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    25 Kitchen Products That'll Help Make Food Taste Better

    If you don't own these products, you're basically telling us you don't know how to cook.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A jar of Za'atar a deliciously complex Middle Eastern spice blend that'll probably be gone before you know it — that's how good it is. This specific mix is made with thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac, and will make a mouthwatering addition to meats, bread, olive oil, yogurt, and more.

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    Promising review: "This za'atar is the best quality I have found. I've also found that the balance of sumac and thyme to be just right. This instantly spices up my boring meal prep food and I put it on my chicken, meats, salads, yogurt, or just in olive oil — basically it makes everything taste so much better. I highly recommend it!" —TC

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    2. Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to sprinkle on everything, and I mean that everything. It's great dusted on top of avocado toast, eggs, bagels, chicken, fish, veggies, and the list goes on.

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    My colleague swears by this simple mixture of sea salt, onion, and garlic. Check out her Everything But The Bagel Seasoning review for more deets.

    Promising review: "Wow! Buy this. Just stop reading reviews and buy it now. Makes any dish better. I bought this over a week ago and have since used it on avocado toast, roasted veggies, crisped chickpeas, potato soup, grilled fish...just about everything!!! So delicious and no chemicals — just pure seasoning. Six stars!" —agora1031

    Get it from Amazon for $6.20.

    3. And speaking of Trader Joe's, their Everything But The Elote Seasoning so you can add flavor of Mexican street corn to your favorite foods. This flavorful mixture of salt, chili pepper, cheese, chipotle, and cumin makes plain corn a treat, but it's also a tasty topping on popcorn, veggies, meat, eggs, and nuts — and that list barely scratches the surface.

    Trader Joe's

    Promising review: "You have to try this if you’re a fan of Mexican street corn. Oh dear god it is everything. I have tried it on scrambled eggs, sautéed vegetables and deviled eggs. Yum. The smoky buttery cheesy flavor is amazing." —ALEspo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    4. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey for anyone who enjoys the sweet and spicy side of life. Drizzle it on pizza, ice cream, waffles, wings, cheeseboards, and even in cocktails to create something un-bee-lievably delicious.

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    Promising review: "This tastes good on everything! Obsessed! Putting this on warm biscuits has been my favorite so far! It makes everything better! I also put some in my coffee, which was amazing. High quality packaging and nice presentation as well." —Chicken Shack

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    5. *Or*, a bottle of Truff hot sauce because it's a sophisticated condiment made with chilis, agave nectar, spices, and, of course, black truffle, that can transform any meal into a gourmet experience. *chef's kiss* Oh, and Oprah likes it.

    Hand pouring the red hot sauce on a piece of pizza
    Amazon

    There's also a white truffle version as well as a hotter version of the classic black truffle hot sauce.

    Promising review: "Purchased this because it was on Oprah’s favorite things. This is what you get if truffle and Sriracha had a baby but 10x better. I highly recommend because it helps my boring food taste better." —Linzy nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    6. A 5-in-1 wine stopper if you want to make your bottle of two-buck chuck taste so much more expensive. While this tool will mainly make your wine taste better, it aerates your vino, which can enhance the flavor of your meal.

    The wine stopper on a bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I wouldn't consider myself a 'wine connoisseur' by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, makes the wine taste better, and hello it's cheap! Would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I'm planning to grab a few more to keep on hand." —JasonKim Lebeda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

    7. A veggie dicer that'll uniformly chop your veggies so you don't ruin a recipe because you messily hand-chopped your onion and the smaller pieces burned while the larger pieces are under-cooked.

    Four plates full of veggies that have been chopped with the dicer
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    Promising review: "Use often. Works well. Love that I can quickly chop up vegetables to 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 $23.79.

    8. A panini press to achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on your sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. It's time to take your cold sammies up a notch! 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
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    Promising review: "My wife and I love this! It's big enough to do both our sandwiches at the same time or two quesadillas if it's a tortilla folded in half. It heats up quickly and cleans up easily. The food we make using this tastes so much better than if you use a pan, and it's done so much faster. Overall it's just great! I would recommend this to family and friends. We use it several times a week on average and it has performed perfectly. When we're done it tucks away neatly." —Dominic B

    Get it from Amazon for $31.35+ (available in two colors).

    9. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so you chow down on tender beans, melt-in-your-mouth meats, and perfect rice every time. IDK why but meals never taste as good if you make them the old-fashioned way — so don't!

    The Instant Pot
    Amazon

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

    Promising review: "Love love love my Instant Pot! I've had it for about four weeks and I use it about four to five times a week. I look online for different recipes and ideas how to use it. A lot of people say that it seems very overwhelming, but it's not bad at all. Just read the manual, look up recipes and ideas online, and try something simple like beans or rice for your first try. You'll get use to how it works. It's an awesome toy! I've made beans, rice, soups, roasts, whole chickens, cheese cakes, chili, homemade mac 'n' cheese, bone broth, etc. Everything tastes so much better in the Instant Pot!" —honeybee08

    Get the six-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $89.

    10. A set of fruit and veggie huggers for keeping your leftover lemon fresh and tangy instead of dry and sad.

    Lemon and apple in the huggers
    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "These are just what I needed to store half a tomato, lemon or whatever you have overnight in the refrigerator. Pretty blue colors and easy to clean." —Meandmypup

    Get five from Anthropologie for $11.20.

    11. A soil-free AeroGarden Harvest because fresh herbs are an easy way to make your meals even more appetizing — and this'll help you grow them without ever having to step foot outside.

    The AeroGarden
    Amazon

    It also comes with six seed pods: Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil, and mint. My colleague's AeroGarden review goes into more detail so check it out!

    Promising review: "Love how easy it is to take care of! Fresh herbs make everything taste better!!" —Nancy Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $70.96+ (originally $149.95; available in three colors).

    12. 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!

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    Promising review: "Fresh garlic tastes so much better than powdered garlic and is so much healthier for you. Garlic press works great. It has a high quality design and is easy to clean up." —Truebeliever

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. A handy dandy microplane to balance a fatty dish with some acidic citrusy zest, or add creaminess to pasta with a dash of grated Parmesan.

    The microplane grating a block of cheese over a plate of pasta
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This new grater technology has changed the way I grate. Ginger, lemons, limes, oranges, Parmesan, and more taste better with a Microplane. No more cheap graters in this household!" —Jake Volkman

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 18 colors).

    14. A truly ~egg-cellent~ rapid egg cooker so you never have to suffer through a plate of rubbery scrambled eggs. This lil' guy can whip you up an omelet (or a soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies) without you ever having to dirty a pan.

    Reviewer photo of poached eggs on an English muffin
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    Promising review: "I tried and my moms house and had to buy one. I love it! I didn't know that steamed eggs taste better than the typical boiled eggs. They're soft and fluffy by being steamed." —Jack Frost

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five colors).

    15. An egg slicer for livening up your boring salad and making you actually look forward to lunchtime. Reviewers say it's also strong enough to slice soft fruits and foods.

    The egg slicer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing make eggs pretty and pretty eggs taste better. I bought this to cut eggs for Cobb salads and it works perfectly." —EOLUSH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. An infusion machine because you've been really missing out on more complex flavor by not infusing your butter and oil. You can customize the flavors and even use it to make your own herbal soap.

    The machine
    LEVO

    Get it from LEVO for $299.99 (available in five colors).

    17. An air fryer if you love the crunch of fried foods but could do without all the grease. 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 soggy in the microwave, like pizza!

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    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 it...you won’t regret it!" —Rosanne Heideman

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in two styles).

    18. A food processor that'll convince you to stop buying inferior shelf-stable ingredients because you hate the work involved with preparing and cooking them. All cheese is good cheese, but mac 'n' cheese with freshly grated cheese is *chef's kiss*.

    The food processor, which has a large feed chute that can fit an entire block of cheese
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can't believe I have lived this long without a food processor! This makes cooking so much easier. I love grating cheese fresh, I think it tastes better and I like knowing it doesn't have the added cellulose. This shreds a cheese block in seconds. I used to use a hand grater. I use this to shred chicken, dice veggies, make hummus...so many uses. Cleanup is a breeze too: I throw all the top attachments on the top rack in dishwasher." —Missy K

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A meat tenderizer to make your $10 steak taste like it cost 10 times that.

    The tenderizer, which looks like a stamp and has teeth that tenderize the meat
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing really works great. Takes only seconds to tenderize any kind of meat. I've used on pork, beef, and chicken and the results are these meats cook and taste so much better after being tenderized with this. Many people ask about dishwasher-safe. I have used it for a while and always put it in the dishwasher and it's fine. It's plastic and stainless-steel so I don't think the dishwasher can hurt it." —5280

    Get it from Amazon for $18.05 (available in four styles).

    20. A fruit-infused water bottle for anyone who hates drinking plain water. Add in the fruit of your choice and you'll actually enjoy every sip.

    The water bottle with strawberries and blackberries in it
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Easy, stylish, and makes water taste better!" —LRP

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors and in a two-pack).

    21. A fermentation kit because sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles are deliciously tangy and objectively better versions (don't @ me) of cabbage and cucumbers. Each kit comes with a vacuum pump to ensure your food won't mold as it ferments, as well as special lids so you won't have to burp your jars.

    Three jars holding different foods, including pickles
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    Glass jars are *not* included in this kit, so we recommend you pick up a pack like this six-pack for $19.99.

    Promising review: "Made a few batches of kraut in mason jars without these 'easy fermenter' lids, but it was hard to protect against mold/bacteria. Tried these lids and wife and I have been cranking out a nonstop supply of delicious homemade kraut that is even better tasting than the expensive store-bought kind. The primary advantage to this system is obviously the pump, which allows a bigger batch of kraut to stay anaerobic during the consumption phase. An unexpected benefit was the purchase allowed you to join an online community of kraut fans for very helpful pointers and recipes." —jason jones

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    22. A 3-in-1 burger press if you'd be perfectly happy to never eat another store-bought frozen burger patty again. You can make sliders, as well as regular-size burgers *and* stuffed burgers.

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    Promising review: "Really well made product. It is sturdy and works great, I foresee this lasting for quite some time. It is very easy to use and can make stuffed burgers as well as regular burgers. I also bought the paper sheets recommended because then I can buy ground beef on sale and shape and freeze my own hamburger patties. It saves quite a bit of money to do it this way as opposed to buying already made ground beef patties, not to mention the taste is sooooo much better!" —deborah

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A soft serve maker that'll somehow make the fruits you put in taste even more luscious than when you put them in.

    The machine
    Amazon

    All the parts are dishwasher safe, too!

    Promising review: "I give this item 5 stars. It is everything I thought it would be and more. It performed just like it was advertised and better yet, the fruit that you put in taste better when it comes out in your bowl or cup. I recommend this to everyone as a good purchase. Also, it cleans very easily." —Trusting

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in three styles).

    24. A handheld milk foamer so you'll forgo a trip to a coffee shop in favor of making a luxurious latte at home.

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    Promising review: "I bought this to whip my milk and creamer for my coffee and I LOVE IT! Oddly my coffee tastes BETTER! And I used it for whisking eggs and other small things and it works like a charm! I might buy another to keep by the stovetop. Great price!" —Dea

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in four colors)

    25. A set of produce storage containers for extending the life of your favorite fruits and veggies. Your food will taste better because you're cooking with produce that's still at peak freshness instead of soggy and overripe.

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    Read my colleague's in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers to see why she loves them.

    Promising review: "When my wife found these at Walmart at a higher price, she was even more impressed. Veggies last longer and therefore taste better." —Lyle D. Reiss

    Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $30.60.

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

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