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    30 Things That'll Make It Borderline Impossible To Ruin Cooking Dinner

    Say goodbye to burnt, undercooked, and otherwise wrecked dishes thanks to these ingenious products.

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    1. A 48-needle meat tenderizer that'll help even the toughest cuts turn out tender and juicy by 1) breaking down connective tissues that make meat tough and chewy, and 2) creating tiny channels in the meat to allow marinades to be fully absorbed in as little as five minutes *and* allow heat to penetrate more quickly so you can reduce cooking time by up to 40% — which will help the meat retain those precious juices and keep it from drying out!

    The meat tenderizer pressing into a piece of meat
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    Promising review: "This wonder tool does an awesome job tenderizing meat....from the largest standing rib roast all the way down to the skinniest pork chop or round steak. Those of you who like to marinate your meat will find this tool to be a God-sent savior as it provides hundreds of holes for the marinade and spices to soak into. I used to pound my chops with a metal mallet until there were holes right through it, and the poor pork chop was only a mere third of its original thickness. NO MORE! Now I use my Klemoo to poke a thousand holes on each side and the thickness never changes, but you can cut it with a fork when done. I use it on all meats: beef, pork, veal...even chicken and turkey. It works wonders!" —Wet Bruce

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    2. A panini press grill that makes it quick and easy to achieve perfectly pressed sandwiches, quesadillas, and much more — no flipping required! You can even use the lock top lid to warm things like personal pizzas and open-face sandwiches!

    Reviewer image of two perfectly pressed wraps
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    Promising review: "We loved toasty sandwiches and this little thing makes them great! You can do so many varieties of sandwiches — really anything your heart desires. I have also used it to make quesadillas. Irons are easy to wipe down for fast cleanup." —KDiaz

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two colors.

    3. A handy dumpling maker here to simplify making homemade pot stickers, pierogis, empanadas, and turnovers if you haven't quite mastered making them by hand yet. Not to worry! All you have to do is lay the dough overtop, add your filling, and flip up one side so this ingenious accessory can do the cutting, sealing, and crimping for you! Pro skill levels very much not required.

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    Promising review: "My wife uses this for making empanadas and a variety of other stuffed pastries. Good quality workmanship; it works well and cleans easily. As the dough shrinks a bit when cut, you may need to roll it out again a bit before filling and pressing so you get a good seal." —Jimmy

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

    4. A sous vide cooker that'll make over- or under- cooked meals a thing of the past. It takes the guesswork out of preparing dinner by maintaining the precise temperature to perfectly cook your meals so you get flawless results without much effort or monitoring from you at all!

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    The temperature ranges from 32–197 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooker can be controlled right from your phone, so you don't even have to stay in the kitchen while cooking. It also provides cooking notifications, and stays connected through Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away. Plus, you get access to over 1,000 recipes, so you'll have inspiration for yummy meals! Get the Anova app here.

    Promising review: "This thing is amazing! I had never used the Sous Vide method before. The control is amazing. The first time I used it, I ran two New York strips up to 130° for one hour, then seared them in a pan. My wife was more than pleased. Amazed even. Apparently, this method is backed by culinary witchcraft. I bought this in a combo pack that gave me this and a vacuum sealer. The app is simple to use, easy to connect, but completely unnecessary if you aren’t into that sort of thing. But, it does make it easy to check in on the operation from the sofa. You can also send preloaded recipes from the phone to the circulator with a click. If you are interested in trying this style of cooking, this seems like a great entry point." —Lester McGowan

    Get it from Amazon for $125.92+ (available on its own or with vacuum sealer included).

    5. An Instant Pot if you want delicious meals to basically cook themselves in very little time. You won't believe how quick and simple it is to make dishes that actually taste incredible using this miracle appliance that's basically a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a sauté-r, a yogurt maker, and a warmer — all in one device!

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    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 bigger 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 $59.92+ (available in three sizes and two styles).

    6. A veggie spiralizer so you can easily turn your veggies into perfect noods simply by turning the handle!

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    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 $30.42.

    7. A microwave pasta maker – it'll actually give you perfect, al dente pasta in minutes with no mess or sticking to prove that spaghetti dinner doesn't have to be a time consuming hassle that's just one wrong move away from leaving you with mushy noods.

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    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 cleanup 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 $16.98.

    8. A sushi-making kit that uses an innovative frame help you precisely layer your fillings, a rolling mat to help you mold a log, and a cutter to slice it into perfect sushi bites that won't fall apart like the first ones you attempted by hand.

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    The kit includes a dishwasher safe sushi mat for making perfect rolls, a nonstick paddle for scooping and smoothing out the rice filling, and a roll cutter for slicing evenly-sized pieces of sushi (P.S., the end caps turn into little soy sauce holders for dipping!).

    Promising review: "I'm very happy I invested in this kit. I was paying $5 per roll whenever I bought sushi from a local store. I figured I should teach myself how to make sushi. This makes it foolproof, and I'm saving a lot of money on lunches now by making my own sushi." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. A copy of The Flavor Bible, full of helpful tips from leading chefs that'll strengthen your knowledge on how to season and combine ingredients, textures, and temperatures so you can feel more confident about experimenting with less fear of accidentally ruining all of your hard work all because of one pinch too many.

    The cover of The Flavor Bible
    Amazon

    Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $22.49, Barnes & Noble for $35.99, or from Bookshop for $36.80 (to support local bookstores).

    10. A stuffed patty mold that helps you create the perfect little space for delicious fillings before sealing it up nicely to avoid your ingredients oozing out and burning during the cooking process. You'll end up with perfectly sized patties full of juicy and delicious flavor in every bite!

    A burger cut in half so the stuffed middle of the patty is visible next to the stuffed patty mold
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This actually works, and you can fill with a lot of stuffing (which surprised me). The device is very well-designed and easy to use once you figure out which part is which. I was very surprised at the size of the indentation for filling. I put in: a slice and a half of cooked bacon, some sliced peppers, and small chunks of cheddar cheese. DELICIOUS! No leakage on my George Foreman grill. Worked great. They are big burgers, so you might end up sharing. Enjoy! It's a great tool, at a great price. You can make pizza burgers, Mexican burgers, whatever you can imagine." —BarbZ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A microwave rice cooker to effortlessly achieve perfectly steamed results every time, so you can stop struggling with the stovetop and always ending up with partially boiled or burned grains.

    The rice cooker next to a bowl of veggies and rice
    Amazon

    The four-piece set includes a cooker, a locking lid, a rice paddle, and a measuring cup. It also comes with a set of instructions and can make up to SIX FREAKIN' CUPS of rice, oats, quinoa, and more in just a few minutes. The entire thing is also dishwasher safe and you can also use it to make steamed veggies.

    Promising review: "I love this little rice pot! It comes with a measuring cup, rice paddle, and directions to make the perfect pot of rice in the microwave! It would be an excellent gift for a college student or someone (like me) who loves rice but just can’t seem to get the hang of making it on the stove top. It is easy to clean and dishwasher-safe! I can’t say enough how much I enjoy this little pot!!" —living_with_ms

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $6.36.

    12. A perforated crisping pan ingeniously designed for even heat distribution and consistent results so your homemade or frozen pizza comes out nice and crunchy without the disappointment of ending up with a soggy or burnt crust.

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    You can use it for pretty much anything you want to reheat, too! Plus, it's dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I've been using this pan for several months now. My crusts consistently come out nice and crispy. Very easy cleanup due to the finish. It hasn't scratched yet and is a nice, solid weight with a flat bottom. I can see I'll be baking pizza in this pan for many years yet! You just can't go wrong with Cuisinart. Also, in response to complaints I have read about pizza dough sagging through the holes in this pan, simply make sure your dough isn't too wet. I roll my dough out in plenty of flour before placing it in the pan for its final rise, and my dough doesn't sag through and my crusts turn out great." —Twisted Chef

    Get it from Amazon for $24.72.

    13. A rapid egg cooker that can make perfectly hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, and scrambled eggs in just minutes so you can stop putting in all the effort yourself, only to wind up with uneven results. It can even make an omelet if you wanna feel extra fancy!

    The rapid egg cooker full of eggs
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family — anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation!" —J. Mercer Crenshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in six colors).

    14. A helpful tortilla press kit so you can easily make consistently perfect tortillas at home! Plus, it's made in Mexico out of old Singer sewing machines and will look stunning on your counter.

    Bright red tortilla maker with balls of dough beside flat, finished pieces
    Verve Culture

    Verve Culture is a woman-owned small business based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was founded by a mother and daughter, and they curate products that are "made in the country of origin using traditional practices."

    Promising review: "This tortilla press is SO cute and lets you make delicious tortillas super easily. I love the pop of red on my counter and guests always give me compliments when I take it out for Taco Tuesday!" —Carly

    Get it from Verve Culture for $48 (PayPal available).

    15. A air fryer to make perfectly crispy fried food simply by setting the temperature and a timer. No oil splatters (in fact, no oil at all!) and no overcooking thanks to its auto-shutoff feature!

    Before and after reviewer image of chicken in the air fryer
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    It features a six-quart capacity fryer basket. All non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I was very glad to join the air fry bandwagon with this Dash Air Fryer. I have mostly used it for frozen foods such as egg rolls, chicken tenders, and fish fillets so far. I use parchment paper to help with the cleanup. In some cases, it comes out better with no oil at all. Definitely a more nutritious cooking alternative!" —Michael from San Diego

    Get it from Amazon for $83.70 (available in five colors).

    16. A Kochblume spill stopper that'll help you 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
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    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 $18.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

    17. A multi-function chopping board with a smooth side for normal cutting, and a side with specially designed spikes to grip meat, making it much easier to slice. It also features an angled cutting surface designed to catch any dripping juices or crumbs that go a-tumblin'.

    Model cuts meat on the cutting board, using the spikes to keep it in place
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this cutting board with the hopes of being able to cut veggies (specifically watery tomatoes) and meats (drippy pork loin comes to mind) without spilling juices all over the countertop. This board is everything I've been looking for — and does it better than I expected. The dense plastic won't dull my knives, and it is sure to last for years. Each side's edges are covered with a thick silicone rubber to prevent slipping. Overall, this is a fantastic cutting board which we use regularly and has even replaced my favorite wood board simply because of its functionality." —Sidney Shore

    Get it from Amazon for $18.07+ (available in four colors).

    18. A digital food thermometer so you can stop hemming and hawing over whether or not your chicken is cooked enough and quit losing precious juice from your steaks every time you cut them open to check on the middle. Just stick this lil' guy in and get an instant temperature reading!

    The red thermometer with its stainless steel reading needle inserted into a roasted turkey
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    19. A two-stage electric knife-sharpener to bring even the dullest blades back to life so you can always make nice clean cuts.

    Hands running a knife through the small sharpener
    Amazon

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) nonserrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8–10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in five colors).

    20. And a wooden children's "knife" so your little one can safely help out in the kitchen without fear, because nothing ruins a meal quite like...an injury.

    kids using the wooden knives to chop apples
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    JUstenbois is a small business based in Bolton-Est, Canada that sells eco-friendly, zero-waste wooden kitchenware.

    Promising review: "This is perfect! My daughter loves it so much. It fits perfectly in her tiny hands, and the quality is superb." —Petite momo

    Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $16.98.

    21. An automatic pan stirrer for anyone who tends to forget to continuously stir certain ingredients and always ends up with clumpy results. It even has a built-in timer, so you can let it take over at the stove while you bask in the glory of your newfound free time.

    The three-pronged stirrer in a pan
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

    22. A Blue Apron subscription so you can receive fresh ingredients from farmers pre-portioned for specific dishes, plus easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions so you can get perfect results every time!

    salmon, goat cheese, Brussel sprouts, and other ingredients with a recipe card
    Blue Apron

    Meal types offered: vegetarian, diabetes-friendly recipes, and family-style meals

    What does it include? fresh measured ingredients from family-run farms, measured spices, and recyclable packaging

    Get it from Blue Apron: a two-serving plan starting at $9.99/serving or a four-serving plan starting at $7.99/serving.

    23. A little oven thermometer that'll provide a safety net in case your oven, grill, toaster oven, smoker, or any other heat-based food appliance's temperature reader isn't 100% accurate, which can lead to burnt or undercooked meals, even if you followed the instructions perfectly.

    The thermometer hanging from an oven rack
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    It reads between 60 and 580 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Promising review: "I bought this after persistent frustration with my oven. I live in a rental apartment and my oven is pretty crappy. I was suspicious that it wasn't as hot as it claimed to be when I preheated it. This isn't such a big deal if you're just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven for 20 minutes, but I like to cook. I feel like my oven has been cheating on me. I needed to catch it in the act. Am I a crummy baker, or is my oven the culprit? So, I bought this thermometer. The result: My oven really does suck! When it beeps for 350 degrees, the thermometer reads 300 degrees. Goodbye, delicious chicken parmigiana; hello salmonella! Goodbye, carefully scheduled 7:30 p.m. dinner; hello, 8:15 p.m. apologies and wine on an empty stomach! This thermometer is like a private investigator who reassures you that you're not paranoid." —Jordan Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (also available in versions for the refrigerator and freezer).

    24. An amazing Always pan designed to replace eight pieces of cookware so preparing a variety of dishes can be a lot less complicated.

    Our Place

    Our Place is a WOC-founded brand bringing inventive cookware and kitchen products. You can braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry, boil, and more with this pan. It does the same job as a fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, nonstick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. The spatula is designed to fit neatly on the pan's handle. The pan is dishwasher-safe and only weighs 3 pounds.

    Long, but worthwhile promising review: "I bought this pan not sure it was going to live up to the hype. Yeah, it was cute (I got the green color to match my kitchen color palette) but I've bought plenty of cute, millennial-branded products that turned out to be all style and no substance. How good could it be? It's phenomenal. I got it three weeks ago and since then the only time I've used a different pan was when the Always pan was already in use for one dish and I needed to cook something else. 

The nonstick coating is great. Eggs don't stick! Dried-on sauce doesn't stick! Yesterday's oatmeal doesn't stick! It all just wipes off with almost no scrubbing, which is great, because I have no desire to put this pan in the dishwasher, because what if I need to cook something?!

 The pan surface heats up really quickly! I cooked on my normal boring stove, and I was shocked how much faster my pasta water came to a boil.

 The pan surface also heats really evenly, and is amazing at searing. I cooked steak in it last night, hoping I wasn't making a mistake by using nonstick instead of cast iron, but it gave the steaks a flawless sear, way more even than my cast-iron pan. I was super impressed.

 I love the built-in spatula rest. So much. My only comment on the pan is that the hole in the spatula could be just a hair larger so that it doesn't require any leveraging to remove from the rest, but very minor complaint.

 Love the steamer/strainer basket. Haven't used it for steaming yet, but love it for pasta. It's so much easier to just lift all the pasta out and leave the pasta water behind than carry the whole pan of boiling water over to the sink to pour out, all the while terrified that one of my cats will come in and get boiling water splashed on them or something.

 I love the lid, especially the steam vent feature. It's really great for cooking grains. 

Basically, this pan is totally worth what you spend on it. I'm moving in six months and I'm planning to donate most of my cookware when I do. Very confident that I won't miss any of it, thanks to this pan." —Abigail R.

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in six colors).

    25. A pack of delicious pre-prepared seasoned beans for those nights when you need one more side dish to fill out a meal, but don't have the time or ingredients to start from scratch. Just throw these in the microwave for 60 seconds, and BAM — your problem is solved.

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    The variety pack comes with two packs of Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry.

    Promising review: "Who writes a review about beans? Somebody who loves beans but had given up on them, until now. This is a great product. Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that." —Amazon Customer

    A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned small business based in San Francisco, California.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    26. An Everyplate subscription so you can skip the grocery store and receive three to five meals per week that are super easy to make and will save you a lot of time and effort, especially if meal prepping isn't your strong suit.

    Every Plate

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

    Promising review: ""Planning meals and going to the grocery store is the actual bane of my existence. The fact that EveryPlate sends me everything I need at a very affordable price is such a weight lifted off my shoulders! This photo is of a real recipe I've made, and loved, and have actually recreated on my own many times since! I've been using EveryPlate pretty regularly for over two years and there has never been a recipe I (a novice chef, at best) couldn't handle." —Danielle Healy, BuzzFeed Staff

    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).

    27. A cute kitchen timer to give yourself the gift of endless un-burned food.

    A closeup of the kitchen timer
    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    28. An online cooking class from Todo Verde that'll help you master plant-based Mexican dishes with authentic flavor!

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    Todo Verde is a small business that has always had a startlingly simple proposal: Remind people of the organic and plant-based roots of Latinx culinary traditions. Chef and cookbook author Jocelyn Ramirez has made access to healthy food her mission — and her brand offers delicious vegan alternatives for lovers of Mexican and South American cuisine. Find everything in its online store.

    Todo Verde offers community classes on a sliding scale from $15-25.

    29. A variety pack of delicious vegan pancake mixes for those ~breakfast for dinner~ kinda nights when you don't wanna get involved with making batter from scratch and wondering if it'll come out any good. All three flavors can even be used as waffle mix if you aren't in the mood for flapjacks!

    Vicky Cakes

    Vicky Cakes is a Black woman-owned small business fronted by co-founder and CEO Christian Sargent, who was inspired by her mother Vicky's love of the kitchen and the simple yet delicious recipes she whipped up for her family as a single mother. The goal of Vicky Cakes is to bring families back together around the table for breakfast by creating delicious, easy-to-make pancake mixes that work for a busy, modern lifestyle.

    All Vicky Cakes mixes are dairy-, GMO-, and preservative-free!

    Promising review: "We made our cakes this morning for the first time and immediately all four of us fell in love. They tasted delicious, they were soft, and FLUFFY! I swear they tasted homemade. I HIGHLY recommend this mix. I will never buy stop mix again. I also appreciate the lack of artificial colors and ingredients. That's a HUGE plus in my book. I'm excited to try other flavors." —Angela T.

    Get a three-pack from Vicky Cakes for $15.99.

    30. And finally, a classic ceramic pie bird that 1) keeps your pie filling from boiling over and getting your oven all messy, 2) distributes moisture to avoid the bottom getting soggy, and 3) makes sure the top crust cooks evenly without splitting — all while looking very adorable.

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    Promising review: "Not only is this pie bird cute as heck when the finished pie comes out of the oven, but it delivers what it promises: a well-cooked bottom crust. Makes for a fabulous conversation piece as well, as most people have never heard of a pie bird. I have purchased more as gifts to go with pie plates, etc for gifts. Great product!" —Denise Caparula

    Get it from Amazon for $4.60.

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