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    22 Kitchen Items That'll Make Every-Grown Ass Adult Ask, "Why Don't I Own That Yet?"

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    1. An introductory knife set to ease your way into Top Chef territory. / Via

    A seven-piece color-coded knife set with all the basics.

    Promising review: "I'm about to order a second set. I bought the first three years ago with a gift card received as a wedding present and have been very happy with them. They were very sharp when new and held up fine in the dishwasher (always washed in the dishwasher, for reference). I like that they all have sheathes and can be safely tossed in a drawer with other kitchen tools, freeing up counter space. They get heavy use in my kitchen and have kept up wonderfully." β€”Ray1

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $79.95.

    2. A set of dishcloths to keep things tidy and clean. / Via

    This set of dishcloths includes three linen towels β€” two white towels and one gray.

    Get it from MagicLinen on Etsy for $18.

    3. A complete collection of heavy-duty containers that'll keep all your leftovers intact.

    This 14-piece glass set is probably all the encouragement you need to cook more and eat out less.

    Promising review: "These Glasslock items are easy to clean and do not stain. They lock easily and seal all the food in tightly. I really love the lid colors as they are not too bright or muted. They look beautiful both in my cabinet and in my refrigerator." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.88.

    4. An Instant Pot to truly experiment with different foods and methods of cooking in the kitchen.

    Promising review: "Purchased this a few months ago. Wanted to wait to write a review. THIS IS AMAZING. The cooking time used to be all day for a roast and potatoes. Now it's a matter of about 45 minutes total. Everything that goes in it comes out so tasty. I even cooked a full ham in mine β€” oh my gosh, husband was amazed." β€”grrrr says Tigger

    Get it from Amazon for $129.95, and learn more about the Instant Pot here.

    5. A magnetic spice organizer to clear up space in your already overcrowded pantry.

    These magnetic jars cling to your fridge to keep your spices right in sight. Surefire way to inspire you to try out spices instead of your tried-and-true paprika, no?

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these! Everything I was looking for, but never knew about. The magnets stick very well, all the spices taste fresh and delicious! Have and will continue to highly recommend to anyone that they upgrade their spice rack and collection to GneissSpice." β€”loreleijack

    Get it from GneissSpice on Etsy for $40.00.

    6. A pot set for obvious reasons involving, well, cooking. / Via

    Promising review: "The color is perfect! Very sturdy. This is my second set because I wanted another color and it's built better than the first set I bought 10 years ago. Love this cookware!" β€”Jan Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $116.90.

    7. A quality dinnerware set that won't break the bank or shatter to pieces when tossed in the sink.

    Promising review: "I have been searching everywhere for something as colorful as this that I can put in my kitchen without destroying. I have a habit of breaking everything ceramic or glass that I get, but this is melamine, and cannot be easily broken. I love it. There are four large plates, four small plates, and four bowls. The bowls are perfect for eating cereal, and the smaller plates are great if you want to snack. The bigger plates make good dinner plates, but also one could use them as party platters, as they are so colorful, and a good enough size to line with sandwiches, or even a frosted cake." β€”Melanie L.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.74+.

    8. A kit of wooden utensils to help you stir all the stews and flip all the pancakes. / Via

    These utensils are made from 100% bamboo, so they can pretty much handle anything in the kitchen.

    Promising review: "I love how this company packages their products. I really love these cooking utensils. I love the silicone grips on each end. I also like that the wood is all sealed. So when you're cooking spaghetti sauce your wooden spoon doesn't get stained. They wash really easily with soapy water. Great buy." β€”Vanessa F.

    Get the set from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. A set of coasters to up the ante on your adulting efforts and add a bit of flair to your coffee table. / Via

    The coasters are available in sets of two, four, and six.

    Get them from MeAConcrete on Etsy for $12+.

    10. A blender to crush, pulverize, and blend literally anything into a smoothie, soup, or sauce.

    This is definitely a blender that lives up to its name: Ninja.

    Promising review: "It is as strong as it looks, that's for sure! I loved it. It's easy to clean, and I loved the safety feature. It also has a very soft lock system. And you only need to clean three things: the jug, the lid and the EASILY removable blades. There's no rubber + blade + plastic combo that takes hours to dry out or smells like baby vomit. No! Just one long set of blades in hard plastic. OMG! :O β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    11. A set of jar grips to crank open that questionably old jar of salsa from the fridge.

    The set includes three jar grips.

    Promising review: "I've always had a difficult time opening new jars due to the small size of my hands. These β€” and especially the small red one β€” are perfect for that very purpose. They are thick enough to allow you to get a solid grip, and allow me a strong hold. I no longer have to knock on the edges of jars with a knife to loosen them first!" Andi

    Get the set from Amazon for $4.49.

    12. If you're making pasta 90% of the time, you might as well invest in a nice colander to kick your draining skills up a notch. / Via

    This marble enamel colander is also available in gray.

    Get it from Pottery Barn for $7.99.

    13. A decent cutting board that's both durable and photogenic for your #FoodGrams.

    This board comes in maple, cherry, and walnut material and is available in sizes large and small.

    Get it from AdirondackKitchen on Etsy for $29.90 (large) or $21.90 (small).

    14. A heat-resistant spatula to help you master the pancake flip or scrambled eggs. / Via

    Promising review: "This is a perfect spatula for making fried eggs and other dishes on non-stick cookware. The silicone coated blade is completely non-abrasive, and resists high heat. The handle is made of rubber and works and feels well in the hand." β€”DMV

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    15. An oven mitt that works as a piece of art in addition to kitchen necessity.

    The thicker and roomier the over mitt, the more protective against the heat.πŸ”₯

    Get it from weloverockdesign on Etsy for $30.47.

    16. A tea kettle that's both picturesque and functional. / Via

    Promising review: "Just the right size for two plus cups. Slender, sleek spout is perfect for "pour over" cup of coffee. Appreciate the stainless steel. Great handle to avoid heat exposure." β€”Kathleen Krebes

    Get it from Amazon for $18.90.

    17. A baking sheet that you can count on when that homemade chocolate chip cookie craving is too real to ignore.

    Promising review: "This extra large baking tray is great for large batches but it also is great as a tray in the bottom of the oven to catch drippings. I also use it as a tray to carry other smaller baking items like pans or trays that I store in the oven. This tray is perfect." – Amazon Fan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    18. A can opener to make the task of cranking that can of beans open that much smoother. / Via

    Promising review: "I really like this can opener. The handle and the crank are much easier to work with than my old can opener. I especially recommend this for someone who has pain or weakness in their hands. This is a very ergonomically-designed product, and works extremely well." β€”Joyce

    Get it from Amazon for $11.41.

    19. A cast-iron skillet to make savory comfort meals and ridiculously decadent desserts like this strawberries-and-cream bread pudding. / Via

    You can also use it on the stovetop or in the oven β€” a win-win.

    Promising review: "I love this cast iron pan! Even though it was pre-seasoned, I did season it and occasionally oil it after use. It was a great price and just keeps getting better with use. This size works well for many things, but I do feel like I'd also like a larger pan as well. If you've never used cast iron, I highly recommend giving it a try (google "how to care for and use cast iron" β€” I'd also caution that cast iron can get very hot and holds the heat, which is great, but you many need to keep your flame lower than you expect for some things you cook). Highly recommend!" β€”A. Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $13.39.

    20. A standard set of wineglasses to finally follow through on your plans to host ~extravagant~ wine parties. / Via

    Promising review: "Perfectly meets expectations. Simple, solid glassware, balances well in the hand. Slightly thicker glass makes it more durable and causes white wine to hold its chill a little longer, which is nice. Also easy for some guests with arthritis to hold comfortably." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    21. A wine bottle opener because it's time to stop borrowing your neighbor's. / Via

    Promising review: "I Iove this bottle opener, and it's a huge plus that it's a beer opener as well. It's very strong and gets the hardest corks outs. Love, love, love. A must-have in your kitchen!" β€”Daniela

    Get it from Amazon for $9.35.

    22. A set of measuring cups, because eyeballing recipes just doesn't cut it sometimes. / Via

    Color-coded and easy-to-read cups to keep measurements accurate and recipes on-point.

    Promising review: "Adorable measuring spoons add color to my kitchen. The colors are as vivid as pictured. They work great and they are a delight to look at. Definitely worth the tiny price." β€”C.R. Marshall

    Get it from Amazon for $6.80.

    Note: Customer reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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