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21 Things That'll Help You Cook Out Of Your Comfort Zone

For anyone who's been making the same recipes over and over again for months on end, and wants to try something new or challenging in the kitchen!

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1. A 19-piece set of kitchen utensils so you can cover all your basic cooking needs, and do fancy things like ~sift flour~.

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I've never sifted flour before in my life, but it has always been a dream of mine to get to that level.

Set includes: emoji timer, 10-piece measuring spoon and cup set (1 tbsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, 1/8 cup), 2-piece 12" silicone spatula set, whisk, 2-piece tongs set (7", 9"), 3-piece strainer set (4", 6", 7").

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $33.53.

2. A cookbook that explains the what, why, and how behind cooking so you'll feel confident in improvising and playing around with recipes.

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Promising review: "I just read this cover to cover, and felt compelled to write a review. This is really an essential book for everyone's library. I love to cook and have a beautiful collection of cookbooks, but this one is truly special. Samin is a lovely writer. She exudes warmth and humor in her stories, and it flows in such a way that you forget you are reading a combo of a cookbook/science textbook. Samin breaks down the importance of salt, fat, acid and heat. It's not just recipes but what, why, and how. She does not talk down to her readers. She is straightforward, enthusiastic, and fun. I've always loved the 'why' in cooking and baking (like the The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science) – but I love that she narrows it down to four basic elements. I personally like referring to recipes, especially for dishes I don't cook on a weekly basis." –pepperminta

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+, from Barnes & Noble for $16.99+, or from a local seller on Indiebound.

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4. A pullout chrome cabinet shelf to bring your ice cream maker, cheese press, bread maker, and all other forgotten appliances into view so you actually remember to use them.

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Promising review: "Am I ever loving these! Installation was a breeze. It took all of 20 minutes to install 5 basket/shelves. If I hadn't dropped the screws it would have been less! These are restaurant quality, built to last and heavy duty. I am so pleased. Like so many others, I had to get on my knees to get to the lower shelves, using a flashlight to see what might be back there. I used these in my pantry, and a smaller one in another dark, lower cabinet. Just as they said, the shelves come all the way out even when fully loaded. None of that 2/3 of the way like other brands. There is just a bit of space on either side to slide my cookie pans in. I just can't say enough good things about these. They are worth every penny. I arranged everything on the shelves (with room to spare). When I had transferred everything back I realized that I now had an an empty upper cabinet where I used to keep chips, crackers, etc. YAY!" –Sandra L.

Get it from Amazon for $41.35+ (available in four sizes) or get the 9"x18" from Walmart for $38.04.

5. A set of two springform pans that'll make baking cheesecake and rigatoni pie much easier.

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Features: dishwasher safe, BPA- and PFOA-free non-stick coating

Easier cooking = more experimenting. Find out how to make a rigatoni pie or a strawberry pretzel cheesecake in your springfoam pan.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $14.36.

6. A five quart Dutch oven you can make bread and tons of other delish recipes in, because homemade bread is a life changer.

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Features: stainless-steel induction base, even heat distribution, dishwasher-safe, PFOA-free non-stick coating

Find more delish recipes you can make in a Dutch oven.

Get the Dutch Oven from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in two colors).

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7. A spice organizer for opening up your cabinet and seeing the spices at your disposal and use them, instead of keeping the cabinet closed bc it's a mess.

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Promising review: "It fits perfectly in my upper cabinet right by my stove, and I can cook so much easier now. It saves me time and frustration! I love the labels, its much easier to spot each spice." –Music4me

Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in two sizes).

8. A ceramic non-stick grill pan to get you just as comfortable grilling indoors as outdoors.

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Features: PFOA- and PTFE-free non-stick titanium reinforced ceramic coating, stainless-steel induction base, ridged cooking surface, even heat distribution, hand-wash only

Try this grilled citrus salmon and asparagus recipe.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $24.88.

9. A sous vide cooker with a handy built-in clamping grip for anyone who wants to go from cook to chef in no time.

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Promising review: "This device has transformed me from a cook to a chef! My friends have been Sous Vide cooking for a while now and rave about it so I wanted to get a Sous Vide cooker too. I chose this one because of the built-in clamping grip. Unlike some of the other brands with multiple adjustment knobs, this one just has a single grip that you squeeze to fit it onto your pot. The clap also has four 'teeth' to adjust to a wide range of pot sizes. Another feature I like about is that you have to set the timer before the unit turns on. This unit has a safety mechanism. If you tilt it too much or if the pot you are using accidentally gets knocked off the counter, the unit will shut off and beep. I don't think other brands have this. The device is also very easy to maintain. The skirt sleeve twists off, and then you can hand wash or place it in the dishwasher. Under the sleeve are coils that you just need to rinse off or gently clean with soap and brush. The first thing I wanted to cook with this was some ribeye steak. It was very easy to use. I just had to set the temperature, then the time, and the unit started up. The unit will beep a few seconds before the water gets up to temperature so let you know when to put the food in. The ribeye was so tender, the meat was almost separating from the thick fatty pieces throughout the steak. I dried off the steak, then finished it off on a very hot skillet to get a nice crisp char. The ribeye was amazing! So tender and full of flavor in each bite. In the past, I always had a hard time cooking steaks that were thicker than 1", but now that I have this Sous Vide cooker, I don't have to worry about overcooked steaks anymore." –JLJK704

Get it from Amazon for $95.35.

10. And a Tasty One Top induction cooker worthy of investing in. You can use it to cook virtually anything, and not much can go wrong when you can program the One Top to cook a recipe through the Tasty App.

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Features: engineered crystal glass surface, surface sensor to track

the surface temperature of pots and pans, touch power control buttons, thermometer that tracks the temperature of liquids, meat and fish, Bluetooth, compatible with iOS

Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty shop for $149.

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11. A set of three baking sheets and a list of easy one-pan dinner recipes that'll help you try something new without committing tons of time and work.

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Set includes: Small cookie sheet, medium cookie sheet, large cookie sheet, four emoji cookie cutters

Features: carbon steel bakes and browns easily, non-stick BPA- and PFOA-free coating, dishwasher-safe

Check out 18 more easy one-pan dinner recipes that'll make the most of your sheet pan.

Get a three-piece cookie sheet set from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $9.97.

12. A non-stick saucepan and spaghetti and meatballs with bone marrow sauce recipe to put a new spin on an old fav.

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Features: PFOA-free non-stick coating, even heat distribution, stainless-steel induction base, silicone helper handle, tempered glass lid with steam vent and silicone grip knob, dishwasher-safe

Learn how to make spaghetti and meatballs with bone marrow sauce.

Get it from Walmart for $27.88.

13. A food processor — it just may help you conquer your ultimate food fear – like making a pie crust from scratch.

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Features: 10-cup food processor, oversized feed chute, two reversible slicing/shredding discs, two speed options, stainless-steel chopping blade, dishwasher-safe bowl, lid, blades, and discs; internal cord storage

I've been terrified of making pie crust for the longest, and I finally made my first pie crust from scratch using my food processor and this vegan, gluten-free pie crust recipe from The Minimalist Baker!

Promising review: "This is one of the wife's favorites. She would rather play in the kitchen with new recipes than do just about anything else. She has not found anything it will not do, except maybe keep her wine cold." –jlb

Get it from Amazon for $37.81.

14. A fried Brussels sprouts recipe with ingredients you might not have used before – like goat milk and lemon zest – and a hand grater to get that zest.

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Features: soft grip handle, dual size blades, non-slip rubber pad, cover for storage

Get the full lemony fried Brussels Sprouts recipe.

Get a hand grater for the zest from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.97.

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15. A food adventure abroad because every good chef knows the best recipe inspiration should come from all around the world.

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I've been watching Ugly Delicious on Netflix recently and there is truly a world of food out there just waiting to be discovered. Check out this story of 31 Places Around The World To Eat At Before You Die and tell me I'm wrong, I dare!

Find the best places to book a flight online to begin your next vacay, or book a food adventure with travel deals from Groupon.

16. A cookbook that'll prove even those of us with food intolerances can make new versions of the food we love(d).

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Promising review: "Bought this as a gift for a gluten-intolerant friend, and she thought it was hilarious and very relatable. She found recipes for foods she never thought she'd be able to eat ever again!" –Brittany

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+, from Barnes & Noble for $9.99+, or from a local seller on Indiebound.

Find more tips for eating gluten-free.

17. A set of three vegetable peelers and a veggie stock recipe you'll use to cut down on organic waste and use every part of the veggie like a pro.

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Features: soft grip handle, integrated potato eye remover

Become a soup making pro by making your own stock from veggie scraps.

Get a three piece set of peelers from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.97.

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19. An easy to use colander set and easy homemade pasta recipe because sometimes you shouldn't mess with a good thing – unless you're improving it!

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Features: grip handle, stackable, non-slip silicone bottom, dishwasher-safe

Hello MTV, welcome to the house of pasta.

Make your own pasta with this easy recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Tip: you can use a pizza cutter to cut your noodles if you don't have a dough cutter.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.44.

20. A family recipe journal so you can finally figure out how to bake at the level of your 81-year-old grandmother, or master those Thanksgiving side recipes your dad makes every year.

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When I was first learning how to cook, I went around and collected some family recipes and learning how to make each one made me feel like a champ. It would have been a lot easier with this journal!

Promising review: "This is a great product! it's a great gift for mother's day or for any loved one who loves to cook and stay organized. I like how all the sections are neatly organized, and each section contains an index. It's convenient because you can write each of your recipes for a specific section in the index plus the page numbers. This makes it very easy to navigate. The color coding on the sides for each section also helps me find my recipes faster." –Anonymous

Get it from Amazon for $11.08 from Barnes and Noble for $11.22, or from Walmart for $11.08.

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