makes everything more difficult. This colander is bigger than I expected, and I can drain pasta easily now. The second bowl can sit in the sink without picking up any bacteria while you lift the upper bowl out to drain your food. I was sold on the first use." — kittenowner
Price: $10.97 (originally $12.44, available in two colors; this product is from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart)
non-stick wok if your stir fry just isn't up to par.
Promising review: "The non-stick carbon steel is heavy-duty so it doesn't slide around the flat stovetop and isn't easily dented. The thick bottom distributes the heat nice and evenly, and it can hold a lot of food. The handles have a grippy material. It's great that there are two because it can get very heavy. Food doesn't fall all over the stove when I stir so it saves some cleaning time. This is a great item for the price point." — Countrygirl
Price: $19.88 (this product is from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart)
set of four preserving jars, because you'll want to keep your staples as fresh as possible.
Promising review: "These jars are wonderful! I They look great and keep everything fresh." — kris63
salad spinner to dry off you greens once you've washed them so that your homemade vinaigrette actually sticks. Once they're all dry, you can pour the dressing into the opening to evenly mix it throughout.
Promising review: "This is the best kitchen gadget! It works smoothly and gets all the water out in no time at all. My daughter and I now race to be the one to clean the romaine!" — Neuronomics
Price: $15.98 (originally $28.55)
produce-saving container so you can keep your lettuce, berries, and chopped veggies as fresh as the day you bought them, even if you don't get around to cooking this week.
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"I put half of my fresh strawberries in the medium-sized container and left the other half in the clamshell container they came in from the store. And here they are 10 days later!!! The berry I left in the original container's dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. (I'm not eating the leaves, but still.) But the produce-saver strawb's as fresh as it was on day one! Not that I wouldn't eat the dehydrated one, if that was my only option, but given the choice? I'll take a fresh strawberry every day!"
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produce saving containers.
Price: $4.99+ (available in two sizes, and a larger size)
melamine garbage bowl,because some scraps are more useful in a stock pot than in a landfill...or just because moving back and forth between your workstation and the trash can is annoying and a total waste of time.
Broccoli stems, leafy veggie tops, cheese rinds, and even corn cobs can be
reused in ways that can make your cooking more textured and flavorful. Promising review: "The color is pretty and I love the depth of this bowl. It can hold a lot of scraps and I don't have to empty it too frequently when cooking. I would definitely recommend this bowl to anyone who cooks a lot!" — Stidam
citrus juice press to make sure you're actually using the juice of one lemon when a recipe calls for it.
Hot tip: Bring the lemon (or lime!) up to room temperature, then roll it on the counter before cutting it and putting it in the press. You'll get way more juice that way! Promising review: "This works as it should, and the dual function of the lemon and lime juicers in the same unit saves space in the kitchen. The metal construction is much more durable than plastic." — Cathy65
Price: $13.99 (originally $28.99)
utility cart so you have plenty of space to spread out and do your prep work.
Promising review: "I needed an extra workspace in my kitchen and this island perfectly serves my needs. I really like the drawers and the wine rack. We are very pleased with the price and the service. I have recommended this item to many friends." — Cheryl the cooking wiz
mandolin slicer if you want your veggies to cook evenly. You'd be hardpressed to find a restaurant that doesn't have one in their kitchen.
Promising review: "The base of this mandolin slicer is incredibly sturdy and the handle makes it easy to hold it in place. The four prongs on the food holder pierce through any piece of food and the base protects my fingers from the blade. I can perfectly slice four potatoes in less than a minute!" — Stephanie
bamboo salt cellar so that you can quickly grab a pinch (or a teaspoon) whenever the recipe calls for it.
pair of tongs you can use for everything from flipping delicate pieces of fish to serving up salad.
Promising review: "Great quality! These tongs are made of a really nice metal. I would definitely recommend for anyone who cooks a lot of pasta." — JaceM
cast iron dutch oven you'll use a whole lot more than an ungainly slow cooker. You can cook pasta, bake bread, braise meats, and serve all of it right out of the pot because, c'mon, look at how pretty she is!!!
Promising review: "I am so happy to have my first cast-iron Dutch oven! My homemade chicken soup was even more delicious! The bright red color makes my kitchen seem festive. Clean up is fast and easy, and it is not too heavy to handle. I can't wait to use it again." — Brim
Price: $39.94 (originally $49.99, available in two colors)
3-pack of cast iron skillets, because you can never have too much cast iron. I'm serious. Now you can be the stellar cook you are in the kitchen while you're in the wilderness camping.
Promising review: "I cannot believe I purchased three skillets for the cost of one name-brand skillet. I was kind of hesitant when I first saw this deal, but, after checking them out in person, I could tell these were made of quality. These heavy-duty skillets make my food taste excellent. Make sure to coat the pans in vegetable oil and bake the pans for 45 minutes at 350 degrees to give them a flavor and nonstick coating." — FordMechanic83
Price: $19.99 (originally $26.95)
folding cutting board so you don't lose a single piece of your diced onions.
Price: $15.99 (originally $20, available in two sizes and six colors)
2-pack of bamboo cutting boards that are essential for bigger jobs. The lip prevents juices and oils from escaping onto your countertops which is a plus in my book.
Promising review: "I prefer bamboo boards like these since cleaning is easier and they're better for my knives at home. I really like the grooves on the top, which helps prevent juices (from meats or tomatoes) from spilling over the edge of the counter. The second smaller board is basically full-sized, and the larger one is definitely wide enough to cover a good part of your counter. One additional thing I like about these is that they're smooth and don't seem prone to chipping." — ChefJWinner
18-pack of dish cloths, because keeping a clean kitchen is essential to creating a functional one.
Promising review: "These waffle dishcloths are great for cleaning. I use them for my kitchen counters, stove, fridge, etc. The waffle texture is great for scrubbing and getting rid of build-up. They were a good price and should last a while." — Shamiza
set of five food containers so cooking for one doesn't feel so pointless. You're going to cook a lot more once you realize that you can make the leftovers last for days. Practice makes perfect, after all!
Promising review: "These are great food storage containers. They don't hold any odors or stains. I would recommend these containers over the less-expensive plastic containers. These aren't glass, but they look really nice and keep your food fresh. They are pricey, but well worth it because you won't have to replace them as frequently as other brands." — SMARTMF
Price: $14.99 (originally $22.98)
potato ricer with two interchangeable disks so you can make the perfect mashed potatoes... And hey, the holidays are right around the corner!
Promising review: "I like that it comes with two disks so you can make fine or super-fine textures. I've only used the ricer to make mashed potatoes so far. The larger grade makes fluffy potatoes, while the smaller grade makes creamy potatoes." — auntiesunshine
set of four mesh strainers, because your trusty colander just can't handle the majority of straining tasks. You need something that allows you to drain your grains of excess water, to separate the juice from fruit, or (if you're feeling fancy) to make loose-leaf tea.
Promising review: "The quality shows and the sizes are a good variety for my needs." — Travelots
Price: $13.96 (originally $18.96)
immersion blender so you don't burn yourself every time you want to turn a stew into a creamy soup. You can also use it to make sauces, dressings, and lattes.
Promising review: "I could not love this 2-speed blender any more if I tried. The motor runs smoothly and the long blending arm allows you to freely whip all your contents into purées — as I did with last night's squash and leek soup — or to simply give your dishes a quick half-mix... Smashed skin-on potatoes, anyone?" — KimmyE123
Price: $59.87 (available in 17 colors)
patty maker if you want evenly shaped (which means evenly cooked) burgers that hold together.
Promising review: "This makes burger patties just right to freeze or to cook!" — Minetwo
This set includes a chef knife, a slicer knife, a boning knife, two santoku knives, a serrated utility knife, a paring knife, all-purpose shears, six steak knives, and a cutlery block with a built-in knife sharpener.
Promising review: "The knives come to you sharp and ready to use. I love the built-in sharpener. I am very satisfied with this product." — Mari
Price: $49.97 (originally $54.88, available in two colors)
handheld grater, because there is truly nothing as magical as citrus zest. It can brighten up fried fish, give pasta a hint of sweetness, or balance out heavy sauces.
Promising review: "This is a nice grater with a good handle. The blades are sharp which means they're good for grating ginger, garlic, and carrots. Unlike a large grater, it is easy to clean and store." — alka
Price: $7.97 (originally $8.97, available in four colors; this product is from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart)
food processor so you can pulse up some pesto in no time at all.
Promising review: "I found the cutting part of cooking really time-consuming so I bought this. This works great for vegetables and fruits. It can cut thin cabbage and tomato slices. It's also easy to clean." — Tricia
Price: $29.99 (originally $39.99)
5-in-1 pasta maker, because a homemade sauce deserves homemade pasta.
Promising review: "The capabilities of this machine are amazing. It is beautifully made and a pleasure to own." — TerryinTexas
Price: $35.99 (originally $59.99)
cooking thermometer to keep you from overcooking the turkey for the fifth Thanksgiving in a row.
Promising review: "I am very wary of pork chops or chicken being undercooked, so I always end up overcooking them. This handy meat thermometer lets me know when the meat is cooked to the desired temperature." — Stella
8-inch granite mortar, because trying to chop nuts is a dangerous waste of time.
Promising review: "This mortar is good quality, especially for the price. It is large enough to take care of big batches." — Bsteele21913
steamer basket that'll prove to you that those tough veggies like beets, broccoli, and squash deserve a spot on your plate.
Price: $27.19 (originally $46.22)
Finally, you've got everything you need to impress the pros.
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