24 Kitchen Products For People Who Live Alone
Cooking for one is awesome because you don't have to share any of your delicious food.
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1. A do-it-all Instant Pot so you can consolidate several appliances into one and cook dinner in 15 minutes (instead of having to order takeout). The 3-quart version won't yield too much food for one person.
2. A microwave pasta cooker to save you on nights when you're too tired to cook. It'll make one serving of pasta in no time — just add sauce.
3. A set of storage containers for keeping your produce fresh for much longer so you actually have a chance to finish everything in time. Go ahead, buy the big box of strawberries.
4. A compact air fryer that'll work faster than your oven and deliver crispier results (without any oil). It's just the right size for one to two servings and won't take up too much room on your countertop.
5. A clip-on strainer so you don't have to deal with storing and cleaning a full-size colander. Plus, your hands can remain a safe distance while draining hot liquids.
6. An adjustable plastic bag rack to hold storage bags open while you scoop food into them (which means less spillage on the counter and the floor). No roomie to lend a pair of hands? No problem.
7. A handheld spiralizer for an easy way to turn every vegetable in your fridge into noodles. While a full-size spiralizer can feel like an overkill, this tool will fit right into your drawer.
8. A manual food chopper that'll do all the slicing and dicing for you. From chopped onions to guacamole, this lil' gadget is literally made for small-batch cooking. Plus, it's quiet and can operate without electricity.
9. A breakfast sandwich maker so you can whip up your very own version of an Egg McMuffin at home in five minutes — definitely faster than waiting for drive-thru at McDonald's.
10. A silicone freezing tray to make meal prep a breeze. You can cook in large batches and freeze everything into individual portions to enjoy over the week. No need to start dinner from scratch at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night.
11. A divided nonstick pan for whipping up a full meal all in one pan, which means you'll only have one thing to clean afterward as well. Dinner for one doesn't get any more convenient!
12. A 5-in-1 wine corker that can also be an aerator, pourer, filter, and leak-proof stopper. Can't finish a bottle in one sitting? Just pop this in and it'll keep your booze fresh for the next wine night.
13. An under-cabinet jar opener so you're never stumped by stubborn lids that, for some reason, just don't want to be opened.
14. A set of crystal clear storage containers with leak-proof lids to store inevitable leftovers. You can pop them in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher with zero problems.
15. A reusable food wrap (made from organic cotton infused with sustainably harvested beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin) for saving your avocado and lemon halves — it's an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap.
16. A single-serve Keurig machine so you can enjoy coffee at your own pace throughout the day. Just brew a fresh cup whenever you're ready instead of struggling to finish a whole pot.
17. The Ultimate Cooking for One Cookbook — it'll make preparing a meal for yourself a fun experience and less of a chore. All the recipes are designed to be quick, tasty, and made with ingredients you can actually find. You'll save money, food, and time.
18. A collapsible bread box to keep your weekly loaf (or other baked goods) perfectly soft and edible for more than just a couple days. If only more grocery stores sold half loaves of bread!
19. A small slow cooker for simmering stews and casseroles as you go about your day. It'll make just the right amount so there's not a ton of leftovers to deal with. And in case you do have leftovers, this little guy would also do a great job of heating them up!
20. A split pie pan because sometimes you can't choose between two flavors, and there's just no way you can finish two whole pies (before they get stale).
21. A pack of nonstick, reusable toaster bags so you can heat up a quick sandwich or pizza slice without turning on the stove. Easy peasy.
22. A personal blender to make the perfect amount of smoothie for breakfast or lunch. The blending jar even doubles as a travel cup.
23. A vacuum sealer for anyone who lives alone but still enjoys a trip to Costco. This will help keep large amounts of food fresh for a long, long time.
24. An automatic pan-stirrer that'll be the sous chef of your dreams. If you encounter an annoying recipe that calls for continuous stirring, this lil' guy will do all the work for you.
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