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    26 Things That'll Add A Little Flavor To Your Life

    Wake up those tastebuds.

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    1. A drumstick-shaped herb and spice infuser for injecting deeper, richer flavors into stocks, soups, sauces, and even ice creams — without having to fish them out at the end.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    Promising review: "I just love this herb infuser. Besides the total fun factor it works really well. I've used it several times since I purchases it; once to make ice cream — and tell me that isn't funny? It was a spiced vanilla ice cream and looking at that chicken leg in the custard base just made me laugh but it held the whole spices very well. The second time was for soup and it worked brilliantly. It's so easy to use and just as easy to clean. I can't believe I didn't discover it sooner." —P. Woodland

    2. A countertop Aerogarden so you can grow all the herbs you want (no backyard required). And thanks to the LED grow lights, plus a watering-reminding system, no green thumb required either.


    The grow lights are energy efficient (aka they turn on and off automatically), and it tells you when to water (and feed with the included Miracle Grow plant food!) your baby greens, so these herbs'll basically grow themselves. The system comes with seed pods to grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, and Thai basil. Y U M!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    3. A couple of Sriracha to-go bottles designed to keep you afloat in your favorite hot sauce so you never have to suffer through a boring-ass lunch again.


    *Note: bottles come empty, ya gotta fill your own!*

    Get the set of two (one 1.7-ounce and one 1-ounce) from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "These are the best things since sliced bread. Both my sister and I love spicy food, but we either find no spice at a restaurant, or they have a good spicy sauce, but not the kind we want. These keychains are perfect since they can be refilled with anything that you want and they are ALWAYS with you. As simple as this is, it was my sister's favorite Christmas present. Highly recommend for that person that likes a little extra spice in their life." —Steven Santiago

    4. Or Sriracha to-go packets you can keep in your purse or desk drawer at all times.

    Get a pack of 50 packets from Amazon for $11.99 or a 200-pack for $29.99.

    5. A pitcher with a fruit, veggie, and herb-infusing core so you can enjoy spa water in the comfort of your own home. Brb, pouring myself a glass of cucumber basil water and taking a nap right now.


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $28.99.

    Looking for some inspiration to get the ~juices flowing~? Check out 14 Beautiful Fruit-Infused Waters To Drink Instead Of Soda.

    6. Or a 32-ounce infusing water bottle with a core that goes alllllll the way down to the bottom. Just because you're on the go doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little fruity freshness.

    The top has a uniquely designed thumb-flip lid so you can hydrate with just one hand, and it has a no-slip grip to make dropping your bottle a thing of the past. And of course you can remove the infusing core to use it as a regular water bottle whenever you want!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (available in nine colors).

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good about this infusion bottle! First of all, the top is extremely easy for me to open. That was a big plus, as I have arthritis issues that make most bottles difficult to open. The size of the bottle is large enough for me to have plenty of water, but still comfortable to hold in my hand. The full length infusion rod holds a large amount of fruit, and helps to ensure that all of my water is nicely flavored. The hook on the side also makes it great to take along on a walk! I will definitely be buying these as gifts for my friends!!" —Denise Eberline

    7. Wood grilling wraps to permeate the veggie or skewer of your choice with a smoky flavor — *without* pulling out the smoker or wood chips.

    Uncommon Goods

    Get a set of eight wraps from Uncommon Goods for $9.99 (available in cedar wood and alder wood).

    8. A handy-dandy sheet pan (or two), because roasted veggies ~bring more to the table~ than steamed veggies do.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.11 (for a set of two half sheets).

    Promising review: "Read a great review on these in a cooking magazine and thought I'd try them, and they really live up to the great review. They don't warp at high temperatures (I use them to roast veggies at 450 degrees) and are easy to clean. Very happy with my purchase!" —Elizabeth

    9. Four-blade herb scissors so you can snip fresh herbs *right over* the pot or pan (or even right over your plate as a final garnish) — no pulling out a cutting board, giant chef's knife, and wasting 25 minutes on the perfect tiny mince.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    Promising review: "I like to grow herbs and use them in salads, soups, and many other recipes. I received these as a birthday gift, and can't believe how fast and easy it is to cut up cilantro, basil, parsley, lovage, etc. My husband tried them today too for the first time while making guacamole, and found that slicing the cilantro went very quickly. The storage case-cleaner is very efficiently designed too. I ordered four of these sets to give as gifts." —Lucille P. Nawara

    10. A frozen herb keeper for putting the ix-nay on dried herbs and using up the fresh stuff. Just cram in your herb of choice, turn the handle to compress, and freeze. When you need herbs, just twist to reveal your herbcicle and grate!

    You know when you only make it through half that giant bunch of cilantro and don't know what to do with the rest? That's what this is for.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.56.

    Promising review: "I love this and am back for my second. I have also given several to a friend as gifts. This allows me to harvest my mint when it is fresh, and always have it ready for my smoothies or a fun addition to my stir fry. It is also great for cilantro; I always shy away from buying some at the store or farmers market, because I am worried some will go to waste, but now I can save it to be used later. I recommend them to others all the time! (Sharpie works for labeling.)" —Della Dyer

    11. Speaking of which, a microplane to finely grate aged-to-perfection parmesan cheese, zest citrus fruits, or shave chunks of frozen herbs right into your dish.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 13 different handle colors).

    Promising review: "EXCELLENT upgrade from my first microplane purchased 15 years ago! I'd been storing my old one in my gadget drawer with the original paper sleeve to protect my fingers from cuts. I've used this guy for grating parmesan, chocolate, ginger, garlic, onions, nutmeg, cinnamon and of course for zesting lemons and limes. It's easy to use, durable and easy to clean — I wash it by hand and allow it to dry fully before storing. Never a spot of rust. I just LOVE the bright pink handle, it's so cheerful in my colorful kitchen. And the included plastic cover is a GRATE improvement ;)" —T Dub

    12. An ingeniously designed olive oil bottle that'll infuse the flavor of whatever herb you want (looking at you, rosemary) and then measure the ideal amount for whatever recipe you're using.


    Add herbs to the base, then pour in your favorite oil. The spout measures perfect amounts of oil so you can add just the right drizzle to recipes, salads, and roasting veggies. Press the button on the side and the vacuum design will fill the top with oil. When you have the right amount, just pour!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.68.

    Promising review: "I have no idea how I never owned one of these before! I do not remember the last time I used unflavored oil ever since this came into my life. So far I have infused it with garlic, basil, and rosemary. The garlic is by far my favorite. It provides a clean operation and the narrow pourer makes it possibly to transfer the oil to the bottles without spillage. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who appreciates olive oil!" —Betsy814

    13. Smoked bacon sea salt, which you should absolutely sprinkle on everything from steak to scrambled eggs to baked potatoes to avo toast to salad (so long fake-ass bacon bits).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 16 flavors, coarse and fine).

    Promising review: "Love, love this stuff. Been buying it for years ever since The Pioneer Woman wrote about it on her blog. Now I can't ever be without it. The best for steaks, burgers and we love it on green beans." —SophieMaria

    14. A four-pack of Twang snack topping, because if you're eating a boring and flavorless bowl of popcorn, it's your own dang fault.


    That's right; throw away that fake butter microwave popcorn, get a silicone popper that can pop plain kernels in the microwave (YOU'RE WELCOME) and add one of these delicious toppings!

    Get the set of five from Amazon for $25.39.

    Promising review: "We use all flavors for so many different foods. Sprinkle on chips with salsa, popcorn, and most any dip. Of course, we love lemon lime with beer. We have also used Twang lime on fresh fruit and veggies — Twang gives everything that little twist of flavor. We buy it by the case!" —Flower Child

    15. A spice *drawer* organizer to turn your messiest part of the kitchen into a clear, easy-to-read assortment of jars and labels. 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!" —momonono

    16. A quartet of simple syrups so your next happy hour can be even happier. Even a simple gin & tonic will be taken to the next level with these babies.

    It comes in four flavor sets:

    * Farm-Stand Cocktails (pictured; with vanilla ginger, cucumber habanero, grapefruit basil, and pear rosemary)

    * Bartender's Spice Rack Cocktails (with vanilla ginger, grapefruit basil, cherry almond, and maple cinnamon).

    * Farm-to-Table Cocktails (with blueberry mint, cucumber habanero, grapefruit basil, and pear rosemary)

    * Farmer's Market Cocktails (with cherry almond, cucumber habanero, blueberry mint, and pear rosemary).

    Get the set of four from Amazon for $34.95.

    17. The Flavor Bible, a cookbook and guide to creating mouth-watering combinations of ingredients, textures, and temperatures for all skill levels as you develop confidence in the kitchen. It has over 1,000 five-star reviews alone, btw!

    There are suggested combinations (over 70 things go well with chickpeas, apparently), plus pages dedicated to specific main ingredients (like chicken or lamb) to inspire you to create *your own* recipes!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.91 or find a copy at your local library.

    Promising review: "This book does not have recipes. It offers wonderful suggestions for what goes with what. Have you ever been staring at a chicken, tired of the same-old-same-old, wondering what to do for something different? This book has hundreds of suggestions. You have to be willing to try new combinations,but you wont regret it. Over the years we both have learned so much about flavors, what goes with what. My confidence in preparing meals for my family has grown steadily. If I could only keep five books, this would be one of them. My husband and I have given this as housewarming gift three times. It has always been well received." —notinKSanymore

    18. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey so you never have to decide between sweet and spicy. You can be (and eat) both!

    Need more inspiration? Learn more about the life-changing power of this honey in I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06.

    Need to bring that hot 'n' sweetness on the go? You can get a 12-pack of hot honey packets from Amazon for $12.

    19. A meat injector to infuse steaks, whole chickens, pork tenderloins, and more with your go-to marinate — and bonus: it adds a whole lot of tenderness, too.

    It comes with three needles: one three-inch and two six-inch (one for liquid and one for minced marinades).

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "I have never used a marinade injector before, but this one is easy to use. I particularly love the needle that has all the little holes, it seemed to really spread around the marinade all throughout the meat. I've used it to cook a large roast beef and I used it before barbecuing a chicken, they both turned out superbly. This in injector really is heavy duty and super easy to clean, I totally recommend it." —ND Capra

    20. A hot sauce–making kit for anyone who wants to try their hand at creating a whopping seven different sauces — and seeing which pepper creates their favorite flavor (their flavorite, if you will).

    Pro tip: this also makes for a very nifty gifty come the holiday season!

    It comes with seven bottles (three glass and three squeeze-bottles), a two-inch funnel, apple cider vinegar, spice blend, two pairs of gloves, five pH strips, peppers, instruction card, and labels.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95. This same company also makes kits for creating your own gin, complete with ~botanicals~.

    Promising review: "I bought this product as a gift for my s/o, he loves to cook and loves all things spicy. Recently he had ordered ghost peppers and didn’t know what to do with them. So I started researching hot sauce kits and came across this one. We were not disappointed!! The packaging was cute and making the hot sauce was something fun and different to enjoy together. Having this kit it made it so easy!!! All of our friends have heard about our hot sauce–making adventure and want to know where to get a kit for themselves. Everything is included: tiny glass storing bottles, the spices, little squeeze bottles and tiny fill-in labels. He absolutely loved this gift and I can’t believe I got it for the price, considering everything that’s included. 10/10 would recommend" —Sam

    21. A cast iron garlic roaster, because if you haven't had *roasted* garlic bread, I don't even know what you're doing. The regular, not-sweetly-caramelized version doesn't compare.

    It'll roast one large bulb or two medium bulbs at a time — and it comes with a silicone squeezer. Just pop the bulb in, and squeeze to release that caramelized goodness into your dish or atop your toasted bread... without getting your fingers all garlicky or burned.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. A Himalayan salt plank you can use to grill meats and veggies (imparting a lightly salty flavor) or chill and use as a serving platter for appetizers (and even sushi!).

    Uncommon Goods

    Salt is a natural antibiotic, so you can just wipe it down with a sponge. If you're using it for grilling, reviewers recommend buying the salt plank scrubber brush to make cleaning easier after cooking! You can get it from Uncommon Goods for $8.99.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $29.99.

    Promising review: "I use this product in the oven to grill prawns and salmon. No other seasonings are necessary." —JLM

    23. A smokeless indoor grill to add tasty char marks to veggies and meat year-round — you don't even need to have a backyard.

    It sets up in just *one* minute, quickly heats to 446° (apparently the ideal temperature for searing perfectly for flavor) — at the end, just clean the grill top and drip tray!

    Get it from Amazon for $279.95.

    Promising review: "In a word, awesome! The best kitchen appliance I own. I was skeptical. As a former Memphis in May contestant I think I know my way around a grill. I tested it with a large boneless skinless chicken breast. Cooked it for about 25 minutes to get to 160. Virtually no smoke! Really! The meat was perfectly charred, tender, juicy and very flavorful. While it was still on, threw on a piece of Texas toast. Again perfect. Clean up was quick and easy. I had covered the drip pan with heavy foil so just remove and toss. Put the grill top in sink and cleaned with a sponge and hot soapy water. After the base had cooled, but still quite warm, rubbed the sides down with a wet rag to remove any splatter. The whole cleaning process took about three minutes. After that I threw my George Forman in the garbage to make room for the Phillips!" —Richard Saucier

    24. A wine-aerating spout that'll help your three-buck chuck breathe and open up, helping the individual flavors and ~nuances~ of the wine be more apparent — even to beginner wine palates.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "I am not a wine specialist, but I know what I like and buy very good wine at very reasonable prices. I did a taste test to see if I could notice a difference. Sipped some wine out of the bottle left to breathe for a couple of minutes; then some wine poured through the aerator and sipped immediately. The difference is VERY NOTABLE, even to my untrained palate. The wine tasted fresher, smoother, less harsh and more flavorful! I no longer drink reds without using these. And if I forget, I pour the wine back in the bottle and attach the aerator. Another nice feature? There are no wine drops coming down the side of the aerator, so no more risk of dripping onto a tablecloth or a shirt." —J. Long

    25. A two-in-one juicer and citrus grater to kick your ~zest for life~ (and your for cooking delicious recipes) up a notch.


    Pastas, homemade salad dressings, desserts — everything tastes better with a little citrus brightness! The container has markings on the side too, so you can get the exact amount you need without dirtying a whole nother measuring cup.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $12.99 (originally $18.99).

    26. And of course, some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans for a truly ~magical~ way to experience tastes that will either delight (freshly cut grass!) or repulse (...vomit).

    Get an eight-pack of boxes from Amazon for $13.76 (also available in smaller amounts).

    Unrelated but delightful promising review: "My office has some folks who keep out large public jars of *good* jelly beans for passersby. I like to covertly add five or so of these every month. Thus far, no one has complained or raised any flags. But I can't help but twirl my mustache in wicked delight, knowing that somewhere, nearby, someone thinks they got a *bad* jelly bean and not a devilishly *evil* jelly bean that was planted there. Muwhahahahaha" —Jeffrey A. Cohen

    Here's hoping you're not stuck with a whole box o' earwax.

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