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24 Things For Anyone Who's Straight-Up Scared Of Cooking

I can't believe anyone would trust me to wield a knife???

1. An egg cooker you can count on to not mess up the hard boiled eggs again.

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Oh, you wanted soft boiled? It can do that too. Poached? Sure, get fancy. Scrambled! Yep!!!! Now you can have scores of deviled eggs at home instead of reluctantly overpaying $6 for one at a restaurant. It has a poaching tray, omelet tray, six egg holder, measuring cup, recipe book, and recipe database access.

BuzzFeed actually tested it out and loved it.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in two colors).

2. A sushi kit so you can whip up maki like a pro even if you're still just a cooking apprentice.

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Promising review: "Made sushi for the first time last night and it was awesome!!! This thing is so easy!! I was able to make rolls with rice on the outside with no problem, just added a little water to the roll mat and voila! My guests and husband were all amazed!" —Beach Mom

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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3. A rice cooker so you can set it and forget it — no more scraping burnt rice off the bottom of your pot!

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Promising review: "I used to avoid making rice because it was a hassle, requiring vigilance, timing/temperature control, not to mention the cleanup of the sticky mess left behind. This cute little non-stick gizmo makes PERFECT rice while you IGNORE it, sometimes for hours... It comes with a charming recipe booklet that shows things that can be made with it BESIDES rice, like soup, mac and cheese, chili, pudding, etc. This attractive cooker takes center stage in my kitchen. I recommend it highly!" —Cape Cod Kadi

Get it from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in five colors).

4. A veggie chopper so you can dice and slice, all while keeping your vulnerable hands away from a sharp knife.

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And think about how much time you'll be saving! So much!!!! If time is money, then this thing pays for itself.

Promising review: " The chopper is heavy duty, and stainless steel. It's very sharp! It's easy to use by pushing products through. Everything comes out in even pieces and looks fantastic." —Chelsea H

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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5. And if you have to wield a knife, a pair of cut-proof gloves to keep those fingers un-sliced.

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Promising review: "I wanted a pair of gloves that I could wear when using my very sharp mandolin to slice vegetables very thinly. I'm always afraid of slipping and cutting my fingers, something I have unfortunately done in the past. These gloves fit perfectly and allow me good dexterity; an accidental bump against the mandolin blade did nothing to the glove or my mandolin blade. I couldn't be more satisfied." —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

6. If all else fails, a Salad Shooter that pops out freshly sliced veggies in seconds.

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It comes with four interchangeable processing cones and a handy funnel guide. The motorized base wipes clean, and all other parts are dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I use this product more than I use almost anything else in my well-stocked-with-small-appliances kitchen. I am a gourmet cook who prepares food every day. I heartily recommend this product to anyone who doesn't like a box grater, mandolin, food processor, or anything else that's complicated to operate and difficult to clean. I'm a huge fan and didn't cook for the five days it took my Salad Shooter to get here!" —Babooshka

Get it from Walmart for $49.90.

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7. A set of grilled cheese bags for anyone who never got past the toaster stage of cooking.

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End the agony of constantly under your bread to see if it's ready yet. It never is! It's either completely untoasted or inedibly burnt.

Promising review: "I purchased these for the office to end the endless fights about the dirty toaster and toaster oven and THEY DO MAGIC. Everyone is happy, toaster is clean, peace is restored! Food is heated evenly." —Marina

Get three from Amazon for $6.99.

8. A steel "soap" bar that cleans your hands of the dreaded lingering food smells like garlic and fish. Don't be haunted by last night's food prep!

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Promising review: "Nobody likes smelly hands from working in the kitchen. And I have a volunteer job that involves working with animals that eat mouse and quail. There is nothing like the smell of mouse on your hand when you're trying to eat lunch. I originally got one of these as it is able to be used in a zoo facility, since it is just steel and isn't something involving harsh chemicals that could harm animals. It has been working very well. Once I had success there, I bought three or four more as gifts for people who cook a lot and often cook with garlic, onions, meats, etc." —CamilleElise

Get it from Amazon for $7.26.

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9. A hot dog maker so you can get perfectly toasted dogs and buns, no worries.

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This thing is doggone awesome!

Promising review: "I am quite endeared to this little hot dog maker. So much better than just throwing hot dogs in the microwave." —Tootie

Get it from Amazon for $17.49+ (available in two colors).

10. A copy of Salt Fat Acid Heat that breaks down cooking into four major categories. Once you understand the fundamentals, you won't feel so overwhelmed in the kitchen.

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Promising review: "This book is worth its weight in gold. The author shares an extraordinary skill set organized in easily understood teaching modules. Mediocre fresh green beans turned into flavorful wonders, buttermilk plus chicken roasted to flavor and tenderness heaven, Italian bread salad flavor testing and adjustment by author's encouragement. My guests were in awe and freely praised my cooking. Easily improve your cooking through easy lessons. Destined to be a classic. The author empowers the home cook — this is the real deal." —Reudi

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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11. A set of glass prep bowls so you can set out all your ingredients first and make sure everything is accounted for so you never have to be five steps into your soup recipe and realize you forgot to add oregano during step two.

Walmart

Get the six-piece set from BuzzFeed's Tasty Collection exclusively on Walmart for $18.99.

12. Mystical tea towels to add a little magic to your cooking. Think of your cookbook as your spellbook — you got this!

Urban Outfitters

Get a pair from Urban Outfitters for $18.

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13. A pair of heat-resistant skeleton gloves so you can feel like you're the scary one, not the idea of grilling for the whole neighborhood. Why did you plan this BBQ anyway?

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These work with your oven too!

Promising review: "I'm terrified of burning myself on hot pans and the oven — which I've done using potholders several times. These are a little big, but I can still use them easily, and the stars help me keep my grip. Also, I freely admit, I think they're stinking adorable." —justanotherreviewer

Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (also available in stars).

14. A silicone lid that sits on top of your pot and catches any overflow before it has time to spill over the side and make that startling sizzling sound.

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This thing is heat safe up to 400 degrees, so you don't have to keep an eye on your pot at all times.

Promising review: "You would not think this product is as awesome as it is! I never use pot or pan lids anymore. I use the boil-over safeguard all of the time because: 1) I can use the little lid insert to heat the food or water quickly; it holds the heat in. 2) Once I take the insert off, the food is visible. I can see it without removing a lid so many times and dripping condensation all over my stove. 3) I can use it on small pots and frying pans as well as large. It does not melt. It is easy to clean. 4) It protects against oil spatters when I sauté in a frying pan of any size. It is awesome!!" —Grandmuffin

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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15. A pack of oven rack guards to protect your unprotected arms from singeing while you're trying to pull your casserole out of the oven.

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Promising review: "After to many scars to count, I found these! They are a must. Why didn't someone think of this earlier! They are great. Get hot but won't burn your skin. My wife bakes a lot every week and she was always getting burned pulling racks out of the oven. A must buy." —Eti

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $8.95.

16. Fruit scrubby sponges that will make the aftermath of your cooking (one million dishes) seem way less daunting.

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You get a strawberry, orange, and lemon sponge.

Promising review: "Love this scrubber. It’s multi-surface use is just awesome. I use it for my non-stick, stainless steel, and even glass. Impeccable results. And I just toss them in the dishwasher once in a while to keep it clean. But no moldy smell whatsoever for literally years. They last you a while. Total value for money." —Soumya

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

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17. A set of unconventional measuring spoons to help you navigate your grandma's chocolate chip cookie recipe with confidence.

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Promising review: "These are absolutely the best thing ever. First they are heavy duty. If these ever fail, you've been dragging them on concrete. My serious use is to be able to do repeated exact measurements of inks and liquid additives for art. For strong flavorings like liquid mint or clove, these are perfect for small batches. We all have a friend who gives us 'that look' when you say add a tad more....Now they can know exactly what a TAD is. I have a friend who is new to cooking and has family recipes. She was delighted when I sent her a set. She's looking forward to adjusting Grammie's recipes." —Linda T.

Get a set of five from Amazon for $15.60.

18. A straining spoon so you can drain and move your pasta in one fluid motion. You can handle that, right?

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Promising review: "I love this thing! It is quite sturdy and has no issues holding lots of ravioli, tortellini, or any other shaped pasta. One note, it does not do well with long spaghetti. It is also great for grabbing veggies out when I blanch them in water or chicken breasts I have poached. I was injured in an automobile accident and my hands are not in great condition. This has made having to use tongs for some things no longer necessary. It has also — almost totally — made lifting heavy pots full of liquid, unnecessary. Cooking is therapy for me; and, to find any tools which make it easier for me, is fantastic! I highly recommend this scoop to anyone needing a little help in the kitchen, or who just wants to not have to pull out strainers all of the time. No reservations of any kind." —Kayce Cawthon McCarty

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in five colors).

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19. A microwave pasta cooker to help you continue to avoid the stove (fire, scary) when it comes to cooking.

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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 like spaghetti — either with normal Prego-type sauce or sometimes just with butter and Romano cheese sprinkled on. 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 afterwards. 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." —Smilin Sam

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

20. And a microwave bacon cooker that works just as well as the stove — who needs that scary thing anyway? Oil splatter hurts!

Promising review: "This cooker is the easiest way to cook bacon. Drape a few slices over the rods, microwave 60 or so seconds, pull 'em off and enjoy! Now you don't have to do without bacon in the morning 'cause it takes too long to fix. Then, dunk it in soapy water, rinse, and let it air dry. Also quick. It even folds up small enough to store in a drawer. Ya can't beat this little jewel. Try it. Return it if it isn't everything I've said. I love it." —Kenne Messer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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21. A splatter guard wall to protect from the aforementioned threat of oil splatter. That stuff is 1. painful 2. dangerous 3. ruining your immaculate stovetop that may or may not have never been used before.

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Promising review: "This is a game-changer for my attitude toward pan-frying foods — especially fish. I no longer worry about oil and juices splattering all over the stove and surrounding floor. It's also very handy to use when sautéing leafy greens, since the 'wall' adds height and keeps the greens from escaping as you stir. We've put it through the dishwasher several times already, and the fact that it folds up makes storage so much easier." —Kathryn A. Riggs

Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (available in three colors). Or you can opt for a more conventional splatter screen.

22. A beloved 7-in-1 pressure cooker you can count on to do most of the work for you.

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This baby steams, slow cooks, makes rice, sautés, and even make yogurt. It's like having a sous chef on deck at all times.

See BuzzFeed's Instant Pot review.

Promising review: "I am a senior non-cooking male who was suddenly faced with feeding myself after my wife passed away. The Instant Pot has been a marvelous help. With it I can cook meat (poultry, beef, pork), potatoes, carrots, and corn all together with excellent results. Everything cooks to perfection within about 30–40 minutes. All I have to do is put the ingredients in the pot, push a button, and leave for about 30 minutes. Voila! Instant dinner. I have also cooked rice as a kind of breakfast porridge. No problem. Cleanup is very easy." —David A.

Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in three sizes).

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23. A double-sided cutting board that collects juices and crumbs — but better yet, also has spikes to keep your meat in place while you're slicing it.

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Promising review: "I will be throwing away two other cutting boards which I have used for cutting things, since those things either slide around on the board or release too many juices and ooze onto my counter. This is wonderful! I first saw it at a relative's house, and she said that she uses it all the time because of its versatility. The sharpish pegs on one side keep our ham, roasts, and chicken in place, and the other side is smooth for cutting anything else. The surface of the board slants to one side, and I had not realized until I bought it that it does the same on the other side. This is great for collecting the juices, crumbs, or sliced and diced things off to one side. There is no downside to this product." —J. Bitney

Get it from Amazon for $19.94 (available in three colors).

24. And a pair of hugging sloth shakers you can consider your supportive audience while you struggle through your latest recipe.

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Get them from ModCloth for $12.

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Be careful in that kitchen!

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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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