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    23 Useful Things That'll Help You Cut Down On Your Cooking Time

    Who wants to sit around waiting for food to be ready when you're hangry?

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    1. These microwaveable potato cooker bags for when you just want a mouthwatering baked potato but don't want to wait to pre-heat your oven then cook the potatoes in there for 20+ minutes. Now you can use the time you save to daydream about the toppings you'll want on your potato — sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives. 😍


    Each bag holds up to four potatoes. You can use this to make any potato dish soooo much faster to prepare. And it even works for yams, corn on the cob, and other types of potatoes.

    Promising review: "AWESOME PRODUCT. I love baked potatoes but hate that my kitchen gets heated up when I use the oven, and the time it takes to cook. With this product, the potatoes only take eight to 10 minutes." —Dusty

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    2. A pair of onion goggles that'll help block your eyes from the pungent, tear-inducing smell of onions so you can actually slice 'em all in one go instead of walking away every 30 seconds to take a break to cry.


    Promising review: "The only thing I don't like about these goggles is the fact that I didn't buy them years ago! These are practically magical. I love to cook with onion, and up until now I just resigned myself to it taking a while longer since I would periodically have to step back and get the tears under control to avoid cutting myself. But now! Holy moly — these work!! They're comfortable, they don't fog up, and like I said upfront, I just wish I'd purchased them before. This is not a luxury item—it's a necessity!!" —C. Eastwood

    Get it from Amazon for $19.05+ (available in five colors).

    3. This One & Done Seasoning so you don't have to take the extra time to dig through your messy cupboard looking for the cayenne and coriander for the steaks you're about to make.


    Promising review: "The girlfriend always asks while cooking, 'What should I put on this chicken or pork?' BAM! Problem solved! Kickass seasoning, cheap, but really does go great on pretty much any kind of meat! Especially fish, or any kind of seafood! It DOES have a kick to it, so if you don't like spicy you may not like it. It's not crazy hot, just a hint of spice in there." —Drew Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four sizes).

    4. A microwave rice cooker that steams rice, polenta, and couscous with ease in just 15 minutes so you're never left with rice that's too hard or too soft.,

    It's top-rack dishwasher safe and also safe for the fridge and freezer. BTW, reviewers strongly advise against adding any oil or butter to your rice before microwaving or *gulp* you miiiight burn the rice cooker.

    Promising review: "I've had this for seven months now, and I think it's still my favorite tool in my entire kitchen. I eat a ton of rice, and I love how easy this is to use and how easy it is to clean. I put in one cup of white rice and two cups of water, and microwave it for 15 minutes. It comes out consistent every time. In the past, I've cooked rice on the stove and used an electronic rice cooker, and I prefer this microwave one to both. I hated how messy cooking on the stove is, and my electric cooker got mold down inside the part that you can't wash. With this, there's no mess, and there's nowhere you can't clean or that can trap mold or bacteria. I can throw every part of it into the dishwasher after I'm done with it." —C. Stone

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19.

    5. An immersion blender to whip up chunk-free smoothies, soups, sauces, batters, and daiquiris faster than you can say "butternut squash."

    A hand using the blender in a pot of soup

    The set comes with a handle, blades, a whisk, a two-cup chopping bowl and cover, and a three-cup storage jar and lid. The components are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is so much better than I thought it would be. Sturdier than I had expected and gets the job done quickly. So much faster to use than my food processor and less to clean. I've probably used 10 times so far — no issues yet!" —Alison B.

    Get it from Amazon for $36.50.

    6. This breakfast-sandwich maker because once your sibling smells the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich you're making for yourself, they'll certainly want one too and this gadget'll help you put another one together in, like, five minutes.


    Promising review: "I love this! Takes me less than 10 minutes to get a breakfast sandwich and head out the door! I love being able to mix up what ingredients I use. My fave is cheddar, tomato, and spinach." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. An Instant Pot that's pretty much a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a sauté-r, a yogurt maker, and a warmer all in ONE. It does all that all while preparing your food up to 70% faster than other methods.

    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 stovetop) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two-person dishes) and the eight-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).

    8. This rapid egg cooker to, well, rapidly boil up to six eggs at a time. Whether you're making breakfast for one or egg salad for the fam, you'll be able to enjoy it so much faster.,

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. Soft boiled eggs took me about 11 minutes to make. Just have an ice bath ready next to the cooker and let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there...peels come right off :) Makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life!??!?" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $19.59+ (available in five colors).

    9. A veggie spiralizer for making "vegetable pasta" with just the turn of a handle — no fancy, time-consuming knife tricks needed.,

    It comes with seven interchangeable blades that beautifully create thick or thin strands and four e-books filled with delish recipes. The parts are top-rack dishwasher safe.

    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 there's no comparison. She's sending hers back!" —Marie Walker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    10. Or this handheld veggie spiralizer you can use with ease if you've ever sharpened a pencil before. You'll get perfect noodles with (literally) just the turn of a wrist.

    A hand using the spiralizer, which is similar to a large pencil sharpener, to make zucchini noodles

    Promising review: "I love veggie noodles because they’re faster to cook than regular noodles, healthier, and super delicious! Before this device, I would buy the pre-spiralized ones at the store for a huge markup, but this device is so quick and easy to use it’s no extra trouble to do it myself, plus it’s fresher!" —Phob

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A microwave pasta maker that'll make it super easy to get a big bowl of carby deliciousness without having to wait for the water to boil before you can dump your noods in the pot to cook.

    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. This five-section nonstick skillet so you can cook all the different components of your meal at the same time instead of waiting for one element to finish cooking before moving onto the next.

    It features five compartments but only requires one burner (although several reviewers do point out that of course, the center gets hotter than the edges), and it's non-stick and stain-resistant. It's both oven- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "OMG, this pan is simply amazing! I cooked my whole family of six breakfast in half the time it normally takes, and only had one pan to wash!!" —saramae hamilton

    Get it from Amazon for $48.51.

    13. A shredder claw set because preparing droolworthy pulled pork and chicken dishes with these babies is WAY faster than barely ripping apart smaller pieces with a dainty fork.


    These are melt-proof and heat-resistant to temperatures up to 475 degrees. Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I received the Bear Paws Shredder Claws the next day and I had a Boston Butt that I need to shred (pull). I was amazed at how well the claws worked. They were much faster than using forks and much easier on my hands. I was able to shred the butt in a short time and didn't have any problems with burning my hands as I do with forks. The claws were easy to hand wash and I had no problems with the tips of the claws bending, as some reviewers have posted. If you shred any type of meat I highly recommend that you invest in a set of these claws." —SR8586

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

    14. These five-blade herb scissors so you can ditch the cutting board and quickly snip through your herbs.


    It's also dishwasher-safe and comes with a cover for protecting the blades when you aren't using them!

    Promising review: "These scissors are the best tool ever! Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making, I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board, I just snip the fresh basil into the salad. If you flip the cover of the scissors around, the slotted side slides out the bits stuck in the scissors. Quick, easy, and no waste. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. A veggie dicer bound to have your bowl *overflowing* with perfectly chopped produce in, like, 10 minutes.

    The chopper comes with not one, not two, but FOUR interchangeable blades and can be fully disassembled for top-rack dishwashing.

    Promising review: "I hate chopping veggies. Hate. Hate. Hate. Saw this on a lightning deal so figured what the hey, I'll get it. People, people.... I just filled up four plates with veggies in less than 10 minutes. Seriously. I chopped an onion earlier to sauté in 15 seconds. Yes, really. If chopping veggies keeps you buying the same frozen ones over and over like me, this is for you. It's a kitchen miracle. You can chop onions, potatoes (not sweet potatoes, though, that's in the instructions), peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Probably a whole lot more, too. Apparently tomatoes don't do well according to the instructions (too soft, maybe?). You can also do eggs. Best. Invention. Ever." —Angela W.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    16. This microwave veggie steamer that'll give you perfectly cooked veggies in about six minutes — you won't have to wait for the water to boil, cook the veggies, and strain the whole pot. It has a two-cup capacity, so you can actually make a good helping or two.


    It's also dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "This is a perfect little microwave steamer... I bought it to steam veggies for my toddler and it is great. It does a great job but is small enough that it’s not a pain to pull out and use and then clean just for one person." —SHOPPER123

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two styles).

    17. A corn peeler to make easy work out of de-cobbing your corn. It's faster AND safer than using a knife!


    Promising review: "Of all of our Prime Day purchases, what is my favorite you ask? This mf'ing corn cobber. It makes a mockery of a corn cob in a blink of an eye! Who wants corn juice and butter all over their face?! With this little bad boy, you can eat corn in peace knowing that it won't get stuck in your teeth, it won't destroy your face with a butter bath and it's so fun to use you may punch your grandma at the next crab feast." —Jared

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95 (also available in six other peeler styles and in sets).

    18. This apple slicer because it'll cut down on the amount of time it takes to fully slice a whole apple so your apple pie-making process can be quicker and hassle-free!


    Promising review: "Seriously, why has this never been invented before? It's the best thing in the history of apples! It cuts the apples in perfect sizes for kids (and even me), and the bottom base that makes it simple to push the blade all the way down is a game-changer. I always hated cutting apples because the last push was annoying and made slices fly everywhere. This is easy and keeps them all mostly attached. Love love love it!" —jbug

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A garlic twist for getting a perfect mince in a matter of seconds — every minute counts when you have just 40 minutes to prepare a dinner for six.


    It also works with ginger, olives, chili peppers, onions, herbs, nuts, and more! You can adjust it for coarse to fine mincing.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this gadget!!! I have nerve damage, so fine chopping by hand isn't an option anymore. With this gem, all I have to do is pop the skin off of the clove, put it in, and twist. It's fast and the perfect minced size! Whoever thought of this is a genius!!! I would recommend this to anyone who loves to cook...especially if you're pressed for time." —Sheryl A. Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50.

    20. A knife sharpener because chopping up all those veggies for the family dinner is so much faster when you aren't using worn out, blunt blades.


    Promising review: "I'm very surprised by how well this product works. I make knives and sharpen my knives by Japanese whetstone or belt grinder. I sharpen my mom's and grandma's knives by stone whenever I visit. I've tried to teach my mom to use a honing stick while I'm gone to keep the knives in good shape, but she can't seem to get the hang of it, so I decided to buy this product because of the simplicity of use. I tested it on a few of my dull knives at home, and it takes about 10 strokes on the coarse grind and 10 strokes on the fine grind to get a sharp enough edge to slice printer paper without tearing. I love how simple and how little time it takes to sharpen a knife enough for kitchen use. Now my mom and grandma can sharpen their knives whenever they need it. I highly recommend this product!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

    P.S., Elizabeth, an editor here at BuzzFeed, tried this knife sharpener and said it totally transformed her knife collection. Read her review to learn more!

    21. This air fryer for whipping up your snack of choice (with just the tiniest bit of oil) in less than 10 minutes.,

    Plus, the inner basket is dishwasher safe so cleanup is minimal.

    Promising review: "This product is very simple to use, cleaning it is extremely quick and easy, and the taste is actually a lot better than I had expected. Before this, I used a typical oil fryer. My husband, who can be a very picky eater, was skeptical about his french fries in an air fryer. We made frozen McCain French fries in it and they came out perfect. They tasted a little different from NOT being suspended in oil, but they had a perfect crunch with a still soft inside. My husband was quite pleased there was not much of a difference in taste or crispiness. It is VERY LARGE. I thought it would be about the size of our 12-cup coffee pot, but it was a lot bigger. Overall, very happy the purchase, the ease of cleaning and the taste of the foods made in it." —Kayla B

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99+ (available in four colors).

    22. This freezer pod tray so you can cook up a yummy meal ahead of time, save the rest in your freezer for later, and pop out a portion to heat up in the microwave in just minutes.

    Promising review: "I cook a large batch of brown rice and used to put it in snack size ziplock bags. I didn't feel good about using more plastic so I purchased three of these freezer pods in the half-cup size. They are perfect. I can pop out a half-cup portion whenever I need one. I may buy more of these in different sizes to freeze beans." —Kathy Sims

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in four sizes).

    23. And this manual food chopper because thanks to the sharp edges, you can break up things like ground meats, mashed potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs — and have a delectable dish in minutes.


    It's safe to use with nonstick cookware and is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "To tell the truth, I'm not really sure why I bought this. It seemed kinda silly at the time because I have a spatula (turner) that works fine to break up ground meat while cooking. This, however, is much better than fine — it's excellent! It makes quick work of breaking up meat — as big or small as you want — and then cleans up beautifully in the dishwasher. No scratches on my nonstick cookware, either!" —P. Draper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.28+ (available in three colors).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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