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    26 Products For Anyone Cooking For One

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    1. A snap-on silicone strainer for straining pasta, veggies, hard-boiled eggs, and more on your own with ease. It clips onto nearly any pot, big or small, so you don't lose any precious cargo when you dump out the water.


    Promising review: "I live alone in a small apartment with a small kitchen that has very little storage space, and I often eat pasta. Using a colander means one more thing I have to wash (and store...and put away). I have a couple of hand strainers, but that makes things awkward, especially since I have a condition that makes it even more so. This little guy has made things so much easier! Its small size makes it easy to wash (by hand, for me) and then just toss in a drawer. It's sturdy, even the clips, so I don't feel I have to be gentle with it." —Jonathan Dowell

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

    2. A microwave veggie steamer if you can't be bothered to boil a large pot of water 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: "Perfect for me since I live alone. Just the right size!" —CSpears

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    3. A heart-shaped mini waffle maker so you can whip up juuust enough waffles for one (because you know you're not going to eat soggy leftover waffles). 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: "I love this little machine. It makes the perfect size waffle for one person. I keep waffle mix on hand where all I have to do is add water. I can make two to three waffles pretty quick and there’s very little cleanup. The batter cooks quickly so I would recommend watching it closely. I spray a small amount of Pam and haven’t had any trouble removing my waffles when done. The machine is small enough that storage isn’t an issue. Plus the color is too cute!" —D

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (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.

    4. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that'll whip you up dinner (and plenty of leftovers) without you having to dirty every pot and pan you own. The 3-quart option is great for people who live on their own.

    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: "Just got my 3-quart Instant Pot and have used it twice. I absolutely LOVE it. I wasn’t sure about ordering the 3-quart but was pleasantly surprised by the size. I’m just one person and this is the perfect size. Small footprint in counter and easy to use and clean. It came with a steamer trivet so I can steam lots of veggies. I highly recommend." —BMW1951

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 for 6-quart Instant Pot (originally $79.95, also available in three sizes and three styles).

    5. The ~Guac-Lock~ because you love guac but know that you won't finish the whole avocado by yourself. This container pushes out the air that causes your avos to oxidize so you can enjoy guac and mashed avocados for toast for days without browning.,

    Promising review: "I love guacamole, but I'm the only person in my house that will eat it. Making guacamole for one is a waste of time, but making a standard recipe always ended up being a waste of guacamole. Enter the GuacLock. This DISHWASHER-SAFE (!!!!) kitchen gadget truly delivers! To be honest, I was skeptical and didn't expect much. I made guacamole three days ago and have enjoyed it every night since. No gross brown color. No off taste. On day three it was just as fresh as the day it was made. I've shared this product on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat; I feel like all of my friends need to know about this one. If you're actually reading reviews and trying to decide whether or not to add this to your cart. Stop. Just do it! You won't regret this purchase." —Allison Horis

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 his 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.

    8. Or a Fresh & Ready Sun Basket meal kit if you're looking for maximum taste with minimum effort required on your part. Just pop your meal in the oven, and your Instagram-ready dish will be finished in no time.

    Turkey bolognese
    Sun Basket

    Sun Basket offers a variety of meal kit subscriptions, including more traditional options that come with ingredients you'll need to prep. While the kits are designed for two people, they're great for anyone who likes to have leftovers (less cooking for you during the week!), and the "Fresh & Ready" dishes come fully prepped and oven ready so making them is so freaking easy.

    Check out all the meals and the turkey bolognese shown above here. I made the Bolognese and it was de-lic-ious! I know making pasta is considered relatively easy; you boil water, add your noodles, and that's it. Well, making my Fresh & Ready meal was even easier than that.

    9. A dishwasher-safe personal blender so you're not dirtying a huge blender when you make your daily morning smoothie.

    The blender

    Promising review: "I live alone and this works perfectly for all my breakfast shakes and sauces! Doesn't take up too much counter space either! The pulse (push) function is very convenient too!" —G

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. A truly ~egg-celent~ rapid egg cooker that'll whip you up your very own omelette (or soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled eggs as well as poached eggies) without you ever having to dirty a pan. Reviewers even use it to steam frozen dumplings!,

    Promising review: "Love this! I take it with me traveling and cook right in the hotel. Make an omelet, roll it up in a tortilla, and it's a breakfast sandwich just like I like! Reheat leftovers and steam shrimp, crab, and pot stickers. Makes cooking for one busy person very simple. I keep one in my travel bag and another at home. Hard-boil eggs without the hassle of boiling water and cleaning a pot. Poached eggs are super simple and cleanup is a breeze. Everything stacks right under the lid, and it's small and compact." —CT_P

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

    11. A George Foreman grill with removable grilling plates you can toss in the dishwasher when you're done, because sometimes you want that delicious, toasty char you get from a grill but can't be bothered to actually get the full-sized grill going for one sandwich.

    The grill being used to toast a sandwich

    Promising review: "I bought this grill because I live alone, cook for one, and thought the removable grill plates might be easier for me to clean. First of all, this grill is small enough to fit on my counter in front of another appliance. It works better than it advertises; it is fast and the meat is juicy and delicious. The sandwiches I have tried...OMG so delicious! My favorite right now is tomato and sliced sharp cheese on wheat English muffins. The cleaning...I can't use enough superlatives. I drop them in hot soapy water, go eat my dinner, return, and swish, swish! They are sparkling clean..and so so easy to remove and replace." —Mieko*

    Get it from Amazon for $24.96+ (also available in platinum).

    12. A sleek and compact air fryer to help you fry your favorite foods — like chicken wings, fries, tofu, and salmon — without much counter space or effort.


    Promising review: "This is the perfect little air fryer for one person. It heats wonderfully and cooks food quickly. Chicken wings are my favorite thing to cook in this amazing little contraption, and they taste like they are fried in oil! I’m hooked. I’ve already recommended this product to a few friends." —Corey Sigle

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in five colors).

    13. A Souper Cube, a silicone freezing tray for storing perfectly portioned meals for one. 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 around. 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.

    14. A rapid ramen cooker from Shark Tank if you want noodles — and you want them now! — but don't want to bother finding a clean pot, boiling the water, cleaning said pot, etc.

    Diagram showing how to use the ramen cooker

    Each cooker is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and reusable for up to five years.

    Promising review: "I am not a rich girl and I live alone so ramen is in my cooking repertoire. This makes it quick and easy with minimal cleanup. The fact that it is BPA-free and nontoxic was important to me because microwaving plastic is generally not a good thing to do if you value your health." —S. Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five colors and also in multi-packs).

    15. A sandwich bag holder so you can transport your food without spilling half of it on the counter. We recommend these reusable silicone bags if you're trying to reduce your plastic use.

    The holder

    Promising review: "As a single person, one of my biggest challenges is cooking. I prefer to make larger quantities — usually in my Instant Pot — and then separate them into servings and freeze them. Trying to freeze a lot of containers took too much space, so I decided to try freezer bags. Since it was a mess to put servings into bags, I ordered these bag clips to help, and they do. I mostly use sandwich-size baggies, which fit well, and the stands hold the bag open so I can add the food. Then it is easy to freeze the bags flat for future use." —cymart

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.35.

    16. A cold brew maker that'll come in handy if coffee is your lifeblood and you need at least three cups to get anything done.

    Diagram showing the three-step process of using the cold brew maker

    It brews a quart (4 cups), so you should have enough java to get you through the day (and maybe some left over to share with your favorite coworker).

    Promising review: "I love this thing and use it every day. It's simple to use, easy to clean, and has held up well to constant use. I pretty much always have it in use, either making or storing my cold brew, and have used it consistently for about six months so far. It is on the smaller side, so be aware: it makes approximately 3 to 12 ounces of brew at a time. Perfect for one person!" —jlferron

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    17. 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: "Love this thing. I’m single and live alone. I don’t need a full on food processor. This works great. Just be careful hand-cleaning so you don’t cut yourself open. The blades are extremely sharp." —Steve S.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. 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 review of the Fasta Pasta Microwave Cooker (#2 on the list)!

    Promising review: "I love pasta but as a single girl it has always been such a hassle with the big pot of boiling water and then the scrubbing just for one person. This little kitchen tool is a dream to use and clean. No more big pots of water!! No more spilled hot water and now more room in my cupboards. Big pots replaced with this one tiny tool. I've given one to all my single friends for the holidays." —AlamedaHardwear

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    19. A mini 5-inch Lodge cast-iron skillet for when you want personal-sized versions of all your favorite cast-iron skillet recipes.

    Reviewer using the skillet to make a fritatta
    Amazon / Via

    Promising reviews: "It's great quality, easy to use, and perfect for smaller portions. I'm very happy with this purchase." —Jaap

    "Love this little skillet! Perfect for two eggs or making an individual cookie or brownie! I purchased the matching lid as well." —Willow

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    20. A divided nonstick pan if you want to make a meal with minimal mess. It has room for your main course and sides and does the job of multiple pans.

    The pan, featuring three divided compartments

    Promising review: "Great for cooking one meal all in one place. Cleanup is a breeze." —Cayenne

    Get it from Amazon for $32.36.

    21. A single-serve coffee maker so you never make too much coffee (because yes, there is a such thing as too much coffee).

    The slim machine dispensing coffee into a mug

    Promising review: "Best coffee pot I’ve had. I love it! Perfect for me because I’m the only one who drinks coffee in my family so the one cup is perfect. I don’t waste coffee anymore. Works with K-cups or it comes with filter for regular canned coffee. Easy to use and small so stays out of the way. Cleanup is awesome cause you just use your cup, so no pot. Very happy!" —JLVoegeli

    Get it from Amazon for $39.49.

    22. A cooking-for-one cookbook with 175 recipes that'll make you drool (umm, lemon blueberry scones and tomato bisque? Yes, please!) *and* inspire you to upgrade your meals. It also teaches you how to reduce your food waste and source single servings of fresh ingredients among other things so you can save time, money, and the environment.

    Adams Media

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06, Bookshop for $18.39 (to support local bookstores), or check your local library.

    23. A 5-in-1 wine stopper because there's nothing worse than having to toss an almost-full bottle because a recipe only called for 1/3 cup of white wine for deglazing. Just pop this on (it's also an aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker), and your open bottle of wine will be good to drink tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.

    The stopper

    Promising review: "I recently visited Sonoma County for a wedding and wine tour weekend. Every winery we visited used these handy contraptions. They aren't the weird, bulbous aerators you may have seen on QVC or at some Traveling Vineyard party. They cost a fraction of those, fit perfectly, and pour beautifully. If you are a single person who loves wine but does not feel like drinking a full bottle fo wine every time you open one, these are perfect. I bought four. One for red, one for white, one for rose and one I case I opened another bottle. Definitely a great product." —Joseph M. Franco

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    24. A meal planner to help you outline dinners for the week. When you live with other people, it's easy to remember that you have to plan meals, but when you live alone or cook for one, you can quickly into the expensive habit of just ordering out. This will help you save money and actually put together meals for the week.

    The meal planner

    Promising review: "This is absolutely perfect! I love being able to plan meals for the week, then make the grocery list and take the grocery list with me. It has magnets on the back so you can stick it to the fridge or your family planning area. Will buy again." —Michelle Janes

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two colors).

    25. A Potato Express, a microwaveable bag for perfectly cooking your tater instead of making your kitchen unbearably hot for just one baked potato. It's also great for reheating old bread, tortillas, and corn on the cob.

    Promising review: "As a single person, baking one potato is a pain. I decided to try this product and am VERY happy with it!" —Heidi Hirschbach

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A set of produce storage containers if you're tired of your fruits and veggies going bad approximately two seconds after you buy them. Your meals for one 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: "This thing is awesome! I am single and live alone. Every time I buy produce it goes bad well before I can eat all of it. These REALLY work! I have put both grapes and strawberries in these containers and after a week they are just as good and fresh as the day I bought them. Same with lettuce and other veggies. It worked so well I ended up buying the bigger one as well. I have been recommending them to friends and they all love them. If you are thinking about getting this, just do it! You won't be sorry." —Knarferr

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $16.99.

    Even if you're alone and cooking for one, you can still imagine there's a little rat in your hat controlling your movements!

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