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    18 Products I Swear By In My Own Home Kitchen

    Whether you're an avid home cook or just a beginner, you'll want these kitchen products.

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    While you don't need any fancy appliances to throw together a delicious home meal, there are a handful of products that I swear by, which make cooking at home easier and more fun. Here are some of my absolute favorites.

    1. An Instant Pot air fryer that allows me to cook things like chicken, fish, and veggies to they're crispy and delicious, and all without any oil.

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    I didn't realize just how much I would adore an air fryer until I bought one. I thought it would be one of those appliances I'd use from time to time, but turns out I use it almost every day. It turns even the most basic foods like chicken thighs and green beans into crispy, crunchy, golden-brown deliciousness.

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    Read my full review here.

    2. A no-mess microplane for zesting lemons, grating Parmesan, and so much more.

    Freshly grated mozzarella cheese from a microplane grater.
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    Before buying a microplane I would grate garlic, ginger, and cheese with a box grater. I found that most of my ingredients would get stuck in the grater and the grater itself was always hard to clean. Then I upgraded to a microplane and I'll never go back. It's so handy for adding lemon zest to soups, grating Parmesan on top of pasta, garlic onto pizza, ginger into marinades, and so much more.

    Get it from Sur la Table for $14.95 (available in seven colors).

    3. A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet that I can transfer directly from the stove top to the oven, and which helps me make crispy chicken thighs, perfectly charred steaks, and more.

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    This skillet is so well-seasoned you could even scramble eggs in it, but I use it most often to cook meat like chicken thighs and steak. I start off on the stove top and then move the cast-iron skillet right to the pre-heated oven to finish it off to give the outside a nice crispy sear. The silicone protective handle is a nice touch because this baby gets sizzling hot.

    Get a 12" skillet from Amazon for $33.16.

    4. A starter set of spices and seasonings like crushed red pepper, paprika, turmeric, and so much more that I use just about every time I cook, no matter what the cuisine.

    18 colorful spices from the Spicewalla starter set on a shelf above my stove.
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    Rather than buy all my spices separately when I moved apartments, I decided to buy this Spicewalla starter set, and it was such a great decision. The set contains 18 spices like rosemary, fennel seed, cumin, and paprika, and I use them whenever I'm cooking recipes like eggplant Parmesan, shrimp tacos, or chicken tikka masala. Plus, the packaging is beautiful and these spices look adorable as decor in my kitchen.

    Read the full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    5. A no-frills but easy-to-use wine-opener that removes the cork from a bottle of wine in two seconds and never fails me.

    A bottle of red wine next to a corkscrew on a countertop.
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    IMHO, dinner is not complete without a glass of wine. I've bought and tried dozens of corkscrews from the fancy electronic versions to totally bare bones ones, but nothing competes with this $10 corkscrew. There's absolutely no pulling required: You simply twist the top in one direction until the cork pops out. It doesn't get much easier than that.

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

    6. A reliable pair of kitchen shears strong enough to cut through bones, shells, and tough cuts of meat.

    Hands holding kitchen shears to cut scallions.
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    Sometimes, a big chef's knife just doesn't cut it (so to speak) and you need to break out the kitchen shears. These scissors come in so handy if you're slicing a tough cut of beef into strips for stir-fry, slicing fresh herbs, spatchcocking a chicken, cracking stubborn lobster claws, and so much more.

    Get them from Sur la Table for $14.96 (normally $30).

    7. A small, flexible silicone spatula that can get scrape all the hard-to-reach places in your mixing bowls and the edges of your pots and pans.

    A skinny silicone spatula with a white body and black handle.
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    Whenever I cook things like scrambled eggs or pasta sauces or when I'm mixing sticky ingredients like for cake batter, this spatula is my go-to. It's narrow and bendable so it gets into tough-to-reach places and scrapes the edges of mixing bowls, and it's gentle and silicone, so it never scratches my pans.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A sharp, sturdy, and comfortable chef's knife for slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing.

    A hand holding a Shun chef's knife over a marble background.
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    I didn't realize the importance of a really good chef's knife until I finally invested in one. Previously, I was using a set of fine but inexpensive knives, but it wasn't until I gave in and bought this Shun chef's knife that I realized how a really solid knife makes a world of difference in the kitchen. When it comes to preparing vegetables, cutting meat, etc... having a really sharp, great knife that fits comfortably in my hand makes cooking so much easier. And because all of my cuts are uniform my food tastes better too.

    Get the Shun Kanso 8 inch Chef’s Knife from Amazon for $114.95.

    9. A sturdy baking sheet with deep edges that I use often to make easy, one-pan dinners with very easy cleanup.

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    Sheet-pan meals are my go-to on busy weeknights when I want to cook something simple, filling, and mess-free, so I throw whatever protein I'm craving (like chicken, shrimp, or salmon) onto my Holy Sheet pan along with some vegetables, toss it into the oven, and voilà, dinner. This sheet pan has deep edges so things like olive oil and juices don't spill out and dirty my oven. And it cools down quickly so I can place it right in the sink when I'm done cooking and wash it clean. Plus, it happens to be the cutest baking sheet I've ever seen.

    Read the full review here.

    Get it from Great Jones for $35.

    10. A bottle of really good extra virgin olive oil to add depth and flavor to everything from simple salads and roasted vegetables to pasta and pizza.

    A bottle of Frescobaldi extra virgin olive oil.
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    When I cook, I use your basic Trader Joe's olive oil or what have you, but once my food is done I like to drizzle pretty much everything with this Frescobaldi Tuscan olive oil. It's definitely a bit of a high price tag for something as common as EVOO, but this stuff transforms even basic roasted vegetables or spaghetti with tomato sauce into a meal that tastes much more gourmet. If you really want to have your world rocked, try drizzling a bit on top of vanilla ice cream. It's a game-changer.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.39.

    11. A rice cooker, which removes the guess work and effort from preparing this versatile grain.

    A rice cooker filled with just-cooked white rice.
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    I hesitated for a while before finally giving in and buying a rice cooker. With so many boil-in-bag and microwave rice options, what's the point? But actually, since getting a rice cooker, it's one gadget I can't live without. My husband and I cook some type of rice at least twice a week, and this rice cooker makes it such an easy task. You just pour uncooked rice into the rice cooker, add water, turn it on, and wait for perfectly cooked, steaming rice to appear.

    Get the Black + Decker 3-cup uncooked rice cooker from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A heavy-bottomed Dutch oven that I use for soups, stews, braising meats, and baking bread.

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    Since I was young I've had the ~adult~ aspiration to splurge on a Le Creuset Dutch oven. Yes, this enameled cast-iron cookware is expensive, but it's the kind of product you splurge on once and have for the rest of your life. I use my Le Creuset for things like chicken noodle soup, beef stew, casserole, and sourdough bread so often it has been worth the price. I got my Dutch oven in bright Marseille blue, so it also gives my kitchen a pop of color and I love how it looks sitting on my stove.

    Get a 5.5 qt Dutch oven from Amazon for $329.95 (available in 11 colors).

    For a more affordable option, get a six quart Lodge enameled cast-iron dutch oven from Amazon for $69.90 (available in 11 colors).

    13. A pair of thin, reusable chopsticks – I use them not just for eating sushi, but also for handling lots of ingredients in the kitchen.

    Five pairs of bamboo, reusable chopsticks in five different colors.
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    I use chopsticks in lieu of a spatula to make creamy scrambled eggs, for picking up delicate herbs, for plating small ingredients like capers, and so much more. Of course, I also use them every time I eat Asian food, and they're so much more comfortable and elegant than the disposable wooden ones that come in your take-out bag.

    Get a pair from Anthropologie for $8 (available in five colors).

    14. An easy-to-clean garlic press that makes mincing garlic — usually a time-consuming task — a three-second affair.

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    Sometimes when I'm feeling lazy I buy that pre-minced garlic in olive oil, but it just never tastes quite as good as fresh garlic cloves. This handy little appliance breaks down full cloves into perfectly minced, evenly-sized garlic in a matter of seconds. It's a serious time-saver for weeknight dinners and quick recipes.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    15. A fish spatula to make it easy to slip and plate fish without it sticking to the pan or falling apart into flaky pieces.

    Someone flipping a piece of salmon in a skillet with the fish spatula.
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    I cook fish very often at home, and until I bought a spatula specifically for fish I was using a basic wide, rubber one. Now, flipping fish in the skillet is such an easy task. My salmon fillets never fall apart into little flaky pieces or stick to the bottom of the skillet, and I can transfer fish from the pan to my plate in one fell swoop.

    Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $13.99.

    16. A stainless-steel screen that sits on top of my pots and pans and protects my stovetop from grease stains and sauce splatter, keeping my kitchen mess-free.

    An up-close shot of the stainless steel protective splatter screen.
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    I'm not sure about you, but IMHO, cleaning the stovetop is one of the most horrific house-cleaning tasks. I absolutely despise it, which is why I bought this stainless steel splatter screen. It goes right on top of my pots and pans, keeping food and stains from getting onto my stove top. Whenever I'm frying bacon, making tomato sauce from scratch, or boiling a big pot of soup, this little gadget is my best friend.

    Get it from Sur la Table for $20.

    17. A Y-peeler for quickly and easily preparing veggies for salads, soups, stews, and more.

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    After buying a Y-peeler, I can confidently say I will never again go back to my old swivel-peeler. The humble Y-peeler is so much sharper, easier to us, quicker, and more efficient. I use it to peel tough-skinned fruits and veggies like potatoes, carrots, and apples. As an added bonus, I use my Y-peeler all the time for oranges, cucumbers, and lemons to put the finishing touches on DIY cocktails.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A salad spinner that cleans and dries lettuce instantly for easy, no-fuss salads.

    A plastic salad spinner full of lettuce.
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    Before I got a salad spinner, I didn't really understand the point. What was so wrong with cleaning lettuce under running water like everyone else in the world? Turns out, I was so wrong. You just add your lettuce and water to this handy gadget, press the button, and it immediately washes and dries your produce. I actually often wash extra lettuce and store it in the salad spinner for future meals. If you're someone (like me) who makes salad often, this product has shaved lots of time and effort off my cooking routine.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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