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    20 Things That Might Actually Make You A Better Cook

    These kitchen products are a whole lot cheaper than culinary school.

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    Perhaps you're a novice home cook trying to improve your skills, or maybe you're a more advanced chef looking for some new kitchen tools. These are the kitchen products that reviewers say actually helped them become better cooks.

    1. A copy of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything The Basics cookbook, which will teach you all the fundamental cooking techniques plus hundreds of beginner-friendly recipes to hone your skills.

    2. An excellent yet seriously affordable chef's knife with a super comfortable non-slip grip and a razor-sharp blade that makes mincing, slicing, dicing and chopping veggies, herbs, meats, and seafood both effortless and enjoyable.

    3. And a triple-slot knife sharpener for keeping your tools in tip-top shape. No dull edges in this kitchen!

    4. A meat tenderizer that will make even cheap and tough cuts of meat taste delicious and slice like butter.

    5. A Spicewalla spices and seasonings starter set, which includes 18 flavorful and beautifully packaged spices from thyme to coriander, so you can cook adventurous dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world.

    6. A compact and easy-to-store rice cooker that prepares grains and steamed veggies for you, so you can focus your attention on the main course.

    7. A nonstick wok for making easy, family-friendly meals like fried rice, stir-fries, and even scrambled eggs with minimal effort.

    8. A set of sturdy yet flexible silicone spatulas designed for scooping and scraping, so you can get every inch of cookie dough out of the mixing bowl and even the most stubborn edges of scrambled eggs in a nonstick skillet.

    9. A clip-on colander that easily strains anything from pasta to vegetables and makes spills and splatters a thing of the past.

    10. A mandoline slicer, which comes with six blades, including a spiralizer and grater, perfect for cutting vegetables uniformly for roasting, sautéing, or simply tossing into a salad.

    11. A copy of Samin Nosrat's cookbook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which lays out the elements that go into creating balanced and tasty dishes, along with recipes you'll want to make on repeat.

    12. An OXO Y-shaped peeler that will make preparing even the toughest vegetables like winter squash and pumpkin a breeze. Bring on the creamy butternut squash soup and perfect mashed potatoes.

    13. A programmable and multi-use Crock-Pot so you can cook sophisticated and gourmet meals without having to spend all day in the kitchen. Just place your ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and let dinner cook itself.

    14. A versatile Lodge cast-iron skillet that you can transfer directly from the stovetop to the oven, ensuring your chicken thighs are delightfully crispy and steaks are impeccably seared.

    15. A set of four nonslip, extra-thick yet flexible plastic cutting boards so you can prepare meat, seafood, poultry, and produce separately, keeping your cooking spaces — and food — clean and safe.

    16. An at-home AeroGarden so you can grow fresh basil, cilantro, thyme, and other herbs at home, turning your home-cooked meals into farm-to-table feasts.

    17. A Blue Apron subscription, which delivers pre-portioned ingredients and recipes right to your doorstep. Whether you're a novice chef or just trying to cook more at home, you'll learn new techniques and add new meals to your repertoire.

    18. An Anova sous vide precision cooker that prepares things like steaks and salmon to eggs and vegetables at a low temperature so food always comes out perfectly tender and never overcooked.

    19. A lightweight precision food scale that will turn any amateur baker into a serious one. Homemade sourdough and baguettes, here you come.

    20. A set of nonstick silicone baking mats so whether you're roasting vegetables, chicken, or baking cookies, your food doesn't stick to sheet pan surfaces.

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