Let’s face it: When you’re juggling work, chores and errands, cooking an elaborate meal isn’t exactly high on the priority list. Luckily, we have a few secret weapons that make cooking way easier and more fun. Here, 18 life-changing kitchen gadgets that every cook needs—all for under $30.
18 Life-Changing Kitchen Gadgets Under $30
2. 9x13” Rectangular Baking Dish
If there's one baking dish you need, it’s this one: Pyrex Deep rectangular baking dish. The 9-inch by 13-inch size is a match made in heaven for almost any meal ranging from savory roasts to sweet bakes. This one has a 50 percent deeper fit that’s designed to hold more layers, so it’s great for any recipes that need more room. The tempered glass means it’ll heat more evenly and it's resistant to stubborn food stains, odors or flavors. It also comes with a handy lid so you can store leftovers or transport dishes with no mess.
3. Rapid Egg Cooker
This rapid egg cooker takes out the guesswork (and hassle) and boiling eggs. All you need to do is prick a small hole in the top of each egg, place it in the cooker, pour in a designated amount of water depending on how you prefer your eggs (soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled), set the automatic timer and done! Perfect eggs every time.
7. Sizzler Plate
You might have seen these small, oval aluminum (or cast iron) platters in restaurant kitchens or on your favorite cooking shows, and for good reason: They will completely change the way you cook. Use them to broil, roast individual dinner portions or even serve meals. Fajitas, anyone?
11. Glass Bakeware Set
This Pyrex Littles 5-piece set is specially designed for countertop ovens, which means they’re the ideal baking dishes for petite treats or meals-for-one. The tempered glass ensures consistent heating for a better (and more delicious) end result. Brownies for one? Yes, please.
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