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    27 Of The Most Useful Meal Prep Products You Can Get On Amazon

    Everything you need to prep like a pro.

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    1. A magnetic note pad that's divided into two perforated columns so you can actually get organized and motivated for your meal-prepped week.

    The perforation lets you plan your meals, make your grocery list, then tear off that full grocery list while still leaving that week's meals intact on your fridge. (And you'll have a blank grocery list you can write on through the week).

    Promising review: "This is the second time I've purchased this planning pad, I love it. Meal planning has saved our family money and the "what do you want for dinner" arguments! This pad is colorful, great paper quality and the perforated side tears easy. Although I take the whole pad to the store! The magnets are a nice new touch. I recommend this to anyone interested in meal planning." —AbbiesMomma

    Get it on Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A cookbook written by a dietician — it'll guide you through the whole process, and help supplement all the ideas you get from Pinterest.

    Promising review: "Having personally worked with clients as a registered dietitian, I can attest that most of the difficulty in getting one to reach their health goals is not just eating healthier, but preparing and having the right foods stocked, so that when hunger hits, you’re prepared. My favorite part of the whole book is the step by step process for Sunday meal preps. Choosing a day to commit to your shopping, prepping, cooking and storing is no joke. In many way, this is meal prepping in a nutshell, but Toby makes it easy and fun (believe it or not), because the organization is already done for you. Just follow each step for how to put your meals together for the week, and chances are you won’t go hungry ;) Lastly, the book provides three meal plans to choose from, from weight loss, clean eating and building muscle. Pick your goal and head to those recipes, easy peasy." —Manuel F Villacorta

    Get the paperback for $12.21 on Amazon.

    3. A set of three anti-skid plastic cutting boards in different sizes, so you have a go-to set to pull out every time you get to chopping an entire week's worth of veggies at once.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these cutting boards, they are very durable and handy. The plastic is less porous than a lot of cheaper cutting boards which makes for a smoother surface which is less harsh on my knives. The biggest bonus is the non-slip edges that keep it safely in place. The graduated sizes are also very convenient, and they all fit nicely in the dishwasher. I will be ordering another set for my boyfriend since he likes mine so much. Highly recommend these for any one that does much work in the kitchen." —Brittney

    FYI, while soap and water work most of the time, if you cut raw chicken or other meat on them, make sure to sanitize with 1:1 diluted bleach.

    Get the set of three on Amazon for $19.99 (five colors available).

    4. Or a large reversible maple cutting board that'll keep your knives sharp and probably last you the rest of your life.

    If you take care of it, of course, and never put it in the dishwasher. When you use it for veggies, all you need to do is rinse it off (using a little mild soap if needed), then once a week or so rub on a few drops of food-safe mineral oil. For meats, I'd rinse/wash with mild soap, then wipe down with 1:1 diluted bleach, let dry, and treat with mineral oil.

    Promising review: "Wow, what a great looking cutting board. It's sturdy, gorgeous and really made well of the best looking hard maple. It comes pre-oil-treated and ready to use. I did give it a fresh oil coat after reading the enclosed care instructions just to be safe. Made my first salad on it today and just love it.

    Update: it’s been several months and my cutting board's performing perfectly. I treat it about every two weeks with a few drops of mineral oil and flip it about as often to keep it flat. Yup, I live near the beach where there’s lot of moisture. Wood is the best and only needs a little care. I recommend this board and have purchased more than one! Great gift too!" —Sam

    Get it on Amazon for $69.95, and a 12oz bottle of cutting board oil for $8.98.

    5. And basic-but-sharp chef's knife to make quick work of everything from broccoli to green beans to squash to sweet potatoes.

    I don't know about you, but when it's time to chop veggies, I reach for my chef's knife more than anything else.

    Promising review: "Best knife you will find unless you are willing to pay around $1,000 to cut things slightly better. It cuts things...and it cuts things well. What more do you need to know? Buy it already! Seriously though, we wanted to get some grown up knives because we like to cook and were tried of the low quality sets.

    I did my research and this is literally the best knife you can buy for the money; unless you're a professional chef. The blade came sharp, I keep it sharp with a honing rod and I bought a wet stone but have not had to sharpen it yet due to the honing rod doing what it should. The handle is very comfortable and the weight and balance make it easy to use. I enjoy using my Victorinox knives and have been impressed with all of them so far." —Derek

    Get it on Amazon for $44.95.

    6. A food processor that'll happily dice up all the veggies you need in next to no time.

    This one also has handy little arms that scrape down the sides of the bowl, so you don't have to stop what you're doing and pull out a spatula.

    Promising review: "I do a lot of window shopping before I decide on something. My SO goes nuts because it takes me three months to decide on a kitchen knife. That being said, I did my usual amount of research before buying this thing and my due diligence did not fail me yet again. The scraper is seriously so useful. Being Korean, I make kimchee every couple of months or so — which means a lot of friggin' garlic. This thing is awesome for mincing up some serious amounts of garlic because, usually, bigger chunks tend to get stuck at the top and not get minced evenly. But the scraper solves that problem. I also tried using it to process crab meat to make it flaky to make California rolls and the motor can handle dry and dense foods like crab meat. And I tried processing chicken breast for chicken salad with it and no problems there either. The control options are pretty basic but if you can handle your own around a kitchen then gadgets with crazy settings only get in the way. With this product, there is absolutely no need to hesitate." —Josh W.

    Get it on Amazon for $38.99.

    7. Or the manual-powered One-Second Slicer, which will slice or dice your veggies in half the time it takes you with a knife, unless you're basically a pro chef already.

    Promising reviews: "Honestly, this should be in every kitchen in the world. This is by far the most useful thing my house has seen in a long time." —Christian 4423

    "Greatest cooking gadget!! I now have two, and using them everyday saves so much time I use to spend chopping." —Misty A

    Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A pack of 15 three-section plastic bento boxes perfect for bulk-prepping lunch and dinner for two people for a few days.,

    Promising review: "These are pretty great little containers. I use them for meal prepping.


    - Compartments are a reasonable size. I put the veggies in the big compartment and the meat and starches in the smaller compartments.

    - Containers and lids stack very easily to take up minimum space in the cupboard.

    - Hold up well in the dishwasher, including the heated dry setting.

    - Good value for what you get... price is much lower than comparable products.


    - Lids fit tight but not so tight that you can tip them or invert them... they have to stay flat in your lunch bag or fridge or they will leak. Best for fairly dry/thick foods.

    - Lids show water spots so they never look completely clean despite the use of Jet Dry in the dishwasher." —Heather Coburn-Schill

    Get them on Amazon for $14.99.

    9. Or a set of three glass containers with snap-on plastic lids that promise they'll keep all your food fresh and make it super easy to microwave.

    Promising review: "I have six that have been used EVERY week for 2.5 years for storing and reheating meals. Each one has been used at least 100 times. Always microwaved, always washed in the dishwasher, and a couple get frozen for a few days each week too. There has NEVER been a single leak, crack or problem with any of the glass parts or lids." —P. Mcintyre

    Get the set on Amazon for $43.50.

    10. Classic kitchen shears for tackling all sorts of prep tasks from asparagus to raw chicken, without batting an eye even once.

    I've had a pair of these for over six years, and they're still going strong — and they're hands-down the absolute easiest way to cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into one-inch pieces for sautés and tray bakes, at least IMO.

    Promising review: "So far, these kitchen scissors have been excellent. They are heavy duty, allowing me to cut through large pieces of beef or chicken, and the handles do not bend or distort their shape while I'm cutting something thick. The blades are sharp. I use them for opening packages as well, or for cutting sandwiches or pizza into bite sizes for my kiddos. I've used these daily for 2 months, and so far, have not seen any rust in the pivot screw in the center. To wash them, I hold them under the running tap and scrub with a soapy brush, then put them upright, open, in my dish-rack to dry. Bonus: the little blade guard will be perfect for keeping them closed to take on a camping trip.

    I would absolutely recommend these!" —Chris and M

    Get them on Amazon for $7.99-$10.50 (five colors).

    11. An Instant Pot or a CrockPot Multicooker, either of which will cook all sorts of delicious meals in no time — from chicken enchiladas to lentil soup to turkey meatballs — that you can portion out and eat throughout the week.,

    All in less time than it'd take in your stove or oven. Browse 21 pressure cooker dinner ideas, and 16 five-ingredient pressure cooker recipes.

    Promising review for the Instant Pot: "Never used one of these before and OMG. I am absolutely IN LOVE. Meats come out like they're from 5-Star restaurants, and its quick cooking time is amazing. This was recommended to me by a friend, and it's quickly becoming a staple tool for my weekly meal-prep Sundays. This has paid for itself after a week of use." —Elizabeth

    Here's our full review of the Instant Pot.

    Promising review for the CrockPot Multicooker: "I am cooking again! With a busy family, I need fast! I wish I had this appliance before now! What sold me was the ability to cook with frozen meat. I can start with frozen chicken and not have to thaw! I cannot tell any difference between thawing before or when I started with frozen meat. My Chinese dishes are much better and faster than running for takeout, not to mention healthier and cheaper. My family was amazed at the individual Chocolate Lava cakes I was able to make quickly and easily. My picky 17-year-old son deemed them better than the restaurants and I agree." —Miller SC Shopper

    Both six-quart versions are available on Amazon: Get the Instant Pot for $99.95, or the CrockPot for $69.

    12. A curved, funky cauliflower prep tool that'll help you break down a big head into individual florets in no time — and that works on broccoli, too.,

    Promising reviews: "This gadget makes cutting broccoli and cauliflower a breeze! Safer than a knife as well! I would trust my child with this task." —Rozlyn

    "My husband just rolled his eyes when he saw this Cauliflower Prep Tool. Well, he can just keep rolling them....cuz this little gem is amazing! Allows you to hug the core of the cauliflower and pop those florets off with ease! So handy. Best $5 and change I've ever spent, that's for sure." —D. Conner

    Get it on Amazon for $5.97.

    13. A set of produce-saving containers because sometimes you buy a few too many fruit and veggies and want to keep them fresh until you get around to needing them., Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    I use these every week for my strawberries and spinach and swear by 'em — read more in my full review.

    Promising review: "FreshWorks Containers really do keep my fruit fresh longer than typical refrigeration. My strawberries also hold their sweetness, unlike the 1st day directly after purchase but better than no sweetness after placing in fridge alone. There's no way my strawberries would look this good in their original container or another. I would have tossed them in the trash by now!" —ShoeLvr

    Get one on Amazon for $5.85+ (five sizes available individually, or within four different sets.)

    14. An extra large baking sheet so you can fit all of the chicken and veggies of your latest favorite tray bake without any overcrowding, and get the perfect ~caramelization~., Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    When your roast veggies have enough space (like in the photo on the right), they can truly roast — when you crowd them all on a small baking sheet, they're more likely to steam. FYI, this one's 15''x21'', so just make sure your oven can fit such a large pan.

    Promising reviews: "Nice BIG pan for roasted veggies done in a convection oven. I've always had to overload one large, one smaller pan which cuts down caramelization. Just what I needed, and we've had great success with Wilton products in the past." —A. Ferrin

    "This pan is fantastic! Fits into my oven without much room to spare but can roast huge amounts of veggies all at once. Very happy with purchase." —Chicago Mama

    Get it on Amazon for $10.52. And check out the recipes and instructions for Tasty's easy 7-day make-ahead meal plan.

    15. A rapid egg cooker that'll free up your stovetop for more important things, and make hard- or softboiled, poached, or scrambled eggs at the press of a button. Breakfast = done.

    You can hard/softboil up to six eggs at a time, and poach or scramble two. No boiled water required!

    Promising review: "This thing is awesome. Breakfast in minutes, and preparing hubby's breakfast for the week is fast and easy. I've tried other "fast egg" products like ones that go in the microwave and they were gross — eggs came out tasting/smelling like plastic. No such issues with this product. Everything tastes delicious.

    Tip: I've found if you are adding cheese to your omelette/scramble, you should do that at the end. Otherwise it tends not to cook on the bottom of your eggs. I've also found I have to add a very slight bit more water than the line designates for scrambled eggs, otherwise they are still a little too raw (even after waiting the recommended 2 min after the finished buzz, though we are at a high altitude)." —Sophia M.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (four colors).

    16. A set of three mini salad-dressing bottles so you can pack all your favorite sauces without a worry that they'll leak all over the place.

    And depending on how much dressing you like, one small bottle's worth may last you a couple of days!

    Promising review: "I bought a single one of these at the grocery store and loved it, so I bought these three from Amazon at a great price! Much cheaper than at the grocery store. I love them for the material used to make them and how easy they are to clean. If using an oil based dressing it can hold onto the smell of the dressing if it has strong ingredients like garlic, shallots, or onions, but it goes away with a couple of cleanings. I take everything apart to clean; there are three parts to this, the bottle, the collar and the screw on cap. They transport well and we’ve never had a leak or spill! They are nice and flexible and you can squeeze everything out nicely. The opening is large enough that you don’t have to use a funnel. I’ve had no problems squeezing dressing from a bottle into this, or even condiments, or spooning thicker condiments like mayonnaise into them. Love them!" —Happy1Grammy

    Get the set of three on Amazon for $10.

    17. Or a salad kit designed specifically for packing your favorite greens and toppings so they stay fresh on the go, wherever you end up enjoying your lunch most days.

    It even comes with a little ice block (the blue thing) that'll keep everything nice and chilled on your commute, until you can pop it in the office fridge.

    Promising review: "The size doesn't SEEM big, but when you actually load it up, it's perfect and generous! There's room for so many ingredients in the top. I put tomatoes in the small section, two vegetables in the larger, and there's then plenty of room for protein in the largest section—including room for a whole hardboiled egg not cut in half. It also includes a small container for dressing which can easily go loose in the lower section for salad or be packed to fit perfectly in the sections above." —Jen Hart

    Get it on Amazon for $8.19.

    18. A set of silicone cupcake liners perfect for oatmeal or egg breakfast cups or even to divide bigger containers into bento-like sections.,

    Promising review: "These cups are awesome!! My biggest problem is keeping people from throwing them away like the paper liners!!! They clean beautifully with a little soap and water and air dry or gently dry with a paper towel.

    You don't even need the cupcake can fill them and line them up on a cookie sheet." —MeMominOP

    Get a pack of 12 for $8.24, and the recipe for these breakfast oatmeal cupcakes on Chocolate Covered Katie.

    19. Several reusable silicone plastic bags or a pack of mason jars, so you can batch prep smoothie ingredients in advance, keep 'em in the freezer, and day-of simply dump everything and blend.,,

    Promising review of the silicone bag: "Needless to say, the seal is great and easy to operate, even for school-aged kids. It is flexible but keeps its form. This is perfect for juicy cut fruits (with a long fork if eating out of the bag) or grapes. I never put grapes in zipped reusable bags, in case the those bags and the grapes inside get crushed, thus making a mess inside and out. Because this one is slightly stiffer, fruits, along with items like crackers and pretzel sticks are better-protected.

    It washes fine in the dishwasher but can take a while to dry, depending on your dishwasher's drying technology. Be sure to straddle the bag across a few tines to keep the bag open during the wash."

    Amazon Customer

    Promising reviews of the mason jars: "Love my new jars. I use them for meal prep mostly. They hold up well in microwave, no problems in dishwasher, no rust on tops." —Ashley S.

    "I use these mason jars for lots of things. Making and storing fruit jelly for my yogurt. Chopping onions, garlic with salt and olive oil in a food processor and placing it in these jars in the fridge, so when I cook it's ready, no need to cut before cooking. These are just a few things I use them for." —Cora

    Get the silicone bags on Amazon for $11.99 each, or 12 mason jars for $21.18. And learn more about batch-prepping smoothies from Simply Sissom.

    20. The mason jars also work perfectly for transporting layered salads from your fridge to wherever you end up eating lunch.

    Beth / Pass the Plants /

    As a frequent mason-jar-salad-packer, this ~order of ingredients~ really does work; I just recommend also bringing (or finding) a plate or big-ish bowl to eat out of — because it'll be difficult to mix everything together, otherwise.

    Again, you can get the pack of 12 on Amazon for $21.18.

    Browse 17 other mason jar salad recipes, or get the recipe for this simple salad on Pass the Plants.

    21. At least a starter set of eight measuring cups and spoons, so you can accurately portion out a cup of rice into each of five individual containers or measure out a tablespoon of dried herbs.

    And, y'know, besides that: get your recipes cooked.

    Promising review: "These aren't the highest quality set of measuring cups/spoons you're going to find, but they're a great starter set or plastic replacement! I bought these to replace my cheap plastic measuring cups/spoons due to the marks wearing off.

    I love having the numbers etched into the metal. It's a relief not having to worry about the markings wearing off like my old plastic set. For your basic day to day cooking, there's really no reason to dislike them!" —Stuart H.

    Get the set on Amazon for $9.95.

    22. An angled measuring cup that makes it easy to see how much of a liquid you have by looking at the top, so you don't have to crouch down to see the measurements on the side.

    Promising review: "This is my second Oxo Angled 2-cup measure, the first one is still going strong, but I use it so much I wanted a spare. The unique markings make it easy for left-handed cooks to use. I know this isn't a factor for right-handed people, but virtually all US measuring cups have the cup markings on the left side of the cup, designed to be read while holding it in the right hand. This makes life tricky for 10% of the population. Oxo solves the dilemma by making it possible to read the measurement from above, rather than the side. It also means no more stooping to read the correct level." —Sandy Toes

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (available in four tablespoon, one cup, two cup, and four cup sizes).

    23. A kale and herb stripper that lays flat on your cutting board, so you can cut down on the time it takes to prep big leafy greens like kale and even some herbs, like rosemary and thyme.

    Promising reviews: "The feature I love best is being able to change the notch size quickly. Stem thickness varies from top to bottom, so to be able to quickly switch from one size to the next is a plus. Also it feels very much like using a knife in the hand, like, comfortable and known. Oh, and sometimes it works best to go "backward" on some parts of a again, this design allows for that switch quickly and easily." —tiprtst

    "If you use herbs or eat kale or other large leaved vegetables this will become your favorite new kitchen tools! It saves a lot of time in preparation." –Karen

    Get one on Amazon for $9.99.

    24. A set of four glass mixing bowls that actually come with lids so they can double as extra storage containers, all depending on what you're cooking each week.


    Of course they're dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe, and the glass is even safe in the oven.

    Promising review: "In a world where most new products are waaaaaay worse quality than they used to be — I'm delighted to say that these Pyrex bowls are the same good quality that they've always been. Our trusty 12-year-old set of Pyrex bowls were lost in a cross-country move this summer, and I was dreading ordering new ones, expecting that they would be shoddier than my old set. These are exactly identical! I ordered the set with lids because I thought..."why not?" In fact, the lids have come in SO handy, that I don't know how I lived without them before. So nice to be able to prep foods and then pop them right into the fridge if I need to."EGMM

    Get the set on Amazon for $35.99.

    25. And four colorful mini prep bowls so you can keep your kitchen counter organized while you're multitasking your way to easy, relaxed weeknights.

    Promising reviews: "I love these prep bowls. Well made and sturdy. They hold about a cup and they are useful in so many ways while you are working in the kitchen. BPA and Melamine free, microwavable also. If you cook, you need these." —FJD

    Get them on Amazon for $11.49.

    26. A handheld spiralizer that'll make zucchini noodles in a flash *without* taking up a whole shelf in your tiny kitchen (like one of the big spiralizers would).

    If you're into spiralized veggies, of course.

    Promising review: "I just received this yesterday and it may be my favorite kitchen device ever! As others have written, the directions on how to use weren't that clear, so I found a 1-minute YouTube video, and voila: 15 minutes later I was finished making my my first zoodles. I used 2-medium size zucchini and it was really easy. To clean, I used an old toothbrush with soap & water. I love that it's so small. The last thing I need is another big kitchen device taking up space. You have to use a little muscle, so if you have arthritis in your hands, this probably isn't the product for you. But, it works great for me!" —Cherry

    Get it on Amazon for $14.80.

    27. An oversized rice storage container that makes bulk rice — or other grains, cereals, and flours — incredibly easy to store, measure, and pour.

    Promising reviews: "Love these sooo much I bought 3! I use them to hold rice, homemade breadcrumbs and coconut flour which I have just discovered! The caps make a nice airtight lid and are very convenient to use and always right where to need them to be. If you are looking for something to store your grains/powders/crumbs/seeds/cereal/whatever in, these bins are AWESOME." —Chris

    "This is a great invention. No longer do I need to use a rubber band to close the bag of rice. The container is just the right size to hold all the rice in a 4 pound bag. And now, pouring out the rice into the measuring cup is so easy. No rice spills over onto the kitchen counter!" —rosiebeeme

    Get one on Amazon for $9.49.

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

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