Outsourcing your prep work means more time for what really matters (eating).

By Maki Yazawa
September 25, 2019
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Meal prep is one of those kitchen tasks you either love or hate. Some look forward to a neat stack of organized lunches or dinners prepared over the weekend, packaged tidily, ready and waiting for what’s sure to be a busy week ahead. It’s great in theory. But the thought of spending a whole weekend day in the kitchen cooking? Well, even I have other things I’d like to do with my Sunday. Good news: there are a few excellent kitchen gadgets that will do just about 99.9 percent of the work for you.

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With the help of these one-time, investment-worthy tools, you’ll end up saving time and money in the long run, while maintaining quality in your meal prepping routine.

Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot

Instant Pots have become a meal prepper’s best friend in the kitchen and will definitely save you tons of time when prepping for the week, but this gadget has become more of a staple rather than an innovation. You can even give your Instant Pot new life by hopping on board the bone broth trend that has seemed to rule this year.

To buy: $146; Programmable Instant Pot

Rubbermaid

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Rubbermaid Brilliance Containers

Rethink everything you thought you knew about plastic food storage containers—these modern versions with gray lids have a sleek design and are perfectly airtight, so they'll keep your cooked quinoa and roasted veggies fresh for days. Plus, both the base and lid are made from BPA-free plastic. 

To buy: $25 for a 14-piece set, Rubbermaid Brilliance

Food Cycler

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Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler and Kitchen Compost Container

If living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is one of your goals for the year, you may want to consider this countertop composting machine. Along with meal prepping comes unnecessary food waste, however, this gadget makes it a breeze to implement sustainability practices right from your own home. Toss your food scraps into the container and in just a few hours your trash will be reduced by up to 90 percent of its original volume, leaving behind perfectly suitable soil fertilizer to use in your garden.

To buy: $299; Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler and Kitchen Compost Container

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Philips

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Philips Kitchen Multichopper

There’s no more need to shed tears over cutting onions or having to sport garlic-scented hands for days after meal prepping for the week with the help of this chopping tool that will help save you time. Simply insert your ingredients (fresh fruits and veggies are ideal) in this electronic device and in seconds you’ll have chef-quality, perfectly chopped produce ready to cook.

To buy: $34; Philips Kitchen Multichopper

Nespresso

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Nespresso Prodigo

There’s no shame in admitting you’re the “I'm not a human until I’ve had my first cup of coffee” type. Skip your sluggish morning routine of attempting to make perfect pour-over while you're still half asleep and opt for a freshly brewed cup of joe, all made with the push of a button (from your bed of course). This Nespresso machine allows you to preset a brewing time from your phone to ensure your coffee is ready by the time your 6 a.m. alarm starts blaring. 

To buy: $400; Nespresso Prodigio

NutriBullet

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NutriBullet Balance Blender

Now that we’ve at least gotten your morning caffeine fix covered, meal prepping your breakfast will be a breeze with this bluetooth-enabled smart blender that connects to Nutribullet’s “Balance” app. This genius blender helps you make a perfect smoothie every time. The built-in scale serves as your own personal sous chef that guides you to add more or less of an ingredient, until the measurements of the recipe are fulfilled. 

To buy: $149; NutriBullet Balance

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Drop Scale

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Drop Scale

Forgot what step you were on in the recipe again? Did you already put in the salt…or was that the baking soda? Simplify your baking life with this innovative scale that tells you exactly what you’re missing to complete your recipe. Using smart scaling technology linked to your device, the scale will track the ingredients you’re adding as you go. Using this gadget means you won’t need to whip out all of your measuring cups and spoons, which means you'll have even less mess to clean up once you’re all done. Win, win!

To buy: $55; Drop Scale

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