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    40 "Boring" Kitchen Products That'll Make Cooking A Heck Of A Lot Easier

    Cooking can seem difficult and daunting, but you'd butter believe these tools will make it easier.

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    1. An air fryer that will basically become your BFF in the kitchen. You can "fry" up some wings, fries, and bacon, all without having to deal with oil splattering from a frying pan.

    2. A handheld garlic press so you can finally stop trying to mince your fresh garlic with a knife. With a simple back and forth motion, you'll have perfectly minced garlic in half the time.

    reviewer photo of the rolling handheld garlic press with minced garlic in it

    3. A breakfast sandwich maker for when you want a delicious hangover breakfast without having to leave the house, but the thought of cooking it yourself is just way too much to handle.

    4. An automatic pan stirrer with a timer because, honestly, is there anything worse than sitting in front of the stove, stirring? Like, hello, Twilight is on Netflix again. I have things to do.

    the automatic stirrer in a pan

    5. A rolling pin to add a bit of ✨ magic ✨ to your cooking nights while also hiding any cracks or mistakes you did during prep time. Now I'm just picturing the cutest sugar cookies.

    Reviewer photo of dough with the Disney castle embossed on it

    6. A KitchenAid food chopper so you can finally make that recipe you've had saved in your bookmarks, but didn't feel brave enough to tackle yet.

    7. A Kochblume spill stopper that works great for those boiling pots that tend to overflow *right* when you're not paying attention. No more sprinting into the kitchen to turn the heat down in a panic for you! This is progress.

    The spill stopper in red on top of a pot on a stove with water boiling inside, illustrating that it will not boil over

    8. A compact eight-in-one spiralizer to grate, juice, spiralize, and shred all your ingredients for your *insert Tasty recipe*. You just learned what mise en place is and now it seems way less daunting.

    9. A cookie scoop that, sure, you can use to make cookies, but get ready for this: meatballs. Gone will be the days where you have to stick your fingers into a bowl of raw ground meat. You're welcome.

    a reviewer photo of cookie dough balls neatly arranged and the same size behind the cookie scoop

    10. A splurge-worthy chef's knife because cooking can be hard, but having a knife that isn't *cut* out for the job will only make it worse.

    The knife

    11. And a handheld knife sharpener so you can actually give yourself (and your knife) a fighting chance against the daunting monster that is cooking, since chopping with a sharp knife will make it exceptionally easier (and safer!).

    A reviewer photo of a knife next to sliced green peppers and the knife sharpener

    12. A Magic Bullet blender you can obviously use to make your morning smoothie, but you can *also* make salsa, spreads, and all the dips your stomach could crave. Homemade guacamole, anyone?

    13. A *egg-cellent* rapid egg cooker because is there anything more annoying than trying to boil eggs and get them exactly the way you want?

    14. A splurge-worthy KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer because one of the worst parts of cooking for you is the mixing of ingredients (hello, lumpy batter) and this bad boy will make it smooth *and* clumpless!

    A white KitchenAid mixer

    15. An herb stripper so you can get all the important pieces of your favorite herbs into your dish without accidentally keeping one too many bitter stems. I personally hate chopping herbs, so this is *chef's kiss* perfect.

    The herb strippers in various colors

    16. A Cuisinart Griddler because the stove can definitely be intimidating, but this lil grill wants to be your friend. Basically, you'll be cooking everything on it. I don't make the rules.

    17. A mandoline with 30 different cut options so you can make your signature dish in all kinds of shapes. The signature dish being potato chips.

    18. A splurge-worthy Always Pan because the hype is real, ya'll. This beauty replaces eight (!!!) kitchen gadgets, weighs only 3 pounds, comes with a steamer basket and spatula nester, and is nonstick. No, really. It's actually nonstick!

    19. A nine-speed stainless-steel hand mixer made for mixing, blending, pureeing, whisking, and grinding away to finally make your soups actually pureed. See: last year's pea soup.

    Reviewer photo of a person holding the hand blender into a pot of soup

    20. A spaghetti measure so you don't have to try and figure out how much an *actual* serving size is for your pasta dinner. Honestly, I'll probably still cook the whole box because I don't understand spaghetti.

    A person holding pasta inside the spaghetti measure

    21. A rice cooker that is essentially the holy grail of rice cookers. Gone will be the days of you trying to figure out how to make rice on the stove when you'll be making perfect rice *every time*.

    Reviewer photo of the rice cooker with rice inside

    22. A seven-blade spiralizer because you've failed at making regular pasta multiple times, and it's probably time to switch to something you can't possibly mess up: zoodles!

    A customer review photo of them using the spiralizer on zucchini

    23. A nonstick microwave pasta cooker because who needs to boil water on the stove to attempt to make al dente pasta when you can literally just use the microwave. Plus, this is great if you just don't have a stove!

    24. A three-in-one hot pot and grill plate for when you either don't have a stove or just find it too scary, but still really want to brush up on your cooking skills.

    reviewer photo of the hot pot on their table

    25. An apple divider to make the daunting task of slicing up an apple for a snack just way easier. One quick push down and you have 16 perfect slices to dip into your peanut butter.

    Reviewer photo of a Granny Smith apple sliced by the apple divider

    26. A handy measurement conversion magnet so you don't need to constantly ask your Alexa every five minutes to convert them for you.

    the blue magnet with dry, liquid, and herb measurement conversions on a fridge

    27. A compact manual food chopper that works great for this veggies that can be a bit fragrant, like onion and garlic. This can keep your fingers safe from manually chopping these veggies, which was never a good idea for your clumsy self.

    28. A no-fuss Crock-Pot so you can dump a bunch of ingredients inside and then basically let it cook itself. You can start it in the morning before work and by the time you come home, dinner is served! I would die for my Crock-Pot.

    Reviewer photo of a crockpot full of vegetables

    29. An adjustable measuring spoon that will not only save up space in your kitchen drawer, but it'll be easier to figure out exactly the measurements you need with one tool. *Flashback to the time you added one tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon because you grabbed the wrong one.*

    The measuring spoon with herbs on it

    30. A digital food thermometer because one of the biggest anxieties as a newbie cook is worrying if the food is cooked properly. This thermometer will ensure you won't get you or your family sick from your dinner. Whether it actually tastes good is a different story...

    Reviewer photo holding a thermometer into a piece of meat

    31. A julienne peeler to easily create razor thin slivers of your favorite fruits and veggies. This also works great if you hate carrots (me) but know that they're good for you.

    Reviewer photo of julienned carrots with a peeler on top of them

    32. A pair of shredding claws so you can easily rip through rotisserie chicken while pretending you're vicious bear shredding your dinner. Such a vibe.

    33. A batter dispenser so you can stop using a spoon to scoop (causing an enormous mess) and make the perfect Sunday banana pancakes (or waffles!) with the utmost ~ease~.

    reviewer photo of the batter dispenser next to perfectly round pancakes

    34. The Instant Pot, a programmable slow cooker with over 135,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because this bad boy will make your weeknight dinner for you and you won't even have to stand in the kitchen. AKA my type of cooking.

    reviewer photo of two Instant Pots in two sizes sitting on their counter

    35. A collapsible sink colander so you can wash your veggies and fruits comfortably over the sink and easily put the strainer away, saving space in your cabinets!

    Reviewer photo of the strainer over a sink with a few vegetables in it

    36. A battery-operated salt and pepper grinder set that'll have you feeling like you just stepped foot into a fancy 5-star restaurant *and* minimize the elbow grease required for your old grinders. At least you know the chef isn't a rat.

    37. A meal prep station so you can feel like you're finally embracing your inner Julia Child with the most perfect mise en place in all the neighborhood. Bon appétit!

    Reviewer photo of the white meal prep station with various vegetables in each compartment

    38. A nifty butter dish and grip set to make greasing your pans or baking sheets the easiest task in your cooking process.

    39. A clip-on strainer because who wants to dirty a huge colander and do that weird in-between pots juggle when you can keep all the food in the same pot, saving you time *and* energy.

    Reviewer photo of the green strainer attached to a pot full of water and pasta

    40. And finally, a food scale because it can be *really* confusing when you find a recipe with oddly specific amounts and weights. The last thing we need is too much salt and not enough garlic in our pasta dish.

    The food scale on top of a cutting board

    You, feeling like a Top Chef with all of these products: