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    24 Things That'll Actually Make You Want To Cook For Once In Your Life

    Your days of making excuses are cooked.

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    1. A set of fun size tools that may be little, but can do big (and delicious) things.

    Macy's

    It includes a basting brush, pointed spatula, spoon, rounded spatula, and all-purpose spatula.

    Get a five-piece set from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $14.99.

    2. A sassy oven mitt for anyone who enjoys delivering sick burns to everyone but themselves.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 14 designs).

    3. This little piggy who has three simple goals in life: 1) to hold your spoon; 2) to prevent said spoon from making a darn mess of your kitchen counter; 3) to make cooking, like, a million times cuter.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is both darling AND useful. It washes up easily in the dishwasher and holds every utensil I have without falling off. I've used it on both a stainless steel pot and a glass pot. It does get a bit hot from heat conduction, but frankly, that's physics, and I'm not sure there'd be a way to make something both flexible enough to hold a utensil and also not heat up." β€”Two kids mom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.31.

    4. A genius meal planning pad that lets you map out your munchies for every day of the week, make your shopping list as you go, then tear off the list when you're ready to hit the store!

    Amazon

    Plus, it's got magnets on the back so you can easily hang it on your fridge!

    Promising review: "This simple tool is just what I need to get dinner organized for each week. Deciding what to cook one night at a time can be stressful for me, and the added time of running to the store for the day's missing ingredients can really add up. Sometimes we'd just give up and go out for dinner. This product has saved me time and money." β€”minmom24

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. A genius prep bowl with a cutout lid and interchangeable inserts that'll allow even the most inexperienced chefs do a grate job with any task, from mixing to slicing.

    Macy's

    The set comes with a bowl, a large lid with a cutout, and four inserts: a fine grater top, a coarse grater top, a slicer top, and a regular cover. Not only does this mean you can slice and dice deliciousness right into the bowl, but you can also stick a mixer through the hole for mess-free mixing.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $29.99.

    6. "Special Shit" seasoning, which'll live up to its name and make everything from meat to seafood to veggies extra tasty. 'Tis always the season to season!

    Amazon

    It's a mouthwatering mix of things like garlic, salt, paprika, and chili powder, and is MSG-free!

    Promising Review: "Special S*** is just that β€” special! My son-in-law is from Texas and introduced this to us. It's got a great taste with just the right mix of spices and a little kick. I love it on fresh asparagus β€” lay it out in a single layer on an aluminum foil-covered cookie sheet, sprinkle with Special S*** and olive oil, and bake at 350 for five to eight minutes. Yummy." β€”Fl Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $12.77.

    7. A wearable palm peeler to make fruit and veggie prep much easier and, therefore, more a-peeling.

    Amazon

    It can be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher and even has a handy potato-eye-removing tool at the top!

    Promising review: "I have no skill whatsoever when it comes to cutting ANYTHING. I literally take half an hour to peel two potatoes, and that comes along with a risk of cutting myself. With this product, I can peel potatoes (and other veggies) in under five minutes." β€”Kevin

    Get it from Amazon for $2.42.

    8. A sweet set of kitty cat spoons, because even folks who don't consider cooking to be a chore can benefit from the encouragement of these little smiles just for good meowsure.

    Amazon

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    9. A game-changing dicer that's an absolute must-have for anyone who hates chopping veggies. Plus, it makes cutting onions without tears a breeze. Now, if only it could stop you from sobbing at every episode of This Is Us.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's got over 3,000 positive reviews and is dishwasher safe, so cleaning won't get dicey. Plus, It comes with two different sized dicing plates, a cleaning brush, and access to a recipe e-book.

    Promising review: "I have a disability that affects my ability to use my hands. Chopping food is exhausting and painful, so I'd stopped making a lot of my favorite foods, or had switched to pre-chopped versions, until I found this. This little baby has been a dream for making salads and salsas and soups, and it's easy to clean with the little brush they include. You do need to push it down with a bit of pressure, but neither fine motor skills nor repetition are involved. I've gone from almost never chopping vegetables to chopping them almost every day. Every vegetable I've put in it has been cut perfectly. I've cut tomatoes, celery, carrots, bell peppers, onions, and cucumbers. I never dreamed I'd be able to chop vegetables every day again." β€”Y. Demus

    Get it from Amazon for $22.97.

    10. A nonstick mini griddle for cooking up perfect single-person servings of eggs, meat, skillet cookies, paninis, and so much more. Griddle me this: Is there anything you can't make on this baby?

    Amazon, amazon.com

    I'm hard pressed to think of any. Plus, it's extra great for cooking newbies, because it comes with a book of recipes plus access to an online database with even more!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this little gem. The portion size is perfect for one and you can get creative. It cooks stir-fry-size meats quickly and perfectly. It makes a grilled cheese on a small bun perfectly and cooks an egg perfectly. Clean up is so easy and quick; I love not messing up a pan and the stove. I like to eat, but for me, cooking for one is not especially fun. This is almost fun and so easy. All I really use now is this, the microwave, and a coffee pot. The kitchen stays immaculate!" β€”Jaiyen

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six colors).

    11. A stainless steel bar to magically rid your skin of stinkiness, so the fear of having grody hands for hours won't be an excuse not to cook ever again.

    Amazon

    This amazing bar has over 1,000 positive reviews and never needs to be replaced. You use it just like you would a bar of real soap, and odor molecules bind with the steel molecules to leave your hands stink-free. Some people even say it works under their arms for busting B.O.!

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this bar.

    Promising review: "Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen, and I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you're trying to eat lunch. I originally got one of these because it's safe to use in a zoo facility since it's just steel, not something involving harsh chemicals that could harm the animals. It's been working very well. Once I had success, I bought more for people who often cook with garlic, onions, meat, etc. I highly recommend this product!" β€”CamilleElise

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    12. A veggie spiralizer that's accomplished the impossible β€” I'm talking about making eating your vegetables easy and fun.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    You can use it to turn veggies like zucchini, carrots, squash, or potatoes into pasta-, stir-fry-, or potato pancake-ready strips. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this spiralizer.

    Promising review: "I got several zucchini, mushrooms, light pasta sauce, and chicken meatballs and made 'spaghetti' for dinner. It was fabulous! It really is an excellent substitute for pasta! I was shocked at how close to al dente pasta the texture was. All I did was sautΓ© it for a few minutes! There are two options with this device: one side makes very thin strips and the other makes thick strips. Each zucchini made about two cups of 'noodles' and cooked down to about one and a half cups. We will be making this again. It was delicious and satisfied all my pasta cravings. I couldn't finish my plate β€” I gave some of it to my hubby to finish off!" β€”Amy K. Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available only for Prime members).

    13. A set of clever kitchen tools with silicone handles so you don't have to worry about being a clumsy cook. Plus, each one serves multiple functions. In other words, these aren't regular cooking tools, they're cool cooking tools.

    Macy's

    The set includes a masher and a slotted spoon that can both double as herb strippers, a spoon with measuring marks etched inside, a turner with a cutting edge and a built-in ginger grater, and a ladle that can work double-duty as a strainer.

    Get a five-piece set from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.

    14. A simple-yet-ingenious dish squeegee, because we all know the worst part about cooking is knowing you'll have to clean up after. But this thing will actually make it kind of...fun?

    Amazon

    One edge is curved so it can be used for cleaning bowls as well! In other words, it's made for getting you out of tight scrapes.

    Promising review: "Very happy with this product! It works great for scraping food off of dishes and has already saved a bunch of water due to less rinsing." β€”Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    15. A wearable steel finger guard so you can give your fears about ending up like that one traumatizing Julia Child SNL sketch the finger.

    Amazon

    It's adjustable, so it can fit any size fingers and be worn on either hand!

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my grandson who is learning to cook and handling kitchen knives for the first time. Not only does it protect his fingers, but it's easy for him to use and is teaching him the right posture with his fingers for future cutting without a guard." β€”MaryC

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    16. A quirky and fun cookbook themed around a favorite book or movie β€” like Harry Potter or Mean Girls β€” that's full of gloriously geeky recipes you'll actually want to make.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    For example, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook will help you summon such noms as pumpkin pasties and Kreacher's French onion soup and features descriptions of where each food appears in the books. Meanwhile The Burn Cookbook was coauthored BY THE GUY WHO PLAYED AARON SAMUELS HIMSELF and, just as sure as his hair looks sexy pushed back, his recipes include "Whatever, I'm Getting Cheese Fries," and "Fetch-uccini Alfredo."

    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on the Harry Potter one and the Mean Girls one.

    Get The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook from Amazon for $10.99. Get The Burn Cookbook from Amazon for $14.99+.

    17. An LOL-worthy kitchen towel for anyone who gets both saucy and salty when people are surprised they can actually cook.

    ModCloth

    Why do so many words related to having an attitude sound like food? Is it a linguistic plot to cure hanger? We may never know.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 or ModCloth for $13.

    18. A whimsical apron to keep a smile on your face and schmutz off your clothes.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Get the Totoro for $8.96 and the kitties for $14.99 (available in seven designs), both from Amazon.

    19. A very expressive emoji cookie cutter and cookie sheet set, which just might be the only thing that could convince you to bake cookies from scratch instead of running to the bakery.

    Walmart

    You can even use these with pre-made dough!!! I won't judge you!

    The set includes four cookie cutters (heart eyes, smiley face, cry laughing, and poop) and three cookie sheets!

    Get a set of three sheets and four cookie cutters from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.97.

    20. A super satisfying, dishwasher-safe sushi maker you just load up with rice and filling, then shoot out a perfect roll. Even culinary newbies can do it β€” it's not raw-cket science.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This makes sushi super easy to make! I never thought I could do this myself, but I'm going to save a fortune on sushi going forward. I'm vegan, but love veggie sushi, which isn't cheap. Making my sushi costs me about 95% less than getting it from my local sushi joint. Whoa. I basically get cheap sushi for life. It's worth every penny IMO." β€”Chai Man

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. A kitty cheese grater so preciously practical, you'll have to be careful no other chefs try to whisker away.

    ModCloth

    Get it from Amazon or ModCloth for $12.

    22. Clever, flexible cutting boards that'll brighten your meal prep and make it easy to prevent cross-contamination.

    Amazon

    They're made from BPA-free, antimicrobial material. Each mat has a non-slip back and a cute little icon to help you remember which you're using for meat, seafood, fruits, and veggies!

    Promising review: "These are amazing! On Sunday, I used them to prep all our food for the week and they made such a difference! I didn't constantly have to clean the cutting board to reuse it every time. I just had all four out and used each one as needed! I don't have a ton of time, but am always trying to do home-cooked, healthy meals for my family. Anything that makes it easier and faster is worth it for me! These are also really easy to clean and really great quality!" β€”EmilyMarie

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99.

    23. A simple pasta measurer perfect for anyone who has ever complained about always making the wrong amount of noodles.

    Amazon

    It has four holes to demonstrate different size portions and works with any long noodle.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.93.

    24. And finally, a gorgeous serving bowl or platter that'll make you want to whip up an equally gorgeous meal to serve on them.

    Amazon, Anthropologie

    Get the serving bowl from Amazon for $25.43 and the platter from Anthropologie for $48.

    Now go forth and cook up something yummy!!!!

    Studio Ghibli

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