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5 must-have products for a better kitchen

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As the holidays approach and the days grow shorter, many of us are preparing to clock more hours in the kitchen cooking everything from turkeys to cookies. 

To improve your extra time spent in the kitchen, CNBC Make It rounded up five staff-approved products to upgrade your cooking space, from an immersion blender perfect for making soup to a leak-proof trash can to hold all your scraps. 

1. Mini Dutch oven

With a chill in the air, it’s finally soup season, which usually means pulling out my deepest, heaviest pots. But since I’m usually only cooking for my husband and myself, it can be exhausting to haul out — and clean — our 8-quart stockpot all the time.

Luckily, my Great Jones Dutch Baby, $120, is the perfect volume for cooking dinner for two. It’s still a hefty cast iron, but its petite size, 3.5 quarts, makes it ideal for soups, chili and risotto without a lot of wasted space. Plus, in an autumnal green, it looks really cute on my stovetop. 

— Hanna Howard, Senior Work Editor

2. Immersion blender

If you’ve ever tried to make a blended soup batch by batch in a regular blender, you know how much it sucks.

While an immersion blender, like this $45 one from KitchenAid, isn’t technically a must-have kitchen tool, the time and energy it saves for things like soup and applesauce is 100% worth it. Plus, it’s so much easier to clean after use.

— Emmie Martin, Money Editor

3. Sous vide cooker

The cooking technique known as “sous vide” sounds fancy, but really, it’s culinary finger painting. You basically stick a cut of meat or some veggies in an airtight plastic bag (with whatever seasonings or marinade you like) and dunk it under some water. Then you use a little machine — mine from Anova costs $100 — to heat the water until the internal temperature of whatever you’re cooking matches the temperature of the bath.

That means, if you’re willing to wait an hour or two, you can have a uniform, white interior on those mutant-sized chicken breasts — or get a perfect…

2023-11-05 10:00:00

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