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    32 Kitchen Products That'll Help Make Your Life A Bit Easier

    Brb, getting myself a knife sharpener.

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    1. A pack of dishcloths that won't get soggy and stinky or fall apart like sponges.

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    They stay odor-free without washing or microwaving and are safe to use on non-stick cookware.

    Promising review: "I bought a set in 2014, and I'm back to buy a second set now, only because three of the four from my previous set have mysteriously gone missing over the past month (I have a new housemate, but I'm not pointing any fingers...). They held up very well, they do a great job of scrubbing dishes without getting all grimy and smelly, and they're a cinch to clean by rinsing under running water, putting them in the dishwasher with the dishes, or tossing them in the laundry with the clothes. I won't go back to sponges or traditional dishcloths." —K. Bonner

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $8 (available in three colors).

    2. A handy gadget for slicing a bunch of cherry tomatoes at once. No more painstakingly slicing them one by one!

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    Promising review: "Much faster and safer than using the two-lid trick to halve grapes for young children (or yourself!). I do not like wasting space on single purpose kitchen items, but this can be used on a variety of similar items and is worth the cabinet space." —Laura Fingal-Surma

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    3. A cold brew maker so you can make delicious iced joe at home instead of spending $$$ at a coffee shop. It has an airtight seal for keeping your drink fresh for days.

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    Just add coarse-ground coffee into the mesh filter, pour water into the pitcher, screw the lid on (with the filter attached and submerged in the water), let it brew for 12–24 hours, and serve. You can pour it straight over ice cubes, or cut it with water or milk. Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Promising review: "Bought this for my wife, and now I have become a cold-brew expert. Easy to use, easy to clean, and makes incredible-tasting coffee. This process removes all the bitterness and is easily our favorite way to enjoy our favorite drink. For the price you have to pay for cold brew at fancy coffee shops, this thing pays for itself pretty quickly. Try this once, and you'll love it." —Mark C

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    Or, check out our picks for the cold brew coffee makers at BuzzFeed Reviews!

    4. A microwave pasta cooker to save you on nights when you're too tired to cook (and too broke to order takeout).

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    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 $14.99.

    5. A spill stopper that'll stop the pasta from boiling over behind your back because you're tired of scrubbing the stovetop (yet again!).

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    It's made of heavy silicone that's heat-resistant up to 400 degrees and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Wow, wow, wow. I have no words to describe how great this product is. I'm a mom with a large family that cooks and bakes all the time. There is never a time that something doesn't spill over even when standing and watching the pot, but with this, life has just gotten easy. I think I'm throwing out all my pot covers after using this. I am mess-free." —Rackel

    Get it from Amazon for $16.80+ (available in three colors).

    6. An over-the-sink dish drying rack made for small kitchens — it also doubles as a vegetable colander, prep surface, and large trivet. It even rolls up for storage!

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I use it to dry dishes into the sink, but I also use it as prep space to hold veggies and fruit while I'm prepping them for meals. It keeps the scraps in the sink, the fruit or veg close at hand, and makes me efficient during kitchen tasks. Then it rolls up and slides under the sink. I will say that this is a VERY sturdy product — but won't scratch or otherwise damage your sink." —KBL

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    7. 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).

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    This handy kitchen gadget has seven functions: rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker, and warmer! Check out our 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 the three-quart size from Amazon for $59.95 (also available in six-quart and eight-quart sizes).

    8. A stainless steel bar to get rid of the most pungent of food smells, such as garlic and raw fish.

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    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.36.

    9. A two-stage knife sharpener that'll restore dull blades to a razor sharp state. And when you're done, it'll fit nicely in the drawers.

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    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 $5.45 (available in three colors).

    10. A bottle of Barkeeper's Friend soft cleanser for tackling anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.

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    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keeper's Friend soft cleanser.

    Promising review: "Bar Keeper's Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician'! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great moderately-priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.98.

    11. An ice cube tray with a lid so you don't have to play freezer Tetris every time you refill it. Plus, it'll prevent the ice from tasting stale.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE ice cubes in my drinks, and it's so annoying to have ice cube problems. I really researched ice cube trays and read a lot of reviews until I found these trays. It's so nice not to have to worry about spilling water just trying to get them in there. Also, they come out of the tray so easily! No more fighting to get the cubes out. These just kind of pop out when you press down on one side." —Kalisa

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A set of stove counter gap covers to prevent crumbs and liquids from falling into the unreachable crevice.

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    Promising review: "I can't believe how much crud I have cleaned out between my counter and my stove. This lays in the opening between the two so nothing gets down into the space between. Just lay it down very easily, and it stays put. It looks like it is part of the stove. It is easy to clean; just wipe off when you clean the stove or counter. I have had no problem with melting as it is not on the burners, it is on the side of the stove. However, it is heat-resistant, so the heat from the stove will not bother it. I would definitely buy this again." —Joanne

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95+ (available two lengths and three colors).

    13. An electric egg cooker that'll make breakfast for you while you get ready in the morning. You can expect perfectly done yolks every time!

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    It can make hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and individual omelets.

    Promising review: "I bought this egg cooker for the first time a year and a half ago, and it is awesome. I hate having a single-purpose appliance in my kitchen, but this is worth it. Making hard-boiled eggs was always hit or miss for me, even if it was timed perfectly. (I admit I forgot about the eggs more than once!) This cooker makes PERFECT eggs every single time, to the exact hardness I desire with no green ring on the yolk. Even better, the shell slides off without taking half the egg white with it! My favorite use is to pop some eggs in when I get home and prep a salad. By the time the salad is ready, the eggs are done. I can even leave the kitchen and still hear when they are done because of the buzzer. I've purchased five more of them for family for Christmas this year and can't wait to get everyone on board the Dash Go Egg Cooker train!" —A. M. Hinshaw

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in five colors).

    14. A cooktop cleaning kit for dislodging stubborn stains that you previously thought were impossible to remove.

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    This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

    Promising review: "As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn't believe it! We had a new stove that I didn't clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new." —Christi Lambertson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.14.

    15. An adjustable measuring cup so you only have to wash and handle one tool instead of several. The rotating plunger can easily push out sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey.

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    It has a two-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The silicone disk inside acts as a squeegee and scrapes off any leftover residue. It also comes apart completely for thorough cleaning.

    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.

    16. An adjustable baggy rack to hold storage bags open while you scoop food into them (which means less spillage on the counter and the floor).

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    It folds down flat so it can fit into any kitchen gadget drawer.

    Promising review: "I use this thing way more than I thought I would. It's genius and something that you didn't know you needed until you use it. When I cook, I put food waste and scraps into a plastic bag, so they don't stink in my trash. This inexpensive, simple device is awesome. It solves that annoying problem of continually having to hold open the bag when putting scraps into it. I know, I know... first world problems, but seriously, when your hands are dirtied from cutting/prepping raw meat, I don't want to have to touch anything else." —CarDude

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.29.

    17. A cutlery tray that'll take up very little horizontal space and make it super easy to grab an extra fork.

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    Promising review: "Yes, this little utensil tray is really that good! I went from using 12 inches of horizontal space in a lovely but huge wooden utensil tray to using about four inches (whatever the width of this godsend is). It stores my butter knives, steak knives, spoons, forks, and a slew of little teaspoons. I'd guess that the max capacity for each slot is about 10 pieces. For example, I fit four butter knives and four steak knives into the first/knife slot easily, with good wiggle room. This is such a great design. Using this tray opened up about half of my 18-inch wide drawer, which allowed me to decompress the other drawers in my kitchen a bit. I highly recommend this item. It's worth every penny." —Kathleen Cooke

    Get it from Amazon for $8.66.

    18. A set of storage containers for keeping your produce fresh for much longer. Yup, it's basically a miracle pod.

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    These are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Read our review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers!

    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 a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A dishwasher magnet so you don't have to wonder, "Are these dishes clean or no?"

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    Just rotate it to switch the "status."

    Promising review: "I don't know why it took me so long to buy this thing, but I'm glad that I finally did. Yes, to some it might be silly, but there are times when I forget or can't tell whether my dishes and glassware are clean. This $3 magnetic sign saves me from washing the 'dirty' dishes another time." —Colmac

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    20. A pot lid rack and pan organizer rack to make it easier to grab what you need without causing a cookware avalanche.

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    Promising review: "This product may have saved our marriage! A simple solution to a complex problem. Our cabinet that held the pans and lids turned into an avalanche of despair every time we wanted to use a pan. We gave up on trying to find the correct lid. Now we have a simple stack of pans in the cabinet with biggest on the bottom and smallest on top with their corresponding lids hanging in the same order from the door on this nifty organizer. My wife is still wondering what to do with the extra time and lack of stress every time she goes to grab a pan or lid." —AmosJK

    Get them from Amazon: lid rack for $14.76 and pan rack for $14.77

    21. A nifty little utensil that can be a slotted spoon, a turner, a solid spoon, a spatula, and a cutting tool all in one.

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    It's safe for use with nonstick cookware and is heat resistant up to 200°C/392°F!

    Promising review: "I love this uni-tool. I use it for sautéing veggies, scraping bowls, browning meats, tasting soup, testing macaroni for doneness, etc. I like that I can taste test with the spoon side and keep working with the other side. I randomly told my husband I wanted one for Christmas, and I am so glad I did. It's a useful kitchen gadget to have." —Lori Price

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. A non-stick baking mat (with helpful measurements) to use for prepping the dough as well as baking in the oven.

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    This silicone mat can withstand temperatures from -40°F to 480°F.

    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 $12.63.

    23. A tea bag organizer so you can throw out half empty tea boxes that are cluttering up the cupboards.

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    This organizer can hold approximately 100 tea bags.

    Promising review: "I love tea. In fact, I don't drink coffee so I buy a lot of varieties of tea and then put it in my cabinet and promptly forget them. I finally saw this product and bought it to help organize them. Who knew I had so many different teas! I totally forgot I had most of them. Now I have a neat display of my teas and can easily choose what tea I am in the mood for without taking things out of my cupboard. It looks great on my countertop near my fridge and doesn't take a lot of room. Love it. It's my new favorite thing. Worth every penny. Now I think I need another one." —Kasia K

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    24. A digital food thermometer because you don't have super-powered eyes that can tell if the meat is under- or over-cooked. This one gives an instant temperature read!

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    Promising review: "If you're going to be serving $80 worth of great meat, invest a few bucks to help you determine when it's perfectly done. This thing is right on the mark. Flat out impressive. I show it to people when they come in the house." —AG&AU

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    25. A 3-in-1 tool any ~hardcore~ avocado fan should get — it'll split, pit, and slice your favorite fruit in no time.

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    Yes, avocado is a fruit. And this tool is top rack–dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I used to laugh at this kind of product until my friend was using hers. It made it all so easy! Honestly, I can't believe someone as clumsy as me was functioning without it. Where I used to use a knife and spoon or fork to deal with avocados, it's now just this one thing. Each part of the tool does its job really well, and it's easy to clean. Love it so much. Even if you're not a clever tool kinda person, just get it. It's worth it." —kikikitten

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    26. A pack of cleaning tablets for removing the lime and mineral build-up (as well any food residue) in your dishwasher, leaving it clean and odor-free.

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    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $4.44.

    27. A clip-on strainer so your hands can remain a safe distance while draining hot liquids. It's also easier to store and clean than a full-size colander.

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    It's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love my new kitchen gadget! I've always dreaded bringing out that big ol' colander and having something extra to wash — especially if it was for something small like a box of mac and cheese. I'd then find myself struggling with trying to use the pot lid and losing half the food in the sink. I've only had this for a week or so, and I've already used it several times with different sized pots for different food items. Tonight it was used on my biggest pot for a large helping of spaghetti. It fits every pot perfectly, no food ends up in the sink, I can throw it in the dishwasher when done, and it doesn't take up a ton of space in the cabinet or in the dishwasher. Worth every penny!" —Tired

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    28. A six-pack of spice drawer liners, if there's not enough cabinet space in your small kitchen to store a sizable spice collection.

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    Promising review: "This is one of the favorite things I've ever purchased from Amazon! They are so customizable and allow you to cut them and shape them to 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 so easily be rinsed off in the sink makes this a for sure buy!" —momonono

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. A lid holder caddy because hunting down the right lid for your food storage container every time can get very tiring. Now they'll all be in one place.

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    Promising review: "This does exactly what it says it does. It holds a variety of lid sizes and fits nicely inside the cabinet. It is so nice to be able to find the exact lid you are looking for without having to rummage around inside the cabinet. I would recommend this product." —shelby2289

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    30. A manual food chopper for breaking up ground meats, mashing potatoes, or cutting up hard-boiled eggs.

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    This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It's safe to use with nonstick cookware.

    Promising review: "The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc. much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don't normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in two colors).

    31. A flexible sink strainer so you can easily empty out food particles by pulling on the tab and inverting it.

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    I bought this for myself and loved it so much I bought another one for my grandma as a gift. It's a thousand times better than a metal mesh strainer that always seems to get clogged and I have to use my fingernails to scrape off little bits of food to get it clean. This lil' guy is so easy to empty out and you can even throw it into the dishwasher for a deep clean.

    Promising review: "It kills me to write this review since I never thought I would be writing a review for a sink strainer. I guess this means that I am officially getting old but when you come across a well-engineered product that solves a problem for you, no matter how simple, it should get credit. This strainer allows full flow down the drain even when it is full of food particles, so you can just clean it easily after you are all done. No food can sneak by due to the design, and it even looks good. Pros: fits great, looks good, engineered perfectly, solves your kitchen sink drain issues. Cons: Makes you re-examine your life now that you are this excited about a sink strainer." —CaptainDingle

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96.

    32. A digital food scale (with a removable bowl) to get extremely precise with your recipes.

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    It works for both dry and liquid ingredients.

    Promising review: "This product is worth so much more than it cost. My last scale did not have a bowl that fits so nicely in it, so when I used to measure things, I had to be sure the bowl was centered to get the accurate weight. This measures fluid ounces in addition to pounds, and it also has its own bowl and stores so nicely in my utensil drawer. I no longer need multiple scales in my kitchen. This just made my cooking and baking a breeze." —JGL

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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