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    Updated on Jun 23, 2020. Posted on Jun 20, 2020

    24 Kitchen Products To Help Step Up Your Quarantine Meals

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    1. A heart-shaped mini waffle maker so breakfast doesn't look like another sad bowl of cereal. 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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this about a year and a half ago and completely forgot about it in the back of my pantry. Well, since we're all in quarantine, I've been doing some cleaning and I stumbled across my little waffle iron. I decided to finally give it a try and made a half dozen waffles, and I have to say, this thing worked great and cleaning wasn't difficult at all! Obvious tip: use the slightest bit of cooking oil spray (PAM) and the waffles come out perfect every time!" —Tom M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five styles).

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

    2. And speaking of mini, a mini donut maker because there's more to quarantine desserts than brownies and banana bread. Plus, the nonstick baking plates make cleanup a breeze.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical that I could make homemade mini donuts in just three minutes but it’s true! These bite-sized donuts are amazing and super simple to make with little prep! We made our daughter's birthday donuts for breakfast! Starting a new tradition." —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $19.41.

    3. Or a silicone donut pan if you want to try your hand at making these dough rings in the oven. It's also great for baking homemade bagels that'll make you swear off the store-bought kind.

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    Hungry? Inspired? Try our super easy no-yeast Greek yogurt bagel recipe.

    Promising review: "It was my first time making protein donuts and I needed pans. These looked cute. Might buy some. And sure did. Love them. They don’t even burn like the dang metal pans. Easy to clean. Nothing stuck to them. Usually if I bake, half of the mix stays on the dang metal pan. Well not anymore! Also they come with recipes. Score. My recipe was from Kodiak Cakes though. I modified. And damn son! Protein donuts." —Gloria Reneau

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A pint-sized electric ice cream maker so you can make your own custom ice cream, sorbet, or gelato since you've basically tested all the flavors at the store during quarantine.

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    Promising review: "This is a high quality product, affordable, fast, very easy to use — just one to three steps to make a great ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt with a simple recipe book. I do not like to and can't follow instructions, but I find this easy to use. And since you could control your own ingredients, you could make it healthy (or not) and it's delicious and fresh. I am an ice cream lover and was looking to buy an ice cream maker so I can make it at anytime at home. You can make a smaller portion just for yourself or more servings to share with others. Very enjoyable product, I would highly recommend it." —Kulanan M.

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

    5. 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).

    6. Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning to sprinkle on everything, and I mean 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 $9.99.

    7. 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 $8.19.

    8. 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.

    Amazon

    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 $8.99.

    9. 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.

    Wine bottle with stopper attached
    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 $7.95.

    10. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so you skip takeout tonight and chow down on tender beans, melt-in-your-mouth meats, and perfect rice every time.

    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 it from Amazon for $79 for the six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95; also available in three sizes and three styles).

    11. A set of produce storage containers that'll extend the life of your favorite fruits and veggies. Your quarantine meals will taste better because you're cooking with produce that's still at peak freshness instead of soggy and overripe.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

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

    Promising review: "I bought my first one, and just kept on buying more. Today, I’m ordering two sets for my daughter. These work fantastic. We store our blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, green peppers, green onions, tomatoes, and more. Everything has stayed fresh for so long. With only two people in our home now, we’re tired of wasting expensive food. These are so good! I can’t say enough about them." —Debbie

    Get a two-piece set from Target for $16.99.

    12. A handheld milk frother to convince you to 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 $9.99 (also available in silver).

    13. A lasagna trio pan for helping you prepare meals for everyone during quarantine, regardless of their dietary restrictions. Mamma mia! *insert chef finger kiss*

    Reviewer photo of the lasagna pan, which has three slots for a meat lasagna, a vegetarian lasagna, and a vegan lasagna
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been making lasagna for my family for YEARS and always used a lasagna pan without sections. What a PAIN! It was harder to prepare, and when it came to cutting and serving..it was something I dreaded. Everyone wanted an 'end' that was crispy, Everyone wanted either a small piece or a large piece...so cutting it was impossible. With these trays, prep was a breeze, as was cutting any size because it didn't slip and slide. It was as easy as pie...and everyone got a 'crispy edge.' Cleaning was one, two three...NONSTICK! If there were 10 stars for this item, I would give it 10." —Linda Tesoroni

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A Souper Cube if the hassle of preparing a fresh meal from scratch has you boiling ramen every night. This silicone freezing tray stores perfectly portioned meals so you can prep a recipe ahead of time, freeze it in the tray, and defrost them for an easy meal.

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    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: "My wife saw this item somewhere and told me she would love to have this as she prepares homemade soups at least twice a week. I bought two of the extra large Soupers and she absolutely loves them. She has had them about a month now and has used them about 10 times. We have a freezer full of soup! This item works as advertised, is well priced, and has held up great so far. The extra large makes a good size bowl of soup" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    15. A fancy schmancy convertible toaster so you can perfectly brown your toast and bagels. It even has a built-in warming rack for heating your croissants.

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    Promising review: "First off, this is the first toaster I've ever had that features a timer countdown. I really like this feature! I like knowing how much time is left. The dial lets you set what degree of darkness you want but having the timer is more specific and helpful when you are trying to coordinate breakfast. I also think it is the first toaster that has a bagel setting where it only toasts the INSIDE of the bagel, which is really important in my opinion. I also love the little rack that pops up for toasting or warming odd-shaped items. I've used it for chocolate croissants and it works great! I love the reheat function too! I haven't really used the defrost setting. The cleaning tray is easy to slide out. I'm thrilled with the price given how much better this toaster is compared to the last few I have owned. I've never heard of this brand before but this toaster is definitely impressing me!" —Jane Wis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (also available in black)

    16. A set of mini silicone loaf pans if you, like everyone else, decided quarantine was the time to start baking banana bread or sourdough — and then quickly realized you did not have any of the equipment you needed. Baked goods easily slide out of these nonstick pans, plus they make cleanup easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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    Promising review: "I've used these eight times so far and I love them. I've made wheat and white bread, as well as cinnamon and sugar bread (basically a cinnamon roll loaf), which would have given me nightmares when it came to the clean up, at least in my old metal tins. These were a breeze to get the loaves out and to clean up. I adore that they are dishwasher-safe. These are phenomenal and I'd recommend them to everyone. I can't believe it took me so long to try them out. (They'd been in my Amazon cart for almost a year.)" —Matt Hill

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $14.99.

    17. A terra-cotta bread warmer that'll keep your tortillas and rolls nice and toasty. With just a few extra minutes of prep, you'll enjoy warm, fluffy bread for all of dinner.

    The circular bread warmer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Fit my serving dish perfectly and really does help keep the rolls warm. Very pleased with my purchase. Just be sure to measure the serving dish you plan to use to make sure it's the right size. Very pleased with this purchase. I have a lot of dinners and this is an easy way to make sure you have warm bread/rolls throughout the meal." —Tanya

    Get it from Amazon for $4.95.

    18. A set of three dough presses to turn out fresh, restaurant-quality calzones, dumplings, empanadas, hand pies, and ravioli by hand instead of eating the same frozen meals for dinner every night.

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    Promising review: "This was a great purchase for the price. I was making empanadas and folding them by hand, which didn’t look too good. This set helps me cut them easily into circles and then easily presses them close. Consistent look each time! I like that there are three sizes in the set so I can make them according to my mood. Easy to wash and use. Would highly recommend for the price and functionality!" —Sox

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $7.99.

    19. And eco-conscious reusable silicone bags for upgrading your boring quarantine meals in so many different ways. Use it to marinate meat, for sous vide, and to store food and keep it tasting fresh. Unlike regular plastic sandwich bags, these are dishwasher-safe so you can use them over and over again.

    The silicone bags with a salmon filet, herbs, and lemon
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried a LOT of reusable bags as there are a lot of options out there all using a variety of materials. The fabric ones just get gross over time. The vinyl ones are hard to clean and aren't usually dishwasher-safe. There are other silicone ones that need a separate rod to close them that you can easily lose. This one is the most simple and easy to use. No separate pieces to lose. Can withstand any temperature/microwave/dishwasher/whatever. And if they get gunky they are very easy to clean." —Megan A.

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in five sizes and 10 colors).

    20. A veggie cup gadget if you want to jazz up your quarantine snacks and appetizers. It turns your favorite veggies into bowls you can fill with other delicious ingredients.

    The tool next to two cucumbers that have been hollowed out and filled with quinoa and veggies
    Anthropologie

    Get it from Anthropologie for $28.

    21. A cast-iron grill press so you can get the perfect char on your burgers and paninis.

    The grill press sitting on a chicken breast on a grill
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "Nice and heavy! Just what I needed and better than I expected! Couldn't beat the price. I recommend this press to anyone who wants nice grill marks on the bottom of their steaks or whatever meat they're using." —Celeste J

    Get it from Sur La Table for $12.95.

    22. An air fryer because it'll satisfy your love of crunchy, fried foods but do it 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!

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

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

    23. A meat tenderizer that'll 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 $19.89.

    24. A pizza stone to give your homemade 'za the taste and texture of your favorite crispy wood-fire pie. Use it with pastries, bread, and even frozen pizzas to ensure they cook evenly.

    The circular pizza stone
    Amazon

    Check out my colleague's Pizzacraft pizza stone review for more deets!

    Promising review: "This poor thing has taken the proverbial beating for as long as we have owned it. It doesn't go two days in a row without at least one pizza baked. Many times it goes a couple rounds in a row. And it works, it really helps cook them evenly, especially frozen pizza but it does work really nice on fresh dough." —Pedro Vera

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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