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12 Best Kitchen Essentials You Won't Believe You EVER Lived Without

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The right kitchen essentials can make mealtime prep so much easier.

Whether your kids are two or twelve, chances are they’re obsessed with food. Meals, snacks, desserts, it doesn’t really matter, does it? When hunger strikes, it strikes hard, and there is no stopping it. Sound familiar? And while we can’t make your little monsters wait patiently while you cook, we can say that having the right gear will make things infinitely easier, hands down. From the greatest way to cook food without actually having to put any effort into the cook part (hello, world’s best slow cooker) to a device that makes chopping onions less painful (and tedious), a well-stocked kitchen will definitely spare you some tears, even if they’re just your own.

Plus, cooking and baking are great family activities to do together—and now more than ever. With the kids around 24/7 due to homeschooling, there’s a good chance they’ll want to get in on the action. From whipping up their own bento box-sized lunch to pitching in with dinner prep, it pays to have the right kitchen essentials on standby. Not only does it help give your budding chef a sense of autonomy, but kitchen time can also be used to foster math skills (fractions! cups! ounces into pounds!) and an ability to follow a sequence of directions successfully. And since all of this is made way more fun when you have the right tools to work with, we’ve rounded up a list of our must-have essentials for you to get in your kitchen, STAT.

Best Watermelon Slicer

Best Motion Sensor Trash Can

simplehuman 58 Liter Rectangular Voice and Motion Sensor Automatic Kitchen Trash Can

During this pandemic (and for the foreseeable future), sensor-free everything is pretty much the rule of the land when it comes to kitchen appliances. A trash can that you don’t have to touch (eww, germs) is no exception. Available in black stainless steel, brushed stainless steel, rose gold, white, and dark bronze, this 58-liter rectangular voice and motion sensor kitchen trash will straight-up beautify your li’l kitchen nook. To use, just say “open can” or wave your hand to get the lid to open without having to actually touch any icky surfaces. The best part? The kids will get a kick out of it, too. Shares an Amazon customer, “This may have been the most expensive trash can I have ever bought and probably one of the most awesome purchases I’ve bought. You never realize how crappy the $12-20 trashcans are until you spend a little more on it and then you’re like ‘holy crap.’ Saying ‘open can’ when my hands are full is super helpful, but even better is just waving the can open… The can itself is SUPER DUPER made well, like it crazy the quality that went into this….which I would hope for at $200. If you’re considering a simplehuman trash I HIGHLY recommend them, not just this one but ALL of them. This is my second simplehuman trashcan, I bought the cheaper plastic one as an intro because at the time it fit into my budget and even that one was made crazy well and I still have it. The trash bags are also ridiculous. They do not compare to the grocery store trash bags at all! It doesn’t matter if the box says heavy-duty I can 100% tell you that the simplehuman trash bags will CRUSH them. I feel weird raving about a trashcan and trash bags, but truly, if you’re on the fence, take the dive! It’s totally worth it.” 

$199.99

Best Do-it-All Blender

Best Touch-Free Soap Dispenser

Best All-in-One Appliance

Best Pasta Strainer

Best Hot Handle Holder

Best Cutting Board

Best Veggie Chopper

Best Bottle Rack

Best Measuring Cups

Best Garlic Press

Hungry (get it?) for more? Spend nap time perusing more kitchen must-haves, each designed to make your life just a little bit easier — even during snack time meltdowns. Hello, sanity.

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simplehuman 58 Liter Rectangular Voice and Motion Sensor Automatic Kitchen Trash Can

During this pandemic (and for the foreseeable future), sensor-free everything is pretty much the rule of the land when it comes to kitchen appliances. A trash can that you don’t have to touch (eww, germs) is no exception. Available in black stainless steel, brushed stainless steel, rose gold, white, and dark bronze, this 58-liter rectangular voice and motion sensor kitchen trash will straight-up beautify your li’l kitchen nook. To use, just say “open can” or wave your hand to get the lid to open without having to actually touch any icky surfaces. The best part? The kids will get a kick out of it, too.  Shares an Amazon customer, “This may have been the most expensive trash can I have ever bought and probably one of the most awesome purchases I’ve bought. You never realize how crappy the $12-20 trashcans are until you spend a little more on it and then you’re like ‘holy crap.’ Saying ‘open can’ when my hands are full is super helpful, but even better is just waving the can open… The can itself is SUPER DUPER made well, like it crazy the quality that went into this….which I would hope for at $200. If you’re considering a simplehuman trash I HIGHLY recommend them, not just this one but ALL of them. This is my second simplehuman trashcan, I bought the cheaper plastic one as an intro because at the time it fit into my budget and even that one was made crazy well and I still have it. The trash bags are also ridiculous. They do not compare to the grocery store trash bags at all! It doesn’t matter if the box says heavy-duty I can 100% tell you that the simplehuman trash bags will CRUSH them. I feel weird raving about a trashcan and trash bags, but truly, if you’re on the fence, take the dive! It’s totally worth it.” 

$199.99

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