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    31 Kitchen Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results

    If you're ~hungry~ for helpful products, these are all under $20!

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    1. A rounded lettuce chopper with nylon serrated blades that'll easily cut and blend lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and all your other favorite toppings *right in the bowl*. Your kitchen is now a Sweetgreen; you're welcome.


    To clean it, just toss in the top rack of your dishwasher.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I love salads, but I do not care for the mess that can result from consuming large leafy salads, so chopped salads are an excellent choice. This little tool does a fantastic job. Simply mix the salad ingredients in a sturdy bowl, then press down repeatedly with the chopper until you've cut it to your desired consistency. It cuts through lettuces, olives, beans, grape tomatoes, pretty much anything I have in the salad. I would suggest adding the dressing prior to chopping, which seems to facilitate a smoother, easier chopping experience. Overall this was a great purchase, and is one of the rare kitchen gadgets I use on a regular basis." β€”J. Brigden

    2. A 48-needle meat tenderizer to create "heat channels" that'll reduce cooking time by up to 40% β€” meaning less time for your meat to get dried out in the oven.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "This wonder tool does an awesome job tenderizing meat .... from the largest standing rib roast all the way down to the skinniest pork chop or round steak. Those of you who like to marinade your meat ... will find this tool to be a God-sent savior as it provides hundreds of holes for the marinade and spices to soak into. I used to pound my chops with a metal mallet until there were holes right through it, and the poor pork chop was only a mere third of its original thickness. NO MORE! Now I use my Klemoo to poke a thousand holes on each side and the thickness never changes, but you can cut it with fork when done. I use it on all meats: beef, pork, veal...even chicken and turkey. It works wonders!" β€”Wet Bruce

    3. A multifunctional cutting board with two sides: both are at an angle with a raised lid to catch breadcrumbs, sauce, juices, etc β€” use the side with the 3D grips to hold meat in place for carving and the other side for non-meat items (slicing bread, cutting fruit, etc).


    Get it from Amazon for $16.67+ (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "This is the ultimate cutting board. There isn't anything I don't like about it. The board stays put on the granite counter top, the raised edges keep my food from flying off the board and the tilt allows all the juices to stay on the board. If I'm cutting fruit that is really juicy like grapefruit I can then pour the juice out to use in the salad dressing. I liked it so much I bought three of them in different colors for different purposes. Whoever designed this board really knew what a cook needs in the kitchen. Having two sides, one with grippers for the food is brilliant. It is just the right size and the raised edges do not interfere with the knife. I would give this thing 10 stars if I could." β€”JMSAZ

    4. An air popper that'll finally cure your microwave popcorn obsession; you'll save time and money, and you'll skip the chemicals and preservatives that are in the microwave stuff.


    It can pop 18 cups of popcorn in two and a half minutes, doesn't leave kernels unpopped, and you can add whatever toppings you want!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.23 (available in three colors).

    Promising review: "Works just like the other more expensive cousin...but at a bargain price. I like that you don't have all the chemicals from the microwave bagged corn. This is just pure grease-less popcorn making. Of course, I do like to add real butter on them, and some salt, but all those other weird-ass preservatives are absent, and that's good for the kidneys and liver. Very few unpopped kernels are left over, which is also a BIG plus, compared to the microwave, which seems to be around 10% or more wasted." β€”Grand Poobah

    5. A stainless steel, dishwasher safe ice cream scoop with a ~chiseled edge~ and ergonomic grip to make dishing up a sundae feel less like arm day at the gym.


    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "After hours of searching and comparing ice cream scoops I chose this one. I am VERY HAPPY with this purchase. It was delivered exactly on time and we immediately washed it so we could try it out. Wish we would've bought it sooner and saved the lives of our spoons ; -) We tried it on four different ice creams and it was like scooping whipped cream! This scoop is awesome!! Very heavy duty but not too heavy. It has a nice covering that makes it easy to grip especially since I have small hands. Its dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime warranty!!! This is the only scoop you'll ever need to buy!" β€”Jackie R.

    6. A set of shredding claws with handles so you can transform a store-bought rotisserie chicken into a HUGE variety of meals with ease β€” and without burning your fingers or getting them greasy.


    Quesadillas, chicken salad, and fried rice OH MY! Seriously, the number of gourmet meals you can make with a grocery store chicken is ridiculous!! Plus, you don't have to worry about dealing with raw meat. πŸ™Œ

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "The handles make the difference! These are my first meat shredding claws; I can't say how they would compare to the competition. I bought them because of the handles which seem more ergonomic for gripping than the other types meat shredding claws. I made a pork roast last week and these claws took it apart easily." β€”Noreladim

    7. A garlic prepping set with a silicone tube (that'll peel the garlic) and a press (that'll mince it) so you can flavor your food without getting stinky fingers. You're a shortcut away from tiny pieces of flavorful minced garlic, without sweating or injuring yourself with a real knife.


    Just pop the individual clove in the tube, and roll it against the counter a few times for a quick peel. Than simply push the press down, and your perfectly minced pieces are ready to use!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "LOVE this product! I like the size of the garlic chunks that you get with this masher, and I LOVE how easy it is to clean compared to other garlic mashers. I love that you don't need to use your fingers to peel the garlic. My mom has been cooking with garlic with every meal for 50+ years and wants one now too!!" β€”Mama Miller

    8. A pomegranate de-seeder that'll keep you from splurging on prepared fruit β€” just pop the cut-in-half pomegranate on top, and tap with a spoon until every seed comes out. Your favorite superfood is ready to eat, and you didn't even have to get super annoyed.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    Promising review: "This is soooo amazing! It gets the seeds out in under two minutes. It's quick to learn and easy to use and clean, so you have more time to enjoy your arils!" β€”Truth

    9. A set of silicone egg poachers with perforated cups to mimic the traditional poaching method (aka swirling water around and around) without having to do any work β€” and so your egg stays perfectly round and never wisps away., Amazon

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "Basically my favorite thing ever. Tried these for the first time after failed attempts with other poachers and being too lazy to do a normal poach. These were SO easy. Bring water to a boil, slide egg from a ramekin into the pods, and within about 3.5 minutes, the eggs are done." β€”Alexandra K.

    10. A stuffed patty mold that'll help you whip up a Jucy Lucy in the comfort of your own home β€” (you won't even have to wear pants).


    If you don't know what a Jucy Lucy is, you need to educate yourself (spoiler alert: it's a burger stuffed with molten cheese). And btw, that's not its only use: this baby can make little sliders too! And of course, regular burgers, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.86.

    Promising review: "This actually works, and you can fill with a lot of stuffing (which surprised me). The device is very well designed, and easy to use once you figure out which part is which. I was very surprised at the size of the indentation for filling. I put in: a slice and a half of cooked bacon, some sliced peppers, and small chunks of cheddar cheese. DELICIOUS! No leakage on my George Foreman grill. Worked great. They are big burgers, so you might end up sharing. Enjoy! It's a great tool, at a great price. You can make pizza burgers, Mexican burgers, whatever you can imagine." β€”BarbZ

    11. A two-stage knife sharpener with one channel for coarse sharpening (like on those extremely dull 20-year-old knives in your drawer) and one channel for polishing and regular touch-ups, because chopping with dull knives isn't only tedious, it's also very dangerous.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.50+ (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "Wow was I surprised. I have a professional knife set that is probably 20 years old and has never been sharpened. Recently I started trying to eat a little bit healthier, so I've been doing a lot of stir-frying. Trying to cut chicken into small stir fry–size bits was a struggle. I was going to take my knives in for professional sharpening and then decided to try this $6 kitchen sharpener first. After running my knives through the course sharpener approximately 10 times and then through the fine setting approximately 10 times I cut some chicken today for the first time and it was like cutting through butter. It took no time at all to make my stir fry chicken." β€”Alan Marvin

    One of our editors loves this sharpener, so check out her full review to learn more about her experience!

    And check out our picks for the best chef's knives on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    12. Cheese storage paper sheets or bags that'll keep your favorite fromages fresh for far, far longer.


    Get a pack of 15 paper bags from Amazon for $9.80 or a pack of 15 large sheets from Amazon for $12.95.

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" β€”Prairie Woman

    13. A three-in-one avocado tool for anyone who's not quite so handy with a chef's knife. This gadget'll open your favorite green fruit up, pop out the pit, and slice and scoop perfectly every time.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!" β€”NPR Man

    14. A handheld spiralizer to make eating your veggies a bit more fun. Curly carrot salads (no tired lettuce here), cold sesame noodles with cucumber ribbons, pesto zoodle work lunches... getting your five a day in has never been so easy. Talk about adding a ~twist~ to your cooking!


    This one comes with two blades: one for 1/8-inch "spaghetti" and one for 1/4-inch "fettuccini."

    Get the two-blade version from Amazon for $19.95 (also available in a three-blade version).

    Promising review: "I love this thing. We have made zucchini noodles and spiraled lots of root vegetables. Roasted spiraled potatoes with eggs and veggies makes one of the most perfect breakfasts. It's easy to clean β€” rinse and pop in the dishwasher." β€”Katie

    15. An egg peeler that'll save your fingers, especially if you love deviled eggs or egg salad, or you just eat a hard-boiled egg on the daily.

    Here's what you need to do: add a little water, toss your boiled egg inside, snap on the top, shake it a few times, and your completely shelled egg will be ready to eat in SECONDS.

    Promising review: "Absolutely genius product. Easy to use. You can just almost slide the peel off your boiled eggs. Put the exact amount of water listed to ensure the perfect result." β€”Rhonda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.62 (available in six colors).

    16. An easy-breezy pineapple corer perfect 🎢 if you like piña coladas 🎢... but not spending a fortune on pre-cut pineapple. This thing is so easy to use, it's like a tropical vacation in your kitchen.


    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two sizes).

    Promising review: "I love this pineapple slicer! I personally love pineapples, but usually I'm hesitant in purchasing them because for me they are cumbersome to cut. This pineapple slicer however makes slicing my pineapples so much easier! You simply cut the top of the pineapple and then twist the slicer into the pineapple clockwise. When you are done, just pull it out and you get these perfectly sliced and cored pineapples every time! I can easily add them to my daughters lunches, or cut them for an afternoon fruit salad. I absolutely love this slicer and I look forward to buying pineapples now because this slicer makes them so easy to cut ." β€”S. Daily

    17. A two-in-one chop 'n' stir tool ideal for thoroughly cooking ground beef, easily mashing boiled potatoes, dicing hardboiled eggs for egg salad, and oh-so much more β€” all with the twist and press of one hand.


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

    Promising review: "I love making chicken tacos in my pressure cooker, the meat ends up tender but sometimes doesn't fall apart. I'd seen this online and it worked out perfectly, not only does it smash but it chops at the same time. While the chicken is still hot in the pot I can use this to smash/shred the chicken, making perfect shredded chicken taco meat. I have also used while cooking ground beef doing the same, chopping while i smash. I even used it to smash/chop some cooked meatballs making meat sauce. I love this thing" β€”Eric M. Schloegel, Jr.

    18. A tomato huller to remove the stem with a quick twist so you can quickly prep caprese salad or get started on that from-scratch tomato sauce lickety-split.


    It works on every variety, from heirloom to Campari to Beefsteak.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.61.

    Promising review: "This is the greatest little gizmo. As I get older, and as my kitchen drawers get more and more full, I refuse to buy more 'one function' products. This was on my wish list for a while and I got a notice from Amazon that it was back in stock, so I went against my best inclination and bought it. I'm so glad I did. It is amazing. It does just what it's supposed to do -- take the hull out of the tomato. It's so easy. And so efficient. I find myself hulling tomatoes all over the place! Seriously, it's very good at what it does and makes tomato prep easy and neat. It's well made, takes just a quick rinse to clean it off after use and it's cute, too. Buy one now!" β€”S. Meade

    19. A pair of herb scissors, because chopping scallions, basil, and other flavorful ingredients can be tedious, but compared to a regular knife, these multi-blade shears can get the job done in seconds.


    Get them from Amazon for $13.97.

    Promising review: "I'm an avid grower of herbs and vegetables, but when it comes to using the resulting harvests in the kitchen, I'm admittedly lazy and my knife skills are weak at best. The tedium of prep-work/chopping sometimes sends me to the spice cabinet to find something dried and ready to use. With the addition of these scissors to my kitchen gadget arsenal, I believe these lazy habits will change. The scissors appear to be of great quality and solid construction and made VERY quick work of my first test herbs: oregano, chives and rosemary. Best of all, clean-up was super quick and easy. I'm already pondering all of the other great uses for these scissors...AND...will likely be buying more of these as they are a perfect inexpensive gift idea for gardeners and cooks." β€”Redwood

    20. An emulsifying bottle with a build-in blender ball for flavorful homemade salad dressings, marinades, and sauces you'll drizzle on everything β€” no whisking required.


    Just add your ingredients (there are measurements helpfully printed on the side) and give 'er a shake to easily combine. The easy-open, auto-close spout means you can open + pour with one hand, too (without spilling everywhere)!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.76.

    Promising review: "This shaker is fantastic. I bought it because the one I purchased at Target turned out to be worthless (the top didn't stay closed and the dressing got everywhere when I shook it). The Whiskware shaker worked perfectly. It stayed sealed, it kept the dressing fresh, and the whisk ball did a great job of mixing up the dressing β€” even the honey. I am going to buy one for my daughter because there really is nothing like homemade salad dressing. Worth the price for sure!" β€”Blanche Devereaux

    21. A Dash rapid cooker that'll make whipping up nutritious hardboiled eggs less...well...hard. No boiling water, no checking a timer. Just sit back and relax until the (very loud) alarm goes off β€” perfect eggs are ready!


    Just fill it with water (according to your chosen level of egg doneness), add up to six eggs, and turn on. When the eggs are done, it'll automatically shut off! Yes, you can take a nap while waiting for your eggs to boil β€” and not worry about leaving them on too long. The removable parts are also dishwasher safe, so get ready for this to be your new lazy best friend. You can also make poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelettes in this game-changing product.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.25+ (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "If hard-boiled eggs are at all a part of your life, this device will change everything. Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family -β€”anything is possible with the free time you'll find at your disposal as you drop six eggs into this beast, press a button, and then walk away. What will you do? High-intensity exercise? Model building? Learn a second language? I hear your concern. 'What if I become so engrossed in my newfound love of taxonomy that I forget about my eggs?' Fear not, efficient chef. Like the trump of Gabriel himself, the unmistakable tone of this technological marvel could rouse the dead and will bring you running to your fresh-and-ready ova's side. The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is what mankind has been working towards since the first roundish stone was shaped into a wheel. Witness the apex of human innovation!" β€”J. Mercer Crenshaw

    P L U S, this gadget is ~Tasty-chef approved~ to be easier + save more time compared to traditional hard-boiling!

    22. A trio of rubber jar openers so you can get into that delicious container of pickles or your shortcut jar of tomato sauce without straining your hand. ~Get a grip~ already!


    One reviewer also had the genius idea of using the flat one under a cutting board to keep it from sliding away!

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $3.46.

    Promising review: "I bought a set of these years ago (about 10 years ago) for myself and my mother-in-law. Mine are still going strong, but she managed to wear hers out, so I ordered her another set. When my dad saw them, he wanted a pair. They both have arthritis in their hands and have tremendous difficulty opening jars and bottles. These grippers allow them to to get a strong enough grip to open all kinds of jars and bottles. The different shapes work great for different types of containers β€” the flats ones work well for just about anything with a lid; the cone shaped one is great for water bottles, salad dressing, etc. I would highly recommend for anyone with arthritis or a weak grip." β€”MGS

    23. A box of slow cooker liners, because the whole *point* of using a slow cooker is that it's supposed to be easy. And not having to scrub yours? That's ~truly~ easy.


    Get a box of six from Amazon for $2.98 (also available in larger packs).

    Promising review: "What was I doing before these bags?! I was probably avoiding the work horse of my kitchen, the slow cooker...because I knew I would have to clean that darn thing after. Even if I screw up and rip the bag while stirring, the mess is NOWHERE near the kind of labor it takes to get that porcelain pot sparkling clean after using the slow cooker bare. It's so good that if I don't have slow cooker bags...then I just won't use the slow cooker. And I'm really glad I found them here on Amazon. My local grocery store is hit or miss with these bags. So, I can't rely on being able to walk into the store to find them. I just buy quite a few at a time, and then watch my stash like a hawk!" β€”Alicia K.

    24. A spice *drawer* organizer to turn your messiest part of the kitchen into a clear, easy-to-read assortment of jars and labels β€” and keep them that way. You'll never accidentally add cumin where you meant to add coriander again.


    Spice racks only *wish* they could. These drawer liners are made of a soft foam to keep your jars in the right position (label up!) so you can quickly grab what you need. And you can trim 'em to fit your drawers!

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite things I've ever purchased from Amazon! I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for-sure buy!" β€”momonono

    25. A brown sugar–softening bear so you won't ever check your pantry before making chocolate chip cookies or your morning oatmeal, only to find rock-hard brown sugar. It'll stay soft and scoop-able every time.


    Get it from Amazon for $6.11 (also available in gingerbread person, maple leaf, and sugar cookie shapes).

    Promising review: "This is the second brown sugar bear I've purchased because they work so well. They are simple to use and very effective. Soak it in water and then place it in your brown sugar container. It will keep the sugar soft and easy to scoop. If you have brown sugar that has already hardened and is like a solid rock, you can place the bear in the container and by the next day you will be able to scoop it again. It's simple, effective, and inexpensive. There is no reason not to get this little bear." β€”Hannah M.

    26. A microwave rice steamer that'll make perfectly fluffy (and never burnt) results every time, without the mess or hassle of using a pot or traditional rice cooker. Plus, you can pop the whole thing in the dishwasher!


    You can also use it to make low-effort steamed veggies.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

    Promising review: "I've had this for seven months now, and I think it's still my favorite tool in my entire kitchen. I eat a ton of rice, and I love how easy this is to use and how easy it is to clean. I put in one cup of white rice and two cups of water, and microwave it for 15 minutes. It comes out consistent every time. In the past, I've cooked rice on the stove and used an electronic rice cooker, and I prefer this microwave one to both. I hated how messy cooking on the stove is, and my electric cooker got mold down inside the part that you can't wash. With this, there's no mess, and there's nowhere you can't clean or that can trap mold or bacteria. I can throw every part of it into the dishwasher after I'm done with it. It's awesome! I wish I'd had this back in college." β€”C. Stone

    27. A fish spatula great for (surprise) SO MUCH more than fish! It has a beveled edge, meaning it slides right under anything (even delicate foods like eggs) for easy flipping or removing items from the pan. No more broken yolks in 2019.


    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    Promising review: "It's not just for fish. It doesn't scratch nonstick surfaces. I have trouble making over-easy eggs and nearly always break the yolk when flipping, but ow I can make near-perfect over-easy eggs without any oil in a nonstick skillet. The front edge is thin and beveled, and the bend of the spatula is engineering perfection. It's also very inexpensive for a substantial kitchen tool β€” sent a couple as gifts, too." β€”pickyreader

    28. A stainless steel bar that'll actually rid your hands of foul odors (even fish, garlic, and onions!) without a lot of heavily scented soap or skin-irritating scrubbing.


    Get it from Amazon for $8.09.

    Promising review: "For years we have been just using large metal spoons or the sides of our metal sink to remove various odors from our hands (i.e. after chopping garlic or onions). Finally, I said to myself, 'Self, we need to move into the 21st century and get a metal bar'....and Ta-Daaaaah! I am really glad that we bought this because it looks really nice and it works so much better than a spoon or sink. For anyone that doesn't believe that this type of thing works, go ahead and chop 10 cloves of garlic and then rub your hands on this bar under cold running water. The results will speak for themselves. I would highly recommend this to anyone." β€”Sergio DaSilveira

    29. A dumpling maker to make carefully cutting out rounds and pinching the wrappers with your hands over and over and over again a thing of the past β€” this bb does the heavy lifting for you.


    Cut out the dumpling wrapper with the mold, load the top with your wrapper, plop in your filling, close the mold, and the edges will create the perfect crimped seal.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Promising review: "I'm a gadget nut & will try anything new........that said, this is one great little tool. Easy peasy. Makes quick work of making Chinese dumplings or Mexican empanadas." β€”PJMiller

    30. An omelet maker that'll deliver a delicious and healthy breakfast from the microwave to your plate in just minutes β€” and will taste like it was made on the stove!


    Crack + whisk your eggs, add them + any ingredients to the omelette maker, and microwave. D O N E.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.54.

    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 & underdone or firm but dry & 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." β€”Vanilla Chameleon

    31. A double-chambered chopper to blend eggs or dice perfectly sized veggies TWO at a time with just the pull of a string. All the results, none of the hard work.


    It comes with two whisking blades and two cutting blades for all your culinary needs. You can also remover the separator and chop twice as much of the same ingredient!

    Get a six-cup size from Amazon for $15.99 (smaller sizes also available with single chambers).

    Promising review: "This thing is bad to the bone. So freaking easy. I just love pulling this to chop! Once I've chopped, I just put the whole container in the fridge and serve as I need for recipes. Very good buy for the price." β€”VictoriaPDX to FLL

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