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17 Things to Keep Within Reach in the Kitchen to Make Life Easier

Never worry about having a jar that won't open.

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ThermoPro TP03A Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer Kitchen Cooking Food Candy Thermometer for BBQ Grill Smoker Deep Fry Oil ThermometerAmazon / ThermoPro

Digital Meat Thermometer

Never overcook (or undercook) a ribeye again with this digital meat thermometer ($11). Not only does it measure temperature in less than seven seconds, it’s one of this pro chef’s six secrets for grilling the perfect steak. Hint: For a medium-rare piece, the temperature should be 140ºF. If you like to grill, you’ll want to know why a vegetable might be your best bet to get it clean.

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Instant PotAmazon / Instant Pot

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot ($100) is one of the trendiest appliance for good reason: It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker, yogurt maker, saute pan, and warmer all in one. Basically, it’s the solution to all of your dinner dilemmas. Check out 11 more home and workshop products we’re buying on Amazon this month.

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Bellemain Adjustable Thickness Cheese Slicer - Replacement Stainless Steel Cutting Wire Included - 1-year WarrantyAmazon / Bellemain

Cheese Slicer

More cheese, please! Your wish is also your demand with this adjustable cheese slicer ($10). The stainless steel wire cutter lets you cut slices of whatever width you prefer, from paper thin to 1/4-inch thick. Wondering whether you should be eating Mozzarella instead of Swiss? Here are the seven healthiest cheeses to satisfy your cravings. If you need to grate a lot of cheese fast, we’ve got an awesome answer.

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Dash Rapid Egg CookerAmazon / DASH

Rapid Egg Cooker

Love eating eggs for breakfast but you’re too rushed in the mornings to make them? Meet the quick cooker ($19) that makes eggs hardboiled, scrambled, poached, or even in omelet form while you’re getting ready. Just listen to this review: “Reclaim lost hours, catch up on missed TV, reconnect with old friends and family – anything is possible with the free time you’ll find at your disposal with this device.” Next, see what the best-reviewed snow shovels on Amazon look like.

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Boil-Over Safeguard Lid

You can fry bacon, cook eggs, reheat meals and more safely and easily. Prevent stovetop splashes and messy microwave spills with this handy boil-over safeguard lid ($13). The splatter-proof, heat-resistant cover fits onto most pots and pans (6″ to 10″ in diameter). Keep your kitchen hood clean by picking this up from the auto parts store.

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Automatic Jar Opener

No more running jars under hot water, prying them open with a knife or loosening them up with a rubber grip. Open that jar of pickles or salsa effortlessly with the push of a button! Give your wrists a break with this ergonomic automatic jar opener ($37). Check out these 100 amazing home tech products, including one that will let you brew coffee from bed with your phone.

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Frying Pan Splatter Guard

Whether you’re frying bacon, cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables or making pancakes, you want to prevent hot oil, water and food from burning your skin. The Frywall ($29), the frying pan splatter guard seen on the TV show “Shark Tank,” makes using the frying pan much safer. Speaking of products we’ve seen on TV, we can’t wait to add these 30 As Seen On TV products to the home.

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Motion Sensor LED Light

No more rustling around to find things in the dark! Place these high-power LED light strips ($17) above the sink, above the stove and under your cabinets. The bright lights will automatically turn on when they detect motion. Plus: Check out these 25 brilliant handy hints for the home cook.

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Cut Resistant Gloves

You can never be too careful when using sharp knives. These cut resistant gloves ($13) are extra thick, but comfortable and flexible enough to get a good grip on both the knife and the object being cut.

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Collapsible Colander

Save some space in the cabinet with this set of three collapsible colanders. Great for draining pasta and washing fruit and vegetables, they are also safe for the dishwasher. When you’re done, just collapse them and stack or store them upright in a slim spot. Save your sanity with these 41 kitchen organization ideas.

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Collapsible Food Storage Containers

This set of four collapsible food storage containers is also stackable for small-space storage. They are safe for the microwave, freezer and dishwasher and have easy-to-snap-on lids. This is Marie Kondo’s favorite food storage container.

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Lid Organizer

Say goodbye to mismatched lids. This lid organizer will help you find the right lid when you need it. Available in two sizes, it will work in most kitchen cabinets and the dividers are adjustable. These 10 Marie Kondo organization tips will change your life in minutes.

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Flexible Cutting Board

A lot of people like to use their cutting board to dump ingredients into the dish they’re preparing so having a flexible cutting board like this one is super convenient. The real wood look makes it look good in your kitchen, too. Pick one up at Amazon.

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Salad Spinner

It’s always nice to have additional food options for guests. Your chili might not go over with everybody so pick up this salad spinner from Amazon to cut down on your prep time.

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BladeBrush and Cutlery Cleaner

Washing knives in the sink has its perils but this device from BladeBrush can put minds at ease. Check out how it can help you at Amazon.

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Dremel Power Cleaner Tool

The cleanup after hosting a party is often the tallest task because everyone has already left. But Dremel’s power cleaning tool can make it easier. Add one to your kitchen by going to Amazon.

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Burger Press

Make perfectly sized burgers for your next tailgate party with the ultimate burger press. The press can also be used to make stuffed burgers.

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