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30 Products And Kits You Need If You're Getting Kind-Of Bored In The Kitchen

Because the best-tasting pickles are the ones you've made yourself (after a few tries).

1. A nut milk bag to help you milk those tiny almond udders for all they're worth. JK, you just blend up some nuts with water and vanilla, then strain it using this handy bag.

Amazon

Promising review: "It already has improved the time it takes me to filter out the thick, muddy fiber from my daily smoothies. It takes me about 10 minutes in contrast to the previous hour it took me with competitor filters." —poochie2100

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

2. And if you need a blender, a Vitamix blender to whip up any milk you could dream of. High power blenders are also great for nut butters and "nice" cream, aka creamy frozen treats made out of fruit.

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Pop some frozen bananas in there with any other ingredients you want, and bam! Tasty, dairy-free ice cream.

Promising review: "Dope blender. I pureed soup to a velvety texture in 30 seconds. Then made a lemon slushy. Super easy to clean, assemble. Fits under kitchen cabinet. I didn't think it was too loud. The container shape is still narrow, even though its shorter, so some of the problems that others have had with the short fat containers are avoided. I'm still figuring out how to use the pulse button, or why its even there. I highly recommend this blender, and unlike other reviewers here I was not provided with a free product. Just a dude who likes his new blender." —Bobby

Get it from Amazon for $299.95+ (available in three colors).

BuzzFeed Reviews named this the best high price point blender!

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3. And now that you're looking into making some thicc frozen fruit treats, a pack of dragonfruit powder for taste or a pack of spirulina for color.

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Throw one of these powders into your smoothie, fruit bowl, nice cream for an extra kick. Dragonfruit is delicious, but dang! So expensive. Instead of dropping $6 on a single dragonfruit, this powder will do the trick. Meanwhile, the spirulina has good stuff like iron, beta carotene, B12, vitamin K, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin. It has a nice green color, so it'll make your smoothie bowls look like they're celebrating St. Patrick's Day year round.

Get the dragonfruit powder for $16.50 and the spirulina for $15.39 from Amazon.

4. A fermentation kit that turns mason jars into tiny vessels you can fill with all your hopes and dreams (pickles and kimchi).

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The kit comes with four multipurpose lids, fermenting caps, extractor pump, and recipe book, but you need to get your own mason jars. The special caps let carbon dioxide escape without allowing oxygen to enter so your jars won't like, explode. I recently used one to make a jar of pickles and somehow they were not only edible, but actually pretty good!

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

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5. A beer making kit with everything you need to convert your kitchen into a brewery.

Amazon

It comes with a gallon jug, thermometer, cleanser, tubing, racking cane and tip, chambered airlock, screw-cap stopper, and mix (grain, hops and yeast). You can make tasty brews like Everyday IPA, Jalapeno Saison, and Afternoon Wheat. I've tried the saison at a beer festival a few years ago and confirm it's really good!

Promising review: "This kit is perfect for anyone interested in homebrewing who may be intimidated by the more typical 5 gallon setups. The kit was delivered pretty quickly and all of the supplies were in it. After looking for a reasonable homebrew starter kit that included a glass fermenting jug, I was glad to find this one. Now I won't have to drink 5 gallons of awful beer if I mess up! This kit is pretty foolproof though and my first batch is fermenting as I'm posting this." —Philip Chan

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in six types).

6. A ravioli press to make fresh pasta pillows at home and stuff 'em with whatever you want. Dessert ravioli? No one can stop you!

Amazon, amazon.com

The press makes 12 raviolis at once. You can also use it for stuffed cookies or teeny-tiny pies. Anyway, please invite me over after you get this.

Promising review: "This little gadget was great. I thought it would be something to get used to, but I was able to make perfect raviolis the first try! For the price, you just can't beat this ravioli press. I don't know why anyone would buy the super expensive attachment for the Kitchenaid when this is just as easy —probably more so." —PFamily

Get it from Amazon for $14.36.

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7. A dehydrator for dried fruits, jerky, fruit leather, spices, dog treats, and any other thirsty looking foods.

Amazon, amazon.com

You can adjust the thermostat to dry at different temperatures. It has five trays and can expand to 12 trays.

Promising review: "I did a lot of research on these before buying. But I mean when you have over 3,000 reviews and you’re still at 4 1/2 stars you can’t doubt this. It made the best jerky I’ve ever had! We used their spices (because they come free with the dehydrator). Added soy sauce and red wine vinegar. It beats any store bought jerky! I kinda panicked not having a timer. But we have cell phones with them now. We’re doing fruit now! I can’t wait for it to be done. The aromas fill the whole house too! Don’t look anywhere else. This is the best!" —Erin M Biggs

Get it from Amazon for $58.70.

8. A cotton candy machine to welcome into your home when you want carnival snacks without the rest of the carnival.

Walmart

You can add any hard candy into the machine to turn it into candy floss!

Promising review: "Got this for my granddaughter for her 12th birthday. She, her brother (15), sister (8), Papa (Old), and I (also old) had soooo much fun. She LOVES it! A really great toy! But be careful because it does get hot! Does exactly what it should. Love to see her so happy and having so much fun!!!" —Iriswoz

Get it from Walmart for $27.99.

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9. A waffle stick maker for delicious, dippable waffles any time.

Amazon

Promising review: "I do not normally rave about kitchen appliances but I love this little guy! I impulse bought it after reading some reviews and craving waffles. It seriously is the best waffle maker I have ever used. We had a more expensive one that would flip to cook evenly, but this thing has that beat by a mile. I have used it a dozen times and the waffles come out perfect every time. I spray with vegetable oil before pouring in 1/3 cup of batter (as other reviewers have noted it does not come with a measuring cup) and then set a timer for four minutes. When I am done, I just unplug it and let it cool, then wipe it off with a cloth. I know the color and cartoonish logo may turn some people off but I seriously recommend this iron to everyone." —leahas

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

10. A cute bento box and food sticks to ensure that making and bringing lunch is something you enjoy instead of dread.

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Get the bento box for $11.50 and the eight picks for $5 from Amazon.

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11. A molecular gastronomy kit for anyone who wants to feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen.

UncommonGoods

You get: a silicone mold, a slotted spoon, a measuring spoon, a plastic syringe with two tubes, three pipettes, five agar-agar sachets, five calcium lactate sachets, five sodium alginate sachets, five soy lecithin sachets, a DVD (remember those?) and a recipe book. You can make cool things like a lemon cloud, balsamic vinegar pearls, chocolate spaghetti, and more.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 or UncommonGoods for $65.

12. A sushi making kit so you can try your hand at making this delish cuisine at home.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I'm an avid sushi eater and wanted to get into making my own. I bought a rice cooker to get the rice perfect every time. This kit makes the rest of the process easier. The guide helps immensely to get the right amount of rice on the nori sheet. The absolute best part of this kit is the cutting guide, I've never been successful at cutting sushi the other way and this makes it perfect every time! Really a great value and I couldn't recommend it more." —Duudettes

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

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13. Or a freakin' bazooka that pops out sushi rolls with a plunger for quick and easy maki.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "Tested out the new Sushezi sushi maker for dinner tonight. It's awesome! Really easy to use. Much easier than just a traditional rolling mat. My kids had a great time helping too." —Wraven

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

14. A cake mold for baking up creative cakes sure to make everyone at the bake sale throw down their apron in defeat.

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Get the giant cupcake for $29.99, Pikachu for $17.45, and the cat for $15.99 from Amazon.

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15. A hot sauce making kit so you can heat things up in the kitchen.

Amazon, amazon.com

This kit makes seven bottles of hot sauce. It has three glass bottles, four squeeze bottles, a funnel, an apple cider vinegar bottle, a zippered pouch of spices, two pairs of gloves, 5 pH strips, labels, ancho pasillas, chipotle, habanero, ghost pepper, and more.

Promising review: "Great product! I bought it as a gift for Father's Day since my dad enjoys spicy food as well as cooking in general! I would highly suggest this particular product after researching other type products on Amazon and other websites. This kit had everything we needed and more! It was very well packed. When we opened the product it had everything as described and a nice personal note inside! It was fun, thoughtful, exciting, creative, and interesting all wrapped inside of one box!" —Sean McDermott

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

16. Or a gin making kit for making botanicals that are gin-credible.

Amazon

The kit comes with a flask, funnel with strainer screen, six botanicals and spices, two glass bottles, two labels, and a recipe book.

Promising review: "I've tried other gin kits with pre-measured botanicals but this kit offers you the chance to flavor the gin the way you want it by adding your own amount of spice or you can just use their recipe chart. Either way the gin will be delicious. Definitely buying this again." —Reub

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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17. A rotating cake stand so you can make pristine cakes so nice, they'll bring back Cake Wars just so you can win it.

Amazon

It comes with an 11-inch cake turntable, two icing spatulas, two smoothers, and one decorating comb.

Promising review: "This year, I decided to make my 2-year-old's birthday cake. I watched 500 cake and frosting videos on Youtube and decided two weeks before the party to order this set. It was 100% worth the money. I can guarantee you, her cake wouldn't have come out looking half as good with all three of these tools." —A. Bourguignon

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

18. And while you're at it, a 42-piece piping kit for adding flowers and fancy designs.

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The set comes with 36 icing tips, two silicone pastry bags, two flower nails, and two plastic couplers.

Promising review: "The tips are of high quality. They feel substantial and not flimsy super thin metal, like some others I have felt. The silicone bags were super easy to clean by turning inside out and washing. I highly recommend the set — it's thorough, well made, and is offered at a reasonable price." —Blondie

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

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19. PLUS a 12-pack of vibrant gel food colors so those flowers really pop.

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Promising review: "These colors were perfect for a cake decorating party we had! The colors are bright and vibrant and what's wonderful is that it does not change the flavor of the frosting. It's more of a gel, which is nice! Great variety of colors!!" —Harmony A.

Get them from Amazon for $17.95.

20. An ice cream maker ready to help you make ice cream at home. Folks: ice cream. At home.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this ice cream maker. I never purchase store bought ice cream anymore. I make non-dairy ice cream. My children, husband, and everyone who tastes it can't believe I made it." —Saida

Get it from Amazon for $42+ (available in three colors).

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21. A spiralizer for turning boring veggies into ribbons, a decidedly way more delicious shape. Use them as an alternative for noodles, throw them on a salad, or just slurp 'em up on their own.

Amazon

Promising review: "I'm one of those weirdos that does an unnecessary amount of research, reads review after review, watches videos, and looks through the fine print on where a product is made and what the warranty covers — just to make sure I'm getting the best product for the best price. After owning the spiralizer for a year now, I feel confident in sharing how much I love this thing. It couldn't be easier to use and for the price, it is surprisingly well-built with high quality blades." —Center4Ants

Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

22. A Cake Boss-brand airbrush machine to make cool designs worthy of any auto shop or bar mitzvah.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I've never used an air brush machine before, but this is pretty simple. It works perfectly! I can't wait to use it for all of my baked good projects. Another great thing is the price. It's pretty affordable compared to other machines." —Iamjudee

Get it from Amazon for $54.79.

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23. An Instant Pot capable of sautéing, browning, slow-cooking, pressure cooking, making yogurt, and more.

Amazon

It's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker, and food warmer all in one snazzy appliance. (Check out our full review of the Instant Pot!)

Promising review: "I can't say enough about this pressure cooker. First, I got rid of several gadgets, which I love. I had two rice cookers, a slow cooker, and a food steamer. That has freed up so much room in my kitchen. Best of all, I am making some delicious dishes with this. When I cook meat on the stove top, it is hit or miss. The meat comes out tender and delicious every time I use the Instant Pot. If you are worried about the investment or about having yet another gadget, you can remedy this by selling the appliances that this makes obsolete on Craigslist and using the money towards your own Instant Pot." —mo

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes).

24. A bubble tea making kit for a fun project that leads to a fun drink.

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The kit comes with Thai tea, two bags of tapioca pearls, and 100 jumbo straws.

Promising review: "I was so excited to receive this product that I literally made my first cup of boba tea minutes after un-boxing! I love that the Thai Tea provided in this kit is lose leaf tea and not a powder, it smelled so good when I cut the bag open! The boba (tapioca pearls) are super easy to make, you can follow the instructions on the back of the package. They were squishy and PERFECT! So much so that I actually liked them better than many I've had in restaurants. All in all I am very pleased with this purchase!! YUM!" —Cinnamon

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

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25. An electric gummy maker to help you live every young child's dream by turning your kitchen into a candy factory.

Amazon

The device comes with four molds and a giant gummy bear mold. It makes fish, worms, and bears.

Promising review: "This was a lot of fun and easy to do. My 5-year-old had a blast with it. Some complain about the pot heating up too slowly and used the stove instead. I don't know, I thought it heated up just fine and it make it a lot more fun to use the included pot and give everyone a chance to stir. The molds are fantastic. I also recommend like others have said to use either two or three packets of the unflavored gelatin. We used three packets and they came out great." —Joe

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

26. A seed kit so you can grow your own "funky" veggies at home, like purple carrots and striped tomatoes.

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The box comes with five biodegradable pots, five peat discs, five plant markers, five seed parcels, and instructions. You can grow purple carrots, yellow courgettes, striped tomatoes, red Brussels sprouts, and rainbow Swiss chard.

Promising review: "I have no experience gardening whatsoever, and was actually worried that I wouldn't be able to grow any of the seeds. I always joke that I have a black thumb. My thumb turned green when I found this kit. It has easy to follow directions and all the supplies I needed. Wonderful kit for others that are interested in gardening, but can't keep a house plant alive." —Kiyoko

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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27. A kombucha starter kit with everything you need to make that vinegary fave at home, including your own slimey scoby.

Amazon

It comes with a scoby, tea, sugar, cotton cloth, gallon glass jar, lid, elastic band, pH strips, thermometer, and instructions.

Promising review: "As a first time user/maker of kombucha I found this product easy to use as the directions were very clear. I was a bit concerned about the appearance of the scoby as it looked different from pictures I had seen online. I emailed the company and they got right back to me saying to just give it time to do its work and it did. The scoby sank and it rose and the product is delicious. I added ginger to mine and it added a bit of a kick. I highly recommend this product." —Aqua Fish

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

28. Macaron baking mats so you can make those expensive lil' jerks at home and save a few bucks.

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Me: I'll have one tiny, fancy cookie sandwich please.

Cashier: That'll be $100.

Anyway, these non-stick silicone mats come with 30 circular guides so each macaron can be the perfect shape and size.

Promising review: "I bought these because I decided to learn how to make macarons this summer — my piping skills aren’t quite where I want them to be, but with a little practice the circles really helped them look proper. The macarons don’t stick to the sheet, unless they’re underdone." —Ally Fairman

Get two from Amazon for $13.95.

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29. A sparkling rosé making kit for people who say "rosé all day," but don't yet have the inventory to really mean it.

UncommonGoods

The kit comes with a gallon jug, rosé grape juice, yeast, hydrometer, tubing clamp, cleanser, airlock, tubing, screw cap stopper, cork, wire cage, and instructions. It makes up to five bottles of sparkling rosé.

Get it from UncommonGoods for $70.

30. And for the people with zero time for lengthy projects, a tumbler with a press for iced tea on the go.

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Just add hot water and loose tea (or tea bag) to outer chamber, let steep, then fill the inner chamber with ice. Press down into the outer chamber and presto! Cold iced tea with no loose leaves floating around.

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $15.99.

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