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    22 Cooking Products That Require Minimal Effort

    Because when you're hungry, the last thing you feel like doing is spending a million and one years cooking.

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    1. A dice set that'll help get you out of your cooking rut. It includes five primary dice (protein, cooking method, grain/carb, herb, and bonus ingredient), as well as four seasonal veggie dice to keep things fresh and interesting.

    Two Tmbleweeds / Etsy

    Two Tmbleweeds is a women-owned and small business based in Tempe, AZ. They sell products to keep meal time fun. They offer notepads and calendars for planning weekly menus and grocery lists, foodie dice, and mixology dice — because trying out new cocktails is important!

    Promising review: "What a life-changer. It has gotten my dinner menus out of a rut and made them fun! I highly recommend this shop and product!!!" —likethecolor

    Get it from Two Tmbleweeds on Etsy for $32 or Amazon for $24.

    2. A griddler so you can grill meat and veggies, or whip up a panini or grilled cheese, without having to turn on a stove or a barbecue.

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    This handy gadget works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle! It comes with removable and reversible nonstick cooking plates that are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I used it for the first time today to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, I'm so lazy I didn't want to make it on the stove and have to flip the sandwich over. It was outstanding — pepper jack cheese, bacon, and jalapeño slices — and the clean-up was simple. The cheese had bubbled out of the sandwich onto the plates and it wiped up easily. I probably won't put the plates in the dishwasher, but the fact that they're removable will make them easier to clean than my Foreman grill. I can wash them in the sink and they dry quickly and easily." —Gin Snob

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95.

    3. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker that'll make whipping up your favorite eggs so quick and easy, you'll forget about the days you once had to spend standing over the stovetop waiting and waiting and waiting for your eggs to cook.

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    It also features an auto-shutoff function! It can boil up to six eggs at a time, poach up to two eggs at a time, or make an omelet! There's a poaching tray, omelet tray, a six-egg holder tray, a measuring cup, a recipe book, and access to a recipe database. All non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I don't like watching my pot to find out when the water starts boiling, so I bought this. It delivers perfect eggs by steaming them until the water placed in the device has evaporated. The exact amount of water is added to the cooker before it steams the eggs — there is a measuring line on the plastic cup that comes with the device. Next to each measuring line are the following words: 'hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, etc.' Fill the cup with water to the line for the egg type you want, and then add the water to the device. Then simply puncture each egg with a spike that is attached to the measuring cup, place the eggs in the device with the hole on top (duh). You close it, press the button on front and walk away. When an alarm sounds, it turns off automatically. Your eggs are done. No need to watch water boil. No need for daily cleaning. It's quite small. Love this thing. For the price, what's not to like?" —SunscreenAl

    To learn more about this EGGcellent product, check out our write-up of the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker!

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

    4. A sous vide cooker to help you make restaurant-worthy meals with minimal effort. So minimal you don't even have to be in the kitchen while your food is cooking. I'm not kidding.

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    The temperature range is 32–197 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooker can be controlled right from your phone, so you don't even have to stay in the kitchen while cooking. It also provides cooking notifications, and stays connected through Bluetooth from up to 30 feet away. Plus, you get access to over 1,000 recipes, so you'll have inspiration for yummy meals! Get the Anova app here.

    Promising review: "Since I started cooking sous vide, my family says my cooking has gone to a new level. I started with the original Anova, and just recently picked up this Nano. The Nano is awesome because it's much smaller vs. the first Anova, making it easier to store in a drawer or something. It sounds trivial but by making it easier to grab. Set-up is so much quicker, and I can cook a beef roast for 30 hours without adding ANY water. If you're just starting out in sous vide, I recommend this cooker." —Jeff Nichols

    Get it from Amazon for $129.

    5. A microwave bacon cooker that'll make it so simple to whip up that salty goodness. When you wake up in the morning, do you really feel taking a pan out, putting bacon into it, having to remember to flip the bacon, and wait — which step is it that you have to drain the grease from the pan? Yeah, no, forget that.

    on the left, raw bacon on the cooker in the microwave, and on the right, the same bacon now perfectly cooked on a plate with pancakes
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    Microwave time is just one minute per slice! The tray catches all the grease, and it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "This is the best little gadget I have tried in a long time. I lay a paper towel on top and fold to drape over the edges to catch the splatters, program for one minute per slice of bacon, and that is it. If you have a full rack, 12 slices, you will take the rack out, remove the ones that are done, put back in, cook for additional one minutes until all are to your satisfaction. You can put the gadget into the dishwasher or wash in good soapy water and have it ready for the next use." —G. Carver

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    6. But if you really prefer to make your bacon in a pan, this bacon sponge makes for a greener and more efficient way to absorb excess grease. This can absorb grease 20 times faster than other types of fabrics/materials. Plus, it's reusable and compostable.

    Green City Living / Etsy

    Green City Living is a woman-owned Etsy shop based in Denver, Colorado that sells an array of products to help you live a greener life. You'll find things like reusable coffee filters, "unpaper" towels, eco-friendly cotton rounds, and more!

    Promising review: "I’m really happy with my bacon sponge. I came across this item while on my never ending quest to reduce paper and plastic waste in my life, and I’m so glad I did. It’s really helped to cut down on paper towel waste in my home. It’s a sturdy, absorbent cloth material that works great for draining bacon, chicken, etc. It’s also really easy to take care of, and after several washes so far, I can tell it’s going to last a long time. Really great sustainable staple in my kitchen." —Hayley Amerman

    Get it from Green City Living on Etsy for $12 or Amazon for $13.50.

    7. A cauliflower prep tool that'll make de-stalking the vegetable less chore-like. We want you to spend more time eating your veggies, not taking them apart.

    A person de-stalking the cauliflower using the prep tool
    Amazon

    This tool features an ergonomic handle that'll be easy on the wrist while using, so those with arthritis can use it without worry. It's dishwasher-safe and easy to store.

    Promising review: "I love cauliflower, but what a pain it is to cut off the little florets. This actually works, and works well. It doesn't seem very sharp, but it sure preps like it is." —Animal Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $7.35+ (available in two colors).

    8. A high-quality Always Pan for cooking up your favorite foods and then cleaning everything up afterwards with ease.

    A meal BuzzFeed Editor Bek O'Connell cooked in the always pan
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    This features a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating. Plus, it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "It's one of those things you can just hold in your hands and know is high-quality. This gorgeous pan isn't just all looks: It heats up quickly, comes with a cool metal strainer, and has a spot for a nesting beechwood spatula. I've never owned a pan that cleaned up so easily. Seriously, just one swipe of the sponge and it's sparkly and new again. I use it for pretty much every meal and wow, I love it so much."—Bek O'Connell, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in eight colors).

    Read our review of the Always Pan.

    9. An Instant Pot – it'll pretty much become your new favorite gadget: this thing is a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, a steamer, a sauté-r, a yogurt maker, and a warmer all in ONE.

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    It can prepare food up to 70% faster than other methods. It can keep food warm automatically for up to 10 hours, and there are three temperatures for sautéing and slow-cooking. The inner cooking pot, lid, and steam-rack are dishwasher-safe! Check out our write-up about the incredible Instant Pot!

    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 $66.32+ (available in three sizes).

    10. An Instant Pot unicorn attachment that can be placed on top of the pressure cooker's steam release to help re-direct the flow of steam from traveling straight up. Not to mention, it'll be super fun to watch the steam come out of this little cutie's nose.

    SteamGeeks / Etsy

    SteamGeeks is an Etsy shop based in Denham Springs, Louisiana that sells a fun assortment of unique accessories for the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, and KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

    Get it from SteamGeeks on Etsy for $13+ (available in 18 colors).

    11. An automatic spice grinder so you can grind up herbs and spices and season your food with just the simple push of a button. Yes, it's really that easy.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I just got one of these snazzy kitchen gadgets, and now every time I use it I think to myself, 'How was I living life before this thing?!' It finely grinds salt down to that nice flaky texture, and then easy pops out the pod if I want to use pepper. I even got a different type of pod ideal for more oily spices (think mustard or flax seed). Now I am looking for reasons to use this thing... Salt on cake???" —Kayla Suazo, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in three colors, comes with grinder and three interchangeable pods).

    12. A clip-on colander that'll make draining the liquid from the pot and pan incredibly easy and preparing dinner a lot less messy.

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    Designed to fit almost all round pots, pans, and bowls! It's compact and easy-to-store. Plus, it's BPA-free, FDA-approved, made of top-quality silicone, and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "After many years of failing to drain skillets and pots by using a lid, I searched for and bought this guy. Wow! I can't believe I lived without this for so long. It's a dream to drain water from pasta, and grease from meat. No slippage, and it works great. Just need to be a little careful if you've got a lot of food in the pot/pan, as some of it can escape over the top, but the use of a spoon to keep it at bay works well." —R. Higgins

    Get it from Amazon for $10.48+ (available in five colors).

    13. Or a colander spoon that'll help eliminate the struggle that is... well... dealing with colanders in the first place. Just scoop up your food directly from the pot!

    a person using the colander spoon to take fried food out of a pot of oil
    Amazon

    It's made from toughened nylon and is suitable for use on non-stick cookware. It's resistant to temps of up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and it's dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I've owned this for just over a month and I don't know how I lived without it! From spooning potatoes into boiling water without a mess to draining a full can of beans and far, far beyond, this scoop is a must-have in the kitchen. I find myself reaching for it every day. It has easily replaced the other spoons/scoops that I would usually use. You cannot go wrong with this purchase!" —Jill Clement

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

    14. A garlic chopper you simply roll back and forth to chop up fresh garlic. Not only is it easy, but, it's pretty fun. Mom only said I couldn't play with my food, she never said anything about not playing with my kitchen gadgets.

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    This is top-rack dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Love! Love! Love the Garlic Zoom! Mincing garlic has never been easy or fun until now. It makes mince work out of garlic, onion, chilis and herbs. I'm not sure what I love most about this little gadget. Not smelling stinky garlic fingers all night? No burning fingers or eyes from chopping a super hot chili? Or mincing fresh herbs in a blink of an eye? Anything I can throw in the GarlicZoom I zoom. It's fun! I have a problem wrist from an injury and an arm and hand that suffers from nerve damage. I can still manage to zoom this." —Kennedy Collins

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    15. A microwave pasta maker that'll make it super easy to get a big bowl o' carbs after a long day. No stove, no stress!

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    It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. A 3-in-1 super pot you can practically replace your stove with because it can be used to grill, slow cook, steam, simmer, and serve... can your stove serve people while they're sitting at the table? Uh, no it can't. Point proven.

    the super pot on a stove surrounded by different types of food and spices
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    Features a deep, large capacity 3 quart pot, and a large 10 inch grill. The non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "Bought this to replace my stove. I can grill in it, fry fish, make soups, stews, and omelets, steam vegetables, and bake in it. I love it. It's easy on the electric bill and doesn't heat up the house." —William Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in two colors).

    17. A Dash air fryer that'll have you enjoying "fried" versions of all your favorite foods, minus all the yucky oils.

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    Features a six quart capacity fryer basket, and an auto-shutoff function to prevent overcooking. All non-electric parts are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I was very glad to join the air fry bandwagon with this Dash Air Fryer. I have mostly used it for frozen foods such as egg rolls, chicken tenders, and fish fillets so far. I use parchment paper to help with the clean-up. In some cases it comes out better with no oil at all. Definitely a more nutritious cooking alternative!" —Michael from San Diego

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in five colors).

    18. Magnetic pressure cooker cheat sheets you can simply attach to your cooker, or the fridge, or wherever you can put magnetic things in your kitchen. When it's time to cook meals, all you have to do is check the cook time on these things, and you're good to go.

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    Promising review: "This certainly is a handy, organized way to check Instant Pot cooking references for various foods. The highlighted portions are a little bit too shaded to easily see the print beneath but overall is well thought out. The item came quickly, well-packaged. Didn't even know this type thing existed." —mew

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. And on a similar note, you may also wanna get an air fryer cheat sheet so you can easily figure out cooking times and temperatures and learn helpful tips and tricks without ever having to pull up Google.

    Willa Flare / Etsy

    Willa Flare is an Etsy shop based in Port Hueneme, California that sells fun gifts like these cooking cheat sheets, Peloton-compatible phone holders, dishwasher magnets, and more!

    Promising review: "Very sturdy and I love the magnet on the back. Very convenient source for temperature and time when cooking with the air fryer." —WJVdesigns

    Get it from Willa Flare on Etsy for $12.99.

    20. Non-stick toaster bags so when your next craving for a midnight grilled cheese hits, you can simply pop it in the toaster, no pans needed.

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my elderly mom who loves grilled cheese sandwiches. I was skeptical that this bag on the toaster would work but it did! The only thing I would suggest is after you toast the sandwich, let it sit for a few minutes so the cheese melts better. I prepared it and gave it to her straight away. Bread was toasted on the outside. Clean up was easy. All in all impressive!" —Christopher Carnrick at Pirate Palms

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. Spill stopper lids you simply place over your pots or pans while cooking to prevent unwanted spillage. Look, when I'm making pasta, I want to pass the time by watching Gilmore Girls uninterrupted, and I can't quite do that if I have to worry about water bubbling out of the pot. Rude.

    the spill stopper lid on top of a pot on the stove
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    They're made of BPA-free, food-grade silicone! They're resistant to temps of up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Promising review: "This lid works great to keep the heat in and I don't have to worry about the foamy water boiling over the pot and onto the stove. I love how I can get a rolling boil in the water, and I feel this helps cook the pasta faster. Thankfully there are the two little round 'handles' on the lid so that I can use tongs to lift up the lid on one side and let it drain back into the pot before removing the lid." —dh

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A measurement conversion decal so you can refer to this handy cheat sheet while cooking and baking instead of having to constantly rely on a Google search.

    the decals hanging inside of a kitchen cabinet
    LatigoLace / Etsy

    LatigoLace is a small business that sells these super helpful, aesthetically-pleasing kitchen measurement decals to seriously help simplify the task of figuring out the right conversions.

    Promising review: "I am so happy with this purchase! It was one of the things on my list of things to better organize my kitchen! Great quality and just what I had hoped for!" —Ann Riley

    Get it from LatigoLace on Etsy for $13+ (available in four sizes, and two colors).

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