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    25 Useful Products For Anyone Who Loves Cooking And Eating Meat

    ~Meat~ me at the Ninja Grill in 5, k?

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    1. A manual food chopper to break up ground meats easily in the pan on the stove or in a bowl. You could also use it to mash up fruit or potatoes.


    This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It's safe to use with nonstick cookware.

    Promising review: "The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc., much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don't normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them. However, I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.81+ (available in three colors).

    2. A stainless-steel knife set that'll help you slice and chop your meats with ease and grace. Oh, guess what? These are from cooking superstar, Ayesha Curry's, collection. Woot!

    three knives with blue handles

    This set comes with an 8-inch chef knife, a 6-inch utility knife, and a 3.5-inch paring knife. They also come with a clear protective sheath so you can store them safely.

    Promising review: "These are great knives at an even better price! I wasn't sure how high-quality these would be coming from a brand that doesn't specialize in cooking knives, but they arrived sharp and have stayed that way for six months now. So far, they are equal to Cutco knives. This was a quality find for me!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (free shipping; available in three colors).

    3. Or, a mini knife sharpener to make old knives like new with just a few swipes. This way, they'll be able to cut through your meat and veggies with minimal effort.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I had never sharpened my Calphalon knives. I've had them for three to four years. The last time I cut meat, I worked up a sweat because the knives were so dull. Tonight, I sharpened them and the chicken cuts like butter!!! I'm in heaven! " —Wine wife
    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    Want more deets on this cool tool? Peep our KitchenIQ knife sharpener review here.

    4. A hot dog steamer so you can cook hot dogs AND toast your buns at the same time faster than you can say "Hot-diggity-dog!"

    machine with two hot dog links inserted inside and two hot dog buns

    The steamer makes two hot dogs and toasts two buns at a time. It also has an adjustable toasting timer so you can get it to your preferred level of doneness. It'll also come with tongs and a drip tray. One reviewer even confirmed that YES this thing'll make those beautiful grill marks on your dogs.

    Promising review: "This is literally the greatest appliance I have ever owned and I recently purchased an Instant Pot that I'm pretty happy with so you know I'm serious. It's so convenient and easy to use. It takes less than five minutes to cook two long Hoffman hot dogs and toast the buns at the same time. It's almost as good as having them on the grill in the summertime. Also, I don't have kids but I would imagine this being perfect for a busy family because it's so easy I think a responsible enough child could do it on their own." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in two colors).

    5. Color-coded cutting board mats that'll help you keep your meat separated from the other stuff so no contamination happens.

    four color-coded mats with a small emblem on each corner to show what they're for including beef, chicken, veggies, and fruits

    There are four cutting boards in different colors and they're also labeled with a small graphic that shows what to cook on what board. Several reviewers also noted that they're easy to clean so everyone in your home should be able to use these to keep the food safe and then clean them right after use.

    Promising review: "I purchased these cutting mats because they seemed to be so much more sanitary than the cutting boards. They are so easy to wash and I feel much better about putting food on them. They are also color-coordinated by food groups and we love that!!!! I initially bought them to use for making baby food but my husband loved them so much he decided to use them to prepare our food. We will buy another set!!! It also came with a cookbook which I will definitely be using!!! This is an amazing product and I would recommend it to everyone!!!" —Kay

    Get the set of four for $14.99.

    6. OR this cutting board so you can cut your meats and catch the juices on one side thanks to an angled design and spikes meant to hold the meat in place. The other side will be for everything else you need to prep so everything stays separated until they need to come together in your meal.


    Promising review: "I find myself using this for everything. The lip on this cutting board catches everything, keeping all material on the board and not all over the kitchen. When you cut, it does leave some small marks on the board but not any different than any others made from the same type of material. I do not find this to be a problem. I love the board. I cut ribs on this yesterday and all the juice stayed right on the board. You just can't beat that design feature. It flips over and you have a square of molded-in meat points to hold everything in place while you cut... It's also easy to clean. I am giving this a 5-star rating with form and function. It's perfect in my opinion." —Gary

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (free shipping; free returns; available in four colors).

    7. Meat shredders for when you want to pull off the rootinest tootinest pulled pork (turkey, beef, or chicken) meal you've ever had in your life. (Psst... I've decided that's cowboy speak for VERY FREAKING DELICIOUS AND PERFECT.)

    model's hands shredding chicken with the shredders which look a lot like thick plastic rakes for food

    You could also shred your meat for tacos, chicken and dumplings, stews, and more. I just wrote about pulled meat because it truly is a great meal. BTW, this baby is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I love these! I used to use two forks to shred slow-cooked meat and it would hurt my hands and wrists. I bought the OXO shredding claws and used them for the first time yesterday. First, they worked brilliantly to scoop (and drain) the chicken breast out of the slow cooker and place it on the cutting board. Then I was able to very quickly and easily shred the chicken and get it back into the sauce. I can’t believe I’ve been struggling with dinner forks all these years. I’m so glad I bought this set." —Laura Broome

    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    8. A digital meat thermometer so you'll always know when stuff is done and can stop ~beefing~ with under- and over-cooked food. It's foldable and designed with a magnet so you can stick it right on your fridge to easily find it later.,

    It's designed to work for foods from the grill or the stove and it'll read the temperature within two to three seconds! The thermometer will also hold the temperature reading even when you pull it from the meat so you don't have to stick your face in heat to read it. It's also available with a one- or three-year warranty.

    Promising review: "I had not had much success with instant-read thermometers. Chicken is always hard for me to judge when done and I am tired of it being overcooked. I used two other thermometers before the ThermoPro and wasn't happy with either. One thermometer's temperature went up, then down, and then back up even though I held it steady in one position... Lo and behold, the Thermopro+ TP18 popped up, complete with good reviews, and a reasonable price. It is faster than my others. After doing the ice water test and checking the room temperature (just a little over one degree off on the ice water and spot-on for the room temp), I feel I finally have an instant-read thermometer that I can trust. I don't really need to touch the power button for it to turn on; it usually comes on when I take it off the refrigerator. I love the convenience of having a magnet on the back. And, BTW, the customer service is quite helpful and quick to respond to questions." —D. Kaiser

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A set of spices in case you get stuck on how to ~spice~ up your favorite meats a little differently.

    five spice bottles in a box. The flavors are peppered habenero, fresh bay (for seafood), grill master, smokey southwest, and citrus pepper. Hungry yet?

    You get to choose between five sets of spices which are grilling, hot and spicy, keto, seasoned sea salts, and smoked spices. BuzzFeed editor Kayla Suazo had this to say about how perfect these spices were for her dad:

    "I got this for my dad for his birthday and he always calls me after dinner to tell me he used one of these spices. It's honestly the sweetest. And if you aren't sold on this one, in particular, there are other spice sets available: Hot and spicy, seasoned sea salts, all-star BBQ, keto grilling, smoked, and maple southwest. *Starts drooling.*"

    Promising review: "I use my home smoker all the time and have found this set of spices to be ideal. I can combine them in several ways to create the most delicious BBQ rubs. For example, I can take pork ribs and after removing the silverskin, spread yellow mustard on them and then shake a mixture of these spices over each side. Then, onto the smoker. I haven't tried to win a competition yet with them but I bet that I could get close. Also, take any of them to a set of pork chops on your grill just as they start to brown up and you'll have the most delicious flavor and color added to them. Yum!" —Jpmcdon

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49+ (available in seven different sets).

    10. An Instant Pot 7-in1 Pressure cooker that'll basically do all of the cooking for you. With all of these features, all you'll really have to do in the kitchen is, well, exist. It'll be perfect for all your meaty roasts, stews, and soups.

    Instagram / Instant Pot / Via

    This pressure cooker will steam, slow cook, make rice, sauté, and make yogurt! I also refuse to hold out on you and not let you know there's an ENTIRE cookbook dedicated to helping you master this Instant Pot sooner than later.

    Promising review: "It's day one with the new toy... Chuck roast, baby carrots, fresh thyme, rosemary and garlic, a whole onion, beef broth, and salt and pepper... I seared both sides for about five minutes on the saute setting, then used the meat setting for 65 minutes. The meat literally fell apart as I was pulling it out of the pot. This was a huge hit on its first run. We have a bone-in leg of lamb thawing out now for tomorrow night. This was supposed to be a Christmas present for my wife but she passed away a month ago. Instead, it is a way for us to remember how much she would have loved it." —Mekender

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes and five styles) and the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook for $13.05 (free on Kindle Unlimited). Also, if you want more deets, check out our full review of the Instant Pot.

    11. Mike's Hot Honey because you'll never know the true joy of chicken and waffles until you've had them with this spicy goodness. Your taste buds will totally thank you for this doing them this ~flavor~.

    hand pouring the honey over chicken and waffles

    Promising review: "When I accidentally discovered Mike's Hot Honey, I thought it was going to be another one of those spur-of-the-moment impulsive buys that would sit on the pantry shelf until it met its demise into the trash can... BUT... This one will clearly be a staple on most of my family's food. Even the kids loved it. I don't know who you are Mike but thank you for creating this wonder Hot Honey!" —Bijou's Collectibles

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49 (available in different quantities).

    12. A ceramic butter-warmer set that'll be the perfect accompaniment for dipping shrimp, lobster, and crab meat and prevent the butter from becoming solid mid-meal.

    two butter warmers with lit tealights underneath them to keep the butter from going solid. a shrimp is being dipped into one of them.

    Promising review: "Worked out great for our shrimp boil. Will also work well for garlic butter for breadsticks! Great bargain." —Kim Holtel

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two-pack).

    13. A 48-needle meat tenderizer to make "heat channels" in your meat and reduce cooking time by about 40%. Mmhmm. Your meat is bound to be tender, juicy, and very, very tasty.

    model's hand pressing the meat tenderizer to a slap of beef

    Promising review: "This wonder tool does an awesome job tenderizing meat....from the largest standing rib roast all the way down to the skinniest pork chop or round steak. Those of you who like to marinate your meat will find this tool to be a God-sent savior as it provides hundreds of holes for the marinade and spices to soak into. I used to pound my chops with a metal mallet until there were holes right through it, and the poor pork chop was only a mere third of its original thickness. NO MORE! Now I use my Klemoo to poke a thousand holes on each side and the thickness never changes, but you can cut it with a fork when done. I use it on all meats: beef, pork, veal...even chicken and turkey. It works wonders!" —Wet Bruce

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (also available in white).

    14. A microwave bacon cooker that'll actually give you bacon🥓 that looks and tastes like it came fresh out of a hot iron skillet!,

    This cooker is dishwasher-safe and also designed to reduce fat by 35% since it cooks bacon in the air and not in the fat like a skillet. It's also made of high-heat plastic so it won't melt to pieces in the microwave and thwart your perfect bacon dreams.

    Promising review: "This product looks ridiculous. The first time I cooked bacon using this, I felt ridiculous. When the bacon was ready and I put it on a plate to eat, seeing each piece frozen in the bent position in which it was cooked, I was certain we would never use it again. THEN, I tasted the bacon and realized that the reviews were right: This product is fantastic for microwaving bacon. It comes out evenly crispy but not overdone, which when laying flat on a tray, often occurs. I even prefer it over making bacon in a frying pan or griddle since it doesn't get nearly as greasy using this product. I would never have expected this product would create such tasty bacon but have been shocked by its success." —BWH

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. OR! A cast-iron bacon press for anyone who still wants to make their strips on a stove. This way, you'll get perfect, crispy bacon every time. The best part? It's not just for those mouthwatering pork strips! You could also use it to press ham slices, sandwiches, and more.,

    Promising Review: "I've been a cast-iron pan fan for years but never owned a bacon press until now. What was I thinking? This unit is awesome! It comes pre-seasoned but mine had a few thin spots so I seasoned it with a very thin layer of FLAX seed oil. I removed the handle and put it in the oven for 90 minutes at 450 degrees. It's perfect. I can't believe how well this works for all meat. And it reduces splatter big time. It fits perfectly in all three of my standard No. 8 cast iron frying pans and flushes to the bottom with only a tiny gap for splatter. It's a heavy-duty press with a nice handle. Fast shipping." –EOGuy

    Get it from Amazon for $17.90.

    16. A stainless-steel meat injector to insert a marinade into your meats to make 'em supercalifragilisticexpialidociously juicy.

    Promising Review: "I find the meat injector very useful. Using it has really improved my barbecue results. I learned that if I mix my tenderizer into the marinade and inject it into the meat, the meat not only has better flavor, but it is also more tender." –Able Devildog

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (free shipping).

    17. A meatball maker that'll help you make loads of round, meaty greatness much faster. You will definitely be the queen of meatballs at the next potluck you attend thanks to this baby. The seasoning's up to you but this gadget has the quantity situation handled.

    beef with seasoning and veggies that has been packed into the meatball maker

    It'll turn two pounds of meat into 32 meatballs EASY. Woot! This way, you can cook as many as you want or store that many for later. You could also use it to portion and freeze cookie dough, chocolate, rice, Pesto, sauces, herbs, and more. Heads up: Several reviewers noted that it works like a charm as long as you don't overfill.

    Promising review: "Such a time-saver! Much faster than doing them by hand, with a cookie scoop, or with a handheld meatballer, plus they are all uniform in size. Very pleased with this product!" —Rhondaal

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. The Ninja Four-Quart Air Fryer to help you get your meats nice and crispy without all the unnecessary oil and need to stand over a hot stove.

    Tom Scott via Amazon / Via, Nitaya via Amazon / Via

    The Ninja air fryer has a single basket that'll help you fry your wings, fish, and more to a golden, beautiful crisp.

    Promising review: "I was nervous about purchasing an air fryer after reading the mixed reviews on so many of them. I finally went with the Ninja (slightly more expensive than some of the other options), and I am so happy I did. The food it cooks is wonderful and it feels so much lighter than foods fried in oil. There are no complicated instructions and it is user-friendly. I haven't experienced any peeling of the nonstick coating, and it's very easy to clean as well." —Kristen

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    19. OR a Ninja grill air fryer for anyone who'll always want those grilled lines and most importantly, that smoky, grilled taste. This'll come in handy when outside gets much cooler but you still want your plate to reflect the magic of the summer barbecue.

    Salifya Akers / BuzzFeed,

    My best friend bought one and cooked food for me on it and IT WAS SO DOGGONE GOOD! It tasted like it was fresh from a patio grill instead of a tiny indoor air fryer sitting on her kitchen countertop. I will stan this thing forever.

    Promising review: "O. M. G. This thing is awesome. We have a condo where we are not allowed to have grills on our balcony so I thought I’d give this a go. It is perfect. I just made a steak and it was to die for." —LP1968

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99 (free shipping).

    20. And a seafood cracker — yep, you seafood boil-loving folks will definitely be much better off with the proper tool to crack open those juicy, freakishly good crab legs and lobster meals. No more back-to-school scissors on the king crab. We're fancy now, peeps!

    the seafood cracker which looks similar to pliers

    Also, these are dishwasher-safe. Yippee!

    Promising review: "You wouldn't think that a plastic seafood cracker could survive the workload but this cracker is wonderful. It's easy and comfortable to use since it's strong, well-made, and delivers a fistful of cracking power. It's also easy to care for and, in my opinion, quite handsome. I liked my first pair so much that I ordered two more. You'll never again touch one of those cheap, flimsy metal crackers after handling one of these." —Randy Steele

    Get it from Amazon for $16.81.

    21. Smoked bacon chipotle sea salt for anyone who'll stop loving the flavor of bacon ~when pigs fly.~ I'm with ya. This sea salt will def earn its keep in your cabinet. You'll be able to make bacon-flavored EVERYTHING and well, that's a dang good life.

    Promising review: "I bought this out of curiosity and it has become one of my favorite seasonings. You need to know that I have a huge lazy-Suzan filled with spices to understand how big an endorsement this is. This is a great flavoring for soups, stews, vegetable dishes, beans, and many types of meat. It has a little kick — not enough to frighten anyone away but just enough to make it interesting. I gave a package to the talented chef at our workplace cafeteria and he is constantly telling me what new thing he thought to put it in. I have ordered one of the samplers of several of their other spices and look forward to seeing what new creative dishes will arise from that." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A shrimp peeler so you can peel and de-vein those delectable crustaceans in one swoop.

    the deveiner sitting beside a plate of shrimp. it is shaped like a pair of scissors but has a curved tip.

    Promising review: "I'm not a fan of uni-task kitchen gadgets but if you are big into seafood, then you NEED this. When I cook shrimp, I buy them fresh-caught and shell-on. I use the shells to make broth. I use a fraction of the prep time to de-shell several pounds of shrimp." —Dagman

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

    23. A fish spatula that'll help you lift and flip those fillets like a pro. And of course, they'll also help you with so much more including eggs and pancakes.

    person turning a piece of fish in a cast iron pan with the fish turner

    Promising review: "It's not just for fish. It doesn't scratch nonstick surfaces. I have trouble making over-easy eggs and nearly always break the yolk when flipping, but I can make near-perfect, over-easy eggs without any oil in a nonstick skillet. The front edge is thin and beveled, and the bend of the spatula is engineering perfection. It's also very inexpensive for a substantial kitchen tool. I sent a couple of them as gifts, too." —pickyreader

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    24. Three-piece dough press set so you can fill your beloved empanadas, calzones, and more with all the meat and other delectable fillings — then press it perfectly.


    Btw, these babies are dishwasher-safe. Eat up!

    Promising review: "This was my first time using this. I am so excited! I can make dumplings, meat pies, fruit pies, and beef patties!!! Endless!!! I used parchment paper to keep the dough from sticking." —Amazon Customer
    Get it from Amazon for $7.99

    25. A hamburger press to help you bang out burgers that are, well, BANGIN'! It's designed to help you shape them to perfection AND stuff 'em with veggies and cheesy goodness. This, my people, is the key to heaven. Dishwasher-safe, no less.

    the left side shows a burger with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and ketchup. The right side is the same burger with a bite taken out of it. There's cheese spilling from inside of the burger. This, my friend, is food porn epitomized.

    Promising review: "This is really awesome. It's easy to wash. No more odd-shaped burgers that fall apart. I enjoyed my bacon and cheddar juicy lucy!" —Male, 50 Average Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $9.57.

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