Ultimate Kitchen Time-Savers to Make Meal Prep a Breeze
Every experienced chef has a secret weapon they swear by; find your next go-to tool with these 10 handy kitchen products.
Meet the Jars That Do Almost Everything
These nifty jars take care of both prep and storage—plus, they're downright adorable. Screw on the tool lid that best fits your need—grating, spiralizing, or juicing—and your prepared produce will fall directly into the jar. The manageable jar size is perfect for prepping meals for one or two. (Think of all the lunch possibilities!) Need to save your prepped ingredients for later or have extras leftover? Replace the tool lid with a storage lid and pop the jar in the fridge for storing made simple.
Price: $40get these nifty jars now!
Plan Your Meals Now, Eat Stress-Free Later
Meal planning is often the secret to dinnertime success. Scheduling your meals in advance lets you prepare for the week in one go, so you can effortlessly whip up delicious, nutritious dinners without last-minute-decision stress or time-consuming grocery runs. Using a subscription meal planning service like eMeals can reduce your kitchen time even more by handling the planning process for you. You choose a theme—like the Better Homes & Gardens plan with recipes hand-picked by our editors—and they'll create a customizable menu and grocery list.
Price: $60 a year or $10 per month for a 3-month subscription after a 14-day free trialtry this app now!
Prep Before You Prepare
Cooking with premeasured ingredients is like having your very own sous-chef. You won't have to risk burning that garlic cooking on the stove when you turn around to hunt for the next ingredient on your list if you have everything prepped in small bowls awaiting their turn to shine. Use this 10-piece set for preparing all your ingredients—with the various sizes, you're sure to find one for every ingredient.
Price: $29.95get these prep bowls now!
Fry Guilt-Free Food in a Flash
Fried food is often a guilty pleasure—but it doesn't have to be. An air fryer uses only a few tablespoons or less of oil and circulates hot air to create healthier versions of your favorite fried food, without sacrificing taste or that delicious crunch. Place this fryer right on your countertop—its compact design won't overtake your prep space, and its minimal oil requirement means you won't have to worry about dangerous oil splatters. While this fryer is a bit of an investment, the endless mouth-watering possibilities (think crispy chicken strips and perfectly baked bite-size cakes) may be worth the splurge
Price: $249.95get this air fryer now!
Ditch the Plastic Wrap Wrangle
Unpeeling sticky plastic wrap from itself doesn't have to be a fact of life when you're dealing with leftovers—there are better options now. These Bee's Wraps are made of natural ingredients including organic jojoba oil, sustainably sourced beeswax, tree resin, and organic cotton. With a little help from the heat of your hands, the wrap seals around your container or food item to keep it fresh. And the best part? They're reusable. Simply wash the wrap with a gentle soap and use it again and again.
Price: $20 for a set of 3get this bee's wrap now!
Destem Greens in Seconds
Leafy greens (both cooked and raw) are delicious and offer tons of nutrients, but removing the stems can be a real chore. Use this stripper to remove the leaves from the stems by simply pulling the leaf through. The tool's varying hole sizes can be used to destem everything from kale to cilantro, so you can easily make tasty salads, tacos, salsas, and more.
Price: $7.95get this greens tool now!
Invest in a Blender That's Not a Bother
Use a compact blender to whip up healthy meals in a flash. Add your favorite ingredients and blend for a nutritious smoothie on busy mornings (you don't even have to transfer to a different cup—just screw on the drinking lid and go). Or prepare a variety of different foods including pesto, fruit for delicious blackberry margaritas, and desserts like this chocolate-orange torte. Plus, the dishwasher-safe parts make cleanup a breeze.
Price: $99.99get this blender now!
Get Organized with Space-Saving, Multitasking Containers
Use these nesting storage containers for meal prep, saving leftovers, or freezing prepared meals to cook later. The glass is hearty enough to withstand extreme temperature changes, meaning you can pull a casserole straight out of the freezer and place it into an oven for a delicious meal with almost no prep. The containers' nesting ability means they won't overtake your cupboards. Even better? The lids lock together as well, meaning you'll save time by not having to hunt for a lid that fits.
Price: $30get these storage containers now!
Spin Away Lettuce Grime and Moisture
It's important to wash and dry lettuce to ensure food safety and reduce spoilage, but washing and drying greens by hand can be a pain. Dramatically cut down your prep time with this salad spinner. Rinse your salad using the colander, then place into the outer bowl and press down on the handle to effortlessly spin off the moisture. Drain the excess water and place your finished salad in an airtight container, or store right in the outer bowl of the salad spinner. Place a paper towel on top of the greens to keep them fresher longer.
Price: $29.99get this salad spinner now!
Cut Produce and Time with This Vegetable Chopper
We've all rejected a delicious-sounding recipe after seeing an array of chopped veggies featured on the ingredient list. Take the hassle out of prepping with a vegetable chopper like this one. Just slice any veggie in half (onions and peppers are good ones to start with), load it in the chopper, and push the handle down. Prepping delicious salads, priming ingredients for warm and comforting veggie soups, and making fun salsas has never been easier.
Price: $19.99get this veggie chopper now!
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