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    Updated on Sep 25, 2020. Posted on Sep 14, 2020

    21 Things That Will Actually Help You Keep Up With All The Cooking You Have To Do

    I can't be the only one struggling to cook every meal.

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    1. A U-shaped "Spicy Shelf" to ensure you don't have to dig through the spice cabinet for 10 minutes when it's seasoning time, and it's always seasoning time IMO.

    three racks of spices lined up on the Spicy Shelf in a cabinet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I finally got tired of searching for the right spices in my cupboard and began searching for a solution. My spices are in a 16-inch-wide upper cabinet next to my stove. I love a particular brand of spice and will buy containers and refill bags to refill the bottle. My cabinet was overflowing. With this I was able to fit all my spices on the racks along with things in the middle and on the bottom. I relocated the bags that are not used but to fill the containers when empty to the shelf above so the majority of my bottles are visible! It was easy to put together and adjust the size. I love the finished organization!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    2. A heavy-duty spiralizer that's super easy to use and easy to take apart for top-rack dishwashing — zoodles for dinner anyone?

    zucchini noodles coming out of the spiralizer
    Amazon

    The spiralizer comes with seven interchangeable blades, lifetime warranty, and four e-books filled with delish recipes.

    Promising review: "You're not going to find a better-built, better-functioning spiralizer anywhere! I wasn't planning on buying one — I started out just researching. After researching the various models and reading reviews, I thought, 'I gotta get me one of those.' This is probably one of the best purchases I've ever made. My girlfriend just bought one two weeks ago and after seeing mine, said said there's no comparison. She's sending hers back!" —Marie Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    3. A set of smart food racks designed to hold open plastic bags so you don't have to. Food prep and storing leftovers just got way easier!

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

    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 $11.35.

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

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    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.

    5. A dishwasher-safe adjustable measuring cup you'll use every time you're in need of a sticky ingredient. Measuring the peanut butter you need for this peanut butter swirl boxed brownie recipe has never been easier.

    Amazon, Tasty

    Promising review: "Excellent OXO quality in an adjustable measuring cup especially made for sticky items such as peanut butter, honey, yogurt and other gooey ingredients. I use this almost every day and will probably get another one as an extra to have on hand. It gets every bit of sticky ingredients out of the cup and it's dishwasher-safe. A must for any kitchen, especially for bakers." —E. Deland

    Check out more drool-worthy peanut butter recipes from Tasty.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (two-cup measurer).

    6. A garlic press to peel, slice, dice, grate, and store garlic in no time at all.

    Amazon

    I use a lot of fresh garlic in my cooking, to the point where sometimes just prepping and chopping the garlic eats up 30 minutes of my time. Clearly, I need this. All components are dishwasher-safe and it includes two interchangeable blades.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A color-coded cutting board to help prevent cross-contamination, because an organized kitchen is an efficent kitchen; plus cross-contamination is dangerous and icky.

    the bamboo cutting board and plastic mats, each with a different logo to indicate what kind of food it's meant for
    Amazon

    This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats. The mats can be inserted inside the bamboo board for storage, genius!

    Promising review: "One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, cleanup is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!" —K. Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $29.83.

    8. A cast-iron skillet that'll make perfectly browned chicken, flavorful fajitas, and ~eggcellent~ breakfast hash.

    A black cast iron skillet filled with grilled chicken breasts and basil leaves
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this cast-iron skillet. It's perfect for the days that I don't feel like going outside to grill and it's big enough to cook enough food for my family. It's worked great and it does not stick." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    9. An electric egg cooker so you can get perfectly done soft- or hard-boiled eggs whenever you need them. Feel free to wander off and use your time for something else while they cook!

    the domed egg cooker in mint color with deviled eggs
    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit or miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    10. A compact and speedy air fryer that'll fry up frozen foods, chicken wings, french fries, meatballs, and much more to absolute perfection!

    the air fryer
    Target

    I recently remembered that my air fryer exists and my dinners have never come together quicker 🙏..

    Promising review: "I like this 2-quart air fryer so much. It is so convenient for cooking. I put it on the counter next to the microwave and it fit perfectly in my space. It's easy to clean. I fried chicken, corn, potato, and pork in it. Love it." —tina

    Get it from Target for $43.99 (available in two colors).

    11. A set of stainless-steel cooking rings you can use to shape whatever it is you're cooking — this baby can handle anything from pancakes to bacon to mini quiches to burgers, and back to pancakes again because my mouth waters at the thought 😭.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "What I love about these molds are that they're easy to use for anything I want to be small and round. They lift up easy and make cooking easier. I use them for eggs, mini pancakes, mini cakes, burgers, everything. I like that they have a handle to pull up on too." —VeroTechno

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $13.99.

    12. A 10-speed KitchenAid stand mixer you'll be glad you spent ~the dough~ on when it's time to roll out hundreds of holiday cookies. 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
    Amazon

    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 $399 (available in 20 colors).

    13. A handy food chopper to ~cut down~ on food prep and spare you from onion tears.

    the food chopper being used to dice a red onion
    Target

    Promising review: "First, I am a stay-at-home foodie who absolutely loves to cook and be creative in the kitchen. This chopper is extremely well made and very easy to use and clean. The cutting blades are significantly sharper than those found on any other food choppers I have used! It has proven to be worth every penny." —Barbara M.

    Get it from Target for $24.99.

    14. A durable Dutch oven that'll be there for you through it all, whether you are making marina and meatballs for a crowd or just want to make one big soup for yourself and feast on leftovers for days. Did I mention Dutch-Oven jalapeño cheddar bread exists?

    the Dutch oven in white filled with soup
    Amazon

    Check out our list of five-ingredient baking recipes, including many easy no-knead, recipes you can make in a Dutch oven.

    Promising review: "Let me say that I am a Le Creuset fan, I’m just not a fan of their prices. However, I got this Dutch oven about two weeks ago, and I have used it EVERY DAY since. I have used it to make stock, to make soup, to make marinara and meatballs and to bake bread! I love that the handle on the top is metal, so it’s completely oven proof. Cleaning it is a breeze, even if you manage to burn a little marinara on the outside of it. Honestly, you just can’t go wrong with this purchase." —Lori Horne

    Get it from Amazon for $41.49+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    15. 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 twenty-minute mashed potatoes.

    the Instant Pot, featuring a digital display
    Amazon

    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).

    16. A simple but genius magnetic knife stripe reviewers swear by for holding up their color-coded knife set, and even heavy-duty kitchen utensils for quick access.

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    Promising review: "I love this knife holder! Living in an RV full time we need every space-saving device we can get. This came promptly, was easy to attach, and holds knives, a spatula, tongs, peeler, and wine opener in sight and within easy reach. I recommend this product." —Rita D'Alvarez

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A microwave pasta cooker that'll have perfectly cooked pasta ready to be slathered in sauce and cheese in minutes.

    Fasta Pasta

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

    Promising review: "I'm lazy...so 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

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. 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
    Amazon

    This silicone mat can withstand temperatures from minus 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.

    19. A HomeChef meal kit service that'll deliver fresh ingredients and weekly recipes to your door, so you can get cooking minus the hectic trip to the grocery store. And for those who really want to simplify the home cooking routine, there's a "Ready in 15" section 👀.

    an unpacked HomeChef delivery box with fresh veggies
    HomeChef

    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.

    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." —HomeChef Customer

    Get HomeChef meals starting at $6.99/per serving.

    20. A pair of meat-shredding claws to shred through meat like butter, save you time, and put forks to shame.

    amazon.com

    These claws are BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and heat-resistant up to 475 degrees.

    Promising review: "These work wonderfully! I originally purchased them because I was cooking for a group of 100+ on a trip. We made about 40 pounds of shredded chicken thighs. Having made the same meal about a year prior, and spending a couple of hours shredding chicken with two kitchen forks, we knew there had to be an easier way! Using these shredding claws, we shredded 40 pounds of thighs in about 45 minutes. There were two of us and we kept swapping out because shredding still hurts your back/shoulders. But these claws are so sharp and useful that it took less than half the time! I've since used them to make shredded pork at home and they also work wonderfully for that!" —H. L. Kern

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    21. And a classic wind-up kitchen timer that'll help you keep track of time when you've got multiple dishes cooking and your brain is busy multitasking.

    the timer in blue showing the minute times ranging from five to fifty five
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Super cute and perfect timer! I love the retro look, the red and chrome metal which seems to be a heavy-duty and well-made piece. Works perfectly. Just be sure to read the instructions and turn it all the way around to the 55 and then back to the time you want, or it won't work right. Happy with this purchase!" —labbie1

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in two colors).

    This little hamster and I hope all your cooking endeavors are a big success!

    @cartoonnetwork / Via Giphy

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