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    33 Things That'll Help Solve All Of Your Cooking Frustrations

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    1. A garlic prepping set with a silicone tube (that'll peel the garlic) and a chopper (that'll mince it) so you can flavor your food without getting stinky fingers. Plus if you have extra garlic (unlikely) you can store it right in the chopper!

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    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 Bed, Bath & Beyond for $14.99.

    Promising review: "I used this for the first time while preparing 1/4 C. of garlic for kimchi. It packs a lot of features in a very small package. Rolling the garlic on the table quickly removed the peel and the press worked great — we cut the garlic in half since they were large cloves. I don't think the other reviewer realized that there is a removable piece in the lid that removes the bits from the green grid pieces. Makes cleaning quick and easy!" —Pammap

    2. Or a stainless-steel soap bar to remove any odor (garlic! fish!) from your hands with a quick rub and rinse — no fancy scented soaps required.

    Amco Rub Away

    Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $7.19.

    Promising review: "This product does everything it claims to do and more. It Instantly and miraculously removes strong and offensive food prep odors like garlic, onions and fish. Highly recommend it." —Happy1

    3. A Rubbermaid 28-piece food storage set with stackable lids you snap to the *bottom* of the (also stackable) containers. You know that thing when you're prepping ingredients or packing away leftovers and you just CAN'T find the lid that fits?! No more.


    The larger size containers also have venting lids for easy reheating WITHOUT the microwave splatter.

    Get the 28-piece set (14 containers, 14 lids) from Target for $29.99.

    Promising review: "These are great! They're thick and meant to last. They stack nicely and the lids snap in place. My Tupperware cabinet was always a mess but I replaced my older set with these, and it's so neat. I love the vented lids on the bigger bowls." —DG

    4. An OXO silicone baking mat to make stuck-on foods (looking at you, fish!) a thing of the past. Just pop it on your sheet pan and bake away.


    These are also game-changing if you like to bake cookies tbh.

    Get one from Target for $19.99.

    5. A KitchenAid chopper and storage set for making quick work of onions, carrots, cheese, or any other ingredient! You can use it to chop and dice with the three included blades (each with a different size grid). And when you're done, just store the attachments inside the container! Easy peasy.


    Sorry, but you're about to lose the "I was chopping onions" excuse for why you're crying.

    Get it from Wayfair for $59.99.

    Promising review: "I am so so happy with this item. It works so well with onions especially. No tears." —Cristy

    6. A slotted scoop to easily drain pasta, remove items from a deep frier, or easily serve roasted veggies. It's heat-resistant *and* will keep you from having to drag out and wash a bulky colander.

    Joseph Joseph

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    7. A Ninja air fryer so you can reheat leftovers (no more soggy fries!!!!!!!!) and whip up your favorite crunchy foods (hello wings!) with little... or NO... added oil. It circulates air to create a perfectly browned exterior, without the danger of a giant pot of hot oil.


    The ceramic-coated basket can hold up to TWO POUNDS of fries, and it has roast, dehydrate, and reheat settings as well.

    Get it from Target for $99.99 (originally $139.99).

    Promising review: "Love love love it! Need I say more? No more turning on the oven for just one item and no more messy stove top! Veggies and meats and fish all done perfectly. Husband can do french fries in it in a matter of minutes. Highly recommend this awesome appliance. Not too big and not too small." —Little

    8. A 48-blade meat tenderizer to create "heat channels" that'll reduce cooking time by up to 40% — meaning less time for your meat to get dried out in the oven.


    Bonus: do it before you marinate for an extra boost of flavor and moisture!

    Get it from Target for $19.89.

    Promising review: "Love this tenderizer. I bought two, only June and I started my Christmas shopping already LOL. Great price. A friend of mine has the identical one and paid almost $40 for hers. Last used on our steaks and they were so tender and juicy. I have other tenderizers but they don't come close to this one. HIGHLY RECOMMEND" —Joy2353

    9. A double waffle iron so you and your boo can enjoy brunch at home *together* — not one sadly waiting for the other's waffle to get done while their own gets cold.

    Williams Sonoma

    The temp control is adjustable so you can decide whether you like your waffles softer or crispier — either way they'll be incredibly fluffy inside and remove easily, thanks to the nonstick plates.

    Get it from Williams Sonoma for $54.95.

    10. A set of silicone cups that make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier. Family or roomies don't think you can cook? YOLK'S ON THEM.

    Sur La Table

    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 two from Sur La Table for $9.95.

    Promising review: "Great product! Makes the best poached eggs in the simplest way. I have been looking for something like this fo a long time. Most importantly they can be put in the dishwasher. Would recommend to anyone who loves a good poached egg." —Patti L.

    11. A clip-on strainer made of sturdy BPA-free silicone so you can drain your pasta one-handed! No more overcooked pasta while you try to unearth that giant colander.

    Sur La Table

    Get it from Sur La Table for $15 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "This clip-and-strain comes in very handy for people that may have issues with their hands. All you do is clip it on the side of your pan, take it to the sink, drain the water out. I absolutely love it." —Sandra T.

    12. Or 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. And the handle of the bowl = a spout for easy pouring!


    Get it from Food52 for $30+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    Promising review: "I don’t like buying and storing extra kitchen gadgets that aren’t very useful, but this is well worth it. It comes in quite handy for pastas and vegetables." —Gila B.

    13. A fish spatula great for (surprise) SO MUCH more than fish! It has a beveled silicone edge, meaning it slides right under anything (even delicate foods like eggs) for easy flipping or removing items from the pan — without scratching it.


    Get it from Sur La Table for $22.

    Promising review: "The new tool I use for everything. So much better than a regular spatula for cooking, love the silicone edge, it really lifts things nicely there is a lot of surface area that a normal spatula lacks." —Joanna H.

    14. A thick, durable apron with TONS of information (think cooking times for veggies, measurement conversions, how to test the doneness of your meat, etc.) printed UPSIDE DOWN so you can hold it up to consult while you're *wearing it*.

    Suck UK

    How long should you cook your eggs? How much rice should you make? This'll tell you!

    Get it from Wayfair for $20.99 (originally $25).

    Promising review: "The apron is fantastic and all of the cooking conversions are printed upside down for convenient reading." —MO

    15. An Instant Pot Duo cooker for whipping up press-the-button-and-watch-the-magic-happen dishes and meals. Use it to make low-effort rice, pressure-cooked dishes, slow-cooked dishes, and so so so so so much more.

    It's like a little miracle you plug in.

    Get a 6-quart Instant Pot from Target for $99.

    Promising review: "I love cooking with this Instant Pot. I bought it as a replacement for my worn-out Instant Pot. Other than the coffeemaker, this is my most-used kitchen appliance. I use it three or four times a week. I love the new release system. Highly recommend!!!" —lovespocketslady

    Still wondering if this is right for you? Check out I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With for an in-depth look.

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

    The Container Store

    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 10-inch roll from The Container Store for $11.99 (originally $14.99).

    17. A set of Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology to keep produce fresh for up to 80% longer. How?! They regulate the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide and keeps moisture away so your strawberries taste freshly-picked days and days and days later.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Spending $15 on fresh fruit that spoils before you can eat it? Those days are over.

    Get a pack of three from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $24.99.

    Promising review: "Purchased these because we were throwing away produce. Pleasantly surprised with these because they work well. Strawberries, fresh baby spinach, leeks all have lasted much longer than they did in the past. They do take up space in the fridge but well worth it for us." —Tkay

    Check out our full review of these game-changing containers!

    18. 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!

    Crate and Barrel

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $5.95.

    Promising review: "I researched and researched my last set of knives, hoping not to buy a set that would eventually crush tomatoes instead of cutting...but like all knives, this expensive set started losing their edge after about a year of use. Soooooo, being that I'm a cheapskate, I bought this little guy at C&B...and sure enough, my knives now work better than when I first used them!" —pikle17

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

    19. A hanging scrap station that'll attach to the side of your sink for easy disposal as you chop and cook. It's like the garbage bowl idea for disposing of scraps and trimmings as you go, but even EASIER.


    Get it from Wayfair for $28.99 (available in three colors).

    20. An acrylic cookbook stand made with acacia wood to hold your favorite volume open to the right page (no accidentally flipping to the wrong recipe) and protect it from stains and splatters.


    IDK about you, but you can totally tell which cake recipe is my favorite based on how much batter is smeared all over the page.

    Get it from Target for $39.99.

    21. A two-piece perforated crisping pan, because you deserve reheated, frozen, and homemade pizza with an actually CRUNCHY (never soggy) crust. And it works on anything that needs to be crisped up in the oven!


    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    Promising review: "It crisps potatoes and other vegetables. It is definitely non-stick and cleaning after use was easy. Two fit side by side in my oven. I love it." —Amy

    22. A pack of snap-on oven rack shields so you can reach in and grab your piping hot dish without burning your wrist on the rack above. Making chicken nuggets shouldn't be this dangerous.

    Bed Bath and Beyond

    They're safe up to 500°!

    Get a pack of two from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

    Promising review: "I've had these before and they last three to four years. I tried the silicone ones and they are toast after nine months. They start to soften up and fall off. These STAY PUT. The snaps will eventually rust out, but they last three to four years. They save me from burning my forearm when I reach for pans on the middle shelf of the oven." —Bubbles53

    23. A clip-on spoon rest so all the good stuff drips back *into* your pot rather than onto your sparkling countertop — and so you don't get ~crabby~ having to scrub your surfaces down later.

    The Container Store

    Crabby? Get it? Cuz it's shaped like li'l claws.

    Get it from The Container Store for $6.99.

    24. A reusable liner to keep your oven cleaner than ever. No worries if your lasagna drips over or your sweet potatoes ooze a little — you won't have to scrub out the oven, just remove this when the oven cools and you can wash it right up in the sink.

    Nordic Ware

    And you can trim it with a pair of scissors to fit whatever size oven you have.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $14.95.

    Promising review: "Tried one. Then purchased a second for second oven. They work wonderfully. Easy cean, just wipe of drips. They do not affect the heat of the oven. Take the work out of cleaning ovens , up one you won't regret it. And will probably recommend to all cooks you know." —Catherine B.

    25. A pair of five-blade herb scissors, because chopping scallions, basil, and other flavorful ingredients is tedious, but you deserve better than bland food.

    Crate and Barrel

    There's a cleaning comb built into the storage cover to make removing any herbs that are stuck in the blades a breeze.

    Get them from Crate & Barrel for $11.95.

    Promising review: "These are easy to use, easy to clean and they store real easy and nicely. It's nice to cut the herbs now it's faster than before with five blades the job gets done so much quicker." —Teel0

    26. A four-pack of flexible, nonskid cutting boards you can bend into a funnel shape for easy ingredient adding.

    Williams Sonoma

    Get the set of four from Williams Sonoma for $19.95 (available in the greyscale color set pictured above, or a set of colorful mats in red, yellow, green, and white).

    Promising review: "These small, flexible cutting mats are so convenient for small jobs — easy to wash and easy to transport chopped veggies to the frying pan." —Grannie2

    27. A set of glass prep bowls in *10* different sizes to help actually commit to doing the whole mise en place thing. You won't ever forget an ingredient when they're all set out before you start cooking.

    Crate and Barrel

    Get a set of 10 bowls from Crate & Barrel for $23.49.

    Promising review: "These bowls are sturdy and perfectly nest within one another for easy storage. They are perfect to use when cooking and baking because of the various sizes. They are easy to clean and make life in the kitchen easy." —Randee86

    28. A foolproof timer you can toss in with your boiling eggs — as it heats up, it'll glow to show when your eggs are soft, medium, hard, and even the little stages in-between.


    It calculates by temperature rather than by time, so your eggs will be cooked just the way you like them every single time.

    Get it from Sur La Table for $6.

    Promising review: "Takes the guesswork out of egg boiling or coddling for perfect results every time. Bring your eggs to a boil, turn off heat immediately and remove as soon as your egg timer registers your desired degree on doneness. Guaranteed success!" —Diane P.

    29. Or 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 — 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 — 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 Target for $17.39+ (also available in blue).

    Promising review: "I love this kitchen appliance. I wish I knew about it years ago. If you want extremely easy hard/medium/soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, or a mini omelet, this is for you. Hard boiled eggs only take five minutes to be cooked. They are much more easier to peel compared with cooking them on a stove. The unit is very small, but holds seven eggs." —Targetnottarjay

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

    30. An adjustable-mouth jar opener, because making a delicious lasagna using store-bought sauce shouldn't be more strenuous than actually making sauce from scratch.

    Crate and Barrel

    It also has a built-in bottle opener, for pop-off bottles (like beer bottles) and a ridged opening for water and soda bottles..

    Get it from Crate & Barrel for $19.95.

    Promising review: "This opener has tackled each and every jar, bottle, pop top I’ve tried it on...and I’ve had several different brands to assist in opening the increasingly challenging products I use daily. This has been the best yet. I have arthritis, so I’ve given it many applications." —Hoosierdeb

    31. A trio of cinching closures (kind of like the ones you use on drawstring bags) you can use on loaves of bread or any other bagged food. No more stale bread?! Dreams really DO come true.

    The Container Store

    These are way easier to keep track of (and seal WAY better) than those stupid plastic dongles that come on bread and English muffins.

    Get a set of three from The Container Store for $5.99.

    Promising review: "I love these and have given them as stocking stuffers to my family recently. They make my daily life so much easier as you can cinch up the bread, chips, carrot bag, sugar, hamburger rolls, etc. Perfect gift for elderly family members as they are simple to squeeze open. Don't just buy one set as you'll be heading back to the store soon after you try them!" —Tarheelfan

    32. 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 five from Target for $2.49.

    Promising review: "This small-size slow-cooker liner is a time-saver during cleanup. I use it on my triple buffet unit to keep prepared items warm while finishing the other food. I hate having food get cold before everyone sits down for the holiday meals." —Jack of all trades

    33. A dishwasher-safe Calphalon nonstick grill pan with grooves for getting those lovely charred lines on veggies, burgers, and more. Grilling shouldn't just be for the summertime — or outdoors!! Treat yourself to a cookout for one.


    Aaaaaand the grooves also help channel away excess grease, if you're into that sort of thing, too.

    Get it from Target for $42.99.

    Promising review: "This was a smart purchase. The grill can make inside grilling mess free. The grill is working great on our electric cooktop and leaves the grill marks on the meat. We are using it for vegetables as well as beef, chicken, and fish. The grill is well worth the money." —Shopper

    Me doing all of my at-home cooking right now:


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