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    30 Problem-Solving Products That'll Make Cooking So Much Easier

    Shredding claws, clip-on colanders, and more kitchen gadgets that take the stress out of making meals.

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    1. A three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer so you can have plant-based ingredients ready before cooking. You'll get perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for every meal 👏.

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    Promising review: "Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks." —Mark Marin II

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    2. A clip-on colander that'll be incredibly helpful if you're draining pasta with one hand. It easily fits on round pots and pans and gently lets water out. You won't have to worry about rotini or ravioli pieces falling in the sink anymore.

    Model uses silver pot with clip-on green strainer to strain water out of a batch of pasta in a sink
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good about this strainer. It fits all my pots from small to huge, even frying pans! I have strainers, colanders, every kind of lid converter. This strainer is the best ever. When the pot is too heavy for me to hold to drain off the water, with this I can still hold on with both hands, and then when it is mostly drained, I set the pot in the sink to continue to drain fidgety pasta. Washes up like a dream, or you can toss in the dishwasher. Now I can get rid of probably 20 items out of my kitchen." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    3. A vacuum sealer because your fridge is way too packed and you don't want meat juice dripping all over your shelves. Make meal prep and food storage easy with this device, which compresses poultry, veggies, and leftovers into space-saving bags.

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    If you've struggled with food preservation in the past, this set will help keep your meats and produce fresh. You won't have to think twice about leaky containers or lids slipping off *before* you get cookin.'

    In addition to the air suction hose and vacuum sealer, you'll also get a wine stopper cork, five medium vacuum bags (78 x 118 inches), and one extra long vacuum bag roll (78 x 790 inches).

    Promising review: "I'm an avid cook and baker, and with two small kids, I make a lot of small-sized foods, in bulk. My freezer would be packed full of Ziplocs. Not anymore. This thing has saved my food *and* my space! You can cut bags to size, use it with marinades, wet food, and seal in canisters. It's not horribly loud either. This gets the job done!" —Jessica Saroch

    Get it from Amazon for $59.44+ (available in four colors).

    4. An all-in-one avocado slicer that divides, pits, *and* slices your avocados for you. This nifty gadget ~halves~ the time it'll take to get these fruits ready for guacamole and toast.

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    Promising review: "Of all the kitchen gadgets I own, we use this one the most! We eat an avocado almost every day, so I love that this does everything we need! It cuts it in half effortlessly, pulls the pit, and slices the good stuff. If you are eat avocados regularly, invest in this tool. It will save you so much time and effort compared to using several different things to get the job done. I've recommended this to several friends and they've all thanked me for it! As an added bonus I like that we can wash it in the dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. A 5-in-1 countertop cooker so you can prepare mouthwatering burgers, paninis, and salmon without an outdoor grill. It cooks food quickly *and* doesn't take hours to clean. You can still have a delicious barbecue, even if you're not dining al fresco.

    Gray and black 5-in-1 countertop cooker with fresh orange pepper slices, broccoli florets, and a slab of salmon
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    It works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. Think of all the counter space (and cooking time) you'll be saving with this baby!

    Promising review: "This is an amazing griddle. I bought this when my roommate and I first moved into our apartment. The reason for this purchase was two-fold: we had no grill in the common apartment ground area, plus we weren't allowed to have a grill on the balcony and we wanted a waffle iron. The plates interchange very easily, are nonstick, and despite being over a year old, heavily used, and cleaned in the dishwasher, they still remain in great condition. It is easy to use and I can honestly say it was one of my best purchases for the kitchen." —ELL

    Get it from Amazon for $79.

    6. Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce because your seafood, meat, and veggie meals need a major flavor upgrade. Just add this mouth-watering blend to whatever you're cooking and you won't have to sift through your pantry for more ingredients.

    Jar of Coco-For-Garlic filled with orange sauce on a table next to peppers, coconuts, and honey slab
    Essie Spice

    Essie Spice is a Black woman-owned business known for their homemade sauces and spice rubs. From Coco-For-Garlic to Mango Chili Medley, you'll find delicious blends for every dish.

    Get it from Essie Spice for $10.

    7. An AeroGarden so you can grow herbs and leafy greens right in your home. This indoor garden comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, and dill seeds and it doesn't take up too much counter space. You're going to love having fresh ingredients on hand that don't require a grocery store trip.

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    Promising review: "We like to use fresh herbs in our cooking, but when we buy them at the store, we usually end up using half the package and the rest go bad. This product has added a nice green element to our kitchen and a good amount of herbs to use. The plants sprouted and grew exactly as described in the instructions. It has also been fun to watch the process." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for 99.97+ (available in three colors).

    8. A microwave pasta cooker for *chef's kiss* perfect spaghetti. Even if you don't have a stove, you can still make a delicious pasta dish in minutes. Just place your noodles in the container, add water, cook in the microwave, and drain. Bon appétit!

    Fasta Pasta

    Promising review: "This item is a must-have for any college student who has access to a microwave. It cooks boxed pasta as well as any pot, which can provide a welcome change to the college food. My roommate and I got heavy use out of this thing, and I honestly don't know how I would have survived living in dorms without it." —Justin S.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A big waffle maker that'll cook up to four waffles (or Churaffles = a combination of churro and waffles) at a time for weekend brunch. Cleanup is also easy too, thanks to its nonstick surface that won't leave a greasy residue.

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    Promising review: "We absolutely love this tool. We are working on a Keto/low-carb diet and these help us make several slider size 'chaffles' at a time. It's a total game-changer. On a low-carb diet, it's a challenge to not just make a quick sandwich, making several batches of these ahead of time allows me and the family to grab a quick bite. Love it!" —Shelby Roberts

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    10. A set of herb scissors because you'll save so much ~thyme~ on prepping ingredients before cooking. Five-blade shears help you avoid herb chunks and an ergonomic handle ensures a safe grip.

    Reviewer uses green pair of herb scissors to cut up fresh herbs on a cutting board
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    Promising review: "I bought this out of curiosity. When I used it first time, it felt clumsy and I was not sure how much pressure to use. But now I use it to cut herbs and even spinach and other leafy vegetables. It works great each time. It is easy to clean as well because of the cap has slits that reach into the scissors slots and remove the pieces stuck in there. I love it." —Alka Dighe

    Get them from Amazon for $16.35.

    11. A portable hot plate for times when your roommate is using the entire stove and you need to make dinner, stat. Heat up sausage and peppers in a skillet or boil water in a pot with this device that doesn't require a spacious stovetop.

    Cusimax black portable hot plate with a red pan cooking sausage and peppers on top
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Cusimax Countertop Hot Plate can definitely do the job of a stove top burner. There are two knobs on the front that you use to turn the unit on and off, and to adjust the temperature. The burner itself is large enough for a skillet or a pot. I was able to boil water on this portable burner just as well as using one of my stove top burners. There is a light on the front that lets you know the burner is on. The four nonslip feet do keep this hot plate off your countertop enough to let heat escape, and so your counter is safe." —MJ

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    12. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker because it makes ~eggcellent~ hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, and omelettes for your entire crew. This gadget cooks up to six (yes, six!) eggs at once. All you have to do is place the eggs inside, set a timer, and the buzzer will go off in a few minutes when they're done.

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    One of my colleagues swears by this small gadget, which has helped them whip up quick breakfasts in the morning and requires minimal cleanup. You can read more of their Dash Rapid Egg Cooker review here.

    Promising review: "How does a busy mom who loves to start the day with a hearty breakfast squeeze in a bit of yoga before the day begins? With this handy hard-boiled egg maker! I just plug this baby in, pour in the water and add my eggs and a few minutes later, voila! my eggs are made. I pop some bread in the toaster, and let the eggs cool while I do a 15-minute yoga routine before the family descends on the kitchen for breakfast. It is so convenient and makes me smile! It's a great way to start the day!" —J. Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

    13. A pair of shredding claws for brisket, chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can easily grasp and shred pieces of meat (no carving knife required) for your next barbecue or picnic. They're also melt-proof, so you won't have to worry about excessive heat ruining them.

    Hands use two black shredding claws to cut up pulled pork on a white plate
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We love barbecuing on the grill and the bear claws help picking up the meat easily and turning it over. Pulled pork is a favorite of ours and the claws pull apart the meat, chicken or pork with ease. These are very durable as well." —Nadine D Piatt

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    14. A cast-iron skillet so you can cook yummy dishes like rosemary chicken, pasta with veggies, and veggie fajitas. If you're whipping up dinner for a party of two, three, four, or more, this pan will quickly heat up large quantities of food. It also has great heat retention, so your meals won't get cold when it's time to eat.

    Penne with meat crumbles, tomato, basil, and cheese in a black cast-iron skillet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this cast-iron skillet. It's perfect for the days that I don't feel like going outside to grill and it's big enough to cook enough food for my family. It's worked great and it does not stick." —Michelle A.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    15. A food chopper to ~cut~ your meal prep time in half and reduce the mess on your countertop. Mash ground meat, fruit, and veggies with ease in glass bowls and skillets.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc. much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don't normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier. The nylon material is heat-resistant and seems durable, but the packaging still directs not to leave on a hot surface when not in use." —Karen

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

    16. A rotating pizza oven so you can bake a pepperoni, veggie, or plain pie with ease. You'll be glad you didn't have to wait hours for your cheesy creation to come to life, because this doesn't require preheating like a standard oven.

    Reviewer shows meat and cheese-covered pizza made with gray rotating pizza oven
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    What's cool about this device is that it has heating elements that bake food on the top and bottom, meaning you won't get randomly uncooked pieces. If want to to eat nuggets or wings, this device will heat them to perfection too!

    Promising review: "I was hesitant at first to spend $40 on a pizza oven that I didn’t have a need for. Boy am I glad I bought it!! This is easily the most used appliance in our kitchen and we use it for so many meals! We often cook pizza, frozen appetizers (potato skins, mozzarella sticks, etc), as well as pizza bagels, cookies, you name it! The Pizzazz is so much quicker to use than the traditional oven, and is amazingly versatile! We bought ours about six months ago and it is still holding up very well after almost daily uses." —Joseph Kennard

    Get it from Amazon for $54.

    17. An air fryer to make all the barbecue sides you can dream of: This baby heats up fries, wings, and more delights without a nasty grease pool, thanks to air crisp technology. Plus, it fits up to 6 quarts of food if you are cooking for yourself and friends.

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    Promising review: "My husband and I are extremely happy with our air fryer! We have made wings twice (better than any wing place we’ve eaten at) two different types of french fries, potato skins, and the kids' chicken tenders and fish sticks. (Perfect amount of crispy!) It's huge but perfect for a family of six!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four colors).

    18. A baking mat set so your salmon and asparagus duo can heat up well without causing a mess. Place one of these on a baking sheet if you don't want to deal with drippings or moisture after an oven session.

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    This set comes with two half- and two quarter-sized silicone cooking mats, a silicone brush, and a silicone spatula for easy, breezy seasoning.

    Promising review: "These baking mats really work I use them to roast vegetables. All you do is place the mat on top of your baking pan and place your vegetables on top. When you are done the pan has no mess and the baking pad is easy to clean. I had my family over for dinner and they all liked it as well, so I gave all the extras away. Love them for baking and broiling." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $18.75.

    19. Taco holders to make garnishing and serving your tacos less of a project. These colorful helpers have a curved design to prevent spillage and give tortillas a rounded shape. Skip the plate and use one of these instead when you want to load up on cheese, salsa, and veggies.

    Red, orange, and yellow taco holders carrying soft shell tacos with all the fixings
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We have recently discovered how healthy tacos can be and this taco holder makes it easier to assemble the taco. Since we prefer a soft whole wheat taco, they are difficult to put all the ingredients in them without it collapsing or stuff popping out. Not only does it make assembly easier, but serving is more attractive and eating them is also easier."Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A microwave bacon cooker because you'll get to eat crispy bacon and not spend so much time making it. This gadget cooks bacon in minutes and doesn't soak pieces in fat drippings. If your old skillet isn't ~meating~ your cooking expectations, this gadget def will.

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    Promising review: "I hated cooking bacon on the stove because there is always some splatter, even when you use a screen to keep it at a minimum. I have done bacon in the oven and it still splatters everywhere. So I started my search and came across this wonderful microwave bacon cooker. It is as simple as hanging your bacon on this rack and covering it up with some paper towels. It catches the bacon fats that I need for other recipes and is microwave safe. I am so pleased that I plan to buy another for making more for larger recipes." —Robert

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. A rainbow knife set that'll catch everyone's eye in the kitchen and make dicing food a breeze. It comes with different-sized knives and scissors, so you can easily slice everything from bread to veggies on a cutting board.

    Rainbow knives with black handles next to cutting board with bread slices
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The knives are sharp and beautiful! Worth the money! Everyone who comes over to my home always gives me compliments! I am not a kitchen knife expert or a chef, but they are perfect for the average joe. I have only hand-washed them but they seem very durable." —Amazon Customer

    Get the 14-piece set from Amazon for $61.99+ (available in three colors).

    22. A breakfast sandwich maker to whip up a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you are craving brunch. Just place your ingredients into this press and bam, breakfast is served. No more using a million pans and a flimsy cutting board to get the job done.

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    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. So many options, so easy! My kindergartner and my teenager both love it. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe down." —Joolie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (also available in red).

    23. A meal delivery service such as HomeChef so you can try different recipes *and* not spend hours in line at the supermarket. Ingredients and recipe cards are sent straight to your door, making it easy to cook new dishes that'll delight you and the fam.

    HomeChef Box with recipe ingredients, including veggies, meat, and fish, on a kitchen counter next to a booklet of recipe cards
    HomeChef

    Here's how it works: Choose new recipes each week tailored to your dietary preferences, use the optional "Customize It" feature to swap ingredients, upgrade, or double up on protein, get your recipe ingredients sent to your door, and you're ready to cook! There's even a "Ready in 15" selection, just in case you prefer super quick meals throughout the week.

    Promising review: "All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up." —HomeChef Customer

    Get HomeChef meals starting at $6.99 per serving.

    24. An Instant Pot that'll basically be your personal chef if you want minimal-effort meals. This gadget is an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pot, *and* warmer in-one that can heat up any dish you're craving. Place your ingredients inside, choose one of the eight time settings, and ding, ding you've got a meal coming right up.

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    We've tested it out and found it useful for all sorts of things; for more, read our Instant Pot Review.

    Promising review: "This is a game changer for me after reading reviews on this spot, I was hoping to get it fast especially since I was moving to my new house. When I got it, I made bean porridge with it and it tasted amazing. In less than an hour, my bean porridge was ready. It was like magic. I really love it no joke." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in 3 quart, 6 quart, and 8 quart sizes).

    25. A four-in-one burger press to create homemade quarter-pound, half-pound, three quarter-pound, *and* restaurant-sized stuffed sliders. This tool makes molding so easy (no rolling pin required!) and your patties will be perfectly shaped for grilling.

    Black four-in-one burger press with ground meat, jalapeños, cheese, and onions inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love my hamburger press! Different-sized burgers can be easily made — even sliders! You can also stuff them with different cheeses. Just throw it in the dishwasher to clean." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.74.

    26. A bamboo cutting board with a juice groove that'll catch any water or liquid while you're slicing fruit or veggies. The next time you're chopping up celery or a watermelon, you won't make a mess all over your counter.

    Food52

    It even comes with a phone slot, in case you need to read recipes while you're prepping all your ingredients!

    Promising review: "This board fits across my kitchen sink which makes more counter space. I can carve and serve a whole chicken with ease. Haven’t used the smart phone slot yet but I like knowing it’s there for future reference." —Food52 Customer

    Get it from Food52 for $59.

    27. An electric can opener for those annoying, stubborn can lids that absolutely refuse to open. With an easy touch opening lever, you won't have to waste time lifting sharp edges again while you cook.

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    Promising review: "This is a great can opener. Took a minute to figure out how to fit the can and realize it opens the cans from the side and not the top. I soon realized what a benefit this is! No sharp edges and you can snugly fit the top back on the can for refrigerator storage if you don't use the entire can of food. Very sturdy and easy to use. There is an option to lock the handle down if you don't want to hold it while it's opening the can, but it's not difficult either way." —Michelle L

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85.

    28. A digital meat thermometer so you don't have to second guess yourself whenever you're cooking poultry, beef, or fish. This tool checks the internal temperature of meat and helps you avoid eating raw or undercooked pieces.

    Hand holds red digital meat thermometer to check temperature of chicken stew in a pot
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    Promising review: "This is the best thermometer! I feel safer checking the temperature of some tricky foods to eat like pork. This is a lot larger than I thought it would be, it's nice and sturdy. The metal is nice and high quality. It has a sharp point to pierce the meat." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    29. A citrus juicer that'll effectively squeeze lemon and orange halves without squirting juice or leaving seeds. It also has a dual-gear mechanism to help minimize achy hands and fingers.

    Yellow citrus juicer next to lemon slices
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This juicer is amazing! It’s much heavier and larger than I expected it would be. On my first squeeze, I was stunned. A huge volume of juice came out and I didn’t even completely finish squeezing the half of the lemon I had in the juicer. For the recipe I was making, I normally end up using a whole lemon. This time I didn’t even use half of the lemon. Love this thing — no more waste and easy to use." —Oakland Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.05+ (available in three styles).

    30. And a salad spinner because it'll spin your greens to perfection and get them ready for some dressing. Wilted, soggy veggies will *not* be on your cooking agenda anymore.

    Target

    Promising review: "Its large size allows the greens (or lettuce, or herbs, etc.) to quickly release the water from rinsing. Dump out the liquid, and spin again for ready-to-use produce. One push on the large knob is all it takes!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

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