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    21 Essential Kitchen Purchases You Should Probably Stop Putting Off

    Are you a kebob because I'm about to skewer you for not prioritizing these purchases.

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    1. A heavy-duty, odour-free, sensor-activated (and easy-on-the-eyes) trash can you won't mind keeping out in the open. We love a multi-hyphenate!

    Stainless steel trash can
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $130.74.

    2. A silicone safeguard if you've simply had it up to here (*points to the brim of pot*) with getting boiling pasta water all over your cook top.

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    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $26.99.

    3. A wooden cutting board — props if it's colour-coded like this one to prevent cross-contamination — so you finally have a proper place to chop and dice your meals.

    The cutting board and plastic mats, each with a different logo to indicate what kind of food it's meant for
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    This set includes one bamboo cutting board and seven flexible, BPA-free mats. The mats can be inserted inside the bamboo board for storage.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $33.43.

    4. A mini countertop compost bin, because it's not too late to start caring about the environment. In fact, one could even argue that it is *essential* to start.

    A gray compost bin next to produce
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $28.99 (read more about this product here).

    5. A two-stage knife sharpener so you don't have to deal with dull blades (and a lousy mincing job as a result).

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    6. A multipurpose chef's knife that you can use to prepare vegetables and meats alike. My knives? They're Out.

    Chef's knife next to an artichoke

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $44.99.

    7. A rapid egg cooker, which perfectly prepares six eggs in any manner your heart desires — hard-, medium-, and soft-boiled eggs, two poached eggs, scrambled eggs, you name it. This way, you'll really have to go out of your way to mess up an egg.

    Rapid egg cooker in black
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    Read more about the Dash Egg Cooker here.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $45.19+ (available in four colours).

    8. An easy oven cleaner that'll utterly eviscerate every last trace of your cooking, because sometimes the biggest cooking fail of all isn't the journey, but the aftermath.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $39.67.

    9. An eight-piece glass bowl set with lids that are the perfect size for meal prepping.

    Clear eight-piece glass bowl set
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.21 (for an eight-piece set).

    10. An oscillating tower fan with three handy speed settings, which'll help you stay cool while you're bent over the stove top making that elaborate dish the Internet told you to make.

    White oscillating tower fan placed in kitchen
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $106.40+ (available in four colours).

    11. A set of unfussy drawer trays to organize all of your utensils.

    Drawer tray with utensils organized in compartments
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    Get a set of three from Amazon Canada for $22.67+ (available in two colours).

    12. A digital food thermometer so you never have to play the fun guessing game of "Will I Get Very Sick From Eating This Undercooked Meat?"

    Model inserting thermometer into chicken
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    13. A do-it-all Instant Pot which combines seven tools (including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker) in one appliance and prepares gourmet meals in a fraction of the time you're probably used to.

    The Instant Pot, featuring a digital display
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    This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! Check out our review of the Instant Pot!

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $99.95.

    14. A set of plastic storage containers so you're not throwing shrivelled-up produce into your meal.

    Shriveling strawberry versus fresh, plump strawberry

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon Canada for $52.48.

    15. A kitchen scale that'll convert between five units of measurements so you never fail the math portion of your next cook.

    A digital food scale with cherries on top
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18+ (available in seven colours).

    16. A rice maker, which will do the heavy lifting for you and make daily dinner prep a breeze.

    Rice maker with bowls of rice
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $190.97.

    17. A set of nylon pan scrapers that'll restore your trusty cast-iron pan and avoid getting surprise bites of burnt residue in your stir fry. Plus, they look like owls, which is a real ~hoot~.

    A saucepan with one of the owl-shaped pan scrapers inside it
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    Get a two-pack from Amazon Canada for $9.02 (as an add-on-item).

    18. An easy-to-use blender that'll get you in the kitchen more.

    Magic Bullet with dish of salsa
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $37.99 (originally $49.98).

    19. A uniform set of airtight food storage containers to tidy up your kitchen shelves.

    10-piece set of clear storage containers
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    Get a ten-piece set from Amazon Canada for $208 (also available in sets of three, five, six, eight, and 20).

    20. A cutlery brush for a safe and efficient way to finally scrub away the residue plaguing your tricky kitchenware.

    Hands using the green brush to clean a knife
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99.

    You, becoming a total whiz in the kitchen:


    21. And dishwasher-cleaning tablets that'll zap lime and mineral build-up more effectively than bleach. You might learn in the process where that unpleasant kitchen odour was coming from.

    A woman places an Affresh dishwasher cleaning tab into a full dishwasher
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    Get a pack of three tablets from Amazon Canada for $7.97.

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