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    21 Products For Anyone Who Hates Food Prep

    Products that'll help with food prep or help eliminate it altogether 👀.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. An easy-to-use digital scale ideal for anyone who likes a *precise* amount of blueberries in their pancakes. It'll measure out ingredients for you, and it converts measurements for you as well!

    a bowl of blueberries on the scale

    And it's boasting 66,000 5-star reviews  👀.

    Promising review: "I really like how easy it is to use. You just put the bowl on, turn on the scale, and it zeros out, easy. You can really go from grams to ounces to everything else easily. The accuracy seems good. I weighed my 2-pound weights and they were 2 pounds LOL. I don't have any complaints for everyday use." —Artissmart

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99

    2. A Gracula garlic twist crusher who will help you make garlic bread and other savory treats with adorable garlic-crushing powers. No more mincing for you!

    the black and white Dracula-themed garlic press

    Promising review: "This works great. It chops the garlic just right and fast. It showed up early too, so I had to run out for garlic to test it out. It's much easier to clean than my previous solution." —Chase Scene

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    3. A microwave pasta cooker that'll have perfectly cooked pasta ready to be slathered in sauce and cheese in minutes. Waiting for water to boil is one of the most boring activities of this whole cooking thing, and now you won't have to!

    Fasta Pasta

    It even works well with gluten-free noodles, and it's BPA-free!

    Promising review: "I'm lazy I'd rather microwave my dinner than get out a pot to boil water for it. That said this pasta cooker is one of my most favorite purchases. Every batch of pasta I have made has been perfect. The handy guide that references the cooking times for the different kinds of pasta is spot on. I just wish it came with a solid top too so I can stick my leftovers right in the fridge instead of having to transfer to Tupperware." —melissa

    Read more about this microwave pasta cooker.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A small but mighty Magic Bullet blender that'll be a big help in the kitchen. Consider your guacamole made, your onions chopped, and your midday power smoothie handled.

    the magic bullet with guacamole and a person in the back

    This set includes the blender, additional blender cups, blades, a recipe book, and more. 

    It has over 45,000 5-star reviews and I personally swear by this little powerhouse as well — read my full review of the Magic Bullet to learn more!

    Promising review: "I have owned three Bullet blenders; this one replaces one I left at my old house with my roommate. They last SO LONG!! My professional chef fiancé is impressed with the power, and it sits on our counter easily and we are really short on space in a Tiny House. Gone are any excuses for no breakfast. I blend us each a protein shake and the cleanup is a dream! I do not like cooking or doing dishes. I wish I could make every meal in this! I used to have a job I had to pack lunch for, and I used the screw-on lid daily. I made my power smoothie and packed it in my lunch box every day. Honestly, this is the most important item in my kitchen." —KA707

    Get it from Amazon for $33.74.

    5. A breakfast sandwich maker for anyone who wants to be lured out of bed by the idea of a quick, mess-free, and delish homemade breakfast (me).


    Promising review: "The appliance comes with several recipe ideas and they're all great. This is an extremely versatile device, and it's great knowing you can make a quick breakfast sandwich with higher-quality ingredients than what's available at fast food places, and for a lot cheaper. Cleanup is easy as the center pieces slide out and are dishwasher-safe, and the top and bottom plates wipe clean very easily. If you're a sandwich-maker skeptic, I implore you to give this appliance a try." —Coketown

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    6. A 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, and lots of easy one-pot meals!

    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 $69.99+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A set of airtight containers to use for leftover and lunch storage, or to heat up pasta sauce for your din without using a pot or making a big mess of the microwave in the process.

    the clear containers stacked on top of each other storing left over foods

    These have 33,000 5-star reviews!

    Promising review: "Not only is this collection nice to look at, these are also durable! I heat my lunch every day in these and they have lasted many months with no leaking so far. They don't stain (oils, tomato sauce), and the medium and large containers use the same lids — making for less clutter. We bought them as a set and have used every size. Larger bins have been great for leftovers that normally take up several containers. Our cookies from over a week ago are still fresh because the airtight lid pushes out air before you clamp down the sides. So worth it!" —#toolazyfortarget

    Get a 14-piece (including lids) set from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. A veggie chopper so you can chop half an onion and loads of other veggies uniformly with one big press into the blade! This baby has over 23,000 5-star reviews.


    This device comes with four interchangeable blades so you can julienne, chop, slice, and cut easily. It is BPA free and can be fully disassembled and put in the top rack of the dishwasher. It also has a soft-grip handle to make prepping your ingredients easy on your hands.

    Promising review: "Analyzed a few similar products before finalizing on this one and I am very glad that I did. Very sturdy, good-quality product, easy to clean at least most of the parts. Little tough to clean the small dice blade as veggies get trapped in the small squares as expected. Small tip: stack small veggie pieces up to three or four and press; it cuts neatly. But if you spread it out, it's tough to press and the blade could get damaged. Using it every single day for chopping onion, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, few hard veggies like carrots and beets. Oh boy... It chops them so nicely." —Hari Baskar

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. An anti-fatigue floor mat so you can help prevent back and foot pain while you're standing in the kitchen, breezing through food prep with your new veggie chopper!

    A model standing on the mat bare-footed

    Promising review: "My kitchen floor is tile and after a half-day of making bread, cookies, or brownies, or even prepping to can jams, my feet and toes would cramp at night. I needed relief! The Sky Mats kitchen mat is perfect. It's a perfect size for my kitchen workspace and amazingly comfortable to stand on while I chop, knead, stir, and mix. I spilled strawberry jam on it and thought I'd created a permanent sticky spot, but it cleaned up without a trace. I can sweep it clean after a day in the kitchen. Best of all, I don't have cramps in my toes and legs at night. Love my mat!" —Judith

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    10. A handheld KitchenAid mixer you'll take on as your personal sous chef. Reviewers say it's lightweight to handle but powerful when it comes to mixing batters, beating meringues, whipping cream, and whatever else you may use it for!

    the KitchenAid hand mixer in turquoise on a counter

    Sounds like a major time-saver to me!

    Promising review: "Love, love, love my new mixer. It's a nice balanced weight in my hand and I love the speeds. I was nicely surprised at its quality. I looked at many before I chose this one. It was a perfect choice!" —Nancy

    Get it from Wayfair for $49.99 (available in 19 colors; it's also available from Amazon for $49.99).

    11. Or an investment-worthy Kitchen Aid stand mixer with 40,000 5-star reviews. If you're a baker or someone who cooks every day, you'll be glad you spent ~the dough~ on this glorious machine — reviewers say it's a major time saver and a workhorse in the kitchen.

    the light orange stand mixer making meringue

    The 10-speed mixer comes with a flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, a bowl and bowl lid, 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: "OMG, I am in LOVE with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It makes the process of baking bread, cakes, and cookies so easy. While the batter is whipping, you can start on some of the cleanup. The splatter/pour guard that comes with the mixer is also a tremendous help to control the flour spilling up. My sister and sister-in-law both have KitchenAid mixers and we all use them to mix up our goodies. The Artisan Stand Mixer is a blessing in disguise and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Would not trade it for anything in the world. I plan on using this each time I bake." —Jacqueline

    Get it from Wayfair for $429.99 (available in 23 colors). 

    12. An electric egg cooker so you can get perfectly done soft- or hard-boiled eggs whenever you need them, and take nearly all of the work out of it in the process. Deviled eggs will never be easier!

    the domed egg cooker in mint color with deviled eggs

    This powerful egg machine makes hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets.

    Promising review: "I eat a hard-boiled egg every day and always forget about them while they’re cooking so this was the perfect solution. It hard-boiled my eggs perfectly. They were also super easy to peel which was a big plus!! It does create kind of a weird smell and some brown residue after the eggs cook on the outside of the shell where it was sitting in the egg cooker, but after peeling the inside was totally normal." —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors).

    13. A fruit hammock that'll keep apples and bananas in an accessible place, so you can grab a food-prep-free snack when you need.

    the fruit hammock with bananas and apples in it
    KnappsKnots / Via Etsy

    Knapps Knots is a California-based Etsy shop specializing in handmade macrame and woodcrafts such as planters, hanging baskets, and shelves!

    Promising review: "Adorable! It is a beautiful addition to my kitchen 😍" —heather

    Get it from Knapps Knots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    14. A super-sharp Miyabi birchwood chef's knife reviewers say glides through it all like butter, meaning the time you do spend chopping and slicing will be ~cut~ down! Plus, it's a lifetime purchase: The blade is crafted from 101 layers of steel that form a delicate Damascus pattern, and it is hand-honed using a traditional three-step honbazuke process.

    a and using the knife to thinly slice a grapefruit
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Purchased the 8-inch Birchwood Chef's Knife for my kitchen. Lightweight, sturdy, and sharp. Favorite knife of all time. Will continue purchasing Miyabi Birchwood to add to my cutlery set. Beautifully crafted and feels like will last a lifetime." —neilp1

    Get it from Sur La Table for $349.95

    15. And 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. Reviewers say these are likely to hold up forever.


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

    Promising review: “I love everything about these!!! I NEVER put my knives in the dishwasher, it’s the best way to destroy them! These will last forever! I love the variety of blades. The handles are sturdy and comfortable. The stand is unique and very convenient. The knives are very sharp and the sharpener is easy to use. I’m very satisfied!” —Dean Maikranz

    Get them from Amazon for $55.99.

    16. A set of smart food racks designed to hold open plastic bags so you don't have to. Genius, if you ask me!

    a customer review photo of plastic bags filled with leftovers being held up by the stackers

    Promising review: "I make lots of freezer meals for myself and our daughters. Most of the time, I am making multiple servings of the same recipe. Before, I would have to pour ingredients into one bag, squish the air out, seal, set aside and start over. NOW, I set up however many bags I am making of the one recipe. Once the recipe is done, I place the freezer meals into each hands-free plastic bag, remove one at a time, seal, DONE!" —LV

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    17. A glass bowl with a handle and lid for anyone who wants make the most out of their ramen packets, but like with as little effort as possible.


    This bowl and lid set is nontoxic, dishwasher-safe, and can withstand up to 400 degrees F.

    Promising review: "I love this thing! I bought it for making ramen at work, but I use it for so much more, even though it's perfect for that. I make all kinds of soups in this thing. Miso, veggies, cabbage... It's a little large to eat out of like a bowl, but the high sides make boiling over something you won't worry about. I also use it for salads, since I can shake them up to distribute the dressing with no worries because of the lid. Also, I use it to bring frozen berries to work. I dump them in in the morning, cover so I don't have to worry about particles, and they're ready to enjoy by mid-morning. So versatile! Such a great investment!" —Erik

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

    18. A versatile and compact air fryer that's totally worth the small amount of counter space it takes up. You can use it to make perfectly crisp frozen foods, chickpea snacks, grilled cheeses, chicken wings, and much much more! It cooks faster than an oven and clean-up is a breeze.,

    Promising review: "i love this product. it makes any vegetable a fantastic fry. and it's perfect for the vegetarian stuck in a rut. I’ve improvised new recipes with it such as veggie burgers made with tofu, sweet potato, and peppers — just mix up, form into patties, and put into this machine. it is very easy to use and versatile and you can stir or check on items as they bake with no problem. It's extremely easy to clean too. I highly recommended it!" —bev miller

    Get it from Amazon for $48.77 (available in four colors).

    19. A panini press that'll whip up excellent hot sandwiches, cheesy quesadillas, and other yummy meals in no time.

    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 $26.85+ (available in three colors).

    20. A microwave bacon cooker that'll make nice crispy bacon slices without all the grease or messy frying pan.

    The cooker keeps the bacon cooking above the grease, not in it; and it only takes one minute to cook per slice. It is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "My family loves bacon, especially my 8-year-old son. He eats bacon about five times a week. I had been using the bacon that comes in its own microwaveable pouch. It tasted fine but I didn’t like the nitrates and nitrites that came along with it. I used this bacon cooker for the first time this morning and my family was in love. Like people stated, you just cover the bacon with a paper towel and there is no mess. It was amazing to see how much fat collected in the pan. Definitely a must-buy!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    21. And an OXO Good Grips V-Blade mandoline slicer so you when you have to get through some prepping, you can set the exact thickness for tomato slices or whip up a batch of homemade potato chips all in one compact device. You just may go from begrudgingly slicing veggies to loving this streamlined process!

    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 $43.95.

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