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    17 Useful Kitchen Products For Anyone Who's Cooking For One

    Cooking for one can be easy and fun. These products will help.

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    Cooking for one can feel like a real drag, but it doesn't have to be. Here are a handful of products that are incredibly useful for solo cooks, from produce savers to mini appliances and everything in between.

    1. A compact air fryer that can turn ordinary ingredients into indulgent recipes like crispy Brussels sprouts, chicken wings, and sweet potato fries in smaller batches.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect little air fryer for one person. It heats wonderfully and cooks food quickly. Chicken wings are my favorite thing to cook in this amazing little contraption, and they taste like they are fried in oil! I’m hooked. I’ve already recommended this product to a few friends." — Corey Sigle

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99+ (available in five colors).

    2. A set of reusable food huggers to keep your leftover cucumbers, lemons, apples, and more fresh for the next time you need them.

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    Promising review: "I have been using these huggers for months and they work great. They work best with produce that has a firm side like onions, bell peppers, limes, bananas, oranges, lemons, etc. I've tried using them to save leftover tomatoes and it is a little tricky to keep from squeezing the flesh. I'm giving a set to each of my kids this holiday season." — M. M. Tiggermom

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.99 (available in autumn harvest and fresh greens).

    3. An easy-to-clean garlic press that will save you time on mincing and slicing when you're trying to throw together a quick meal.


    Promising review: "This garlic press is really good quality and so easy to use. I cook with a lot of garlic in almost every meal so being able to press it instead of cut each clove cuts down on my prep time by quite a bit. It fits about a clove and the handle has a nice grip to help pressing the garlic easier. It's also really easy to clean." — Iwa Wolff

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A set of heat-resistant silicone baking mats to make hard-to-clean food residue a thing of the past, so you can worry about one less thing when you go to wash the dishes.

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    Promising review: "I can’t imagine baking without these silicone mats. Everything comes out evenly baked and browned. Cleanup is a breeze and they last forever. No more parchment paper." — Jim Scaggs

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $18.75.

    5. A Zojirushi 3-cup rice cooker that cooks up to 3 cups of rice, quinoa, and steamed veggies, so you can make side dishes without all the extra food waste.

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    Promising reviews: "This little rice cooker works well and the 3-cup capacity is the right amount for me. With larger rice cookers, I always end up making more than I need and some ends up getting wasted. It is easy to clean and seems durable." — Steven P.

    "I use this rice cooker as an all-purpose steamer. Makes perfect hard- or soft-boiled eggs every time, steamed veggies, and also, of course, rice. Super easy to use and clean. Why didn't I buy this sooner?" — Cheryl G

    Get it from Amazon for $37.89.

    6. A copy of Chrissy Teigen's Cravings cookbook, full of practical, no-fuss recipes like chicken lettuce wraps and lemony spaghetti cacio e pepe (and remember: cooking for one means you don't have to share the seconds!)

    7. A fresh herb saver that will keep your extra cilantro, basil, parsley fresh and save you money on groceries.

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    Promising review: "I did not believe this could possibly work but decided to try it anyway. My herbs have stayed fresh for over two weeks. I am so grateful for that because when I buy herbs, I often feel I am throwing away money." — Norma Barker

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A clip-on silicone strainer for perfectly cooked, easy-as-can-be pasta that pairs perfectly with a glass of red and an episode of The Bachelor.

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    Promising review: "This is the best gadget ever. I was a bit skeptical but decided to give it a try. It's always a hassle digging out the big colander to drain things from my pots, but no more. This nifty little gadget easily clips onto the edge of any size pot or pan and quickly and easily drains the liquid. The cleanup is so much quicker too." — Marbid3

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in red, orange, green, and grey).

    9. An avocado saver that guarantees the unused half of your Hass never goes to waste... because what meal doesn't benefit from sliced avo?

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    Promising review: "If you eat avocado with any regularity, you need this. I put 1/2 an avo in my morning smoothie and was blowing through Saran wrap trying to save the other half for the next day. The avocado saver makes it super quick and easy to store leftover avocado, and it keeps the leftovers green for several days. It may seem gimmicky but you'll be so glad you purchased it!" K. Scott

    Get a pack of 2 from Amazon for $6.98.

    10. A set of reusable silicone lids so you can stop wasting all the Saran wrap and aluminum foil you usually use to store leftovers.

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    Promising review: "Everyone should own a set of these. I bought them to try to cut down on my plastic usage, and it worked. I haven't touched my roll of plastic wrap in over six months. They fit every bowl and mug, and they're honestly easier to use than plastic wrap: just stick them on top of your mixing bowl/half finished coffee/leftovers-without a-lid and throw them in the fridge. Plus they work great for covering things in the microwave." — chickadee52

    Get a set of 5 from Amazon for $15.95 (available in blue, red, white, teal, and green).

    11. A copy of Buddha Bowls: 100 Nourishing One-Bowl Meals, for endless combinations of grains, meats, and veggies that you can serve in a single bowl.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this cookbook. The creative and varied dishes from vegan to meat-based ones really satisfy. There are also great and creative bowls for breakfast and dessert. My favorite dish is the Harissa Chicken Bowl, a real feast with wonderful flavors, and I can’t overstate the value of the chapter on basic sauces and dressings. These recipes are key to mixing up my cooking routine feeling like every meal is new and delicious." — Prestor John

    Get it from Amazon for $13.79.

    12. A mini waffle maker that'll help you treat yourself to an individually portioned, indulgent weekend breakfast.

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    Promising review: "This makes great little waffles instantly! And it's super easy to clean up afterwards and nice and small for great storage!" —dareebearr

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in four colors) or from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    13. A 5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet for whipping up single-serve, easy one-pan meals like shakshuka, fried eggs, chicken pot pie, and more.

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    Promising reviews: "It's great quality, easy to use, and perfect for smaller portions. I'm very happy with this purchase." — Jaap

    "Love this little skillet! Perfect for two eggs or making an individual cookie or brownie! I purchased the matching lid as well." — Willow

    Get it from Amazon for $14.89.

    14. A Ninja food chopper that will mince and chop your veggies for you so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing what you love.

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    Promising review: "I very rarely feel obliged to write a review on products I purchase, however this thing is amazing! I got into cooking at home about two years ago and up until now I’d been cutting everything by hand. Not anymore! Seriously, this is the best money I’ve ever spent and it makes cooking way more enjoyable now that my hands don’t smell like garlic and whatever else I’m cutting." — Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.47.

    15. A pack of silicone egg-poaching cups for easy stove-top or microwaved poached eggs that you can use on salads, in soups, or for eggs Benedict, of course.

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    Promising review: "I’m a huge fan of eggs Benedict, but I used to only order them at restaurants. I decided I wanted to try to make this breakfast at home. I searched through endless products on Amazon and I decided on these silicone poaching cups because of the great reviews and the price point. These are absolutely amazing and so incredibly easy to use. Don’t forget to spray a little cooking spray in before adding the egg." — Lindsey

    Get a pack of 4 from Amazon for $11.97.

    16. A dual kitchen timer that will act like your trusty sous chef as you cook main dishes and sides simultaneously.

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    Promising review: "I use this in the kitchen when I need to time more than dish, which is basically all the time. I like that it can stand on the counter or I can use the magnet to attach it to the fridge. I appreciate that it has both a timer and stopwatch function. It's easy to read from a distance and loud enough that I can hear it go off in another room." —Marydee Sklar

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

    17. A nonstick half sheet for roasting one-pan dinners you can meal prep and enjoy throughout the week (all with minimal clean-up).

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    Promising review: "This half sheet is perfect for roasting veggies in the oven. I like that it has the tall edge, which is helpful when you're trying to stir/flip the contents without spilling them in the oven. It's also great for cooking frozen food. The non-stick works really well so far." — Eider

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    If you're looking for more solo cooking inspiration, check out 29 Useful Kitchen Gadgets That People Actually Swear By and a round up of 16 Practical Tips For Meal Prepping For One Person.

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