28 Products For People Who Love To Eat, But Suck At Cooking

28 Products For People Who Love To Eat, But Suck At Cooking

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1.

A set of silicone cups that make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier. Family or roomies don’t think you can cook? YOLK’S ON THEM.


Sur La Table

No need to swirl the water, no danger of breaking your yolk, no need to add vinegar! And you can even use these to make poached eggs in the microwave.

Get a set of two from Sur La Table for $9.95.

Promising review: “Great product! Makes the best poached eggs in the simplest way. I have been looking for something like this fo a long time. Most importantly they can be put in the dishwasher. Would recommend to anyone who loves a good poached egg.” —Patti L.

2.

A beautifully informative print, which’ll identify and describe 25 herbs and spices so you can kick your food up a notch when it comes to flavor.


Gina Baker Shop

BAM!

Get it from Gina Baker Shop on Etsy for $12.95+ (available in two sizes).

Promising review: “Such a lovely little print that I’ve hung by my plant shelf. Not just cute, but informative too!” —Abellehood

3.

A set of shredding claws with handles so you can transform a store-bought rotisserie chicken into a HUGE variety of meals with ease — and without burning your fingers or getting them greasy.


OXO

Get them from Oxo for $14.99.

4.

A silicone safeguard to prevent your pot from boiling over and getting pasta water all over your cooktop (and even your bowls from spilling over in the micro). Are you as TIRED of scrubbing as I am?!


Sur La Table

A watched pot never boils, but an unwatched pot makes a huge mess. This bb is silicone (and microwave and dishwasher safe) and fits any pan or bowl between 6″ and 10″.

Get it from Sur La Table for $9.95.

Promising review: “No more cleaning up butter from the floor or ceiling of the microwave.” —Story L.

5.

An Instant Pot Duo cooker that’ll (deep breath) pressure cook, slow-cook, make rice, sauté, make yogurt, steam food…and also keep your dinner warm.


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It’s like a little miracle you plug in.

Get a six-quart Instant Pot from Target for $99.

Promising review: “I love cooking with this Instant Pot. I bought it as a replacement for my worn out Instant Pot. Other than the coffeemaker, this is my most used kitchen appliance. I use it three or four times a week. I love the new release system. Highly recommend!!!” —lovespocketslady

Still wondering if this is right for you? Check out I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone’s Obsessed With for an in-depth look.

6.

And a copy of the Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook to get you started whipping up deliciousness in your new multitasking miracle.


Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $26.99 or Bookshop for $26.99 (to support local bookstores).

7.

A handheld grater with two different-size grating blades so you can whip up the easiest and tastiest meal: cacio e pepe (aka pasta with pepper, butter, and grated cheese, plus a little reserved pasta water).


Oxo

Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $15.99 (originally $19.99).

Promising review: “Terrific grater! Handy for quick jobs and doesn’t take up a lot of space.” —CA

Check out a recipe for cacio e pepe at Tasting Table.

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And a two-in-one bowl and colander set that’ll let you drain your pasta without forgetting to save some of the water to add to your sauce. And the handle of the bowl = a spout for easy pouring!


Food52

Also a key ingredient for cacio e pepe.

Get it from Food52 for $30+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

Promising review: “I don’t like buying and storing extra kitchen gadgets that aren’t very useful, but this is well worth it. It comes in quite handy for pastas and vegetables.” —Gila B.

9.

The Flavor Bible, a cookbook and guide to creating mouth-watering combinations of ingredients, textures, and temperatures for all skill levels as you develop confidence in the kitchen.


Little, Brown and Company

There are suggested combinations (over 70 things go well with chickpeas, apparently), plus pages dedicated to specific main ingredients (like chicken or lamb) to inspire you to create *your own* recipes!

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $36, Bookshop for $36 (to support local bookstores), or find a copy at your local library.

Promising review: “I bought this book a few weeks ago and finally got a chance to look through it. It will now be my favorite kitchen resource book. I love the flavor associations for all the different foods and even types of cuisine. What makes a dish French? Well, simply turn to that entry and you see the typical flavors associated with french cuisine. I am looking to expand on my culinary abilities and having all sorts of flavor combinations at the tip of my fingers will help me tremendously in my journey. I am interested in trying different foods that I didn’t have growing up (or simply refused to eat) and I love to know the suggested methods of preparation, sample dish names and the most common flavors that complement most any ingredient.” —wannabe_cook

10.

A 4-in-1 patty mold that’ll help you whip up all the burgers your heart desires — including a Jucy Lucy — in the comfort of your own home — (you won’t even have to wear pants).


Bed Bath & Beyond

If you don’t know what a Jucy Lucy is, you need to educate yourself. And btw, that’s not its only use: this baby can make little sliders too! And of course, regular burgers, too.

Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $12.99.

Promising review: “This 4-in-1 burger press is amazing! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this sooner. It’s so fun to experiment and put different cheese, bacon, veggies and pineapple inside our burgers! It’s so easy to use the press and very easy to clean. I have purchased stuffed burgers at the store but have never made my own and I was shocked at how simple and delicious it really is!” —Shay13

11.

A handy-dandy aluminum baking sheet (or two), so you can try all 18,000 of those sheet pan dinner recipes you’ve seen with minimal effort. All you need is a protein + veggies + salt + oil + any seasonings you want. That is IT.


Target

BuzzFeed has tons and tons and tons and tons of sheet pan meal ideas to get you started, but just get experimenting with your favorite flavors! We’re talking sheet pan fajitas, clam bakes, quiches, jambalaya, nachos and S O much more.

Get a set of two (one half sheet and one quarter sheet) from Target for $19.99.

Promising review: “These are the best pans ever. They don’t buckle and clean up brilliantly. Will never use any other sheet pan again. Amazing quality, price, and easy to clean.” —Sarah

12.

A sushi-making kit that’ll help you ~roll~ like a professional. Just whip up some sticky rice, and load ‘er up with your favorite fresh veggies and protein.


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DIY sushi bar! This kit includes sushi rice, rice vinegar powder, nori, sesame seeds, wasabi powder, bamboo rolling mat and instruction/recipe booklet.

Get it from Williams Sonoma for $31.95.

Promising reivew: “This was a great kit! It was easy to use and so fun. The sushi turned out really well and everyone enjoyed it.” —sam803

13.

A pair of five-blade herb scissors guaranteed to make you say, “Chopping skills? Who needs ’em!”


Crate & Barrel

Chopping scallions, basil, and other flavorful ingredients is tedious, but you deserve better than bland food. And there’s a cleaning comb built into the storage cover to make removing any herbs that are stuck in the blades a breeze!

Get them from Crate & Barrel for $11.95.

Promising review: “These are easy to use, easy to clean and they store real easy and nicely. It’s nice to cut the herbs now it’s faster than before with 5 blades the job gets done so much quicker.” —Teel0

14.

An emulsifying bottle with a built-in blender ball for flavorful homemade salad dressings, marinades, and sauces you’ll want to drizzle on everything. No more flavorless food, and no more relying on store-bought sauces.


Whiskware

“From scratch??” your hungry fam will shout with surprise. “Yes!” you’ll reply smugly.

Just add your ingredients (there are measurements helpfully printed on the side) and give ‘er a shake to easily combine. The easy-open, auto-close spout means you can open + pour with one hand, too (without spilling everywhere)!

Get it from Whiskware for $14.99 (available in plastic or glass).

15.

A set of square rings to effortlessly make fried eggs perfectly sized for topping a piece of avocado toast.


Williams Sonoma

A perfectly Instagram-able breakfast.

Get a set of four from Williams Sonoma for $19.95.

Promising review: “I’m really happy with these! I cook a lot of fried eggs and pancakes for family, and have tried many versions of this kind of ring. This is the first set I’ve had that will reliably sit flat in the pan and not let liquid leak. They are a great combination of flexible and rigid and I can tell a lot of care went into the design. They say dishwasher safe, but I hand wash — very easy to clean and I don’t want to risk warping.” —A Farlington

16.

An adjustable rolling pin that’ll flatten dough to the uniform height of your choice — anywhere from 1/16″ to 3/8″. No more wonky pie crusts or cut-out cookies that don’t bake evenly!


Bed Bath & Beyond

Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

Promising review: “I’ve always used old fashioned rolling pins without a good way to gauge the height of my pastry or cookies. This rolling pin is pure joy, letting you measure exactly. Easy to use!” —San Diego

17.

A set of three stainless steel mixing bowls with silicone non-stick bottoms, because whether you’re creaming together frosting, tossing together the ingredients for a pasta salad, or whisking eggs to make a scramble, you do NOT want your hard work to end up on the floor.


Sur La Table

Get a set of three from Sur La Table for $39.96 (originally $50).

Promising review: “I love the nonskid bottoms. I have regular (skid) mixing bowls already, and these ones have quickly become my favorite. It makes a big difference during prep.” —Marianna T.

18.

A batter-dispenser that’ll make cupcakes, pancakes, and muffins 👏 perfectly uniform 👏. And it has measurements on the sides to make everythin incredible easy (and mathematical).


Oxo

Get it from Oxo for $19.99.

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A handy guide to the most important kitchen skills, from how long ingredients keep to how to plan a food budget to how to sharpen a knife.


Quirk Publishing

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $9.95 or Bookshop for $9.14 (to support local bookstores).

20.

A Hello Fresh subscription that’ll basically be like a cooking class you can do at home. Sign up for a plan that fits your diet (including vegetarian and family plans), and you’ll get allllllll the ingredients you need to prep each meal! WHILE learning how to cook!


Hello Fresh

Perfect for people who love activities like cooking classes, but are stuck in the house. There are even ~dinner to lunch~ recipes to help you prepare an easy and delicious noontime meal for the next day.

Meals start at $7.87 per serving — skip any weeks you like!

Be sure to check out my review of Hello Fresh (it’s #7) for more deets on how it makes cooking easy — and teaches you new skills along the way!

21.

A 3-in-one chopper set (for two sizes of chopping, plus mincing) to keep you from shedding tears over some onions.


Bed Bath & Beyond

No promises if cutting onions ~actually~ makes you sad.

Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $39.99.

Promising review: “I’ve hand two veggies choppers made of lightweight plastic and both broke in less than a year. I was looking for a more durable veggie chopper without paying the professional stainless steel price. This one seems to be what I was looking for. It is more substantial and chops up onions easily, as well as any other veggie I slice up and place on the chopping tray. It’s top shelf dish washer safe. I’m happy with this product.” —Texas Grammy

22.

The Goodful by Cuisinart One-Top, an all-in-one induction cooktop with temperature tracking to take the guess work out of your recipe. What heat setting does “simmer” even mean??


Macy’s

And it’s great for sous vide cooking, too!

Get it from BuzzFeed’s Goodful Collection, exclusively at Macys, for $149.99 (originally $187.99).

23.

A scissor slicer to make fast work of prepping produce or making the best salad e v e r. All for the price of *one* to-go salad at the fancy place near your office.


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Get them from Sur La Table for $24.95.

24.

A spatula tool with a harder center and flexible edges that’ll slide right under the hardest-to-flip foods (looking at you, omelets).


Oxo

Get it from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $7.99 (originally $9.99).

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An over-the-sink cutting board with a built-in strainer so you can rinse, and chop your produce in the exact same space, keeping you organized so even your subpar knife skills can’t cause a huge mess.


Food52

This bb is especially great for anyone with a tiny kitchen and no counter space.

Pre-order it from Food 52 for $59.99 (available May 15).

Promising review: “I love this matte black over sink board. It is stable on our sink for cutting and it is lightweight and while large is easy to clean. It does not appear marked by the knives at all!” —Gina C.

27.

A thick, durable apron with TONS of information (think cooking times for veggies, measurement conversions, how to test the doneness of your meat, etc.) printed UPSIDE DOWN so you can hold it up to consult while you’re *wearing it*.


Suck UK

How long should you cook your eggs? How much rice should you make? This’ll tell you!

Get it from Wayfair for $22.99 (originally $25).

Promising review: “The apron is fantastic and all of the cooking conversions are printed upside down for convenient reading.” —MO

28.

And Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book that’ll teach you the building blocks of *how* to cook and build up flavors, not just recipes to follow. This is how you can start experimenting with recipes and flavors of your own!


Simon & Schuster

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $33.75 or Bookshop for $33.75 (to support local bookstores).

Promising review: “Interesting book. If you are looking to learn how to branch out from your usual method of cooking, this is the book for you. If you ever been curious about, you will finally learn the nitty-gritty science behind best practices, like how to correctly layer salt and how heat affects texture. I love it. It’s a great book for everyone from the people who cannot even boil water to make rice to even the most experienced home cooks. You will also learn how long raw eggs will last in your refrigerator, what is “resting time?”, the proper temperature to cook chicken, and also, one simple “trick” is guaranteed to change your life and how you will eat forever, allowing you and your entire family to eat better to live better. Buy that book too or get it from your local library.” —Borntoread75

These’ll all help you cook even better than a rat pulling your hair!


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