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    31 Kitchen Gadgets For People Who Are Tired Of Spending Time Cooking During Quarantine

    Making food doesn't have to take over your night.

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    1. A microwave pasta maker that lets you make perfect al dente pasta...IN THE MICROWAVE. Just insert noodles and water, stick it in the microwave, and you'll have delicious pasta in minutes. No mess or sticking!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love pasta, but I hate *making* pasta. Too many pots, pans, strainer, cleanup, etc. Forget it. And after a long day at work when I am craving pasta, all I want to do is eat right away. This pasta cooker cooked pasta better than I have ever cooked pasta in my life. I am Italian, so as you can imagine I have eaten (and made myself) a LOT of pasta. This product is a game changer. It was extremely easy to use, cooked quickly, and it came out PERFECTLY. Not over cooked, a little al dente, but not firm. Perfection. Now I have no excuse not to cook pasta for myself (and my husband) practically every day. BUY THIS. It will change your life." —Hope Lanza

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Read more on this microwave pasta cooker here.

    2. An automatic pan stirrer with a built-in timer designed to take over at the stove while you do literally anything else.

    a tube-like gadget with three prongs at the bottom that sit inside a pan and stir for you
    UncommonGoods

    Promising review: "My husband loves to cook. We have two very small children, so while his meals are mostly yummy, they are also sometimes burnt. :) This was perfect for him. He's able to turn it on, run into the next room to save the day with a plastic bag and a washcloth for whatever blowout-esque mess I'm dealing with, forget he's cooking, run back into the kitchen frantically when he remembers, and arrive only to find the meal practically cooking itself. Best. Gift. Ever." —Jake the ChefturnedDaddy

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    3. An Instant Pot if you want delicious meals to basically cook themselves in not much time at all! You won't believe how quick and simple it is to make dishes that actually taste incredible using this miracle appliance.

    An Instant Pot surrounded by food
    Amazon

    Read our full review of the Instant Pot!

    Promising review: "I’ve used it almost every single day since I’ve gotten it! It’s my new favorite cooking device! It takes so little time to prepare just about anything!" —bayleaw2

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes and styles).

    4. And a copy of the Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook to get you started!

    The cover of the book showing a delicious plate of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this cookbook because it has a great variety of recipies and they are (so far) delicious. I’m also enjoying that the author of this cookbook definitely understands the allure of the instant pot and made sure every recipie was quick and fun to make! I highly recommend this cookbook." —Amazon Customer

    Another promising review: "This is hands-down the best Instant Pot Book that I have read! The recipes are so quick and easy to make! My personal favorites are the ground beef tacos, lemon chicken with Greek salad, and the fudge brownie cake! I highly recommend this book!" —Mai Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.61.

    5. An egg mold that fits perfectly in the Instant Pot (but doesn't require one!) and lets you make Starbucks-style egg bites in just minutes. Breakfast just got a whole lot easier!

    Mixture of eggs and other ingredients being poured into the mold to make egg bites
    Amazon

    You can also use it to make chocolate, mini cheesecakes, cake pops, brownie bites, muffins, popsicles, ice cubes, and more! If you don't have an Instant Pot, you can still use these in boiling water, the microwave, the freezer, or other pressure cookers. Plus, it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "These egg bite molds are perfect for my 8 quart Ninja Foodi! I found a recipe on Pinterest and had a quick easy breakfast for the week! The egg bites popped right out with nonstick spray and they were easy to clean up in the dishwasher. Highly recommend if you are a Foodi or Instant Pot user!!" —Abby Inman

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $9.99.

    6. A manual food chopper so you can forget dragging out the cutting board and not being sure if you're crying because of the onions or because of the huge mess in your kitchen.

    Model's hands pulling back on the handle and holding down the device while it chops up some greens
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is an absolutely wonderful product and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't like to spend time chopping their veggies. I was awestruck by how powerful and simple the device is. It has very sharp blades. It is very easy to pull the handle all the way. I thought it might be tiring to keep pulling the handle but it wasn't. It was surprisingly very easy. I used it to chop up onions and tomatoes. This is a small device. I would say you could easily chop up one small/medium-sized onion with it or half of a large-sized onion at a time. It take about five to six pulls and 30 seconds to get absolutely finely chopped onions. You can make a puree/salsa of the tomatoes. Obviously, you can't chop the tomatoes, which is understandable. The product is also very easy to wash. All in all, I loved this device and will be using it very often! :) I think it's a must-buy for people who want to cut their veggies efficiently." —Lavanya

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

    7. A Kochblume spill stopper to avoid a mess if your pot boils over. It traps excess foam and liquid so they don't spill all over your stove. No more hovering anxiously in the kitchen while waiting for your water to boil (and say goodbye to having a huge mess to clean up all because you BRIEFLY turned your head).

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

    Promising review: "Wow wow wow, I have no words to describe how great this product is. I'm a mom with a large family who cooks and bakes all the time, and there is never a time that something doesn't spill over even when standing and watching the pot. With this, life has just gotten easy. I think I'm throwing out all my pot covers after using this."—Rackel

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in black, green, and red).

    8. A rapid egg cooker capable of cooking all your breakfast eggs for the week in literally minutes.

    An egg cooker with a transparent dome plastic top, where six eggs are cooking inside
    Amazon

    Some reviews note that the alarm on it is a little loud, but the new models have significantly decreased the volume and sing a little song instead!

    Promising review: "Best quarantine purchase yet! This little guy is so cute and handy! I just tested three eggs in case they didn’t turn out, and they were perfect!! I was all prepared to be blasted out of my house by the buzzer at the end (according to other reviews), but it wasn’t bad at all. It literally plays a little song. So cute!" —Austin Klimek

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors).

    9. And a boiled egg peeler that will make you wonder why you ever peeled them by hand.

    Amazon

    Just add some water and your hard-boiled egg, then shake until you feel the shell begin to soften. When you see the white of the egg appear, you're ready to take it out of the peeler and slip the shell right off!

    Promising review: "We had several hard-boiled eggs from the same carton, boiled at the same time in the same manner. Peeling the old-fashioned way by hand, the first one took about 10 minutes to peel. Then I remembered my recent purchase of the egg peeler. Honestly, I was doubtful, but it was worth a try. It was AMAZING! It does exactly what it says and works so well that the entire shell usually comes off in one or two pieces. And, the egg itself is pristine. I'm very pleased with this purchase!" —Teresa EE

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in eight colors).

    10. Some glass food storage containers made to keep food fresh so when you do work up the energy to cook, you can do so in larger batches and store them for longer. Now future you will have some easy meals already prepared!

    A variety of sizes of the the containers filled with different types of food in a refridgerator
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this product. The lids fit nice and snug. I am going to phase out my plastic storage containers and eventually use nothing but these guys. They keep food (or anything else you put in them) nice and fresh. The first set I bought, I used exclusively for storing bees wax, ground walnut shells and other components for soap making and lip balms, etc. I liked them so much for that, that I decided to buy a set for the kitchen. I love them." —Faedorah Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (10-piece set).

    11. A hassle-free Crock-Pot that'll simmer on its own all day! All you have to do is add the ingredients in the morning, turn it on, and pretend someone else cooked when dinnertime rolls around.

    The crock pot filled with and surrounded by food
    Amazon

    The removable stoneware insert and glass lid are both dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Favorite kitchen appliance hands-down. So versatile and SO simple. Even if you can’t cook, this is the one for you. Throw in ingredients, leave it alone for like six-eight hours and boom. A whole meal and almost guaranteed leftovers (unless you’re feeding a big party of course) 13/10 recommend. I’d give it 7 stars if I could!" —Angelia Averett

    Get it from Amazon for $43.95.

    12. A personal-sized NutriBullet for the fastest, easiest smoothies you can imagine. A quick breakfast doesn't have to mean an unhealthy breakfast! This device's powerful motor can blend nuts, berries, spinach, and more so your on-the-go meal is packed with nutrients.

    Model drinking a smoothie out of the NutriBullet cup
    Amazon

    PLUS, you can drink right out of the dishwasher-safe blending cup!

    Promising review: "I love Nutribullet. It’s an easy way for me to make healthy smoothies to boost my immune system in such a difficult time. I make them for the family, and it takes less then a minute to do. Don’t fill any liquid above the max fill line, and never blend for longer than a minute at a time and you’ll enjoy this product. Highly recommend!" —Rose

    *Another* promising review: "Best product I have purchased during COVID-19! I use it for smoothies. Last week I chopped broccoli for broccoli chips with it. Does everything a processor does but smaller." —Shopping Diva

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

    13. A compact vacuum-sealing FoodSaver that amazingly protects food from freezer burn, mold, and off tastes if you want to store it for even longer.

    A reviewer image of cut up vegetables vacuum sealed from the appliance
    amazon.com

    With this vacuum sealer, you can keep leftovers fresh for weeks, and freeze meat for up to three years. Includes heat seal roll, 3-quart heat seal bags, 2-gallon heat seal bags, and an accessory hose for sealing.

    Promising review: "My sister got one of these as a gift and told me about it. She said it was great, so I got one as well for food-saving during COVID-19. I have to say this thing is a lifesaver and works amazingly. It takes up very little space and works with other plastic rolls that are inexpensive on Amazon. Love it." —Fraiz

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    14. A toaster oven, because it will change your life! This thing can bake, broil, toast, and keep warm — allowing you to make perfect pizza, golden slices of toast, chicken nuggets, and more in just minutes! Plus, you won't have to heat up the whole house by turning on the oven.

    A reviewer image of some vegetables cooking inside the toaster oven
    amazon.com

    Baking pan and rack included!

    Promising review: "I love this toaster oven. It's very easy to use. It heats up very fast and won't make you wait long. I love that it cooks evenly. All the settings are very helpful and useful. I love the detachable tray that makes it easy to clean the oven, very convenient. The oven is compact and won't take up too much space in your kitchen. It has beautiful stainless steal finish that goes perfectly with my other appliances. The only thing is this oven's surface gets really hot while operating, so make sure to be careful. Overall, very nice, quality toaster oven that looks great. Highly recommended." —HB

    Get it from Amazon for $59.97.

    15. An avocado slicer so that a quick slice of avo toast isn't a messy, potentially dangerous struggle. This three-in-one tool can split an avocado, remove the pit, and make perfectly even slices with minimal effort and cleanup on your part!

    amazon.com

    It can also help you avoid a trip to the emergency room with a case of "avocado hand," which Healthline says "resembles a stab wound" — YIKES.

    Promising review: "Makes preparing guacamole an easier, less messy task. I use it frequently and it makes preparation of avocados much less work and effort. Reduces mess on my hands, on counters, etc. It also slices avocados nicely for inclusion in sandwiches. The tool makes for nice, even slices for presentation, too, when I serve avocados plain. Avocados are good for you so anything to make them easier to prepare and serve is a win. I enjoy giving this product as a gift. Anything that promotes good health is a thoughtful gift." —Hippie Chick

    Promising millenial review: "I'm a millennial and can't live without my avocado toast a few times weekly. Thank goodness for this little gadget that is literally getting me through this quarantine. #bravocado!" —Alissa Nemnich

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A bagel guillotine so you can safely and effortlessly slice a variety of bagels, muffins, buns, rolls, and more while shouting "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!"

    Amazon

    It's also dishwasher-safe (top rack only)!

    Promising review: "I like to take advantage of my local bagel chain on their baker's dozen Tuesday. I slice them all up and wrap each one in foil, then put them in paper bags labeled with the type of bagel in the freezer. Easy to grab what we want, pop it in the microwave in a damp paper towel for 30 seconds, into the toaster, and they taste completely fresh! I've had this for a while now, maybe six or eight months, and so far it hasn't gotten dull at all. I wash it either by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher if there's room. But it's so easy to wash, it's no big deal to do it by hand. I may need to buy more of these for Christmas gifts! Genius invention!" —GrammyWoz

    Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in four colors).

    17. A breakfast sandwich maker that can SIMULTANEOUSLY cook an egg, toast bread, warm precooked meat, and melt cheese into the perfect sandwich in five minutes or less. From now on, I want all of my sandwiches to be prepared by robots.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    All removable parts of this SANDWICH-MAKING ROBOT are dishwasher safe so cleanup is easy!

    Promising review: "If you are looking for an easy way to make a healthy breakfast sandwich, look no further. I wish I knew this product existed years ago! The bread comes out toasted, the meat was warm, the egg was cooked perfectly and the unit was super easy to clean. I couldn’t be happier with how well this badboy performed from start to finish. All I used was butter to prep the hot surfaces. After, I used a wet paper towel on the nonstick surfaces and viola! a clean unit ready for another run. I LOVE this sandwich maker!!!" —Merc

    ANOTHER Promising review: "FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. You'd think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works. EXCEPT you're wrong. It's amazing. It's quick. Look. Lissssten. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later your tummy is all like 'oh yesssss.' Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You're welcome." —Amazon Customer

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

    18. An air fryer to cook perfectly crisped french fries, veggies, chicken wings, and more in less than 20 minutes — no oil required!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this product! It makes cooking so much easier! I did not use the oven in this hot weather since I got it! It saves so much time! I love it! It’s my go to when I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Also, it does not make the whole house smell like food! It’s awesome 😁😁." —Sam&Mez

    Get it from Amazon for $75.99+ (available in four colors).

    19. A guac-lock container ingeniously designed so that your precious leftover avocado doesn't brown overnight. "No need to peel a new avocado for guac or avo toast, there's some left in the fridge!" —future you.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this for my sister who loves guac and is constantly throwing it out because it goes bad after like a minute. She LOVES it! It was still good after four days in the fridge, and I'm sure it would last longer. So happy it lives up to the hype!" —Jorie C. Sitcer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.94.

    20. Some tabletop cereal dispensers that make mornings easy, especially if you've got kids! Plus, it keeps cereal fresh so it lasts longer than in the box.

    the cereal dispensing canisters side by side with knobs to release the food
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "It looks great in my kitchen! Easy to put together, took me seconds... my kids love it because it's easy to dispense their cereal and other goodies. It fits well on my kitchen counter and does not take up alot of space. Yes, I will recommend this to anyone with children or just to bring some cute decor to your kitchen counter area." —Adelfa

    Get it from Wayfair for $37.99 (Available in three styles).

    21. A set of OXO shredding claws with handles to make it way easier and faster to turn a store-bought rotisserie chicken (or any store-bought/homemade meat) into a variety of meals without getting your fingers all burned and greasy.

    Model using the claws to shred some rotisserie chicken
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very sturdy and makes shredding meat so fast and easy. I love Oxo products." —Karen M. Muller

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    If you're doubtful, check out these easy gourmet meals you can make with a grocery store rotisserie chicken and WITHOUT having to deal with raw chicken.

    A header image of "24 cheap and easy meals you can make with rotisserie chicken" with photos of example recipes
    Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    22. A set of silicone cups invented to make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier. You can even make them in the MICROWAVE.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are fantastic. I am a total klutz in the kitchen. A complete non-cook. And yet two poached eggs came out perfectly the first time I used these little beauties. A squirt of Pam in each cup, crack and drop the egg in, set them on the turntable of my 1,100-watt microwave, cover them with a paper towel and 60 seconds later I had two completely delicious, wonderfully done poached eggs. Voile! If I can do it, anyone can... Boy, am I impressed.!!!" —Leland C. Sheppard

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.97.

    23. An apple slicer that makes preparing a quick snack almost absurdly quick and easy. Try drizzling some honey over your perfect apple slices and thank me later.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I didn't know that an apple slicer can be this amazing! I no longer have to fight to get the apple slices out of the slicer and rip them apart. The bottom of this slicer pushes the slices through which separates them. Mind blown! And as a bonus, the bottom protects the blade while being stored. It just keeps getting better!" —AZMom

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    24. A subscription to Freshly so you can have pre-cooked nutritious meals shipped to you that just have to be microwaved! The best part is that they don't have that bleh taste that microwaved meals usually have. These are actually delicious and satisfying!

    A delicious-looking meal containing foods like veggies, rice, sauce, and more
    @getfreshly / Via instagram.com

    Areas within the continental U.S. Check availability by entering your zip code

    Prices: $11.49/meal for four meals a week, $9.49/meal for six meals a week, $8.99/meal for 10 meals a week, or $8.49/meal for 12 meals a week.

    25. An Everyplate subscription so you don't have to keep trying to come up with ideas for dinner every single night. You'll receive three to five meals per week that are super easy to make and will save you a lot of grocery shopping and meal prepping time.

    Every Plate

    Every week, choose between 13 different meal options (including vegetarian recipes) to keep things fresh!

    Get it from Everyplate for $4.99/serving plus $8.99 for shipping (available in servings of two or four and three, four, or five meals per week).

    26. A pair of herb scissors so you can clip your ingredients directly into your plate and not have to involve cleaning a cutting board! What was once tedious chopping is now fast and easy clipping!

    the herb scissors clipping some green onions
    Amazon

    Plus, there's a cleaning comb built into the storage cover to make removing any herbs that are stuck in the blades hassle-free.

    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 them from Amazon for $10.99.

    27. A fruit slicer set cleverly makes slicing up fruit faster and easier! It comes with a watermelon slicer and scooper, a strawberry slicer, and a peach pitter so that you can have a healthy, refreshing, and hassle-free fruit salad in no time! Plus, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Food52

    Get the set of three from Food52 for $28.

    28. An easy-to-use pot that lets you steam meat and veggies while your rice cooks below. You can also use it to make oatmeal, chili, and soup! If you're not trying to spend a whole lot on a fancier cooker, this thing is a great start.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I had been searching for a food steamer. I am not a good cook at all, I've just never been someone who is a natural in the kitchen so I wanted something simple so that everything could be done at the same time and I was looking for more healthy options as well. Holy. Crap. I am obsessed, this steamer makes me feel like I'm a chef at a 5-star restaurant.. A bit of a stretch but I bought this more than two months ago and I use it at least three to four times a week. The price, I couldn't beat it!! I make rice in the bottom and I steam chicken, salmon, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, corn, Brussels sprouts and really anything. My only regret is not buying this sooner, I feel like such an amazing cook. If I ever get a boyfriend I will hopefully blow him away with my very simple yet extravagantly simple cooking! Hahahah. I wish they had a bigger size because I love this size for just me but it would be AMAZING to have a bigger size to make food for parties and meal prepping :) I'm so happy, truly my favorite Amazon purchase that I've gotten so much use out of." —lacey.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    29. A subscription to Splendid Spoon for plant-based smoothies, soups, and bowls that are ready to eat. You can heat the soups if you want, but it's not necessary!

    A bowl containing rice, fruit, veggies, and more
    http://@splendid.spoon / Via instagram.com

    Ships anywhere in the continental U.S.

    Prices: Breakfast plan for $13/meal with five smoothies weekly; Breakfast + Lunch plan for $9.50/meal with five smoothies and five bowls weekly; Breakfast, Lunch + 1-Day Soup Reset plan for $9/meal with five smoothies, five bowls weekly, and 1-Day Soup Reset; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + 1-Day Soup Reset plan for $9.25/meal with five smoothies, five bowls, five noodles weekly, and 1-Day Soup Reset.

    30. A nonstick divided skillet – it ingeniously lets you cook a full meal using only ONE PAN. It's also dishwasher-safe and super easy to hand wash.

    The skillet showing how many things it can cook at once, fitting scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, a pancake, and a fried egg into all of its compartments
    Amazon

    Promising review: "OMG this pan is simply amazing! 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 $42.98.

    31. An erupting volcano microwave cleaner that makes it easy and actually kinda fun to keep your microwave from getting smelly and gross. Especially if you've been relying on it a lot lately.

    Amazon

    Promising Review: "This is a great little gadget that is both fun and easy to use. Makes cleaning the microwave easy and leaves it smelling fresh. I think it would make a great, fun gift." —REGGIE'S MOM

    Get it from Amazon for $10.69.

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