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20 Essential Kitchen Utensils for Easy Meal Prep in 2022

One week away from 2022, you may have already started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. If forming healthy habits is anywhere on your list, you probably know that a big part of your health journey involves what you do in the kitchen.

Preparing a healthy meal can take a lot of preparation. So we’ve researched the most popular kitchen gadgets and tools that can help you do just that, from start to finish. Whether you’re planning to make salads a weekly staple or just need more incentive to avoid takeout, you’ll need these top-rated options to make it happen. And while your personal health is worth investing in, you might not want to splurge on a juice press or air fryer after all your holiday shopping — so we’ve found it all for $25 or less.

Keep reading to see some buyer-approved essentials to up your cooking game in the new year.

Top Rated Kitchen Gadgets & Tools

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to cut out all of your favorite high-carb breakfast foods. With this sandwich maker, you control the ingredients of your sandwich and can make one as tasty as your local deli, right at home.

Mini Dash Waffle Maker

This mini waffle maker makes it easy to whip up protein waffles in minutes. It has over 150,000 Amazon buyer-verified five-star reviews, with one recent reviewer even claiming, “It’s good for portion control.”

GreaterGoods Digital Kitchen Scale

A kitchen scale is a gadget that can easily go unnoticed. Whether you’re mindful of portion sizes or prefer measuring ingredients by weight rather than using a measuring cup, you’ll want this bestseller on your counter when preparing your next meal.

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Do you want to start making your own healthy treats or homemade pizzas? This adjustable tool is currently the best-selling rolling pin on Amazon, and buyers have given it an overall rating of 4.8 stars. It comes with removable discs that allow you to determine the thickness of your dough or crusts, so you can get consistent results every time.

Hamilton Beach 6-Speed ​​Electric Hand Mixer

Another must-have for all kinds of recipes, this gadget is the best-selling hand blender on Amazon. It operates at six different speeds so mixing is less of an arm workout for you. It also comes with a storage case that will keep the whisk accessories in one place, rather than getting lost in your drawer.

Amazon Basics Silicone Baking Mat (2 Pack)

No matter what you’re cooking, you probably don’t want to make a mess in the oven. These economical mats eliminate the need to add grease or spray to your pan, thanks to their non-stick coating. Plus, according to reviews, cleaning is simple. “They are heat resistant and easy to clean,” wrote one verified five-star reviewer. “So much easier, cheaper and more convenient than using parchment paper.”

Kitchen Gizmo Snap N Strain Clip on Colander

Save space in the kitchen for pasta and vegetable dishes and opt for this easy-to-use colander. A Shop TODAY contributor said that since he “don’t have to hold the colander or place it in the sink, I can strain most things with one hand”, which makes the process much more efficient cooking. Plus, it’s one dish less to wash since it’s dishwasher safe.

Topist Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

While the Angry Mama can’t help you cook, she can definitely help you clean. Whether you’re steaming veggies in the microwave or tossing your meals in, it’ll blast away leftover splatters in just seven minutes. Just fill it with water and vinegar, then wipe the microwave clean after you’ve done it. “I cleaned the microwave [the] old fashioned for years,” wrote a verified five-star reviewer. “It makes it easy to get your microwave to shine.”

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, but they can be a pain to cut. This 3-in-1 tool with over 22,000 verified five-star ratings splits, pits, and slices avocado in just a few quick motions, so you can top your avocado toast or eat your guacamole faster.

Preparations by Progressive Onion and Garlic Chopper

They say every good meal starts with garlic and onion (or is that just me?), but they’re not the easiest vegetables to slice and dice. This clever gadget chops up to two cups of onions at once, without inducing tears. The smaller grid can be used to mince garlic, but reviewers also love the tool for chopping tomatoes, celery, peppers and more.

Chopping board Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot

This cutting board leaves little room for error. Once you’re done chopping and slicing, you can fold the sides inward to form a funnel that will ensure every last ingredient ends up in your pot or pan. “Something as simple as making the edges bend is ingenious,” wrote a verified five-star reviewer, who also called it “handy.” “Now you don’t have to worry about your onions and other vegetables falling everywhere.”

Zulay Kitchen Professional Meat Grinder and Masher

Not only these famous TikTok mash ingredients, but its sides can also be used as a spatula, separator and colander. “I usually use a spatula to break up the burger [meat]but it worked so much more efficiently!” wrote one reviewer, who also said he was surprised by the quality of the tool.

KitchenArt Elite Self-Measuring Spice Carousel

This nifty spice carousel uses bottles that measure ingredients 1/4 teaspoon at a time. It can hold up to eight different spices at once and even rotate, making it an accessible tool to have on your kitchen counter or even in your pantry.

Dash Quick Egg Cooker

Dash’s Quick Egg Cooker has been making the rounds of the internet for its ability to make all kinds of egg recipes, from hard-boiled eggs to omelettes. It can steam up to seven eggs at a time and has impressed over 9,000 verified five-star reviews on Amazon.

Veggetti Pro Table Spiralizer Vegetable Cutter

Looking to cut carbs? This spiralizer can turn zucchini, squash and other vegetables directly into noodles, allowing you to make healthier swaps when it comes to pasta dishes. “My husband and I are eating more veggies with this tool,” wrote a Bed Bath & Beyond reviewer. “He does exactly like [it’s] describes and [is] effortless to use. Cleaning or washing it is also very easy.”

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker

One thing you might not have thought of when it comes to preparation? Your morning fuel. This two-quart pitcher helps you brew cold brew overnight, so you can pour it straight into your mug and take it out in the morning.

Souper Cubes Freezer Tray with Lid

From soups and sauces to stews, you can make them all in large batches and freeze individual servings with these silicone cubes. They’re perfect for anyone short on time during the week – just pop a cube straight into a bowl or plate and heat it up!

Ecolution Original Microwave Micro-Pop Popcorn Popper

If popcorn is a popular snack in your house, 2022 could be the year you get rid of the butter bags. This affordable popper puts the ingredients in your hands, so you can make a bowl of fresh popcorn at home without the extra oils.

Trudeau Toss and Chop Salad Tongs

The most tedious part of preparing a salad can be cutting the leaves. With these tongs, you can slice lettuce and drop them right into your bowl or Tupperware for flawless meal prep. A verified reviewer wrote that they are great for making a quick lunch. “I love a chopped salad, but I’m too lazy to chop up all my veggies,” they wrote. “These scissors make a salad in 30 seconds!”

CS Household Glass Spice Jars (Set of 6)

What’s a good meal without any flavoring? Store all your spices in clear jars and stick your own labels on them to not only refresh your kitchen visually, but also make it easy to find what you need, when you need it, without having to dig. drawers and cupboards.

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