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    Updated on Jul 31, 2020. Posted on Jul 29, 2020

    22 Things That'll Help Take The Stress Out Of Summer Cooking

    Turn up the heat and get cookin' with electric grills and taco holders galore. 🔥

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    1. An electric griddle that'll help you prepare a bacon-friendly brunch, barbecue lunch, or a Taco Tuesday meal for your squad indoors. A heating probe allows you to monitor cooking temperature, while a drip tray catches excess grease without making a mess.

    Blue Dash Everyday Electric Griddle cooking peppers, meat strips, and tortillas

    Promising review: "Love using this griddle to make pancakes and eggs in quarantine! Having fun making breakfast for dinner at least once a week. This griddle works great and it's so cute in aqua." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    2. A three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer, so you can have your plant-based ingredients ready to go for burger toppings and pasta salads. Yes to perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions!

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    Promising review: "Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. Ordered this for me and my wife to try out and have been blown away by its performance! 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97.

    3. Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce, because your seafood, meat, and veggie dishes need a major flavor upgrade. Just add this mouth-watering blend to whatever you're cooking on the grill or stove and you won't have to sift through your pantry to find spices again.

    Small jar filled with Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce with fish and veggies
    Essie Spice

    Get it from Essie Spice for $9.99.

    4. A kebab skewer set with a grill rack and stainless-steel skewers that'll make cooking barbecue-ready eats so dang easy. All your veggies and meats will stay in place and easily slide off when it's time to eat.

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    Promising review: "This is the best skewer set I’ve used. Typically they don’t stay put in the frame or are difficult to remove the food. I have used this twice on my grill, pork and pineapple kebabs and grilled shrimp, both types of meat and fruit and veggies all slide off easily for serving, but stay put for cooking. Nice size and cleans up easily in dishwasher." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. A meal delivery service such as HomeChef, so you can try different recipes for the fam (like coconut-crusted mahi-mahi and stuffed pizza peppers) on summer weeknights. Plus, you won't have to take frequent trips to the grocery store when it's hot out.

    An unpacked HomeChef delivery box with fresh veggies

    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.

    6. An air fryer to make all the barbecue sides you can dream of: This baby heats up fries, wings, and more summer-ready 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).

    7. A cast-iron skillet for yummy dishes like rosemary chicken, frittatas, and veggie fajitas. If you're whipping up dinner for a party of two, three, four, or more, this pan will heat up large quantities of food in little time and won't require you to start up a grill.

    A black cast iron skillet filled with grilled chicken breasts and basil leaves

    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    8. A fruit slicer and scooper set, because that juicy watermelon, cantaloupe, or pineapple isn't going to magically be edible on its own. Dice and cube pieces of fruit in minutes with these tools that don't require a wobbly knife or cutting board.

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    Promising review: "This tool is so handy! I hate cutting watermelon and this is so fast and easy to use and easy to wash. I cut a watermelon in less than five minutes. It cuts yellow watermelon too! The included baller is great for the small left over, hard to reach places."Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.77.

    9. A breakfast sandwich maker, so you can create a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you are craving brunch in the summer. Just place your ingredients into this press and bam, breakfast is served.

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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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, because it makes ~eggcellent~ hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelets for everyone at home. Whether you're whipping up egg salads or egg protein bowls, you can feed your crew in little time.

    Red Dash Rapid Egg Cooker heats up six hard-boiled eggs on a table

    This gadget cooks up to six (yes, six!) eggs at once. All you have to do is place the eggs inside, set a timer for the type of eggs you want to eat, and the buzzer will go off in a few minutes when they're done.

    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!" —Amazon Customer

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

    To learn more, check out "This Egg Cooker Is Egg-cellent For Helping Push Me Through Stress-Induced Appetite Loss."

    11. Taco holders to make garnishing and serving your tacos a breeze: 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.

    Pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange holders carrying tacos with all the fixings

    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.

    12. A versatile Ninja pressure cooker that's like a *mini chef* for your family: Golden brown fries, tender beef strips, and casseroles are coming right up. Also did we mention this device doubles up as an air fryer and crisper and can hold up to 6.5 quarts of food?

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    Promising review: "Best kitchen appliance I have ever purchased. It is large enough to feed our family of six without having to make multiple batches of anything. Super easy to clean and very user friendly. So far, we’ve made mushroom risotto, veggie spring rolls, toasted garlic bread, all kinds of fries/potato wedges, roasted corn, rice, mashed potato, steamed curry veggies and so much more. I would definitely recommend this thing to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    13. A four-in-one burger press, so you can make homemade quarter-pound, half-pound, three quarter-pound, *and* restaurant-sized stuffed sliders for the fam. 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

    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 $12.99.

    14. A nonstick grill to heat up burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob in your kitchen. Cook picnic-ready foods at the same time on this gadget, which has five adjustable heat settings and makes cleanup easy. Just because it's raining outside doesn't mean you can't have a barbecue.

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    Promising review: "I honestly thought this grill was going to be a lot smaller than what it was. You can easily make four to six burgers on this no problem. Honestly feels like grilling outside and is great for an apartment!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    15. A salad cutter that'll do all the work for you when it comes to prepping veggies: Use this vegetable bowl, water strainer, cutting board, and slicer in-one to chop up lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. You'll save a lot of time and serve up some greens in minutes.

    Hand dices lettuce while using a green and white salad chopper

    Promising review: "OK, I kinda got this as a joke because I *hate* cooking and chopping veggies. Well, the joke was on me. It took me longer to take carrots, celery heart, and lettuce out of the bags then out did chop a salad. Love it, will continue to use it, and it's well worth the price." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A veggie spiralizer, because you can whip up a bunch of zoodle dishes without having to peel *and* chop up squash or zucchini beforehand. Pesto and stir-fry are coming right up.

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    Promising review: "I love that the spiralizer is compact and takes up little space; in fact, it easily fits into a kitchen drawer. It makes beautiful spiral veggies, which opens up endless possibilities for creating healthy veggie noodle and beautiful salad additions to your table. Easy cleanup; cup is dishwasher-safe, and the blade rinses off easily. I couldn’t have ordered this at a better time with all of the fresh flavorable summer vegetables available." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    17. An aluminum pizza peel to make it easier to transfer flatbreads and pies in and out of the oven. With a sturdy wooden handle and curved shape, your cheesy creations will be cooked to perfection and taste so dang good in the summer.

    Reviewer uses aluminum pizza peel to take cheese pie out of the oven
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    Promising review: "Been wanting something like this for years. It isn't rocket science. I like crispy crust, so I always place the pizza directly on a hot oven rack (no tray). This gadget makes it a breeze to insert and remove a pizza without incurring burns by touching the rack, or getting too close to the heat rush from the hot oven. Also, you can use it as the plate as you run the pizza wheel-cutter through the pie. Great value for the utility! This is just for pizza!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

    18. A 7-cup food processor that'll dice, shred, and puree any ingredients you need for summer eats. Built to handle cheese and root veggies, this device will ~chop~ your cooking time in half and mince everything up with the push of a button. Yes, you can create a mouth-watering sauce or salsa with this baby.

    Hand pours salsa mixture out of food processor into a white bowl

    Promising review: "This is the best food processor I have ever owned. Wish I would have had it when all of the kids were still at home. This bad boy can take on all the big jobs. I love that I can take my home grown tomatoes in the summer time and make massive amounts of salsa for my family and friends." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.99.

    19. 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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    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 $28.95.

    20. A set of herb scissors, because you'll save so much ~thyme~ on ingredient prepping before barbecues. 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $15.35.

    21. A scratch-resistant utensils set that'll help you flip, toss, and mix like a pro in the kitchen. It comes with a spatula, whisk, seasoning brush, and more cooking tools that'll help you get all your meals ready for barbecuing.

    A wooden, scratch-resistant utensils set with a spatula, soup spoon, whisk, tongs, and more cooking essentials

    Get it from Karibe for $45.99.

    22. 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 black meat shredders to separate piece of pork on a plate

    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." —Amazon Customer

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

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