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    48 Kitchen Essentials I Don't Understand How You've Lived Without

    Goodies for those who are both great at cooking and/or inherently good at burning everything.

    1. A 2-in-1 chop 'n' stir tool ideal for thoroughly cooking ground meat for pies and easily mashing potatoes for — let's face it — the best side dish to ever exist. Since it only takes one hand to press and twist, you can use the other one to scroll for ~inventive~ recipes.

    the tool with four horizontal blades mixing up ground meat in a pan

    2. A plastic cutting board you can dice and slice on like a pro. The bonus? This nifty thing folds into a funnel so you can just *arm gesture* schoop up all those veggies and plop 'em in the pot in one fluid motion.

    3. A handheld garlic press, because no one has the time to stand around chopping a bunch of cloves when there's multiple mouths to feed. Simply press and roll for a quick and easy way to add more of the one ingredient recipes always seem to skimp on...

    the rolling handheld garlic press

    4. A perfectly sized Frywall that'll shield you *and* your stove top from hot splatters of oil to make clean up duty a lot less groanworthy.

    cooktop with a pan with the cone-shaped frywall creating a larger guard to catch oil from it

    5. Rubbermaid food-saver containers dubbed the miracle for keeping produce as fresh as the day you bought it. With its snazzy FreshVent technology, it regulates the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide so much better than if your lettuce and berries were kept in their original containers.

    Shriveling strawberry versus fresh, plump strawberry

    6. A happy set of heat-safe silicone utensils that won't scratch up your pots and pans as you make the rue for your ~fancy~ homemade mac. And thanks to their soft material, they minimize cooking noise which means you won't wake up your housemate the next time you bang the side of the pot to remove excess food.

    7. A two-stage sharpener to save your blunt, sad-looking kitchen knives from the grave and make them look and feel as good as new.

    8. USA Pan sheet pans famous for their sturdiness in high high temps and magical nonstick abilities, that are complete with easy-to-clean powers. I mean...that coating is truly astounding — just take a look at the below:

    9. And some "cheat sheet" pan dividers drawing acclaim for making one-pan meals *gah* even easier. These'll streamline your trays and allow you to prepare separate ingredients based on their cook time — without losing nutritional value. *Plus* reviewers are noting that these are perfect to avoid cross contamination in households with food allergies.

    the four pan dividers with vegetables and salmon and carbs being cooked separately

    10. An Escali Primo kitchen scale for the baking aficionados *and* novices — or just a generally curious foodie — this lil' thing is easy to use, affordable, and ridiculously precise every time.

    11. A Misen chef's knife — not just for the cooking elite — this right here is the mid-tier chopper *everyone* should have in their arsenal to elevate prep work. It's not uncommon for folks to spend $200+ on a quality knife, and since this one comes in at $75 it's time you swapped your less-than-ideal one for this investment.

    12. A cutlery brush so nifty, it cleans both sides of sharp utensils at the same time *and* it ensures you can scrub safely (hello, secure hand grip) without nicking yourself.

    Hands using the green brush to clean a knife

    13. A scrap trap to make post-meal cleaning a thing of the past. Trash those skins and crumbs *as* you chop, so the only heavy lifting left to do is picking up the remote to switch on your Housewives marathon.

    reviewer photo showing scrap trap attached to their lower cabinets filled with apple peels and cores

    14. A Lodge pre-seasoned cast-iron skillet that looks like it would cost you several paychecks, but it's so affordable it hurts. Perfect for searing steak, browning veggies, switching dishes from the stove to the oven, and (of course) making a giant skillet cookie.

    the black skillet with salmon asparagus

    15. And a silicone hot handle holder made for your new skillet to save you from singeing your precious hands as you go to flip your crispy, golden potatoes.

    the author using the red handle holder on a cast-iron pan with french fries in it

    16. Easy-to-clean Keurig pod coffee filters so you can spend your usual caffeine allowance on something more environmentally-friendly. These puppies are reusable, refillable, and the best part? You can enjoy your *own* favorite roasts that might not be available in K-Cups.

    A reviewer's photo of four purple K-cups in front of a Keurig

    17. A small-but-mighty food processor with over 2,000 reviews boasting of its ability to chop vegetables and more than you could possibly imagine, all in a matter of seconds. Also fantastic? The fact that it takes up just a smidge of real estate on countertops.

    18. A set of shelf bins that'll transform your chaotic mess of groceries into a fridge worthy of making an appearance on MTV's Cribs. Plus, you'll actually be able to see what ingredients you're stocked up on, so you don't waste your paycheck on piling in doubles of the things you've already bought.

    Reviewer photo showing the inside of a fridge organized using the bins

    19. And some fridge organization labels to take your organization to whole new HGTV level. These babies will give your food storage a glamorous (and totally easy to achieve) makeover. Just pick from a plethora of fonts, sizes, and color options that'll make you gasp with joy every time you reach for the milk.

    20. A biodegradeable bacon sponge ideal for slurping up alllll the grease from your favorite fried foods — and even better so you don't have to waste a whole roll of paper towels every time you cook breakfast.

    a pile of freshly cooked bacon on top of the bacon sponge

    21. And some heavy-duty, eco-friendly, reusable bamboo towels, since buying and rebuying packs of Bounty can get $$$ — and this is a no-brainer since one roll equals six month's worth of regular paper ones. Oh, and did I mention that these wonders are...machine-washable!?!

    Model's hand's holding a small watermelon in bamboo towel under running water

    22. An air fryer from the food pros that brought you the Instant Pot. Because if you're looking for a kitchen helper that'll save you money in the long run, this futuristic-looking device might just be it — whip up anything from fried chicken to crispy potatoes in record time (and with less greasy mess).

    23. A reusable sponge so you can ditch continuously buying packs of scrubbers that turn icky pretty quickly. Instead, use this eco-friendly alt that's made from recycled materials, is mildew resistant, and can simply be thrown in the washing machine to be used over and over again.

    24. And a Command sponge caddy which'll store *and* drain the holy grail of your kitchen. Plus, reviewers are also mentioning that it can be stuck in the fridge to hold extra condiments. Genius!

    25. A cooktop-cleaning kit so you can reverse any sign of old cooking mishaps. Burned-on grease and gunk that's accumulated during the week will never haunt you in your sleep ever again thanks to this nonscratch trio!

    A scratched-looking, grime-covered stove top with buildup before using the product, then a completely clear and reflective stove top after using the product

    26. A digital food thermometer designed to act like an insurance policy when you're making foods (especially meats). This thing will ensure you never have to spend hours cheffing only to tuck into something that's undercooked.

    Reviewer checks the temperature of cooked meat

    27. An Our Place Always pan because Instagram's favorite kitchen mate is ::chef's kiss:: for cooking pros and newbs alike. This beauty replaces the need for eight (yes, eight!) cookware items, so you'll be reaching for this anytime you want to fry, steam, boil, and even serve up your signature dish.

    28. A vacuum wine saver which reseals your bottle of reds and whites and extracts excess air to preserve freshness and taste — perfect for when you only want that one glass of vino before bed.

    29. Oven liners that can get ahead of unavoidable spills come dinnertime. These'll prevent stove top and oven messes, so you can give your arms a much deserved rest after prepping all those meals for the whole fam.

    30. And some stove crack covers, because there is a higher being who wants to save you from pulling out the oven and sweeping up messes caused by your beloved, but careless, family members. *Goes back in time* plop these in place and watch that accidental spill of oats make you laugh instead of cry.

    31. Affresh dishwasher cleaning tablets so you can keep the appliance that does your least favorite chore for you in tip-top shape. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it's supposed to.

    32. Cute and customizable spice labels if minimalist packaging in Sans Serif fonts has you heart-eyed. This is an affordable and aesthetically pleasing way to clean up that overrun spice drawer *and* with these on display, you'll finally be able to distinguish the parsley from the oregano.

    Three jars of spices with the labels parsley, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper

    33. A 12-cup Ninja coffeemaker for anyone ready to whip up *more* than just two cups of caffeine to combat Monday morning grogginess.

    the coffee machine

    34. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can trust to take care of your garbage disposal if it really hasn't been tended to, like, ever. These foam with a lemony scent and do the trick to deeply cleanse the underside of the splash guard and the interior side walls.

    35. A convenient slide-out pantry if you're in a committed relationship with your kitchen and want it to thrive no matter what. This rids your countertops of clutter and utilizes the dead, blackhole space found between your fridge and kitchen wall.

    36. Bar Keepers Friend cleanser for the pots and pans that have been passed down to you since college and have 10-plus years of grime caked onto them. No need to get new ones, because this stuff is no joke and will get to work on burned-on stains in just under 20 minutes!

    37. A vacuum sealer invented to help you end your nice, but expensive, friendship with your Postmates delivery person. This will make homecooking more manageable since you can marinate meats, preserve leftovers, and reduce the amount of expired, freezer burned nosh you forgot still existed in the deep dark corners of your freezer.

    38. A splurge-worthy Le Creuset Dutch oven that'll transform your cooking experience from microwave to Michelin-style instantly. This beautiful piece of kitchenware is durable and designed to marinate meats evenly and quickly, and cook stews full of flavor AND! It withstands heat of up to 500 degrees F. Compliments to who? You, you master chef.

    The dutch oven cooking seafood

    39. A five-pan organizing rack to minimize noise (and mess) that's a result of a disaster zone-esque cupboard. Place these in there so your untidy beau finally gets the hint of how to organize the utensil that makes their eggs.

    reviewer's cabinet with the vertical rack on a shelf holding five different size pans

    40. A cutlery drawer organizer that will *cue hallelujah music* tidy up your once nightmarish kitchen drawers — and finally arrange silverware in a pictureworthy set up, so you can open and close drawers with ease.

    Reviewer photo of cutlery neatly organized

    41. A dishwasher magnet for a simple yet effective way for everyone in your household to *finally* determine if they can grab a clean spoon to eat their late-night ice cream.

    Magnet on dishwasher