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These 9 Inexpensive Kitchen Essentials Will Make You Actually Want To Cook Dinner

Three words: silicone bread maker.
Contributing Staff Writer
The front buttons on an oven. Right: A woman cooking.

The front buttons on an oven. Right: A woman cooking.

With social distancing still in full swing, many of us are spending more time than ever in our kitchens. But if, like the rest of us, your chef skills are limited to burnt toast and takeout, it's pretty likely you don't have the basic tools needed to whip up anything half decent; luckily, you can get inexpensive kitchen essentials on Amazon Canada right now.

If you're not quite sure where to start because, let's be honest, cooking is confusing and it's hard to know what's essential and what you might only use from time to time, this specially curated list of nine inexpensive kitchen tools will point you in the right direction.

You can finally jump on the homemade bread wagon, make that Instagram-famous Dalgona coffee, create a to-die-for banana bread, and try your hand at all of those specialty cocktails your friends have been showing off in Zoom calls.

So roll up your sleeves, grab your apron, and get ready to get serious in the kitchen. These nine inexpensive cooking essentials will have you wondering why you didn't invest in these kitchen staples sooner:

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A glass electric kettle

Original Price: $49.99 and free shipping

Why You Need It: Everyone needs a kettle. This Cosori 1.7L Glass Electric Kettle has over 650 five stars and even lights up when it's boiling, so you don't have to guess when it's done.

Glass jars with bamboo lids

Original Price: $49.99 and free shipping

Why You Need It: Is your kitchen in desperate need of organization? This set of five EZOWare containers is a practical, convenient, and super easy solution to keeping your kitchen counters and pantry shelves clean.

A pressure cooker

Original Price: $77.88 and free shipping

Why You Need It: You're probably spending a lot more time cooking at home than ever before, so why not make your time in the kitchen easier? Instant Pot's 6-in-1 is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer all wrapped up in one, so you can make everything from pasta to taquitos.

A good bread knife

Original Price: $21.95

Why You Need It: Once you've cut bread with a proper bread knife — not with a chef's knife or, even worse, a butter knife — like this one from Cuisinart, you'll never go back.

A silicone bread maker

The front of an oven.

The front of an oven.

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Original Price: $39.99 and free shipping

Why You Need It: If you want to keep up with self-isolation trends and make your own fresh bread at home, the easiest way to make a perfect loaf is with a silicone bread maker, like this one.

A set of unbreakable wine glasses

Original Price: $18.96

Why You Need It: There's nothing worse than a broken wine glass (and spilled wine). Tossware is known for its 100% recyclable, guaranteed-to-never-break-or-crack plastic wine glasses, and this set of 12 is perfect for that moment when pool parties, birthday celebrations, and cocktail nights are a thing again.

Stretch lids

Someone dressed in black closing a bowl with a stretch lid.

Someone dressed in black closing a bowl with a stretch lid.

Amazon Canada

Original Price: $22.59

Why You Need It: This pack of 14 dishwasher-safe lids stretch to fit everything from fruit of all sizes to lonely containers with missing lids.

A cold brew coffee maker

Original Price: $24.08

Why You Need It: Your morning routine probably needs some coffee in between all of those Zoom meetings and at-home yoga classes. This Takeya Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker uses your favourite coffee grounds to make four servings of coffee, keeping you alert all day long.

A mini food processor

Original Price: $49.98

Why You Need It: Slice, dice, puree, and shred everything in your kitchen with this super cute mini food processor. It comes in 11 colours including pink, yellow, green, purple, red, and classic white or black.

    Jennifer Browne
    Contributing Staff Writer
    Jennifer Browne is a Contributing Staff Writer for the Studio department focused on sponsored content and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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