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    23 Kitchen Products That'll Help You Simplify Cooking A Bit

    Cooking isn't complicated...especially when you have a Crock-Pot that will basically do it for you.

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    1. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker that makes six easy-to-peel 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 isn't a personal chef, but it is a personal egg chef, which might be even cooler.

    light blue domed egg cooker with six eggs inside
    Amazon

    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 $16.99+ (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."

    2. A linen towel (or two...or five) so you always have something on-hand to clean up messes while ditching paper towels. I always like to cook with a towel slung over my shoulder so I can dry my hands, grab hot handles, or quickly wipe up any spills.

    several folded tan linen towels with linoto labels
    Linoto

    Linoto is a Black-owned business specializing in all things linen. From kitchen textiles to sheets to boxer shorts (!!!) their offerings are a linen-lover's dream. All of their products are made in their workshop in Westchester County in New York.

    Promising review: "A simple addition to the kitchen operation, these linen towels are just great to hold, and the punch above their weight for function." —Stephen W.

    Get one from Linoto for $8 (available in four colors).

    3. A Crock-Pot — the best way to make immensely delicious, simple, comforting home-cooked meals. Just throw your ingredients in in the morning, go about your day, and enjoy the best meal you've ever made eight hours later.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    The Crock-Pot's stoneware insert and lid are dishwasher-safe, but even when I've lived in apartments without a dishwasher, I haven't had much trouble getting stuck-on food out of there. As for the shiny exterior, a simple wipe-down should suffice!

    Promising review: ""Best product I ever bought. Easy to use and clean. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. Food comes out soft and tender, meat falls of the bone. Great for soups, too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four sizes and two colors).

    4. A set of nonstick oven liners so you never have to clean your oven again. OK, that's probably an exaggeration, but you WON'T have to scrape off any burned-on food — the worst cleaning task.

    pie in oven dripping onto oven liner
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These liners are life-changing! I never thought I needed them until a friend raved about them. Clean up is so simple, no more melted cheese or sauces burnt to the bottom of my ovens. I love I can cut down to size to fit my toaster oven also. My husband enjoys grilling with the liners now, he doesn't have to line the grill with aluminum foil which he found so annoying, deterring him from grilling. This product really has simplified my life in the kitchen and I love it." —Melissa Kim

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.99.

    5. A set of three measuring beakers with lids that are perfect for measuring, storing, and pouring everything from soups to batters to sauces. They're also heat-safe up to 400 degrees in the oven or microwave, as well as dishwasher-safe.

    three different size plastic measuring cups with spouts and blue lids
    Food52

    Promising review: "I use these in many ways! I make Paleo waffle mix and store it in the fridge. It seals nicely and I haven’t had them leak. Nice for making matcha or any other drinks and the measurements are right there. Space-saving since I use for measuring, storing and then they all fit together nicely! Easy to clean and just plain handy around the kitchen!" —jaana

    Get them from Food52 for $36.

    6. A mandolin for feeling like a real pro while slicing. This mandolin is the OG — I always spot it on cooking shows and competitions, and for good reason. Once I got one, I couldn't believe how precisely it cuts. It really just makes you want to cook nothing but potato chips and zucchini rounds. And don't even get me STARTED on how thin you can slice garlic.

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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 coleslaw. 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)." —Blues 'n BBQ

    Get it from Amazon for $25.34.

    7. An electric kettle so you can boil and pour water quickly and efficiently — no more oh-so-carefully pouring boiling water from a big 'ol pot into a tiny mug hoping for the best.

    reviewer's stainless steel electric kettle
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This works great and heats up fast. We use it to make tea mostly and it makes the process go very quickly and smoothly. Cools fairly quickly as well for easy, prompt storage. The cord wraps around the base inset area for easy storage." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A bamboo cutting board with an extra deep juice groove so your counter tops don't get sticky and messy, even while carving a watermelon. It also features a unique phone slot so you can have the recipe you're following at attention.

    Food52

    Promising review: "I have needed a good cutting board just this size, but is is so useful. A place to put your phone to copy a recipe? Awesome! Being able to use either side for different types of tasks is a real plus. The side with the recessed rim with the cutout to catch and drain liquids and juices is great. It would make a great gift, too." —RYFS

    Get it from Food52 for $59.

    9. A rice cooker and food steamer to whip up a full, healthy meal all in one unit. Yeah, cooking rice in a pot can be easy — if you have nothing to do but watch the stove like a hawk to make sure it doesn't over-boil. This cooker switches to warm automatically when your rice is done, so feel free to watch Selling Sunset while dinner makes itself.

    rice cooker with brown rice in the bottom and a steamer basket of salmon and asparagus on top of it
    Amazon

    The rice cooker comes with a steam tray, measuring cup, and serving spatula, is BPA-free, and can cook up to six cups of rice at a time.

    Promising review: "My rice cooks so awesome in just 25 minutes. I don't have to worry about anything overcooking because it turns off automatically when it's ready and switches to keeping rice warm. I cooked the best brussel sprouts yesterday using the steaming feature. It's awesome! I've also successfully cooked green lentils, quinoa, buckwheat and millet. This device is easy to clean and to store. It's completely silent and 100% reliable. Very pleased!" —Tibor

    Get it from Amazon for $18.81+ (available in three colors).

    10. A slicing and grating bowl that lets you easily prep ingredients directly in the bowl the need to end up in. How many slivers of cheese have I dropped on the ground while trying to transfer them from a cutting board? Give or take one billion.

    reviewer's set with the grater insert  placed in the clear lid
    amazon.com

    The set comes with the 5-quart stainless-steel bowl, lid, fine grater, coarse grater, and slicer inserts, and a grating plate insert cover, and it's all dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I love these little kitchen gadgets, but this one is genius! It is large enough to fit the whole salad in the bowl without making even a little bit of a mess. I just add the lettuce, then start slicing what I like up. It has discs that fit into the middle, and easily replace and clean. Love it and highly recommend to all." —Haley Fox Blog

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection at Amazon for $24.99.

    11. An Instant Pot for anyone who thinks that slow cooking is, well, too slow. In case you haven't heard, people love this six-in-one appliance for its versatility and speed, and those who stan REALLY stan.

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    The Instant Pot's six functions include: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, steamer, and warmer. What a multi-tasker!

    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 hard-boiled 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 $59.99+ (available in three-, and six-quart sizes).

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

    12. A foldable prep and pour cutting board so finagling your perfectly cut produce into a bowl or onto a sheet pan isn't so darn difficult.

    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "This cutting board is amazing! After chopping your veggies, this board makes transferring them into a pan, pot, or mixing bowl extremely easy and efficient. Just pick up the board using the handle and the cutting board transforms into a funnel to effortlessly drop the contents of the cutting board into a pan. It's great and we love it!" —Tiffany J

    Get it from Sur La Table for $9.99+ (originally $19.95), available in three colors).

    13. An Imarku Pro Chef's Knife. A new knife is a life-changing investment and makes cooking such a joy. With the right tool, every slice of tomato is a work of art, every diced sweet potato a symphony. Too much?

    knife on cutting board with faux wood handle
    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.

    14. An Everyplate subscription so you can lose some of that "what are we having for dinner" stress. This affordable meal kit service sends you three to five easy-to-make meals per week and each meal only has six steps! What a relief.

    Every Plate

    Every week, choose between thirteen different meal options, including vegetarian recipes. Then simply look forward to your box arriving so you can get cooking!

    Get it from Everyplate for $4.99/serving plus $8.99 for shipping (available in servings of two or four and three, four, or five meals per week).

    Check out the Creamy Dijon Chicken (left), the Sweet Potato and Pepper Quesadillas (right), and the rest of this week's menu here.

    15. A super handy apron that features built-in potholders, a conversion chart, three large pockets, and an adjustable neck strap. I have this apron and have no notes — it's perfection.

    Food52

    Promising review: "I have many aprons I don't use. I had to try this one — it's perfect! Love the features and the fit. The adjustable neck strap convinced me to order, as knots in most neck straps give me neck pain I can't ignore. Love this apron!" —Blueberry

    Get it from Food52 for $45 (available in five colors).

    16. A jar opener for all the times you need a little extra elbow grease...even though you totally loosened it on your own first.

    the opener clamped around a jar lid
    Amazon

    The jar-opener can expand and contract to accommodate lids from 1 to 3.5 inches. It's also dishwasher-safe, just in case.

    Promising review: "This is a very versatile jar opener that, unlike so many others, expands with a twist of the knob to accommodate larger jar lids. Once applied and tightened, the handle provides great leverage to open even the most stubborn of jars. I tried to open a wide-mouthed pickle jar by hand and had no success after many tries, which included running the lid under hot water and knocking it against a granite countertop. Then I applied the Kuhn Rikon to the pickle jar, tightened it against the edges of the lid, grabbed the handle and, voila! It opened with one nudge." —Steven Arnold

    Get it from Amazon for $13.59 (available in three styles).

    17. A clean/dirty dishwasher magnet so you don't have to launch a full investigation into the status of the dishwasher every time you want to throw in a fork.

    white magnet on dishwasher that can be turned to read "clean" or "dirty"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My kid always used to ask, 'MOM ARE THESE CLEAN OR DIRTY DISHES?' Now, I don’t have to answer the same question over and over again. Thank you! It works great. I just stick it to the dishwasher and turn it so they know if the dishes are clean or dirty. I’ve had this for five or more years now. I love it." —Brighteyez

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    18. A set of multi-purpose silicone lids that are *seriously* airtight. They're fantastic for covering bowls, leftovers, and even pots without lids since they're heat-safe! Look, I can pick up a heavy bowl of cookie dough with just the handle from this light lid!

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    They're also dishwasher-safe! Ugh, the best. To read more about my intense love of these lids, check out "Food52's Airtight Silicone Lids Are The Answer To So Many Of Your Kitchen Woes."

    Promising review: "These have come in handy way more than I thought. Helps with covering food prep, when reheating in the microwave, and storing leftovers. Since we have been working from home my husband loves the small lids for his coffee cup." —Sarah

    Get a set of five from Food52 for $40.

    19. A stainless-steel dough scraper with ruler measurements on two sides so you can batch out your dough with precision. Perfect for cookies, pasta dough, bread, and so much more.

    the scrpaper cutting through dough
    Sur La Table

    Promising review: "I love having the 'ruler' visible when I am cutting dough pieces for buns, etc. Easy to clean and store so I can quickly grab it and go to work." —Betty M

    Get it from Sur La Table for $10.

    20. Nice, large sheet trays that you will basically use every day. If you refuse to spend all day baking only to find your cookie bottoms burned to a crisp, it's time for a new pan. And get ready for the simple joy of fitting SO MUCH onto pans that are bigger than you're used to.

    silver sheet tray of roasted mixed vegetables
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Best baking sheet I've ever purchased. I spent hours researching online and this was the one! I was tired of wasting time (I own a business and work all the time) and money baking, just to find the bottoms burned. This sheet hasn't failed me and I've owned it for two years now. Purchased for friends and family members because everyone should own it. On Amazon today to purchase another for myself!" —Common Sense

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. A silicone brush so you don't have to messily drip egg wash onto bakes with a spoon. This will also come in handy to baste meat to keep it nice and juicy. Mmmm...

    pastry brush with black handle and three layers of clear bristles
    Amazon

    This brush is heat-resistant up to 600 degrees and is dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is one of those kitchen tools that rated best of in those equipment testing ratings. I can see why. It works, has a clever design, I haven't melted it, it doesn't mold, the head doesn't come off, and I can chuck it in the dishwasher. Go ahead and buy a basting brush. Trust me, you find uses for it if you don't already." —C & K Ram

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    22. A pan and lid organizer that can be used both horizontally and vertically so that loud, complicated dance of getting the pan you need out from the bottom of the stack ceases to exist.

    Amazon

    During quarantine my partner and I finally invested a little time and money in kitchen organization and pan and lid stackers like this are far and away our favorite purchase. No more scratching pans against each other, potentially ruining their nonstick coatings, just to get them out of a pile! What a concept!

    Promising review: "This rack is perfect. I put my largest skillet on the bottom and smallest at the top. I did not secure the rack with the screws that came with it so I can easily move it if I move my pots and pans area. Even without securing it to the cabinet, it works perfectly and doesn't shift when I remove a pan. I also appreciate the color: others I have seen are shiny silver, which I did not want. I will be buying another one of these for our cabin. I have already recommended this rack to friends." —CustomerO

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    23. A Mr. Coffee drip pot if you find that your coffee routine has only gotten more and more complicated over the years and you want to get back to the basics.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    I am fiercely loyal to my Mr. Coffee and don't plan on betraying it anytime soon. Do I enjoy occasionally making a fancy pour-over at home? Of course! But for everyday coffee slugging,

    Promising review: "We love this coffee maker. First of all it is inexpensive and you don't have to spend a fortune for a nice hot cup of coffee. The window viewer to see how much water you are placing in unit is large and conveniently placed on both sides. It is not programmable but my last coffee maker was and not once did I use that feature. It does not turn on or off by itself but again I truly don't need help with pushing one simple little button. I see the green light when it is on. Quite simple. We are avid coffee drinkers and the coffee is good, hot and fresh. No risk here." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    Me showing the internet my photoshoots with my Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee as often as humanly possible:

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