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    31 Products For People Who Love To Eat, But Suck At Cooking

    Less stress, less mess, more eating.

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    1. A set of silicone cups that'll make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier.

    No need to swirl the water, no danger of breaking your yolk, no need to add vinegar! And you can even use these to make poached eggs in the microwave.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "These are amazing! Finally an inexpensive way to make perfect poached eggs. Comes with an instruction card that makes the entire process easy and worked to perfection." —DenSca

    2. A set of stainless steel finger guards to let you hone your knife skills without lit'rally putting those hands on the chopping block.

    Just pop it on your finger like a ring — the band in the back is adjustable, so it's one size fits all.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $2.50.

    3. A beautifully informative print, which'll identify and describe herbs and spices so you can kick your food up a notch when it comes to flavor.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "This poster is stunning. We of course hung it in our kitchen. I framed it in a Craig Frames 24x36 frame and it looks perfect. There is SO MUCH DETAIL to the many pictures and all the text (and all the TEXT IS READABLE!). Plus, it has multiple versions of the spices, like in ground or granulated form in addition to its natural form. Love that it has some of the most famous spice blends like curry, garam masala, Chinese Five spice, herbs de provence, and pickling spices. This is such a great centerpiece of art for a kitchen. People will love to comment on it and ask questions about it as well as just look at it for a long time." —Roderick Rinehart

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

    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." —Noreladim

    Seriously, the number of gourmet meals you can make with a grocery store chicken is insane!! Plus, you don't have to worry about dealing with raw meat. 🙌

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    5. A seven-in-one Instant Pot cooker that'll (deep breath) pressure cook, slow-cook, make rice, sauté, make yogurt, steam food...and also keep your dinner warm.

    It's like a little miracle you plug in.

    Get a six-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $89.95 (also available in three-quart and eight-quart sizes).

    Promising review: "I have always wanted an Instant Pot. However, the larger sizes were too big for meals for one person. The three-quart size is perfect and I use it at least three times each week when I get home from work. It is really, really easy to use and comes with a cookbook.So far I have made perfect rice, steamed corn-on-the-cob to perfection, and made chili. This is one of the few gadgets that has not been relegated to basement storage!" —GeeGee

    6. A handheld grater with dual size blades so you can whip up the easiest and tastiest meal: cacio e pepe (aka pasta with pepper, butter, and grated cheese, plus a little reserved pasta water)., Walmart

    Get it from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $7.80 (available in four colors).

    Check out the recipe for cacio e pepe at Tasting Table.

    7. And a two-in-one bowl and colander set that'll let you drain your pasta without forgetting to save some of the water to add to your sauce.


    Also a key ingredient for cacio e pepe.

    Get it from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $12.44.

    8. A set of measuring spoons for those hard-to-guess amounts that'll add juuuuust the right amount of flavor.

    "So mom, how do you make your famous chili?" "Oh, you know, a pinch of this, a dash of that..."

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    Promising review: "I have two other sets of mini measuring spoons that look similar to this set. I like these spoons much better because in addition to having the 'name' of the measurement on each spoon (drop, smidgen, pinch, etc.), these spoons also have the exact measurement imprinted on each spoon (1/64, 1/32, etc.). Makes measuring so much easier this way." —Lisa 1972

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

    If you don't know what a Jucy Lucy is, you need to educate yourself. 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 $7.19.

    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." —BarbZ

    10. A smart scale to ensure you bake with ✨ perfection ✨. It pairs with an app and tells you when to add an ingredient and how much to add (by weight, so it's super accurate).

    It automatically scales the recipe for your baking pan or number of servings. PLUS, if you add the wrong amount of an ingredient, it'll tell you what else to add to fix it!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising review: "So much better than I expected!! This is a wonderful tool for both beginning bakers and seasoned ones alike. I just ordered another one for a gift." —Jessica Hall

    11. A sushi-making kit that'll help you roll like a professional.

    DIY sushi bar! This kit includes the training frame, sushi mat, roll cutter, and non-stick rice paddle so you can whip up the best salmon roll in your sweats.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising reivew: "My very first time making sushi, and this kit worked flawlessly! The Sushiquik really made the whole process easy. Sure, you can layer on rice without the frame, but why? The frame made it so easy to get the edges straight and the rice evenly packed along the roll. I actually made six different rolls last night, and I just got better and better at this, even though my first roll was pretty perfect, they just got better and better as I played with the amount of rice and filling, and varied the pressure I used when rolling. The rice spoon was amazing! Everything in my house was sticking to the rice EXCEPT this spoon! Anywhooo, I highly recommend this set if you want a nice clean way to make sushi rolls. If you are a traditionalist who doesn't like improvements in your world, get on your horse and ride to the store to go get a bamboo mat...and hey, why are you on the Internet?" —The One and Only Seadog

    12. A cutting board with an infographic that'll help you use the right spices for the right recipes.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.71.

    13. A citrus reamer that'll store the extra juice for your next meal — because who wants to waste a whole lemon for just one teaspoon of juice?

    It also has amount markings so you don't have to get another measuring cup dirty.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

    Promising review: "This is a very well made, convenient, and handy juicer for the kitchen. Sometimes, I just need a little citrus juice while cooking and I don't want to have to break out my monster juice press. This one has a handy removable measuring cup which allows me to collect the exact amount of juice I need. The juice extractor has a nice edge to the ribs which allows me to get the most juice possible in just a few rotations. The slotted base allows just the right consistency of liquid to pass through while holding back the pulp (you still might need to press the pulp a little just to get all that valuable juice). Easy to wash and assembles conveniently for storage. This is a must-have for home chefs." —Kona408

    14. A pair of herb scissors guaranteed to make you say, "Chopping skills? Who needs 'em!"

    Get them from Amazon for $15.23.

    Promising review: "These scissors are the best tool ever! Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making — I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board I just snip the fresh basil into the salad. If you flip the cover of the scissors around, the slotted side slides out the bits stuck in the scissors. Quick, easy and no waste. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    15. An adjustable rolling pin that'll flatten dough to the uniform height of your choice — anywhere from 1/16" to 3/8".

    No more wonky pie crusts or cut-out cookies that don't bake evenly!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.55 (available in muticolor [pictured] and blue).

    Promising review: "This cleverly engineered tool has changed my cookie making life. I've been making cut-out cookies regularly for 30+ years for virtually every special occasion. That's added up to thousands of cookies. So, I know my way around a rolling pin. After using a traditional rolling pin most of my life, I decided to give this gizmo a try three years ago. Wow. I marvel at how well it works every time I use it. At last, my cut-out cookies have a uniform thickness and cook evenly — every single cookie is perfect. I can't overstate how much I love this rolling pin. I've given it as a gift and recommended it to friends. I do hope they come out with a longer one." —Monica

    16. A set of square rings to make fried eggs perfectly sized for topping a piece of avocado toast.

    A perfectly Instagram-able breakfast.

    Get a set of four from Williams Sonoma for $19.95.

    17. A batter-dispenser that'll make cupcakes, pancakes, and muffins 👏 perfectly uniform 👏.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "Why, oh why didn't I buy this a whole lot sooner? I have always made pancakes or waffles reluctantly because of the mess it always makes with drips and runs all over the waffle maker, the counter, and the stove. Well, no more! This wonderful tool puts the batter exactly where you want it, when you want it there and then closes quickly and completely so you don't drip batter when putting it down. I highly recommend this dispenser. It does just what it is supposed to do, without any fuss or mistakes." —Barbara D. G.

    18. A set of four stainless steel mixing bowls with silicone non-stick bottoms, because whether you're creaming together frosting, tossing together the ingredients for a pasta salad, or whisking eggs to make a scramble, you do NOT want your hard work to end up on the floor.


    Get a set of four from Overstock for $20.99.

    Promising review: "This sett is just perfect for any job in the kitchen. Be it mixing or soaking or grinding, the bowls hold everything. The silicone base prevents slipping even on wet kitchen counters and the four sizes are perfect for the different needs during baking or cooking. I also like that they are not heavy. I highly recommend this item!" —Christy in KY

    19. A detailed cutting board that'll double as a sizing guide for a proper dice, small dice, julienne, brunoise, and more.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.49.

    Promising review "My husband IS the obsessive chef! He is always very precise and careful in his cutting. If a recipe calls for dicing potatoes into one-inch chunks...that is what he will do. I really bought this for him as a joke because of how precise he is, but he LOVED it. He truly uses the gridlines and the measurements to accurately dice his food. Additionally, its a nice light weight cutting board. If you know a perfectionist chef, this is a GREAT gift idea." —TJ Callahan

    20. A handy guide to the most important kitchen skills, from how long ingredients keep to how to plan a food budget to how to sharpen a knife.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "This book is pretty handy! I was always really into cooking, but when I had brain surgery, I had to learn it all over again. All the culinary texts books I had were too advanced me me to just jump right into. I keep this book by my stove, because my memory has gotten to be lacking. I love how simple and clear cut this book is without talking down to you. This would be a great gift for a young adult with an interest in cooking, a teen going away to college, or anyone who has moved away from home, and suddenly realizes that they have no idea what they are doing. Even if you know a lot, it's still very handy to have around!" —Karen Phelps

    21. A Hello Fresh subscription that'll basically be like a cooking class you can do at home. Sign up for a plan that fits your diet (including vegetarian and family plans), and you'll get allllllll the ingredients you need to prep each meal! WHILE learning how to cook!

    Hello Fresh

    Perfect for people who love activities like cooking classes, but don't love human interaction with strangers.

    Meals start at $7.87. You can even subscribe and get six bottles of wine delivered per month (all red, all white, or a mix!) for $14.83 per bottle. They have a ~sommelier on staff~ to pair wines with recipes so you have the best dining experience — right at home and even in your PJs.

    Be sure to check out my review of Hello Fresh (it's #7) for more deets!

    22. A 10-in-one chopper set to keep you from shedding tears over some onions.

    No promises if cutting onions ~actually~ makes you sad. Plus you can use it to prep all sorts of other ingredients too, with blades that julienne, grate, dice, and chop veggies, cheese, and more!

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    Promising review: "I can't chop, slice, or dice to save my life, so this has been a blessing. I now no longer panic when a recipe calls for it. It slices, dices and chops everything from tomatoes to potatoes. The best part? It's easy to use and compact. It all stores within itself so I don't have to hunt around for a million pieces when I need it. Just put the appropriate plate on, press the handle down and bam. You are good to go." —C&M

    23. A tenderizer that'll make tough, flavorless meat a problem of the past.

    This little tool has 48 blades so you can tenderize your meat *while* creating channels for marinade to enter and heat to enter while cooking — reducing cooking time and therefore the chances of the meat getting all dried out!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.69.

    Promising review: "This tool is a must for any cook who is sick of preparing meals for their family, only to have the main meat dish turn out dry and tough. This tenderizer is SO easy to use, and with only a few criss-cross applications, I achieved the world's best, most tender, juicy pork chops ever! With only a little salt and pepper and a sprinkle of olive oil and roasted garlic cloves, my family would NOT stop raving about a dish they normally would eat in stony silence. I have since used it on EVERY cut of meat I prepare for my family and have yet to be disappointed! Just rinse it with hot water and toss it in the top rack of the dishwasher, and it is ready to go to work for you again!" —IfAmazonDoesntSellItIDontBuyIt

    24. A scissor slicer to make fast work of prepping produce or making the best salad e v e r.


    Get them from Amazon for $13.99.

    Promising review: "I've been wanting to make chopped salads but didn't have anything beyond a regular knife that would do the chopping work. These hardly LOOK like they'll work—at least as they appear in the Amazon photo—but I ordered one based on the high reviews. I received them this afternoon and immediately put them to use. DANG!, they really work! It takes no time or effort to chop a bowl full of healthy goodies. And it cleans easily. I see myself as making so many chopped salads from now on that it'll add years to my life. And I'll be experimenting by throwing in more kinds of vegetables...this had no hesitation with bell peppers. I find that a chopped salad just tastes to much better than one with whole pieces of spinach leaves and such. I just had to hop on here and spread the good news right away!" —D OC

    25. A triple-threat tool to peel anything from potatoes to soft foods like tomatoes (thanks to a serrated peeler). It even juliennes!

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    You can even use it to make li'l veggie noodles.

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    Promising review: "Never thought I'd write a review about a peeler, but this one is amazing!! I love that is three-in-one and so easy to switch between the different blades. Plus the way that it comes apart for the dishwasher makes it super easy to wash." —DaniSF

    26. A spatula tool with a harder center and flexible edges that'll slide right under the hardest-to-flip foods (looking at you, omelet).

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "So wonderful and flexible — great for all kinds of cooking besides omelet turning — scrambled eggs, sauces, etc. Easy on the nonstick cookware coatings, nicely heat resistant, and that flexibility hugs the sides of pan or bowl to get every last bit of food. I just wish it came in more sizes and shapes (smaller and narrower!) because it puts all my other spatulas to shame. The stiff inner blade combined with the silicone edge is a marvelous idea — OXO has nailed this one!" —zgmcgee

    27. A pretty kitchen print that'll also serve as a cheat sheet for measurement conversions or veggie cooking times.,

    Get it from Follygraph on Etsy for $19 (conversion chart) and $14+ (veggie cooking times).

    Check out their whole selection of kitchen infographic prints!

    28. A nonstick frying pan (this one's PFOA-free), because that dinner you spent valuable time on shouldn't be burnt on!


    Get a 9.5-inch pan from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $13.97 (available in three colors and also available in an 11-inch size).

    And check out our picks for some kitchen essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    29. A four-in-one kitchen gadget you can use as tongs, a scooper, strainer, or pan scraper. You know how you always see chefs in cooking shows do, like everything with tongs? These'll help you replicate that.

    Don't rummage around your utensil drawer looking for the right tool. This is it.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "Very useful! I like to cook and this thing comes in handy. You can lift, grab and flip stuff with only one tool. Great for pasta and noodles. Funny fact — I often cook with my toddler and this is a fun kitchen tool for kiddos — they love it. Quality is top notch, nice stainless steel and all. Highly recommended." —Team Moms

    30. An over-the-sink cutting board with a build-in strainer so you can rinse, and chop your produce in the exact same space. This bb is especially great for anyone with a tiny kitchen and no counter space.

    Just extend it over your sink and do all your prep work at once — no need to dig out (and then wash!) that humongous colander.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I hoped it would be. My double kitchen sink (poor design note) does not have any counter space next to the side with the garbage disposal. I was constantly transferring peelings, etc. from one area to another with predictable messes and drops on the way to the disposal. However now, with this simple but great device I can hull strawberries, put them into the colander area for rinsing and then just sweep the hulls or whatever directly into the disposal. I cut carrots on the board, put them into the colander and again dispose of the ends and/or peels. The colander is on the smallish side but adequate, the cutting board area is stable and and the extender arms hold it securely. Plus the whole thing can go into the dishwasher. I leave it out because I use it every day. Definitely recommend." —PAE

    31. And Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book that'll teach you the building blocks of *how* to cook and build up flavors, not just recipes to follow. This is how you can start experimenting with recipes and flavors of your own!

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    Promising review: "This book is worth its weight in gold. The author shares an extraordinary skill set organized in easily understood teaching modules. Mediocre fresh green beans turned into flavorful wonders, buttermilk plus chicken roasted to flavor and tenderness heaven, Italian bread salad flavor testing and adjustment by author's encouragement. My guests were in awe and freely praised my cooking. Easily improve your cooking through easy lessons. Destined to be a classic. The author empowers the home cook - the real deal." —Reudi

    These'll all help you cook even better than a rat pulling your hair!

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