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26 Kitchen Products That’ll Upgrade Your Weekly Dinner Plans

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1. A fermentation kit complete with everything you need to add delish pickled flavors to every dish. As a person with a shellfish allergy who loves kimchi but can't eat it because of shrimp paste, this is a must-have 👀.

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This kit features an waterless airlock system that lets carbon dioxide escape without allowing oxygen to enter, so there's no burping or exploding jars! It also comes with an oxygen extractor, four multipurpose lids, fermenting caps, and recipe booklet. It does not come with mason jars.

Promising review: "This kit extends the versatility of both fermenting methods and expanding the use of mason jars. I have been using this company's fermenting lids for some time now and this kit makes fermenting even easier and more adaptable." —CO_Fisherman

Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

2. A sturdy stainless-steel turner featuring an easy-to-grip handle so you can effortless flip over whole pieces of fish, chicken, pancakes, and much more!

Amazon

Promising review: "I have a built-in cast iron griddle on my stovetop that I use several times a week. This spatula is fantastic for everything I've cooked — turning pancakes, french toast, burgers. It's flexible with a thin sharp edge that slides easily under the gooiest pancake, but it's also rigid enough to make quick work of scraping the grease off the griddle after cooking a pound of bacon and it's long enough to keep your hand away from the heat of the griddle." —gingero

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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3. A heavy-duty hand-held immersion blender ready to help you whip up sauces, puree veggies, chop up onions, and even blend up the beginning of homemade pie crust.

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Promising review: "I love this stick blender. Over Thanksgiving week with food prep for 30 people, I deployed it repeatedly. It managed every task with ease. The components clean easily. It has the power and more of my KA in its earlier years. It pureed my butternut squash to perfect smoothness. It mixed the deviled egg filling quickly and smoothly. As a test I attempted to chop my crackers for stuffing-but it powdered them quickly. Good to know. It chopped radish, celery and onion easily for an appetizer. I blended my shortening, salt, and flour for pie crust, added the water and had very fast dough ready to chill. The crust was smooth and flaky. With no hesitation, this device is a champion." —My Own Mind

Get it from Amazon for $38.50.

4. A nut milk bag so you can roll your eyes at the $12 coconut almond milk blend at the grocery store, and go home and make your own! Just blend whatever nuts you're using with water and vanilla, and strain via this 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.

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5. A gorgeous 4.35-quart cast-iron cocotte with a glass lid that'll transform every meal into a perfectly-cooked wonder. Plus you'll be able to see easy one-pot dinners come to life via the glass lid!

Sur La Table

Promising review: "I've made two stews in the last two weeks that came out better than ever. Works great on top of and in the stove, and keeps leftovers warmed without getting mushy." —Judy W.

Get it from Sur La Table for $99.96 (available in three colors).

6. A 16-jar spice storage organizer that comes with labels and five years of free spice refills so you can keep the spice and delish flavors coming.

Amazon

Promising review: "Heavy duty with a sleek look on the counter. The five year supply of free spices is a wonderful bonus. I highly recommend this product." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.84.

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7. A 6-cup rice cooker steamer pot ideal for anyone who wants to make rice and steam veggies or dumplings at the same time. This babe can also cook oats, meat, and nearly anything you can throw in it!

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Promising Review: "It's difficult to eat healthy while making time for work, leisure, and rest. Eating out a few nights a week gets expensive very fast. This little angel will put those worries behind. I was hesitant about purchasing this product. As the old saying goes, 'you get what you pay for.' This cooker will possibly save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year with quick, healthy, inexpensive dinners you can make. If you're single, this is the answer to all of your cooking woes." —Ricky

Get it from Amazon for $18.92+ (available in two colors).

8. An almighty Instant Pot that'll slow-cook, pressure cook, make rice, steam, sauté, and so much more — all in just one device! That means coming home to easy, ready to eat Instant Pot dump dinners (dump all the ingredients into the pot, hit the slow-cook button, and go!).

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Features: dishwasher-safe 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot, 12 built-in cooker programs (soup, meat/stew, cake, egg, sauté, steam, rice, porridge, pressure cook, keep warm, multigrain, and slow cook), 24-hour delayed start timer, up to six times faster than standard cooking, energy efficient

Promising review: "This is the most awesome kitchen gadget ever! I love it and would recommend it to everyone. I made fall-apart pot roast in two hours instead of the seven hours my Crock Pot used to take. Perfect rice and homemade yogurt. I got rid of two slow-cookers, a yogurt maker (that sucked), a rice cooker, and a stove top pressure cooker (that also sucked). Get one of these!" —ColoradoSunshine

Check out 21 easy Instant Pot recipes from Tasty.

Get it from Amazon for $69.95+ (available in three sizes).

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9. And an Instant Pot cookbook so you can whip up easy to follow recipes and indulge in drool-worthy dinners.

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Promising review: "Yummy! I have made six dinners from this book so far, and we have loved each one. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients can be found in any local market. My husband is asking for Mongolian beef dinner again. This is the best cookbook for the Instant Pot. Liam's recipes are really good." —Mia Rae

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

10. A set of six stackable glass prep bowls ideal for that chef who finally invented the perfect meatball recipe but has trouble remembering the six secret ingredients (me). Having all your ingredients laid out will help your recipes come together faster, and ensure you don't forget anything critical!

Walmart

Promising review: "Love them...watched Tasty on Facebook and wanted to try them. Very satisfied by quality of products." —none

Get them from the Tasty collection at Walmart for $18.99.

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11. A dishwasher-safe cauliflower stalk chopper (that also works on broccoli!) that'll make prepping cauliflower for pizza crust easier than ever!

Amazon

Promising Review: "This was a purchase that I didn't need but I am so glad I got it! I love it. Made preparing cauliflower so much easier and safer." —Shorteh

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

12. A food scale with an easy-to-read LED display so you can get exact measurements of experimental recipe additions with no fuss.

Macy's

Promising review: "I love it. The measurements on top are helpful. It's very easy to use. I simply lay scale on a flat surface, add my bowl/plate, tare, and add my food. It allows you to change measurements unit as the item sits on the scale. I'm buying one for my mom when it's on sale again." —SheridaH

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $24.99.

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13. A set of adorable pasta-shaped pot holders so the whole fam knows a seriously delicious pasta night is about to transpire!

Amazon

Promising review: "Greatest little kitchen helpers since sliced bread! While that might be a slight exaggeration, they really have become my favorite pot holders. Small enough to stick in your gadget drawer, but plenty large enough to use on your largest, heaviest pots and pans. Great for lids that have handles that get hot. I keep one on those lids during the whole time I'm cooking. You could also leave them on glass items used in the microwave. Very handy. And they are cute!" —Southern Gal

Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

14. And a Veggetti veggie spiralizer to help you make oodles of zoodles in no-time at all. You might even enjoy these just as much as carb-based pasta!

Amazon

Promising review: "This product has, with little expense, helped reduce my number one craving for my favorite simple carb, PASTA. Who knew I liked zucchini so much. The Veggetti is a simple, well constructed product for what it was made for. When I prepare a zucchini or squash, I only need to trim the very tip off the end. I leave the stem on unless its very long because the stem provides a sturdy place for the end cap. Very minimal waste this way." —JLA

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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15. A handy zester and juicer tool for anyone who loves adding a little citrus zing to tomato sauce, salads, fish, and more!

Macys

Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $12.99.

16. A 3.5 cup Kitchen Aid food chopper you can count on to make all your food-prep woes disappear, and then just throw the blade and cup compartment in the dishwasher when you're done for an easy clean up.

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Promising review: "Stronger motor than some. I had a small Cusinart and it just didn’t do what I wanted. I use this one mainly for hummus and pesto. I love it." —J Mac

Get it from Amazon for $55.87 (available in three colors).

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17. A seed kit for anyone who wants their life (and their recipes) to be filled with funky vegetables — this kit comes with everything you need to grow striped tomatoes, purple carrots, red Brussels sprouts, yellow courgettes, and rainbow Swiss chard!

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Aside from seeds, you'll also get five biodegradable pots, five peat discs, five plant markers, and instructions.

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.

18. A set of three dishwasher-safe knives with funky patterns that'll inspire you to get chopping, slicing, and dicing in the kitchen like a pro.

Anthropologie

Get them from Anthropologie for $24.

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19. And a cute knife sharpener that'll really sharpen up your day, and your knives; of course. Keeping kitchen knives as sharp as possible means they will cut faster, better, and safer!

Animi Causa

Get it from Animi Causa for $19.99.

20. A 5-1/2-quart stainless steel sauté pan for simmering down sauces and seafood, braising chicken thighs, making reductions, and whipping up tasty meatballs. It has tons of features you'll adore, like a helper handle, air-tight lid, cool grip handle, and tapered rim for drip-free pouring.

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Promising review: "We love it...I mean love love love it!! It is non-stick without the toxic chemicals found in teflon, ceramic, etc. and we do not have to baby it to take care of it — WIN WIN!! In order to get a stainless pan to be non-stick you must use it CORRECTLY though, so don't review this pan whining that everything sticks to it when you didn't educate yourself how to use it properly.

Heat the pan for 2-4 minutes over medium to high heat (it varies upon your specific stove, burner size, and speed, etc.), you can drop a few drops of water into the pan to test that it is heated up properly. The water should GLIDE across the pan like an ice skater on ice. If the water glides, then you are good to go! Add a bit of oil, then your food, and it should be non-stick." —WiseCrew

Get it from Amazon for $43.99.

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21. A food smoking gun that'll really up the ante and the flavors of whatever you're cheffing up. This babe will add rich smoky flavor to meats, cheese, veggies, and anything else your heart desires — no fire necessary!

Amazon

Promising Review: "I use this with meat I've cooked with my sous vide cooker. It's not like cooking on the grill but it gives a subtle smoked flavor and if it's cold outside you don't have to go out and fire up the grill. I use charcoal and it would simply waste the charcoal just to smoke the meat." —Bill Berry

Get it from Amazon for $72.64.

22. A needle blade meat tenderizer I need in my shopping cart ASAP, as will you! Put away that outdated meat mallet and get super tender cuts of meat with this tool — no pulverizing needed.

Amazon

Promising review: "It creates a great, flavorful and tender piece of meat. I was in Whole Foods about a year or so ago and ordered hanger steak. It's a great, flavorful and tender piece of meat. The clerk asked if I wanted him to hit it with his tenderizer since I was going to marinate it so I agreed. It was fantastic! I've had it on my list to order for months and finally did, used it on skirt steak. Again, it was fantastic. This is a great tool that does not pulverize your meats and cleans up easily in the dishwasher. It also stores well in my kitchen drawers. Well worth it if you want tender meat that soaks up added flavors." —Ron S.

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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23. A cute yolk separator made of food- and dishwasher-safe silicone so you can get all the egg whites you need for baking delish treats with ease.

Amazon

Promising review: "Love this idea. It's fast, simple, and easy to use. Also easy to clean as well. I have no trouble using it with large eggs. I think the trick is to just be gentle and not forceful. This is definitely better than the wire holder I have been using!" —meissler

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three designs).

24. A clever hand-powered food chopper for anyone who is tired of chopping veggies the old fashioned way. Just throw your onion, peppers, tomatoes, nuts, garlic, etc. into this device, give the lever a few whirls, and you're good-to-go!

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Promising review: "My husband and I love this little thing! We use it almost daily for chopping onions, peppers, nuts, mushrooms, etc. We make a lot of stir fry dishes and stews, so it is very convenient and easy to clean. Unlike other choppers we have tried, this one works great! When cleaning, be careful, the blades are very sharp, so just take care when taking it apart. Love this thing!" —Lynda Bullerwell

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

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25. A tofu press to get all the water out of tofu blocks so you can get to marinating and frying up dinner!

Amazon

Trust me, draining and marinading tofu makes alllll the difference.

Promising review: "Tofu press! Where have you been all my life (or at least as long as I've been making tofu). No more soggy, wasted paper towels and stacks of books, cans, or whatever you have lying around. I prop the press up in a Tupperware bowl and the press goes to town. Cranking the screws every few minutes, it's not very long until I can slice up my firm tofu and put it into hot oil where it crisps up quite nicely. It's night and day between the crumbly mess that would previously result from my forays into tofu-frying, and my S.O. definitely appreciates the taste and texture difference between then and now." —K

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

26. And a five-in-one multi tool that'll scoop, strain, cut, scrap up frosting and batter, and more! Just consider this your new best friend in the kitchen.

Amazon

This nifty friend is a solid spoon, slotted spoon, spatula, turner, and a cutting tool.

Promising review: "Give it a cap and a costume, this is the only thing I need in the kitchen! I am often looking for tools that can replace the other 30 I have collected in my kitchen. I have used this to flip grilled cheese, stir red beans and rice, strain brussel sprouts, and taste sauce. I use the flat edge to cut onions that were too large once in the pot and scrape the bottom of the pan. The uni-tool feels nice in my hand, has held up fine in multiple dishwashings, and has allowed me to toss a few kitchen tools that have become obsolete." —Hiawhatha

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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