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20 Basic Kitchen Products You Probably Don't Already Have

A clever colander, brilliant baking pans, a great grater, and more necessities every kitchen (and amateur chef) should have. What have you been doing without these all this time?

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1. A great grill pan, because you don't need a whole big outdoor grill to enjoy delish grilled veggies, fish, and meat.

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This one is huge — it's an 11 inch by 11 inch square — so even cooking for a bunch of guests is a breeze.

And if you're looking for something that'll last you a lifetime, you can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $24.88.

2. A deep cooker that's part pan, part pot, and just the right depth to let whatever you're cooking soak up tons of flavor.

This one can hold up to four quarts and has a useful additional handle to help even the clumsiest of cooks. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with those meatballs in the picture.Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in two colors).
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This one can hold up to four quarts and has a useful additional handle to help even the clumsiest of cooks. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with those meatballs in the picture.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in two colors).

3. A lovely loaf pan so you'll stop loafing around and get started on all those fabulous dessert recipes you've been eyeing on Pinterest.

We all know that the worst part of cooking is handwashing pots and pans afterwards, but this guy is dishwasher-safe!Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.67.
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We all know that the worst part of cooking is handwashing pots and pans afterwards, but this guy is dishwasher-safe!

Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.67.

4. A citrus juicer so that when life gives you lemons, you can make lemonade (and salad dressing, and marinades, and lemon tarts...).

This one is even more useful than a hand press juicer, because it doubles as a receptacle to collect the juice so you can store and save it for later, or use the spout for immediate usage. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and the lid makes it easier to store and ensures it won't stab you every time you reach into your drawer.Promising review: "This gets every last drop of juice out of the fruit, even large lemons. I like that it has a built-in filter and a spout that pours well. It's good for storing extra juice in the fridge because the lid has a nice tight seal. It can hold the juice from about three lemons. As an added bonus, my 5-year-old loves using it; it's a great way for a child to help out with food prep!" —JenniferGet it from Amazon for $7.99.
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This one is even more useful than a hand press juicer, because it doubles as a receptacle to collect the juice so you can store and save it for later, or use the spout for immediate usage. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe and the lid makes it easier to store and ensures it won't stab you every time you reach into your drawer.

Promising review: "This gets every last drop of juice out of the fruit, even large lemons. I like that it has a built-in filter and a spout that pours well. It's good for storing extra juice in the fridge because the lid has a nice tight seal. It can hold the juice from about three lemons. As an added bonus, my 5-year-old loves using it; it's a great way for a child to help out with food prep!" —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

5. A multipurpose stainless steel grater you should purchase for the grater good of your kitchen.

And not in an evil, Grindelwald sort of way. You can use this for way more than just cheese — it's perfect for everything from chocolate to butter to veggies to potatoes. Hash browns, anyone?Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.97 (available in four colors).
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And not in an evil, Grindelwald sort of way. You can use this for way more than just cheese — it's perfect for everything from chocolate to butter to veggies to potatoes. Hash browns, anyone?

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.97 (available in four colors).

6. An efficient salad spinner because soggy produce is just gross, tbh.

Promising review: "This is worth the price, hands down. The outer bowl is a very thick plastic. I wash the lettuce in the inner green container, place it in the outer plastic bowl, put on the lid, and push down the top and it starts to spin very, very easily. It's so much fun to push down the pump that your kids will beg to do it. You'll have to hide your salad spinner because they'll look for any reason to push it. This pulls a LOT of water off my greens and holds a lot of lettuce — you can even store the cut and washed lettuce in the salad spinner to keep it fresh longer. I see myself eating salad a lot more often just because of the ease and fun of using this spinner." —BlueEyedTechieinTXGet it from Amazon for $29.95 or Walmart for $33.89.
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Promising review: "This is worth the price, hands down. The outer bowl is a very thick plastic. I wash the lettuce in the inner green container, place it in the outer plastic bowl, put on the lid, and push down the top and it starts to spin very, very easily. It's so much fun to push down the pump that your kids will beg to do it. You'll have to hide your salad spinner because they'll look for any reason to push it. This pulls a LOT of water off my greens and holds a lot of lettuce — you can even store the cut and washed lettuce in the salad spinner to keep it fresh longer. I see myself eating salad a lot more often just because of the ease and fun of using this spinner." —BlueEyedTechieinTX

Get it from Amazon for $29.95 or Walmart for $33.89.

7. A spring form pan designed to make serving desserts a piece of cake.

The sides are removable, so you don't have have to worry about your creation falling apart as you try to get it out of the pan and onto a dish. As if that weren't convenient enough, this one also has a nonstick coating and is dishwasher-safe.Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $15.31.
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The sides are removable, so you don't have have to worry about your creation falling apart as you try to get it out of the pan and onto a dish. As if that weren't convenient enough, this one also has a nonstick coating and is dishwasher-safe.

Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $15.31.

8. A trusty pizza cutter that costs even less than your favorite delivery place.

It features a built-in guard so your fingers don't become one of the pizza toppings.Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.44.
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It features a built-in guard so your fingers don't become one of the pizza toppings.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $5.44.

9. A powerful handheld mixer that'll make baking (and cleanup) a breeze.

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This one has six speeds and attaches to a bin to become its own storage container!

Promising review: "This is great for your basic mixing needs. It's medium-sized and comes equipped with two traditional beaters and a whisk attachment. It also includes a snap-on storage case so you can store all the parts together and won't have to go on a scavenger hunt in your drawers every time you need your beaters. If you've never owned a mixer before, it's best to start with a simple hand mixer such as this one instead of a stand mixer because they're easy and take up less space." —BeUtyTradeReVue

Get it from Amazon for $12.96 or Walmart for $12.96 (available in two colors).

10. A stainless steel garlic press so you can scare away vampires (and flavorless meals) with ease.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).
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Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).

11. A three-tier cooling rack to give your food a time-out when it needs to take a minute and cool down.

You'll cry tiers of gratitude when this thing for helps you enjoy your delicious creations faster, without burning your tongue (again).Get it from Walmart for $8.87.
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You'll cry tiers of gratitude when this thing for helps you enjoy your delicious creations faster, without burning your tongue (again).

Get it from Walmart for $8.87.

12. A meat thermometer that'll give you an accurate reading almost instantly and ensure all your culinary creations are safely cooked all the way through.

Promising review: "This is a great product. It's fast (you can read the temperature after three to five seconds). I tested it against another, non-digital thermometer and they read almost identically, so I'm very satisfied with the accuracy." —Honest ReviewerGet it from Amazon for $11.04 or Walmart for $10.99.
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Promising review: "This is a great product. It's fast (you can read the temperature after three to five seconds). I tested it against another, non-digital thermometer and they read almost identically, so I'm very satisfied with the accuracy." —Honest Reviewer

Get it from Amazon for $11.04 or Walmart for $10.99.

13. A flat-bottomed wok to up the frying game you've been bragging to all your friends about. Now you won't just talk the talk, you'll wok the wok.

A wok retains more heat than a frying pan, allows you to use less oil, and has super-useful, high sides for folks who are prone to making a mess (me). Plus, the helper handle on this one allows you transport your cooking securely even if you usually drop everything you touch (also me).Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.88.
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A wok retains more heat than a frying pan, allows you to use less oil, and has super-useful, high sides for folks who are prone to making a mess (me). Plus, the helper handle on this one allows you transport your cooking securely even if you usually drop everything you touch (also me).

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.88.

14. A three-piece peeler set to make the thought of prepping veggies a bit more a-peel-ing.

The set includes a julienne peeler (for creating superfine slices), a swivel peeler (an easy peeler for all sorts of veggies, which also includes a built-in potato eye remover), and a serrated peeler (great for foods with slippery skins, like tomatoes).Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.97.
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The set includes a julienne peeler (for creating superfine slices), a swivel peeler (an easy peeler for all sorts of veggies, which also includes a built-in potato eye remover), and a serrated peeler (great for foods with slippery skins, like tomatoes).

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.97.

15. A set of nice cutting boards, cause sometimes slicing things right on the plate just won't cut it.

These beautiful bamboo babies can even serve double duty as cheese platters.Promising review: "I love how thin, lightweight, durable, and easy to clean these cutting boards are. The juices from meats and veggies slide right off, and the cutting boards still look brand new, without any knife marks, after use. Plus, they're crack- and moisture- resistant." —EmmaGet a set of three from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $11.99.
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These beautiful bamboo babies can even serve double duty as cheese platters.

Promising review: "I love how thin, lightweight, durable, and easy to clean these cutting boards are. The juices from meats and veggies slide right off, and the cutting boards still look brand new, without any knife marks, after use. Plus, they're crack- and moisture- resistant." —Emma

Get a set of three from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $11.99.

16. A five-quart Dutch oven for stewing up a storm.

This roomy pot is made for simmering soups and sauces and can also be used to slow cook meats. It comes with sturdy glass lid to lock in all the yumminess, has a nonstick coating, and is dishwasher safe.Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in two colors).
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This roomy pot is made for simmering soups and sauces and can also be used to slow cook meats. It comes with sturdy glass lid to lock in all the yumminess, has a nonstick coating, and is dishwasher safe.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88 (available in two colors).

17. A manual can opener with a built-in bottle opener to open up a whole world of culinary possibilities.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).
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Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).

18. A nonstick fluted cake pan because it's not just about taste, it's about presentation.

In additional to being pretty, this dishwasher-safe pan is also great for cooking super-moist cakes with proper heat distribution.Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.
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In additional to being pretty, this dishwasher-safe pan is also great for cooking super-moist cakes with proper heat distribution.

Get a set of two from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $17.74.

19. A knife sharpener so there's never a dull moment.

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This one has two slots: one fine (for polishing and touching up sharp blades) and one coarse (for more intense sharpening). Plus, it's designed so it can easily fit on the edge of the counter, instead of forcing you to sharpen on the flat countertop and risk scratching up all your kitchen surfaces. People swear by it, too — it has over 7,000 positive reviews.

Promising review: "I bought the dullest knives ever and suffered with them for a year. Finally, I decided to give this a try before tossing the knives and investing in a nicer set. This worked wonderfully. I can actually slice tomatoes without crushing them. I used to have to use a bread knife to cut through things, but this sharpener changed it all. This worked for the whole set, on knives both large and small. It would work on any blade. I'm a believer!" —A

Get it from Amazon for $5.40+ (available in three colors).

20. A bright bowl and colander set to make cooking a little less draining.

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Having the larger bowl underneath not only prevents your sink from turning into a splash zone, but is also ideal if you want to use the oil or juice you're draining for something else later.

Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.44 (available in two colors).

In this case, basic isn't a bad thing — you just straight up need this stuff!

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