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    33 Game-Changing Kitchen Products For Anyone Whose Cooking Style Is “Fast And Easy”

    It's Rapid Potato Cooker Summer, y'all.

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    1. An electric potato peeler that whoops, just got a permanent spot on your counter. Not only does it effortlessly peel potatoes, but it can handle pretty much any peeled produce you throw at it, from apples to kiwis to oranges to tomatoes. (To be clear, though, your highest priority should *always* be mashed potato-ing.)

    The potato peeler peeling potatoes, kiwi, oranges, and pears
    A reviewer's perfectly peeled potato

    Promising review: "Love it! It's light and easy to use. When I use a potato peeler I was always peeling too much potato with the peel. This blade is fine and only gets the skin, in seconds. Except for the 'poles' of the potato but I don't mind. It's easy to clean if you have a sprayer to just rinse off the spikes where you insert your potatoes. Small enough and doesn't take up much room." —yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    2. A set of nonstick, reusable toaster oven bags to let you make grilled cheese, paninis, and toasted sammies right in the toaster.

    A sandwich in a toaster bag in the toaster
    Two mini grilled cheeses

    (Psst — you can also use these to reheat french fries, pizza, and even mini tacos, and get all that glorious heat without them getting all soggy from the microwave. Leftovers just got lit.)

    Promising review: "I had no idea how well these would work. You can put toast or rolls or anything that will fit in the slot — even if it has jelly or spread or anything on it — in the bag in the toaster and it doesn't hurt the toaster, and the food comes out warm." —mare36

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    3. A breakfast sandwich maker that simultaneously cooks an egg, toasts bread, warms precooked meat, and melts cheese into the perfect sammie in less than five minutes.

    Promising review: "I am actually excited for my weekday breakfast now. These homemade mcmuffins are so good! My favorite version uses sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and precooked bacon (from Costco). So many options, so easy! My kindergartener and my teenager both love it. I may have to buy another one for our family. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe-down." —Joolie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. A popular microwave pasta cooker to make cooking pasta somehow...even...easier? This gizmo will solve all your "but I don't have *time* to cook dinner" woes forever, because truly all you have to do is put water and dry noodles in it, hit the microwave buttons, and strain it right out of the container. Noodles on noodles, y'all.

    A model straining water out of a transparent rectangular cooker full of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week. If not more. First of all, 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. No big pot; no colander; no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy to clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    5. rapid defrosting tray that uses the thermal conductivity of aluminum to thaw frozen food faster to save you a whole bunch of prep time, so you can start throwing patties or veggies on the grill in no time.  

    Promising review: "I was a little concerned this was going to be one of those gifts that were hyped up but it’s not. It’s not going to thaw a huge chunk of meat in an hour but I have thawed a chunk of chicken in a few hours. The product itself isn’t very thick which I like as it doesn’t take up a lot of space for storage. It doesn’t warm up, but pulls the cold from the meat, which makes the product thaw (like putting meat in cold water to thaw it faster and not cook it)." —Savannah A. 

    Get it from Amazon for $15.89 (clip the $3 off coupon on the product page for this price). 

    6. A set of three dough presses in different sizes perfect for hand pies, dumplings, ravioli, calzones, empanadas, so you can get the job done in half the time *and* get the exact same dimensions on all your homemade treats. 

    An uncooked empanada in one of the dough presses after being shaped
    A row of perfectly cooked and identical empanadas

    Promising review: "This was a great purchase for the price. I was making empanadas and folding them by hand, which didn’t look too good. This set helps me cut them easily into circles and then easily presses them close. Consistent look each time! I like that there are three sizes in the set so I can make them according to my mood. Easy to wash and use. Would highly recommend for the price and functionality!" —Sox

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.83.

    7. A Dash air fryer you will come to rely on for *all* your quick fix meals — reviewers love that there's no waiting for it to preheat, so you can cook (or crisp leftovers!) without any oil required, whether it's meats, veggies, or even fruit. (Put more apples in the air fryer 2021!!) 

    Promising review: "I purchased this product as a gift to myself before the holidays. I wanted to give myself some time before reviewing it so I can really see if this thing is as great as it seems. After using it a couple of times I am happy to report that it IS as great as it seems. I've fried tater tots, mini pizzas, sweet potato fries, and even some carrots! I am so glad I purchased this and next up I'm going to try apple slices and see if I can't make cinnamon apple slices for a snack at work!" —MacKenzie Masten

    Get it from Amazon for $55

    8. Or an 8-quart 11-in-1 Instant Pot that AIR FRIES, which means it's basically amassed so much kitchen power that all your other appliances will cower (as well they should!!). This cooking MVP also pressure cooks, sautés, steams, slow cooks, sous vides, warms, roasts, bakes, broils, *and* dehydrates with minimal effort, since the settings are right there on the control panel for you. 

    Silver and black instant pot with control panel next to a cooked chicken
    Amazon

    Promising review: "What else can you say about this product? It will replace three appliances that I use on a regular basis — rice cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker. That's important to me because at this point kitchen space is at a premium. The packaging is great, the instructions are very clear and well written and it works very well. The first use was to make chicken bone broth using the pressure cooker feature. It worked flawlessly. Two hour cook time. 10 min prep, 30 min to cool off. Three hours later I had homemade bone broth in the refrigerator. And the whole house didn't smell for 24 hours like it would with an open pot method. Anyway, the instant pot is a huge kitchen innovation IMO. Just get one, and use it." —Josh Brainard 

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99


    9. Plus a magnetized air fryer cooking cheat sheet so the next time you play my favorite game — "indiscriminately shove things in the air fryer and hope for the best" — you can actually experiment with confidence (particularly when it comes to meat and frozen foods!).

    A spiraled notebook style cheat sheet with tabs for tips and tricks and different kinds of meat
    Willa Flare/Etsy

    Willa Flare is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in cooking guides and other home goods.

    Promising review: "I love it! I am not a cooker so this kind of help is greatly appreciated. The product is of great quality and was shipped fast. Thanks!" —Francisca

    Get it from Willa Flare on Etsy for $12.99 (this item ships for free!).

    10. A rice cooker that will make eight cups of rice in one go, then neatly pop into the dishwasher when you're done. It also comes with a built-in steamer, so if you're like, "Get this bread! But also these veggies!!" you can prep them at the same time.

    The rice cooker with its lid off to show rice cooking inside
    The stainless steel rice cooker showing buttons for several modes of cooking

    Promising review: "This rice maker has saved my life. To save money I have been eating a lot of rice and I use it in almost all of my meal prep. This rice cooker has the ability to make just a little bit or quite a lot of rice and you can make rice or brown rice along with a few other options. I use it at least once a week if not more." —Collin Dodson

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92.

    11. A pair of shredder claws to carve all your meats up faster than Wolverine can blink, giving them the perfect consistency for sandwiches, tacos, and (mostly importantly of all) chip dips.

    Promising review: "My pork shoulder always tastes good, but I'm too lazy to pull or chop it properly. These claws really made short, pretty easy work of that job. I used them just as described: I put the meat on and took it off, cut off a portion, dug in, and started pulling. You can make your pieces as big or small as you like. Much easier than with a fork or knife. They just work. I think, after writing this, I'm going to go put a shoulder on right now." —Edwin C. Kebschull

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four colors). 

    12. A rapid egg cooker that I am warning you right now is going to become your only personality trait. It can make batches of six soft, medium, *or* hard-boiled eggs in mere minutes, in addition to poaching, scrambling, and making omelettes out of them. Not only will it amp up your breakfast game, but it'll amp up your ramen, egg salad, and even burrito game, too.

    The egg machine with a transparent dome lid showing six eggs cooking in it
    Reviewer images of an omelette and two poached eggs on avocado toast

    I've owned one of these babies and have faithfully used it every week for upward of two years, and especially love it during quarantine — it simplifies breakfast because I know no matter what weird assortment of groceries I'm working with, there are precooked eggs to add some protein to it (I like mine medium-boiled 🍳). If my dinner is boring or seems like it needs a little extra "oomph" to it, I'll throw in an egg from this too. Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and sing a little song instead!

    Promising review: "You know those objects that are totally unnecessary, but you see them and fall in love and live forever in happiness with your random kitschy thing? This is that thing. I saw this egg cooker on a BuzzFeed list and, even though I am a fully functioning adult who has never had trouble cooking eggs before in my life, I knew I had to have it. I have not been disappointed. It makes especially lovely, perfectly round omelets with minimal cleanup required. Hard and soft boiled eggs cook evenly and taste great. The poached eggs are tender and melt in your mouth over toast." —Sonnet A. Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    13. Or a handmade pottery egg cooker that is not only key to your kitchen's ~aesthetic~, but key to the ultimate goal of eating eggs as fast as possible. The bb cooks up eggs (with mix-ins!) in a minute or less, giving you perfectly-round shaped little omelets you can eat on their own or put in a sammie. 

    Model holding rustic blue small pot-shaped cooker
    A cooked mini omelette on a plte
    JK Creative Wood/Etsy

    JK Creative Wood is an Iowa-based, family-owned Etsy shop established in its sixth generation of woodworking that specializes in handmade pottery and wooden goods. 

    Promising review: "Beautiful blue glaze on this piece. Love the natural, sandy shade peeking through, and the elegant, ribbed handle, as well. This is also a very handy size for cooking eggs‚- and it does this wonderfully! I followed the directions included with my cooker, and ended up with tender, delicious eggs, just perfect with my toasted English muffin. Packaged safely and shipped very quickly as well. Thank you!" —Wendy Murrill 

    Get it from JK Creative Wood on Etsy for $36 (available in ten finishes).

    Psst — this item ships for free!  


    14. A rapid corn and potato cooker because sometimes you don't just need a potato, you need a potato right the heck now. This uses steam to thoroughly cook it all the way through in three to five minutes to cut down on wait time (and unfully cooked potato disappointment). 

    two slot container with cooked potato and corn inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I used the rapid corn and potato cooker for both corn on the cob and for baked potatoes. This rapid cooker is wonderful to use, less time and no mess to clean up. Both corn and potato takes only three minutes in the microwave with the rapid cooker, taste of food is great. Can also use this for steamed veggies." —Abe 

    Get it from Amazon for $13.44

    15. A panini press so you can grill both sides of whatever food creation you're trying to bring to life in less than 10 minutes, sparing you the squinting and flipping that comes with grilling in a pan. Panera whomst?!? 

    Word to the wise — it'll also cook pizza, burger patties, and open-faced sandwiches. Infinite cheese toast = infinite possibilities.

    Promising review: "I am very happy with this panini press. I was a little leery because of the low price but my worry was unfounded. The packaging was easy to open and easy to remove the press. The plates heat up fast and are easy to wipe off. I was feeling lazy one day do I used this to cook burgers. It worked very well. I think I'll even try a steak on it! Very happy I made this purchase!" —Iowagal4

    Get it from Amazon for $29.93 (available in three colors).

    16. A set of reusable silicone Stasher bags so you can meal prep food at the beginning of the week and jam it in one of these for easy cooking all week long — these re they're freezer-, fridge-, and microwave-safe, so the effort to make dinner is essentially zilch. 

    A transparent aqua Stasher bag full of fruit
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay okay. I jumped on the Stasher 'bag' wagon. I got these as part of the Prime Day deal and I was not disappointed. These have stood the test of time. Easy to wash and clean. Great for the freezer. You can sous vide with them. Maybe it’s overkill as a sandwich bag. But for meal prep and food storage I think they’re great. This sandwich size is the most versatile. I have all four sizes. Try it out." —Tina H.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and eight colors).

    17. Or a set of glass meal prep containers that are safe in the oven and the microwave, meaning you can cook, reheat, and eat out of 'em without ever bothering to go find a plate. Plus, these lids are tighter than the Pentagon.

    Stacked transparent glass containers with lids and food inside them
    A review image of a meal prepped in one of them

    Promising review: "Perfect for eco-friendly meal prep. I was looking to use less plastic and more glass in my meal storage which is why I ended up buying this set. The glass is thick and really durable, the lids fit snugly and everything is dishwasher-safe. I feel better knowing I don't have chemicals leaching into my food. Well-made product." —HoorayForCoffee

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $25.99.

    18. A reliable electric tea kettle that boils seven cups of water in mere minutes so you can save a *ton* of prep time on dishes like pasta, oatmeal, and instant meals. Reviewers also love it because it's cute as heck and the latch lid to refill it is much safer compared to other models, preventing the excess steam from burning you when it opens. 

    Mint green tea kettle on a kitchen counter
    Amazon

    Psst — my parents own this same model and I can attest to how fast and safe it is! We've got some very impatient tea drinkers in our house and this will do a full kettle boil, enough for about four or five generous cups, in just a few minutes. 

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I picked this one. The mint green is a really nice color. Kinda like a light mint-aqua and matches perfect in my kitchen. This time of year I drink a lot of hot tea so this teapot is great. It heats the water super fast and stays warm to enjoy multiple cups. When I'm done, I make sure to empty the water out and I leave the top open so it air dries. The water tastes like water to me, there isn't any taste that comes off." —K.M. 

    Get it from Amazon for $36

    19. An eight-pack of ready-to-eat refried beans with a 12-month shelf life, so any time you need a solid base for a meal and have zero interest in the time it takes to make it, you'll have a delicious option at the ready. 

    Eight packs of beans
    The beans in a quesadilla
    Amazon

    A Dozen Cousins is a San Francisco-based, Black-owned small business that specializes in 100% plant-based food and provides an annual grant and volunteer support to nonprofits working to eliminate socioeconomic health disparities in the US.

    Each of these packs comes with four packs of black beans and four packs of pinto beans, which can be heated up in the microwave in 60 seconds.

    Promising review: "What a great, convenient, healthy meal solution! I used the Cuban Black Beans in a breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs and they were an awesome addition. So easy to heat up in the microwave in their pouch and mix right in with the rest of my bowl. I’ll definitely order these again to help me save time on my meal prep. I can feel really good about this company’s social mission to help families in under-served communities eat well!" —Amy

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $29.99.

    20. A snap-on pasta strainer to free your pasta from its hot juices straight from the pot, and spare you storage space boot (is it just me or are colanders always in the business of being exactly in the way of whatever it is you need?). Psst — these are also a game-changer for washing your fruit, too!

    A model straining pasta from a green strainer clipped to the sides of the pot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've owned this for about six months, and I couldn't imagine cooking without it. I hate strainers. They are bulky and fill up the dishwasher, I'm lazy, whatever. This strainer is a lifesaver. Clip it on your pan, strain, and voila! And it is so easy to clean. A little hot water and it's good to go for the next round. I highly recommend this gadget, it will retire your current strainer." —Viola Evens

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

    21. A *super* compact eight-in-one spiralizer that also grates cheese, juices fruits, and cuts ribbons in the nick of time. All you have to do is change out one of the interlocking caps for a new function, and BOOM. Instant zoodles, orange juice, and grated cheese. 

    BuzzFeed editor holding the transparent cup with eight black lids
    A model using the device to make zoodles, grate cheese, and squeeze an orange
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

    I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe.

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall I'd recommend it :)" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.