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    30 Kitchen Products You Need To Just Grow Up And Buy

    We're adults now, and adults have more in their kitchen than one pan, two forks, a broken blender, and a bunch of takeout chopsticks.

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    1. An Instant Pot because the true mark of being a Real Adult is getting super obsessed with the Instant Pot. It can cook a chicken breast in six minutes!! If that excites you, you're a grown up now, I'm sorry.


    You've almost certainly heard of the Instant Pot by now. It combines seven kitchen appliances into one, including a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker, just to name a few. It cooks things in a flash, so you'll be eating in no time, which is the highest recommendation a cooking product can possibly have.

    Promising review: “After a childhood experience that involved a pressure cooker spewing black beans all over the ceiling, I had no interest in ever trying a pressure cooker again. Until I started hearing about the Instant Pot. I've had it three weeks, and have used the pressure cooker function to make dishes as varied as black bean soup, butternut squash soup, dulce de leche, and cheesecake, and have also made yogurt using the yogurt function. My favorite aspect of it is that you set it and walk away. No more having to monitor the temperature. No more having to time the pressure phase. I also like the fact that the sauté function allows you to brown the onions or meat in the same pot, before adding the other ingredients and cooking at pressure. I'm big on avoiding recipes that create a lot of dirty dishes. I'm planning on giving away my slow cooker, canceling my tentative plans to buy a rice maker, and happily crossing a yogurt maker off of my list.” —A. Jennerjahn

    Get a 6-quart model from Amazon for $69.99.

    2. A set of glass mixing bowls that'll make food prep a breeze. And since they all have lids, you can just toss them in the fridge for storage! That's one less dish to wash, and an easy way to save your leftovers for lunch the next day. Your mom would be proud.


    Since these are tempered glass, that means they're safe to use in the microwave, oven, fridge, and freezer.

    Promising review: "I've had these for four years, and they are still going strong and un-chipped. The glass isn't discolored, and they're great in the dishwasher (yes, even the biggest one!). Easy to hand-wash, too. It's a smooth surface all over except a slightly grooved bottom that is meant to be grippy and not float over your countertop if it's wet. I use all the sizes for various tasks. The largest is usually for making cold pasta salads, mixing bread dough (using my metal hand mixer), and mixing meatballs. The rest are great for doing smaller mixing tasks or holding just-chopped veggies awaiting their time on the stove. Great in the oven if there happen to be leftovers, too. I think this is the most versatile thing in my kitchen, and it's always within reach while cooking/baking." —Megan

    Get them from Amazon for $30.95 (includes three bowls and three lids).

    3. A pack of Jetz Scrubs scrubber, because it's time to replace that old grimy sponge with one that'll last forever and actually be easy to disinfect.

    The Jetz Scrubz sponge is the BuzzFeed Reviews pick for top-tier kitchen sponge for a reason: it lasts forever (the one in the photos above has been in use for five months!), resists odors, and you just toss it in the dishwasher or the microwave once a week to keep it clean. It's super scrubby, resists stains, and is definitely better for the earth (and your wallet, in the long run) than throwing out a cheap-o sponge every two weeks.

    Promising review: “I've been pleased with these sponges and I was going to buy a few more but noticed the price went up. Then I went back and checked when I last bought them, over nine months ago! Plus I gave one in the three pack to my mother-in-law. So that means two sponges have lasted nine months. Wow! I guess I will buy them again despite the price increase. The photos are of the second sponge, I'm guessing I've been using it for five months or so.” —P.Cusack

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $14.21.

    4. Airtight storage containers so your food won't go stale, get hard, or be menaced by pests, ever. Plus, they stack well and will take up a lot less space than all of those weirdly-shaped original boxes and bags.


    Promising review: “I have purchased many of these containers from Amazon and other sources. I completely re-did my kitchen storage, including three corner lazy Susans, and one complete cupboard and a pantry with all sizes of these. They are absolutely the best containers. Everything is organized, labeled and looks great. They are about the same price as other like containers, but I found these to be nicer looking, sturdier and completely airtight. Container that holds a five-lb. bag of flour is perfect size for that an lots of other products. Best feature — they stack easily, neatly and are very secure. Love, love, love these.” —C. A. Flann

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 13 sizes).

    5. A food processor that'll do about a million jobs in the kitchen. You and your pie dough, salad dressing, shredded veggies, hummus, and more won't know how you lived without it. Leave buying pre-made almond butter to past you.


    This workhorse will take on just about any task, thanks to its strong motor and powerful blades, and its minimal footprint means it won't take up too much space on your countertop. See why a BuzzFeeder loves this lil' gem so much (hint: it's for making fresh butter!)

    Promising review: “We have been using Cuisinart processors for almost 50 years. This is a simplified, sturdy model that really meets our needs. It is easier to operate and has all of the 'bells and whistles' that we need for processing food. Buy it! It is a new low price to pay.” —BeethovenBuff

    Get it from Amazon for $72.92.

    6. A high-powered Ninja blender so you can finally upgrade from that crappy one you've had since college that can barely make a dent in an ice cube. Plus, it'll pay for itself in, like, ten smoothies — that's a delicious and smart decision.


    This blender is the BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best budget blender because of its super-strong stacked blades that'll pulverize just about anything, and are removable for easy cleaning. Plus, they report that it's the absolute best at crushing ice, if you need a break from all those smoothies and decide to go for a margarita. Adulthood is all about ~balance~ y'know?

    Promising review: “WOW. This blender is magnificent! These blades will cut ANYTHING. I bought this mostly to make pineapple hull juice and it easily works as described. Now I use it all the time! Besides its power, this blender is beautifully designed — it has all sorts of security features, so it's impossible to screw things up — for example, the lid is airtight and has a sensor/click that will prevent the blender from turning on if it's open. There is also a 'power' button you must turn on first, so there is no risk of blending anything by accident or getting startled. Oh, and it has a very obvious way of attaching the body to the base; remember those blenders you had to try a million times to rotate the thing into the base, and still you weren't even sure it was securely attached? Yeah, not with the Ninja! Best purchase I've made in a while!!” —P.V.

    Get it from Amazon for $73.86.

    7. A set of vegetable peelers that'll let you peel and slice just about anything. Plus, the soft grip handles will make the chore extra a-peel-ing — maybe even so much that you'll end up getting some extra veggies in your diet.


    The black swivel peeler is best for peeling hard vegetables like carrots or potatoes, the red serrated one will peel soft veggies like tomatoes with ease, and the blue julienne peeler will cut your food without having to fuss around with a knife.

    Get them from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $6.88.

    8. A pepper mill with an ergonomic handle so you can make one of the easiest and most impressive flavor upgrades there is — the difference between fresh pepper and the stuff in a shaker is unreal.


    This grinder is refillable, so you can stock it with your favorite pepper, or fill it up with a custom spice blend.

    Promising review: "I bought this about two years ago and was so impressed with it! Just turn the handle two or three times, and you have about a quarter teaspoon in the little bottom cap that catches the pepper. So easy, and so much better than buying pre-ground pepper in the can! My daughter just got engaged before Christmas, and I bought her this pepper mill along with a bag of Tellicherry peppercorns from Amazon ($13). I think it was her favorite gift because she knows how nice ours is and how much better tasting the freshly-ground pepper is! If mine ever breaks, you can believe that I will immediately order another one!" —William Cato

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    9. A cutlery cleaner that'll keep your knives clean with just a swipe, and it'll prolong their lifespans by letting you avoid putting them in the dishwasher. Taking a little extra time now to save yourself some money and hassle in the long run is a Very Grown Move.


    Knives that are put in the dishwasher are prone to rust, and they'll get dull way faster, which is a safety hazard. This cutlery brush is easy to use and will protect your fingers from any sharp edges.

    Promising review: “I have no idea where this has been all my life. This is a REALLY effective fast cleaner for all your knives. I have a large variety of knives and this really gets me to use them more because it makes cleaning and maintenance really simple. Whether it's a Chinese cleaver, a carbon steel chef's knife or even a long slicer, this makes sure you get all the big stuff off your knives quickly so you can just wipe it down to dry with a regular cloth. If you like taking good care of your knives and you don't want to spend a bunch of time doing it you need to buy this. It's efficient, extremely well constructed and designed, and a pleasure to use.” —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. An electric kettle so that we, as Americans, can stop horrifying Brits by the way we heat up water. Plus, you'll be surprised at how often you use this puppy — it's awesome for baking, making soup, and making a great cup of coffee.


    This kettle will automatically shut off after reaching a boil.

    Promising review: "Best little electric kettle I've ever owned. It's small, holds just 1 liter, but I love that it heats so quickly, about 90 seconds. You can see what's going on with a pretty blue LED light that's on whenever it's engaged and it's uber easy to clean, since it's glass. It doesn't leave the funky plastic taste some of the other kettles do. I enjoy my tea tasting like tea." —Usher (Phil/Cynthia)

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    11. An enameled dutch oven that's the perfect thing for cooking soups, stews, braises, fresh bread, and more. Is there anything more adult than pulling a homemade loaf of bread out of the oven? No. No there is not.


    This is the BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best budget dutch oven because it's reliable, durable, sears incredibly well, and has a self-basting lid that you usually only see in ultra high-end models.

    Promising review: “So glad I finally broke down and bought this. I'd been eyeing the really expensive brand — you know the one — but it's way out of my budget. I thought I would start with this one and save for thee other one. I'm still saving, but won't be buying anything else. The first time I used this, I browned a roast, poured some cherry juice over it, and popped it in the oven. I thought for sure it would be a mess to clean up, but it was so easy. Added some hot, soapy water, and everything wiped right off.” —EMJ71

    Get it from Amazon for $42.95+ (available in four colors).

    12. A pair of tongs, because they're the ultimate multitasker — there's basically nothing in the kitchen these babies can't help with! Alton Brown would be proud.


    These tongs have silicone tips that won't scratch your cookware, and are BPA free and heat resistant up to 480 degrees.

    Promising review: "What a great pair of kitchen tongs! They have a nice finger grip, so they feel comfortable in my hands. The tips have a lot of silicone so I'm not afraid to use them in my very expensive frying pan. The length is perfect, so I don't get burnt on those occasions when I must fry something. Great overall tongs, great price. Plus, they lock so they take up less room in my drawer. What more can you ask for!" —Azpotter

    Get them from Amazon for $10.79 (available in three colors).

    13. A spider strainer that'll come in handy whether you're boiling pasta, steaming veggies, or frying just about anything.


    This stainless steel spider has a bamboo handle that'll stay cool no matter what food you're cooking.

    Promising review: “This spider is one of the best kitchen tools I've ever owned and if I could, I'd give it 10 stars. I used to see cooks on TV with these and I'd catch a glimpse of the chef at the local Chinese place using one a lot, so I bought one. I just love it. I thought I'd just use it to lift boiled eggs or broccoli, but I find myself using it for everything that needs lifting. I used to carry a pot of boiling water to the sink to drain pasta/ziti, but now I just lift out what I need and tip it into the sauce. Two days after using this I ordered another just to make sure I had a backup.” —Jeff Wignall

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    14. A nonstick pan perfect for all your gentle cooking needs. Never again experience the heartbreak of breaking the yolk while you try to remove a perfect sunny side up egg from the pan.


    This pan has a coating that's reinforced with diamonds, and it's manufactured without PFOA.

    Get it from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $18.33.

    15. A pair of kitchen shears that are the perfect entryway into Real Chef Stuff like deboning or spatchcocking. (Or just, like, cutting chives and slicing a pizza. Baby steps.)


    Promising review: "I really love these shears. They fit right in my knife block, so they are handy. So far they have cut everything I have given them from chicken bones to blister packs, and they have stayed sharp. I have also used them to cut up leafy vegetables and other soft items with no problem." —Sterling45

    Get them from Amazon for $19.95.

    16. A digital scale that'll ensure you're measuring way more accurately. If you're ready to get into some real baking, this device will definitely come in handy.


    Check out how using a scale totally upgraded a BuzzFeeder's baking game.

    This scale has an 11 pound capacity and can measure in both metric and customary units. It also has a handy conversion chart etched right on the surface which will definitely be very helpful for beginner and seasoned chefs alike.

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

    17. A copy of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat because, yeah, you binged the Netflix series, but the book will inspire you to actually recreate some of the deliciousness in your own kitchen.


    Promising review: “This was an excellent, excellent book. I read it cover-to-cover over the course of about two weeks. Despite a lifetime of mediocre-to-occasionally-excellent cooking, this definitely upped my game by giving me these four simple touchstones to examine each dish and ingredient through. If you are looking for first principles to get started cooking, or to kick up your habits and meals and the lens through which you'll view them, then this is THE best combination of education, recipes, and reference guides.” —Michael Sherrillo

    Get a hardcover copy from Amazon for $22.50.

    18. A meat thermometer that'll instantly measure the temperature of any of your foods. Don't worry again about accidentally giving yourself or your guests an overcooked steak or worse, salmonella 😱.

    Promising review: "Love this little guy! The readout pops up very quickly, no more than a few seconds which is very important when you are dealing with something in the oven and you don't want the door open to long because of heat loss. I had it out on the counter prior to use and it was registering 76 degrees which I realized when I looked at my indoor thermometer was the ambient air temperature! Not just for meat I guess! Easy to read, easy to clean, just a swipe with a soapy sponge. It's also nice looking and sleek." —v

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A kitchen timer, because it'll prevent you from forgetting you put something in the oven and freaking out an hour later when you smell burning (we've all been there, no judgment).


    This timer has a stand and is also magnetic, so you can keep it anywhere, and the digits are large enough that you can read it from clear across the room.

    Promising review: “This timer is easy to set, easy to read from a distance, and features a loud, persistent alarm that is unlikely to be ignored. There's no problem hearing it from another room. It has a pleasant look to it, and the magnet keeps it on the refrigerator or the stand keeps it standing up on the counter. It's my favorite timer.” —Mr John S Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    20. A set of silicone baking mats that'll totally up your cookie game and keep anything from getting stuck on your sheet trays. Your coworkers will probably appreciate pretty, whole cookies a lot more than the scraped-off crumbs you've been bringing in.


    Promising review: “These baking mats are absolutely fantastic. The quality is superb, and SUCH a good price. I use them for just about everything I put in the oven. From oven pizzas, cookies, you name it! I also love that besides food sliding easily off the non stick surface, that they help protect all my baking sheets and such. It’s also super handy to just throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or even just wipe clean.” —Jezzhani

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.37.

    21. A microplane to easily zest citrus, grate hard cheeses, and mince garlic way more quickly than using a knife. Improving your kitchen game is sometimes about working smarter, not harder.


    Promising review: “Every kitchen or cook needs one of these handy gadgets. Nice long size, perfect handle and comfortable grip make this a tool you'll use often” —Lwos

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    22. An infusion pitcher because you need to be drinking more water (*really*), and flavoring it with delicious fruits, herbs, veggies, and more is a totally legit way to up your water intake.


    The pitcher is BPA free, holds 2.25 quarts, fits in most fridge doors, and has a totally leak-proof lid, so you can shake your creations up for maximum flavor goodness.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99 (originally $28.99).

    23. A pizza stone that'll totally upgrade your pizza nights. You can use it for homemade pies on the grill or in the oven, and it'll even make frozen or reheated 'za taste amazing.


    The set includes a pizza stone, a peel, and a cutter. The stone is heat resistant up to 800 degrees, and can also be used for bagels, tortillas, biscuits and more.

    Promising review: “Great product! I love making homemade pizza at home. This set was such a great deal. I love how thin the pizza peel is — makes it very easy to lift the pizza out of the oven. Preheat the pizza stone and realize that cornmeal, not olive oil, is your friend. The stone is great quality and a great size for cooking pizza. Highly recommend. I have lots of fun with this set! Plus the pizza cutter was a nice little bonus too! My pizzas come out nice, crispy, and delicious.” —Em

    Get the set from Amazon for $25.51.

    24. An AeroPress for an *extremely Special Agent Dale Cooper voice* damn fine cup of coffee, every single time. The whole process takes less than two minutes, and promises a rich, bitterness-free brew. Leave the crappy percolator coffee behind and don't look back.

    Promising review: “I wasn't prepared to like this product as much as I do. In fact, I was skeptical for many years based upon the appearance. It looks like an overgrown syringe. I normally use a drip machine or my French press when I want a really good cup, but I read some of the reviews, and even though they sounded too good to be true I bought one. The Aeropress is a perfect solution. Inexpensive, easy to use, easy to clean, and consistently spectacular coffee. What can I say, I've lost some of the best coffee drinking years of my life by not trying this device. Simply put, the Aeropress makes the best coffee I've ever had.” —MrEspresso

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    25. A set of cooling racks because really the one reason to get better at cooking is to get better at making chocolate chip cookies. This rack will let air circulate around three whole layers of cookies, which will let them cool faster and let you eat cookies faster.


    The set of three racks folds up flat for storage, and are manufactured without BPA or PFOA.

    Get them from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.87.

    26. An electric knife sharpener that'll make your prep way easier and keep your fingers way safer — you're more likely to cut yourself on a dull knife than a properly sharpened one!


    Promising review: "I am so happy with this little machine. It's not huge, bulky, or noisy. It fits just right on my kitchen counter. The best thing about it is the way it sharpens knives to a razor edge in no time. I sharpened 10 very old, VERY dull paring knives that I thought were destined for the trash. The first time takes a bit longer, but it is well worth it. Now I have 10 better-than-new paring knives with razor sharp edges. This has a two-stage sharpening system. The second stage hones your blade to perfection. Now if they get a little dull, it's just a quick swipe and a few seconds, and I have a super sharp knife again. Well worth the price." —marladell

    Get it from Amazon for $25.39.

    27. A spoonula (that's a spoon plus a spatula, natch) so you don't have to keep switching between utensils while you cook, because this guy will do it all.


    It's made of silicone so it won't scratch your pans, and it's BPA free and heat resistant up to 480 degrees.

    Promising review: "The silicone spoonula is sturdy and withstands heat when left in the pot during cooking. I use it when I cook oatmeal, and it works well for stirring as well as scooping the oatmeal into the bowls and scraping the pot clean. It washes up easily, and I would recommend it for cooking on the stove as well as stirring ingredients in bowls, such as cookie dough." —K. Reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in two colors).

    28. A set of stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, because it turns out that it actually does matter exactly how much baking soda you put in a batch of cookies.


    The set is completely dishwasher safe, and has six measuring cups and six measuring spoons.

    Promising review: "I threw out my plastic measuring spoons and cups because the measurements wore off, and I could no longer tell what they were. These have the measurement embossed in the handles so unless I put them on a train track, they should be good for life. I like the narrow spoons for digging into spice jars. Great design and very well made." —Mark A Berglund

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    29. A well loved chef's knife with the quality and consistency of a much higher-priced option.


    Promising review: "As a chef, I have to say I absolutely love this knife. Not a negative thing I can say. I've owned Mercer knives in the past; a good quality product." —Scottb59

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19 (available in eight handle colors).

    30. A double-duty colander and steamer that's also collapsible, so you'll be able to use it for anything and store it just about anywhere. Goals, honestly.


    It's heat safe to 425 degrees, and when it's flat it can also be used on top of pots to prevent them from boiling over.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful collection, exclusively at Macy's for $14.99 (originally $21.99.

    Be like the Swedish Chef and have some fun in the kitchen!

    The Jim Henson Company

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