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

    Even more effective when paired with a glass of "cooking" wine.

    1. 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.

    Hands mincing garlic in the press, with the pink tube behind it

    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.

    The soap bar-shaped stainless steel, with the text "rub away" on it

    3. A 20-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.

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

    The liners on two half and one quarter sheet pants with veggies on each

    5. A 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.

    The chopper being used, shown as a storage container, and with the three blades

    6. An Always Pan designed to do the work of EIGHT pieces of regular old cookware if you've already reaaallllly run out of cabinet space. It comes with a lockable lid, steamer basket, pouring spout, and a nesting spatula with a built-in rest.

    The pan in sage green with steamer basket and spatula

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

    The scoop with draining fusilli in it, resting on top of a pot of pasta and water,

    8. An air fryer (from the makers of the INSTANT POT!!) so you can crisp up leftovers, make homemade versions of your favorite fried foods (without having to deal with hot oil), and more.

    9. 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.

    The white tenderizer with base, with rows of needles to puncture the meat

    10. 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 — and so your egg stays perfectly round and never wisps away.

    A review image of poached eggs / a product shot of an egg being cracked into the poacher

    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.

    One hand pouring water out of a pot of pasta using the red strainer

    12. 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*.

    13. A seven-in-one Instant Pot Duo 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.

    Instant pot making mac and cheese

    14. A three-sectioned splatter guard so you can make bacon, stir fries, and any other stovetop dish without getting grease and grime all over your counter and walls.

    A pan full of bacon on a stove top with the three-wall splatter guard around it

    15. 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.

    16. Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers with venting technology that'll keep produce fresh for up to 80% longer.

    A BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer's image comparing a strawberry kept fresh in the Rubbermaid container with one kept in the original clamshell (significantly soft and mushy)

    17. A hanging hanging compost bin that'll attach to the outside of your cabinets for easy disposal as you chop and cook. It's like the garbage bowl idea for disposing scraps and trimmings as you go, but even EASIER.

    The hanging bin

    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!

    Hands sharpening a knife in the first groove

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

    The clear stand propping up a cookbook

    20. A 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!

    A thin-crust pizza on the pan

    21. A pack of silicone 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.

    Hands reaching into an oven for a casserole pan, with their forearms kept from touching the hot racks with the orange guards

    22. A microwave rice steamer to make burnt stovetop rice a thing of the past. Just add your grain, water, and pop in the micro!

    The red rice cooker with paddle

    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 clips holding a wooden spoon over a pot of sauce or soup

    24. A carbon steel wok with a "helper handle" to make stir frying (even when piled high with heavy ingredients) so much easer. Plus, those high walls mean you can include toooooons of veggies and protein!

    The metal wok with wooden handle and metal "helper" handle on the other side

    25. A set of reusable liners 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 these when the oven cools and you can wash 'em right up in the sink.

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

    A reviewer's photo of the scissors next to a pile of chopped herbs

    27. A set of five ~unconventional~ measuring spoons, including options for a "tad," "pinch," and "dash." Now your family heirloom recipes will actually be consistent across the generations.

    The set of drop, smidgen, pinch, dash, and tad measuring spoons

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

    Black, white, and grey cutting boards

    29. A set of Pyrex glass prep bowls 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.

    The three bowls in different sizes holding different ingredients

    30. 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.

    A diagram showing how the timer shows each "doneness" of egg

    31. 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!

    The black egg cooker with six eggs, plus a tray of deviled eggs

    32. A citrus juicer with a built-in storage container and measuring cup lid so you never have to waste a whole lemon to get a tablespoon of juice. Or try to squeeze it straight into a measuring spoon. OR squeeze it into a bowl and THEN pour it into a measuring spoon. Basically all of that's over.

    Hand pouring juice from the juicer into a bowl

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

    Hand opening a jar using the tool, attached under a cabinet

    34. 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.

    35. A lemon-lavender soy candle made of soy wax (it burns slower than paraffin!) for a long-lasting fresh scent that'll fill your kitchen — but not overpower — if you *do* end up burning something (or are just cooking fish and don't want to have the whole kitchen smell like it.

    The candle burning

    36. A cast-iron grill pan with grooves for getting those lovely charred lines on veggies, burgers, and more. Grilling shouldn't just be for the summertime!!

    A reviewer cooking a steak in the pan, with grill marks

    Time to ~get cooking~!