These Products Will Help You Cut Your Cooking Time In Half

From prepping to cooking, these products will make cooking daily easier than ever.

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November 09, 2021
By: Hadiya Presswood

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When it comes to deciding what to eat, sometimes it’s not a question of what you want to cook as much as it is what you have time to cook. A lot of factors can add to cooking and meal-prep time, including defrosting meat, waiting for the oven to preheat, slicing produce and prepping other ingredients. If you are looking for ways to cut down cook time and get dinner on the table faster, we rounded up a few tips and some products that solve those issues and promise to reduce the amount of time it takes to cook your favorite meals.

$25.99
Amazon

This tray allows you to make meatballs in batches instead of individually rolling them. The trays can be frozen, so you can prepare your meatballs in batches, and, since they are uniform in size, they'll cook evenly.

$24.99 $16
Amazon
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These heavy-duty shears are able to slice all types of vegetables, from crisp cucumbers to delicate tomatoes. Since you manipulate them like scissors, there’s no need to bring out the cutting board and knife, instead, you can toss all your veggies into a serving bowl and slice them while the rest of dinner finishes cooking.

$49.99
Amazon

Everything about this slicer works with you, from the angled placement to the adjustable blades and push lever. Instead of searching for the right knife, grater or peeler for the type of cuts required, this all-in-one mandoline allows you to quickly switch to the appropriate settings.

$15.97
Amazon

This egg cooker has the ability to cook six eggs at once, making it ideal for breakfast and as a way to cook eggs that will be used as ingredients. It has a compartment that heats the water and traps steam, which is what cooks the eggs, and does so much faster than boiling them on the stove.

$19.99
Amazon

This tray is made with aluminum, a material that will conduct the heat towards the cooler parts of the tray (where the cut of meat is resting) and help the temperature distribute evenly. Unlike thawing in the fridge, where the air is still cold, or open-air defrosting, the aluminum actively works to draw heat for a faster thaw.

$18.91
Amazon

By now, you've probably heard of meal prep: a method where you pre-slice, pre-portion and partially cook your meals for a few days at a time. It can be a great time-saver, it just takes a bit of planning on the front end and great storage containers.

$1295
Brava

Brava Smart Oven Starter Set
Brava uses targeted light sensors to direct and control how much heat each section of its cooking tray receives, allowing you to create customized cooking zones. According to their website, the light combinations can mimic the type of heat used for different types of cooking, like to saute, bake, fry or grill, within each zone.

$99
Amazon

Air fryers circulate air to crisp the food. They can be programmed, which means you can have that food cooking while you tend to something else, and remove the manual labor of pulling out your frying pan and oil (not to mention cleaning up the oil afterwards!).

$53.51
Amazon

Instant pot pressure cookers’ lids tightly trap steam, which effectively allows the pressure cooker to cook the food faster than using the stove or oven. Since Instant Pots can be used to make a variety of dishes, they’re an appliance you’ll look to use again and again.

$20.99
Amazon

This container allows you to make a batch of my dressing at once and use it for multiple nights following. The leak-proof design keeps the ingredients tasting as fresh as the first night, and the mixing blade on the inside lets you achieve an ideal frothy texture when serving. Similar to other dressing mixers offered from OXO, this model has marked measurements on the side, so you can be more exact when mixing.

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