18 Kitchen Products You’ll Probably End Up Using Seven Days A Week

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1.A microwave pasta cooker that’ll help you channel your inner Giada De Laurentiis and whip up a delicious with the perfect texture in no time. In other words, no more biting into hard, undercooked spaghetti or too-soft penne.

Promising review: “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man… I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, 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 afterward. 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. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” —Smilin Sam

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

2.A cold brew maker so you can prepare your daily dose of caffeine in advance right at home. What’s that sound? Sounds like the stacks of money you’ll be saving from not having to buy cold brew every day.

Promising review: “This coffee maker is my BEST FRIEND! I use this every day, and it’s so simple! My coffee comes out perfect every time. I’m a cold coffee drinker, and I put about eight to 10 scoops of freshly ground coffee into the filter. I let it sit overnight and the next morning, I remove the filter and dump the grounds. It makes four days worth of coffee, and I love that it’s ready to go for me, especially since I wake up at 4:50 a.m. and I need to make my coffee quickly! It’s very easy to clean as well. Be sure to remove the rubber linings inside the caps so that you can clean in the crevices.” —Panda

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available as a one-quart or two-quart pitcher).

3.A set of produce-saving containers to *finally* help you stop letting your fruit and veggies go bad before you can eat them all. The tiny filters help keep moisture away so that your produce stays fresh longer.

Promising review: “We bought one of these just to try them out. We live in Montana and the veggies just don’t seem to last as long as they did when we lived in Arizona or Washington. I put some baby spinach in one of the containers and nine days later, the spinach literally looked as good as the day I bought it. I bought a three-pack from Amazon and just threw a bunch of mixed berries in one and broccoli in another. I am extremely happy with my purchase.” —pettyolives

Get a set of two from Amazon for $23.96+ (available as sets of three and four).

4.This heat-resistant clip-on strainer that’ll help you drain excess water from pasta, rice, potatoes, and other boiled foods. Gone are the days of making a mess or accidentally burning yourself because your traditional colander sucks.

Promising review: “Once I figured out how to clip it to the pan, I fell in love with this strainer. It’s so easy and efficient. I’ve used it with small and big pots, and it worked well with both. It’s very convenient to be able to keep the pasta in the pan, particularly if my sink is full of dishes or pans from making the rest of the dinner. SO EASY!!!” —Andi F.

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in two additional colors).

5.A multi-blade vegetable slicer for perfect, uniform slices of cucumbers, carrots, beets — whatever — every time. If you always complain about not having enough time to prep ingredients for dinner, you’ve officially run out of excuses.

Promising review: “I was looking for a Mandolin slicer that would last and I found it! This slicer is made of thick, heavy-duty plastic, cleans easily, and hasn’t warped over the last several months even with dishwasher cleaning. The super sharp blades store neatly in a plastic case, and the slicer’s body collapses for easy storage. This is a huge advantage over other slicers! A variety of blades are included, which will cut any vegetable or fruit any way you want it. The adjustable knob makes it easy to get the perfect thickness. Each ‘click’ makes a difference of about 1mm, so you can be very exact with cuts. I use this most often to thinly slice apples to make baked apple chips or thinly slice tomatoes for homemade pizza, but I’ve used it for many other things. No decrease in performance after several months of use and the blades are still razor-sharp. In fact, the blades are so sharp that it can be tempting to use the slicer without the hand guard. Don’t do it. Save yourself (and your fingers) a trip to urgent care.” —S. Berry

Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

6.This compact tea organizer that’s not only pleasing to look at but also lets you, you know, NOT angrily sift through your massive tea collection looking for just one damn packet of chamomile in a sea of earl grey.

Promising review: “This completely revamped my unorganized, messy cupboard into one that is amazingly organized where I can actually find my tea without everything toppling out of the cupboard. When that happened, I would angrily shove the tea boxes back up there, but now I can easily pull this out and grab my tea without any annoyance! Each cube holds about 10 bags comfortably (11 is quite the squeeze, but it will fit with force), so it will hold 120 bags total. Such a great purchase!” —Kryssy

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

7.A tiered fruit basket to nicely display your ~healthy~ snack options and keep certain fruits fresher longer by keeping them away from other produce — I’m looking at you, apples and bananas.

Promising review: “This rack has the perfect amount of space for the amount of fruit we keep. It’s a great way to keep it organized so the fruit doesn’t get forgotten at the bottom of a bowl or squished when looking for a particular fruit. It also helps keep fruits that speed the ripening of other fruits separate without having to get a second bowl. We placed ours as a centerpiece on our table because it’s too tall to fit under the cabinets above our countertops, so measure if that’s the only place you plan to keep it. It’s pretty to have a tower of fruit on our table and it entices us to choose fruit as a snack rather than cookies or fruit snacks.” —Julie

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

8.This stainless steel knife set that’s sharp as nails and cuts deeper than my hatred for dull, crappy knives that don’t do their jobs.

The 13-piece set includes a chef knife, bread knife, carving knife, utility knife, a paring knife, a cheese knife, a pizza knife, six steak knives, and — as a bonus — a two-stage knife sharpener, a peeler, kitchen scissors, and of course the clear acrylic stand.

Promising review: “I did hours of research on affordable knives that also had an aesthetically pleasing look to them before *finally* committing to a purchase! Boy, was I glad that I did! These have been fantastic! I haven’t had to use a sharpener at all yet! I have nothing but good things to say. I was mainly looking for a quality chef’s knife, paring knife, and carving knife — everything else was a bonus! The peeler works wonders! I have a garden and had loads of cucumbers this year, and the peeler cuts like butter! I almost wept when I used the carving knife as well. I had an unthawed pack of bacon that needed to be cut into cubes, so I broke out the carving knife and NEVER have I had an experience where the blade just went straight through unthawed meat like that! I was *AMAZED*. Need I say more? If you are having doubts, don’t. Just go for it! It’s a great, affordable product that looks beautiful on your kitchen counter. Take the plunge!” —ChristenG

Get the 13-piece set from Amazon for $39.99.

9.Some kitchen shears so you can snip your way to a yummy, homecooked meal in no time. It’s almost as addicting as being a kid and chopping away at paper with your safety scissors, except you’ll probs be cutting up asparagus and celery and more grown-up things.

Promising review: “I’m a big fan of kitchen shears and bought these almost exactly a year ago. All along, I’ve been super impressed with how sharp and well-made they are. Today, however, they reached the pinnacle of badass. After weeks of trying to find something that would cut a heavy rubber pond liner, I decided to try these. Four hours later, most of the pond liner is in pieces and I’m totally trashed, but the shears aren’t. They’re still sharp. That’s beyond badass. I’m buying another pair right now, in case they ever stop making them.” —D. Olson

Get it from Amazon for $12.09 (available in four additional colors).

10.A sturdy can rack to help you organize ALL of the cans, so you can stop living in fear of not being able to find the canned corn when you really need it.

Promising review: “This can organizer replaced a much smaller can organizer that was a pain to use. This new one is much larger, fits more cans, is very secure, and moves from spot to spot very easily (even with cans on it!) without falling apart. It comes with six dividers! Love that! Each level has two heights to pick from. The whole thing kinda snaps together, making it very sturdy. It comes with rubber feet that are ridiculously easy to put on, and has extra caps for the shelf hooks, and clips to mount a second can organizer on top. Also, to note, the dividers have a correct way of being installed. The underside where the holes are go from big to small, the small holes go in the back. I would buy this thing all over again!” —Rose of Sharon Rice

Get it from Amazon for $18.87+ (available in two additional finishes).

11.This air fryer that’s as easy to use as it is pretty and compact. Piles of French fries in just a few minutes without all the extra grease and oil? Sign. Me. Up.

Promising review: “This little gadget is awesome! I purchased it for my office at work, as I used to cook my sweet potato fries in a convection oven where I would have to go into the break room multiple times to flip my fries and reset the timer for additional cooking. This air fryer has made my life so much simpler and has eliminated all of that! My frozen sweet potato fries now only take 15 minutes to cook, I can keep the fryer in my office, and after about five uses, I can say it cooks very well and gives my fries (and tots) a delicious, crisp fried taste. I have already encouraged several of my co-workers to purchase one, and I’ll probably buy a larger one for my house down the road. This size is ideal for one or two servings, so if you are feeding more people, I would recommend a larger air fryer. Clean-up also couldn’t be easier! It’s adorable and a simple tool, and I am very happy with my purchase!” —Michelle My Bell

Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in four additional colors).

12.A garlic twister for perfectly minced garlic without having to whip out your knife. Instead of taking — *yawn* — forever to chop one clove of garlic, you can easily prep three with a couple of good twists.

Promising review: “This works great! It’s easier to twist if you cut the clove in half first. It’s a breeze to clean — it just takes seconds with my kitchen brush, which is why I wanted to get away from the handheld garlic press (I spent way too much time cleaning the corners out of the garlic press). This is sturdy, fits easily in my drawer, and I can mince two or three cloves of garlic at a time.” —sandy

Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

13.This Instant Pot that’ll cook you almost every meal — including dessert!!!!! — and make you never want to use your stove or oven again.

Promising review: “I use this for everything! How did I live without this before??? This is so easy to use, and it’s the perfect size for one or two people. I’ve been making a lot of stews, and I’ll sauté the onions, carrots, and meat then add everything else, seal it, and set it for seven minutes on high pressure. I let it release naturally and have a perfectly cooked, tasty meal every time. This gives me enough for four or five servings. I’ve even baked banana bread in it and it turned out SO good! I used one of the containers and the lid from my To-Go Ware stainless steel lunch container to bake it in on the rack.” —The Galavan

Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three sizes).

14.A cool can colander (say THAT five times fast) to remove all the excess liquid from your canned foods and produce. It fits snugly over the top of your can, kind of like a cute, little hat! All you have to do is turn it upside down and watch the water trickle out.

Promising review: “It sounds silly but this little guy is truly a game-changer. I have been using the top of the can to strain the water out of my tuna for years. I never thought of ever considering an alternative until I came across this on Amazon. It really is a time saver and very convenient. Fits perfectly nice and snug in 5oz tuna cans. Easy to clean and seems pretty durable as well. I have not tried to was it in the dishwasher however so cannot comment on that. I have not had a reason to, actually. Just rinse off with water and pat dry. Highly recommend.” —studiotime

Get it from Amazon for $3.71.

15.The ~incredible~ Spatty and Spatty Daddy, aka the mini rubber spatulas that are your ticket to ALWAYS getting the last gosh darn drop of anything — like ketchup, mustard, and especially NUTELLA!!!!

Promising review: “I saw it on Shark Tank and knew it was the answer to all the wasted cosmetics and foodstuff. So I bought it. I keep one Spatty in the shower, one on the sink, and the large one in the kitchen! I get almost to the last drop on all my products. This is a great idea and I admire the creator in making a business out of it. It’s only a few bucks and as she said on TV, after one product use, you will recoup your money back. Worth it!” —Cinsational Reader

Get a set of two (one bigger and longer, one smaller and shorter) from Amazon for $11.99 (available in pink or blue).

16.This two-in-one bag clip and spoon so you 1) know your coffee or loose tea is fresh, and 2) can always find a spoon to scoop it with.

Promising review: “I know just where to find it. Right on my open coffee bag. Seriously, I found that it helps to make great coffee. The length is ideal for the bags and it is perfectly sized to give a consistent pot of coffee.” —L. W.

Get it from Amazon for $6.72.

17.A — *deep breath* — FREAKIN’ ADORABLE ANIMAL-SHAPED SPOON HOLDER!!! *Ahem* It fits snugly on the edge of your pot so you’ll never forget your spoon in your batch of soup again.

Promising review: “I. Am. So. Excited. I got these (the rooster and the pig) as a gift for my dad who LOVES to cook, but always forgets and leaves cooking utensil in the bowl instead of the counter. He’s always burning himself, so when I found these, I had to buy them. It’s hard to forget and leave a spatula in a hot bowl when you have a red rooster sitting on the side of it. He’ll get it for Christmas, and I can’t wait to see his reaction. The packaging for these is also really simple and they have pictures of how they work so I’m not afraid he won’t understand when he opens them. I can tell that they’re good quality products just by handling them, and they’re so much more detailed in person then what you see in the pictures. I love these. I might buy some for myself.” —Vinneya

Get it from Amazon for $6.72 (also available as a rooster and a chicken).

18.This life-saving — I mean, avocado-saving — hugger that keeps your avocados fresher by reducing airflow to it. Aka, no more feeling like you need to scarf down BOTH halves of the avocado in one go.

Promising review: “If you eat avocado with any regularity, you need this. I put 1/2 an avo in my morning smoothie and was blowing through plastic wrap trying to save the other half for the next day. The avo saver makes it super quick and easy to store leftover avo and keeps it green for several days. It also makes transporting half of an avocado much easier. It may seem gimmicky but you’ll be so glad you purchased it!” —K. Scott

Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

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