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28 Things That'll Make Cooking For A Crowd Way Easier

It's time to take the stress out of feeding the whole family!

1. A 7.5 quart Dutch oven made of enameled cast iron (read: durable, even cooking temperatures, and dish-washer safe!) that just may makeover your dinner routine for good. This babe is affordable, big enough for family-style meals, and it's a one-pot meal maker's dream!

Amazon

I just cooked in a Le Creuset Dutch oven (read: v expensive but are literally indestructible cooking heirlooms you can pass on to your family members) for the first time last night anddd I never want to cook in anything else, thanks!

Promising review: "This Dutch oven may have saved my marriage! It is HUGE, beautiful, easy to clean, and best of all has shown no signs of wear after multiple uses. The enamel on the last dutch we owned wore down quickly and this shows no signs of wear and tear. We are a family of seven, so this gets heavy use in our home and is so lovely it stays out on the regular." β€”M. Maestas

Get it from Amazon for $50.92 (available in four colors).

2. A practical kitchen timer so you can ~simmer down~ and watch some Netflix and not worry (or forget) about whether or not it's time to take the food out of the oven yet.

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My entire oven shuts off when the oven timer goes off and then I have to pre-heat it again if the food isn't done yet πŸ™ƒ. Soo I am adding this to my own cart rn!

Promising review: "When I'm grilling, I'll often repeat a timed action (three minutes, flip the burgers, three minutes check the burgers, etc). One feature that I like about this timer is that when a countdown finishes, it defaults to the last time setting, making it really easy to do another interval of the same time." β€”Scott Reston

Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in two colors).

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3. A set of gorgeous and sturdy bamboo cooking utensils with color-coded handles so your kids can easily help stir the pot when you need a sous chef.

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Set includes: round spoon, curved spoon, flat spatula, round spork, curved slotted spatula

Promising review: "These are great! They are everything I expected from the description and pictures. Great size, easy to clean, and bright beautiful colors on the handles. So far, they are holding up great to washing." β€”Elizabeth Evans

Get them from Amazon for $10.95.

4. A seven-quart, dishwasher-safe slow-cooker for anyone who wants to dump a bunch of stuff into a slow-cooker and impress their friends and family with an effortless, delish meal come dinner time.

Amazon

Features: removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware and lid, select 2-10 hours of cooking time, keep warm setting

Promising review: "I loooovvvve my slow cooker! So easy to use and makes my life so much easier! I love coming home from work and picking up the kids to dinner already cooked. Settings are easy to set, after desired cook time, food stays warm until ready to eat. Surfaces are easy to clean and pot interior washes out with out too much scrubbing. You can fit a lot of food in here. Easily cooks a large chicken with potatoes and veggies, plenty of food for my family of five." β€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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5. A vacuum sealer so you can save and store leftovers from big meals in the freezer (for up to a year!) with no freezer burn, or keep buying bulk packs of cheap meat and freeze what you don't need for later!

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Features: two sealing modes for dry goods/cooked foods, includes air suction hose, a wine stopper cork, five medium vacuum bags, and one extra long vacuum bag roll

Promising review: "Great for using with most food or dry goods. It's easy to save food and money. You can seal leftovers and freeze them so you don't waste food, and then you can have dinner nights where all you do is warm up the leftovers weeks later!" β€”RMC

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

6. A set of pastel knives as sharp as they are pretty, because sometimes a fun knife set is all your need to feel inspired and chef it up πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ³.

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Promising review: "These actually make cooking fun! I love having colorful knives in my drawer. They look adorable and encourage me to cook. The knives are super sharp and easy to use, and they come with the perfect assortment of shapes for different foods." β€”Lynda Lawrence

Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

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7. A ceramic rolling pin that'll stay cool so you never have to deal with sticky pie crust or pizza dough again!

Walmart

Promising review: "I just love my new rolling pin. Love the weight of it and that it's cool ceramic base prevents my pie crust from sticking to the table when I pick it up. Love that the handles are just the perfect fit in my hands to keep my knuckles from hitting the table when rolling the crust." β€”Monica

Get it from Walmart for $15.52.

8. And a heavy-duty vegetable chopper and spiralizer for anyone who wants to skip the knife-set altogether, and have oodles of zoodles and food prep done in no time.

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This is a dream product for anyone who loves cooking but hates food prep (me)!

Promising review: "I absolutely love this it is my new favorite kitchen gadget! It chops and spiyralizes veggies for so many different meals in different sizes! I am in love with it so I bought another one and I am recommending to all my friends and family as a must-have tool!" β€”Samiee

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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9. A double breakfast sandwich maker that quite simply covers the most important meal of the day in just a few minutes, because who has time to feed a family of five in the morning with everything else going on?!?

Target

Promising review: "We invested in this double breakfast sandwich maker to save money and make mornings easier. One week later and this little gadget has already paid for itself!! We use it not only for breakfast sandwiches but for hot ham and cheese sandwiches later in the day. I can see us making lunches and dinners in this handy tool also. Clean up is a breeze! The non-stick surfaces are quick to clean. I am sure the breakfast sandwich maker will be one thing we make sure is always packed in the camper!" β€”Lusadwb

Get it from Target for $39.99 or from Amazon for $36.

10. A boil over safeguard so you can keep your eyes on the meatballs in the oven without worrying about the pasta boiling over on the stove-top!

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Promising review: "No matter how carefully I watch the pot, it seems to ALWAYS start to boil over the very second I turn my back for that slight moment. I saw this little hummer and ordered it immediately. What a WONDERFUL invention!!! I have not had one issue with boil-over since I bought it. I LOVE it! Two things: 1) when you initially put it on pot rim, create a seal by pressing down around the rim and 2) do NOT lift rim while in use. If you need to peek, lift the center lid. Otherwise you could break the seal, which might cause a boil-over. You will absolutely LOVE this item! I give it 10 stars!" β€”M. Goulet

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

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11. A 11-piece non-stick cookware set perfect for beginner cooks who have lots of people to feed, but aren't 100% confident in what they are doing and don't want to worry about food sticking to the pan.

Walmart

Promising review: "This stuff is great. You can fry an egg with no oil and it will not stick. I've had the set for a couple months now, and use the frying pan almost daily. By now a lot of the other non-stick pans I've used in the past would be showing wear. This does not." β€”Ronald

Get an eleven-piece set from the Tasty collection exclusively at Walmart for $79 (available in four colors).

12. An easy-peasy salad spinner that just might have you whipping up a delish salad for your next dinner party, because washing and drying veggies has never been faster πŸ₯—.

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Promising review: "We have been using this with my family for over a year now. Still spinning and doing it's job as intended! It has even taken the abuse of a toddler playing with it often. They love to watch it spin!" β€”Aaron L

Get it from Amazon for $29.94.

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13. An extra large rice cooker (cooks up to 20 cups) to keep rice going strong as the staple that binds your hungry fam together.

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This set includes non-stick inner pot, rice measuring cup, and a plastic rice spatula.

Promising review: "Rice is cooked perfectly. The size is great for my big family of boys!" β€”MSpill

Get it from Amazon for $39.90.

14. A handy kitchen scrap trap for anyone who is tired of scooping up bits and pieces of scraps off the counter/cutting board during food prep. This babe comes with a scraper and will save you time and space while you cook!

Amazon

Promising review: "I sometimes get suckered into kitchen gadgets that I never use, but this thing is awesome! Keeps the counter clean, you can either scoop the parts you want to put in the trash into this (strawberry stems, onion peels, etc.), or you can put the parts you want to use in here to make them easier to dump into the pan (broccoli florets, chopped peppers and onions, etc.). Makes it so much easier than trying to scrape chopped veggies off the cutting board into the pan and spilling them all over. Love this thing!" β€”*BeckyC*

Get it from Amazon for $13.41.

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15. A pre-seasoned 12-inch cast iron skillet that'll last for years to come and impress all your guests when you serve them a rustic pizza right from the pan.

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Cookware that is stovetop and oven safe is the best.

Promising review: "I have cooked so many amazing things in this pan. Eggs turn out perfect, I've baked pizza, I've fried fish. The more you use it, the better the seasoning gets. Super easy to clean. I have a scraper and just scrape everything off. Looks good as new without a drop of soap. (Don't soap, it will keep the coating glossy and help food slide off the pain.)" β€”Cal

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

16. A list of $10 dinner recipes so you can choose your faves and whip up something delish without going over your budget.

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17. A six-quart air fryer to roast an entire chicken in β€” think rotisserie style but even better than what you'd pick up at the grocery store, because it will be super fresh, moist, and not dried out! Air fryers are also great for heating up leftovers, or making big batches of crispy fries without the oil.

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I just cooked an entire chicken in this exact model of air fryer last week, and it was seriously the best chicken I have ever made in my life. I don't usually like white meat, but it was so juicy I ate it all up!

Features: auto-shut off, cool-touch handle, dishwasher-safe fryer basket, built-in timer

Promising review: "When I saw that Dash came out with a 6 quart, I went for it. I love being able to cook a whole chicken! The recipes that come along with this air fryer are amazing. The carnitas are a must try and have permanently upgraded my taco Tuesdays." β€”Dawn

Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four colors).

18. A 32-piece dinnerware set durable enough for everyday use and pretty enough to use during holiday meals. Plus it's dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

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Set includes: eight dinner plates, eight salad plates, eight bowls, and eight mugs

Promising review: "I like everything about this set! Beautiful. Wanted to skip the china tradition for Thanksgiving this year. Had been looking for a new set of everyday plates that are functional and attractive. Used for the holiday and now using for everyday. They are elegant." β€”Wren

Get a 32-piece set from Amazon for $149.99.

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19. A pair of stainless steel meat claws to take the stress out of your next pulled pork recipe. They are also good for lifting meat off the grill.

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Promising review: "Does a great job for shredding, also lifting a hot brisket, ribs, etc. to platter. Heavy duty, I clean these by hand because of the wood handle. they have stayed very nice, and clean easy." β€”Dee

Get them from Amazon for $22.98.

20. A 24-piece flatware set available in multicolor so you can finally keep track of whose dishes are whose by assigning each family member a color. Bye dishes debate!

Amazon

Promising review: "Colors and feel of flatware is very nice. I liked that came in six colors because we have six (four kids) people in our family. This has eliminated the dreaded silverware dump in the sink (the 'it's not mine' routine). Everyone has their own color, and problem solved! Ha!" β€”Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (available in four colors).

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21. An investment-worthy Instant Pot capable of browning, steaming, pressure cooking, rice cooking, yogurt making, and more (at speeds way faster than the oven). Say hi to super easy Instant Pot meals and bye to all the appliances taking up way too much space in the cabinets!

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Features: dishwasher-safe 3-ply bottom stainless steel inner pot, 12 built-in cooker programs (soup, meat/stew, cake, egg, sautΓ©, 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!" β€”ColoradoSunshine

Check out Tasty's easy Instant Pot recipes.

Get it from Amazon for $79.95+ (three sizes).

22. And a set of stackable steamer insert pans so you can steam rice above your main course and cook two things at the same time like some kind of magical kitchen wizard.

Amazon

Promising review: "Fits perfectly in my eight-quart Instant Pot. Nice and heavy, and seems to be of high quality. Made beef with broccoli in the Instant Pot with jasmine rice above using this product. Came out perfectly!" β€”Jaime Nutter

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (four sizes, compatible with 3, 6, and 8-quart Instant Pots).

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23. A large stovetop-safe pitcher that'll definitely satisfy your friends need for the tea when they come over to hang out.

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Promising review: "It's the best one for loose leaf tea. I make a pitcher of a tea and leave it for family or guest to help themselves. My guests always are impressed with this tea pitcher and asks where I got it from. They ultimately end up buying one. The fine mesh even holds back smallest of loose leaf tea. Just a simple, good, functional, large tea pitcher." β€”ishop4home

Get it from Amazon for $19.45.

24. And a 16-piece glass tumbler set for anyone who is tired of glasses collecting water in the dishwasher β€” these babes don't. You're welcome!

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Promising review: "Loved the weight and sturdiness of the glasses. They don't tip over easily and they're simple but elegant. Plus, it's the right mix of tall and short glasses for an average family, for a reasonable price." β€”SS

Get them from Amazon for $39.81 (available in two colors).

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25. A casserole dish set that comes with lids so you can feed the heck out of everyone with ease. This bakeware can go from oven to table to fridge all in one dish β€” the dream!

Amazon

Promising review: "My son says these are a godsend for making meals for his family. Especially since leftovers can be refrigerated right in the cooking dishes! Very Pleased!" β€”Richard T. Bearse

Get an eight-piece set from Amazon for $21.29.

26. A universal 30 bottle spice organizer (labels included) so you can save time digging through the spice cabinet and get back to cooking. Every good chef knows spice is the key to life!

Amazon

Promising review: "As a spice hoarder, this spice organizer is a total dream. I had 33 spices, (two bottles of cloves, who needs that?) and I was able to get almost my entire spice collection into this organizer. The labels were great, and covered almost all of my spices. My favorite part is that it came fully assembled! Having just put together a spice mix for a pulled pork recipe; I have to say this has saved me time. Now they are alphabetized and so easy to access. 10/10 highly recommend." β€”Sue Sunday

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

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27. A 45-piece banquet dinnerware set that'll help you become the dinner-party host of your dreams. It's got everything you need to serve up the meal of the century, and everything is dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe!

Amazon

Set includes: six 10" dinner plates, six 7.3" entree plates, six 7.3"x2" bowls holds, six 4.7" sauce dishes, six 3.7" cups and saucers, one large serving bowl, one salt shaker, one pepper shaker, one sugar bowl with lid, one milk creamer 9-oz, one 9.8"x2.4" baker, one 9.8"x2.8" casserole dish with lid

Promising review: "I love my set! it is very off white almost cream so if you are looking for a stark white set, this is not the item for you. Everything came well packaged and shipped. I have put the casserole serving dish in the oven and it did fine. I love that these are dishwasher, microwave and even oven safe!" β€”Brittany D.

Get it from Amazon for $83.33.

28. And a set of sheet pans to use the next time you need to feed the fam with a drool-worthy sheet pan dinner. Yum!

BuzzFeed, Macy's

Check out these easy sheet pan dinners and get a set of two baking sheets from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $13.99.

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