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If you've committed to spending more time in the kitchen and cooking and preparing meals at home, you may be wondering how exactly you're going to overcome some of your biggest food prep challenges are perhaps how you can streamline the experience. Well, no worries. There's a gadget for that. No matter what you plan to do in the kitchen, someone has surely thought of a way to make it just a little bit easier and more manageable for the average home cook.

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While there are definitely some gadgets out there that are a bit ridiculous or maybe don't exactly work as advertised, there are so many incredible tools on the market that can simplify cooking for your family, which we all know can often feel like a huge undertaking at the end (or beginning) of a long day.

Some gadgets are great for speeding up relatively basic but often tricky kitchen tasks and others use some incredible modern technology to solve age-old problems like scooping frozen-solid ice cream or measuring out the perfect amount of pasta. I mean, we're all busy, why not take all the help we can get? Click through the slideshow to see 30 of our favorite genius kitchen tools.

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Separate eggs in a cinch. 1

The adorable YolkFish egg separator (Walmart, $9) is a one-piece silicone contraption that allows users to crack eggs normally and then use the little fish to suck up the yolk and transfer to another dish. So much neater than doing it completeley by hand.

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Keep track of expiration dates. 2

These magnetic Note-Clips (Bed Bath & Beyond, $10) can be used to keep open bags of cereal, chips, pasta, etc. from spilling or to clip notes or coupons to the fridge. Making them even more useful is the dry-erase surface they feature, which you can use to scribble down expiration dates.

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Never muscle through scooping ice cream again. 3

The Scoop That! II Warming Ice Cream scoop (Amazon, $20) takes the struggle out of scooping ice cream. It features thermo-ring edges and the handle is filled with a biodegradable liquid that transfers your body heat to the scoop bowl allowing it to easily remove ice cream, but not melt it.

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Keep leftovers fresh without the hassle. 4

These reusable silicone lids (Amazon, $16 for 7) can be stretched over bowls, jars and even pots to keep leftovers or prepped foods fresh and sealed without having to transfer them to separate containers and dirty more dishes. Plus, you won't have to worry about searching for the matching lids to all of those plastic containers!

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Keep safe from sharp blades. 5

Anyone else get really nervous when washing sharp knives? Yeah, me too. The BladeBrush (Amazon, $7) makes it a whole lot safer though. It's a wrap-around cleaning brushes with a grippy surface so the knife's actual blade will be no where near your skin. Of course, it can also be used to thoroughly wash all manner of cutlery and utensils as well.

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Don't stress about frozen meat. 6

Do you often forget to take meat out to thaw for dinner? This surprisingly affordable fast-defrosting tray (Amazon, $24) is said to absorb cold and release heat so that frozen meat and other foods can defrost in a shorter amount of time--typically an hour.

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Use a food scale for better baking. 7

Weighing food with a food scale (Target, $20) is said to be a much more accurate way to measure amounts, especially when baking, so that your food comes out exactly as the recipe describes. It's also useful for portion control when you're trying to lose weight.

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Make healthier microwave popcorn. 8

If you love the convenience and ease of microwave popcorn, but question the ingredients used in store-bought versions, the Salbree Microwave Popcorn Popper (Amazon, $18) is your answer. You don't even need to use oil!

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Take the mess out of making pancakes. 9

Making homemade pancakes is always a bit messy, but with the Whiskware Batter Mixer and Dispenser (Bed Bath & Beyond, $15), you can eliminate some of the dishes and portion out perfect pancakes all with one device.

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Chill your wine without diluting it. 10

It's a bummer when your favorite wine isn't available from the cooler at the liquor store, isn't it? Well there's one little gadget that you can keep in your freezer and then insert into a room temperature bottle to chill it quickly without diluting the wine. This three-in-one wine chiller (Amazon, $10) also features aerator/pourer attachment, for a great drinking experience.

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Re-usable bags are so cost-effective. 11

Zip-top bags aren't exactly eco-friendly and they're expensive too, but they are so dang useful. These re-usable silicone storage bags (Amazon, $32 for 6) are just as handy though, and they are dishwasher-safe and will save you so much money over time.

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New bakers will love this adjustable rolling pin. 12

Rolling out cookies and doughs to the perfect thickness can take a lot of practice and trial-and-error. You can save yourself the trouble by using this adjustable rolling pin with (Amazon, $20) to help ensure even baking every time.

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Shred meat with ease. 13

Shredding meat is one of my least favorite tasks in the kitchen. I always end up chopping the meat to save time, but that sacrifices texture. The Bear Paws Meat Shredder Claws (Amazon, $13) solves the problem--it's a sturdier and much more efficient tool than a fork and knife.

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Poach eggs, no problem. 14

I love poached eggs, but they are an absolute pain to make. But if you use these cute silicone poaching cups (Amazon, $14 for 4), you don't have to worry about keeping the white from floating away. Pretty poached eggs every time.

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Recipe followers will love this tablet mount. 15

With this kitchen tablet mount (Amazon, $30) you can have all of the Internet's recipes right at your fingertips as you're cooking without getting your device messy. It's great for watching recipe videos as you cook!

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This cutting board makes transferring food easier. 16

This nifty plastic cutting board (Amazon, $11) actually has sides that fold up so that you can transfer cut food to the stove without dropping anything. So useful!

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These scissors make chopping herbs a breeze. 17

These multi-blade herb scissors (Amazon, $10) will allow you to finely chop fresh herbs in an instant and without worrying about nicking your fingers, so you can easily add lots of fresh flavor to your food.

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Make crushed ice at home. 18

Obsessed with crushed ice? Oh, snap! You can make it at home with this simple manual ice crusher (Bed Bath & Beyond, $12), so you can add it to all of your favorite frosty beverages and cocktails.

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This one tiny device can open so many things. 19

The Zyliss 5-Way Opener (Amazon, $13) can be used to quickly and easily open cans, bottles, jars, and more, allowing you to clear up valuable storage space in your kitchen.

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This heavy-duty scraper makes washing pots and pans so much easier. 20

The Lodge Scraper Combo (Target, $5) is much more effective at removing stuck on food from pots and pans than a sponge or even a brush, and it won't damage the finish on your cookware.

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This tool makes clean eating simple. 21

This kale slicer (Target, $5) tiny little handheld tool helps you remove stems from greens and fresh herbs super simply and quickly so that you can add lots of fresh ingredients and flavors to your meals without having to fight with tough stems.

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This device takes the guesswork out of measuring pasta. 22

Never sure how much just the right amount of pasta is? This cute little pasta measurer (Amazon, $35) will help you cook up the perfect amount of pasta all the way from one serving to four.

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Make cutting fresh pineapple simple. 23

Using the Oxo Pineapple Slicer (Target, $10) you can peel and slice fresh pineapple for the whole family with ease. As the tool slices the pineapple, it removes the core and hollows out the shell, so you don't have to use a knife to fight with the toughest parts of this delicious fruit.

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Make clean up simple. 24

Any time you cook from scratch, there's going to be refuse and if you don't have a ton of counter space, you may find yourself wasting time going back and forth to the trash can. Instead, you can buy this hanging trash bag holder (Amazon, $10) that clips right to the counter so that you can drop anything in as you cook rather than having to stop what you're doing to clear up.

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Strain pasta without any fuss. 25

The Kitchen Gizmo Snap 'N Strain Strainer (Amazon, $16) allows you to strain steamed, boiled, or rinsed foods without having to remove them from the pot or bowl they are in. Plus, it's dishwasher safe and super-easy to store.

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Wipe your whisk clean with this tool. 26

As a baker I can confirm just how difficult it is to get your whisk sparkling clean. This Whisker Wiper (Bed Bath & Beyond, $20) allows you to basically squeegee the tines clean before washing with soap and water to ensure that not a spot of food remains.

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Use tongs for even more cooking preparations. 27

I love the ease and control you get using tongs in the kitchen, but they don't work for everything. However, Clever Tongs (Amazon, $10) brings the ease of tongs to the functionality of a spatula so that you can use them for things likes pancakes and filleted fish.

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No more wasted aguacate! 28

I almost always end up wasting a tiny bit of avocado when I eat half and save the rest for later. When you use these food huggers (Amazon, $8 for 2) there won't be any brown to slice off before you can enjoy the rest.

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Zest and mince without the stress. 29

The Microplane (Amazon, $13) is one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools. You can use it to finely mince garlic so you don't get any big chunks in your food, to quickly zest citrus fruit, to grate your own parmesan cheese, and much more. Plus, they last forever!

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Trust the meat thermometer. 30

With a meat thermometer (Amazon, $12) you no longer have to trust yourself to make sure meat has reached a safe temperature to eat. I never used one until this year, but my brother who is a professional chef convinced me that it's totally worth the peace of mind, especially with tricky meats like pork and chicken.

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