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23 Inexpensive Products That'll Make Your Meals Seem ~Fancier~

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1. A handheld grater for getting into the simple but effective art of garnishing. Orange zest, chocolate, parmesan cheese, oh my!

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Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.97 (available in four colors).

2. A set of embossed glass tumblers that'll make dinner at home feel like a special occasion, even if all you're drinking is tap water.

Promising review: "These are perfect! I ordered them in turquoise and was thrilled with them when I pulled them out of the box. The color is beyond beautiful and the glass is a perfect weight, not thin at all. They went through the dishwasher with no problem whatsoever. If you are on the fence, get these!" —BamagirlGet a four-pack from Walmart for $11.88+ (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "These are perfect! I ordered them in turquoise and was thrilled with them when I pulled them out of the box. The color is beyond beautiful and the glass is a perfect weight, not thin at all. They went through the dishwasher with no problem whatsoever. If you are on the fence, get these!" —Bamagirl

Get a four-pack from Walmart for $11.88+ (available in three colors).

3. A 3-in-1 avocado tool to cut aesthetically pleasing slices for your toast or salad.

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It can split, pit, and slice avocados safely and is dishwasher-safe.

Get it from Jet for $9.99.

4. A non-stick muffin tin because mini quiches and frittatas take the same time to make as full-size ones but feel a lot ~daintier~.

Get a two-pack from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.99.
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Get a two-pack from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.99.

5. A non-stick poaching tray for preparing perfectly shaped eggs for your breakfast sandwiches.

It fits in 10"–12" pans or skillets.Promising review: "This poacher makes the perfect poached eggs and mini scrambled egg with veggies at the same time. Just five minutes in a pan with some water and a lid, and my husband and I both get what we want. Non-stick coating is fantastic, pan cleans with just the wipe of a paper towel. I also like the handle for easily lifting the poacher out of the pan." —NAB3Get it from Walmart for $9.97 or Jet for $9.50.
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It fits in 10"–12" pans or skillets.

Promising review: "This poacher makes the perfect poached eggs and mini scrambled egg with veggies at the same time. Just five minutes in a pan with some water and a lid, and my husband and I both get what we want. Non-stick coating is fantastic, pan cleans with just the wipe of a paper towel. I also like the handle for easily lifting the poacher out of the pan." —NAB3

Get it from Walmart for $9.97 or Jet for $9.50.

6. A minimalistic serving plate that'll allow your food to shine.

It's microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe up to 450 degrees.Promising review: "This plate is wonderful. I use as a platter. If I have appetizers that need to be served warm, I put them on the plate and place in the oven or just warm the plate (depending on how the appetizers are cooked). Caprese salad, stuffed mushrooms, small sandwiches, some desserts. Great for so many things!" —BrandyGet it from Walmart for $6.97.
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It's microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe up to 450 degrees.

Promising review: "This plate is wonderful. I use as a platter. If I have appetizers that need to be served warm, I put them on the plate and place in the oven or just warm the plate (depending on how the appetizers are cooked). Caprese salad, stuffed mushrooms, small sandwiches, some desserts. Great for so many things!" —Brandy

Get it from Walmart for $6.97.

7. A set of mesh strainers to add a dusting of sugar or cocoa powder to any generic dessert — people will think you bought it at a high-end patisserie.

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This set comes with three stainless-steel mesh strainers (2.75", 4.75", 7").

Promising review: "I received it a couple of days ago and already used it three times. Drained oil through the strainer after making Southern fried chicken. Oil strained crystal clear. Used the smaller one to sift powder sugar on a bundt cake and used the bigger one to drain veggies. Just the right size for what I need. EXCELLENT product. Buy it. Worth every cent." —jay148

Get them from Walmart for $11.99.

8. A bottle of avocado oil as a rich alternative to olive oil (and other cooking oils) for salad dressings, sautéing, baking, grilling, etc.

Promising review: "I switched to avocado oil to use as my primary healthy fat oil in cooking and on salads. It withstands high temperatures and is virtually tasteless as opposed to the other oil I was previously using. This is an excellent price for avocado oil." —Miss SGet it from Jet for $7.99.
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Promising review: "I switched to avocado oil to use as my primary healthy fat oil in cooking and on salads. It withstands high temperatures and is virtually tasteless as opposed to the other oil I was previously using. This is an excellent price for avocado oil." —Miss S

Get it from Jet for $7.99.

9. A peeler set for coming up with ~a-peel-ing~ ways to present things like cucumbers and carrots.

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This set comes with a Julienne peeler, a swivel peeler, and a serrated peeler.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $6.97.

10. A dough press set that'll turn premade dough sheets and random leftover ingredients into professional-looking dumplings, empanadas, or perogies.

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $7.05.
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Get it from Walmart or Jet for $7.05.

11. A set of cotton check placemats to protect your dining table from messes and make a bowl of ramen noodles feel like a feast.

These are made of 100% cotton.Get a four-pack from Walmart for $7.99.
Walmart

These are made of 100% cotton.

Get a four-pack from Walmart for $7.99.

12. A cast iron skillet because every dish seems to taste and look better in one of these.

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Promising review: "I received this cast iron skillet for Christmas. I had previously purchased a small six-inch one just to see if I was going to like cooking with iron. I loved it. It cooks meat so much better than a non-stick skillet that has the coating that scratches off. Cast iron, of course, is heavy and it gets hot, so you must always remember to use a towel, pot holder, or a silicone handle wrap. I am very pleased with this skillet and although it says that it is seasoned, it really needs to be done again. To do this, I just rubbed the skillet lightly with olive oil, wiped off the excess, and turned it upside down in a 300-degree oven and let it bake for about 45 minutes. I just let it cool in the oven. Took it out, rinsed it off, and it was good to go. After seasoning it myself, I can cook the dreaded eggs in it with no sticking whatsoever. Great skillet. I want more!" —Cartet

Get a 10.25-inch one from Walmart for $14.88.

And check out our top picks for the best cast iron skillets on BuzzFeed Reviews.

13. A wooden cheeseboard for an impressive way to lay out an appetizer or snack.

Get it from Walmart for $8.04.
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Get it from Walmart for $8.04.

14. A marble-finish bowl that'll honestly make whatever you serve it in look expensive.

Get it from Jet for $5.59.
Jet

Get it from Jet for $5.59.

15. A veggie spiralizer to churn out tasty zucchini noodles when you're not in the mood for regular pasta.

Plus, it'll fit in your drawers.Promising review: "Super easy to use. I have only tried zucchini so far. You cut the tip off and push in one end, then turn like a pencil sharpener! Great for pasta replacement. I did two zucchinis, and it made a huge amount. Then I sauteed with olive oil, a little butter, lots of garlic, few red peppers, and mushrooms. Top with parmesan!" —DeniseGet it from Walmart for $9.88.
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Plus, it'll fit in your drawers.

Promising review: "Super easy to use. I have only tried zucchini so far. You cut the tip off and push in one end, then turn like a pencil sharpener! Great for pasta replacement. I did two zucchinis, and it made a huge amount. Then I sauteed with olive oil, a little butter, lots of garlic, few red peppers, and mushrooms. Top with parmesan!" —Denise

Get it from Walmart for $9.88.

16. A mixing bowl set so you can add ingredients separately instead of mixing everything together — the results will be a lot more attractive.

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These bowls are BPA-free.

Get a set of four from Walmart or Jet for $9.97.

17. A cast iron press for an affordable way to make paninis without an electric or outdoor grill.

Promising review: "This oblong press is perfect for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches cooked on a stove-top griddle. It fits on two sandwiches at the same time and acts like a panini press without the expense of the panini grill." —DJM159Get it from Walmart for $13.19.
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Promising review: "This oblong press is perfect for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches cooked on a stove-top griddle. It fits on two sandwiches at the same time and acts like a panini press without the expense of the panini grill." —DJM159

Get it from Walmart for $13.19.

18. A pair of herb scissors so you can easily dress up a bowl of soup with a sprinkling of parsley, green onion, or chives.

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It comes with a cleaning tool for the blades.

Promising review: "Best kitchen gadget I’ve ever encountered! I used to spend sooo much time chopping parsley and cilantro... but not anymore! Literally 10 seconds tops and it’s done. A home cook's dream." —Kate

Get it from Walmart for $7.49.

19. A bottle of pink Himalayan sea salt to take your seasoning game to new heights.

Get it from Jet for $4.99.
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Get it from Jet for $4.99.

20. Or, a bottle of garlic salt (with parsley) — a pantry favorite that can pretty much make anything taste good.

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Read more about the magic that is garlic salt!

Promising review: "Lawry's garlic salt with parsley is used every day and in every meal at a house of very picky eaters. I use it on baked or mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, corn, salads, bread, eggs, chicken, steak, pork, gravy, etc. The 11-ounce size is an exceptional buy with an exceptional taste. I don't even use regular table salt anymore. I purchase two of these every month." —pepppp

Get it from Walmart for $3.98 or Jet for $3.24.

21. A salad spinner so your greens will come out crisp and appetizing.

Promising review: "This is a nice salad spinner! I like the straining lid on top. It dried my lettuce perfectly in no time. Just a few spins, and watch how much water collects in the bowl. Just make sure you secure it properly, and that the basket is actually inserted properly as well." —HolajayGet it from Walmart or Jet for $13.97.
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Promising review: "This is a nice salad spinner! I like the straining lid on top. It dried my lettuce perfectly in no time. Just a few spins, and watch how much water collects in the bowl. Just make sure you secure it properly, and that the basket is actually inserted properly as well." —Holajay

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $13.97.

22. A bottle of organic raw wildflower honey to instantly elevate fruit or cheese plates.

Get it from Jet for $6.99.
Jet

Get it from Jet for $6.99.

23. A meat tenderizer that can rescue a cheap cut of steak from its unchewable fate.

Promising review: "Inexpensive but works well, just like the ones double the price." —sytGet it from Walmart or Jet for $4.99.
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Promising review: "Inexpensive but works well, just like the ones double the price." —syt

Get it from Walmart or Jet for $4.99.

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