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    39 Life Hack Products To Keep In Your Kitchen

    Let's get cookin'.

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    1. A can of fire extinguishing spray with a design to spark your muscle memory, because nothing sounds scarier than not knowing how to use an extinguisher when you notice a fire start to spark!

    reviewer image of the product can
    reviewer's burnt food after fire started in toaster oven

    Promising review: "I bought one for beside the grill, one for beside the stove, one for the laundry room, and one for the car. I think the intuitive, easy to use design is fantastic. We already have the muscle memory for using a spray can. In an emergency, it's so much easier to grab this and use it, and turn a small fire into a non-fire. I don't have time to remember a three step method of fire control when my bacon has gotten out of control on the stove. I'm not a firefighter! I'd really like to have one in every room. Think about it. Isn't it better to immediately contain a small fire than deal with a big one? This could save your life, and your house." —K. Zander

    Get it from Amazon for $10.38.

    2. A stainless-steel "soap" — rub this on your hands after working with garlic and it's gonna rid your skin of that impressively pungent smell. 

    metal shaped like soap bar

    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three styles).

    3. sleek stand for keeping both your stirring spoon and the lid of your pot upright and nearby, preventing you from making a mess on your counter by simply laying them down. 

    Lid and wooden spoon placed on holder

    Promising review: "I personally always hate it when you pull off the lid of something and the lid is leaking water everywhere while being super hot. With my new solid-surface counters, I definitely don't want to set the lid on there and ruin them and putting it on the stovetop is either annoying due to the water mess or impossible if you are using the whole stove. This was made for the fussy new-home person like me. I can now set the lid down down safely and not worry about where all that hot water is going." —Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    4. A bread maker that'll help you bake perfect loaves of bread using only one container. The partially closed design allows steam to circulate to keep your bread from drying out, while the openings on the side help heat disperse evenly, creating a golden crust. This li'l tool will help you ~rise~ to the occasion any time an occasion calls for baked bread.

    open bowl with dough needed inside it
    three loaves of bread in silicone cooking containers baking in oven

    This is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It's capable of withstanding temperatures up to 428 degrees.

    Promising review: "I love this. It's very easy to use and to clean. I have been trying to make fresh bread every week and this is much easier than using my dutch oven. I have been trying different recipes with this bread maker and so far all have come out great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    5. A pack of cheese storage paper can keep your cheese fresh far longer than wrapping it in plastic wrap (cheese is alive — it needs to breathe!) *and* make your fridge look frickin' fancy while you're at it. 

    Cheese covered up with paper before being placed in the fridge

    The paper recreates the environment cheese is aged in by breathing just the right amount and maintaining perfect humidity.

    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!" —Prairie Woman

    Get a pack of 15 sheets from Amazon for $15 (also available in larger packs).

    6. A handy Souper Cubes freezer tray to make it ~souper~ easy to store notoriously hard-to-freeze things like soups and sauces. Being able to defrost individual portions of soup has my all-too-adult heart all aflutter.

    The five-compartment teal container that looks like a large ice cube tray, with a perfectly rectangular block of frozen soup next to it
    A reviewer's trays full of stew, one with the lid on and one with it off

    This is BPA-free and dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. My freezer is so much more organized now. Gone are the days of having to defrost an entire bag of chicken broth for one cup for a recipe. I now have perfectly portioned 1/2-cup and 1-cup blocks ready to go. They fit easily in freezer bags, take up less space, and make me incredibly happy. There was a lot of attention to detail put into the design and I particularly appreciate the wire inside the rim that holds everything steady — no more worrying about spilling all the liquid on the way to the freezer. Just a fantastic product all around. I purchased this and a cheaper version from another manufacturer at the same time but returned the other product. This one is definitely worth the added cost." —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    7. A mini skillet so you can make a single-serving dish without washing a massive pan afterward. 

    mini skillet holding a single egg and a tomato

    Promising review: "I have the 6.5 inch and it's the basically size of a regular napkin. I got it to make pizzookies (pizza cookies). This size is perfect for me. I've used my skillets for cookies and eggs (mountain man breakfast) and it hasn't caused me any issues. In fact, my eggs didn't stick at all! Overall, great. I think I'll order two more to use with friends over!" —jhfitness

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90+ (available in eight sizes). 

    8. And a handle cover — with this ~handy~ addition on your skillet, the only thing you might possibly risk burning is your food.

    silicone cap in blue over skillet handle

    Promising review: "This is an absolute necessity with a cast iron and skillet! My skillet has a cast-iron handle and this silicone cover fits nice and tight. You have to work with it to get it on, but that's a good thing. Love it, I'm going to get more for my copper chef pans because they are steel and get hot too." —Debbie

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in three colors).

    9. A cake slicer so you can easily serve up perfect portions of your famous cake, because we all know that smushing a wine glass into a cake (trend-setting as it may be) doesn't exactly leave a cake looking lovely.

    slice of cake on plate inside the curved cake slicer. the rest of the cake is in the background.

    Promising review: "This is good quality and has been dishwasher safe. The description is accurate. The server actually hangs onto the cake, making it easy to transfer the cut piece to a plate without dropping it." —Patti

    Get two from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A cookie gun that'll help you punch out perfectly pressed cookies in a mere moment. Sweet. 

    Cookie gun with several tips, all inside clear case
    Several cookies in different shapes with multi-colored frosting decorations

    This kit includes 14 different steel disks, six decorating tips, a storage box, recipes, and it's dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I bought this press a few years ago and have used it several times. I just got it out for this year's batch of Christmas cookies, and was reminded again of how well this works compared to others I have used. I have owned four other presses, one electric and three manual, plus I remember fighting with my mother's manual press many years ago. This one makes perfect cookies! One squeeze of the handle dispenses the correct amount of dough for the cookie. It is easy to fill, easy to change cookie molds, and easy to clean. I would definitely buy this for a gift." —Laura M. Young

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    11. A pair of herb scissors sure to ~cut~ your prep time in half when chopping things like cilantro, parsley, and dill. 

    closeup of multi-blade scissors cutting herbs over soup

    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

    Get them from Amazon for $16.89.

    12. A tomato knife that'll make chopping up this pesky piece of produce tomat-oh so easy!

    Serrated knife beside chopped cherry tomatoes
    Gif of my hands cutting a cherry tomato into tiny slices
    Amazon, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love this knife! I stumbled upon a description when I was shopping for a sushi knife. It was so cheap, I decided to take a chance. Wow. It is such a great little knife. Yes, it works perfectly on soft tomatoes. But, to be honest, I use it for many other fruits and vegetables. It is amazingly sharp, the serrated edge is very effective, and it has a great feel in my hand." —Jane S. 

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    13. A cutting board prep station so you can slice, dice, and store your meal prepped masterpieces all at once. 

    a person chopping watermelon on the board
    sliced fruits in the containers

    Promising review: "I purchased this product because I do a lot of food prep and have challenges placing prepared cuttings into containers. This unique cutting board allows me to cut various foods and slide them through an opening directly into a sealable plastic container. the time savings and organization allows for faster prep time. The bamboo board works well for this purpose." —N Hara

    Get it from Amazon for $74.98.

    14. A double-layer ice cube tray to snag if having an ice maker is your dream, but owning a tiny freezer is your reality. This creates perfect-size ice cubes that fit inside water bottles *and* it comes with a lid to make stacking in a packed freezer easy peasy. 

    two silicone ice cube trays inside stainless steel box

    I just recently got this and it has been a game changer in my home! Both my husband and I are awful at refilling traditional ice cube trays, but this makes it easy! There's always plenty of ice in the box, plus the silicone trays make adding more easy as can be. I love it. You should own it. 

    Promising review: "This container is very useful to hold many ice cubes. It works great for my compact freezer." —Richard Q.

    Get it from Hubee for $28.25 (available in five styles). 

    15. A cheese keeper so you can keep your favorite cheeses, both hard and soft, alive longer by allowing them to breathe. In the words of her highness, Veruca Salt, "Give it to me NOW!"

    A yellow rectangular box that looks like cheese with two blocks of cheese in it

    Cheese is MY bar of chocolate.

    Promising review: "Oh wow! I followed the directions and put that moist paper towel in with my cheese, on the bottom and put some unwrapped and cut Jarlsberg wedge in it. I left for vacation and two weeks later came back, and it was still fresh and moist and not moldy! Huzzah! I'm MIGHTY impressed with this simple gadget. I hate food waste and this is super helpful!" —Awesome Taste

    Get it from Amazon for $12.65.

    16. An adjustable bakeware rack for keeping your kitchen tools upright and at-the-ready for every midnight bake shesh that comes their way. 

    a reviewer photo of a cabinet filled with piles of baking sheets and tins and text reading
    a reviewer photo of the same cabinet organized with the rack and text reading

    Promising review: "By the picture, I was expecting a lightweight plastic base with flimsy metal uprights that would hold a lightweight pan or cutting board. BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! This is a very heavy-duty base with a good grip on the bottom. The uprights are heavy coated wire to prevent scratching of the items it is holding. I am SO PLEASED with the quality of this rack that I will be ordering a couple more to use for my skillets. Buy with confidence as these are really a quality product." —labbie1

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    17. A three-pack of dishwasher-safe grill mats that are easy to clean and easy to cook with, so your parents can stop ~grilling~ you on how your cooking goals are going.

    closeup of food prepared over sheet
    sheet inside dishwasher

    Promising review: "This was a Father's Day gift for my hubby who loves to grill. We've used them now for three months and still love them! He has told all of his friends about them as well. GREAT for asparagus and other small veggies that are prone to falling in the grill. Also makes grilled salmon a lot easier to enjoy. Clean up is a breeze. I love that they are dishwasher safe." —Becca

    Get them from Amazon for $24.95.

    18. An inconspicuous jar opener, because you're not gonna let arthritis, or poor upper body strength, get in the way of your pasta sauce and pickles.

    Promising review: "I bought this last year and have used it many times on many different lids, even use it to open gallon milk jugs when those pesky plastic attachments just won't seem to give. I haven't found anything I try that it won't open for me. No more banging on the counter, just hold it under my cabinet and slid it in the V-shaped opening, give it a little twist to open, hardly any effort at all. It was easy to attach under the cabinet, I put mine so the wide opening faces forward. I personally think every house should have one of these." —Addie

    Get It from Amazon for $16.95.

    19. hanging garbage bag holder so you can easily dispose of your scraps without a trek to the trash can every single step of the recipe. 

    The holder with a plastic bag attached, which is hung up on an under-sink cabinet door

    Promising review: "I love this product because I'm always chopping vegetables and cutting up meat. I would be making several trips to the trash. Now I'm able to make meal prep quicker, easier, and cleaner! A good way to use up some of those plastic bags from the grocery store, too!" —Ellen Holcomb

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    20. A professional cream whipper that'll have your dessert-loving heart full to the brim (much like the bowl of whipped cream you eat after getting this).

    Person pouring cream into stainless steel container
    Whipped cream coming out of spout

    Promising Review: "I've made both regular whipped cream and coconut milk whipped cream and this charger works great. It's well worth the price if you love fresh whipped cream that takes only seconds to make!" –Aaron Ganowsky

    Get it from Amazon for $72.49.

    21. A set of three nylon kitchen knives — with these, your sous chef can chop 'til they drop (without hurting any of their adorable digits) when they insist on "helping" with dinner.

    Three child-sized safety knives with a kid cutting potatoes, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old was desperate to join me in the kitchen, and I wanted to be sure she was safe. These knives come in three sizes. They are not sharp to the touch but easily cut through most fruits and vegetables! For denser foods like carrots, she needed a bit of assistance, but she was quickly chopping all of the asparagus for dinner!!! We just got these, so I can't speak to durability, but for the price, these seem like a great value for my little chef!" —Nicholas and Zarya Fogelson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.91.

    22. A dishwasher magnet for making sure everyone at home knows whether the dishes inside are g2g or still covered in leftovers. 

    the white magnet on a dishwasher that says

    Promising review: "A stylish, functional little magnet. Eliminates the need to wonder if that cup looks dirty or is it just hard water etc. Also just looks cute on the dishwasher. I do not run mine daily as I have a small household and when it does get filled, more often than I'd like to admit, the clean dishes live in the dishwasher, getting picked off as needed. This makes that process much simpler." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.86.

    23. A roll-up drying rack made with metal grates covered in soft silicone that'll prevent scratches and take up basically no storage space. Roll this on top of the sink when in use and tuck it away in a drawer when the dishes are done! It dries fast, so no worries about drippings in your drawers.

    reviewer's sink with the rack over half a side of it
    reviewers tea set and peppers on the rack over a sink

    Promising review: "This is very sturdy and it allows air into cups, pans, etc. to dry easily – unlike a drying pad. It holds heavy pans with no problem. The color is soft and goes great with my white and gray countertops and it's extremely functional. It's easy to clean, just roll it up and store it under the sink. Highly recommend. 👍🏻" —Denise

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in three sizes). 

    24. A flexible spoon with a 1-tablespoon measure — this can stir, flip, and add the perfect amount of oil every time you sauté.

    Person sautéing vegetables and pouring oil over the veggies with the measuring spatula

    It's heat resistant up to 600 degrees and designed with an ergonomic handle, stiff nylon core, and flexible angled head for easy stirring. You can also get a blender spatula, jar scraper, and assorted sizes of spoons from the same link.

    Promising review: "I use this for EVERYTHING! Not just for scraping jars, but getting every last bit out of the protein powder, for scraping down the sides of batter bowls, for mixing soups and stews while cooking, even as a spoon for testing. I now have three of these (in different colors) so I'll always have one at the ready." —Paul J DeSimone

    Get it from Amazon for $9 (available in four colors).

    25. A pack of seven dishwasher-safe stretch lids that'll stretch to fit fruits, blenders, and lonely plastic containers — no more digging through drawers of mismatched lids or covering things up with flimsy plastic wrap!

    A bowl of of sliced fruit, half a pineapple, and watermelon all covered with the adjustable silicone covers

    These are also safe to use in the freezer.

    Promising Review: "I purchased these lids in error. I thought that I was ordering a different set of lids. When they arrived, I was disappointed that I had ordered wrong ones but I have to say, boy! Was I wrong! This was the best 'mistake' I made! They stretch and fit tight on any container. I love the variety of the lid sizes and they perform very well. I'm so glad I purchased these, even though it was in error." —