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    26 Things For Anyone Who Wants To Be A Better Cook

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    1. A How To Cook Everything: The Basics cookbook that'll be your best friend and show you the ropes in the kitchen. The book is organized from easiest to most difficult recipe, and full of flavorful dishes.

    the cover of the book with an egg on it

    Promising review: "I just turned 25, and I was beginning to find my lack of cooking skills both embarrassing and unhealthy. I started searching for a cookbook to help me become a better chef. I usually got recipes online, but they tended to be either too complicated or too expensive, so I eventually settled on this book. I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has turned my culinary life around. I cook pretty frequently now, and I almost exclusively cook recipes from this book. I love the great tutorials, the organization (recipes are arranged in each chapter from easiest to most difficult), and the fact that recipes are simple, affordable, yet flavorful. I would say that if you are a beginner cook, this is absolutely the one cookbook to buy. It's affordable, well-written, and will teach you how to cook fantastic meals." — Patrick Rinker

    Get it from Amazon for $14.64.

    2. A kitchen scale ideal for anyone whose preferred method of cooking is to stick to the trusted recipe...ideally as close as humanly possible.

    A cup of flour placed on a gray kitchen scale reading "8.4"

    Promising review: "Great little scale for food! I bought this scale nine months ago, but wanted to wait to write a review. I saw other reviews when ordering, and some said the battery life wasn't good, but I have yet to change the battery after using this three times a day to weigh food for meals over the past nine months. It is lightweight and easy to store. It is pretty sensitive. I can measure 5 grams of chia seeds, e.g. Personally, I use this scale to measure in fluid ounces, grams, and ounces." —Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in five colors).

    3. A set of colorful Tasty cookware made of nonstick ceramic you'll wish you discovered ages ago. Ceramic gets nice and hot as you cook, and cleans up easily afterward!

    the colorful Tasty cookware set with frying pans, pots, saucepans, utensils, and small bowls

    This set includes an 8-inch fry pan, 9.5-inch fry pan, 1.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 2.5-quart saucepan with glass lid, 3-quart sauté pan with glass lid, 6- quart stockpot with glass lid, a slotted turner, a serving spoon with measuring marks, three ceramic bowls, and a recipe booklet. This entire set is also dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is my first set of ceramic cookware, and I LOVE it! The nonstick ceramic on these pots and pans is nothing short of amazing. I can fry sausage and bacon in the pan, let the leftover grease set on, and even cool in the pans, and it still comes completely off by just using the sink sprayer. Same for mac and cheese that has cooled and sat in the sink overnight in a pot. Just sprays right off. All of the insides are white, so it's very easy to tell the cleanliness of them. The pans cook evenly all over, but definitely much hotter than a regular pan. The first time I made burgers, I burnt them but got it right the second time around. They are dishwasher safe, but I never use the dishwasher for pots and pans, as it usually breaks them down faster. I always just handwash, but that's just my preference." —lexkyguy

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart $69 (available in multicolor and four other colors).

    4. A sleek acrylic block and set of black knives so you always have a super-sharp knife for the right task on hand — including a cheese knife, because, priorities.


    This block comes with 13 knives, a pair of kitchen scissors, a peeler, and a two-stage knife sharpener.

    Promising review: "These knives are great! They stay super sharp, they’re comfortable to hold, and I love how much counter space it leaves as opposed to a big bulky knife block. Fits perfectly in my minimalist kitchen!!! And it looks great on my counter being one of the few things that I keep on my countertop! It is the perfect amount of knives without being too many knives! I have never had a cheese knife before, and this baby is my favorite one in the whole set! LOL! It slices through hard cheeses like butter! Have not tried on soft cheese, but I’m sure it’ll be great because it is super sharp. I can’t say enough about how much I love these knives!!" —Sadie Allen

    Get them from Amazon for $49.99.

    5. A food thermometer to take the guesswork out of classic kitchen quandaries like whether the oil is hot enough for frying or if your chicken thighs are cooked all the way through.

    a reviewer holding the thermomeoter in their hand

    Getting food cooked to the right temperature is like 90% of the work if you ask me.

    Promising review: "This will make you a better cook. Super easy to use, good quality, and only takes a few seconds to read the temperature. No more overcooked steaks or undercooked chicken here!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. An adorable egg yolk separator who will be there for you when you go to make your first rainbow swirl meringues for Pride and you need a bunch of egg whites ASAP 🌈.

    Colorful Cotton Candy / Via Etsy, Tasty / Via BuzzFeed

    Colorful Cotton Candy is an Etsy shop offering cute accessories, home items, jewelry, and kitchen gadgets and accessories.

    Get it from Colorful Cotton Candy on Etsy for $12.07+ (available in two colors).

    7. A meat tenderizer so you can make your chicken, steaks, pork chops, and roasts extra juicy. It creates heat channels to cut down on cooking time and ensure your dinner doesn't get dried out in the oven.

    Hand pressing a meat tenderizer into a raw piece of steak.

    Promising review: "I eat a lot of chicken, and this helps to make the chicken less fibrous, which is a nice change of pace. Plus it's a way to work out some frustration: Who doesn't like using a library stamp made of 48 blades to pummel meat?" —J Gillman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    8. A Home Chef meal kit service that'll deliver fresh ingredients and weekly recipes with easy instructions, so you can get your meals going with everything you need right in front of you.

    an unpacked HomeChef delivery box with fresh veggies
    Home Chef

    Every week you'll choose new recipes tailored to your dietary preferences, and you can use the optional "Customize It" feature to swap ingredients or double up on protein. And for those who really want to simplify the home cooking routine, there's a "Ready in 15" section 👀.

    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." —Home Chef Customer

    Get Home Chef meals starting at $6.99/per serving.

    9. An OXO Good Grips V-Blade mandoline slicer to set the exact thickness for tomato slices or whip up a batch of homemade potato chips all in one compact device.

    Amazon, Wayfair

    Promising review: "Vegans have lots of slicing needs. I can't tell you how many hours of my life I've wasted using a knife when I could have been using this! You get five pre-set options, and it's also really safe, from the chunky rubbery handle to the very huge handguard (which, due to its awesome design, will take an onion right down to the thinnest bit of base plate!). AND you can just rinse the whole thing under the faucet, no need to take it apart and scrub it, everything just glides right off with water, stick it in the dish rack, and you're done. It's easy to change the few parts it has without slicing yourself to bits, and it's nearly impossible to make a mistake that would harm you. The rubber feet keep it from going anywhere. You can slice right over a pot or bowl if you want and it is easy to hold in place with one hand. Awesome product, so happy." –Ben There Donethat

    Get it from Amazon for $38.49.

    10. A spices and seasonings starter set from Spicewalla that'll help you adequately season the tasty dishes you'll be whipping up soon!

    the 18 spices and seasonings in a box

    Promising review: "Spicewalla is fantastic! The spices are in a different league when you compare them to competing brands like McCormick’s. The freshness of these spices makes a world of difference and a little bit of spice packs a huge flavor. This pack is a great way to start your kitchen off right. With Spicewalla's high quality spices, food never tastes bland." — Asneed

    Read our full review here.

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    11. A 10-speed KitchenAid stand mixer you'll be glad you spent ~the dough~ on as soon as you try it. This machine is like having a personal assistant in the kitchen — it will make all your sweet and savory baking adventures come together in a flash.

    the stand mixer in the color Aqua

    The mixer comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield. The 5-quart stainless-steel bowl can mix dough for nine dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch!

    Promising review: "Hands-down this is the best blender on the market. It has multiple tools which enables you to do many tasks in the kitchen. The mixing capability is superior to all other mixers, especially the old hand-held models. This mixes everything so well that now it's hard to make a mistake when blending things because it does such a great job. It's quiet, and you can set it and go attend to other tasks while it works away." —Tie Dye John

    Get it from Amazon for $599+ (available in 27 colors).

    12. An overflow preventer friend who will latch on to the top of your lids and let steam out to prevent messes and boil overs from ruining your meals.

    the silicone overflow people climbing in and around the pot
    Amazefy / Via Etsy

    Amazefy is an Etsy shop offering kitchen gadgets, pet accessories, headbands, and more!

    Get it from Amazefy on Etsy for $1.99 (available in five colors).

    13. An Instant Pot that truly does it all, and fast as heck too. This baby consolidates a rice cooker, slow-cooker, pressure cooker (and more!) into an absolute unit, and it can make 20-minute mashed potatoes.

    the Instant Pot, featuring a digital display

    The IP's seven functions are: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer. I have one at home and I use it all the time to whip up quick meals. I love the sauté function — it gets nice and hot really quickly. I use my IP more than I use my oven TBH.

    Check out Instant Pot Hacks from Tasty to see more fun ways you can use your IP.

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

    14. A chef's knife with a tapered stainless steel blade and non-slip handle (even when it's wet) so the next time you and your S.O. are making dinner, you have the right knife to tackle the prep work.

    a reviewer's photo of the chef knife on a wooden cutting board

    Promising review: "I had been a pretty serious home cook for a years before I decided to finally get myself a decent knife to work with. I enjoyed eating good food but the process of cooking felt arduous most of the time. While chopping or cutting my hand usually wound up getting tired and I would frequently get blisters from the grip and pressure I needed to apply to the blade. With the Fibrox Pro the difference was night and day. I was looking for recipes that required more ingredients to be chopped because working with the right tool makes the job so much more enjoyable. If you are a home chef, this is probably the single nicest kitchen upgrade for any budding cook." Matt

    Get it from Amazon for $46.31.

    15. And a knife sharpener because a dull knife is a chef's worst enemy in the kitchen. Sharpening your knives will help them cut through food quickly, as they should!

    the knife sharpener on a cutting board

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought this knife sharpener. I sharpened each of my knives easily and quickly. I noticed a huge difference while cooking and chopping. After sharpening, it was so much easier to cut through food." — L. Muas

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A set of stackable rainbow mixing bowls and measuring cups that comes with a sifter for anyone who has come to the conclusion that baking really is an exact science after many trials and tribulations. Now you'll have everything you need to measure all your ingredients.


    This set includes a 4.8-quart large mixing bowl, 3.2-quart colander, 1.75-quart steel sieve strainer, 0.5-quart small mixing bowl with measurements, four measuring cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup), and one tablespoon. The plastic is BPA-free, and all pieces except for the steel sieve are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This bowl and measuring set is great for someone who wants to add some color to their kitchen but doesn't want to give up a lot of space. I have a small kitchen with limited cabinet space, so this set was the perfect solution to my issue. The bowls are very sturdy and work well, and the measuring set is great. It is nice to have everything all in one place and not have to search for a bowl or a cup to measure when cooking. I take this out and I am ready to cook. The non-slip base on the bowls is a nice feature and keeps the bowl in place while mixing ingredients." —Trickster

    Get a nine-piece set from Amazon for $35.54.

    17. And a set of angled measuring cups so that you can read measurements from the side and above, meaning measuring out your liquids just got way easier.


    These BPA-free measuring cups are dishwasher safe and are each marked with both imperial and metric markings.

    Promising review: "I love these so much I had to come back and write a review! I cook every day so I appreciate good kitchen items. These measuring cups make measuring liquids so easy! I don't have to set the cup on the counter and scrunch down to see if it's the right amount. They nest beautifully so don't take up much space. And they are fine in the dishwasher." —LPG

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $19.95.

    18. A Tasty One Top Device that'll make you say "salami get this straight, this induction cooker automatically changes its temperature and power settings to precisely match the instructions of Tasty recipes?" Yes, yes it does.

    a person frrying chicken in a pot on the One Top device

    The Tasty One Top is a smart induction cooker that syncs up to recipes through the Tasty app and adjusts to the recipe in real-time, so you can finally perfect that buttermilk fried chicken recipe you've been working on. You can also use all of its functions manually, which include Sous vide, deep-frying, pan-frying, stir-frying, grilling, simmering, sautéing, slow cooking, searing, poaching, and more!

    Promising review: "I really like that this is energy efficient, It is super easy to use on your phone with the app or just manually. I live in a tiny cabin and I am easily able to store this in my tiny pantry. I am super happy with this product." —kaheal Paul

    Get it from Amazon for $149 (available in two colors).

    19. A stuffed burger press so you can fill your burgers with cheese and get perfectly round burgs like some type of beef magician.


    Promising review: "Love to grill burgers and my wife loves to stuff our veal/lamb/pork/beef burgers with all sorts of cheeses and veggies. Problem has been that sometimes the burgers crumble on the grill and don't look so appetizing when served. No more. The burger press burgers are loaded up but look just perfect when plated or laid on a big roll. And I don't have to worry about them on the grill. You can really load them up and they cook perfectly. Simple but great product." —Jerry O'Connor

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    20. An oven-safe nonstick baking mat (with helpful measurements) for any of us who have spent waay to much time trying to transform a ball of sticky dough into a pie crust or biscuit (guilty).

    the baking mat with dough and flour, featuring measurements along the side

    This silicone mat can withstand temperatures from negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 480 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can transfer whatever you're making right into the oven for simplicity.

    Promising review: "I've never used these before, and I regret all of the time I've lost scrubbing baking dishes clean. Now those days are over for me. These clean up easily with soap and water, and the baking sheets are spotless. The really great thing about these mats is you can roll out the dough on the mat and place the mat directly on the baking sheet to go into the oven. Just lift and go. It's really great for making pizzas. I even use the pizza cutter on it without damaging the mat. Bonus: everything comes out beautifully. I haven't had any dough stick to the mat. Everything we've baked has an even, tawny color on the bottom." —bfcomedywriter

    Get it from Amazon for $14.60.

    21. And a pie shark you can use to vent your pies and prevent berry goop from spilling and burning your first beautiful, made-from-scratch pie crust.

    the pie shark sticking out of a pie with blue jelly and sand on the crust
    bmwpottery / Via Etsy

    bmw pottery is an Etsy shop offering pie birds, soap dishes, and other handmade trinkets.

    Promising review: "How clever to have a shark coming out of your pie to vent it!" —Jennifer Smith

    Get it from bmwpottery on Etsy for $9.50.

    22. A pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet to help you whip up a batch of mouth-watering blueberry banana pancakes or get a beautiful sear on a steak. We have this pan in my home and it gets used multiple times a day every day!


    Your other pans won't be able to hold a candle to this baby. It's pre-seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil and has an assist handle for better control. I like to use mine with a hot handler holder.

    Promising review: "Lodge is the best at cast iron, hands down. If you've used cast iron, you know all the advantages. If not, you'll be in for a treat if you follow the instructions. I have one cast-iron pan that is probably around 60 years old by my best guess. Love using it and plan to pass them one. This slightly smaller one will be put to a second use when camping. That way, we will always have at least one in the house for use." —MindSpa

    Get a 6.5-inch cast-iron pan from Amazon for $9.92+ (available in 13 sizes and styles).

    23. A panini press that'll whip up excellent hot sandwiches, cheesy quesadillas, and other yummy meals in no time. A machine of beauty if you ask me!

    The panini press with a floating lid and a grilled sandwich inside

    Promising review: "It is quite compact but can easily do two panini sandwiches. Easy to clean. Cooks the paninis nicely. No temperature control, but I don’t need it for most sandwiches. Great value for the price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in three colors).

    24. An 8-quart air fryer ready to cut your cooking times in half and deliver the crispiest chicken wings and leftovers you'll ever make. The air circulates all around your food in a way the oven just can't compete with!


    Promising review: " I would love to find the words to sum up how in love I am with this air fryer. It doesn’t take up much space, it comes with a book on cooking times, temperatures, and recipes. Honestly, it's amazing and it cuts cooking time by half if not less. I'm a mom of two and I also work, so dinner is usually quick and easy. I've made meatballs, polish sausages, pork chops, whole chickens (obviously small ones), chicken thighs, and drumsticks. The fryer is cooking the meat while I'm cooking my sides and it's a life- and time saver. I'm done in less time and I'm relaxing sooner lol. My husband and I are huge wing lovers and guess what just made them better? Yup this air fryer! Also, it does a wonderful job reheating them, it leaves them so crispy." —Carlos&Gloria

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99.

    25. A handy cutting board with removable trays so you can dice, sort ingredients, prep, measure, and grate all with one device. This cutting board does so many things you might as well consider it your personal sous chef.

    the blue cutting board with removable trays

    This cutting board set comes with measuring strips in the cutting board itself, a built-in garlic grater, and four stackable and removable prep trays. Three of the trays come with embossed measure marks, one tray doubles as an herb stripper, and one tray functions as a strainer and a grater. Everything in the set is also top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I've been cooking and utilizing what I had on hand in addition to my cutting board, to stabilize and sort the ingredients. I feel as though I've received the best gift ever, in this multifunctional cutting board set. Cutting, sorting, grating, and measuring all from one device is a chef's dream. Having this has enhanced my kitchen tools immensely. Especially since the trays stack and store directly onto the board, and it's dishwasher-friendly." —multitalented1

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.97.

    26. And a pizza stone for anyone who desires a crisp crust and delectably melted cheese on every handmade and frozen pizza they consume. This ceramic stone is a real ~pizzawork~.


    Promising review: "I love my pizza stone. Frozen pizzas from the grocery store actually get a nice crisp crust, never soggy like before. I keep the stone in the bottom shelf of my oven when not in use and it helps regulate the oven temp. I've noticed other things like oven fries come out crispier and less soggy when I do this. I highly recommend this!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97+ (available in five sizes).

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