While making a recipe from start to finish can be an act of self-care and loving service to those around you, you can always yearn to steal some of that time for yourself (cooking can be nourishing and also effective). And if so, there is then plenty of cookware for easy cooking that needs to be on your radar, from air fryers to egg cookers to meatball shapers (oh wait).
To help you spend less time cooking and more time eating, we’ve scoured the internet for the most convenient appliances to help you cut down on the time it takes to get dinner on the table. No matter how many people you’re cooking for, these eight gadgets and gizmos will help you stress less while you cook vegetables, meats, eggs and more to perfection.
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8 kitchen utensils to easily cook in half the time
Dash 7-Egg Daily Egg Cooker – $18.00
Someone gave me this egg cooker in college, and to this day, it’s still the best gift I’ve ever received. If you’re someone who loves hard-boiled eggs on salads or as a snack, but don’t have the patience to cook them (rather keep them) on the stovetop, prepare for a life change. . This little guy delivers perfectly cooked eggs in ten minutes or less, and you can make the eggs more or less runny depending on how long you leave them in the cooker. Just place them in the cooker, set a timer and it will ring when the eggs are ready.
Cuisinart TOA-28 Compact AirFryer Toaster Oven – $160.00
The humble toaster oven is an understated kitchen tool that secretly excels at multitasking. This model heats up to 450 degrees and has a built-in air fryer that lets you cook a three-pound turkey and toast up to four slices of bread at once. Plus, this machine’s compact shape means it fits easily into your kitchen, even if you’re short on counter space.
Nordic Ware Meatball Grill – $28.00
It may seem like an unconventional choice for this list, but hear me out: meatball grills offer endless cooking possibilities. Yes, they’re great for shaping and baking your meatballs, but you can also use them to make turkey meatballs, vegetable meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, and pretty much anything you can roll into a round shape. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of time rolling the balls yourself; this tray basically does it for you.
Ninja Foodi Smart 6-in-1 XL Grill with Thermometer — $200.00
So you want corn on the cob, but don’t want to spend an hour trying to figure out how to light an outdoor grill? Understandable. This indoor version of the essential cooking tool eliminates the wait time so you can enjoy that grilled flavor and texture without wasting time.
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