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    27 Helpful Products To Help You Better Utilize Your Time In The Kitchen

    From quick lazy meals to fancier dinners, we gotchu.

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    1. A double oven mitt so there's zero panic when you can only find one or none at all. Let's leave the dirty dishrag in the laundry, and keep that bread from burning. 👏


    Promising review: "I love these mitts for the oven. I always only find one oven mitt when I need to get something out of the oven. This makes it easy to always have protection for both hands. I would definitely buy them again and would even give as a gift. Great product!" —Adrienneg

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

    2. A steaming tray you simply slip into the microwave with your meat, veggies, and a little water, and in minutes you'll have a delicious meal waiting for you.


    The trays are stackable, freezer-safe, and top-rack dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "OMG! I love these! I've used them for soups, reheating pasta and chili, making scrambled and poached eggs, ramen noodles, and canned veggies. Many uses for them straight from the fridge or freezer right into the microwave. They're great for travel to the office for lunch without spilling in your tote bag, purse, or briefcase, picnics, or a day out. The locking lid prevents that explosion in the microwave you often get from microwaveable food that come in containers. Your food will become piping hot while the bowl remains touchable and easy to manage.. Best microwave cookers I've found so far and I have tried many since I got my first microwave when they first came out. Great, great, great! Did I say these are great?" —AshGray

    Get it from Amazon for $12.51.

    3. Slow-cooker liners you can basically consider a miracle in a box. Simply toss after cooking, and you won't have to scrub your muscles off trying to remove any baked-on residue!


    Promising review: "Why? Why would you want to scrub your giant Crockpot? Well, now you don't have to — these liners are the perfect solution for your Crockpot needs. Simply place it in your crockpot like you would a trash bag, add all of your ingredients, cook, and then when you're all done...just trash the liner! I've been using these for years and I will never go back to scrubbing the tough cooked on food from the day's cooking. I have never once had a liner with a leak and I really feel like Reynolds has helped make kitchen cleanup so much easier with this smart product." —Katie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98.

    4. A lazy Susan turntable to organize cluttered cabinets and countertops into a tidy wonderland where you can *actually* find things! Amazing, I know.

    Amazon, Sherry D. Johnson /

    Promising review: "I put one of these 18-inch turntables in the corner of every other shelf of my new pantry. I arranged the shelves in such a way that I had easy access to them and that tall items could be placed on them. They are super sturdy and the non-slip rubbery surface is such a plus. The lip on the edges is great, too! I would expect a turntable of this quality to be much more expensive (but happy they were so reasonably priced!). Kudos to Amazon for their speedy service, too! I ordered two 10-inch turntables just like these for short bottled items on my narrow shelves, too." —Sherry D. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A julienne peeler for achieving those perfect, uniform slices of veggies — and achieving them quickly.

    Promising review: "I am very afraid of mandolines, peelers, and slicers so when it came time for julienne peelers I did a lot of research to find one that was safe and easy to use and doing my homework paid off. This peeler is easy to use and safe (assuming that you are careful too when using it). It has a cover for the cutting part so storage is safe too. Washing is easy by hand or dishwasher. It is all stainless steel so I don't expect it is going to rust. the handle is very comfortable on the hand too. I have used it on soft vegetables like zucchini and hard vegetables like green papaya and it worked great." —A. Mwangi

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    6. A silicone freezer tray that'll freeze perfectly portioned leftovers until you're ready for 'em again. Soup, pasta, and your favorite meals are just a microwave zap away. /

    Some customers even used it to prep smoothies for the entire week by freezing and then adding a bit of warm water to thaw! It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    7. A microwave omelet maker so you can whip up a delicious breakfast in under five minutes and not be totally hangry by 10 a.m.


    This is made of 100% platinum silicone that's resistant to high temperatures and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This brings omelets to my weekday breakfast. I've been trying to eat a low-carb diet, and the idea of eggs for breakfast appeals to me. But, I am *so* NOT a morning person; and getting up early to stir a low-n-slow scramble just does not work for me. I've tried microwaving eggs in custard cups but they always turned out either soupy and underdone or firm but dry and rubbery. But this makes them Just Right, every time, in two minutes flat. That's less time than it takes me to brew my coffee. Two or three eggs, some herbs, a few chopped veggies, and perhaps a sprinkle of cheese makes for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast." —Vanilla Chameleon

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A three-in-one burger press for easily making *STUFFED* (think cheese, jalapenos, and OMG I am hungry) or regular patties and sliders.

    Promising review: "I usually avoid these little gadgets because really, who actually needs something like this? But I'm eating my words now because I love the thing! After reading about the leftover stuff that winds up in store-bought hamburger I started grinding my own meats. It makes a huge difference and it's not that much work. These presses allow me to put some meat in the press and gently tap it into place for a perfect burger. Creating stuffed burgers is much easier than doing it manually. Best small ticket item I've purchased in quite a while." —NHShopper

    It also works great for veggie burgers!

    "After searching for a burger press to make uniform vegan bean and vegetable burgers I decided to try this. It seems this fits my needs perfectly. Works best if you line with waxed patty paper before pressing. Easy to use and clean. Highly recommend!" —BWS

    Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

    9. A three-compartment lid organizer to put an end to the days of lid waterfalls. You know — it happens when you're just innocently opening up your cabinets and then every single plastic lid tumbles out on you.


    Promising review: "This organizer is simple but pure genius. I immediately cleared out existing drawer and popped this little lid organizer in the drawer. I was able to fit all my lids in it! YAY! Even better, I was able to fit all the container parts that went with the lids in the same drawer. Now that it's organized, it's so much easier and quicker to find a container and its matching lid. And looks SO MUCH BETTER... Thank you!" —Robinotl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    10. A microwave pasta maker that'll cook, strain, and create a full meal for you while you sit on the couch and catch up on all your shows. You know, the important stuff.


    Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I’ve been cooking for more than 50 years. Pasta has always been a simple go-to dinner for me. Tending to the boiling pot of pasta was just part of the process. I’ve been getting 'tired' of cooking as I’ve aged. This simple little microwave pasta cooker has simplified cooking so much more than I could have imagined. Seems silly, but it’s kinda like a little miracle. No more toting a heavy pot to the stove. No more pouring pasta & boiling water into a colander. It’s simple, lightweight and foolproof. You’ll never regret buying this." —Winkie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. An expandable spice rack, because you should be able to see every spice the second you open the cabinet. Yes, you do have paprika, but it got lost in the sea of jars and now you have two. Well, not anymore!


    Promising review: "With all our spices on one level, we had to take out every spice to get to the ones in the back. Now they are all visible and you can just reach in and take out the one you need. Easy peasy!" —Kindle Customer

    Get two-shelves from Amazon for $27.99.

    12. An under-cabinet lid opener so you don't have to spend your peaceful evening battling a jar. That, my friend, is a waste of time., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have tried a million different tools and gadgets for help in opening jars of all sizes, and each one had its own issues! Finally, someone has invented the perfect jar opener that is simple and requires no space in your kitchen drawers or counters. There was one person who suggested placing the opener with the sharp end of the 'V' closest to you and with it placed in the front, in the right corner under your cabinet. I followed those directions and it works perfectly and easily. I have already placed an order for another one for a gift or my sister." —moorecats

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up here.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.69.

    13. Heat-resistant toaster bags for reheating sandwiches, fries, and other should-be crispy foods the RIGHT way — aka, not in the microwave where they tragically turn soggy. You can also make a quick grilled cheese with these things, you're welcome.


    It will ALSO keep your toaster clean and free from a crumb takeover. Not to mention these are a great way to prevent cross-contamination when there's a gluten-free member in the home. Each bag can be washed with soap and water and used up to 100 times.

    Promising review: "I had no idea how well these would work. You can put toast, rolls, or anything that will fit in the slot even if it has jelly or spread. It doesn't hurt the toaster and the food comes out warm." —mare36

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    14. A bag rack that clips to bags and props them up so you can get all your leftovers safely inside without the fuss of spills.


    Promising review: "I make lots of freezer meals for myself and our daughters, and this was suggested to me by a friend. It came exactly as described. Most of the time, I am making multiple servings of the same recipe. Before, I would have to pour ingredients into one bag, squish the air out, seal, set aside, and start over. NOW, I set up how ever many bags I am making, and once the recipe is done, I place the freezer meals into each hands-free bag, then remove one at a time, seal, and DONE!!!!" –LV

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99+.

    15. A multi-functional chopper with interchangeable blades that makes chopping tons of fruits and veggies easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    Think about how much time you'll be saving! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

    Promising review: " The chopper is heavy duty, and stainless steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    16. A versatile sandwich maker (just peep those lil' pizzas!) for the evenings when cooking a three-course, gourmet meal just isn't in the cards.

    Promising review: "I highly recommend this product for busy people in the morning who want a healthy breakfast on the go. I plug it in and let it warm up while I grab all the ingredients I need. Putting the ingredients in is easy peasy, and then I am able to go finish getting ready for work while my breakfast cooks. It creates a perfect grab-and-go breakfast sandwich. I even made a pizza sandwich for dinner one night and it was delicious!" —Lisa

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

    17. A garlic chopper that'll efficiently dice up garlic without dirtying a cutting board. Say yes to fewer dirty dishes.


    Remember those cars that scooted around after you pulled them back to wind 'em up? This device is kind of like that. After you fill it with garlic, simply roll it around to chop up the garlic. It saves time and fingers.

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love the Garlic Zoom! Mincing garlic has never been easy or fun until now. It makes mince work out of garlic, onion, chilis and herbs. I'm not sure what I love most about this little gadget. Not smelling stinky garlic fingers all night? No burning fingers or eyes from chopping a super hot chili? Or mincing fresh herbs in a blink of an eye? Anything I can throw in the GarlicZoom I zoom. It's fun! I have a problem wrist from an injury and an arm and hand that suffers from nerve damage. I can still manage to zoom this." —Kennedy Collins

    Get it from Amazon for $8.70.

    18. A beloved 7-in-1 pressure cooker sure to replace at least three of your bulky kitchen gadgets, and cook you a complete, super filling meal. Really, there's little this thing *can't* do!

    Instagram: @instantpotofficial,

    This baby steams, slow cooks, makes rice, sautes, and even make yogurt and cake. *Heavy breathing,* It's like having a sous chef on deck at all times.

    Check out BuzzFeed's complete Instant Pot review.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. This is really versatile and easy to use. It comes with a little rack and really streamlines dinner. Meats that benefit from slow cooking really shine in this thing. The time savings is pretty ridiculous. I did a three-pound pork shoulder for a pozole last night. 30 minutes cooking and 15 minutes of natural pressure release, and it was fantastically moist, and filled with all the flavors I'd stuck in the cooking liquid." —Jennifer Guerrero

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in three sizes).

    19. A microwave bacon cooker so you can indulge your bacon cravings without turning on the stove, frying bacon, turning the bacon, de-greasing the bacon, soaking the pan, etc., etc., etc.

    Promising review: "This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use." —G. Carver

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    20. A boil-over safeguard so you can step away from your stove and not worry about coming back to a volcano of steaming water bubbles.

    This handy thing is heat-resistant up to 400ºF, and can even be used as a splatter guard in the microwave.

    Promising review: "This lid works great to keep the heat in and I don't have to worry about the foamy water boiling over the pot and onto the stove. I love how I can get a rolling boil in the water, and I feel this helps cook the pasta faster. Thankfully there are the two little round 'handles' on the lid so that I can use tongs to lift up the lid on one side and let it drain back into the pot before removing the lid." —dh

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. An electric peeler your hands and back will thank you for — no more leaning over the stinky trash can while peeling potatoes!,

    Promising review: "I have had this product now for almost a year and can say I honestly love it and use it weekly. I have a toddler so I try to do everything and anything to cut down on prep time. I usually prep my foods the night before when he is in bed. However, when I peel potatoes at night they always turn brown within hours. Therefore, this product allows me to peel the potatoes quickly to add to my stew in the morning. Cleanup is very easy as I just run the two pieces that hold the item in place under water." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $17.81.

    22. A hanging bag holder for your cooking scraps. This hooks over the cabinet and gives you a convenient place for extra food, making it perfect for composting — just remove the bag and dump into your composting bin!


    And if you want to reduce plastic, try reusable produce bags! Get some on Amazon for $14.97.

    Promising review: "This is my favorite thing I have bought myself in the past few years, seriously! I know it doesn't look like much but it's actually amazing! You can use whatever kind of bags you have on hand. I've used grocery bags and produce bags, and they both work perfectly with it. It can be hung on a drawer or cabinet door and easily moved from place to place. I put it into my miscellaneous kitchen gadget drawer when not in use doesn't take up much space at all. I cook a lot and have always tried to find the perfect solution for scraps I've cut up and the easiest way to dispose of them. I've finally found it with hanging trash bag holder." —shafreaka

    Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

    23. A batter dispenser designed to release the perfect amount of batter every time so you're always making the best freakin' cupcakes and pancakes in the cleanest way possible.


    Promising review: "Loved it so much, I bought a second one! We have four children, and breakfast is a huge part of our day but sleep is precious. I use one dispenser for pancakes, and another for eggs prepared the night before to be scrambled or turned into omelets. Mealtime is so much more efficient, and cleaning up is easy. The portion control is great. They are very durable as well, they've been dropped and survived intact!" —Tacuma Clemons

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    24. A pair of claw shredders you'll want to get your ~paws~ on ASAP for all of your meat-carving and pulling needs.


    Promising review: "These claws are just what you need in shredding pork, chicken, beef or any other items. The points are sharp, narrow, and long and work well as a pair. It's much more efficient and quicker than using two forks. Even when I buy 'pulled pork' from Trader Joe's and it's already 'pulled' this is an excellent tool for really shredding it properly. I thought I might have been a little extravagant in ordering this but now I realize it is very useful beyond shredding — e. g., holding a watermelon with one hand/claw as you cut with the other hand." —J. Renfrow

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors).

    25. A mini knife sharpener to revive the inexpensive knives you've had since freshman year of college back to pristine condition.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I bought more than a dozen Victorinox steak and kitchen knives over 15 years ago and they have been great knives. But they’ve been getting dull over the years and I believed I couldn’t sharpen them because they have the wavy blades, but I was mistaken. This stone does a fantastic job and after a quick 20 pulls across the steel (rough) and then ceramic stones my knives were 200% sharper. Now I try to pull them over the ceramic sharpener a few times each time I wash them. They’re essentially brand-new knives again." —J&A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    To learn more about it, check out "This Lil' Knife Sharpener Will Transform Your Trash Knives For Under $6".

    26. A sous vide precision cooker so you can get perfectly done meats, veggies, and even cheesecake every single time. No guess work, no stress, just perfection on the first try. What is better than that?!,

    Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This method ensures maximum tenderness and moisture retention — without worry of overcooking.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh I love this thing. I cook tons of stuff with this since I have discovered sous vide. I’ve taken it to friends houses for events or dinners to show them how it works and everyone is always amazed at how juicy and delicious everything is. I consider myself a great cook and this is just another tool in the arsenal. There have been a few occasions where Ive not been paying attention and accidentally over cooked my steaks on the grill (alcohol may have been involved) but I’m telling you this thing makes cooking a perfect steak absolutely impossible to mess up. I won’t cook one any other way than this. It is perfection every time." —Sean

    Get it from Amazon for $86.75.

    27. And a mighty blender with the power to crush uncooked rice into a powder and whole almonds into a paste in the matter of minutes, saving a looooot of work on your part.


    Promising review: "The holy grail blender, y'all. I grew up with a Vitamix (big, tall, classic model), and since being on my own I have really missed it. I tried food processors (because they're cheaper), less expensive blenders, immersion blenders, etc. Nothing came close to what a Vitamix can do. If you're wondering if it's worth the price, I would give a resounding YES. It's so supportive of a healthy diet (smoothies, soups, scratch-made dips and salsas, nut milks and butters, etc.), and it's stupid easy to use AND clean. What sold me ultimately was 1) the smaller size (the classic ones are larger), and 2) I thought about how much I spend (or would like to spend) at my local smoothie/juice bar. A 16 oz. smoothie costs a ridiculous $8-9, and a juice at least that much, if not more. If I could afford it, I would have gotten one daily. So, this Vitamix pays for itself in about a month." —lovespuppies

    Get it from Amazon for $289.95 (available in three colors).

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