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There are only a few days left until 2018, which means it’s time to start thinking about your goals for the new year. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already plotting how you can make changes for a healthier, happier life. Whether that means joining a gym or cutting out junk food, there’s no reason you can’t start focusing on your goals now to get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions.
Right now, Amazon has some solid deals on kitchen gadgets and devices that we’ve tested and loved, including the three best deals we found yesterday and three new products that’ll be right at home in your kitchen. These items will make your food-related goals even more attainable regardless of if you’re trying to lose weight, bulk up, eat healthier, or just cook more meals at home.
1. The best countertop spiralizer
Spiralizing veggies and fruits is a great way to mix up your meals and make them healthier at the same time. If getting your diet and health on track is one of your 2018 goals, this handy gadget is a must. Not only can you choose from three different blade sizes, but the countertop design makes it easy to quickly prep any produce. The Paderno out-performed all the other countertop spiralizers we tested, and for under $20, you really can’t go wrong.
2. The best chef’s knife under $50
A good chef’s knife is a must in any kitchen, whether you’re already an ace with a blade or you’re just learning how to chop, dice, and slice. After testing 15 different chef’s knives, we found this affordable option could keep up with the higher-end models that can run you anywhere from $80 to well over $100. The Victorinox, however, typically costs under $50, and right now is only $32. Our tested found the knife felt a little on the cheap side at first, but once she used it her worries were erased. It was not only sharp enough to tackle nearly every test, but it was balanced and comfortable.
3. The best affordable kitchen scale
No one actually likes counting calories, right? The thing is, though, it actually works. But only if you’re really honest and accurate. The best way to get it right? Actually weigh your food. As an added bonus, this can really help with portion control. And if you’re a baker who likes to make food from scratch, a scale will ensure every ingredient is perfect. The Amazon Basics scale isn’t actually on sale right now, but it’s the best budget scale we’ve tested and it’s only $10. That’s a good deal in my book.
4. The best plastic food storage containers
One of the benefits of cooking at home is having leftovers to bring to work for lunch (more ways to save and eat healthy!), and you’ll want good containers that won’t leak or open up on your commute. We’ve tested a bunch of containers and found this Rubbermaid set to be the best plastic option you can find. They’re usually $20, but right now you can save 20% on a 42-piece set to start getting the most out of your efforts in the kitchen.
5. The best sous vide circulator
If one of your 2018 resolutions is to cook more and cut back on takeout, sous vide will be your best friend, especially with the best circulator we’ve ever tested on sale for $99, down a third from the usual $150. The Anova does the best job of keeping the temperature precisely where you want it for perfectly coked food every time. It also uses Bluetooth to connect with your phone, so you can keep an eye on things without hovering over the stove. The WiFi version, usually $200, is on sale as well for $129.
I was skeptical about sous vide at first too. Seems way too complicated to learn an entirely new way to cook. I’d rather learn French. But the first time I used one, I was flabbergasted. All I did was put a steak in a plastic bag with some oils and herbs, dropped it into the water, used an app to set the temperature and time, and waited. A quick sear at the end and I was eating the best steak I’ve ever made. I’m not the most adept in the kitchen, but sous vide makes me feel like a 5-star chef.
6. The best budget slow cooker
Having a good slow cooker in your kitchen arsenal lets you cook and enjoy hearty, satisfying meals with ease, and it’s especially great if you’re considering meal prepping. This Hamilton Beach slow cooker even makes it easier with the included thermometer to ensure your food is never overcooked, making it our favorite affordable model of all the different options we’ve tested. It even has the ability to automatically switch from cooking to warm mode for when you get stuck at the office.
Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.