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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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    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.