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    28 Things That'll Help Make Cooking Fun If You're More Of An Eat-To-Live-Type Person

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    1. A ~beary~ adorable stainless-steel grater to add some amusement to the not-so-fun task of grating vegetables.

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    Promising review: "Loveeee all your products so far. It makes my kitchen a fun place to cook. I've used this little grater several times already and love it. Makes great lemon zest with no mess." —Nifty Nel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.20.

    2. An ~axe-cellent~ pizza cutter if your idea of fun is pretending you're Jack Torrance while maniacally cutting pizza. Fun means many things to many different people, OK?

    Hand using pizza cutter shaped like an axe to cut a pepperoni pizza
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    Promising review: "This makes pizza cutting so fun, not the easiest to clean but this axe look is just fun!" —DianneNYC

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    3. A sushi-making kit because you've always said you wanted to learn to roll it at home. This kit comes with everything you need (minus the rice, fish, and add-ins), and reviewers say it's easy to learn, even for first-time sushi chefs.

    Bamboo board with homemade sushi on it
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    Promising review: "Oh my goodness! This product was so easy to use! Well worth the money! I’m always skeptical on buying products like this because I’m not always sure on the reviews, I hate wasting money. If you're on the hunt to find the right tools to make your own sushi I definitely recommend buying this product!" —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    4. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans for those nights when you need a quick, easy meal. Having a delicious hot dinner in 60 seconds = fun. Having to dirty a cutting board, multiple pans, and a plate = not fun.

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    A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned business founded by Ibraheem Basir and inspired by the Creole, Caribbean, and Latin American flavors he ate growing up.

    Promising review: "Canned beans from my local supermarket are always a disappointment so I stopped getting them. I don't have time to cook beans myself but A Dozen Cousins beans are fresh and taste terrific. I am trying to eat healthier and these are a great way to do that. I've been trying to avoid packaged, processed foods but the natural ingredients make these different. I can feel good about eating them. The beans are whole and not mashed-up like in cans. All of the varieties are seasoned well and versatile. I've had them on their own, in salads and in wrap sandwiches. I'm really happy to have found these and hope they continue to add new flavors and products. Do yourself a favor and order some. You won't regret it." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. A crab spoon holder that'll keep you company and make you smile. Why? Because your sauce spoon is dripping into the pot and not all over your counter.

    Red crab-shaped pot holder clipped to the side of a pot and holding a spatula
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    Promising review: "I love my crab!!!!! He sits atop my Dutch oven and makes me smile every time I see him. I can’t wait to make clam chowder so he can feel at home! A lot of fun to have and it works. Happy customer." —s.w.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    6. A vampire-shaped garlic press so your hands don't reek for the next three days. Just twist the Count's head to crush the garlic — easy peasy garlic squeezy. Be careful not to have too much fun with this or you'll end up crushing more garlic than you need...which is not a bad problem to have tbh.

    The press
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    Promising review: "It's so ridiculous how cute and functional it is! I hated chopping or mincing garlic before getting this! It is fast and efficient, and can get a lot done quickly. Did I mention how cute this is? Also, please know this IS dishwasher-safe. I pop the hair off before putting the top in the dishwasher, and the bottom is one piece so no issues of water getting in and staying there, as other reviewers have expressed concerns about. BUT! If there is ONE THING that is a bit of a pain, it is getting ALL the bits out — but a small silicone spatula or scraper does the trick just fine for me! I use this garlic tool daily; it is honestly a game-changer for my cooking game!" —Llamazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    7. A pair of glowing light saber chopsticks to ~force~ yourself to join the fun side. How can you not smile while waging an epic war between your chopsticks skills and the speed at which you can bring that soy sauce-drenched spicy tuna roll to your mouth before it breaks apart.

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    My colleague Emma Lord bought these and loves them. In her own words:

    "I bought these for myself, and I love them to pieces. TBH, I use them as decor every bit as much as I use them to eat. Sometimes I just keep them in my work area to light them up during the day to feel fancy. They toggle back and forth between a bunch of different colors, like red, blue, yellow, purple, and multicolor, so you can either make them match *or* have a red and blue one together and bring ~balance~ to the Force."

    Get them from Amazon for $11.98.

    8. A tabletop barbecue if you miss the fun (and taste!) of grilling a big hunk of meat and veggies. Bring the flavors inside with this genius portable grill!

    People grilling meat and potatoes on the white barbecue
    Bespoke Post

    Get it from Bespoke Post for $230 (also available in black).

    9. A mini waffle maker because heart-shaped waffles taste better than regular waffles. (It's a well-known fact!) Plus this lil' gadget weighs less than a pound, heats up in minutes, and also works with chaffles (low-carb cheese and egg waffles), paninis, hash browns, and even biscuit pizzas.

    The pink waffle maker
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    Promising review: "It's mini mini, perfect if you're in a dorm/small apartment/just don't have a lot of storage space. It cooks super duper quick; honestly I think this would actually make enough waffles for a big group faster than my old waffle maker, which was your typical heavy clunky Belgian waffle maker that took forever to heat up. The thing came with a little recipe book in the back of the instruction manual and the basic waffle recipe is perfect!" —Dana

    Get it from Amazon for $16.11.

    Check out my colleague's review of the regular-shaped mini waffle maker (#2), which turned her into a breakfast person.

    10. A ~rawr-some~ dinosaur-shaped silicone pancake mold for impressing the littlest ones in your home. If your kiddo isn't usually interested in your food, offering them the chance to scarf down an edible dinosaur might add some joy to their meals.

    a dinosaur pancake plated to look like it's near a volcano under the sun
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    Zavery Cakes is a Black-owned small biz originally created to impress a 5-year-old. Now we all get to reap the benefits of these fun pancake molds!

    Get it from Zavery Cakes for $12.99.

    11. Or a pancake batter mixer that'll allow you to whip up hotcakes in whatever fun shape you desire (and your art skills allow for). Just add your wet and dry ingredients to the bottle and give it a good shake. There's a blender ball inside to ensure everything gets mixed.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this and wish I had it years ago! Many many Saturday and Sunday mornings could’ve been cleaner and more fun if I’d just had this around. It makes pancakes and waffles a breeze to make now with virtually one item to clean!!! It’s awesome! My kids could’ve helped with breakfast, trusting they wouldn’t spill the mix all over the place!" —Jennifer Jackie Reid

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    12. A sampler of mixers from Avec so you can enhance the flavor of your favorite alcohol (or nonalcoholic alcohol!) with fancy fusions like hibiscus and pomegranate, and yuzu and lime. Not me happy dancing while I sip my delicious homemade cocktail while feeling like a licensed bartender and thinking about all the times I spent $20 on an overpriced cocktail at a bar and hated it.

    the sampler in a box and some colorful avec cans on a bar cart with fruit and a cocktail
    Avec

    Avec is a woman-founded business specializing in making mixers, and thereby your cocktails, packed with real juice and natural botanicals. The sampler comes with three each of the flavors Jalapeño and Lime, Ginger, Hibiscus and Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Pomelo, and Yuzu and Lime.

    BuzzFeed writer Kit Stone gave them her stamp of approval. In her own words:

    “The way my life is set up, the very day I want a good cocktail is the very day I have no ingredients to make it happen. To be honest, I’ve never been much of the bartender, and when it comes to cocktails, I need something tasty that drowns out an overpowering spirit. So anything that came ready-to-go where I only had to add my spirit of choice, was already a win for me. After tasting, I was sold. The Avec Mixers take all the guesswork out of what to put in and how much. And, you can even drink them by themselves over ice without adding any alcohol at all. My personal faves are the Grapefruit & Pomelo and Yuze & Lime. If you want a super simple solution to super tasty cocktails, this is definitely the way to go.”

    Get the 15-pack sampler from Avec for $45.

    13. Or a tequila-infusing kit to jazz up Taco Tuesday with a restaurant-quality cocktail. Each pouch contains dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices, and veggies that inject your alcohol with a delicious and spicy blend of flavor.

    InBooze / Etsy

    Just place the infusion bag in a container (like a mason jar) with tequila. Infuse for at least three days, then just take out the bag and make your drink!

    InBooze is a Black woman-owned Etsy shop based in Michigan. All their packets are handmade, filled with dehydrated fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs — and each kit is enough to infuse 8 to 10 cocktails. Bottoms up!

    Promising review: "I can’t believe how good this is. The flavor is unreal." —Amber Horton

    Get it from InBooze on Etsy for $18 (available in 18 flavors and varieties — the berry lavender lemonade is also definitely chilling in my cart).

    14. A Home Chef subscription if you used to enjoy cooking but hated having to pick out recipes and shop for ingredients. Well you're in luck! Select your favorite recipes for the week from Home Chef's menu and they'll send you everything you need (including pre-portioned ingredients) so you can actually enjoy the time you spend in the kitchen. They also offer ready-made meals in case you just don't have the time, energy, or inclination to cook.

    Home Chef

    Why it's great: Home Chef's selection of recipes and ready-made meals changes weekly so your tastebuds can take a break from eating ramen five out of seven nights. It also offers custom meal plans like Ready in 15 (ingredients come pre-prepped so you can get dinner on the table in 15 minutes), Slow Cooker, and Entrée Salads so dinner is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    What else to know: Menus change weekly so you're always in for a delicious treat. And it's easy to customize your recipes; substitute proteins if you don't like the meat in the picture, or double the protein if you know that one serving isn't enough.

    Availability: Home Chef currently ships to 98% of the US. Enter your zip code during sign-up and Home Chef will alert you if you are outside of its delivery range.

    Prices: $6.99+/serving (choose from two or four servings)

    Check out the Baja Guacamole Salad (left) and Brown Sugar and Bacon-Glazed Scallops (right) featured above and current menu selections here.

    15. An everything seasoning mix because sprinkling anything with a hefty pinch of salt, garlic, and onion is enough to get my tastebuds all excited.

    The seasoning package next to a stack of bagels
    The Day Feed / Etsy

    The Day Feed is a small business that only makes one thing — everything seasoning — so you know it's gotta be good.

    Promising review: "I’ve been making bread with it and it’s the best I’ve ever made! I'm 100% going to be a repeat customer." —Amanda Klein

    Get it from The Day Feed on Etsy for $9.35+ (available in three sizes and three flavors).

    16. A bubble tea kit for anyone who would voluntarily live on boba (it me!). Your milk tea will be ready in just one minute, and it's a heck of a lot more fun to drink than a boring tea without boba.

    glass of creme brulee milk tea with caramel boba and glass of classic milk tea with brown sugar boba
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    Promising review: "I bought this for myself because why not. I like how I can now become a boba barista at home. The tea mix is so so good, definitely exceeds expectations. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more / less water / milk. The microwave boba is semi-sweet and chewy. It also comes with a straw so you have the full experience." —Pi Songkuntham

    Get a box (enough for six drinks) from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two flavors).

    17. A very honest oven mitt that'll put a smile on your face as you insert a plate full of frozen pizza rolls into the microwave. On top of that, they'll do the very important task of preventing you from singeing your fingers when you remove said pizza rolls from the microwave (although the same can't be said about your tongue when hot cheese and sauce erupts in your mouth!).

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    Promising review: "Good material! Not scratchy inside. Gave it as a funny, cute gift. Works well, can't feel heat through it. Little loop makes it easy to hang on a hook or cabinet knob." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    18. An indoor s'mores maker so the whole family can enjoy this campfire treat without actually having to go outside in the cold and chop wood or burning the house down with an open flame.

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    Promising review: "Quality family bonding time together is difficult to come by. Not sure how long this gadget will last and how many times we will use it but we surely did have some good laughs and enjoyed a good time together around these chocolates and marshmallows." —Xpert

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    19. A panini press to invite your tastebuds to the hot sandwich party. Achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on your sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. And the top plate locks so you can also toast your pizza, open-faced sammies, and even bruschetta.

    Two burritos with char marks on a plate
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    Promising review: "A Hamilton Beach panini press is a must have. It works just as it claims. My children have had so much fun making different sandwiches and the best part is, I don't have to make them! The product works as claims and is very easy to clean. It has a nonstick surface with several different settings. The only problem is I can no longer keep lunch meat in the house. A definite must buy!" —pj mcguigan

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    20. A hilarious half-eaten cookie cutter if you enjoy baking *and* practical jokes.

    3D Prints by WillH / Etsy

    3D Prints by WillH is a small business based in Pittsburgh that sells an array of fun and practical 3D-printed objects.

    Get two from 3D Prints by WillH on Etsy for $9.99.

    21. A Nessie ladle because I'm having trouble ~finding~ a reason you don't need it. Cute kitchen tools will no doubt make cooking more fun.

    Teal ladle shaped like the loch ness sea monster
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    Promising review: "I had this in my Amazon cart for years without pulling the trigger. I finally did it and am so glad I did! It’s the cutest display piece ever. It makes me smile every time I use it and it gets great compliments from everyone who’s seen it. I like that it can stand up in the pot too." —Jessica Rugg

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    22. A watermelon keg kit for anyone with a very loose definition of "cooking." Remove the fruit guts, chill 'em with your favorite alcohol (or nonalcoholic mixer), and pour the liquid back into the watermelon to enjoy an icy summery drink.

    Pink liquid coming out of the tap
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    Promising review: "Had a ton of fun with this on the Fourth of July. Made watermelon margaritas — everyone was impressed. Can't wait to use it again!" —Robin Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    23. A miniature baking set that'll remind you of all the fun you had as a kid with your Easy-Bake Oven.

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    The set comes with a storage tin, rolling pin, wee-knife, pizza/dough cutter, mixing spoon, three wee-spoons, mixing bowl, pizza/pie pan, pie server, sheet pan, silicone cake and cupcake molds, two silicone finger mitts, and 48-page recipe book. The recipe book comes with explanations on how the food chemistry works so it's great for newbie food scientists.

    Promising review: "I gave this to my sister for Christmas and she immediately used it to make mini treats with the kids. They LOVE it! I just kept getting texts and pictures from them about how functional and FUN it is." —Leslie Palmer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    24. A pair of meat shredder claws so you can play with your food before you eat it.

    Person shredding a hunk of meat with the claws
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Bear Paws make the task of shredding chicken absolutely amazing! I like to cook up an entire family pack of chicken breasts and then shred them to use for many different dishes throughout the week. These make the task fun and so quick that you're left standing and wondering why you never bought these before. I have only used them on chicken, however, I plan to use them with other meats as well. These are fantastic!" —Crazed One In The Burg

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    25. A veggie spiralizer to make eating veggies *gasp* fun. In addition to zucchini, you can spiralize carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash, turnips, celeriac, and more.

    Reviewer photo of zoodles and spiralized carrots
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    You get a six-blade spiralizer, two straight blades for chopping, and three julienne blades (including an angle hair blade and wavy blade).

    Promising review: "This new gadget is so much fun and a great addition to my kitchen! It’s so easy and veggies come out just like you see in all the videos...which was surprising. Plastic is impressively sturdy and unit seems well made. I had no idea what I was missing without having a spiralizer! Hardest part was figuring out what to buy!" —Marilyn

    Get it from Amazon for $27.98.

    26. A breakfast sandwich maker if you're feeling a ~lil'~ brekkie for dinner or looking to save money on your daily BECs. You'll have fun figuring out all the delicious combinations you can add to your bagel. (Pro tip — I recently discovered the magicalness that is a BEC with a latke and I s2g it'll change your life.)

    Reviewer photo of their sandwich in the machine
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    Promising review: "It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 'fast' meals. I fix bacon in the microwave, and it cooks the egg, melts the cheese on bagels, English muffins, hamburger buns, and other round breads. If I had one with squares I would make sandwiches like grilled cheese and ham. It can even cook a round omelet!" —Bonita

    Get it from Amazon for $22.85+ (available five colors).

    27. An infusion machine because it would be a blast to pretend to be an evil scientist while infusing butter, oil, honey, glycerin (for soap), and more with all sorts of goodies, like herbs, flowers, and maybe some THC for the adults.

    Red LEVO infuser
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We bought this to infuse oil and butter. The first day I got this I made some infused butter, which I used to make cookies. The instructions were super easy off the LEVO app. It told me exactly what temperature to use and how long to infuse. My cookies were amazing! I had so much fun the first time, that I decided a few days later to make some infused olive oil. Took some dried rosemary and a few crushed garlic cloves and placed them in the power pod. Put the pod and some olive oil in the machine. Set the temperature and time. then waited for the oil. It was delicious!! I used it to make a balsamic vinaigrette. Cleanup is a breeze. Everything can get thrown in the dishwasher. Can't wait for the next infused oil!" —Jacob E Diamond

    Get it from Amazon for $299 (available in two colors).

    28. A dishwasher-safe OXO avocado slicer for anyone who's experienced the frustration of trying to cleanly pit and slice an avocado and ending up with a pile of edible green mush when things don't go according to plan. This contraption slits, pits, and slices your avo so each sliver comes out smoothly. So satisfying!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this product and would highly recommend. Cuts avocados easily, removes the pit easily, and slices perfectly and easily. Before I'd have to dirty a knife to cut and slice and a spoon to remove them from the skin, but this does it all with only one utensil. A fun, useful tool." —TJ S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Me forcing us all to have fun in the kitchen:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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