19 Ridiculously Clever Products That Will Level Up Your Meal Prep


You’re about to be a meal prep master.

Posted on April 03, 2017, 14:35 GMT

1. This kitchen timer/whiteboard combo that lets
you track four things at once, since you’re definitely
multitasking when meal-prepping.


Most promising review: “I am often cooking two to
four items at once and this timer rules! It is very easy
to use and the alarm sound is loud. It has two magnets on
the back to hold it in place on metal surfaces.

One other note, if you are not around when the alarm
sounds, you also will know how long you have gone over
your time limit as it starts counting (a new count) when
it is beeping to alert you.” —Laus Deo

Get it on Amazon for $9.88.

2. These matching color-coded
cutting boards and knives so you don’t have to break to
wash every time you switch ingredients.


Most promising review: “These knives make a
great set. They are very sharp. The illustration on
each is very helpful when choosing the appropriate
tools for cutting different foods.” —GraduationGirl

Get them from Macy’s for $16.99 (cutting boards) and
$22.99 (knives).

3. These reusable cooking sheets that you can
use for the equivalent of 25 boxes of aluminum foil or
parchment paper.

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Most promising review: “These are fantastic in
the oven. No messy pans to scrub, fresh veggies roast
really nicely on these without oil.” —A typical family

Get the combo pack on Amazon for $20.99.

4. This Instant Pot that everyone is obsessed
with, because it’s seven tools in one: pressure cooker,
slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pot, steamer, warming pot,
and yogurt maker.

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Most promising review: “There are so many people
who say they can’t cook, but I swear I’m on a whole new
level of not being able to cook. This little appliance
helps expand our menu and I have learned to do so much
with it. I will sum up in a nutshell: I love how easy
it is and how I throw everything in it and it comes out
done. No stirring and not many messy dishes. I
seriously can’t believe how many foods can be cooked in
here!” —Aundrea

Get it on Amazon for $99.

5. This hand blender that will blend, puree, and
crush all those meal prep staples like soups, smoothies,
dressings, and more.


Most promising review: “I’m a kitchen gadget fiend
and freely admit it. There are some items that I buy and
then realize they aren’t as useful as I thought they
would be. Others become indispensable. This blender
definitely falls in that category! I’ve had it for eight
years and it’s still working as beautifully as it did on
day one.” —kemilie

Get it on Amazon for $31.99.

6. This clip-on strainer that will turn most
pots and pans into a strainer and save you a step.


Most promising review: “This thing is great! It
is so much more convenient than pouring everything in a
strainer and it takes up less space in the dishwasher.
Plus, it stays in place and doesn’t slip — I was
worried it would fall off, but it stayed right where I
clipped it even draining three large potatoes. Highly
recommended!” —Brandy

Get it on Amazon for $3.99.

7. This steamer that does double duty when
you’re making multiple dishes.


Most promising review: “This is the easiest home
kitchen appliance I have! I am watching what I eat and
so I steam almost all of my vegetables. All I do is
dump them in and turn it on! It’s great for heating up
the frozen chicken breast strips. Keeps them moist
instead of drying them out in the microwave.” —Tanya

Get it on Amazon for $19.

8. This microwave rice steamer that will make
your go-to grains even easier to make.


Most promising review: “This is really misnamed.
It does rice, polenta, quinoa, brown rice, etc. Just look
at it as a Microwave Multi-cooker.” —Mocha’s mom

Get it on Amazon for $11.80.

9. These glorious BPA-free containers that come in a
zillion sizes for all your packing and storing


Most promising review: “I have been using Popit!
containers for over six months now and I can say that
they are truly the best. They are very sturdy,
leak-proof, and affordable. I have used many different
types of containers in the past and these containers
have beaten those products hands down.” —proxenmity

Get the 12-pack on Amazon for $19.99.

10. These herb scissors that will cut (SORRY) your
chopping time in half.


Most promising review: “Love my herb scissors.
Much easier to get a neat yet fine chop using these
scissors as opposed to chopping with a knife. My kitchen
is full, so in order to add a new item it’s really got to
earn it’s space in the drawer/cabinet. These scissors are
definitely worth their space.” —YoMama

Get them on Amazon for $9.99.

11. This vacuum sealing kit that will let you
store anything you want to save for later in the week and

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Most promising review: “I have used it quite a
few times already for everything from meat to
vegetables to cheese. It enables me to buy items in
bulk and freeze smaller portions without worrying about
freezer burn. It works especially good for veggies like
broccoli and green beans where it is next to impossible
to get all the air out using a regular freezer bag. It
takes all the air out and the vegetables remain fresh
and bright colored.” —B Bard

Get it on Amazon for $185.92.

12. These color-coded portion control containers
that tell you how much of each food you’re snacking


Most promising review: “Great for portioning your
food for meal prepping. Please note, these are NOT
something you would typically use for storing food. Some
of the containers are quite small. They are only for
portion controlling. And for that use, they are PERFECT.
I originally was just using measuring cups to get the
same effect, but having these containers have been a
great time saver.” —Amanda Morgan

Get the set on Amazon for $9.95.

13. This salad cutter bowl that’ll save you the
trouble of chopping all your salad bits separately (AND can
be used as a strainer).


Most promising review: “This salad bowl works like
magic. It is so convenient and fast for me to make salad
in a few minutes. And no need for me to wash so many
dishes or bowls. The product is very excellent.”
—Amazon Customer

Get it on Amazon for $16.99.

14. This cutting board with common kitchen
conversions RIGHT THERE for all your recipe-following


Most promising review: “This is a super well-made,
thick useful cutting board that has some good weight to
it and you can’t help but love that it includes
conversions. Really happy with this purchase overall!”

Get it from Crate & Barrel for $29.95.

15. This handy mixer that will make it way quicker and
cleaner to blend your nut butters.


Most promising review: “This is a hidden gem that
more people need to know about. We’ve recently returned
to eating natural peanut butter after we read all of the
nasty ingredients in regular peanut butter. Stirring the
separated peanut butter/peanut oil was a bit of a
challenge, and quite messy, until we came across this
stirrer. It works like a charm without a mess! I wish we
would have found this sooner. Fantastic product! We
highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking an easier
way to stir natural peanut butter in the jar.” —Mrs. Robin

Get it on Amazon for $9.95.


Most promising review: “If I am taking the time
to make homemade salad dressing, I wanted a container
that would hold enough dressing for a few days. I was
concerned about leakage when shaking the container,
since I did not want salad dressing all over me or my
kitchen. But NOT A DROP escaped!” —MRP

Get it on Amazon for $14.95.

17. This meal planning pad that will help you dole
out all your creations so you don’t lose track.


Most promising review: “I have been getting very
serious about meal prepping. At 33 years old I finally
figured out how much easier it makes my life and how much
easier it is to be healthy. I systematically go day by
day, writing down what meal we’re having and then
checking off any additional ingredients I need for it.
That way when I get to the store I’m not frantically
looking on Pinterest for what I need or just guessing and
not having the right stuff. This has helped save me a lot
of money by not having a ton of extra stuff that gets
wasted.” —Aundrea

Get it on Amazon for $7.

18. This countertop egg cooker that lets you
free up a space on the stove for everything else
you’re cooking.


Most promising review: “I was a complete skeptic
before using an egg cooker. Eggs aren’t hard to boil! I
was so, so wrong to dismiss it. It is now one of my
most used gadgets and has made me more of an egg
fanatic. Yes, boiling eggs isn’t difficult. However,
with this device, I can not only make them quickly with
essentially no cleanup, but get them exactly right
every time.” —Nerd Alert

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.


Most promising review: “I have no idea how to
express how much I love these silicone pans! This makes
life so much easier in the kitchen. I didn’t have to
worry about clean up either as it wipes completely
clean! I am amazed and thrilled that I no longer have
to pull out yet another rusted pan from the dishwasher
after just one use.” —Terra Dawn

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

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