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    35 Things That’ll Help You Cook One Of The Best Meals You’ve Ever Made

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    1. A microwavable pasta maker to make sure those little pieces never stick to the bottom of your pot, making cleanup that much easier.


    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years. Pasta has always been a simple, go-to dinner for me. Tending to the boiling pot of pasta was just part of the process. I’ve been getting 'tired' of cooking as I’ve aged. This simple little microwave pasta cooker has simplified cooking so much more than I could have imagined. Seems silly, but it’s kinda like a little miracle. No more toting a heavy pot to the stove. No more pouring pasta and boiling water into a colander. It’s simple, lightweight, and foolproof. You’ll never regret buying this." —Winkie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A sleek spice rack with *empty* bottles and labels so you can properly season the egg and hashbrown situation you've got cooking on the stove (*without* searching all the cabinets).


    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook and asked me if I could buy him some spices. I figured a spice rack would be convenient, but the ones already filled with spices are a waste, since we don't use most of them." —LuvLyGrl

    Get it from Amazon for $21.87.

    3. A rapid egg cooker that'll basically do all the poaching, scrambling, and hard-boiling for you so you can have some dope breakfast on the way to work.


    Basically, you place your eggs inside, set the timer, and watch them transform into hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs — or even poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets! It boils up to six eggs at a time.

    Promising review: "I love this little cooker. First, it makes hard boiled eggs that are delicious and not cracked and it's very easy. I know that making boiled eggs is not actually difficult but I cannot explain how much easier it is to just put the eggs in the little cooker and walk away with no worries at all. I LOVE the little omelet tray. I have now prepped eggs mixed with turkey and veggies in containers and just pour them into the omelet tray in the morning, plug in the cooker and walk away and get ready. 10 minutes later I have a delicious and healthy breakfast ready to go! I've struggled with finding quick and healthy breakfast ideas that work for me (and aren't oatmeal) and this really is the answer! Also — the cooker is much smaller than I was picturing, which is super convenient for storage." —Grace

    Get it from Amazon for $18.58+ (available in five colors).

    Check out more info on this Tasty chef–approved gadget here!

    4. A handy rice cooker so the main ingredient in your fried rice can be ready to go once you've sauteed the veggies and scrambled eggs together.


    Promising review: "This is a great little rice cooker for making small portions. My first batch of rice came out too wet and the steam vent overflowed so on my second batch I added less water than recommended and the rice came out perfect." —Ivan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes).

    5. A pack of reusable silicone baking cups to make some blueberry muffins you can smother with butter and cinnamon.


    You can throw these bad boys right into the dishwasher after use, which means you'll be saving all that coin in the long run!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about silicone baking molds for several years, but after a few of my friends had good experiences, I decided to try some out. I've used these ones for several different muffin recipes. The first time, I coated them in oil, and subsequent uses I skipped this step without seeing much if any difference — the molds peel cleanly from the baked goods, are quick and easy to wash, and stack nicely in the cupboard. I haven't seen any change in shape or discoloration. So happy — I won't be buying any more paper liners! Kids are happy, too. They love the bright colors." —MusicalMama

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    6. A 7-in-1 pressure cooker that'll take all the work out of making stews of art once some chilly fall weather starts to break into the horizon. It would also be good for cajun classics like jambalaya or a good ol' seafood gumbo.


    It steams, slow cooks, makes rice, sautes, and can even make yogurt and cake.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. This is really versatile and easy to use. It comes with a little rack and really streamlines dinner. Meats that benefit from slow cooking really shine in this thing. The time savings is pretty ridiculous. I did a three-pound pork shoulder for a pozole last night. 30 minutes cooking and 15 minutes of natural pressure release, and it was fantastically moist, and filled with all the flavors I'd stuck in the cooking liquid." —Jennifer Guerrero

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

    7. A rolling garlic chopper to save you time in prepping for the best ingredient in the world, ever. Sucks to be a vampire, they'll never re-taste the joy because you can never have too much garlic.


    Just roll it around to chop up the garlic. It saves time and fingers and..time.

    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE! This tool has changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it really has. I've spent years, at least 10, looking for an easier way to mince garlic. I hate chopping and mincing it, it's small and awkward to do and so time-consuming. This chopper is small and compact, fits perfectly in my drawer. It opens easily and fits one large clove or two smaller cloves in it at a time. You just roll this bad baby back and fourth until you are satisfied with the size of the garlic, open the top and dump into your recipe. I give it a little tap on the edge of the bowl and most of the garlic falls in. Whatever is left can usually just scraped out with a small dinner spoon." —Anna Lyses

    Get it from Amazon for $7.82.

    8. A steaming tray that'll be perfect for cooking your favorite salmon steak to perfection.


    Promising review: "I love this steamer. After working all day, I am usually looking for shortcuts to meal preparation, but I still want it to be healthy. I discovered this steamer from a dietitian at work. Her veggies always look and taste so good. I would definitely recommend setting the microwave for two minutes at a time and testing so that you get the texture that you want. For the green beans, the texture that I wanted was at four minutes. With more practice, I may not need to keep doing this. The steamer is very easy to clean. It is so much nicer to have fresh steamed veggies than frozen or canned ones." —rm

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    9. An adjustable measuring cup with two measurements (cups and ounces) so you can finally get the right amount of flour for some homemade pancakes.


    These are also super helpful when it comes to measuring out stickier substances as this reviewer mentions:

    Promising review: "Many power-bar recipes I make frequently call for nut butter or agave syrup, both sticky, gluey substances. Tired of messing up measuring cups and spatulas to get the sticky stuff in, and then back out, of the cups, I thought I'd give this a try. Wonderful! Yes, you need a spatula to get the nut butter or sticky stuff into the measuring cup, but then you turn the outside, and the material spirals into your mixing bowl. Easy to use, your hands stay clean. When you're done, you can soak it or toss it into the dishwasher and let the machinery do the dirty work. Well-designed and easy to use." —QuinnCreative

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two sizes).

    10. A quesadilla maker perfect for putting together the best chicken quesadillas with the right amount of chicken and cheese for a true mouth orgasm.


    It features a non-stick surface and can cook up to six wedges in about five minutes!

    Promising review: "I've made quesadillas by putting them on a cookie sheet and putting it in the oven. The sides would come out a bit burned and hard, but still good. This quesadilla maker makes it so much easier and they come out PERFECT every time! Why did I wait so long to get one?" —MelindaG

    Get it from Walmart for $19.99.

    11. A multipurpose food dicer with 10 interchangeable blades that'll make chopping, slicing, and grating easy — especially for those peppers and onions you'll wind up putting in your omelet.


    Promising review: "All I can say is where have you been all of my life?! I was able to dice three large red onions, four bell peppers, and a bag of peeled garlic in less than 10 minutes. This was such a time saver. Money well spent! If you love to cook, you’ve gotta get this in your kitchen." —lponcefb

    Get it from Amazon for $33.98.

    12. A rotating oven to heat and reheat your food evenly, especially the leftover pineapple pizza you made from scratch last night.


    Promising review: "This appliance should come standard in every dorm room. Not only is this one of the safest ways I could imagine doing dorm cooking, but it's also EXTREMELY versatile. I have made prosciutto wrapped cheese stuffed jalapenos, broiled steaks, fried eggs, baked cookies, and of course made frozen pizza on this wonderful machine, all using tinfoil to form what ever kind of pan or tray I needed. The default state of the machine is as a rotating cooling rack with a fan that cools the heating element as well as the food/tray. Overall it's idiot proof and versatile beyond expectation." —Cman

    Get it from Amazon for $42.47.

    13. A knife sharpener, because having dull knives will probably get in the way of chopping up some potatoes for your world-famous hashbrowns.


    Promising review: "This sharpener is AWESOME. I had an older Henckel knife that had been neglected and was in pretty rough shape, and this sharpener brought it back from the dead. It works great on serrated knives too. Excellent value, I am really glad I decided on this particular one, as I went back and forth on it several times. I highly recommend this for all your sharpening needs!" —Dave Becker

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    14. A highly rated spoonula to assist with making scrumptious stir fry without scratching your pans.


    Promising review: "Have you, like me, been looking unsuccessfully in kitchen supply stores for a silicone spatula that is not wimpy with an edge that collapses and lays flat under pressure? If so, this tool is for you. This spatula is exactly what I was looking for: silicone with a stiff edge that can scrape up the food to deglaze the skillet or pan; soft enough to cleanly scrape the corner of a mixing bowl of cake batter or frosting; sturdy handle without ridges or inserts that irritate the fingers when constantly stirring (e.g. making roux or risotto); does not pick up color or smell from food; and, has a spoon shape to maximize stirring, blending and folding. I cannot think of a single complaint about this tool. This spatula/spoon does everything so well, it deserves a five-star rating." —S. Parris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    15. An electric peeler because you LOVE to fry some papas fritas, but can't stand to stand above the garbage can to prepare for the tasty snack.


    Promising review: "I have had this product now for almost a year and can say I honestly love it and use it weekly. I have a toddler so I try to do everything and anything to cut down on prep time. I usually prep my foods the night before when he is in bed. However, when I peel potatoes at night they always turn brown within hours. Therefore, this product allows me to peel the potatoes quickly to add to my stew in the morning. Clean up is very easy as I just run the two pieces that hold the item in place underwater." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    16. A super cool microwave bacon cooker that'll efficiently cook your bacon within minutes, because there's nothing like a crispy slice with your waffles.

    This cooker keeps the bacon from cooking in its own grease, and only takes one minute to cook per slice.

    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 $11.99.

    17. A sushi kit so you can make those spicy tuna rolls the right way and save money on takeout.


    Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    18. A mini waffle maker that'll simply make those Belgian waffles you've fallen in love with over and over again.


    Promising review: "I dig this little waffle maker. I was spending a crazy amount on frozen waffles for my kids, but with this I can make a bunch and freeze them. My kids are loving all the flavors I make now." —Danyen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in eight colors).

    19. A cast-iron skillet so all of your porterhouse steaks will have that buttery, crispy outside that you love oh so much.


    Get it exclusively from BuzzFeed's Goodful line at Macy's for $14.93 (originally $42.99).

    Check out this cast-iron skillet pancake recipe for inspiration!

    20. A non-stick frying pan that'll make a perfect stir fry without breaking a sweat.


    Get it exclusively from BuzzFeed's Goodful line at Macy's for $9.93 (originally $28.99).

    21. A stuffed pancake pan to create that recipe you spotted on Pinterest. Make sure you have a glass of OJ to go with it.


    Promising review: "It works great! I seasoned it as I do to my cast-iron skillets. I also use butter in each hole, which means no sticking. I like to make the vanilla batter and serve with a drizzle of melted butter and a strawberry sauce." —bookreader

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in three colors).

    22. A mini waffle stick maker, because you love having a bit of sweet goodness.


    It makes four sticks with its non-stick baking plates, so just pour your batter in, wait a couple of minutes, and voila!

    Promising review: "I had never used a waffle maker at home before, just those big bulky hotel ones, and wanted something small and easy to use. This is perfect. It fits right in the cupboard when not in use. It's perfect for making quick waffles for my two toddlers, who also like the on-the-go aspect of the stick waffles." —ShoppingCritic

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

    23. A non-stick smiley face pancake pan so you can have a dash of happiness in every bite.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this pan. I'm able to make perfect small fluffy pancakes which are fun for everyone. I always leave one vacant so I can flip a pancake into another face instead of struggling to have the same face on both sides." —Coastie30

    Get it from Amazon for $23.46.

    24. An apple slicer to effortlessly make your simple but perfect breakfast snack that'll be a nice and easy way to start your morning.


    Promising review: "This works exactly as advertised! One of the best purchases I have made! It cuts and cores easily with minimal difficulty! I love this product and have ordered more as gifts for friends! My eight-year-old grandson has used it with supervision." —Andromeda

    Get it from Amazon for $8.14.

    25. A handy crepe maker, because let's be real: sometimes you're just feeling something light, sweet, and airy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you sure as hell couldn't make one with just your frying pan.


    Includes a wooden batter spreader and spatula!

    Promising review: "Perfect! Easy to use, cleans up great, and the temperature gets hot enough to actually make beautiful crepes. The tool took a bit of practice but it's a great item." —Di in OH

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    26. A mini donut maker that'll cook some mouth-watering additions to your morning coffee. You can even dunk it into your coffee like those cops you see in the movies.


    Promising review: "Very simple to use. Works just like a waffle iron. The little donuts come out so tiny and cute, and yummy too!" —cw

    Get it from Amazon for $13.38.

    27. A set of colorful poaching cups so you can finally master the true art of a runny egg for your ramen.


    Promising review: "These things are fantastic. I am a total klutz in the kitchen. A complete non-cook. And yet two poached eggs came out perfectly the first time I used these little beauties." —Leland C. Sheppard

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.97.

    28. A hot dog maker that'll give you those perfectly toasted buns and franks every single time. It's not Nathan's, but it's pretty close.


    Promising review: "I am quite endeared to this little hot dog maker. So much better than just throwing hot dogs in the microwave." —Tootie

    Get it from Amazon for $26.79 (available in two colors).

    29. A breakfast sandwich maker with five different compartments that'll transform your sandwich game to the next level, all while not even knowing how to ACTUALLY cook!


    Has compartments for bread, eggs, meat, and the top layer of your sandwich so you can make the best bacon, egg, and cheese of all time!

    Promising review: "This is an amazing kitchen gadget that simply works every time. The first one went to college with my son. He used to eat frozen breakfast sandwiches, which were none too healthy. He loves this and uses it regularly for a healthier breakfast. The beauty of this device for a college student is it comes apart easily and simply wipes clean." —K Booth

    Get it from Amazon for $23.57.

    30. A handy blender with a removable to-go cup so you can make a yummy smoothie with the fruit and ice of your choice. Everyone needs their fruit intake, even if you don't have time to sit down and enjoy!


    Promising review: "All the people complaining about this blender breaking, overheating, or not being for everyday use are using it wrong. I bought one of these in 2013, use it five times a week, and it still works great." —Micheal Bryant

    Get it from Amazon for $16.69 (available in two colors).

    31. An aluminum, non-stick frying pan with four compartments to properly (and simply!) cook your eggs and sausage patties at the same damn time.


    Promising review: "I bought this about six months ago and I fry two eggs and two Canadian bacon slices most weekday mornings. It still works great. Non-stick. I also use them to make sausage patties. They're the perfect size to fit on an English muffin. Easy to clean. Perfect. Just what I wanted." —James A. Evarts

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    32. A three-piece pasta roller and cutter KitchenAid attachment so you can finally get to making the best linguine of your life.


    Comes with a pasta roller and spaghetti and fettucini cutter. And if you don't have a KitchenAid yet, you can get one from Amazon for $279.99.

    Promising review: "I have been coveting this for a while now, and it was totally worth waiting for. As expected from KitchenAid, these attachments feel hefty and durable, definitely quality made. Super easy to get this set up on my KitchenAid stand mixer. It rolls out the pasta dough so quickly, and cuts it super cleanly. I don't even need an extra set of hands to help crank everything out, I can handle it by myself! This is the first set of attachments I have gotten for my KitchenAid, and I can't wait to try out their others if they're all this awesome. Can't recommend enough!" —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95.

    33. An adorable egg separator that'll do all the dirty work for you, so you can bake in peace, because let's be real — it's totally time-consuming.


    Promising review: "I love this idea. It's fast, simple, and easy to use. Also easy to clean as well. I have no trouble using it with large eggs." —meissler

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three animals).

    34. A microwave omelet maker to ensure that you'll actually create the most perfectly shaped batch of eggs in existence without it ever being on the actual stove. And the best part? It's all for you!


    Promising review: "This brings omelets to my weekday breakfast. I've been trying to eat a low-carb diet, and the idea of eggs for breakfast appeals to me. But, I am *so* NOT a morning person; and getting up early to stir a low-n-slow scramble just does not work for me. I've tried microwaving eggs in custard cups but they always turned out either soupy and underdone or firm but dry and rubbery. But this makes them Just Right, every time, in two minutes flat. That's less time than it takes me to brew my coffee. Two or three eggs, some herbs, a few chopped veggies, and perhaps a sprinkle of cheese makes for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast." —Vanilla Chameleon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.56.

    35. An ice cream sandwich maker can make some bomb desserts for the dinner party you have planned.


    The mold requires ice cream and homemade brownies. You should probably freeze the brownie sheet and let the ice cream sit out for a bit to make it softer.

    Promising review: "This is awesome! We have already used this so many times to make somewhat healthier alternatives to ice cream sandwiches. It's really easy to use, really easy to clean, and really fun for the kids." —Lillian Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    Here's to eating tasty stuff all the time!

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    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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