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    27 Products That'll Help You Whip Up Dinner Before You Can Even Get Hangry

    Your hunger comes on fast, but these'll whip you up something good to eat faster.

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    1. A microwave veggie steamer if you can't be bothered to wait for water to boil just for your single serving of veggies. This steamer has a 2-cup capacity, so it's great for anyone who's cooking (or steaming) for one.

    The steamer

    Promising review: "I bought this as a quick way to make veggies after getting home from school. Just pop it in the microwave for two minutes and it’s done! An instant healthy side." —Savannah Geiger

    Get it from Amazon for $5.70.

    2. A truly ~egg-cellent~ rapid egg cooker so you can enjoy an omelet (or a soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies — so many options!) in mere minutes. The best part = no supervision necessary, and you won't dirty a single pan.

    Reviewer photo of poached eggs on an English muffin

    Promising review: "Do you like EGGS? I mean do you really LIKE EGGS? Like not a casual fling with eggs but like a RIP ROARIN' TORRID NEVERENDING ROLLERCOASTER HOT STEAMY 50 SHADES OF EGG LOVE AFFAIR WITH EGGS? Well look no further. It makes eggs real fast and real perfect. I was skeptical, but my first run produced six perfectly hard-boiled eggs and the shells slid right off effortlessly like Shawn Kemp's breakaway sweats when he's done warming up. I mean these things are FLAWLESS. You poke a hole in those suckers, put 'em on the thing, dump some water in, and put the cover on and before you know it you're screaming your a** off in delight at beautiful cooked eggs like Kevin Calabro going apes**t over a Ricky Pierce fadeaway jumper. Wanna do a Cool Hand Luke cosplay? This is your unit. Wanna eat eggs with the Big Unit Randy Johnson? THIS IS YOUR UNIT." —Brady P

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

    3. A microwave pasta cooker to save the day when you want soft, cheesy, noodly carbs but don't want the hassle of boiling water, cleaning a giant pot, and struggling to strain your noods without spilling hot water everywhere.


    Read our Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker review (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I bought this microwave pasta cooker at a time when I did not have a stove. Even though I have a stove now, I still use this cooker for dinner for myself sometimes because it works so well and quickly! Be careful and read instructions carefully as you must leave the top off while cooking it. There are lines to indicate how much water to put in the cooker versus the amount of pasta you intend to cook. The pasta comes out very soft and perfectly cooked when instructions are followed. When the pasta is done, the lid is used to drain the cooker of water and works very well. I highly recommend this to any college student or adult who needs a fast microwave pasta cooker!" —Kelsi

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. A microwave rice cooker for steaming rice, polenta, and couscous in one step instead of 15. With this you just stick it in the microwave and walk away.

    The bowl, plastic lids, and scoop

    Promising review: "I have always made rice on the stove. Of course, rice is easy to make and I thought maybe this would be a silly purchase that would end up in the closet with all the other silly kitchen things I never use. Not a chance! Making rice in this thing is so easy and fast — and clean up is so, so easy — I may never use a pot again. Highly recommended!" —Bobby's Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

    5. A microwave- and dishwasher-safe steaming tray that'll cook your fish and veggies at the same time and faster than it'll take the oven to heat up.,

    Promising review: "I love this product. I've been using it almost daily. As other reviewers noted you have to experiment with the time in the microwave. Vegetables maintain fresh flavor and the cooking is fast. Cleanup is a breeze!" —BC reader

    Get it from Amazon for $11.17.

    6. A heart-shaped mini waffle maker because you're craving breakfast for right this second. 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

    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 $19.17 (available in 14 styles).

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

    7. A Home Chef subscription if you want meals fast — and by fast we mean recipes (and all the ingredients shipped to your door) that you can make in 15 minutes. They also offer ready-made meals in case you just don't have the time, energy, or inclination to cook.

    Home Chef

    Enter our exclusive code BUZZFEEDHC60 to get $60 off ($15 on your first four boxes).

    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 Salmon with Brown-Butter Tomato Relish (left) and Acapulco Beef Burger (right) featured above and current menu selections here.

    8. A cauliflower ricer so you can quickly transform that head of cauliflower to a bowl of riced cauli for your stir-fry. It works with broccoli and carrots too, and is faster to set up and clean than your bulky food processor.

    Hands using the ricer to mash broccoli and cauliflower

    Promising review: "We love this ricer and use it all of the time. Works perfect, is easy to use, and is easy to clean." —S. Sanders

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A pack of reusable toaster bags to help you satisfy your 2 a.m. cravings for a grilled cheese without you ever having to grease up a pan for a single sandwich.

    Sandwich in a bag in a toaster

    These reusable bags are good for 50 to 100 washes and can hold pizza, chicken nuggets, and pastries.

    Promising review: "I love using these! Since I live alone I don't like having to dirty a skillet to make just one sandwich. This makes a great sandwich in the toaster without any muss or fuss. They're easy to clean; just wipe it out or use a little soap and water if needed. The nonstick feature is very helpful." —Branwynmars

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans for those nights when you need a quick, easy meal. Just pop them in the microwave, and they're ready in 60 seconds. Or, use them to zhuzh up leftovers so you can finally clear some fridge space.


    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.

    11. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that'll tenderize meat, soften veggies, and hydrate rice and beans faster than if you made them on the stovetop.

    The Instant Pot

    This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and warmer.

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I bought it to cook dried beans fast, and it does. A process that required eight hours of soaking and two hours of boiling now takes a half hour. The unit is also easy to clean. Plus it has a whole bunch of cooking modes in addition to pressure cooking. The sauté feature makes it easy to sauté the food in the same pot that you pressure cook in, so it reduces the number of pots and pans you need to cook your meal." —S. Coffrey

    Get the 6-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $79.

    12. A genius cookie-cutter puzzle because why would you spend precious time cutting out Christmas trees one at a time when you can do it 19 at a time? OK, OK, this won't help speed up dinner...but it will speed up dessert.

    The Christmas tree–shaped cookie cutter that has 19 Christmas tree cookie cutters within it

    Promising review: "For someone who bakes in bulk, this is great for your Christmas cookies. No need to re-roll after cutting out your cookies since there aren’t any scraps left over. I made a cookie wreath, cookie ornaments and cookies, of course!" —Westchester Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    13. A garlic press if the hassle of chopping garlic has put you off this tangy bulb vegetable. There aren't many dishes that won't benefit from the addition of garlic and this press removes all the inconveniences of mincing it so you really have no excuse to *not* toss some garlic into the pan. Your tastebuds will thank you!


    Promising review: "I wanted a garlic press that would help make using fresh garlic less of a hassle and this one fits the bill. I love to cook and want my garlic ready quickly. This instrument is heavy and does the job fast without much muscle. It's easy to clean as well and pops right into the dishwasher. Perfect! —Laurie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    14. Or an adorable vampire-shaped garlic press so every time the recipe calls for garlic (and tbh, even when it doesn't because garlic is delicious), your friend the count has got you covered. This is the one vampire you'll be happy to invite into your home.

    The press

    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!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    15. A tangy garlic sauce from EssieSpice to breathe new life into your leftovers. It's also a delicious addition to poultry, fish, soups, eggs, and even pizza, and it requires zero prep. Dinner = made. You = happy. Time = saved.

    Hand scooping sauce from the jar

    EssieSpice is a Black-owned spice biz started by Essie Bartels and inspired by watching her mother cook when Essie was a little girl in Ghana.

    Get it from EssieSpice for $10.

    16. A Souper Cube, a silicone freezing tray for storing perfectly portioned meals. Prep a recipe ahead of time and freeze them in these trays so you can quickly grab them as needed and defrost them for an easy meal.

    Each tray has four fill lines — 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 125 mL, and 250 mL — which is ideal for people who like to portion their food.

    Promising review: "So happy that I found these. I’m the only one in my household who enjoys soup year-round. Have you ever tried to make homemade soup for one? I say it’s impossible! But no longer. I can brew up the stock pot with bone broth or my favorite home soup. Fill up my Souper Cubes, freeze, pop out, store my goodies in a freezer bag, and I’m ready for the next batch!" —Debbie R. Texas

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    17. A veggie dicer that'll uniformly chop your veggies without the mess, stress, and time commitment.

    Four plates full of veggies that have been chopped with the dicer

    Promising review: "Use often. Works well. Love that I can quickly chop up vegetables to the same size so they cook more evenly. Especially love if I’m doing a lot of onions for food prep. Note: does not work on tomatoes for those wondering. I give a quick rinse with hot water to clean up and air dry." —lte

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    18. A manual food chopper because it can slice and dice fruits, veggies, herbs, boneless meats, and ice with ease *and* without taking up a lot of space on your counters or hurting your ears with its shrieking mechanical whirring.

    Reviewer before and after photos showing roughly chopped veggies finely minced by the chopper

    It's also dishwasher-safe (top rack only!) so cleanup is easy peasy.

    Promising review: "This is great for cutting lots of veggies super fast. All you have to do is rough chop down your veggies toss them in and give it four to five pulls for perfectly diced chunks for salsa or toppings on eggs or tacos. It comes with a handy cover too so all you have to do is rinse the blade and toss the container in the fridge or cooler." —Kevin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (also available in green).

    19. A pair of onion goggles if the waterworks start when you just imagine an onion. These'll prevent the dreaded onion tears so you can chop the whole thing instead of having to take a break every 15 seconds.

    Model wearing the glasses and chopping a white onion

    Promising review: "The only thing I don't like about these goggles is the fact that I didn't buy them years ago! These are practically magical. I love to cook with onion, and up until now I just resigned myself to it taking a while longer since I would periodically have to step back and get the tears under control to avoid cutting myself. But now! Holy moly — these work!! They're comfortable, they don't fog up, and like I said upfront, I just wish I'd purchased them before. This is not a luxury item — it's a necessity!!" —C. Eastwood

    Get it from Amazon for $20.95 (available in five colors).

    20. A 6-in-1 food prep kit so you can go from zucchini to zoodles faster than you can decide whether zucchini is a fruit or a vegetable. In addition to its spiralizer blades, it also comes with an immersion blender attachment, whisk attachment, and food chopper base.

    The kit

    Promising review: "Easy to clean; it only has one little grated plate compared to normal graters. Makes zoodles SUPER FAST!!!! Makes cooking and cleaning fast. Bought it for a Christmas present my cousin loved it so much that I bought it for myself a week later." —Alexis k.

    Get it from Amazon for $37.86.

    21. An ~a-maize-ing~ microwave corn steamer and four corn holders to cook your cobs in just five minutes — which is all the time you need to grab the butter.

    The steamer with two corn cobs in it

    Promising review: "Easy to use and works much better than trying the method of pulling the hot, steaming husk and hair off the corn after it comes out of the microwave. This steamer keeps the corn hot for a good five minutes or until ready to butter and eat." —Grandmadjh

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    22. An air fryer for satisfying your love of crunchy, fried foods faster than it would take for you to order takeout and wait for it to be delivered (at which point it'll be sad and soggy). You can make all your restaurant faves — like chicken wings, crispy breaded eggplant, charred veggies, and even donuts — with this magical appliance. It's even great for reheating foods that usually get mushy in the microwave, like pizza!

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Check out my colleague's Instant Pot Air Fryer review and I can basically guarantee you'll want one before you even finish the article.

    Promising review: "After listening to dozens of clients and friends talk about their air fryers, I decided it was time to bite the bullet so to speak. Consumer Reports' rave reviews led me to the Instant Vortex Plus. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ❤️ IT! Everything seems to taste better cooked in an air fryer. Even salmon is more moist and flavorful. Plus food cooks more quickly than traditional oven or fryer methods. The Vortex is large capacity so it’s easy to cook two or more types of food at the same time. Do won’t regret it!" —Rosanne Heideman

    Get it from Amazon for $99+ (available in two styles).

    23. A Potato Express, a microwaveable bag that'll perfectly cook your tater so you don't have to wait an hour for it to bake in the oven. It's also great for reheating old bread, tortillas, and corn on the cob.

    Promising review: "Baked potatoes couldn't be easier or quicker. These work just as advertised. We have found that with larger potatoes you may have to double your time, but 8–10 minutes compared to an hour or more in the toaster oven can't be beat!" —Don Juan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.01.

    24. A bamboo cutting board because you only have one cutting board to your name and having to wash it so you can cut veggies and then raw meat without cross-contamination is really slowing down dinner. It comes with dishwasher-safe color-coded mats so you only have to wash the ones you use.

    The cutting board with seven interchangeable colored mats

    Promising review: "It helps me keep my kitchen mess-free and saves me from unnecessary washing up of the board all the time during cooking. I don't have to maintain different cutting boards for different food items too." —A2Z

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99.

    25. A Thermomix TM6 if you're willing to throw down some serious dough for a machine that's designed to replace every other appliance in your kitchen so you save time and prevent the pileup of dirty dishes.

    The machine

    Some of its many features include a built-in scale, mixing knife, measuring cup, heating element, and whisk attachment, which it uses to cook, chop, blend, sous vide, and ferment among other things. It even has a pre-cleaning system.

    Get it from Thermomix for $1,499.

    26. Five-blade herb scissors so you can literally go snip, snip, snip, and you're done. No more dirty cutting boards, messily chopped herbs, and hands that now reek of said herbs.

    Hands using the scissors to cut herbs into a bowl

    It also comes with a pair of kitchen shears.

    Promising review: "So handy for chopping herbs!!! Not going to use knives ever again! And the the comb flushed the rest out. Great." —Lynn D

    Get the set from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection on Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A panini press to achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on your sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. No more spending time heating up the ingredients individually in order to enjoy a hot sammy. Plus, the top plate locks so you can also use it to toast your pizza and even bruschetta.

    Reviewer photo of two quesadillas with grill marks

    Promising review: "I typically do not purchase appliances with one use but this is so fast and handy that I use this for more than sandwiches. We are empty nesters and I eat alone during the week, leaving me somewhat uninspired to make much of an effort. With common sense, this unit is capable of other jobs...turkey burgers, roasted veggies, quesadillas; to name a few. I do wish there was a temperature control but cannot complain given the price tag. The surface will accommodate two sandwiches, even on oversized bread, such as rye." —helen0225

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two colors).

    The rest of your family after seeing the feast you whip up:

    Irony Point

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