56 Things To Help Fix Dinner Problems Before They Can Start

56 Things To Help Fix Dinner Problems Before They Can Start

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An Instant Pot 7-in1 Pressure cooker that’ll basically do all of the cooking for you. With all of these features, all you’ll really have to do in the kitchen is, well, exist.


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This pressure cooker will steam, slow cook, make rice, sauté, and make yogurt! I also refuse to hold out on you and not let you know there’s an ENTIRE cookbook dedicated to helping you master this Instant Pot sooner than later.

Promising review: “I really love this appliance. I have replaced my rice cooker and egg cooker, and put my large Crock-Pot into storage. This thing does all those things and more. As a single person, the mini size is perfect. I still get leftovers, but not days and days of leftovers. The stainless steel pot is so much easier to clean than my Crock-Pot, both in the sink and the dishwasher. I think I will be using my Instant Pot at least once a week for a long time.” —Denise J.

Get it from Amazon for $59.05+ (available in three sizes) and the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook for $13.69 (free on Kindle Unlimited). Also, if you want more deets, check out our full review of the Instant Pot.

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A digital meat thermometer so you always know when the meat is done and you can stop ~beefing~ with under- and over-cooked food. It’s foldable and designed with a magnet so you can stick it right on your fridge and easily find it later.


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It’s designed to work for foods from the grill or the stove and it’ll read the temperature within two to three seconds! The thermometer will also hold the temperature reading even when you pull it from the meat so you don’t have to stick your face in heat to read it. It’s also available with a one- or three-year warranty.

Promising review: “I have not had much success with instant-read thermometers. Chicken is always hard for me to judge when done and I am tired of it being overcooked. I used two other thermometers prior to the ThermoPro and wasn’t happy with either. One thermometer’s temperature went up, then down, and then back up even though I held it steady in one position. Admittedly, I did not purchase any over $25, but still… Lo and behold, the Thermopro+ TP18 popped up, complete with good reviews, and a reasonable price. It is faster than my others. After doing the ice water test and checking the room temperature (just a little over one degree off on the ice water and spot-on for the room temp), I feel I finally have an instant-read thermometer that I can trust. I don’t really need to touch the power button for it to turn on; it usually comes on when I take it off the refrigerator. I love the convenience of having a magnet on the back. And, btw, the customer service is quite helpful and quick to respond to questions.” —D. Kaiser

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A dishwasher magnet to keep EVERYONE in the house on the same page about what’s going on with the dishes. You know, because pulling dirty plates from the cabinets to put dinner on is a no-go.


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Promising review: “Not too much to say here. It will remind you that your wife wants you to empty the dishwasher. It will also remind your wife that you haven’t emptied the dishwasher.” —Taz

Get it from Amazon for $4.83.

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Affresh dishwasher tablets that’ll remove odor-causing residue so your dishes actually get clean and are ready for dinner right when you are.


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These trusty tablets can be tossed in the machine while it’s empty or full.

Promising review: “After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and dishes just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener was no longer doing its job so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine per the instructions and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! My glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully every month, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!” —Sheila

Get them from Amazon for $3.70 (available in a six-pack).

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A food processor to cut, slice, dice, crinkle, mince, or puree whatever you need. This baby will make hummus, peanut butter, pesto, and more. It might even autopay your bills but don’t hold me to that one.


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Promising review: “I am really happy with this food processor! I have a bad right shoulder and this little machine takes all the chopping out of the cooking process so I can create and not have the aches and pain from a sore arm. It also speeds up the prep process. I found there is a learning curve and you should go slow and learn all you can to really enjoy the full potential of the processor. Great for folks who want small pieces of carrots and celery for easy chewing. Just watch out or you turn everything into a paste. I use it daily! And clean up is easy, also runs in the top rack of the dishwasher.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $49.19. Peep our full review of the Cuisinart Elemental food processor!

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The Freshly meal delivery service so you can finally skip meal prepping, blowing cash on greasy takeout, and running to the grocery store every other week. The service will deliver up to 12 all-natural, chef-cooked meals a week. All you’ll have to do is heat them up in the microwave and dinner is served!


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There are over 30 meals to choose from. Three favorites are the steak peppercorn, penne bolognese, and southwest chicken bowl. It’s a fave of BuzzFeed writer Mal Mower. Here’s what she has to say:

“This meal service is, and I really don’t want to overstate this, the single greatest thing that has ever come into my life (my husband is a close second). It brings me actual joy to spend under three minutes microwaving a meal that comes out so delicious I’d swear my grandma was hiding in the kitchen and preparing it for me. I don’t know how they’re able to make microwaved meals this well-rounded, diverse, and delicious but I’d name my first child after whoever figured it out.”

Get it from Freshly for $49.99+ a week (available in quantities of four, six, nine, and 12 meals weekly).

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A set of spices in case you get stuck on how to ~spice~ up your food and go beyond your traditional palate.


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You get to choose between five sets of spices which are grilling, hot & spicy, keto, seasoned sea salts, and smoked spices. BuzzFeed writer Kayla Suazo had this to say about how perfect these spices were for her dad:

“I got this for my dad for his birthday and he always calls me after dinner to tell me he used one of these spices. It’s honestly the sweetest. And if you aren’t sold on this one, in particular, there are other spice sets available: Hot and spicy, seasoned sea salts, all-star BBQ, keto grilling, smoked, and maple southwest. *Starts drooling.*”

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in seven different sets).


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Here’s what BuzzFeed writer AnaMaria Glavan had to say about its nutty goodness:

“I eat the mocha cappuccino flavor every morning and OH MY HEAVENS, I’ve never known such deliciousness.”

Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in a ton of different flavors of peanut, almond, and hazelnut-based spreads).

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A three-tier spice rack with drawers to pull out AND down so you can lay eyes on the exact spices you need no matter where you set this in your cabinets.


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Promising review: “Finally, I found the right organizer for my spice bottles! They used to be everywhere in the cabinet. I couldn’t find one I needed and have been wasting a lot of time looking for it. With this spice rack, all bottles are displayed and organized clearly and nicely. The rack also works for my K cups. I am so excited to have this rack and would love to purchase another one for my family.” —Ellen

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in threesizes and three colors).

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OR! A pull-down spice rack that’ll minimize all the work it takes to sift through disorganized spice bottles and remain attached to your cabinet. It’ll also be great for shorter people who hate dragging out a stool to reach spices when they cook.


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Several reviewers also use this to organize their medicine cabinet!

Promising review: “This is a very neat storage rack! I have bought two already and plan to buy more! One is used above my stove for my spice rack! My husband and I are both short around 5’5″ so this is very convenient for us as we can pull it out and down to look at spices. The other one we used to put medicine in. We are putting these in all the top shelves as it’s so much easier to pull it out and down to find what we are looking for. Plus it organizes well!” —Caressa

Get it on Amazon for $16.30 (available in two colors).

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An “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner so the splatters from reheated leftovers wipe off smooth and easy.


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Just add water and vinegar and place this gadget inside for five to eight minutes. Afterward, the nasty splatters will wipe right off.

Promising review: “At first I was skeptical to try this product due to all the hype of how it works, but I stand corrected. It works great! I was so surprised by just how well all the grime and junk got off the walls of my microwave. It’s really simple to use and takes only minutes! It loosens all the sticky food residue so all you need to do is wipe clean, pretty effortless! Great investment!” —Dalya Blech

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+.

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An attachable silicone colander so draining things doesn’t have to be so… ya’ know… draining. It’ll work for your pots, pans, and bowls.


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It’s dishwasher-safe, FDA-approved, and it’ll save you the space those larger sifts usually take up.

Promising reviews: “This is the coolest kitchen gadget I’ve bought in a long time. No filling the dishwasher with huge colanders. You snap this on your cooking pot and drain. Then, after a quick wash in the sink and you’re done. It holds securely and I’ve only lost a few noodles over the top edge when the pan was too small for what I was making. I made angel hair pasta fully expecting it to go all through the holes like a regular colander and they didn’t even poke through let alone come out!” —Holly B. Nash

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

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A spill stopper to stop water boiled over from pasta right in its tracks before it travels to your stovetop and creates more mess for you to clean up when you’re done eating.


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It’s made of heat-resistant silicone that works for up to 400 degrees. Plus, it’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: “Works great. I got it as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom since she’s always boiling stuff over. It happens especially when family is over. The house is busy and she forgets about it and next thing you know, water is all over and then she has to scrub the stove the next day and well, she’s retired and shouldn’t have to do that. So I thought I would get this for her and see if it worked. It works and she loves it. No more boiling over the pots. When the family is over, it’s always mashed potatoes or pasta so this saves her so much scrubbing the next day. I am glad I got it for her.” —Chris W.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in three colors).

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A 3-in-1 avocado slicer that’ll prevent you from wasting precious minutes trying to cut an avocado perfectly. This’ll cut the fruit in half, remove the pit, and pluck out what’s left in perfect slices at record speed.


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Promising review: “High quality. The feature that sets this apart from cheaper tools is the pit remover. I actually cut my palm and needed stitches removing a pit with a knife. Then someone told me about tools like this. The slicer part also works fine for me and saves a lot of time over manual slicing. Clean up is simple. Run water over it in the sink. Then, put it in the dinnerware basket in the dishwasher. Great gift idea!” —W.S.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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AND — an avocado saver so you can enjoy half an avocado and whenever you get back to the other half, it’ll be ready and as yummy as the first one.


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It’s also dishwasher-safe!

Promising review: “If you eat avocado with any regularity, then you need this. I put half an avo in my morning smoothie and was blowing through Saran 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 $7.53.

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A three-piece produce-saving container set that’ll make your fruits and veggies last much longer in the fridge. No more spending your hard-earned duckets on fresh produce just for it to be shriveled before you actually get to enjoy it.


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BuzzFeed writer Natalie Brown had this to say about how well these babies work:

“On March 5, I put half of my fresh strawberries in the medium-sized container and left the other half in the clamshell container they came in from the store… 10 days later, the berry I left in the original container was dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. (I’m not eating the leaves, but still.) But the produce-saver strawb’s as fresh as it was on day one! Not that I wouldn’t eat the dehydrated one if that was my only option, but given the choice? I’ll take a fresh strawberry every day!”

Get it from Amazon for $26.99. Also, read the review on the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver Containers!

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A terra-cotta bear to stick in your brown sugar stash so it retains its moisture for up to six months. Just place it in water for 20 minutes first and then you can kiss rock-hard brown sugar buh-bye.


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Promising review: “After multiple containers for my brown sugar and continuously throwing my brown sugar away due to giant hard lumps, I began to wonder why our brown sugar never lumped as a child… And that’s when I remembered a weird brown bear in our sugar… After a quick search, I found this! I soaked it in water for 30 mins and then added it to my lumpy brown sugar… Two days later, there is not a single lump in my sugar! Yay! It did turn any sugar that touched the bear a white color but it tastes the same still! :)” —Sneezeloaf

Get it from Amazon for $5.61 (available as a single or in a pack of three).

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A can colander for straining your canned foods ~without~ losing one pea, piece of corn, or any other scrumptious thing down the drain with the excess juice. Just snap it on the can and get to pouring. The process is quick and the colander is dishwasher-friendly!


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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. It fits perfectly nice and snug in five-ounce tuna cans. The strainer is easy to clean and seems pretty durable as well. Just rinse off with water and pat dry.” —StudiotimeGet it from Amazon for $3.39.

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Oven cleaner to transform your stove into an actual clean space for you to cook your dinner in instead of the dirty dungeon it currently is 😬.


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It’s lemon-scented and fume-free! Yay!

Promising review: “Woah, Mama this stuff works! I have an oven I’ve embarrassingly neglected for five years. I did as the other reviewers stated and sprayed it on and let it sit overnight, then cleaned up the next day. It literally wiped up with a damp sponge. No scrubbing necessary! I will mention, however, that the directions state to cover the heating elements first with aluminum foil. I didn’t read the directions prior to using it (whoops!) and sprayed the product directly onto my heating element which made it a little more difficult to clean as they don’t come out. I just had to make sure to clean that area extra well and really get in the nooks and crannies. I also got a spray bottle full of water and REALLY sprayed all over it to rinse the area very well after wiping up the grime. Then, I simply dried it all up with a clean rag. I’m so glad I found this product and I solemnly swear I will not wait another five years to clean my oven ever again!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

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A split cereal bowl for anyone who definitely still settles for cereal for dinner when they’re too beat to cook something heartier. This cool bowl will certainly help you ~compartmentalize~ your feelings for cereal in a whole new way — and it’ll probably be a hit with the whole family so you’ll def want more than one of these in your cabinets.


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This will also work great for yogurt and granola!

Promising review: “My life can be divided into two parts: before and after the Obol. Before the Obol, my life was a cornucopia of misery and suffering. The inevitable sogginess of my breakfast cereal caused me to live in a miasma of despair. The eldritch ability of the milk to foul Cap’N Crunch or Raisin Bran seemed an impossible foe. With every snap crackle and pop, like drums in the deep, I knew the saturation was coming for my precious malted grains. How can one enjoy the morning repast free from the heinous congealing of granule and dairy? Tiny bowls were insufficient to slake my cereal feinding… Obol, you have lifted the veil from my eyes. You’ve opened a new world for me. Thank you Obol creator. You know not the positive effect on my life.” —Chris W.

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes). Don’t forget to snag your favorite cereal!

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A silverware sorter so you can save space and get to the silverware you need in literal seconds.


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Promising review: “I have a tiny kitchen with only three drawers, so space is at a premium. My silverware organizer took up almost all of one drawer, so this organizer is a godsend. You can fit quite a few spoons, etc., in each slot. My beater attachments fit perfectly into the top two hollows. I will say I have to flip my forks over face down to be able to shut and open my drawer, but then the drawer itself is kind of shallow. You NEED this if you have a small kitchen with few drawers!” —Mialro

Get it on Amazon for $7.99 (available in three styles and two colors).

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A Crock-Pot food warmer to make sure you enjoy hot food from home even when you’re super busy and don’t even want to leave your workspace for lunch — or have to stay late at work for dinner. No more hot food going cold and getting you all hangry.


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Just plug the food warmer into the warming base to heat up your food. It has a handle that’ll make toting it super easy, a spill-free lid, a cool-touch exterior so you don’t have to worry about being burned, and integrated cord storage so you can plug it up and then put it away when you need to.

Promising review: “After growing tired of having semi-hot or having to wait forever on the microwave at work, I decided to purchase this. It is wonderful. I plug it in about an hour before I have to eat lunch and my food is perfectly warmed. As a teacher, I get tired of turkey sandwiches or trying to wolf down what’s supposed to be a hot lunch but isn’t for whatever reason. One of the best things about this warmer is that I don’t have to worry about microwave explosions or having to clean up after someone else. It’s great for anyone who wants a hot lunch every once in a while and is crunched for time.” —Danielle Williams

Get it from Amazon for $21.82+ (available in four colors).

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A kitchen knife sharpener so you can slice, dice, and carve everything perfectly when you’re prepping for din-din.


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Promising review: “…For five and a half dollars, I thought it would be cheaper if I could save her old knives rather than buying new $25 knives for [my mother]. She was so impressed with the results that she pulled out her retired paring knives from a junk drawer — a filet knife and a huge 12-inch American-made chef’s knife that was about 30 years old — and asked me to sharpen them. I was able to bring back a cutting edge on all of them! Maybe not as sharp as new but plenty sharp for use in the kitchen…” —Rick T.

Get the original black version from Amazon for $5.99 OR the newer model for $5.99 (available in two colors).

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Animal bag clips to close up any food bags so everything will be fresh whenever you’re ready to pick up where you left off. They come in a six-piece set of adorable hedgehogs and foxes. These will help you close up any bags you have for stuff like pasta, sugar, beans, lentils, and even the snacks you have for dinner every once in a blue.


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Promising review: “At last, the cute bad-habit enablers that I was waiting for! Every so often, I have an open bag of snacks upstairs that I would rather not take downstairs before sleeping and these adorable little critters will hold the bag securely and look good doing it!” —Barb S.

Get them from Amazon for $3.99 (available in three other styles).

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Silicone baking mat sheets so throwing cookies, rolls, and other tasty things into the oven can be a quick, non-messy situation your belly will be so grateful for. There will be more tasty morsels going into your mouth and less of it boiling over and sticking to the bottom of the pan, or worse, the bottom of your oven.


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They’re safe for up to 480 degrees and can be used inside of pans OR underneath them in the oven to catch anything that boils over. Mess-free cooking = GOALS, y’all.

Promising review: “These baking mats are absolutely fantastic. The quality is superb, and SUCH a good price. I use them for just about everything I put in the oven from pizzas to cookies. You name it! I also love that besides food sliding easily off the non-stick surface, that they help protect all my baking sheets and such. It’s also super handy to just throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher or even just wipe clean… I’ve had these mats and used them almost daily for almost a year now. They still look brand new and I have had no problems with staining, melting, or the mats becoming worn. When using them, I cook most items at 375 degrees but have used them at up to 425 degrees several times with no issues so far… These things are fantastic and have paid for themselves many times over with the superior non-stick surface, ease of clean up, and the cost of parchment paper and or/aluminum foil I used prior to discovering these.” —Jezzhani

Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three colors and three quantities).

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A car sauce holder because sometimes, ya’ gotta have dinner while you finesse a steering wheel. No more swerving in the name of dunking chicken tenders.


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Promising review: “This is the best invention ever! I’m a sauce queen and this allows me to have sauce in my car without wasting it! Whoever invented this knows my love language!” —Quintana

Get two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

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PLUS, a French fry holder so you can scarf down fries on the go without worrying about dropping any all over your car.


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Promising review: “Bought this for my wife as she is a French fry lover to the MAX. I gave it to her thinking it was a ‘nice’ or ‘OK’ novelty item for the truck. You would have thought it was the Hope Diamond. We immediately had to go to Sonic and try it out and it worked well. I am her hero. Always have been but it is refreshing to watch such happiness.” —AZPerk3

Get it from Amazon for $19.76.

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A bamboo utensil set with some of the most iconic Star Wars characters engraved in each one! You know, in case you need the whole Force to help you get the food done.


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Promising review: “I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend. He thought they were awesome and said they’re great quality! The detailing is amazing as well. This was all around a great deal.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.59.

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A microwave pasta cooker so you can get all your noodle-involved meals done in literal minutes before the hangry sets all the way in and you Hulk out! It’s supposed to make al dente pasta without sticking in 15 minutes or less.


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The top has holes to help you measure a serving size. One serving size takes about 12 to 13 minutes.

Promising review: “This product is incredible. I had my doubts about it because I am picky about my pasta. After the first use, my doubts were erased. It cooks pasta every bit as well as the traditional stovetop method, but doesn’t waste as much water or heat up your kitchen. I can now enjoy pasta dishes in the middle of summer without heating up my whole house. Plus, clean up is a breeze because of its size and lightweight. The included cooking guide is very accurate, although you may need to experiment with cooking times for more ‘exotic’ types of pasta. But the bottom line is that this thing WORKS and is well worth the money.” —B. Hecker

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A NutriBullet blender that’ll help you whip up meal replacement smoothies and shakes faster than you can say “yummy!”


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It comes with the motor base, an extractor blade, a milling blade, three cups of different sizes, one cup ring, another cup ring with a handle, re-sealable lids, and a recipe book!

Promising review: “I absolutely love this thing. I’m a big fan of juicing but the ordeal of cleaning the juicer that I bought was getting time-consuming. With this, I can blend up just about anything. And from what I can see, I get a lot more from it. I can also use this as a blender to make smoothies or grind coffee beans. I’ve been making my own homemade nut butter and nut milk. I’ve also made my own hummus! Forget all of your other products! This is the way to go. For a single person, this makes all the difference in the world. It’s extremely easy to clean and I’m able to make two or three things at a time which allows me to have my juices for the whole day.” —Olexia S.

Get it from Amazon for $49.88+ (available in two colors).

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A breakfast sandwich maker so when you crave a morning meal for dinner, you can make one at the house instead of throwing dollars at the McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu.


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The sandwich maker also features a countdown timer with an audible beep and each part is removable and dishwasher-safe. I’m betting you the price of a McDonald’s sausage biscuit that a sandwich made with your preferred bread, meats, and other toppings is going to taste loads better than a McGriddle.

Promising review: “FAM. I need you to lissssssen. I would give this product 87 stars if I could. This thing was delivered to my doorstep in two business days and will provide a lifetime of joy for me. You’d think it would be one of those gimmicky kitchen appliances that barely even works EXCEPT you’re wrong. It’s amazing. It’s quick. Look. Lissssen. You put the ingredients in and about two minutes later, your tummy is all like ‘oh yesssss.’ Basically. Just buy it. Purchase the sammich maker. You’re welcome.” —Amazon customer

Get it from Amazon for $24.79 (also available as a double sandwich-maker).

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Cart trolley bags to make grocery shopping a much faster and more organized experience so you can hurry up and get to the dinner part wayyy sooner than later.


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Each bag holds up to 50 pounds and has an extra pocket.

Promising review: “These are really cool bags! They’re great quality and happy to see they are not cheaply made. They come in great colors and absolutely love the cooler bag and the egg holder. Three people at the grocery store stopped me today to ask where I got the bags from. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase!” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two color options).

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Cut-resistant gloves so you won’t accidentally knick your fingers while chopping up your fruits, veggies, and meats.


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These are food-safe and machine-washable.

Promising review: “After my husband sliced his finger on our mandolin, I decided to check out these gloves. We are both very impressed with how well they work. The company that sells these is also wonderful — they sent a follow-up email to ensure that we liked the gloves and would have replaced or refunded our money if we weren’t happy. The only thing I was concerned about when I ordered the gloves was if I was buying the right size. My husband and I have different hand sizes but the medium is working well for both of us. And knowing that they would send a different size free of charge was wonderful. Now we don’t have to worry about slicing off our fingers!” —That Author Guy’s Wife

Get them from Amazon for $11.49 (available in sizes S-XL). Check out our full review of these NoCry Cut Resistant Gloves.

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And! Silicone cooking mitts so your fingers don’t get burned while your stomach protests your late dinner time. Eat great, even late, without hurting yourself, please.


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These things will ward off temperatures as high as 500 degrees.

Promising review: “I enjoy baking but I’m usually scared of burning myself. Not anymore! These oven mitts are wonderful. In the past, I’ve had mitts that break at the seam and have unfortunately gotten burned. These mitts are constructed well and I appreciate that there are two layers! The silicone outer layer provides ample protection from the heat and the inside cloth layer makes it comfortable to wear. They feel sturdy and look cute. I also like the loops on the ends of the mitts so I can hang them.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in five styles).

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A Baby Groot cutting board that’s adorably sized for cutting up veggies and fruits. You could also use it as a small serving tray for when you’re eating dinner solo. Isn’t it so Grooooot?!


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And listen, no one’s judging you if you whisper “I am Groot” a few times while using it. It’s only right, honestly.

Promising review: “So cute! I use it all the time in my kitchen and it even worked nicely in my dorm room! It’s so easy to clean.” —Tessa

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A sushi kit so you can give yourself the two-roll special anytime you want and avoid getting takeout for dinner. The kit comes with a roll cutter, a detachable sushi mat, a non-stick rice paddle, two sauce caps, and a pre-measured rice frame. Let the good sushi-making times ROLL🍣!


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Promising review: “My wife and I made our first sushi with this kit. It was easier than I thought it would be and our California roll and Philly rolls came out really well. Tip: When using the cutting tool, squeeze it firmly around the sushi roll and it is easier to cut the roll. I’m very pleased with our first try, can’t wait to use it again.” —Michael K. Lehr

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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A cabinet door organizer for storing the cutting boards you’ll be pulling out and putting away frequently when you prepare meals. It can hang with its built-in hooks alone but also comes with screws to secure it in place. You can also store other supplies like cookie sheets, foil, and more!


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Promising review: “This organizer is so useful! I recently moved and ended up with a much smaller kitchen, so I’ve been doing everything I can to make sure there’s a place for everything and no wasted space. Luckily, I have pretty wide cabinets, so this works out perfectly. I have one holding my cutting boards (four standard plastic boards) and another holding my foil, cling wrap, and parchment paper boxes. The organizer is super easy to assemble and it’s completely versatile. Hang it over the cabinet door or attach it to the wall/cabinet door, which means it’s great for renters and owners.” —Kerry

Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

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A lid organizer so finally, FINALLY you can locate the tops to all of your plastic containers without having to launch a cabinet-wide search party. It’ll hold round and square lids up to nine inches wide and it only takes one minute to set up!


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Also, one reviewer shared that a sweet note from the brand in their package revealed that this YouCopia brand is a small women-owned business!

Promising review: “This product does exactly what it is supposed to and does it well. In under 15 minutes, I took my nightmare lid drawer and turned it into a functional, convenient storage space. The dividers were simple to install and provided flexibility. Slowly but surely I am getting my tiny, chaotic kitchen under control, and this got me a huge leap closer.” —S. Hawthorn

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

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Air-tight food storage containers to keep all your non-perishables fresh — and easy to find since they’re clear.


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The containers are also dishwasher-friendly!

Promising review: “I bought this because it was the perfect height for my cupboards to store cereals and other loose items and make it look much better than random boxes. I really love the look of these and they work well for pouring bowls of cereal. The lids are easy to use. I would say the quality of the plastic bin is above average thickness. Overall great product!” —Nikelle

Get it from Amazon for $35.92 (available in a four-piece set).

40.

A cooktop cleaning kit so you’ll basically get to cook with a brand new stovetop every time you’re ready to prepare dinner (without actually having to spend the hundreds of dollars it usually costs to snag one).


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The kit comes with a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “I tried EVERYTHING for two years to get the ring of baked-on grime off of our stovetop. Nothing worked. I figured I’d give this product a go since the kit was just $10. IT’S AMAZING. A little scrape with the razor and a few scrubs with the cleaner and pad. BOOM! Nasty rings around the burners are GONE!” —OperaDiva

Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in two kit options)

41.

A handheld veggie slicer that’ll help you get to your veggie noodle dishes in a ~slash~! It has dual stainless-steel cutting blades so you can make thick or thin pasta strands out of your favorite vegetables.


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Promising review: “What a fantastic kitchen widget! I actually have a large spiralizer and never use it because it is a pain to get out and clean. I saw this and bought it and couldn’t be happier. It’s easy to use and easy to clean if you rinse and clean right away. The small and compact size makes this easy to store without taking up tons of space! The option for two different sizes of noodles is a nice feature!” —Jamie E.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A Star Wars Lightsaber chopsticks set to defend bellies from hunger with the bravery of the Jedi. May the ~forks~ totally NOT be with y’all as long as you have these cool, glowy things to eat with. WARNING: The kids are going to use these like real lightsabers. Snagging two packs of these is only smart.


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The lights can be turned on or off with a button at the top. The chopsticks also come with new batteries and a stopper included. If the batteries go out, you can replace them with 3 x LR41 camera batteries.

Promising review: “I gave these as Christmas presents and bought this set for myself. Seriously cool and amazing! Everyone was excited when they received them. They are extremely lightweight and easy to use. My friends are planning a Star Wars night at a local all-you-can-eat sushi place. Should be awesome!” —Johnny

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

43.

A split pie pan for any indecisive bakers! This’ll for sure help settle the beef between chicken and turkey pot pie in your heart.


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Promising review: “This split pan works great for us. We both love apple pie and cherry pie but too much of each for our household. This pan makes having both an actual option without buying by the slice.” —Michael Adair

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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OR, an omelet maker made of stoneware clay that’ll turn out an egg-cellent omelet in literally 45 seconds! Just spray it with cooking spray and then toss in a lightly beaten egg along with your favorite add-ons (green peppers, anyone?). Then, warm it in the microwave for 45 seconds.


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Promising review: “We got these about a week ago and have been using them every morning. They make a perfect omelet every time, and they’re beautiful. With our microwave, it took closer to a minute but it’s still a lot faster and more convenient than making a stovetop omelet.” —MissusDagel

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $25.

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A manual food chopper to break up ground meats, mash your potatoes, or cut up hard-boiled eggs in the pan on the stove or in a bowl.


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This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It’s safe to use with nonstick cookware.

Promising review: “The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc., much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don’t normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however, I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier.” —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

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Porter bowls that are airtight, dishwasher- and microwave-safe so you can go ahead and set aside some of the dinner to eat leftovers the next day without worrying about them spilling all over the place or being a pain to heat up if you’re out.


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BuzzFeed Writer Rachel Dunkel sings these bowls’ praises. Check out her thoughts:

“I use my Porter Bowl basically every time I bring my lunch to work. The lid vacuum seals tightly, and I’ve never had a problem with leaks. It’s both microwavable and dishwasher-safe which is obviously a huge win in my book. And it just feels nice to eat lunch out of a real piece of dishware, rather than flimsy plastic. I have the ceramic version and haven’t had any problems with scratching. It’s rubber coated, so it’s easy to travel with and doesn’t slide around. I would personally like more as gifts, please!”

Get them from Amazon for $25+ (available in ceramic or plastic and in 10 colors).


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The grinder will also come in a gift box with a free scraper!

Promising review: “My husband chose to open this gift early and he absolutely loves it! He tested it with grinding fresh basil and oregano and this is PERFECT for anyone that loves cooking (and Star Wars, of course.)” —Sharon Jones

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available with a lifetime warranty).

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Mike’s Hot Honey for anyone who a) loves eating and b) loves drizzling good stuff on what they love eating. This honey will bring the spicy-sweetness to ice cream, chicken and waffles, cocktails, and more! If you’ve grown bored with your go-to comfort foods, this hot stuff is the perfect way to turn the heat up on your meals.


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Promising review: “When I accidentally discovered Mike’s Hot Honey, I thought it was going to be another one of those spur of the moment impulsive buys that would sit on the pantry shelf until it met its demise into the trash can… BUT… This one will clearly be a staple on most of my family’s food. Even the kids loved it. I don’t know who you are Mike but thank you for creating this wonder Hot Honey!” —Bijou’s Collectibles

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in different quantities).

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Reusable bamboo paper towels that you can use and then wash with your laundry. You’ll clean up messes as fast as they come.


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One roll replaces SIX WHOLE MONTHS’ worth of paper towels!

Promising review: “I use a shameful amount of paper towels and these make feel so much less wasteful! I mostly use them to cover my cat’s food while I microwave it since I don’t want it splattering all over the microwave and my cat is extremely picky and will not eat cold food. These work great for that. I have a tiny little bin on my kitchen counter that I put the used ones in and then transfer to the laundry bin when full. I put them in the dryer even though it says not to, they are fine. They turn to more of a felt-like texture after being washed and dried but still work great. Also, I store the loose clean ones in an empty Kleenex box (long rectangular kind) by folding them the same way tissues are in a box. This is a nice way to dispense them once off the roll.” —CH

Get one roll with 20 napkins from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three different quantities).

50.

Fridge storage bins to keep everything in there neatly placed and visible so you can put your hands on it all whenever you want. This’ll also help anyone who visits to wade through the fridge with ease.


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Promising review: “I organized both my pantry and refrigerator with these storage bins. I love the various sizes and durable construction. I can now see exactly what I have and don’t ‘lose’ items in the back of the pantry or frig. In fact, I ordered additional bins after I received my first order.” —Jennifer Olson

Get the four-piece set on Amazon for $29.99.

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A corner tray for your sink in case the after-dinner cleanup is your biggest problem. This will keep your soap, sponges, and scrub brush huddled in one spot instead of all over your counter. It’ll also drain water so no more excess water puddles to waste time wiping up after doing the dishes.


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Promising review: “This caddy saves space at the sink by hanging over a back corner of the sink area. It keeps water from sitting near the hand and dish soap since it drips into the little easy-to-clean tray instead, which tilts towards the sink. The suction cups work great to keep it in place. It is a perfect size. Still holding strong several months later. Excellent product.” —C.J. Moses

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

52.

A champagne stopper so your bubbly will never lose its mojo once you pop the bottle. If you love a glass of champagne with your dinner, then this gadget will guarantee it’s always nice and crisp when you’re ready to pour up.


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This will seal up your champagne and keep it fresh in your fridge for days. It also has a pressure pump to make sure the stopper is completely sealed and leak-free.

Promising review: “I’m guessing most people buy this great product for stopping sparkling wines, but it works just as well for any large-bottle sparkling drink, including apple ciders. And the ability to pump it once sealed means you don’t waste a single bubble getting the bottle back to its full pressure. Great product. Superb customer service.” —DavidAtSwans

Get it from Amazon for $8.97. Check out our review of the MiTBA Champagne Stopper for more deets on this cool gadget (#1)!

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A Death Star cheese board set for any Star Wars lover who’s also ~really~ into cheese (intersections, people!). The top of the case doubles as the cheese board with a laser-engraved Death Star design so you and the fam can nibble on cheese to keep from starving to death before dinner is finally served.


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The set features a crumbly cheese cleaver, a pronged knife, a hard cheese knife/spreader, and a planer inside of a wooden case. The case is also made of sustainable rubberwood and has a swivel design that’s great for when you’re hosting and serving guests or just sharing cheese with your fam at the table. The board also has a recessed juice groove around it to catch cheese brine or juice from fruits and veggies.

Promising review: “I purchased this as a gift for someone who loves entertaining and throwing dinner parties. The product was exactly as described and arrived quickly. The recipient loved this. It is really sturdy and looks great. I definitely recommend this for any ‘foodie nerds’ you may have in your life.” —Shanee

Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

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A genius egg cooker that can make six hard-boiled, soft-boiled, poached eggs, or omelets in under 10 minutes. It comes with a poaching tray, measuring cup, omelet tray, and a six-egg holding tray. The cooker also has a timer, an auto-shutoff function, and will whistle when the eggs are ready so you don’t have to stand over in fear of overcooking your eggs.


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Promising review: “It’s super easy to use and then just walk away. I love not having to wonder if the eggs are ready or not. It has different settings depending on how you would like them cooked. Would totally buy this again!” —Snorkelmom

Get it on Amazon for $19.67+ (available in five colors).

55.

A smart funnel for getting the last lil’ drips of sauce from one bottle to another — hands-free — so you won’t have to make a last-minute store run in the middle of your cooking sesh.


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Promising review: “I purchased this for myself to try and then bought them as Christmas gifts. It gets every last drop of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., out of the bottles. I’ve decided to buy another one for the kitchen for things like dressing, ketchup, mustard, and oils. Helps with clutter and will save money over time by not wasting the last bit in the containers.” —Diane H

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in multiple quantities).

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A 5-in-1 wine stopper to do the wine-tending that you never feel like doing once you’ve popped the cork. It’s also an aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker. It’s perf for anyone who likes to incorporate wine into their dinner recipes.


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Promising review: “I wouldn’t consider myself a wine connoisseur by any means, but I typically have a bottle or so float through my house each week. This wine corker takes the hassle out of pulling the original cork out, it is easy to clean, it makes the wine taste better, and hello it’s $5! It would make a GREAT cheap gift for a wine drinker. At the moment, I only have the one, but I’m planning to grab a few more to keep on hand.” —Jason Lebeda

Get it from Amazon for $5.33.

Your kitchen experience now that you have all the issues covered on the front end and can get through dinner in one piece.


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