Ten Must-Have Kitchen Accessories Under $20
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I like to think of November as the kick-off to holiday-eatin' season. What with all the campfires, football games, dropping temperatures, and Thanksgiving, of course, November is the best month for pumping out cozy, delicious, soul-warming foods to feed people (including yourself). Take some of the hassles out of cooking for friends and family without breaking the bank with these awesome accessories all available for less than $20 a pop.
Tired of your Instant Pot releasing steam onto your cabinets, ceiling, or, even worse, directly into your face? Worry no more with the PotHeadz Steam Diverter that's been specially designed to fit most Instant Pots and the Ninja Foodi. The little red "singing" bird is made of thick, durable silicone making it easy (and so much safer) to do a quick pressure release without burning yourself or warping your cabinets ever again.
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I don't think I have ever purchased a bag of brown sugar that didn't die a slow, painful death in my pantry. I typically use half of the bag and wait until the other half gets rock solid before it goes in the trash and I doubt I'm alone on this. However, this brown sugar storage container has a secret to keeping sugar from drying out: there's a removable terra cotta disk that you soak in water before snapping it under the air-tight lid with silicone seal to keep your brown sugar longer than ever before.
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Mmmm, fresh bread is so delicious! But fresh bread is also prone to mold and that is not what anyone wants to see when they're building themselves a sandwich. Luckily, this innovative adjustable bread keeper will keep bread, bagels, muffins, and other baked goods fresh longer thanks to magical air vents that adjust to allow just the right amount of air in. It expands up to 11 inches to fit just about any size baked good, it's dishwasher safe, and it even comes with a breadboard for easy slicing!
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The miniature cast iron skillets are some of the cutest things I have ever come across. I just love them so much! Great for small jobs like frying an egg, serving small side servings of macaroni and cheese or for preparing individual cookies or brownies topped with ice cream, these little skillets are sure to be a big hit.
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Release the Kraken! Better yet, give the Kraken a job and have him release the steam that can lead to the dreaded pot that boils over. Simply slide this color-changing silicone octopus tentacle (or crab claw) over the lip of your stockpot and voila! The lid will be held up perfectly just so and the critter will add a mysterious maritime flair to whatever you're cooking up.
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I love eating well-rinsed grains but I loathe rinsing them. It's messy and sticky and I usually nix it all together only to suffer through eating the unrinsed grains with a heavy feeling of regret. This smart little colander, however, makes rinsing small grains a snap. Water is allowed to pool so you can watch it go from cloudy to clear and the tiny, square drain holes keep small grains from falling out for a mess-free rinsing experience.
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Sometimes an entire oven mitt is a bit too much for the job at hand. Sometimes all you need is to protect your fingers without compromising dexterity and that's where these Pinch Grips come in handy. Just keep a few stashed away with your oven mitts so they're always ready to help you out with opening that steaming hot lid, or picking up that hot pot that needs to be strained, or moving a freshly plated hot meal over to the dining table.
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Three cheers for whoever invented the collapsible colander! This over-the-sink colander folds down to less than 2" making it the ultimate kitchen clutter buster. Make no mistake, however. When this thing is fully expanded it holds almost 6 quarts of whatever you need to strain making multiple batches unnecessary.
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Years ago, when I first discovered the Knork, I never imagined I would find another kitchen utensil with such versatility that my mind could be blown all over again but the Spadle has done just that. As a large cooking spoon, it has all the features you could need: a flat tip for scraping your pan, a deep scooping head, measuring lines, and a handle with a built-in spoon rest. Then, once the cooking is complete, a simple twist of handle transforms the spoon into a ladle perfect for serving soups, stews, sauces and more.
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I have tons of Stasher bags in my arsenal and although their vibrant colors are fun they just aren't as adorable as these reusable zipper bags that look like mason jars. Perfect for school lunches, snacks, leftovers and everything else you might need a Ziploc for these durable bags are leak-proof, dishwasher/freezer safe, and they stand up when filled making them perfect for storing anywhere.
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