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    Updated on Oct 2, 2019. Posted on Sep 30, 2019

    18 Kitchen Products That’ll Pay Off In The Long Run

    Whether they're $5 or $100, they're 👏worth 👏every 👏penny.

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    1. A silicone freezing tray that'll section off perfectly sized freshly frozen meals for the week. When you come home after a long day at work you'll be super thankful this is one less thing you have to think about.

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    It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    2. A brilliant device for making fresh bread 👏right 👏at 👏home. It has 12 settings for all the breads you loaf to eat, including a gluten-free setting!

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    Promising review: "I just made my first loaf of hot, fresh bread. The smell and the taste are beyond what we could have ever expected. It is so much healthier than any other bread because you are adding your own ingredients. This is the best bread machine on the market. I did a lot of homework looking for the right one, and this is the right one! The choices of timing and crusts are endless. No one likes to get out of bed in the morning but when this starts cooking, it's like Christmas morning and you're on a dead run. Christmas is only 10 weeks away so put this on your list. They won't be re-gifting these, trust me." —Florida Deb

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    3. A Thaw Claw to safely thaw food in far less time. So many frozen meats go uncooked because we just don't want to spend the time de-frosting. Save your money folks!

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    Simply stick the suction cup to the bottom of your sink with whatever you need to thaw under it. Fill your sink with water and just wait!

    Promising review: "Deceptively simple, the Thaw Claw works exactly as advertised. Fill a sink with water, and then try to keep a frozen steak or chicken immersed to thaw it. Go ahead - I'll wait. See? Can't be done. Not a problem any more! Simply attach the thaw claw's suction cup to the bottom of the sink, place the meat under it, and voila! The meat stays under water." —Neil

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in four colors).

    4. A terra-cotta bear you simply place in water for 20 minutes and then put in your brown sugar to help maintain its moisture for up to SIX MONTHS. No more throwing away old brown sugar that's turned into a hard rock you can't bake with anymore.

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    Promising review: "After multiple containers of brown sugar being thrown away due to giant hard lumps I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child. That's when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar... After a quick Google search I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added to my lumpy brown sugar...Two days later there is not a single lump in my sugar!"—sneezeloaf

    Get it from Amazon for $4.69.

    5. A cool gadget that'll turn freshly brewed hot coffee (or any non-carbonated drink, such as wine) into an iced one in a matter of minutes — without watering it down. No more trips to your local coffee spot just to get something you can make at home.

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    Promising review: "I am an avid (i.e. daily) iced coffee drinker, but I have been extremely hesitant to make my own iced coffee at home because I didn’t want the bitter flavor from two-day old coffee or the watered-down nature of just adding ice to coffee. Thanks to the HyperChiller, I have now found a solution!" —chelsea

    Get it from Amazon $29.99.

    6. A set of oven gap covers so anything you're cooking doesn't wind up in the crack of darkness and despair. Now you won't have to pay for an expensive house cleaning to get behind your oven, nothing's down there! Thank you, next.

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    Promising review: "These stove counter gap cover is the best invention for the kitchen! They act as an extra buffer between your stove and the counter. No more messy spills down the side of the stove that you will have to pull the entire stove out to clean up. The clean up of these is such a breeze."—Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    7. A pack of organic and recyclable ethylene-absorbing apples that'll soak up all the gasses in your fridge that cause fruits and veggies to go bad.

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    Promising review: "These REALLY work! We have to move them away from our fresh fruit so it would ripen! My produce is lasting at least three times as long without spoilage. Great product and have already bought many as gifts. They don't seem to work on tomatoes but they are great with bananas, apples, kiwi, pears, grapes, plums, peaches, lettuces, mushrooms, and many more fruits and vegetables." —Jackie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A cold-brew iced coffee maker because your love for an icy caffeine fix is real and Starbucks is getting too expensive. Plus it produces four servings of cold brew with ANY type of coffee grounds your heart desires.

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    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Great cold brew system! We had been putting off getting one for so long. We have a Keurig and simply put brewed coffee in the fridge overnight. But as our Keurig seems to be dying, it was time to explore other options. I wish we had done it sooner! This system is so easy to use — add your coffee of choice and water, place it in the fridge and wait for the next day. That's it!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two sizes).

    A BuzzFeed editor *swears by* this cold brew maker. Check out her full review to learn why.

    9. An Instant Pot pressure cooker for the chef who doesn't actually want to do a whole lot of cooking. This will save you tons of money on ordering out, because it'll be so easy to cook right at home! Did I mention it has over 22,000 five-star reviews?!

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    Promising review: "This is so easy to use, and it's the perfect size for one or two people. I've been making a lot of stews, and I'll sauté the onions, carrots, and meat (if I'm using meat) then add everything else, seal it, and set it for seven minutes on high pressure. I let it release naturally and have a perfectly cooked, tasty meal every time. This gives me enough for four or fie servings." —Thegalavan

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92 (available in three sizes).

    10. A produce saving storage container that'll save your food up to two weeks longer than average! The interior tray helps keep moisture away from produce and the vent technology regulates flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide for the ideal produce environment. #science

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    Promising review: "I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them. I loved these so much, I ordered this second set on Amazon. If I had more room in my fridge, I'd get more!" —laura

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Learn more about how they saved a BuzzFeed writer's strawberries, and prepare to be impressed.

    11. A clever microwave pasta cooker to save you time and stress on nights when you're too tired to cook (and too broke to order takeout).

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    Simply measure your servings of spaghetti using the holes in the lid, add it to the cooker with some water, and pop it in the microwave for 12–20 minutes depending on how much pasta you're cooking.

    Promising review: "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. A mini espresso machine so you can have coffee anywhere with just a couple pushes of a button. Plus, when you're on the go, you won't have to buy a $5 cup of coffee at a mediocre cafe.

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    It comes equipped with a built in espresso cup and scoop; just drink straight from the lid.

    Promising review: "Incredible innovation! I own an espresso machine at home. Can't bring my machine to office so I bought this and wanted to give it a try. (imagine how much Starbucks money can this save you per month). And it is incredible! This thing makes a half shot of espresso that is very close to machine-made taste." —Harley

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

    13. A cutting board set made with a bamboo board and flexible cutting mats to set on top so you don't ~actually~ have to wash the wood board as often. Plus these will prolong your use of the wooden cutting board without having to wash it and cause water damage.

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    Bamboo is gentler on knives than a plastic mat on a kitchen counter. The seven BPA-free mats are made to fit on top as a barrier between your food and the wood, which makes for easier cleanup. (Wood cutting boards are so much harder to clean and are after than plastic cutting boards.)

    Promising review: "Love this set! So easy to use and clean. Love having a different mat for the different food groups. I don’t know how I lived in the kitchen before this! No more cross-contamination! Mats do well in the dishwasher, even on the bottom rack. Worth every penny." —MommaDukes

    Get it from Amazon for $20.24.

    14. An adjustable measuring cup to make the most of sticky ingredients so you don't end up with 1/4 cup of honey left in the cup.

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    Promising review: "I bake a lot and bought this for measuring peanut butter. Just turn the knob to set it to the volume you desire then fill to the top. When you need the peanut butter just twist the knob to dispense. Works great and saves a lot of digging and scraping." —Donald

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

    15. A set of Silicone food huggers so you stop wasting half-eaten veggies and fruits and have makeshift caps for any sort of bottle or container.

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    Promising review: "These have been wonderful and are great for all kinds of veggies, cans, and anything with reasonably flat roundish end you want to put in the fridge . We have saved a ton of bags, and it takes way less room in the fridge than Tupperware, which we were using to avoid using bags. Great product!" —Eli

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

    16. An ingenious bottle cap stand for anyone who is tired of throwing away perfectly good condiments just because the contents are stuck on all the sides.

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    Promising review: "I will never fight with a pump bottle again. As soon as it gets difficult to pump anything out of any bottle, I will waste no time in 'flipping it.' I'm so glad someone created this. Upside-down bottles are such a small annoyance in life, but this simple solution really means a lot. 100% worth the price." —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in 2- or 4-pack).

    17. A pack of four re-usable Keurig cups, because you'll save money and the planet! These re-usable cups will help keep money in your pocket and plastic out of the ocean. Win-win!

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    Promising review: "I have found you save money when using these refillable K cups and also you are being kind to the environment by not loading up landfills with the original discarded plastic K cups that I have been previously using. I would recommend this product to any Keurig coffee maker owner."—dkaz

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $13.95.

    18. A wine vacuum sealer for anyone who likes to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and doesn't want to spoil the whole bottle. Drink more, save more!

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    Promising review: "I bought this about three years ago for my husband and he's been using it ever since. It was the first vacuum pump he had ever tried with his wine bottles so we really didn't think much of it. It did what it was supposed to do and you can feel it working with each pump getting gradually harder as the air into bottle runs out. When it is completely vacuumed the pump makes a clicking noise to indicate that you are done. Easy-Peasy."—chelle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in eight colors).

    Learn more about how it works in If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper.

    Me throwing away my old and dingy kitchen tools

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