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    36 Useful Products For Anyone Who's Learning To Cook

    "Anyone can cook," —Ratatouille, and you convincing yourself you CAN do this.

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    1. A 7-in-1 multi-use pressure cooker that'll save you counter space because it functions as a steamer, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, food warmer and can sauté.,

    This all-inclusive item has 29,300 positive reviews on Amazon — which is pretty freakin' incredible.

    Promising review: "Perfect addition to the Instant Pot family. This little pot does the same incredible job as its bigger brother and sisters. Great for making the side dishes or smaller main dishes. If you haven't gotten on board the Instant Pot train, do not hesitate! This mini pot even makes yogurt. The benefits to pressure cooking are numerous, using the Instant Pot makes it incredibly easy. Can you tell I'm completely smitten with this little appliance?! It proudly sits on my counter and is used nearly every single day." —Prairie Princess

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95+ (available in three, six, and eight quarts).

    2. A KitchenAid hand mixer to kickstart your "adult" kitchen appliance collection., Amazon

    Promising review: "My old hand mixer never really had a slow speed, and after putting up with it for years, I decided to change. After reading the reviews, I decided to get the KitchenAid. The first time I used it, I loved it. I love the new beaters, and it creams on low just great. I have it set up with the beaters in it, so I can grab it when I need it. I don't know why I waited so long to change my mixer. This makes my baking so much easier, and enjoyable, without batter whipping out of the bowl with my old mixer." —Florence Nightengale

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99+ (available in seven colors).

    3. An 11-piece set of non-stick pots and pans you'll definitely need if you plan to cook yourself dinner every night.


    Promising review: "These pots and pans are very easy to keep clean because they are ceramic coated — you simply wipe clean with paper towel. I chose them because they could also be used for induction cooking because of the bottoms. I got in red as that is my favorite color. I've used them everyday and will get rid of all my old cookware. I would purchase again." —TRex

    Get an 11-piece set from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $79 (available in four colors).

    4. A spiralizer so you can turn every vegetable into a noodle.


    This spiralizer has 9.8K positive reviews on Amazon, so you know it's the real deal.

    Promising review: "Wow this thing works great! When I first got the box I was nervous because it was so light! I knew the majority of this spiralizer was plastic but was still surprised how light if felt. My girlfriend was also skeptical. We put a zucchini in the machine and the rest was history. Whatever weight this thing lacks it makes up for in how well it works. It blew through zucchini, carrots, potatoes and sweet potatoes. We use it to cut thin slices of potatoes so we can bake chips. It also will spiral a whole zucchini into like 10 foot strands of 'pasta.' Very impressed and it just takes a quick rinse under the sink to bring it back to new condition. For the price, buy one! I'm thinking about gifting a few to my family who love to cook." —Tcollins

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    5. An electric kettle because even if you don't know how to make a creme brûlée you'll be able to boast about your tea-making skills.

    Promising review: "After seeing one at my friend’s house, I bought the same one. It’s perfect, especially in those harsh winter months. It came in a nice package with instructions. It’s very easy to use. Water boils very quickly. No more boiling water on the stove anymore. I like how it’s stainless steel and easy to clean. I would definitely recommend this to all tea lovers!" —Emily Y

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    6. A rapid egg cooker you can use to take the guesswork out of whipping up flawless eggs and focus on more important elements of breakfast: avocado toast.


    Promising review: "The color alone makes me so incredibly happy! This little thing is pretty awesome... poke a hole in some eggs, pour water in the basin, set it and forget it. There is a handy tray in case you want an itty bitty omelet or if you want a poached egg, it can poach two at a time – which is great, because who has time to boil water, put in some vinegar, and stir a damn egg into it in the morning hoping and praying it won't break? Not me, that is for sure." —TheOneEyedCat

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    7. An electric knife that'll have any chef slicing through, well, anything in record timing.


    Promising review: "My wife purchased the Hamilton Beach 74250 Electric carving knife before Thanksgiving this year. It is our first electric knife, so my excitement level was pretty high. I was right to be excited. This knife made quick work of our 19 lb turkey. The knife is powerful and very sharp. It was so much easier to use than our non-electric carving knife. My carving war of attrition became a one-sided massacre. It's even neater since you don't need to put so much muscle into securing the turkey while you cut.

    I am an electric carving knife noob, but my experience with the Hamilton Beach knife was trouble free. Handling the knife was very easy. Also, the removable blades and plastic body were easy to clean." —G. Ward

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. Pink oven mitts to go pawfectly with your already gorgeous kitchen decor and protect your precious fingertips.


    Promising review: "I purchased these because I fell in love with the color. They are nice and thick, work perfectly. They are holding up in the washer and dryer also." —Loretta Linville

    Get them from Amazon for $15.78+ (available in seven styles).

    9. Colored-coded knives any new chef would love because they'll help keep things organized when preparing a big dinner.

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    Promising review: "The look, the colors, and man, the blades! Be careful and do not allow children to use these knives on any level. They are like razors, but excellent in the kitchen. The colors are great for glancing and finding exactly the knife you need for a specific job. They clean easily and seem to be keeping their edges. Depending on the occasion, they can make a useful gift for any aspiring Top Chef." —Darsen

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $21.99.

    10. Or a set of non-stick cooking utensils you can keep on deck to replace the spatula you'll inevitably melt while making pancakes.


    Promising review: "Firm, smooth, and strong handles that feel great on your hands! You can't tell that the beechwood is a much higher quality than other types of handles. The silicone provides me with soft control over my cooking, being able to reach areas I could not with other stiff products." —Amazing Customer!

    Get a set of nine from Amazon for $28.89 (available in two styles).

    11. Multi-colored mixing bowls, a must-have for any baker in need of some culinary inspiration.


    Promising review: "Great set of mixing bowls and a fit for any type of kitchen. The quality of these bowls is quite good and met my expectations. They come with five different sizes and each bowl also comes with different color lids. I can use these for storage as well. I also found them very easy to clean. Great product and worth the price." —Tommy jordan

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $28.99 (available in five styles).

    12. Or stackable glass prep bowls, in case you'd rather have a more minimal aesthetic in your kitchen.


    Get an six-piece set from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $18.99.

    13. Gorgeous measuring cups you'll find yourself reaching for time after time to assure you don't mess up your flour to water ratios...again.


    Promising review: "I love these measuring cups. They look adorable and are sturdy and well made. I like the fact that the largest one is 1 1/2 cups. The others are 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup. Vey pleased with the pretty pastel colors." —Catherine Florida

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $15.49+ (available in two styles).

    14. A pasta machine with detailed instructions so you can FINALLY win your in-laws over with a homemade meal., Amazon

    Promising review: "Very nice pasta maker for beginners. It is really easy to set it up and operate. This is my first pasta maker. Before buying it, I had concerns about using it because I’m not good at cooking. But I totally changed my mind after the first time using. It was designed for beginners! And it was super easy to clean. I love it so much and the price is very nice. I will recommend to everyone." —Karen L

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available three styles).

    15. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer, excellent for any aspiring chef who tends to get a little absent-minded while following a recipe.


    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    16. An easy-to-use rice cooker that'll assure you have flawlessly cooked grains with every meal., Amazon

    I have this exact rice cooker and I could not be happier with it. My husband insisted we buy it to make our lives a little easier when trying to make meals during the week. It does all the work for you so you can prep the rest of your meal while your rice cooks — it's fantastic.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.92+ (available in two colors).

    17. An immersion blender so you'll never have to stress out over lumpy mashed potatoes or too-chunky sauces.


    Promising review: "I love this thing so much. Where have you been all my life? I make soups a lot and this baby purees right in the cooking pot so you don't have to (scoop some soup into a blender, vent the lid so it won't explode, pour it back in the pot, repeat, repeat) do all that boring messy s**t. No mess. Did you hear me? No Mess! Just detach the blade part, rinse it off and put it away. I hope you get my overall drift. I hate washing All Those Parts when I use a blender, so if you do too, invest in one of these and you too will be canning 400 lbs of marinara sauce with, you got it, no mess." —Shelley Cataldo

    Get it from Amazon for $88.

    18. A Cuisinart Griddler to practice making mouthwatering burgers even if you don't own an actual grill., Amazon

    This lil' grill has 9.5K positive reviews on Amazon — can you believe?!

    Promising review: "I really like the Cuisinart Grill. It is just the right size and cooks both sides of the food item evenly and at the same time. The grill plates have two sides, one for grilling steaks or panini sandwiches and the other side for grilling pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. It is easy to set the the temperature to handle different items. The grill plates are non-stick and are easily removed for easy cleaning. It also has a removable try that collects grease and runoff from whatever you are grilling. Very easy to remove and clean. Also, the grill has a floating top grill that automatically adjusts for the thickness of your food item. I am very happy with my purchase, I use this grill several times week." —JW

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in four styles).

    19. A two-piece strainer set you'll love if you're constantly losing precious pieces of pasta to your sink.


    Promising review: "I like the color. The build seems to be good heavy weight plastic. The colander has feet so it can be used alone in the sink. The no slip feet on the bowl are stable and well designed. This is a large bowl that should be great for your straining needs." —lyufyflyfyrdt,

    Get an two-piece set from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $6.97 (available in two styles).

    20. An avocado slicer and pitter so you can quickly prep guac or add slices of avocado to your salad faster than you can say "Holy guacamole!"


    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" —NPR MAN

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A set of silicone baking mats to save you tons of dollars in parchment paper purchases and time spent cleaning pans.


    Promising review: "These baking mats are the best investments you can make for your baking needs! I've always used parchment paper and I recently got into cookie decorating so I'm always baking every day (sometimes twice a day) and these mats have been lifesavers. They are so easy to use, easy to wash and easy to store. The fact that there are three mats in the set is even better. No more waiting for your cookies to cool before transferring them to a cooling rack just so you can reuse the baking mat for the next batch that's waiting to go in." —A Consumer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A mini food processor that'll make grinding up veggies a cinch and purée a sauce in a sec.


    Promising review: "What a great little chopper! I am very impressed by its performance, ease of use, and quick cleanup (the bowl and blade are dishwasher-safe). The price was fair. The bowl has the perfect capacity when I'm prepping meals for my husband and myself. What a time saver! Also, the bowl and blade take up very little space in our dishwasher. I only wish it came with a mini-whisk attachment. This little wonder also has a very small counter top 'foot print,' which is perfect for us as we have a very small kitchen." —Y Symons

    Get it from Amazon for $36.89.

    23. An apple corer to assist you in flawlessly dividing your fruit into eight pieces without utilizing ANY knife skills if you're hesitant.


    Promising review: "Right after the first apple we cut, there was a chorus of 'mind blown!' It's truly amazing to see an apple perfectly sliced AND cored in less than two seconds. For that alone, it gets five stars." —80 percent Cocoa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96+ (available as an eight or sixteen slicer).

    24. A handheld grater with a soft handle so you can create beautiful mountains of shredded cheese without losing your grip.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $4.97 (available in four colors).

    25. An air fryer that is all the rage right now, perfect for a lazy chef who wants to cook oil-less meals faster.


    Promising review: "We have made a ton of great sides and main course dishes with the awesome air fryer. My biggest suggestion is to always use fresh food. If it had already been cooked and frozen, use about half the suggest time. We love making our own fries at home and don’t feel so guilty anymore!! Def would suggest this for any home or as a gift!" —Scott brown

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four colors).

    26. A 42-piece set of storage containers that'll guarantee you'll have more than enough ways to save the leftovers of the fantastic meals you'll be making., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these containers. The selection is perfect. I am trying to eat healthier and stop watching TV at lunch time. I've started using these containers to pack a picnic style healthy lunch and eat out on the sun porch or on the patio each day. These containers make it easy to transport the food without spilling it when going up and down steps with a dog under my feet. These containers are also great for food storage. They are well made and should last a long time. I am pleased with the purchase!" —Tuxedo Cat

    Get a set of 42 from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in a set of 60 and with or without vented lids).

    27. Or a Crock-Pot, which will literally do all the cooking for you. You're welcome.


    Promising review: "I love this Crock-Pot! I own one and bought this for my daughter. Great size, the timer is such a plus, just set the time and once it's done, it goes to warm automatically. No need to worry if you're late getting home. I also love the locks on the top! You can take it in the car and not worry about spills, the top stays on and you carry it using the handles on the side. It's easy to clean because you take the pot out when you're done, wash it then put it back to store it. So many reasons to love this Crock-Pot!" —Fitz

    Get it from Amazon for $44.77+ (available in two colors).

    28. A springform pan, in case you've been patiently waiting for the day you can confidently add "cheesecake chef" to your resumé.


    Promising review: "This was a gift for my mother, who is a baker par excellence and had been using an aluminum springform for 40+ years. It finally had begun to leak a bit after being knocked around for so long. Needed to replace it, and the replacement needed to be excellent. Tried this one after reading the reviews but held off on my own review 'til Mom made a cheesecake. She pronounced the pan perfect. And if she says it's perfect — it's perfect." —Merganser

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in seven or nine inches and in two colors).

    29. A cookie dough scoop that'll be life-changing for any wanna-be chef who is forever working on creating the perfect cookie recipe.


    Promising review: "Love my new cookie making scoop! It’s easy to use and really speeds up the time it takes to put the dough on the cookie sheet. Also the cookies come out the same size. Almost impossible to find in a regular grocery store! I finally realized Amazon probably sold one. Yay!" —Susan1

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in small and medium sizes).

    30. And a cooling rack so your delectable delights have a place to properly rest before you and your friends devour them.


    Promising review: "Love this set of cooling racks! I don't have a lot of counter space, so it's nice that they stack." —cgrace

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $8.87.

    31. A 4-in-1 chopper that can slice, dice, and chop with just one motion so you don't have to perfect those knife skills...just yet.


    Promising review: "This is a great product. It has many different attachments, I haven't tried them all yet, but love the ones I've tried. It makes chopping onions easy, fast, and painless. And all the pieces are the same size. The mandolin slicer is great for getting uniform slices. It really saves a lot of time. Clean up is easy and fast too. Love it." —Super Stew

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    32. A KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-quart stand mixer, because it'll prove you're a "real" chef and add a pop of color to your counter.


    Promising review: " love, love, love, love my mixer! My husband bought this for me for Christmas last year, and this is the best gift I've ever received. I've bought several of the attachments such as the ice cream maker (fabulous easy homemade ice cream), the spiralizer, and the food processor attachment (love it!). I leave this little beauty out on my counter because it's such a pretty thing to look at, not to mention that it's ready to use as soon as I need it. When I get a sudden urge to make brownies or bake a loaf of bread for dinner, it's so easy to just grab my ingredients and whatever attachment, bowl, or beater that I need, and whip something up. Cleaning up is easy with the stainless bowls too." —Clipper56

    Get it from Amazon for $291.42+ (available in 54 colors).

    33. Non-stick bakeware, excellent for making muffins, loaf cakes, cookies, and more without fear you'll spend the rest of the day scrubbing and chipping off burnt bits.


    Promising review: "This is a great beginner bake set. Each piece is a crucial addition to a starter kitchen. I love the tiny pops of color, and each piece that comes in this set is absolutely necessary and super versatile. It gives you the capability to bake vegetables, meats, cakes, cupcakes, breads, muffins, banana nut breads and everything in between. They work great, they're durable, and they're a cute set." —Amy

    Get a six-piece set from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection for Walmart for $29.99.

    34. A pizza oven even a beginner could use and will let you live out your dreams of whipping up the perfect pie without having to leave your home or pick up a phone.,

    Promising review: "Don't think about it, buy it. The name may make you think pizza but this heats up anything. Chicken strips, jalapeño poppers, taquitos, mini burgers from Chili's, sausage, egg and cheese biscuits that you forgot you had but luckily found one morning after a week of not going to the grocery store and basically sustaining yourself on ice cream and ramen. This thing cooks pizza better than the oven. No joke." —Batfanatic

    Get it from Amazon for $49.90.

    35. A book that'll act as a guide for you when you decide you're bored of ordering Seamless every night and want to give this cooking thing a shot.


    Promising review: "I bought How to Cook Everything after I started living alone for the first time and realized that my cooking skills were pretty much limited to pasta with store-bought sauce and salads with store-bought dressings. I'm not a super-skilled chef yet, but this book has helped me pick up some basic cooking techniques, and get more comfortable in the kitchen.

    The recipes are great. There are a lot of the fairly simple yet delicious recipes that I think are necessary to learn before you move on to fancier stuff. Be sure to read the side notes on the right side of the page, even if a particular recipe doesn't appeal to you. The author gives lots of ideas for switching up the recipe to make it totally different. " —It's only me

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29.

    36. And an electric wine bottle opener, perfect for when that new recipe you worked on all day ends up tasting like garbage.


    Promising review: "At first I thought mine was broken but I was doing it wrong!

    1. Cut the wrapper with the cutter that it comes with (little loop hooked onto the back of the charger stand).

    2. PUSH DOWN ON THE WINE OPENER WITH PRESSURE while pressing the down arrow button as you hold the bottle as well.

    3. Once the wine opener feels a little loose, that means the cork is out.

    4. Remove the wine opener to reveal the open bottle.

    5. Press the upward arrow to release to cork.

    CHEERS!" —Yordana.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.29.

    You're all set! Can you give me a call when you start whippin' up some delicious treats?

    The Walt Disney Company

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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