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    28 Easy-To-Use Kitchen Products For People Who’ll Find Any Excuse To Avoid Cooking

    Easily grill, grate, and garnish like you *love* being in your kitchen. Because you gotta eat.

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    1. A versatile 3-in-1 indoor grill whose large pot and grill plate mean you can grill (duh), slow cook, steam, simmer and serve all from the same convenient device. Say hello to sizzling steaks, stocky stews, and so much more!


    And if cleanup is the thing you're trying to avoid, this has a raised grill surface so excess fat can drip away as the food cooks, which means no sticky situations for you!

    Promising review: "Admittedly, at first it seemed strange that this hot pot could boil and grill better than its $100+ counterparts. But I am now fully convinced of the validity of Amazon's customer review system. Boil: For hot pot, we add room temperature chicken broth and some spices. It takes about 6 minutes to get it to a rolling boil on the MAX setting. Much faster than my stove top. Grill: It takes about a minute to get to the searing temperature on MAX setting. I drop some cuts of Char Siu on it and get PERFECT grill marks in 30 seconds. Also, you can grill fish on this thing and it tastes amazing! Each piece of fish will have the crusty outer layer (yum) and a very moist interior. Steam: Just put food in and add some water. We steam spinach and broccoli in a few minutes. We recently started using this machine the same way that we would use our oven for baked ginger, onion, sugar, and soy chicken. The ingredients make a pretty amazing sauce and this machine will cook the drumstick chicken in 15 minutes. The exterior will have a nice glaze and the interior is super moist — almost wet — but cooked thoroughly." —Minoh Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90+ (available in two colors).

    2. A microwave steam case because getting your daily veggies in doesn't have to be a whole to-do. And since everything is in a confined space, all the flavors, juices, and nutrients are still readily available for your taste buds.


    Promising review: "I put chicken, cut-up potatoes, and a little water plus spices. Three to four minutes in the microwave found everything cooked to perfection! I then added spicy peanut sauce to the chicken, a little butter and parsley to the taters, plus corn on the cob and tomatoes with vinegar and sugar, and we had a great meal in under 15 minutes! Haven't tried beef yet but it's on my list." —Moviegal246

    Get it from Amazon for $32.08.

    3. A breakfast sandwich maker for a perfectly cooked and layered sammie in under five minutes. Go the traditional route and fill your compartments with egg, ham, and cheese OR peruse the included cookbook to try something new!

    The silver sandwich maker with a bagel slice loaded on the top cooking plate
    Hamilton Beach

    Each compartment is removable, dishwasher safe, and covered with nonstick coating!

    Promising review: "I've been using this for about two months now and it has paid for itself many times over. I use it the most for muffin breakfast sandwiches but also use it to make crispy garlic bread. It's super easy to use and clean! Once you get a hang of the removable piece and how to use it, it's so quick to remove, wash, and return. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!" —S Loftin

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five colors).

    4. A digital food thermometer if the reason you haven't been baking chicken, deep frying doughnuts, and smoking salmon is that you're afraid of undercooking absolutely everything. Get consistent and quick temperature readings with this oven-safe gadget!

    image of reviewer using the red meat thermometer to check the temperature of oven-baked sausages

    Promising review: "I ordered this specifically for certain features. The most important is its ability to recalibrate because if your thermometer isn't accurate, then it's useless. I also liked the dual probe option. Super convenient! I'm happy to say that this is a great thermometer. Directions for use are clear and easy to follow. You can use the probe in the oven, as the wire is sturdy and allows the oven door to close completely. Then just unplug the wire and you have a handheld probe. You can also set a timer for when food temperature is reached and it beeps when ready. It's not an instant read but truly it just takes seconds.

    Highly recommend plus it's a super buy!" —Cheryl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. A two-stage electric knife sharpener so you don't have to spend infinity attempting to chop one onion because your so-called "good knife" ain't up to scratch. Either lay its non-slip base on your countertop or place its grip on the edge of your countertop and sharpen away.

    Hands running a knife through the small sharpener

    Read our full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener!

    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. I don't know where else you can spend $6 and get this return for the money. Great score!" —Schelly L. Wagoner

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in five colors).

    6. A 7-in-1 Instant Pot because sometimes you don't have to actually be in the kitchen while you're cooking. You'll have rice, stew, pasta, and more without ever breaking a sweat.


    It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one! Read our full review of the 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 three-quart (which is my almost-every-day workhorse for two person dishes) and the eight-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 $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

    7. An automatic pan stirrer – it'll help make sure your sauces come out, well, saucy instead of like an accidental sludge. Stir up sauces and stocks without tiring out your arms.

    The three-pronged stirrer in a pan

    Promising review: "Honestly I laughed at myself for buying this. I stopped laughing the first time I used it! What a help! It freed me up to do other things while it stirred the sauce that needed constant attention. Bought another one! Not laughing now!" —Luvdvm

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $25.

    8. A manual heat-resistant food chopper for nailing that stubborn ground beef in your grandmother's famous pasta sauce recipe. You can also use it to chop boiled eggs, potatoes, fruits, and more.


    Promising review: "This is truly a game-changer and time-saver when cooking ground beef/turkey. It was so easy to break up the meat. Even better, the meat didn't fly out of the skillet or splash hot grease onto my hand. This utensil is sturdy; no bending or melting. This really is an invaluable tool." —jellybean55

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

    9. An adjustable measuring cup if switching between fifty-leven measuring spoons and cups just causes you too much stress (and mess). Its rotating body and plunger can easily measure and dispense whatever you put in it (even sticky things like peanut butter and batter).

    A hand pouring oil out of the cylindrical measuring cup, which features precise measurements etched on the side

    Promising review: "This is the greatest kitchen tool ever! I cook and bake often and was forever having to first dig for, then clean endless numbers of measuring cups; I actually had three sets. No more though. I just need this one extremely well made, adjustable measuring cup. It works perfectly for me for all kinds of things, such as flour, butter, syrups, dressings, oils, etc. If I am baking, I will first use it to measure the dry items. I then just wipe it out with a paper towel and measure out the butter, etc. This way involves less washing. The suction is as effective as day one, and the units of measure on it are clear and not at all faded." —Gabriella W.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    10. A compact air fryer – it means you can have fried food without all the fuss — aka no oil needed to make fries. From baked goods to chicken wings, get evenly cooked and perfectly crisp meals every time!


    Promising review: "If you like the taste of fried foods, but do not care for the health risks of frying foods in the traditional way, air frying is the way to go. This air fryer from Dash is awesome. My wife and I have always wanted to try an air fryer, and since we got this one, we have not looked back. We make oven fries very often, but they are not crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. However, with an air fryer and 20 minutes to spare, you can have restaurant-grade fries that have the crispy outside/juicy inside. Easy to clean up and store the fryer. Five stars all the way!" —David M.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in five colors).

    11. An electric egg cooker that effortlessly prepares your eggs, so you can watch TV in the next room. Get ready for instant hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, and omelets!

    The egg cooker in aqua, featuring a transparent dome-shaped lid and a large power button in the front

    It comes with a measuring cup so you pour the perfect amount of water for the style of eggs you want.

    Promising review: "You know those objects that are totally unnecessary, but you see them and fall in love and live forever in happiness with your random kitschy thing? This is that thing. It makes especially lovely, perfectly round omelets with minimal cleanup required. Hard- and soft-boiled eggs cook evenly and taste great. The poached eggs are tender and melt in your mouth over toast. It's the perfect kitchen appliance. I grin from ear to ear every time I use it." —Sonnet A. Fitzgerald

    Get it from Amazon for $15.79 (available in seven colors).

    12. A handheld spiralizer because the only way you're fitting zucchini into your diet is if you cover it in butter and garlic and pretending you're at a fine Italian restaurant. And that's okay.

    A hand using the spiralizer, which is similar to a large pencil sharpener, to make zucchini noodles

    Check out our full review of the Vegetti!

    Promising review: "What a fantastic kitchen widget! I actually have a large spiralizer and never use it because it is a pain to get out and clean. I saw this and bought it and couldn't be happier. Easy to use and easy to clean if you rinse and clean right away. Small and compact makes this easy to store without taking up tons of space! The option for two different size of noodles is a nice feature!" —Jamie E.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A handheld garlic twist that peels and minces garlic in a matter of seconds!

    A pair of hands holding the garlic twist, which is made up of two transparent gear-shaped pieces with rows of teeth inside

    And it can be adjusted for coarse to fine mincing.

    Promising review: "I’ve had this little gem since 2012, and I’ve used it all these years. It still works as well as the day I bought it and makes mincing garlic the easiest thing ever! Well worth the money! I also use it to mince shallots, after I cut them up into smaller pieces. This item is head and shoulder above the old garlic press types." —E. J. Wagner

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    14. Or a handheld garlic press for when a recipe calls for two cloves, which means you have to prepare at least seven. Crush and mince garlic by rocking this arced device back and forth.

    the rolling handheld garlic press

    Promising review: "Very sturdy and well-designed garlic press. The handle is solid and the metal used isn't cheap and presses well. The enclosed small knife scraper and garlic roller are very useful. It was extremely easy to clean three cloves and then press for fresh garlic instead of the old jarred stuff from a box store. Nothing is better than using it fresh for your marinades or cooking." —Leips63

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A nonstick baking mat if you're annoyed by sticky dough and flour on your kitchen counters. It's also perfect for keeping your baking trays unscathed by gooey and burnt ingredients.

    The transparent mat with measurements along the border

    Promising review: "I've never used these before, and I regret all of the time I've lost scrubbing baking dishes clean. Now those days are over for me. These clean up easily with soap and water, and the baking sheets are spotless. The really great thing about these mats is you can roll out the dough on the mat and place the mat directly on the baking sheet to go into the oven. Just lift and go. It's really great for making pizzas. I even use the pizza cutter on it without damaging the mat. Bonus: everything comes out beautifully. I haven't had any dough stick to the mat. Everything we've baked has an even, tawny color on the bottom." —bfcomedywriter

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    16. A set of three fermentation lids that can fit can turn any wide mouth jar into fermentation station. The lids allow gas to escape while also protecting what's inside from developing mold or bacteria. Homemade kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles are a twist of a lid away!


    Promising review: "I am a first-time fermenter and was very pleased with this kit. I made dill pickles and some mixed veggies (cauliflower, carrots, onions, and green beans). They all turned out yummy. I used half gallon jars and the glass weights, and didn't have any mold problems! I was not prepared for the smells though. Love this product as it makes it so easy to get some tasty probiotics into your gut." —Claudia Turner

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    17. A color-coded cutting board so you won't mistakenly chop fresh veggies where you *just* cut raw chicken...

    the seville classics bamboo cutting board and seven color coded mats

    And you can easily store the seven flexible, BPA-free mats inside the cutting board!

    Promising review: "One of our biggest issues in the kitchen is always the prep space! I loved the idea of this cutting board simply because of the different mats that come with it. Since there are many mats that are labeled for different purposes, cross-contamination is never an issue. Additionally, cleanup is really easy as we no longer have to clean a wooden board and then maintain the board after washing damage. Great purchase!" —K. Vance

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    18. A dinosaur-shaped silicone pancake mold because boring breakfasts should be a thing of the past. These easy-to-use and mess-free molds will (safely) take you back to the Mesozoic Era.

    a dinosaur pancake plated to look like it's near a volcano under the sun
    Zavery Cakes/Rekeisha Dunlap

    Zavery Cakes is a Black-owned small biz originally created to impress a 5-year-old. Now we all get to reap the benefits of these fun pancake molds!

    Get it from Zavery Cakes for $12.99.

    19. A microwave pasta cooker you just fill with pasta and water then chuck in the microwave for fast and easy meals that reduce the amount of water (and time) you'd waste otherwise.


    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 $16.98.

    20. A silicone freezing tray for saving leftover sauces, soups, broths and more. Because yesterday's leftovers are today's meals. Yep, meal prep just got a whole lot easier.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —Texas Sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    21. A tall cast-iron cocotte that can do pretty much anything. Crown roasts, soufflés, deep-fried and seared foods, soups, stews, and I don't have time to tell you about the rest. This is the one-stop shop of one-pot meals!

    the white staub la cocotte

    Get it from Zwilling for $199.99 (originally $486; available in three colors).

    22. The Always Pan from Our Place if you're never sure what pot, pan, or tray to use to roast, saute, or steam. This multi-purpose pan braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve, store, and so much more. Finally take the guesswork out of cooking.

    As someone who neither enjoys cooking nor is particularly good at it, the Always pan has made being in the kitchen feel like less of a chore. Having one pan that can do everything means I don't have to second guess every cooking decision I make. I can boil and prepare pasta in it. And I can roast brussel sprouts. And I can make the perfect fried egg. And I can steam dumplings. The best part is that, everything slides so seamlessly out of the pan and onto the plate, which also makes clean up super fast and easy. Both the amateur (read: reluctant) cook and the more seasoned chef will enjoy creating fan favorites and new recipes in the Always pan!

    Promising review: "This the the best pan I’ve ever had. It provides the perfect sear on chicken, meat and fish. It also makes the best scrambled eggs. I have yet to cook a meal in it that has not turned out better. The clean up is always effortless because any residue easily wipes right off. The fun color options are an added bonus. I loved this pan so much, I bought a second one in another color." —Elizabeth L.

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

    23. A digital food scale so you'll always have a perfectly precise amount of dry or wet ingredients for your recipes. Because your version of a "pinch of salt" is just...not accurate.

    reviewer image of the etekcity digital scale on a dark marble countertop

    Promising review: "This scale is accurate and so easy to use. I like that you can zero it out with a plate or other container on it, then put food in container and get only the food weight, then scale doesn't get dirty. I also like that you can switch the measurements from oz to grams in the middle of weighing. It more than meets my needs for measuring food and liquid portions." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    24. A set of heat-resistant silicone mitts because your albeit somewhat rational fear of getting burned is an easy one to get rid of. These durable mitts will protect you as you handle hot handles or remove trays from the oven.

    a silicone mitt
    Chic Chef Co.

    Chic Chef Co. is a Black female-chef-owned small business offering natural and artisanal oils and vinegars. You can also shop their selection of kitchenware essentials so you can chef it up at home!

    Get it from Chic Chef Co. for $14.99.

    25. An indoor grill and electric griddle – it can easily whip up some burgers, pancakes, paninis, and crispy bacon. Yes, that means breakfast, lunch, and dinner can all happen in this combo cooker. Oh, and its nonstick removable plates are dishwasher safe.

    The grill with five burger patties on it

    Promising review: "Had indoor grills previously, but this one is awesome. So far cooked pork chops, steaks, hamburgers, even grilled shrimp. This thing is ultra-easy to use and the fact that you can throw everything into a dishwasher, in my opinion, has already paid for itself. For years I've tried to replicate hamburgers that my dad and I used to have at a small diner in western NC, and I've pretty much matched the cooking and flavor. I think having the lid actually helps the food stay more moist and cook evenly. Even if it broke today, I would possibly order another." —jle

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+.

    26. A multi-purpose kitchen stand that can hold up cooking gear or cookbooks so you can more easily handle what's happening on the stove over there.


    Promising review: "I love this product! I have always had a difficult time removing hot and steamy lids from dishes with no place to put them without making a mess on my countertop. If placed upside down on the counter, then it's too hot to pick back up. This stand works perfectly for all my lids from my heavy lid on the Dutch oven to small lids. It's also great for large spoons and ladles without making a mess. I highly recommend it." —Colleen R.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    27. A manual food chopper if getting your salsa on has meant slicing and dicing 10,000 ingredients by hand. Its stainless steel zigzag blades rotate as your press down to make sure everything gets chopped evenly. It's a brave new world, friend.

    the vivaant food chopper next to a small bowl of salsa

    Need to prep more than 1 cup of chopped veggies? Check out this 8.5 cup manual chopper!

    Promising reviews: "Well designed chopper that does what it is supposed to do best: dicing and chopping onions and garlic. Might work for nuts and veggies but let's face it, onions and garlic are what you would use it for 95% of the time." —Nick

    "The chopper is well built and cuts nuts, parsley, chives nicely. It cleanly chops veggies/nuts/etc. With this unit, I don't have to haul out a bigger electric chopper/food processor. It meets my needs and is a quality product!" —The Big O

    Get it from Amazon for $27.48.

    28. And finally, an EveryPlate meal subscription so you don't have to source your own recipes and ingredients for easy and delicious meals. Just choose between 14 different recipes and wait for your kit to be delivered straight to your door!

    A hand drizzling sauce with a spoon onto a rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables
    @everyplate / Via

    BuzzFeed writer Danielle loves EveryPlate!

    "Planning meals and going to the grocery store is the actual bane of my existence. The fact that EveryPlate sends me everything I need at a very affordable price is such a weight lifted off my shoulders! This photo is of a real recipe I've made, and loved, and have actually recreated on my own many times since! I've been using EveryPlate pretty regularly for over two years and there has never been a recipe I (a novice chef, at best) couldn't handle." —Danielle Healy

    Get started with EveryPlate for $4.99+.

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