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Earn your weekend warrior status, and make life a lot easier, by prepping food for the whole week with these useful tools.

August 23, 2017

Whether it's making staples like grains or sauces for your weeknight meals, or you're cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the whole week, you'll find these tools to be helpful additions to your kitchen.

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Wooden Cutting Board with Kitchen Conversions ($20)

If you're trying out a recipe in a different measurement system, this cutting board will be your cheat sheet to cooking success. Perfect for chopping veggies, figuring out what exactly how much is in 125ml, or deciphering just how hot gas mark 4 is, this item is a must-have for fans of international cooking.

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Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat ($34)

The last thing you need after hours of cooking is seriously sore feet and legs. Investing in a soft mat for your kitchen can make a world of difference in how you feel after batch cooking, plus colorful varieties can add a pop of color to your home.

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Two Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers ($30)

Being able to grab-and-go meals is one of the joys of batch cooking. Make your lunches balanced in these convenient two compartment containers, made of glass for easy cleaning and microwave-safe use.

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Six Quart Instant Pot ($79)

If you haven't joined the masses as a fan of the Instant Pot, then you're missing out. The ultimate appliance for meal prepping, the Instant Pot takes the place of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and rice cooker, all while having the ability to sauté, steam, and warm foods. Use it to make large batches of grains, legumes, and more to get you prepped for the week. 

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Lulalu Weekly Meal Planner ($16)

Having a plan is half the battle, and that's why this brightly colored meal planner journal deserves a spot in your kitchen. Containing a weekly calendar and grocery list, along with a seasonal produce guide and list for 'ingredients to use up', you'll find yourself wanting to plan ahead because of the convenient design. 

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Chef'n Greens and Herbs Stripper ($8)

Greens and herbs, both staples in Cooking Light recipes, just got easier to prep with this useful tool. Simply pull thick greens like kale or collards through the largest holes to gather the tender leaves, or strip small herbs like thyme and rosemary to not miss a bit of flavor.

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Stainless Steel Garlic Press ($11)

Forget tediously mincing garlic or ginger ever again. Just pop in a bit of garlic or ginger, squeeze, and voila! You're set to cook with freshly minced, uniform pieces. The stainless steel design makes for easy cleanup and a lifetime guarantee shows that this tool will be a kitchen staple for years to come. 

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Cuisinart Stick Blender ($32)

While stand blenders are great for smoothies, when it comes to large batches of sauces or soups, a stick blender is your best friend. Making things way easier by blending straight in your pot or cooking vessel, you can make giant recipes of marinara or corn chowder without wondering how you'll transfer it all to your 6-cup blender. 

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Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bags ($12)

Useful for everything from storing snacks to packing sandwiches, zipper topped storage bags are a necessity in most kitchens. A better alternative is Stasher's reusable silicone bags. With easy to close tops, plus no environmental waste and being free of plastics like PVC or petroleum, these convenient bags can change your meal prep game. Best part? Unlike traditional disposable plastic bags, these durable bags are safe for the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher.

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Brother Handy Label Maker ($24)

"Did I make that lasagna last week or last month?" Never have the conversation with yourself again about when leftovers were made or just exactly what is living in the Tupperware in the back of the fridge. Label meal containers with recipe names and dates, organize your pantry with labeled storage options, and keep your kitchen in tip top shape by using the Brother label maker for all your detailing needs.