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6 Best Personal Blenders for a Party of One

I have always loved having a personal blender around and have been whipping up morning smoothies a few times a week for nearly a decade. As I moved around in my early 20s, my handy-dandy Nutribullet provided a simple way to make a healthy breakfast or …

I have always loved having a personal blender around and have been whipping up morning smoothies a few times a week for nearly a decade. As I moved around in my early 20s, my handy-dandy Nutribullet provided a simple way to make a healthy breakfast or snack without being burdened by a large base and tons of attachments—a key factor when I was living in apartments with extremely minimal storage.

But beyond smoothies, making sauces, soups, and purées at home requires the right blender. Large, traditional blenders are powerful but can be cumbersome to store. Luckily, there are tons of low-profile personal blenders that offer more convenience and whose motors still pack a punch.

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6 Compact (Yet Powerful) Blenders for Your Kitchen

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I’ve always loved having a personal blender around and have been whipp…

This post contains products independently chosen (and loved) by our editors and writers. Food52 earns an affiliate commission on qualifying purchases of the products we link to.

I've always loved having a personal blender around and have been whipping up morning smoothies a few times a week for nearly a decade. As I moved around in my early 20s, my handy-dandy Nutribullet provided a simple way to make a nourishing breakfast or snack without being burdened by a large base and tons of attachments—a key factor when I was living in apartments with extremely minimal storage.

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The Best Vacuum Sealers, According to Experts

I never saw much need for a vacuum sealer in my kitchen. Sure, hand-squeezing as much air as possible out of a zipper bag isn’t ideal and I’ve had leftovers fall victim to freezer burn a few more times than I’d like, but is a vacuum sealer worth the ex…

I never saw much need for a vacuum sealer in my kitchen. Sure, hand-squeezing as much air as possible out of a zipper bag isn’t ideal and I’ve had leftovers fall victim to freezer burn a few more times than I’d like, but is a vacuum sealer worth the extra money and storage space? After hearing about the ease of use, savings, and in many cases, small footprint of modern vacuum sealers from experts, I’m convinced the answer is a resounding “yes.”

I spoke with eight home cooks, chefs, recipe developers, and cookbook authors who couldn't stop talking about their favorite vacuum sealers. They're incredibly effective in keeping food fresh longer and compacting items into a more storage-friendly size, though many other benefits abound. Marinating, pickling, and sous vide cooking are all easier with the right vacuum sealer, making your time and effort spent in the kitchen more efficient. Worried about storage space for yet another kitchen gadget? Vacuum sealer machines come in all shapes and sizes from rechargeable handheld varieties to larger models that are even suited for use in a small commercial kitchen.

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8 Never-Fail Can Openers for Any Kind of Can

I have covered the home and kitchen space for nearly four years and consider myself fairly well-versed on tools and gadgets. But there’s one thing I have to admit: I own a long string of rusting, creaky can openers that can barely get the job done, pur…

I have covered the home and kitchen space for nearly four years and consider myself fairly well-versed on tools and gadgets. But there’s one thing I have to admit: I own a long string of rusting, creaky can openers that can barely get the job done, purchased hastily for a new apartment or left behind by a former roommate. I mean, it's a can opener—how good does it need to be? It has one job! Sadly, I regret that thinking every time I'm face to face with a can of San Marzano tomatoes with only a broken turn-crank opener and a prayer to reach them.

That’s why we asked a handful of experts for their favorite can openers for everything from tinned fish to beans to my personal favorite pantry staple, chiles in adobo.

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