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    34 Essential Kitchen Purchases You Need To Just Buy Already

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    1. A silicone safeguard for preventing hot oil or water spills and splashes from the pot. The lid has a steam-release vent and is made from silicone, so it's easy to grip when you need to sneak a peek or remove it entirely.

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    Promising review: "Love this product! It does exactly what it is designed to do. It really works, has prevented many boil-overs for me. I can now make my oatmeal, pasta, or chicken broth without any worry of a messy spillover. I no longer have to stand near the stove to watch for the boil-over point, I can do other things or get distracted while this marvelous invention takes care of whatever I am simmering or boiling. It is a great value, you get two of them and I gave one to my son who cooks. It is also easy to clean, you can pop the yellow flower off for easier cleaning." —Hey Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. An Instant Pot that is truly, just honestly so essential to any kitchen. This thing does it all: pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, steam, sauté...it even makes yogurt. And if that's a tad bit overwhelming, the free Instant Pot app has hundreds of free recipes for you to peruse. You got this!

    The Instant Pot, featuring a digital display
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    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the coolest, most versatile kitchen gadget I’ve ever owned. I love it so much that I’ve purchased two more for friends and relatives. What can it do? I think the real question is 'What can’t it do?' I truly believe you could replace every cooking appliance (including your oven and stove top) and do EVERYTHING in the Instant Pot. I purchased two sizes for my own use: the 3-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the 8-quart (which I bring out to handle my dinner party dishes). Everything I’ve tried has been fabulous. In the realm of kitchen appliances, there is no better investment than the Instant Pot. Highly recommended!!!" —Stereoman

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three sizes).

    3. A jar of Humble Suds' all-natural scour cleaning paste for taking on tough grease buildup on your stove top and in your oven without harsh chemicals. Thanks to a combination of castile soap and essential oils like sweet orange and lemongrass, not only does this do the job of removing grime, but it smells amazing, too! You won't get a headache after using this.

    Before and after photos of a not clean and then clean stove
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    Humble Suds is a small cleaning brand run by two moms in Evergreen, Colorado. All of their products are made from humble yet powerful plant and mineral-derived ingredients and scented with pure essential oils. 

    Promising review: "I just cleaned my boyfriend's oven that hasn't been cleaned in five years 😲 with this magical stuff, and I was amazed. This works like a dream. Will be buying more immediately" —Tarah Redburn

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $12.17+ (available in a 11oz or 18oz jar). 

    4. A two-stage knife sharpener so you don't have to try for hours to cut a single tomato with a dull knife. Simply swipe any non-serrated knife a few times and — boom! — the blades are like new.

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    Promising review: "Wow, this little gadget is pretty amazing! I have some old (expensive) non-serrated knives that are supposed to never need sharpening but unfortunately, lost their sharp edge long ago. I saw this gadget and decided to try it. I set the bottom of this gadget on the edge of the counter and ran one of the knives through the side labeled 'Coarse' about 10 times, then ran it through the side labeled 'Fine' another 8–10 times. Bingo! The knife was transformed back to its former high-dollar cutlery glory. I could hardly believe how effectively it had sharpened the knife, which I had been ready to throw away a week before. I've been happily sharpening all our knives and trying to add up in my head how much money I've saved by NOT having to buy another set of expensive knives. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

    5. An automatic, odor-absorbing, sensor-activated trash can made of fingerprint-proof stainless steel. The Iron Man of trash cans.

    Stainless steel trash can
    Amazon

    The trash can has two powering options: Four D size batteries (not included), or optional AC Adapter (sold separately) for battery-free power.

    Promising review: "I bought this trash can eight years ago. At the time, it was hard to find any stainless-steel trash cans for an affordable price, so the fact that this was the most reasonable and it had the automated lid seemed like a pretty easy choice. It still looks great and works great. You can wave over the sensor to open the lid, or there is a button on the front of it to open the lid and keep it open. The lid does a great job of holding any odors in while it's closed." —Somni

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in 17 sizes).

    6. A drip catcher for soaking up water splashes and puddles that form around your kitchen faucet. Make sure you never have pools of still water (a breeding ground for bacteria!) around your faucet again.

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    Two Lilacs Studio is a woman-owned small business based in Saint Helens, Oregon making fabric goods for the home.

    Promising review: "LOVE these splash catchers! They save me from having to chase the puddles that form around the base of our faucet before they start creeping over the counter. So reasonably priced, made well with neatly finished edges, and packaged with gift-ready care." —Alina

    Get it from Two Lilacs Studio on Etsy for $13.50+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    7. A rapid egg cooker to cook up to six eggs any way you desire. Poached? You got it. Hard-boiled? Done. It can even make omelets. Simply select your number of eggs and set the timer. When it's done it'll automatically shut off.

    Rapid egg cooker in black
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love hard-boiled eggs for protein, especially when I’m on the go as a student/worker but it’s hard to wait for the water to boil then put In the eggs and get ready all at the same time. This cooker is amazing!! Saves me time, it’s quick and I don’t have to watch it while it cooks — I can go get ready and then I hear a loud buzzer notifying me when the eggs are done! (The buzzer is really loud; sounds like a basketball game buzzer.) I was surprised how fast the eggs cooked." —Megan

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

    Read more about the Dash Egg Cooker here.

    8. An oscillating tower fan for kitchens that just get too dang hot. Unlike other fans, this one's really quiet, so you can just set it and forget it.

    White oscillating tower fan placed in kitchen
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    Promising review: "Good size, relatively quiet. Perfect for kitchens, can be moved from area to area. Also, it has several different time settings and a remote with big buttons, which are helpful if you are visually impaired or have dexterity issues due to arthritis." —ReB

    Get it from Amazon for $42.21+ (available in white or black).

    9. A digital food thermometer to make sure foods (especially meats) are at or above the exact temperature they need to be to be fully cooked. Because no one wants to spend two hours preparing dinner, only to slice open the finished product and see that it's not cooked to your liking.

    Reviewer checks the temperature of cooked meat
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    Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Yardleydoc

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. Reusable towels for easy and earth-friendly clean up. Just wring them out before throwing them in the wash, and voilà! They're just like new (again and again).

    Various towels of different color on table
    Saged Home / Etsy

    Each towel is made from 100% cotton flannel and are 12" x 10".

    Saged Home is a woman-owned small business out of Portland, Oregon founded by Ariel Russell. Some of their most popular items are reusable paper-less towels and all-purpose cleaners.

    Promising review: "I adore these! I had bought some cheaper paperless towels that did not hold up particularly well to washing and were not very absorbent. I replaced them with these! I absolutely love the variety of patterns and they’re extremely high quality, soft, thick, and durable. They'd be great for use in the kitchen for mopping up spills or wiping surfaces. They arrived quickly and in package-free shipping materials. I highly recommend investing in these." —Sarah

    Get a six-pack from Saged Home on Etsy $18.50+ (available in six colors and packs of six, 12, or 24).

    11. A plastic produce storage container to help keep moisture away, which will prolong the life of the fruits or vegetables you keep in it.

    Shriveling strawberry versus fresh, plump strawberry
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    Promising review: "I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now. I've kept cut lettuce, cut cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, sliced bell peppers, strawberries, blackberries, cut jicama, and carrots in these containers. I've had fantastic results with all of them." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in ten sizes).

    Read our full review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers!

    12. A food storage set that includes eight 30-ounce containers with lids, perfect for meal prepping. The containers are glass, which means you won't get the food stains you often see with traditional plastic food storage containers.

    a photo of the entire set being used to meal prep in a fridge
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    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product! Makes storing and transporting my meals extremely easy and keeps everything fresh all week. Portion size is perfect. I fit a whole chicken breast plus rice in them with room to spare. The leak-proof design holds in freshness in and gives me peace of mind when transporting them in my backpack. When all is done they are extremely easy to clean." —RH

    Get it on Amazon for $42.99.

    13. A rice maker for making perfectly fluffy rice every time. Because of its petite size, it's the perfect small appliance for those with limited space.

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    Promising review: "This rice cooker is wonderful. I've made steel cut oats. Beautiful properly cooked brown rice (so that's what it's supposed to taste and look like). Also made Gaba rice. I'm having a hard time going back to regular white rice. Especially after eating brown rice cooked in my new Zojirushi. Since my kids moved out, I no longer needed the larger rice cooker. I was tired of cleaning the larger cooker and am thrilled with the amount of counter space the 3 Cup cooker takes. It's too cute and does so many other things. Like cooks rice, meat and veggies, all at once. I just tried the Gaba yesterday and plan to explore other uses soon. Highly recommend because it's compact, easy to clean, promotes healthy eating and versatility." —TUTU

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95.

    14. A kitchen scale that'll convert between five units of measurements (g, lbs, lbs:oz, oz, ml), so you won't mix up measurements ever again.

    Small kitchen scale with pepper on top
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    Promising review: "Excellent value, spot-on accurate (tested using 100-gram calibration weight along with day-to-day items like 1/2 cup butter weighs exactly 4 ounces). We use this all the time in the kitchen. Measures very light things in the gram or oz. range, up to several pounds of potatoes. Every baker knows you should use a scale like this to measure. No-brainer to measure '1 cup' of flour (120 grams), no leveling, no sifting, just weigh out 120g/cup, and you get great results every time. How do you measure tablespoons of bulk farm fresh butter? Use this thing, 0.5 oz./Tablespoon. Tare works flawlessly. Grams or ounces, your call. A great all-around kitchen workhorse." —Tim M

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

    15. A cutlery brush for safely cleaning knives without worrying about cutting yourself or your sponge. The handgrip is textured so it won't slide around, and the design cleans both sides of the knife at the same time — a great time-saver.

    Hands using the green brush to clean a knife
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This product makes cleaning knives easy. The worst thing I do to my knives is leave them in the sink because I set them aside to wash with other dishes. This specialized tool makes it a cakewalk to do a quick pass on my knife right after I use it." —cooljames

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. A magnetized kitchen conversions chart that you can put on your fridge. Gone will be the days when you're scrambling to do the math for a measurement, all the while your food is starting to burn.

    A closeup of the chart shows the different conversions
    Tahoe Wood Designs / Etsy

    Tahoe Wood Designs is a small business based in Reno, Nevada making custom laser cut wood signs for the home.

    Promising review: "Product came as pictured. I love it. I appreciate the magnets since it’s so easy to look over and get the conversion I need. Wonderful quality all around!" —Crystal

    Get it from Tahoe Wood Designs on Etsy for $9.99

    17. A two-sided tea organizer so you can stop using so much space with nearly empty tea boxes in your cupboard. You'll be amazed at how much space all those boxes were taking up.

    reviewer photo showing tea organizer with all the several boxes they were able to get rid of thanks to the organizer
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    Promising review: "Do I really need a tea bag organizer? That's what I was thinking when I ordered this. And when I took it out of the box. And when I filled the first little bag holder. But as the pile of empty boxes grew larger, I knew the answer was yes, I do need a tea bag organizer. I was using a whole shelf and a half of jumbled tea boxes which I had to sift through to look for a specific tea. In the end, I think this held about eight or nine boxes of tea bags (I crammed some of them). I am so happy that I got this!" —Sarah C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. A spice rack drawer organizer in a 10-foot roll that you can cut to size. The roll provides enough length to organize 30+ full-size spice bottles.

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    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite things I've ever purchased from Amazon! The fact that they are so customizable allows you to cut them for any drawer size! I think this will be my go-to gift for all of my friends who love cooking as much as I do! Freeing up cabinet space and having something that can easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for-sure buy!" —momonono

    Get a 10-ft roll from Amazon for $16.99 (available in gray or sandstone).

    19. A can dispenser able to hold up to 36 cans of your favorite soups, sauces, veggies, and everything else. This super sturdy rack makes seeing and grabbing any can easy peasy.

    reviewer photo showing the can organizer in their pantry filled with cans
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    Promising review: "I live in a tiny, rented, 100-year-old cottage that has no cupboards or closets. I have gotten quite creative with storage, but canned goods were a bit of a problem. This rack is perfect for keeping canned goods accessible and organized. Quick and easy assembly with just the tool provided, it holds all sizes of cans safely and securely. I never would have thought I had more than 36 cans stored in various places around the house, but it appears I do. This will help me keep better track of my inventory and prevent overbuying. I chose the dark brown finish and it looks quite nice in my cupboardless kitchen. I am tempted to buy another to stack, but I guess I will wait until I use up some of this hoard! I absolutely recommend this useful organizer!" —Charlene Wheeler

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. A cabinet door organizer so your cutting boards and paper boxes (that hold aluminum foil, parchment, etc) have a home of their very own.

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    Promising review: "This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I've been doing everything I can to make sure there's a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and it's completely versatile. Hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it's great for renters and owners." —Kerry

    Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

    21. An easy-to-use blender that can chop, mix, blend, whip, grind, and more. And because of its tiny size, it's the perfect fit for single servings like a smoothie or cup of salsa.

    Magic Bullet with a smoothie
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    Promising review: "I work in a vegan restaurant and use these once in a while for small amounts of dressings. So when I was in the market for a personal blender for smoothies and dressings/sauces for two, I knew I wanted this ... and boy does it deliver! I love prepping the smoothies the night before in the containers. It's the perfect size for a small apartment and it easily stores in the cabinet if you need to clear off the countertop" —Bernadette

    Get it from Amazon for $29.49.

    22. Some food storage containers with airtight lids that are great for storing your nonperishables and making sure your pantry super organized.

    reviewer photo showing the food storage containers neatly labeled and arranged in their pantry
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    Promising review: "I ordered a few different sets from this company and all seem really airtight so far. I like how they stack and am loving the label options. My pantry is looking really organized. Yay!" —Jackie

    Get them from Amazon for $38.99+ (available with blue or black lids).

    23. Or a set of Oxo food storage containers if you want something with a little more pizzazz. Not only do they look great and make pantries so organized, but the airtight seal really does prolong the life of nonperishable items like pastas, flour, and chips.

    Push down the button on the top to activate the airtight seal. To open, just push down again for the button to pop up. The lid also comes apart for easier cleaning.

    Promising review: "Love the Oxo pop-top canisters! They seal well and open easily with a press to the pop-top. I have arthritis in my hands and these are fabulous and so easy to open, yet so secure when the lid is popped close. Also has a useful knob on the bottom of the lid so you can stick an Oxo scoop inside the container to the lid rather than down in whatever you are storing in the container." —Lori A. Fregin

    Get a 10-piece set from Amazon for $104.95.

    24. A bakeware rack you can use for a whole lot more than sheet trays and cupcake pans. Now whenever you need a lid it'll be right where it's supposed to be.

    reviewer photo showing lids to pots and pans neatly organized in the bakeware rack
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    Promising review: "This is ahhh-mazing. Our glass pot lids used to splay across the shelf in the cabinet, and you had to carefully balance them when putting clean ones back. I was worried one would fall and break someday. You also had to move most of them to get the one lid you needed. With this, we gained storage space and peace of mind. I cannot believe we lived so long without this. I need more things from this company!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A scrap trap to make sure food prep doesn't result in a huge mess. Just chop up your ingredients and push the scraps into this lil' bucket.

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    This also includes a brush/scraper that fits neatly in the front pocket to easily swipe scraps and crumbs into the container.

    Promising review: "Works just as described. It is so convenient to push scraps from the counter or cutting board into the scrap trap. Even though it is too big, place a plastic shopping bag in before you fill it and you will have the scraps bagged when you are done. It keeps things neat when doing prep work. Also bought one as a gift, everyone who cooks should have one." —SR

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    26. A set of magnetic glass spice jars if you have a ton of spices but no where to store them. Not only will this product fix that problem, but it looks cool, too!

    Reviewer pic of a number of glass spice jars stuck to the side of a fridge
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    Promising review: "I am in love with my magnetic spice jars! I recently moved to a small apartment and don't have the counter or wall space to store spices or a spice rack, so magnetic jars it was! I love how these have a decorative feel while providing a secure way to store the spices. Unlike other magnetic spice jars I feel that these add an extra flair to displaying your assorted spices." —rae.m.wri

    Get a 10-pack of small jars from Amazon for $55 (also available in 24 small jars, 12 large jars, and 24 large jars).

    27. A silverware sorter that fits a full 24-piece cutlery set but takes up half the space of a traditional organizer, freeing up a ton of storage in your drawer that you never thought possible.

    reviewer photo showing the silverware organizer along with several other kitchen utensils in the drawer
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    Promising review: "I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons etc. in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. I will say I have to flip my forks over facedown in order to be able to shut and open my drawer, but then the drawer itself is kind of shallow. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!" —mialro

    Get it on Amazon for $11.24.

    28. A container lid organizer to finally keep all your lids organized in one easily accessible way. Never again will you be sifting through a sea of lids trying to find the exact one you need to save your leftovers.

    Reviewer shows their organized container lids
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    It's made by a woman-owned business and, although it isn't dishwasher-safe, the smooth plastic is a breeze to spot-clean or hand-wash.

    Promising review: "This is a great caddy for all of those maverick Tupperware lids that disappear like socks in a laundry room. I was able to fit quite a few into it. It comes with five separators to cordon off different sizes/shapes of lids and consolidate two of three previous lids bins into this one. Plus, according to their card insert, the company is a small women-owned business, which I’m always happy to support." —Bridget D.

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    29. A multi-purpose basket that extends to fit whatever sink you're working with. Thanks to its drainage holes, you can use it for all types of cleaning tasks, from cleaning veggies and fruits to silverware and plates. It also collapses when not in use for easy storage.

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    Promising review: "I don't want a kitchen sink without this tool ever again. I love this! I have had it for a week and it just works for my needs! I ended up getting it for silverware and other small utensils because something got stuck in the garbage disposal somehow. However, it also works for rinsing vegetables and fruits when I have dishes in the sink to clean. I don’t have a dishwasher so being able to separate things is so useful. The size is adjustable and that makes it even more worth it!" —Jocelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in five colors).

    30. A magnetic paper towel holder to put on your fridge so that you free up counter space. Trust me, you don't know how much countertop space your traditional paper towel holder is using until you try this magnetic one.

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    Promising review: "I love this. It’s perfect for my small kitchen. I hate having stuff on the counters since my kitchen is so small. I used it vertically instead of horizontally. Works perfectly and it is sturdy." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    31. An eight-piece stackable glass bowl set, because prepping food can get dizzying if you aren't organized. These tiny but mighty bowls can hold chopped veggies or fruit, grains, leftovers, you name it.

    Clear eight-piece glass bowl set
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    Promising review: "So, these, for me at least, have been perfect. They hold about 4 oz. and they seal very well. I've pre-chopped onions, garlic, ginger, and stored them in my refrigerator for recipes I want to make in the next day or two. The lids are tight and they never leave an odor in the refrigerator. I've used plastic storage containers but they are generally larger than what I need and the chopped veggies don't seem to last as long as they do in these little glass cups. Plus, I don't have a lot of counter space and these take up very little. Since they are all the same size and stack well I don't have to work around them. Makes pre-assembly and organizing ingredients easy and makes cooking a lot less stressful." —Will O.

    Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $21.47.

    32. A sandwich bag organizer to make sure you never have a drawer stuffed with loose plastic bags and bag boxes.

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    Basically Birch Shop / Etsy

    Basically Birch Shop is woman-owned business in Utah that creates custom novelty items for your home.

    Promising review: "I didn’t know I needed this plastic bag organizer until I saw it! I was constantly annoyed by the jumble of boxes in my drawer, and this was the perfect solution. Well crafted, easy to put together, and with a bit of wood glue, it’s a solid organizational storage piece. Would totally recommend!" —Veronika

    Get it from Basically Birch Shop on Etsy for $34.99+ (available in four options).

    33. An extra-large silicone ice tray perfect for freezing large amounts of soup or broth for you to eat later. Each cube is the equivalent of one cup, so make a big pot of soup, sauce, or broth and then freeze it for later use.

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    Promising review: "This product is an absolute game changer for folks who cook in volume for food prep or just to store leftovers in an efficient, organized way! I saw these on a different site and definitely hesitated for a while due to the price. Finally sucked it up and ordered, couldn't be happier! I've made soups, enchilada sauce, chili, breakfast casserole, etc.! Great for portion sizing! My freezer is becoming much more organized, giving me more room! I've told everyone about these! Just love them!" —Deborah L. Hughes

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $36.99.

    34. And a cabinet hammock to store your fruits and veggies in the cutest way possible. 

    Hammock hanging on bottom of cabinet with several pieces of fruit on it
    Macra-YAY Macrame

    Macra-YAY Macrame is a woman-owned small business based in Indianapolis, Indiana making macrame goods for the home.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to clear off counter space by getting rid of my fruit bowl. The quality is great, thank you!" —Melinda Myrick

    Get it from Macra-YAY Macrame on Etsy for $30.

    You happily cooking in your kitchen now that you have all the supplies you need:

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