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23 Things Under $10 That'll Help Make You A Better Cook

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1. A microplane grater to bring out that flavor pop in your dish with a simple zesting of horseradish or lime.

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Promising review: "I've used it on cheese and zesting, and it performs perfectly on both! Blades are incredibly sharp for a nice clean motion." —Kal

Get it from Amazon for $8.64.

2. A lemon squeezer for extracting every last bit of juice and saving you $ in the long run.

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Promising review: "Got this for my mom who has arthritis in her hands and loves to bake. I made her lemon loaf for the holidays and she loved it and wanted to make it herself. When she saw it needed fresh squeezed lemon juice she was a bit sad since she could not do it herself. I helped her the first time and then got her this so she can do it herself much easier. This is a great kitchen tool, well made, and sturdy but not heavy. Works great and cleans up easily, and it's bright red so you'll never lose it!" —Fuzzy Dunlop

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

3. A mandolin slicer to give you consistently thin slices of your veggies that you can use to add some detail to your plating.

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Promising review: "I am so thrilled with this 5-in-1 mandolin slicer. I'm a big veggie eater and needed a mandolin for so long. I've grated and chopped everything from zucchini to sweet potatoes and this was a breeze. Best part of all is that I could just throw it in the dishwasher when I'm done." —R B

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

4. An offset icing knife for frosting your baked goods... but also to use as a flexible spatula that'll get under anything delicate that needs flipping in a pan.

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Promising review: "It is very comfortable with a nonslip handle. The bent blade is perfect for putting the frosting on and then shaping the frosting to fit the cake or cupcakes. You can angle your movement without breaking your arm, and it is so much easier to use this off set spatula. Of course, there are other uses for this off set. You can slide the knife right under cookies to lift the cookies off without crumbles. Anything that you want to move from a pan to another surface. Many people, like me, never think to purchase one, and then once you have it, you wonder how you did without it. " —prisrob

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+.

5. A bench scraper—a versatile kitchen tool that can cut up your dough, easily move your chopped veggies, and scrape down your cutting board after you're done.

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Promising review: "I always get set with the task of doing all the knife work in my kitchen, so I spend a lot of time at the cutting board, and I really like this little guy. Makes clean up very fast, and you're able to get everything into the bowl very quickly without messing around. It also acts as a very nice dough cutter when baking as well! And lastly, it also has length measurement marking along the blade so you can measure your cuts. A very handy kitchen multitasker." —D. Schwemin

Get it from Amazon for $9.78

6. A garlic press to give you the right texture every time.

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Promising review: "Simply pop in your unpeeled garlic clove, find a bowl and squeeze. Perfectly peeled garlic. The peel cleans out easily and you're ready to go. Product feels nice and weighty in the hand and has survived multiple dishwasher trips with no issue or signs of wear. Should have bought this months sooner and saved myself so much time and been able to use fresh ingredients every time instead of the jar stuff that sits in the fridge." —Kortney Sauvageau

Get it from Amazon for $9.

7. A 8-inch cast-iron pan versatile enough to handle cooking a wide range of cuisines so you can expand your skills.

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Promising review: "I got the 8" version of this pan. This was important to me since I wanted to have a pan that would be large enough to cook what I needed and still be able to fit in the large toaster oven that I have. This is perfect for a single nice rib-eye steak or a 1/2 pound ground chuck hamburger. And oh, does it work well. Wonderfully charred outside with medium rare center is so easy with this pan." —P. Peter Guither

Get it from Amazon for $10.48.

8. A pair of pan scrapers that'll enable you to take better care of your cast-iron pan without worrying about scraping off the precious seasoning.

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Promising review: "These are the best and easiest way to clean your cast-iron skillets. I've had mine for two years and they still look brand new and have repurchased twice for other people. I've tried the steel bristle brush and the steel chain thing prior to this and these little scrapers are the best and take virtually no room to store. I don't know what people are talking about with melting! I simply take my pan and run real hot water in it to loosen then quickly and easily scrape away (no matter how dirty that never takes more than a minute or two), I then rinse pan & dry with paper towel put on low heat for a few minutes to get all moisture out of the pan (so there's no chance of rusting), then season with a little olive oil and put away. Easy! Worth every penny!" —Joyo

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.37.

9. A digital scale for giving you much better precision when handling ingredients that are hard to measure by volume.

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Promising review: "So far so good with this food scale. It's way faster and more accurate than measuring cups, especially when dealing with flour and bulky ingredients like vegetables. Ours is accurate to 1g, when starting weight is 2% or more of capacity (>100g). So with a tray it even makes a great postal scale." —Consumer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

10. A set of collapsible measuring cups you can tuck inside your ingredient containers for quick and easy access when adding a dash of spice.

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Promising review: "These measuring cups are awesome! Love that they collapse and do not take up much space in cabinet. Perfect for cabinets that seem to be getting fuller every year! Love the ring to keep the cups together. Easy to remove just one cup as needed and then put back after use." —Nana 2 Many

Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

11. A silicone spatula that'll let you easily get every last drop from a can or mixing bowl.

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Promising review: "These spatulas are all one piece so they can't get mold in cracks. I really like the flexibility of the top. It's firm but flexible enough to get batter out of a bowl, for instance." —Kyra

Get it from Amazon for $5.95 (available in a small and large size, and in four colors).

12. An egg slicer to pull double duty when you use it with other produce like mushrooms, cheese, and butter.

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Promising review: "It does the job! I admit I mostly got it for pre-cutting butter that needs to be cut into pie crusts, biscuits, and the like, and it works great for that as well as the eggs." —Cissa

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

13. A 5-in-1 spatula able to handle most standard tasks that a spatula can without adding to your dish pile.

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Promising review: "OK, there's a lot of worthless kitchen gadgets out there vying for your hard earned dollar, this is DEFINITELY NOT one of those. This is well thought out and well worth the price of entry. It's handy, ergonomic, just plain utilitarian, and functional." —7SFCW4

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

14. A rocker blade you can use to chop though baked goods, produce, and (of course) pizza.

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Promising review: "The blade is very sturdy and the wooden handle gives you a sure and comfortable grip. It cuts through the toppings without dragging them all over the pizza like many of the rotary cutters I've used. I have had a little cheese (maybe not letting the pizza cool enough) and sauce clinging to the blade. When I'm done, I immediately use a dampened paper towel to wipe off any residue and then hand wash under hot water with soap and a scrub pad. It's super easy." —Milton N. Michailidis

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in walnut and beech wood).

15. A slanted measuring cup that'll help you keep a better eye on how much of an ingredient you're pouring into a recipe.

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Promising review: "This makes having a more accurate measure soooo much easier. It helps my 11-year-old be more assured that whatever she is measuring is the correct volume/amount. She prefers it to my regular measuring cup. It saves a little time while cooking." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 1, 2 and 4 cup sizes).

16. A foldable cutting board to make it a cinch to transport your ingredients from board to pot or pan.

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Promising review: "My wife really likes this item. She was using our two large glass boards to cut everything on. Cleaning those larger boards took some effort. She chops a lot of small items on it and likes the way it folds in half, which makes it easy to pour the chopped items into other dishes. She then puts it in the dishwasher for washing. Would be very easy to hand wash as well." —P. Stein

Get it from Amazon for $8.81+ (available in six colors).

17. A pastry mat that'll give you a better idea on how even you're keeping your measurements of cookies or piecrust when baking.

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Promising review: "This mat saved the day during my marathon baking sessions for Christmas. The mat stayed in place on my clean counter top so I could roll out pie crust and sugar cookies. I used the size guides to press out biscuit dough to the size of the pan before cutting out the circles to make sure I got the most out of each batch and they were uniform in size. The mat was easy to clean, dry off, and fold for storage." —Tawny9753

Get it from Amazon for $7.57.

18. A set of kitchen shears to make quick work of cutting up chicken, bacon, and more.

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Promising review: "My mom has been wanting some multi-function kitchen shears for quite some time so since Mother's day is coming up I decided to go ahead and get her a pair. These are great scissors. I love that they can do so many different things like break nuts, open beer bottles, cut food, peel vegetables, open cans, and even a screw driver! My mom is going to be so excited to get these." —Amber Peterson

Get it from Amazon for $5.11.

19. An avocado tool to tear through avocados with ease.

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Promising review: "This is currently my favorite tool in the kitchen. All it took was slicing my hand once with a chef knife to look for a better avocado tool, and here it is. Performs as desired and doesn't cut your hands even if you slip (like I'm prone to). Plenty of real chefs don't like uni-taskers, but since I slice an avocado every morning, this is a huge help for me." —David Wynn

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

20. A palm peeler that'll increase the speed your peeling without the danger of cutting the hell out of your fingers.

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Promising review: "I have no skill whatsoever with cutting ANYTHING. I literally take half an hour to peel two potatoes along with risk of cutting myself. With this product I can peel potatoes (and other produce) in under five minutes. Also, the blade is pretty effective." —Kevin

Get it from Amazon for $6.29.

21. A splatter screen so you can keep a better eye on that rack of bacon you're frying without fear of hot oil scalding you.

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Promising review: "This guard works wonders at keeping the splattering of my cooking food exactly where they belong...in the pan! My mom is constantly frustrated when I fry food on my stove as it gets EVERYWHERE! She'll be pleased to see that's no longer the case as I have it under control with my stainless splatter guard. It's sturdy, well made, and large enough to fit my favorite pan. Perfect for everything from bacon, to my favorite Italian sausages!" —K. Crowson

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

22. A pair of cut-resistant gloves that'll help you get a little braver in achieving that thin filet cut or rapid mandolin slicing.

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Promising review: "Purchased so I don't have to use the clumsy hand guard with my mandolin slicer. They work great and easy to clean. Very pleased! These should be in the kitchen of anyone who cooks on a regular basis." —chrisbrl88

Get a pair from Amazon for $7.99 (available in small to large sizes).

23. A flour sifter makes it easier to mix ingredients into your batter or dough evenly.

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It can also put those finishing powdered sugar touches on your desserts.

Promising review: "Yes, this sifter is better than any I have ever used. I only wish I had known that a turn handle would work this well years ago. I could not be happier. No more tapping and bumping my old squeeze handle on the counter trying to keep the flour moving through. Buying a second one for powdered sugar. I don't think I will ever use anything else again." —Wendy L. Simpson

Get it from Amazon for $10.

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