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    25 Products For Beginner Cooks Who Are TRYING, OKAY?

    If your motto is "fry, burn, and try again," this post is for you.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A set of magnetic measuring spoons and leveler that'll stack like magic when not in use, and give you super precise measurements so you don't over do it with the vinegar and ruin the coleslaw again 😬.


    Get them from Amazon for $13.97.

    2. A set of six colorful knives reviewers swear by to ensure you don't cut broccoli with the raw meat knife. These babes are under $20, and they mean business!

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    Set includes: 8-inch chef knife, 8-inch serrated bread knife, 8-inch slicing knife, 7-inch santoku knife (the Japanese version of a chef knife), 6.5-inch serrated utility knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, and protective guards for each knife

    Read our full review of these knives here.

    Promising review: "I bought a set of these knives for my granddaughter who was setting up an apartment after living in a dorm. I was not expecting much, but the reviews were good and if the knives were no good, there wasn't much lost. But when she unwrapped them, I was impressed. The different sizes were perfect for a first set of knives, and the blades were extremely sharp. This set is a heck of a good deal for the money spent." β€”Velho

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (seven colors).

    3. And a pair of cut-resistant-gloves so you can ~sharpen~ up those knife skills or use a mandolin slicer without fear of cutting your fingers!,

    Promising review: "I wanted a pair of gloves that I could wear when using my very sharp mandolin to slice vegetables very thinly. I'm always afraid of slipping and cutting my fingers, something I have unfortunately done in the past. These gloves fit perfectly and allow me good dexterity; an accidental bump against the mandolin blade did nothing to the glove or my mandolin blade. I couldn't be more satisfied." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. A powerful hand-held vegetable chopper for anyone who is done shedding tears from dicing onions β€” or not knowing how to dice one at all. Just throw that bad boy in here and chop!

    Promising review: "This is one of the best kitchen tools I've ever bought. Super-easy to use, and it takes up very little space. You will love how effectively this tool does its job. I use it to chop ingredients for salsa. I can fit a whole large onion in this chopper if I need too. No more watery eyes to deal with! It is also easy to clean β€” I just washed it off at the sink. Use care with the removable spindle which contains three blades, which are quite sharp." β€”Travel_Quest

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A set of magnetic spice containers designed to keep all your spices in view, because remembering the spices of life and seasoning adequately is step one to making a tasty meal.


    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $8.95.

    6. A three-piece non-stick cookware set for anyone who is ready to graduate from microwaving to stovetop cooking, but not yet ready to cook with stainless steel.


    Set includes: 11" fry pan, and 5 qt. Dutch oven with glass lid.

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

    7. And a set of five durable bamboo kitchen utensils that are safe for non-stick cookware, easy to grip, and cute as heck!

    Set includes: a spatula, turner spoon, mixing spoon, forked spoon and slotted spoon

    Promising review: "These Vremi bamboo cooking utensils are, by far, my favorite set of utensils I've owned thus far. They're made extremely well and don't have any rough spots like wooden ones I've used in the past did. They are thick and large, too! The silicone handles really help me get a good grip on the utensils and the different colors make it super easy for me to find exactly which utensil I am looking for." β€”Travis Kaiser

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. BPA-free stacking liquid measuring cups featuring an angled pour spout to avoid drips and keep your measurements in view as you fill these babes up!


    Set includes: large 4-cup, medium 2-cup, and small 1-cup

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A microwave pasta cooker so you can take the mess and wait-time out of boiling pasta on the stove, and enjoy an easy-peasy spaghetti dinner in just a few minutes.


    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man...I really love this gizmo! I like spaghetti β€” either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. But I'm lazy and impatient, and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterwards. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly-measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time; and the cleanup is a snap." β€”Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A cookbook that'll teach you the very basics and break down things that aren't obvious to beginner chefs, yet is still full of helpful tips and suggestions for how to experiment with each dish. Experimenting is the best part of cooking IMO, and creativity isn't just for the pros.


    Promising review: "I usually don't like cookbooks because the recipes turn out to be crappy. Or I just make the recipes crappy. The fact that I'm a beginner cook with zero experience doesn't help. My mother never taught me to cook either. So when a recipe calls for 'common sense' things such as 'pressing on the meat until it feels firm' or 'cook on medium high heat until browned,' I have zero clue what the right firmness or browning is. Unfortunately, I tended to overcook things to dry dust. Months of trying out recipes scoured from the web yielded mediocre results.

    Enter this book. I asked my husband to purchase this for me along with three other cookbooks. This book is my favorite. I have made six meals according to this recipe book, and they all turned out fantastic. I love the photos that show you how brown the meat should get. It is also precise and teaches you to use your other senses, like your nose to smell if it is fragrant enough, or your ear to hear the sizzle.

    Most of the recipes in the book also require simple ingredients. Ingredients that I can actually procure without having to drive to a huge grocery store or go to a farmer's market. This book is perfect for those who really want to learn how to cook. I would give it 6 out of 5 stars if I could." β€”Precious

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29.

    11. A rapid egg cooker ready to make perfectly cooked hard-, soft-, and medium-boiled eggs. It also poaches eggs and makes omelettes!


    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me; and like them soft but not runny or raw; just cook as directed. Have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" β€”rebecca

    Read our full write-up of the egg cooker.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (five colors).

    12. And a stackable egg cracking set so you can elevate your soft-boiled egg even more with a perfect cut β€” who wouldn't be impressed?


    Set includes: one egg cracker with anti-slip grip, two spoons, and two egg cups

    Promising review: "Best egg cups and topper I have ever used. The silicone inserts really hold eggs well. And the topper actually works! Makes a clean cut all the way around, just be sure to pull it up all the way." β€”Brad K

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    13. A six-in-one food chopper knife with a non-slip grip handle that's basically like the Swiss Army knife of kitchen gadgets. It will snip herbs, cut through bone, scale fish, peel veggies, open bottles, and more!


    This gadget includes a peeler, fish scaler, bone cutter, built-in cutting board, knife, kitchen shear, and a bottle opener. It also comes with a finger guard and sharpener.

    Promising review: "This cutter is easy to use and speeds up all your cutting and chopping. Just grabbing one thing from the kitchen drawer keeps it really easy to have everything you need at hand. The herb-cutting scissors, finger guard, and sharpener are great little bonuses. Great housewarming or wedding gift!" β€”Huni Szep

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    14. A non-slip stainless steel (durable) mixing bowl with a built-in-grater every cook seriously needs in their life. You can grate cheese or slice ginger right into your marinades.


    The 5-quart prep bowl features a lid with a cutout in the center where you can place one of three grating and slicing inserts: a fine grater, coarse grater, and a slicer. It's also dishwasher-safe, and comes with a non-slip silicone base.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $29.99.

    15. A microwave bacon cooker beginner and advanced chefs alike swear by, for perfectly-cooked bacon in 60 seconds.,

    Promising review: "This cooker is the easiest way to cook bacon. Drape a few slices over the rods, microwave 60 or so seconds, pull 'em off and enjoy! Now you don't have to do without bacon in the morning 'cause it takes too long to fix. Then, dunk it in soapy water, rinse, and let it air dry. Also quick. It even folds up small enough to store in a drawer. Ya can't beat this little jewel. Try it. Return it if it isn't everything I've said. I love it." β€”Kenne Messer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A 6-quart non-stick Crock Pot so you can master easy dump dinners (dump everything into this babe and it basically cooks itself!), and have a warm meal waiting for you every day of the week.

    Features: program cook times anywhere from 30 minutes up to 20 hours, automatic keep warm setting, locking lid

    Promising review: "WHY WOULD NO ONE TELL ME THE MAGIC OF SLOW COOKERS RIGHT WHEN THEY BECAME A THING!? Seriously, this thing is a busy person's savior, or in my case, a lazy person's dream! This one is plenty large enough; and incredibly easy to use. Reviews say this one runs a bit hotter than most, but I've followed a handful of recipes and their cook times seem to be accurate. I really love that this model will automatically switch to keep warm after the timer you set expires. That last part is crucial for me because I work 10+ hour shifts, and most recipes even on low are about eight hours. That keep warm feature makes sure my food isn't burnt, but still warm when I get home." β€”Peter Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    17. A set of three super flexible cutting boards that'll make slicing and dicing easy, and funneling fruits/veggies into your dish even easier than the chopping!


    Promising review: "Very convenient, super durable, and extra flexible β€” easy for storage and clean up! I love the colors. When I'm making stew, or chopping multiple veggies or fruits, it is easy transfer everything into a pot or bags." β€”Terri

    Get them from Amazon for $5.39.

    18. A splatter guard to keep messes out of that vicious crevice between the counter and stove β€” messes happen to the best of us, so sometimes a little damage control is necessary πŸ‘ŒπŸ½.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed to bridge the counter and stove top. It stops food from going down the sides and making a mess. Cleans easily. Made of some sort of flexible silicone. Easy to trim to fit where I needed it to go." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.97.

    19. A cooking oil spritzer so you can spray down baking pans with your own choice of oil, make sure your sheet pan dinner doesn't stick, and kiss those over-priced cooking sprays goodbye!


    Get it from Amazon for $8.38.

    20. A set of two tongs designed to stay put in your hand, and hold onto whatever food you're grabbing. Dropped pork chop on the kitchen floor? Never heard of her in my life.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $29.99.

    21. A cooking apron with conversions, cooking tips, roasting times, and other helpful cooking basics printed right on the waist. You'll be protected from messes and prepared to cook it all.


    Promising review: "I never realized I'd like having an apron so much. On the very first use I was cooking in the wok and splashed some oil on me. Without the apron I would have likely ruined the shirt I was wearing. The guide is handy and neat β€” gets a lot of positive comments. Pocket is occasionally handy. I'm a big guy at 6' 7" and 280 lbs., and this apron fits great." β€”CDK

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in full size or waist apron).

    22. A tofu press that is here to take sad, soggy tofu stir fry to crispy πŸ‘ perfectly browned πŸ‘ perfection. This babe drains all the water out of firm/extra firm tofu in a few minutes so it's ready to go right into the pan or in a tofu marinade!


    Trust me, draining and marinading tofu makes alllll the difference.

    Promising review: "Tofu press! Where have you been all my life (or at least as long as I've been making tofu). No more soggy, wasted paper towels and stacks of books, cans, or whatever you have lying around. I prop the press up in a Tupperware bowl and the press goes to town. Cranking the screws every few minutes, it's not very long until I can slice up my firm tofu and put it into hot oil where it crisps up quite nicely. It's night and day between the crumbly mess that would previously result from my forays into tofu-frying, and my S.O. definitely appreciates the taste and texture difference between then and now." β€”K

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    23. A super easy-to-use breakfast sandwich maker so you can have fresh, hot egg sandwiches every morning in five minutes. You're welcome!


    Promising review: "It's simple. It's easy. It's fast. A hot sandwich anyway you like it, in five minutes. What can be better than that. Save money at home by making your own McDonald's Egg McMuffin. I am pleased with this machine. Works great. I wish I had bought the double maker. My next try will be personal pizza." β€”Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. A set of three glass containers with lids that'll help you show off what a delicious lunch you made yourself at the office, or be there for you when things go awry and it's cereal for dinner again.


    Dinos don't judge, they just love.

    Promising review: "These little bowls are perfect for lunches, and they make me happy every time I use them." β€”jane

    Get them from Modcloth for $30.

    25. And a burger press that'll bring perfectly-formed patties into your life without even touching the raw beef (with the plastic wrap method described in the review below)!

    Promising review: "Got it today and had a package of hamburger ready to go. I used an ice cream scoop and a little extra per burger. I used plastic wrap and put it in the bottom, then the burger, then put the other end over the top, and pressed the burger. Comes out all wrapped in plastic wrap, and I put them in the freezer. Didn't even get my hands in the hamburger, and the press was clean when I finished. Took about ten minutes to do the whole package. Great little gadget." β€”R. Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $10.73.

    You grilling up the perfect burger for your haters:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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