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    27 Kitchen Products You Need To Just Grow Up And Buy

    You've probably realized somewhere along the path of adulthood that nourishing yourself without spending a fortune involves cooking. A lot. Sometimes recipes call for a variety of kitchen tools — not just the single saucepan that you've used since college for everything. (Well, mostly ramen noodles). Tools like a fish spatula, a whisk, a cast iron skillet, or even a hand blender. Prepare yourself, my friend — you're in it for the long run.

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    1. A set of stainless-steel measuring cups and spoons because guesstimating ingredients is proven as one of the leading causes of Pinterest cooking fails.

    This stainless-steel set includes six measuring cups and six measuring spoons. Everything's dishwasher-safe!


Promising review: "I threw out my plastic measuring spoons and cups because the measurements wore off, and I could no longer tell what they were. These have the measurement embossed in the handles so unless I put them on a train track, they should be good for life. I like the narrow spoons for digging into spice jars. Great design and very well made." —Mark A Berglund

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    2. A nesting bowl and colander set for rinsing produce and draining pasta — two things that you might have ignored in college but should absolutely start doing now.

    This set is dishwasher-safe! The bowl can be used on its own for mixing or collecting water.

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $12.44 (available in two color combos).

    3. A slotted fish turner that can be used for more than just flipping filets — it'll get under anything (burger patties, warm cookies, fried eggs, etc.).

    Promising review: "This is simply the best spatula I've ever owned. It's very useful for turning all sorts of food including fish, hamburgers, steaks, crab cakes, etc. It's very thin (which I love), it's large enough to handle large food like steaks and whole fish, and it won't burn. Wish I'd bought one years ago." —packbj

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    4. A garlic press to do the mincing for you so your hands don't smell like those pungent little cloves for days.

    This handy gadget works on both peeled and unpeeled garlic, as well as ginger!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).

    5. A set of glass mixing bowls (with lids for storage) to make food prep less messy and more organized. They're actually attractive enough to serve food in as well!

    These mixing bowls are preheated oven-, microwave-, fridge-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe! Each set contains four bowls and four lids.

    Promising review: "I've had these for four years, and they are still going strong and un-chipped. The glass isn't discolored, and they're great in the dishwasher (yes, even the biggest one!). Easy to hand-wash, too. It's a smooth surface all over except a slightly grooved bottom that is meant to be grippy and not float over your countertop if it's wet. I use all the sizes for various tasks. The largest is usually for making cold pasta salads, mixing bread dough (using my metal hand mixer), and mixing meatballs. The rest are great for doing smaller mixing tasks or holding just-chopped veggies awaiting their time on the stove. I've also used the smallest to sit on a hot pot and melt chocolate or mix up a custom spice mixture. Great in the oven if there happen to be leftovers, too. I think this is the most versatile thing in my kitchen, and it's always within reach while cooking/baking." —Megan

    Get them from Amazon for $20.99.

    6. An immersion hand blender to take care of all your blending and food processing needs, if you don't want to shell out for a full-size blender or food processor. Plus, you can use it directly in the pot!

    This immersion blender comes with a whisk attachment, a three-cup blending/storage jar with lid, and a two-cup chopping bowl that turns the blender into a food processor! All the components are dishwasher-safe (basically everything except the base).

    Promising review: "I bought it as a replacement for my Magic Bullet because it (always) leaked, and I mainly used it for protein shakes. It ended up replacing not just the Magic Bullet, but the blender as well and from the sheer ease of cleaning, I used it 10x more than either of those two. I've been able to blend ice into a rough snow, cream spinach, make protein drinks, and liquefy a banana with it. It's not a replacement for a very powerful normal blender, but I have no need of one. The normal function and turbo button are enough for me. The whisk is a nice in-between for a manual whisk and my Kitchenaid mixing bowl for lightweight stuff like whipped cream. Cleaning is a breeze." —Rudy

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    7. An ergonomic pepper mill for switching from pre-ground pepper in a can to fresh-ground pepper to easily move up in life.

    Promising review: "I bought this about two years ago and was so impressed with it! Just turn the handle two or three times, and you have about a quarter teaspoon in the little bottom cap that catches the pepper. So easy, and so much better than buying pre-ground pepper in the can! My daughter just got engaged before Christmas, and I bought her this pepper mill along with a bag of Tellicherry peppercorns from Amazon. I think it was her favorite gift because she knows how nice ours is and how much better tasting the freshly-ground pepper is! If mine ever breaks, you can believe that I will immediately order another one!" —William Cato

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    8. A versatile cast-iron skillet that can go from the stovetop into the oven or onto a grill. You can cook anything from Shakshouka to quiches to cornbread in it.

    Promising review: "Looks beautiful in any kitchen, easy to clean; make sure the first few times of use you use a bit of extra oil so your food doesn't stick at all. The factory seasoning is okay, but the pans need a little more seasoning than they initially have. Great price at Walmart, least expensive I could find via internet or store. The 10-1/4" pan is great, but for a family of five, the 12" pan gives a bit more room when doubling recipes of rice or for browning meat." —MarineWife1998

    You can find our pick for the best cast iron skillet in three different price points on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Get a 10-1/4" skillet from Walmart for $14.88 (also available in 12" and 6-1/2").

    9. An electric knife sharpener because dull knives will make your life unnecessarily difficult no more!

    Promising review: "I am so happy with this little machine. It's not huge, bulky, or noisy. It fits just right on my kitchen counter. The best thing about it is the way it sharpens knives to a razor edge in no time. I sharpened 10 very old, VERY dull paring knives that I thought were destined for the trash. The first time takes a bit longer, but it is well worth it. Now I have 10 better-than-new paring knives with razor sharp edges. This has a two-stage sharpening system. The second stage hones your blade to perfection. Now if they get a little dull, it's just a quick swipe and a few seconds, and I have a super sharp knife again. Well worth the price." —marladell

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. A pair of tongs that can do what your fingers can't, like grab corn out of boiling water or pull a baking dish from the oven.

    Moral of the story: Unless you have iron fingers, get a pair of tongs! These tongs are made of stainless-steel and food-grade silicone. They're heat-resistant up to 480°F and BPA-free!

    Promising review: "What a great pair of kitchen tongs! They have a nice finger grip, so they feel comfortable in my hands. The tips have a lot of silicone so I'm not afraid to use them in my very expensive frying pan. The length is perfect, so I don't get burnt on those occasions when I must fry something. Great overall tongs, great price. Plus, they lock so they take up less room in my drawer. What more can you ask for!" —Azpotter

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

    11. A spoonula (spatula+spoon) for scraping batter off mixing bowls, sauteing veggies, tasting soup, and scooping food onto plates.

    This spoonula is made of food-grade silicone, heat-resistant up to 480°F, and BPA-free!

    Promising review: "The silicone spoonula is sturdy and withstands heat when left in the pot during cooking. I use it when I cook oatmeal, and it works well for stirring as well as scooping the oatmeal into the bowls and scraping the pot clean. It washes up easily, and I would recommend it for cooking on the stove as well as stirring ingredients in bowls, such as cookie dough." —K. Reynolds

    Get it from Amazon for $8.24 (available in two colors).

    12. A nonstick baking dish so you can give mom's lasagna recipe a go. It'll also come in handy when you have a company bake sale — brownies, anyone?

    This baking dish is dishwasher-safe. The nonstick coating is BPA- and PFOA-free!

    Get a two-pack from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $13.74.

    13. An instant-read meat thermometer because soon it'll be your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner, and you'll want to make sure the turkey is cooked through!

    If not, all your relatives will be talking about it for years to come... This thermometer is powered by an AAA battery!

    Promising review: "About three years ago I saved up and bought a Thermapen for about $100 because the reviews were excellent. I have used it ever since and love it. But this week I saw this thermometer on sale at Amazon, and I wanted one for travel so I took a chance and got it yesterday. I tried it, side by side, on some bread just coming out of the oven. They showed the same temp within a second of each other. Tried it again this morning on boiling water for my tea. Exactly the same temp in exactly the same amount of time." —Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04.

    14. A really freakin' fantastic starter chef's knife that won't cost you a fortune but will perform like any of the higher-end brands.

    Promising review: "As a chef, I have to say I absolutely love this knife. Not a negative thing I can say. I've owned Mercer knives in the past; a good quality product." —solitism

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    15. A handheld grater for adding a sprinkle of cheese, zest, or chocolate to your dinner or dessert — not only will the dish taste better, but you'll feel incredibly fancy.

    This grater comes with a protective plastic cover for easy storage!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $8.97 (available in four colors).

    16. A whisk you should get even if you don't do much baking — you'll need it for vinaigrettes, sauces, and pancakes, too! It'll be a lot easier than using a fork.

    This whisk is dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I was one of those people who used forks instead of whisks. Does the same job right? Wrong! I was making pancakes with my new whisk, and it was all blended so well with barely any effort! My pancakes came out super fluffy. It has a solid handle and a good feel to it. I absolutely love the silicone, and this product is such great quality. Highly, highly recommend!!" —ashleydottir

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in metal or silicone).

    17. An electric kettle because even though younger you took everything iced, older you might occasionally feel like a cup of hot tea.

    This kettle automatically shuts off after reaching a boil and has a two-hour keep-warm button. It also has six temperature settings for different kinds of teas and recipes!

    Promising review: "This kettle was a really good find. The temperature settings are VERY easy to use, and I like the chart it came with about which tea to use at which temperature. Also nice that I can set on lower settings for my daughter's oatmeal in the morning so it takes less time to cool. I am very, very happy that I bought this kettle. I have had it for two weeks now, and I use it several times every day. It actually does make the tea taste better when I use the lower temps for green or herbal teas. Of course, the auto shut off is great so I never have to worry about boiling over. Highly recommend!" —Fit Mama

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    18. An a-peel-ling set of peelers (Julienne, swivel, and serrated) that'll make it easier to introduce more cucumbers, zucchinis, potatoes, and carrots into your diet.

    Have you been avoiding these foods because they're hard to peel? That's okay, me too.

    Get them from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.97.

    19. A set of mesh strainers for basic tasks like sifting flour, separating juice from pulp, draining berries, and fishing peas out of a pot!

    Each set comes with one 3-1/8” small strainer (can be used for tea or coffee), one 5-1/2” medium strainer, and one 7-7/8” large strainer (for pasta and such). These strainers are made of stainless-steel (with rubber handles) and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "These strainers are the finest of mesh. I bought them for rinsing quinoa, and they really work. The handles are super comfortable. They are very well-made and quite a value for the price. And the fact that they can go right into the dishwasher is a plus. I look forward to using them for a long time to come." —Escapereader

    Get them from Amazon for $13.95.

    20. A meat pounder because you should never have to settle for dry and tough chicken. Use this handy tool to flatten and tenderize the meat — it'll come out evenly cooked and juicy!

    Promising review: "I bought this after watching an episode of America's Test Kitchen when they were making chicken parmesan. The tip was to pound the split chicken breasts between two layers of plastic wrap to get it to an even thinness for frying. I tried to do without another kitchen gadget but couldn't resist having tender and thin cutlets for my chicken parmesan ATK-style. This gadget was surprisingly heavy. Let's just say should I ever get attacked in the kitchen, I know which item I'll be grabbing. I pounded out the chicken breasts per the ATK method and was able to get the split chicken breasts to an even quarter inch thickness. After breading and frying, the chicken cutlets were tender and juicy. After pounding out four cutlets though, it did take a small toll on my wrists. It wasn't painful, but it did take some getting used to the weight. The pounder is easy to clean and easy to grip." —mominLA

    Get it from Amazon for $17.93.

    21. A nonstick baking sheet so you can abandon takeout and store-bought snacks and whip up cookies, nachos, and one-tray dinners at home.

    The nonstick coating is BPA- and PFOA-free! It's also dishwasher-safe.

    Get a two-pack from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $14.43.

    22. A splurge-worthy solid wood cutting board that'll last you a lot longer than a plastic or bamboo one (if you remember to oil and condition it). It'll also be easier on your knives!

    Promising review: "Absolutely the most gorgeous cutting board ever! It's very heavy, which is great — doesn't move around when I am using it — and is so solid, it's virtually silent when in use. I am thrilled. I've had cutting boards at 4x or more this price that don't compare at all. Great product, superb workmanship. Love, love, love it!" —HRH SMG

    Get it from Amazon for $51.85+ (available in three sizes).

    Washing up? Check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    23. A Dutch oven for cooking large batches of pasta, chili, or soup to eat over the entire week. You can also use it to try your hand at deep frying, roasting, or bread making!

    This five-quart dutch oven is made of heavy gauge forged aluminum covered in PFOA-free and PTFE-free nonstick titanium-reinforced ceramic coating. This basically means that the pot will have fast and even heat distribution and the nonstick coating is non-toxic and durable!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $27.88.

    24. A digital food scale to pull out when you need to be extra accurate with coffee or baking ingredients.

    This digital scale ensures accuracy within 0.1 ounce/1 gram. It can support up to 11 pounds in weight.

    Promising review: "I love this scale. It's slim so it fits nicely in my drawer. It lets you zero out whatever you put on the scale, so you don't have to subtract the weight of the bowl from the weight of the food. Very handy. It's also extremely accurate and can weigh the smallest amount of food. It has a decent surface area also." —Carrie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    25. A soft grip can opener because you've matured and learned that opening a can with a knife should never be attempted, even when sober.

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $7.44 (available in four colors).

    26. A good pair of kitchen shears if the regular scissors you've been using just don't cut it anymore. These'll tear through chicken, slice pizza, and dice herbs faster than a knife!

    Promising review: "I really love these shears. They fit right in my knife block, so they are handy. So far they have cut everything I have given them from chicken bones to blister packs, and they have stayed sharp. I have also used them to cut up leafy vegetables and other soft items with no problem." —Sterling45

    Get them from Amazon for $15.96.

    27. A versatile nonstick frying pan for cooking everything that might stick in your cast iron skillet, like an omelet or grilled cheese.

    This 11-inch fry pan has a diamond-reinforced nonstick coating that's PFOA-free!

    Get it from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.88.

    You'll be a seasoned chef in no time!


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