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    26 Kitchen Products So Good They Might Convince You To Open A Restaurant

    Welcome to my restaurant. Yes there are only four seats, yes this is my dining room, but I'll be accepting that Michelin star now.

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    1. A Krups spice grinder, because having a "signature spice blend" as a home cook is the first and most important step towards building a restaurant empire.

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    Promising review: "I initially bought this grinder for coffee beans but started using it to grind dried herbal roots for tincturing. This thing is a work horse. These roots are extremely tough and the Krups grinds them down to a powder if I want to take it that far. I do pulse it and take it slow as not to burn the motor out and heat the herb too much. But I'm simply blown away at what this little grinder can do. Also, the blade is set fairly low so that even when I want to grind a small amount of a spice (cumin seed, coriander, whatever), it grinds it beautifully. I'm buying my second one today to have one for coffee and one for herbs. Love this unit!" —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $18.94.

    2. A mandolin that will make you feel like such a pro while slicing you'll be like "Whoa, wait a second, should I abandon my life as an accountant to attend Le Cordon Bleu?"

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    The mandolin comes with two julienning blades and a finger guard. PLEASE be careful while using this! I (and my boyfriend's scarred thumb) highly recommend some cut-resistant gloves.

    Promising review: "Super sharp! Be sure to use the assist tool so you don't accidentally remove your fingertips when slicing. The blade adjusts to paper thin slices. It makes great finely-shredded cole slaw. It slices with perfectly uniform thickness or thinness and is fantastic for slicing super-thin potatoes for making homemade potato chips. I tried making french fries but that blade cuts them a little too finely, more like shoestring potato sticks. The blade is removable for easy clean up (again, be careful as the blade is really sharp). Fortunately, the operation of this device is intuitively obvious because the instructions are in Japanese." —Blues 'n BBQ

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    3. A bottle of Mike's Hot Honey whose sweet and spicy flavor profile has made it a unique crowd favorite. Finding a good restaurant business partner is nearly impossible, but I think you've found a great one in Mike.

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    Promising review: "This is now a staple for my kitchen. How I cooked without it before, I'll never know. It makes the best vinaigrette ever, quick pan sauces for pork, and gives an unexpected zip to dozens of dishes. Does it come in gallons? Have given it as hostess gifts several times and everyone gets hooked." —Martha Ronemus

    Get it from Amazon for $8.06.

    Check out a review of this "spicy ambrosia" in I Tried This Spicy Honey And It Changed How I Eat Every Meal.

    4. An Imarku Pro Chef's Knife, because with the right tool in the right hands, every slice of tomato is a work of art, every diced sweet potato a symphony. Chef's Table, are you writing this down?

    Amazon

    I bought this knife for my parents, and they love it!

    Promising review: "I have never used a knife that slides through everything with such ease. I went to slice open the plastic packaging for the sausages I was cooking, and I thought I had missed the plastic, it was that smooth. I barely had to apply any pressure when slicing up the sausages. Cutting up the carrots, cauliflower, and apples was amazingly easy as well. I'm going to take good care of this little gem of a knife!" —Paul B. Huter

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    5. And a knife sharpener to keep those blades honed and sharp. If your hypothetical restaurant's gonna be open for decades like you hope, you're gonna need to stay sharp for a long time.

    Amazon

    Simply run your knife through each sharpening slot 10 times each.

    Promising review: "Best money ever spent! As someone who is a cook in a restaurant, we go through knives quite often. This will save us so much money, especially with serrated knives. Great product! I was skeptical about this, especially with serrated knives, but WOW! Works great and makes the dullest knife like brand new." —Matt R.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    6. A meat thermometer so you can absolutely nail the internal temperature of all your meat dishes. How are you supposed to write the next Salt, Fat, Acid, Meat without precision?

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    Promising review: "I have always been a bit challenged cooking steaks and burgers on the grill. People have told me multiple 'ways' of telling when a steak was 'medium' and when to pull the burgers off. Still, I ended up with underdone burgers and overcooked steaks. This takes the mystery out of it. Using this the first time, I cooked pork steaks to perfection. The next time it told me I had left the burgers on too long drinking that 'last' beer. I highly recommend this. I have bought another as a gift for a friend." —raylap

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. An 11-piece non-stick cookware set that will look ever so professional hanging up on your overhead pot and pan rack. Next investment: some chef whites and a big, tall hat.

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    The set includes a fry pan, griddle pan, two saucepans with glass lids, a deep cooker with a glass lid and helper handle, a Dutch oven with a glass lid, and a recipe booklet.

    Get the set from BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection exclusively at Walmart for $89 (originally $99, available in four colors) and the rack from Amazon for $76.48+ (available in four finishes).

    8. A Cuisinart waffle maker, because Waffle House hasn't had any real competition in a decade. It's high time that someone disrupt the waffle industry, and it all starts in your teeny tiny apartment kitchen making breakfast for your Tinder date.

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    Promising review: "I hear an angel choir when I finally sit down to golden, crisp waffles. I had been craving them for months — not the thick Belgium ones, but the old-fashioned, round, thin crispy ones. This is easy to use and makes delicious waffles. I use the setting between three and four, and they come out perfect." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    9. A pre-seasoned cast iron pan that will elevate almost anything you cook in it. At your farm to table eatery, you'll only cook and serve in cast iron. Yes, guests may burn themselves, but it's a small price to pay for a taste of your heavenly collard greens.

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    This is the cast iron I have, and it just lives on my stovetop because I use it literally everyday. To clean, simply hand wash (I usually opt for no soap, but you do you) and rub with vegetable oil to keep it nice and seasoned.

    Promising review: "I adore this skillet. As long as you keep up with oiling and don't use dish soap on it, the non-stick surface holds up like a charm. It is heavy and I need to buy one of those cute things to put on the handle since it gets hot when you use it on the stove top, (as cast iron does), but it is everything I expected from my first cast iron pan. It has seen a few months of pretty consistent use and it is going strong. I love being able to pan sear and then pop things into the oven." —RDlenix

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    10. An Instant Pot for whipping up delectable "slow" cooked meals in no time at all but with just as much flavor. It's called fast casual dining, so come on, make it snappy!

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    The Instant Pot's 6-in-1 functions include: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer. What a multitasker!

    Promising review: "I've had this for only two weeks and I swear I haven't touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hardboiled eggs, rice and beans, and steamed vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large, and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I've made anything from perfectly hard boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, to Mongolian beef, and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things." —yestfl

    Get it from Amazon for $49+ (available in three-, six-, and eight-quart sizes).

    For more on the Instant Pot, check out "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With."

    11. A Blueapple freshness extender so when you buy enough groceries for your imaginary restaurant but are inevitably cooking for one, everything won't go to waste.

    Amazon

    The Blueapple works by absorbing ethylene gas, which is what causes produce to ripen. Each Blueapple lasts for three months.

    Promising review: "It works. Simple as that. I have even ordered more because it works wonders in my vegetable drawer and also in my fruit basket. Before it seemed things would go bad so fast (three to four days). Now I can see veggies last two weeks — some fruits a week longer than expected." —MFC

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

    12. A sous vide with mega-precise temperature controls that will make crafting your perfect main dish feel like a fun science experiment. There's a new name in molecular gastronomy and that name is [insert your name here].

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    Place the sous vide in a pot of water and place vacuum- or plastic-sealed meat inside to have it heated to the exact temperature you want for perfectly cooked steak, pork, chicken, and fish every single time!

    Promising review: "This makes an eye of round roast as tender as a prime rib. Excellent product. Just plug the thing in, make sure your water level is good, and set it and forget it. This thing will cook absolutely perfect food every single time." —Leeway63

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    Learn more about sous vide cooking in "I Tried The Precision Cooking Gadget That's All Over Pinterest." It's a different brand but gives you the vibe of the sous vide process if you're curious!

    13. A 3-in-1 avocado slicer that's the one tool you truly need if you want to make your avocado restaurant dream a reality. Cut, slice, arrange, cut, slice, arrange — just keep going, the people absolutely demand it.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you even looked through these reviews to decide if you truly needed an avocado slicer, the answer is clear — your avocado obsessions clearly requires this. I will admit, you can do everything this tool does without it. You may lose a minimal amount of avocado by using a knife instead to remove the seed and cut it open, but this product is mainly for conveniences sake. I will say however the convenience is uncanny. Simple to use, it cuts everything just how you want it, and is worth the small investment for the future of my avocado enjoyment. If you inhale avocados at an alarming rate then the convenience is well worth the investment." —Friendly redwood

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A salad chopping bowl, because it's never too late to get into the $17 salad game. With this bowl doing most of the work, your lunchtime hot spot will basically be printing ~green~ in more ways than one.

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    The salad chopping bowl is dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I love chopped salad, and this little invention is amazing. It is good for one or two, but if you have more to feed, just do the items in a few batches, then mix. For only my hubby and I, it is the right size. I also love big salads for lunch, so I make my own salad in here. I think you could flip over the cutting side and use the underside as a bowl if you wanted to. I have my favorite salad bowl, so I haven't tried that yet. If you're on the edge as to whether to try, just do it. I'm also sending one as a gift." —Blah Blah

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    15. A programmable Crock-Pot for cooking everything the best way — slow and low. One flawless roast in this and you'll be planning the opening of your humble 20-top homestyle joint (that just so happens to have a few Michelin stars).

    Amazon

    If cleaning a Crock-Pot feels daunting, grab a pack of slow cooker liners for super easy clean-up!

    Promising review: "WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THE MAGIC OF SLOW COOKERS RIGHT WHEN THEY BECAME A THING!? Seriously, this thing is a busy person's savior, or in my case, a lazy person's dream! This one is plenty large enough and incredibly easy to use. Reviews say this one runs a bit hotter than most, but I've followed a handful of recipes and their cook times seem to be accurate. I really love that this model will automatically switch to keep warm after the timer you set expires. That's crucial for me because I work ten hour shifts and most recipes even on low are about eight hours. That keep warm feature makes sure my food isn't burnt, but still warm when I get home." —Peter Q.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    16. An oven thermometer so you can bake with the precision of one dedicated to their craft. The world isn't ready for your viral new creation: Sweet Lasagna Flambé.

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    Promising review: "This is a great value for the product. The ovens I have used have always seemed to be a bit off, so this was very important to have around the house especially for recipes that need a very specific temperature. My wife bakes a lot and before having an oven thermometer, she often times over-baked or under-baked her recipes. This thermostat can hang easily on the oven rack and is easy to read, making it helpful for any dish that needs to be baked at a certain temperature. Highly recommend this product!" —Abe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

    17. A uniquely-shaped wine decanter, because your eatery just won't be complete without a sommelier and curated wine list. Might I recommend the Three Buck Chuck aerated to perfection and enjoyed al fresco?

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    Promising review: "This wine decanter is exquisite. I bought it as a gift and can't wait to see their expressions when they open it. It is very elegant yet sturdy enough to be functional at dinner parties. I highly recommend purchasing this item. Also the packaging was excellent." —Dorrie

    Get it from Amazon for $27.98.

    18. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker that makes six hard-, medium-, or soft-boiled eggs in mere minutes. It can also make individual omelets, two poached eggs, and scrambled eggs with included simple attachments. This glorious dome is the line cook you've been looking for!

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    The egg cooker comes with a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder tray, measuring cup, and recipe book, and all non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "If you are on the fence about getting one of these, GET ONE. It really is as easy as it sounds to have a perfectly cooked egg, no guesswork. If you're particular about egg yolks like me and like them soft but not runny or raw, I made a perfectly soft boiled egg that was cooked as directed at 11 minutes. You don't have to time it at all as the buzzer will go off. I have an ice bath ready next to the cooker, let the eggs sit for a minute or two in there, and peels come right off. This makes healthy eating a breeze in the morning! Where has this been all my life?!" —rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in five colors).

    For more on the egg cooker, check out If You Love Eggs More Than Your Own Family, Then You Need This Egg Cooker.

    19. Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning to fool everyone into thinking you craft your own special bagel blend. But shhh, Joe has it covered. *Looks around kitchen, covers label, and shakes the bottle nervously*

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    Promising review: "My friends were right. This stuff is amazing. I have been putting it on all types of food and have yet to be disappointed. While it is a lot cheaper if I were to get it from Trader Joe's, the fact is that I don't live near one so I don't mind paying the extra price here for it." —PAN66

    Get it from Amazon for $6.37.

    Read more about the seasoning's delish versatility in "I Need To Tell You About This Everything Bagel Seasoning That I Literally Put On Everything I Eat."

    20. A timeless KitchenAid stand mixer, because even though you're an amazing baker, investing in a Hobart at this point in the game might be a bit overkill. This powerful beauty will get you through your pop-ups and testing until it's time to go industrial.

    Amazon

    The mixer has a five-quart stainless steel bowl and comes with a coated flat beater, a coated dough hook, a six-wire whip, and a pouring shield to help you whip up any delectable bake with ease.

    Promising review: "If you're trying to decide what brand mixer is right for you, stop now and purchase a KitchenAid. Yes, they're more expensive than other brands, but they last. And really, a mixer is an appliance you should only buy once in your life (my mom still has hers from the '70s and uses it often!) Not only does this appliance work as a mixer (it comes with a beater, whisk, and very useful dough hook), but I also use it constantly with the KitchenAid ice cream attachment. The KitchenAid pasta attachment is also easy to use with the mixer, as is the meat grinder. This mixer does the work for you and will make cooking and baking so much easier. You'll wonder how you ever survived without it!" —Susie Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $279.95+ (available in 44 colors).

    For more info, check out "Here's Why A KitchenAid Mixer Might Change Your Life."

    21. A Vitamix for whipping up delectable smoothies, soups, nut butters, and much more, quickly and sooooo smoothly. Who's the Smoothie King now, suckers?!

    VItamix

    Promising review: "Dope blender. I pureed soup to a velvety texture in 30 seconds. Then made a lemon slushy. Super easy to clean and assemble. Fits under kitchen cabinet. I didn't think it was too loud. I highly recommend this blender. I was not provided with a free product — I'm just a dude who likes his new blender." —Bobby

    Get it from Amazon for $349.95 (available in three colors).

    This Vitamix also won best high-end blender from BuzzFeed Reviews! Congratulations to the Vitamix!

    22. An OXO basting and pastry brush to keep everything nice and ~juicy~. If you want the #1 term used in your restaurant's Yelp reviews to be "juicy," you're gonna have to brush like your life depends on it.

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    Promising review: "I love how this brush works for bread making. It was a great investment. Whether brushing melted butter or egg wash, the OXO Good Grips Silicon Brush holds onto the wash with little dripping. The design is excellent, such that the bristles are at an angle, making distribution if the wash ergonomically easy. I consider the brush an essential tool for my bread making hobby." —B. Eisenhauer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A food scale with measurement conversions so your recipes can stay consistent day in and day out. With people begging for more, ya gotta give them the EXACT same dishes the EXACT same way or you can kiss that Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives feature goodbye.

    Macy's

    The scale measures grams, ounces, pounds, milliliters, and fluid ounces and measures up to 11 pounds.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99 (originally $35.99).

    24. A set of egg rings to give yourself a chance at being the one who cracks the homemade McMuffin code. It feels like everyone's trying right now, so go on and get in the game!

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    Promising review: "With these rings, dinner every night will be eggs. I have a large skillet that I love using for everything and obviously cracking an egg on a 20-inch skillet would result in the thinnest 20-inch long egg. Now I can make four eggs at the same time, they look like eggs, and they fit perfectly onto a bread/bagel sandwich. It does leak sometimes, but mostly because I rush to lift the ring before the egg is cooked properly on the sides. The trick is to keep the skillet heated properly and have some butter or other lard before adding the eggs. The rings are sturdy and easy to clean. No melting issues or anything. Great product, 10/10." —KS

    Get a four-pack on Amazon for $8.47 (available in three colors).

    25. A Cuisinart food processor so all your food can be truly marketed as 100% homemade. This will let you make your own nut butter, pesto, butter, mayo, salsa, hummus, and bread crumbs *as well as* grind meat, crush ice, shred cheese, knead dough, and slice veggies. Give this bb a raise!

    Amazon

    The food processor comes with an adjustable slicing disc, a reversible shredding disc, and an all-purpose stainless steel chopping, mixing, and dough blade. It's BPA-free, and all removable parts are dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Amazing! This is my first Cuisinart, and I am in love. Now I understand what all the fuss is about. It's easy to use, easy to clean, easy everything. It makes all the veggie chopping a breeze. I love the extra blades it comes with for slicing and grating. I will never grate a carrot again, unless the power goes out for an extended period of time! Lol. Definitely worth the money, and I should have gotten one years ago. There's so much you can do with this that cooking is soooo much less of a chore!" —A. Maez

    Get it from Amazon for $66.44+ (available in two sizes and four finishes).

    For more on my whirlwind love affair with this food processor, check out This Food Processor Is Perfect For Anyone Who Wants To Save Time *And* Money.

    26. A spiralizer to create healthy alternatives that people will go absolutely gaga for. Sweet potato pad thai hasn't been possible until this important moment in vegetables-as-noddles history.

    Amazon

    This is the spiralizer I have, and I love it! It has a strong suction cup for non-slip use and comes with seven interchangeable blades that fit snugly inside the spiralizer for easy storage.

    Promising review: "This model is compact and comes with a non-slip suction cup bottom which is a very nice feature. I couldn't wait to get this model because of the seven cutting blades. I love the curly fry blade for making parsnip fries, the angel hair blade for cutting zucchini as a substitute for pasta, the crude shredding for making zucchini fritters, the fine shredding blade for cutting cucumbers for making taziki and the flat blade for fine decorative slices. No matter how careful, when I used a mandolin I almost always cut my fingers. I love the Spiralizer because there's no more cuts or bleeding! This product is essential for anyone trying to incorporate more veggies and less carbs in their life." —Rosanna Nicoletos

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    Looking for more great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

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