25 Kitchen Products That’ll Help You Cook Something Other Than Pasta

25 Kitchen Products That’ll Help You Cook Something Other Than Pasta

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1.

A snap-on silicone strainer for straining veggies and hard-boiled eggs in addition to pasta. It clips onto nearly any pot, big or small, so you don’t lose any precious cargo when you dump out the water.


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Promising review: “Makes straining pasta, veggies, etc., so easy. Easy clean up and less clunky than a full size strainer. I love it so much I’ve just bought four more as gifts.” —LJ

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors).

2.

A veggie spiralizer to trick your brain into thinking it’s getting pasta — and then surprising it with zoodles. This will also come in clutch when you’re craving some salty, starchy, potato-y goodness but you can’t be bothered to leave your house.


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You get a six-blade spiralizer, two straight blades for chopping, and three julienne blades (including an angle hair blade and wavy blade).

Promising review: “I LOVE THIS THING. Can’t recommend it more. Lots of handy options. Suctions to the counter so it doesn’t move? Genius. Cleaning brush so you can get the vegetable residue off the clamp? They thought of everything. Several different shaving options so you get the perfect-sized pasta? Amazing. After turning seven zucchini into angel hair pasta in one sitting, I can’t think of a negative thing about this. It works so well and fast. Perfect way to eat more veggies and less carbs/wheat. I made stir fry with zucchini noodles made by this and my family barely noticed the difference. Give it a try!” —Emily

Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

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And a cookbook full of recipes you’ll want to try with your spiralizer so you can get out of your dinner rut.


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Promising review: “Definitely so helpful when first learning how to use my spiralizer. Full of a surprising variety of meals and tips and tricks depending on the vegetable you want to try next. I’ve made several dishes from this book and it has taught me useful skills to venture off in creating my own meals.” —Courtney Callahan

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

4.

A veggie dicer that’ll make quick work of the produce in your fridge that you’ve been neglecting because prepping it takes too much time. No more chopping onions for 20 minutes because you can’t stop crying.


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Promising review: “I hate chopping veggies. Hate. Hate. Hate. Saw this on a lightning deal so figured what the hey, I’ll get it. People, people…. I just filled up four plates (10 in Dixie plates, to be exact) with veggies in less than 10 minutes. Seriously. I chopped an onion earlier to sauté in 15 seconds. Yes, really. If chopping veggies keeps you buying the same frozen ones over and over like me, this is for you. It’s a kitchen miracle. You can chop onions, potatoes (not sweet potatoes, though, that’s in the instructions), peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, cucumber, etc. Probably a whole lot more, too. Apparently tomatoes don’t do well according to the instructions (too soft, maybe?). You can also do eggs. Best. Invention. Ever. I’ve used a lot of kitchen gadgets. My kitchen could be a commercial for Pampered Chef. But I don’t think even PC could top this thing. Seriously, get this. Definitely worth the money.” —Angela W.

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

5.

A breakfast sandwich maker if you’re feeling a ~lil’~ brekkie for dinner or you’re just craving a late night BEC.


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Promising review:It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and ‘fast’ meals. I fix bacon in the microwave, and it cooks the egg, melts the cheese on bagels, English muffins, hamburger buns, and other round breads. If I had one with squares I would make sandwiches like grilled cheese and ham. It can even cook a round omelet!” —Bonita

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available three colors and two styles).

6.

A sushi-making kit because we’ve all battled the urge to order delivery sushi…for the third time this week. This kit comes with everything you need (minus the rice, fish, and add-ins), and reviewers say it’s easy to learn, even for first-time sushi chefs.


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Promising review: “Oh my goodness! This product was so easy to use! Well worth the money! I’m always skeptical on buying products like this because I’m not always sure on the reviews, I hate wasting money. If your on the hunt to find the right tools to make your own sushi I definitely recommend buying this product!” —Jamie

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

7.

A pack of reusable toaster bags for replacing your 2 a.m. ramen with a buttery grilled cheese — straight from the toaster.


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These reusable bags are good for 50 to 100 washes and can hold pizza, chicken nuggets, and pastries.

Promising review: “Who can say no to a mess-free toasted panini in under four minutes? Or frozen chicken nuggets or fish sticks… The sky is the limit with what you can fit into each of these toaster-safe bags. This is a late-night grilled cheese made in two minutes from heaven!!!” —corey

Get a set of four from Amazon for $6.99.

8.

A truly ~egg-celent~ rapid egg cooker that’ll whip you up an omelette (or soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies) without you ever having to dirty a pan. Reviewers even use it to steam frozen dumplings!


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Promising review: “The Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker is so neat and fun to use! I used it the next morning after the delivery, and I cook my eggs only in the Dash Go. It cooks every egg so perfectly, and they come out so fluffy every time. It cooks a variety of egg dishes, and you can cook vegetables, and some meat like fish. Very wonderful kitchen gadget, and I highly recommend you make a dash to buy the Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker if you love eggs! You will not be disappointed!” —Tonya

Get it from Amazon for $17.17+ (available in five colors).

9.

A nonstick wok so scrumptious stir-fries are always an option. It’ll take you about as long to make one as it takes you to boil and sauce pasta and the results will be so much tastier, trust me.


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Promising review: “I have a wok but it was really difficult to handle, too heavy and big for such a thin handle This one has the perfect handle and allows me to grab and shake whatever dish I am making. The form of this wok fits the stove perfectly. I really like it and the color is a plus.” —Jecalita

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Tasty collection at Walmart for $19.88.

10.

A panini press to achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on your sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. The top plate locks so you can also toast your pizza, open-faced sammies, and even bruschetta.


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Promising review: “We loved toasty sandwiches and this little thing makes them great! You can do so many varieties of sandwiches — really anything your heart desires. I have also used it to make quesadillas. Irons are easy to wipe down for fast cleanup.” —KDiaz

Get it from Amazon for $32.75+ (available in two styles).

11.

A 7-in-1 Instant Pot so you can actually eat dinner in a timely manner. It tenderizes frozen meat in minutes and makes mouthwatering stews in under an hour so you don’t have to subsist on pasta when you come home late and can’t be bothered to cook a real meal.


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This do-it-all kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer.

Promising review: “This has seriously been a lifesaver!! I love all the different options and that you can cook things that would generally take lots of preparation and time very quickly. One of my favorite things to make in this is FROZEN CHICKEN! Yup! No need to defrost for hours. Just dump in some chicken breasts with flavoring of your choice (salsa, BBQ sauce, etc) and turn it on. Cooks in about 15 minutes depending on your chicken size. Then you just shred and eat 🙂 It’s also very easy to make soups and stews and a quick baked potato in 15 minutes too! It’s also super easy to clean and the variety of different buttons makes it easy to cater the cooking as you need it.” —Fahmida Ali

Get it from Amazon for $79 for six-quart Instant Pot (originally $99.95, also available in three sizes and three styles).

12.

A BuzzFeed Tasty seasoning kit if you’re into things that make your life easier. No more staring at your spice rack for 10 minutes wondering what the heck tastes good on chicken only to settle on…boring old salt and pepper.


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Each set comes with Fiery (a blend of sriracha, lime, and garlic), Zesty (a blend of lemon, thyme, and basil), Hearty (a blend of garlic, red bell pepper, and paprika), Jazzy (a blend of green bell pepper, paprika, and garlic), and Savory (a blend of tomato, basil, and oregano)

Promising review: “I have used these to replace 90% of what I used to use. They are seriously that good. Super fresh and delightfully mixed! You will not regret having these in reach when you next cook. Seriously. I have made spaghetti sauce, alfredo, and shepherd’s pie using mostly just these jars.” —Mila

Get it from Amazon for $23.89.

13.

An electric indoor grill because it’s cold as heck outside but that doesn’t have to stop you from grilling up a juicy steak and veggie kabobs like it’s the middle of summer.


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Promising review: “After reviewing a variety of other indoor grills online, we chose this one as the most appealing. Needless to say I’m loving this grill; it has become my favorite way to cook because the flavor and convenience it brings to our meals is amazing. Easy to set up, easy to use, easy to clean the removable grill. Absolutely happy that this is the one we chose out of the many other brands and styles.” —Diane Pilato

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (originally $89.99).

14.

A Potato Express, a microwaveable bag for perfectly cooking your tater instead of waiting an hour for them to bake in the oven. It’s also great for reheating old bread, tortillas, and corn on the cob.


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Promising review: “Baked potatoes couldn’t be easier or quicker. These work just as advertised. We have found that with larger potatoes you may have to double your time, but eight to 10 minutes compared to an hour or more in the toaster oven can’t be beat!” —Don Juan

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

15.

A set of mini cast-iron frying pans that are easy to use and will encourage you to cook more. What can you make with these guys? Ummm almost anything you want, baby!


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Cast-iron skillets may seem intimidating to first-time users, so check out our explainer on how to care for a cast iron before you buy to figure out whether it’s the right cookware for you.

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful collection at Macy’s for $14.99 (originally $28.99).

16.

A microwave rice cooker that steams rice, polenta, and couscous with ease if the one thing that’s stopping you from cooking is that it takes 50 million steps to complete a dish. With this you just stick it in the microwave and walk away.


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Promising review: “I’ve had this for seven months now, and I think it’s still my favorite tool in my entire kitchen. I eat a ton of rice, and I love how easy this is to use and how easy it is to clean. I put in one cup of white rice and two cups of water, and microwave it for 15 minutes. It comes out consistent every time. In the past, I’ve cooked rice on the stove and used an electronic rice cooker, and I prefer this microwave one to both. I hated how messy cooking on the stove is, and my electric cooker got mold down inside the part that you can’t wash. With this, there’s no mess, and there’s nowhere you can’t clean or that can trap mold or bacteria. I can throw every part of it into the dishwasher after I’m done with it.” —C. Stone

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

17.

A microwave veggie steamer if you’re a lazy eater and can’t be bothered to boil a pot of water. This steamer has a two-cup capacity, so it’s great for anyone living the #singlelife.


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Promising review: “This is a perfect little microwave steamer… I bought it to steam veggies for my toddler and it is great. It does a great job but is small enough that it’s not a pain to pull out and use and then clean just for one person.” —SHOPPER123

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three styles).

18.

A handy dumpling maker so you can enjoy homemade pot stickers, pierogis, empanadas, and turnovers. The flavor possibilities are endless!


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Promising review: “My wife uses this for making empanadas and a variety of other stuffed pastries. Good quality workmanship; it works well and cleans easily. As the dough shrinks a bit when cut, you may need to roll it out again a bit before filling and pressing so you get a good seal.” —Jimmy

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

19.

A rotating oven that’ll bake your pizza, cookies, potato skins, chicken wings, fish sticks — you name it — without heating up your entire home. You can control the heating elements on the top and bottom so your food is always perfectly cooked.


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Promising review: “We use our Pizzazz for nearly everything. We cook hotdogs, pizza, tacos, french fries, tater tots, chicken patties, hamburgers and many other items on the Pizzazz rather than heating up the oven and the whole house. It is a convenient and safe way for children to learn how to cook and with the variety of foods that can be put on the Pizzazz, it is a must-have in every kitchen. I can’t imagine having a household without one! The food is always well cooked and hot throughout. The ability to change which element is engaged (Top, bottom or both) increases the possibilities ten fold. I would highly recommend this item for everyone!!” —Todd Clan

Get it from Amazon for $47.32.

20.

An enameled cast-iron dutch oven if one of your 2020 resolutions was to cook more. *slaps dutch oven* This bad boy can cook you practically anything you want. Bread? Done. Stews? Done. An entire bird? Done. Braised meats and veggies? Done! Seriously, please stop asking.


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Promising review: “This is a versatile piece that can be used in everyday cooking. I was really impressed by the beautiful sage color. I have made a variety of items, from stews to roasts, and it was great to be able to put directly out in the dutch oven, because it looked so nice.” —JessicaF

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful collection at Macy’s for $67.99 (originally $169.99).

21.

A Souper Cube, a silicone freezing tray for storing perfectly portioned meals. Prep a recipe ahead of time and freeze them in these trays so you can quickly grab them as needed and defrost them for an easy meal.


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Each tray has four fill lines — 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 125 mL, and 250 mL — which is ideal for people who like to portion their food.

Promising review: “These Souper Cubes are the most convenient way of freezing ‘portions’ I’ve ever found. For example, I love making soup, but my husband isn’t all that thrilled about eating it. I usually just eat what I’ve made for three days or until I’m sick of it and then throw out whatever is left. Dumb, but freezing small portions isn’t all that handy. Until I found these. I also love making soup stock. Now all I have to do is pop as many of these cubes of stock as I need into the pot. If you’ve ever processed a whole batch of liquid something into small zip-lock bags for the freezer, you’ll appreciate the convenience of just ladling the sauce or whatever into these cubes. When the sauce is frozen, I pop the cubes out of the trays and freeze them in one-gallon freezer bags, eight to a bag.” —labwriter

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

22.

A corn peeler because getting kernels stuck between your teeth is enough to make you swear off corn on the cob forever. With this lil’ guy, you can still enjoy this magical yellow veggie.


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Promising review: “Of all of our Prime Day purchases, what is my favorite you ask? This mf’ing corn cobber. It makes a mockery of a corn cob in a blink of an eye! Who wants corn juice and butter all over their face?! With this little bad boy, you can eat corn in peace knowing that it won’t get stuck in your teeth, it won’t destroy your face with a butter bath and it’s so fun to use you may punch your grandma at the next crab feast.” —Jared

Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

23.

A set of produce storage containers you’ll love ~berry~ much because they’ll save you money by extending the shelf life of your fruits and veg. Here’s to actually cooking with the produce in your fridge in 2020.


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Promising review: “As a single person who forgets I bought spinach A LOT, these are a miracle. I can keep all kinds of produce for weeks — my fave is to chop up a head of cabbage and store in the large one. Keeps for weeks and ready for slaw, salad, and more. I’ve also stored mushrooms, berries, and other veggies. No more worries about wasting food if I need to buy more than I need today!” —Candace Burton

Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $26.99.

Read my colleague’s in-depth review of the Rubbermaid FreshWorks storage containers to see why she loves them.

24.

A dishwasher-safe OXO avocado slicer for the person who buys an avocado every single week but can’t be bothered to actually prep it. This genius gadget makes it easy.


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Promising review:I’ve owned mine for over three years now and use it regularly at home. The knife is more than sharp enough to cut an avocado in half quickly and easily but not sharp enough to cut skin. I’ve let my 10-year-old granddaughter use it all the time since she was seven. Pitting couldn’t be easier or safer: three slightly rounded, blunted, recessed blades grab the pit, and the finger hole allows you to push it out easily. My blades are still fine after three-plus years. Then in one fast easy motion I have seven even slices of avocado ready for my sandwich or salad. I didn’t even need to scrape it out with a spoon.” —Tony C

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

25.

An itty bitty knife sharpener, because nothing makes you want to cook less than struggling to chop meats and veggies with dull knives.


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Promising review: “Wow! I was going to buy some whet stones to sharpen my knives but I know I’d be too lazy to use them. Then I saw this gadget advertised on BuzzFeed and though I’d try it for the price. It works exactly as stated. It won’t restore knicked blades but it sharpens amazingly good. Knives that I’ve had for years I was able to sharpen and cut with ease.” —Amazon Customer

My colleague loves this lil’ guy, saying it “totally ~transformed~ my hodgepodge of a knife collection, and probably saved my clumsy self from lots of close calls with dull knives.” Read her full review of the KitchenIQ knife sharpener.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

You in the kitchen in 2019:


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Versus you in 2020:


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