30 Things That'll Help Make Cooking More Relaxing


1. A pair of shredding claws for brisket, chicken, and pulled pork. Barbecue sandwiches will be so easy to assemble, thanks to these tiny tools that’ll help you grasp and shred meat in minutes. You won’t be struggling with a flimsy carving knife to get the job done.

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They’re also melt-proof, so you won’t have to worry about excessive heat ruining them.

Promising review: “If you are thinking of buying these little gems then hesitate no longer and buy today! My husband smokes foods often and since I discovered Bear Paws, I no longer dread pulling apart the pork after it’s cooked. These little guys tear through the meat better than any other method we tried. They’re comfortable to use, and also makes picking up large amounts of shredded or pulled meat easy.” —TN Fann

Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

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They’re also melt-proof, so you won’t have to worry about excessive heat ruining them.

Promising review: “If you are thinking of buying these little gems then hesitate no longer and buy today! My husband smokes foods often and since I discovered Bear Paws, I no longer dread pulling apart the pork after it’s cooked. These little guys tear through the meat better than any other method we tried. They’re comfortable to use, and also makes picking up large amounts of shredded or pulled meat easy.” —TN Fann

Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

2. A reed diffuser that’ll fill your kitchen with soothing scents (oh hi French lavender and sage) and help you unwind during busy cooking sessions. If you feel a little overwhelmed, just take a mini break, enjoy these aromas, and tell yourself “I got this.”

amber bottle of lavender and sage diffuser next to silver faucet

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sweetwaterdecor is a small woman-owned Etsy shop where you’ll find rustic kitchen goods, aromatherapy diffusers, cozy throw blankets, and more items that’ll help you relax at home.

Promising review: “I’ve never owned a reed diffuser before, but I will certainly be purchasing more! The delivery was extremely fast and the oil smells amazing! Love it.” —Etsy Customer

Get it from sweetwaterdecor on Etsy for $20.

3. An automatic stirrer, so you can chill and avoid annoying arm cramps from constantly stirring soup, sauce, or chili in a pot. Let this gadget do the ~grueling~ work for you and you’ll be free to do more enjoyable kitchen tasks, like taste-testing your recipe or drinking some wine.

blue and black auto-stirrer in a pot filled with eggs and veggies

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This gadget is battery operated (4 x AA batteries are required) and self-rotates with three speed options. Just place in a pan, turn it on, and it will automatically rotate food inside! You can also take off the legs and place them in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Promising review: “If I won the lottery, I’d buy laboratory glassware and a heater with a magnetic stirring bar. But since I haven’t won the lottery yet, I was looking to see if anything cheaper existed. And I was skeptical that something which didn’t actually have a rotating blade would work. Yet this does seem to get the job done. The base is an eccentric motor, a much larger version of the vibration feature in a cellphone. The design of the feet ensures that when the motor is on, it will vibrate in such a way that it skims across the surface it’s resting on. I’ve used it on Farberware and all-clad traditional pans, and one nonstick skillet.” —Jay Reed

Get it from Amazon for $34 (available in three colors).

4. An colorful air fryer that’ll crisp fries and wings to perfection without making a big mess. This baby quickly heats up to 6 quarts of food and doesn’t leave nasty grease residue, thanks to air crisp technology. When you’re done, just place the nonstick air fryer basket in the dishwasher for simple cleanup.

red air fryer with fries inside non-stick air frying basket

Amazon

Promising review: “I bought this as a gift for my husband thinking he may do a batch of wings here and there. We have used it everyday since. From perfectly cooked chicken wings to a whole roast chicken this has replaced our oven. It is also great for reheating frozen fried foods and making crispy roasted veggies. I love the fact that it heats so quickly and easy cleanup. Also, simple to use. It’s a great color and matches our kitchen décor.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $95.52+ (available in five colors).

Psst…if you’re cooking for yourself or a small group, you’ll also love the 2-qt version of this nifty gadget!

5. Foodie Dice, because you’ll avoid the stressful discussion of “what should we eat for dinner tonight?” for the hundredth time. If you’re in a meal rut, roll these babies to reveal a simple cooking method, protein, carb, seasonal veggie, and “bonus” ingredient combination. Bon Appétit!

Hand holds Foodie Dice while making a meal with salmon and brussel sprouts

TwoTmbleweeds/Etsy

This set includes five primary dice (protein, cooking method, grain/carb, herb, and bonus ingredient) and four seasonal veggie dice (spring veggies, summer veggies, fall veggies, and winter veggies), along with a cute storage pouch!

TwoTmbleweeds is a small business started by two sisters who are passionate about cooking and mixology. They’re known for their foodie-themed gifts that aim to upgrade meal-making experiences.

Promising review: “Got these in the mail this week. I haven’t gifted them yet but I did open them to check them and they are perfect! I even rolled them a couple of times to see what the combinations would be like, everything sounded delicious. I can’t wait to avoid the ‘I don’t know, what do you want to eat’ back and forth convos!” —Etsy Customer

Get them from TwoTmbleweeds on Etsy for $24.

6. A set of plastic storage containers that’ll help extend the life of produce for up to two FREAKING weeks! You won’t have to toss fruits or veggies frequently and you’ll spare yourself the hassle of multiple grocery store trips. Yes to keeping your ingredients fresh in the fridge when you need ’em for recipes. ✨

TheNews.Top editor Natalie Brown's before-and-after photo showing results of storing produce in storage container on left, wilted strawberry from original container and on right, non-wilted strawberry stored in produce saver

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This three-piece set comes with one 6.3-cup and two 17.3-cup containers with lids!

TheNews.Top editor Natalie Brown tested these containers — see above pictures! — and said: “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. And here they are 10 days later, on March 15! The berry I left in the original container’s dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. But the produce-saver strawb’s as fresh as it was on day one!” Read more of her Rubbermaid FreshWorks food storage containers review.

Reviewers also swear by these storage containers that helped keep their fruits and veggies fresh:

“I wish I would have gotten these sooner. I bought strawberries for my children, and then I forgot about them. I found them in the back of the refrigerator almost TWO WEEKS later, and they were still good. The real miracle is how long it keeps zucchini. Zucchini starts to get mushy in the crisper drawer after just a few days. Again, these miracle containers have kept it fresh for close to two weeks now.” —Laura

“The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days, but I’m not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry, and placed the items in the food saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I’ve wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly.” —M. Hughes

Get a three-piece set from Amazon for $33.18 (also available separately in 10 sizes).

7. A meal planning pad so you can map out your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week and avoid the question of “what the heck am I going to eat?” when you’re really busy. There’s also space to write down ingredients and you can tear off a list before you go grocery shopping.

hand writes on the white notepad with pink and green designs

Amazon

This pad has two areas: blank weekday boxes on the left and a tearable shopping list section on the right. There are also 60 sheets included, so you’ll get to meal plan for more than a year!

Promising review: “I made a resolution to eat at home more this year. This planner is helping a lot! Everyone in the house likes knowing what’s for dinner and I love that it has a built-in shopping list. Makes the week so much less stressful when I plan out every meal and have all of the ingredients to make them. It looks cute hanging on the fridge, very happy with this purchase!” —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

8. Taco holders to make garnishing and serving tacos less of a project. These colorful helpers have a curved design to prevent spillage and give tortillas a rounded shape. You’ll feel at ease while you load them up with taco shells, meat, veggies, and cheese.

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Promising review: “We have recently discovered how healthy tacos can be and this taco holder makes it easier to assemble the taco. Since we prefer a soft whole wheat taco, they are difficult to put all the ingredients in them without it collapsing or stuff popping out. Not only does it make assembly easier, but serving is more attractive and eating them is also easier.”Amazon Customer

Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.89.

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Promising review: “We have recently discovered how healthy tacos can be and this taco holder makes it easier to assemble the taco. Since we prefer a soft whole wheat taco, they are difficult to put all the ingredients in them without it collapsing or stuff popping out. Not only does it make assembly easier, but serving is more attractive and eating them is also easier.”Amazon Customer

Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.89.

9. A rotating pizza oven so you can bake a pepperoni, veggie, or plain pie without a complicated process. You’ll be glad you didn’t have to wait hours for your cheesy creation to come to life, because this doesn’t require preheating like a standard oven or using a wobbly pizza peel for removal.

Reviewer shows meat and cheese-covered pizza made with gray rotating pizza oven

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What’s cool about this device is that it has heating elements that bake food on the top and bottom, meaning you won’t get randomly uncooked pieces. If want to to eat nuggets or wings, this device will heat them to perfection too!

Promising review: “I was hesitant at first to spend $40 on a pizza oven that I didn’t have a need for. Boy am I glad I bought it!! This is easily the most used appliance in our kitchen and we use it for so many meals! We often cook pizza, frozen appetizers (potato skins, mozzarella sticks, etc), as well as pizza bagels, cookies, you name it! The Pizzazz is so much quicker to use than the traditional oven, and is amazingly versatile! We bought ours about six months ago and it is still holding up very well after almost daily uses.” —Joseph Kennard

Get it from Amazon for $54.

10. A baking mat with a nonstick surface (and measurements!) so you can make bread and pies like a pro. Instead of worrying about a slippery counter covered in flour, you can focus on kneading, rolling, and shaping dough that’s *just right* for baked goods.

Hands roll out slab of dough on white and red baking mat with measurements

Amazon

It also doubles up as a table mat if you want to protect your dining room table from food and spills!

Promising review: “This baking mat solved a lot of my troubles when I needed to roll out dough for breads or pie crusts. It has a circular measure on it for several different sizes of pans so it’s virtually foolproof. It’s easy to clean too. I just wash mine in the sink and lay it outside to dry. It also clings to the kitchen counter top so there’s no problem with sliding around while I am rolling out dough.” —pianogirl

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

11. A Gobble subscription so you can whip up a homemade meal in (gasp) 15 minutes, thanks to pre-prepped ingredients sent straight to your door. If you have a busy schedule, you don’t have to waste time chopping, marinating, or slicing. Just cook your recipe, relax, and eat. 😋

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Gobble’s regular plan includes express meals like Sheet Pan Basil Pesto Salmon Panzanella with Arugula & Red Wine Vinaigrette, Butternut Squash Ravioli with Swiss Chard & Pecan Sage Brown Butter, and Singapore Street Noodles with Shrimp and Sunny-Side-Up Egg. In addition to a dinner Plan, Gobble also offers a vegetarian option and lean-protein, low-carb plan, which features protein dishes under 600 calories per serving.

Note: Gobble currently ships within the continental US excluding the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana, and Nebraska.

My colleague Elizabeth Lilly cooked Gobble’s Honey-Harissa Shrimp dish (pictured above right) and said: “Behold my beautiful shrimp dish that I whipped up in a mere 20 minutes and even my southern mama (a tough critic who often feeds me veggies in fritters and bread) raved about! After my Gobble box delivered, I, naturally, was served a Facebook ad about Gobble with a promise of 15-minute meals. This recipe card for Honey Harissa Shrimp didn’t specifically say it would take me 15 minutes to make, but I timed it nonetheless (also I had about a ~45 minute window before my next meeting to cook and then eat). I was able to whip up this meal like a fire was lit underneath me (again, my schedule; plus I was on the verge of hanger) and clean up after myself on the way.”

Get Gobble for $11.99 per serving for the regular plan, the vegetarian plan, and the lean-protein, low-carb plan (available in servings for two or four, and either three or four meals per week).

Check out the Lemon Pepper Pasta with Artichokes & Sweet Peppers (left), the Honey-Harissa Shrimp (right), and more picks from their upcoming menu.

Gobble, Elizabeth Lilly/TheNews.Top

Gobble’s regular plan includes express meals like Sheet Pan Basil Pesto Salmon Panzanella with Arugula & Red Wine Vinaigrette, Butternut Squash Ravioli with Swiss Chard & Pecan Sage Brown Butter, and Singapore Street Noodles with Shrimp and Sunny-Side-Up Egg. In addition to a dinner Plan, Gobble also offers a vegetarian option and lean-protein, low-carb plan, which features protein dishes under 600 calories per serving.

Note: Gobble currently ships within the continental US excluding the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana, and Nebraska.

My colleague Elizabeth Lilly cooked Gobble’s Honey-Harissa Shrimp dish (pictured above right) and said: “Behold my beautiful shrimp dish that I whipped up in a mere 20 minutes and even my southern mama (a tough critic who often feeds me veggies in fritters and bread) raved about! After my Gobble box delivered, I, naturally, was served a Facebook ad about Gobble with a promise of 15-minute meals. This recipe card for Honey Harissa Shrimp didn’t specifically say it would take me 15 minutes to make, but I timed it nonetheless (also I had about a ~45 minute window before my next meeting to cook and then eat). I was able to whip up this meal like a fire was lit underneath me (again, my schedule; plus I was on the verge of hanger) and clean up after myself on the way.”

Get Gobble for $11.99 per serving for the regular plan, the vegetarian plan, and the lean-protein, low-carb plan (available in servings for two or four, and either three or four meals per week).

Check out the Lemon Pepper Pasta with Artichokes & Sweet Peppers (left), the Honey-Harissa Shrimp (right), and more picks from their upcoming menu.

12. Colorful oven mitts, because your hands will be insulated in a comfy cocoon whenever you’re taking out a tray from the oven. These pretty gems will protect your digits and help you feel less stressed about handling hot meals in the kitchen.

red, white, blue, and black-patterned oven mitts

Bespoke Binny/Etsy

Bespoke Binny is a Black-owned Etsy shop known for their African-inspired home goods, clothes, and accessories in gorgeous patterns.

Get them from Bespoke Binny on Etsy for $39.22.

13. An all-in-one avocado slicer that’ll divide, pit, *and* slice avocados for you. This nifty gadget ~halves~ the time it’ll take to get these fruits ready for guacamole and toast. No more struggling to scoop out green flesh when you’re really hungry.

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Promising review: “Someone gave me one of these as a gift. I thought ‘Right. Another piece of silly kitchen equipment I will never use!’ I mean, I’ve been opening avocados for decades now without on of these doodads. Well shut my mouth! This is the perfect utensil because it scoops out every last bit of avocado flesh with one swipe. I mean it cleans it out to the bone. And it slices it at the same time. Seriously, this is a great doodad. —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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Promising review: “Someone gave me one of these as a gift. I thought ‘Right. Another piece of silly kitchen equipment I will never use!’ I mean, I’ve been opening avocados for decades now without on of these doodads. Well shut my mouth! This is the perfect utensil because it scoops out every last bit of avocado flesh with one swipe. I mean it cleans it out to the bone. And it slices it at the same time. Seriously, this is a great doodad. —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

14. A penguin-shaped egg cooker to heat up hard-boiled eggs in minutes. This ~eggceptional~ device can fit up to six eggs at a time (buh-bye spoon lifting and scooping), and the handle doesn’t overheat, so you won’t have to worry about burning your hands while you cook ’em. How’s that for a ~chill~ meal?

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Promising review: “I love hard boiled eggs but it’s always been a hassle to ever so gently lower them into a boiling pot of water with a spoon, then scoop them back into the now-wet carton to cool. This solves all those problems. You simply load the eggs in, lower into the boiling pot, pull back out, then store in your fridge. No more extra steps or gingerly lowering eggs into the pot. Plus they’re adorable.” —Laura P.

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

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Promising review: “I love hard boiled eggs but it’s always been a hassle to ever so gently lower them into a boiling pot of water with a spoon, then scoop them back into the now-wet carton to cool. This solves all those problems. You simply load the eggs in, lower into the boiling pot, pull back out, then store in your fridge. No more extra steps or gingerly lowering eggs into the pot. Plus they’re adorable.” —Laura P.

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

15. A knife sharpener that’ll get your blades in perfect shape for dicing onions, meat, tofu, and more. All you have to do is slide your knife into one of the slots and pull the knife through the slot from heel to top in your direction. Chopping up ingredients will be SO much easier, especially when you need to get dinner on the table ASAP.

Hand uses green Goodful knife sharpener to sharpen large silver knife

Amazon

This tool comes with three slots (coarse, medium, and fine) for knives that need to be sharpened. If your blade is extremely dull, start with the coarse slot and repeat the movements for the medium and fine slots.

To start, hold a clean knife in your dominant hand. Use your other hand to grasp the handle of the sharpener and hold it down on a flat surface. Insert the heel part of the knife into the coarse slot of the sharpener and pull the knife through the slot from heel to tip towards you. Repeat three to five times and then follow the same steps for the medium and fine slots if you need to use them!

Promising review: “This is a handy little gadget for those of us unfamiliar with how to sharpen knives. I use it each time I want my knife honed to a good clean blade. Just insert the blade into its sharpener and pull it back towards you. Don’t worry about getting it in the wrong sharpener, all of them work!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from TheNews.Top’s Goodful Collection on Amazon for $9.99.

16. A dimmable, under-cabinet lighting kit to add a cozy ambiance to your cooking space. Instead of harsh lightbulbs shining in your face, you’ll be surrounded by a soothing glow as you turn on the stove, add oil to a pan, and stir in ingredients.

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This DIY lighting kit comes with 6 PCS pre-cut strips (total 9.8 feet), 6 LED light bars, 5 straight connectors, 5 “U” style connectors, 1 UL listed adaptor, 2 cable holders, 1 dimmer, 8 X PINs, and a wireless remote control to help you adjust the brightness to your liking (there are 10 brightness levels).

Installing is also a breeze: just clean the bottom of your cabinet, stick it on there, and turn on the switch to add chill lighting to your kitchen.

Promising review: “I wasn’t expecting to love it so much! I kept purchasing lights to help me see better in the kitchen. The other lights did work well, either they didn’t stick under my cabinets or they would be too dim. I love that I can dim the lights or make them bright! I can see better as I’m cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning! The adhesive is great! I was worried that the steam from the stove or hot water would weaken the adhesive, but it’s fine! It sticks perfectly!” —Crystal Janelle

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in two colors).

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This DIY lighting kit comes with 6 PCS pre-cut strips (total 9.8 feet), 6 LED light bars, 5 straight connectors, 5 “U” style connectors, 1 UL listed adaptor, 2 cable holders, 1 dimmer, 8 X PINs, and a wireless remote control to help you adjust the brightness to your liking (there are 10 brightness levels).

Installing is also a breeze: just clean the bottom of your cabinet, stick it on there, and turn on the switch to add chill lighting to your kitchen.

Promising review: “I wasn’t expecting to love it so much! I kept purchasing lights to help me see better in the kitchen. The other lights did work well, either they didn’t stick under my cabinets or they would be too dim. I love that I can dim the lights or make them bright! I can see better as I’m cooking, washing dishes, and cleaning! The adhesive is great! I was worried that the steam from the stove or hot water would weaken the adhesive, but it’s fine! It sticks perfectly!” —Crystal Janelle

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in two colors).

17. The Full Plate: Flavor-Filled, Easy Recipes for Families with No Time and a Lot to Do by Ayesha Curry because it’s filled with easy, mouth-watering dishes you can make in less than an hour. Enjoy quick meals like Mushroom Tacos with Avocado Crema, Sheet Pan Pork Chops, and so much more.

The cover of the book featuring author and chef Ayesha Curry

Voracious

Curry’s cookbook comes with 100 flexible recipes (you can adjust sheet pan dinners and pastas according to your dietary preferences) that’ll wow you and anyone else you’re cooking for, including the little ones. You’ll get to whip up easy desserts, takeout-style meals, and Happy Hour-ready beverages that don’t require a lot of prep time.

Promising review: “Absolutely love the recipes! I’ve only tried a few, but they were all a success. My 5-year-old loves them too! All of the recipes are super simple with so much flavor and don’t take up a lot of time to prepare. Can’t wait to try more, I’m telling all my busy mama friends about it!” —Tamesha Hector

A cookbook tip I use all the time: I go through the book and choose the recipes I would like to cook, then grocery shop based on those. That way I have meals planned for the week!

Get it from Bookshop for $27.60 (originally $30; to support local bookstores) or Amazon for $15 (hardcover) or $15.99 (Kindle).

18. A microwave pasta cooker for *chef’s kiss* perfect spaghetti. Even if you don’t have a stove, you can still make a delicious pasta dish at the speed of light. Just place your noodles in the container, add water, cook in the microwave, and drain. After a long day, you’ll be unwinding and dining in little time.

Fasta Pasta

Promising review: “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man, I really love this gizmo! 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 afterwards. 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 clean up is a snap.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

Fasta Pasta

Promising review: “I don’t want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man, I really love this gizmo! 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 afterwards. 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 clean up is a snap.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

19. An anti-fatigue floor mat, so you’ll feel less achy if you’re constantly standing in the kitchen. This mat will literally feel like a cushioned pillow for your legs and feet while you’re cooking for hours.

model stands bare-footed on black anti-fatigue mat

Amazon

Promising review: “My kitchen floor is tile and after a half day of making bread, cookies, or brownies, or even prepping to can jams, my feet and toes would cramp at night. I needed relief! The Sky Mats kitchen mat is perfect. It’s a perfect size for my kitchen workspace and amazingly comfortable to stand on while I chop, knead, stir, and mix. I can sweep it clean after a day in the kitchen. Best of all, I don’t have cramps in my toes and legs at night. Love my mat!” —Judith

Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in four sizes and nine colors).

20. A bamboo cutting board with a juice groove that’ll catch any water or liquid while you’re slicing fruit, veggies, or meat. The next time you’re chopping up celery, watermelon, or chicken, you won’t be showered with juice or have to waste time wiping down a sticky countertop.

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It even comes with a phone slot, in case you need to read recipes while you’re prepping ingredients!

Promising review: “This board fits across my kitchen sink which makes more counter space. I can carve and serve a whole chicken with ease. Haven’t used the smartphone slot yet but I like knowing it’s there for future reference.” —Food52 Customer

Get it from Food52 for $59.

21. Measuring spoons that’ll ~bee~ helpful if your recipes require a lot of spices, condiments, and sugar. They’re marked with measurements, so you’ll avoid the stress of adding too little or too much of an ingredient when you’re cooking.

Wooden measuring spoons that say "Be Kind" with a bee design on the front

AFewSpareMoments/Etsy

Each set comes with a 1-tablespoon spoon, 1-teaspoon spoon, 1/2-teaspoon spoon, and a 1/4-teaspoon spoon.

AFewSpareMoments is a small business based in Montana that designs cute cooking essentials, including cutting boards, measuring spoons, and engraved spatulas.

Get a set of four from AFewSpareMoments on Etsy for $26.95 (available in five designs and with or without matching measuring cups).

22. A portable speaker, so you can listen to your favorite podcast or stress-relief playlist when it’s time to get cookin’. Place this baby on a counter and you’ll probably forget about loud appliances, dirty dishes, and other kitchen annoyances.

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This speaker works with Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets. Going to be cooking for a while? No worries, because it provides up to 10 hours of playtime!

Promising review: “I wad looking for something small with good sound. I work in a kitchen with loud large appliances, and surprisingly I can hear the speaker over all of them. It is perfect for me. It holds a great charge I’ve used it for 4 hours straight and it was still working when I shut it off. All in all a good little cheap speaker. I’d buy another for sure.” —Donice Oxford

Get it from Amazon for $14.44+ (available in seven colors).

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This speaker works with Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets. Going to be cooking for a while? No worries, because it provides up to 10 hours of playtime!

Promising review: “I wad looking for something small with good sound. I work in a kitchen with loud large appliances, and surprisingly I can hear the speaker over all of them. It is perfect for me. It holds a great charge I’ve used it for 4 hours straight and it was still working when I shut it off. All in all a good little cheap speaker. I’d buy another for sure.” —Donice Oxford

Get it from Amazon for $14.44+ (available in seven colors).

23. A decorative pedestal bowl because lemons, oranges, and limes will be within an arm’s reach if you need to juice them for meals. Instead of running back and forth between the counter and fridge, you’ll have all your citrus ingredients in a convenient spot. 🍋

woven pedestal footed bowl with green apples and lemons

Jungalow

Jungalow is a Black woman-owned business that sells colorful home decor, furniture, and gifts. From throw pillows to candle holders, you’ll find gorgeous products that’ll brighten up your living space.

Get it from Jungalow for $75.

24. An electric hot pot that’ll let you cook anything from ramen bowls to fried eggs. This gadget doesn’t require a stove top (buh-bye pan clutter) and has an adjustable temp setting (no burns, yay!). You won’t have to put a lot of thought into making a meal for once.

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Promising review: “With this mini pot, I can cook whenever and it’s very easy to use (you just sit and relax for a couple of mins). One of the top reasons why I like this mini pot is I love making noodles and one-person hot pot. So far, I have used for it two weeks and it fits my needs.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

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Promising review: “With this mini pot, I can cook whenever and it’s very easy to use (you just sit and relax for a couple of mins). One of the top reasons why I like this mini pot is I love making noodles and one-person hot pot. So far, I have used for it two weeks and it fits my needs.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

25. A meal delivery service such as HomeChef so you can try different recipes *and* not spend hours in line at the supermarket. Ingredients and recipe cards are sent straight to your door, making it easy to cook new dishes that’ll delight you and the fam.

HomeChef Box with recipe ingredients, including veggies, meat, and fish, on a kitchen counter next to a booklet of recipe cards

HomeChef

Here’s how it works: Choose new recipes each week tailored to your dietary preferences, use the optional “Customize It” feature to swap ingredients, upgrade, or double up on protein, get your recipe ingredients sent to your door, and you’re ready to cook! There’s even a “Ready in 15” selection, just in case you prefer super quick meals throughout the week.

Promising review: “All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up.” —HomeChef Customer

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26. Pretty soup crocks just begging to be filled with chili, chowder, and stew when you’re in the mood for comfort food. You’ll feel like you’re in a Cottagecore dream when IRL, you’re just cooking a soothing meal and keeping it warm in a cute pot.

Set of black, blue, red, and white floral soup crocks

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Promising review: “If you’re thinking about buying these — do it! I made French onion soup and used these to melt the cheese in the oven under the broiler. The handle wasn’t absurdly hot, and the bowls withstood the heat. These are also very adorable and patterned.” —Kristine T

Get a set of four from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

27. A five-in-one countertop cooker so you can prepare mouthwatering burgers, paninis, and salmon without firing up an outdoor grill. It cooks food quickly *and* doesn’t take hours to clean up. You can still have a delicious and relaxing barbecue, even if you’re not dining al fresco.

Gray and black 5-in-1 countertop cooker with fresh orange pepper slices, broccoli florets, and a slab of salmon

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It works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. Reviewers also suggest buying griddler plates if you want to make waffles with this gadget. Think of all the counter space (and cooking time) you’ll be saving with this baby!

Promising review: “This is an amazing griddle. I bought this when my roommate and I first moved into our apartment. The reason for this purchase was two-fold: we had no grill in the common apartment ground area, plus we weren’t allowed to have a grill on the balcony and we wanted a waffle iron. The plates interchange very easily, are nonstick, and despite being over a year old, heavily used, and cleaned in the dishwasher, they still remain in great condition. It is easy to use and I can honestly say it was one of my best purchases for the kitchen.” —ELL

Get it from Amazon for $59.

28. A breakfast sandwich maker to whip up a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you are craving brunch. Just place your ingredients into this multi-layer press and bam, breakfast is served. You won’t be ~scrambling~ around the kitchen to assemble brunch again.

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Promising review: “I bought this for my wife for Christmas. My theme was to make her morning less stressful. You can literally make two fully cooked and amazing yummy breakfast sandwiches in about six minutes. She loves the ease of making a quick breakfast to go. I love how cheap it is. Plus, she doesn’t have to wait in line at the local fast food joint any more.” —T. J. Phillips

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five colors).

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Promising review: “I bought this for my wife for Christmas. My theme was to make her morning less stressful. You can literally make two fully cooked and amazing yummy breakfast sandwiches in about six minutes. She loves the ease of making a quick breakfast to go. I love how cheap it is. Plus, she doesn’t have to wait in line at the local fast food joint any more.” —T. J. Phillips

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in five colors).

29. An expandable rack, because you’ll be in a better mood when all your skillets, pans, and glass lids are *in order* and easily accessible when you need ’em. If you’re done sifting through a messy cabinet of cookware, this storage solution will make it easy to keep everything organized.

white expandable cookware rack with neatly organized pots and pans

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Promising review: “Love, love, love this rack! What a back-saver. The adjustable dividers are great and the fact that you can adjust the length of it to fit your cabinet is even better. Before this rack, I had all my pans stacked on top of each other and if you are familiar with cast-iron, you know how heavy they are to have to lift to get to the different pans. With this handy little rack they just slide in and out. If this works for my cast iron, it will work for any other pans and bakeware.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

30. And a three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer, so you can have plant-based ingredients ready and not have trouble chopping them up. You’ll get perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for every meal and not stress over a dull knife again 👏.

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Promising review: “Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks.” —Mark Marin II

Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

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Promising review: “Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks.” —Mark Marin II

Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

That feeling when you’re having a chill cooking session:

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