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Order Less Takeout: Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven
"I can indulge my 'fast food' cravings, it's quick, and it's cheaper—plus it's way better than the fried food I typically order."
Waste Less: Food Saver Vacuum Sealer at Amazon
"This is the solution for meal planning, seasoning and portioning, long-term storage of specialty meats and products, and so much more."
Get Organized: The Spruce Home Organization Collection at Lowe's
"When ingredients and produce are easily visible and accessible, that’s when I feel the most inspired."
Use a Food Scale: Escali Primo Precision Kitchen Food Scale at Amazon
"Weighing your ingredients is just more precise."
Reduce Environmental Impact: Skaza Bokashi Organko 2 Composter at Amazon
"This sleek and stylish bin breaks down food waste and won't be an eyesore on my kitchen counter."
Drink More Water: HiDrate Steel Insulated Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle at Amazon
"This bottle glows and texts you when it's time to drink, and tracks your H2O intake via Bluetooth to the Hidrate app."
Cook More: Instant Family Meals at Amazon
"Everything I’ve made has been delicious, easy, and as a bonus, eaten by all three of my children."
Drink Sustainable Wine: The Wonderful Wine Company at Winc
"The skin-contact orange wine is my personal favorite, but I’ll be looking to cozy up this winter with the syrah."
Try Veganuary: Vegan for Everybody at Amazon
"With tried and true recipes and the help of my girlfriends, I’m actually excited about this experiment."
Learn New Skills: Traditional-Style Water-Seal Crock Sets at Roots and Harvest
"I'm creating room for doing more of what I love, like learning to make sauerkraut."
The New Year is here again, and for many people, that means resolutions are, too. Whether you're trying to reduce waste, cook more, or get organized, we're right on board with you. Here are the products helping our editors keep their 2021 resolutions.
Order Less Takeout: Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven
"I really enjoy cooking. The issue is that whenever I'm craving something fried or greasy (and this happens semi-regularly), I end up spending way too much money ordering delivery. However, after trying several batches of fries and wings that my brother cooked up in his air fryer, I understand why people are so obsessed with these machines. I can indulge my 'fast food' cravings, it's quick, and it's cheaper—plus it's way better than the fried food I typically order."
MK Hoban, Commerce Editor
Waste Less: Vacuum Sealer
"My 2021 resolution is to waste less food and save more money in the process. The number one culprit of fresh food waste is the dreaded ... air. That’s right, I said it. Freezer burn? Air. Rancid anything? Air. Need I go on? Enter the heavenly vacuum sealer. This little device is the solution for weekly and/or monthly meal planning, seasoning and portioning, long-term storage of specialty meats and products, and so much more. Save money by buying family packs of proteins (up to $1 per pound in savings), prep, portion, seal, and label (contents, date). Say 'buh-bye' to air wreaking havoc on your wallet and 'hello' to New-Year, new you. You did that (mic drop)."
Kysha Harris, Food Editor
Get Organized: The Spruce Home Organization Collection
"Nothing gets me more excited to tackle the New Year like a good kitchen spruce and reorganization. Like many resolutions, it only takes about a month to fall right back into pantry chaos. I resolve to make 2021 the year to find an organization system that works and keep it going. When ingredients and produce are easily visible and accessible, that’s when I feel the most inspired. Additionally, the collection will help when buying in bulk to transition items into smaller containers, as well as making it easier to organize myself."
Lauryn Bodden, Associate Food Editor
Reduce Environmental Impact: Skaza Bokashi Organko 2
"My goal is to work harder to reduce my environmental impact. One of the easiest ways to do that in the kitchen is to compost food scraps rather than send them to landfills. This Red Dot Design winner is sleek and stylish, so it won't be an eyesore on my kitchen counter. It doubles as a bin and a composter, complete with a doser, presser, trowel, and fermentation powder to help break down waste."
Taysha Murtaugh, Associate Editorial Director, Commerce
Use a Food Scale: Escali Primo Precision Kitchen Food Scale
"The reason for this is two-fold. One, I’ve learned that weighing food is the way to go for me to get the correct measurement. Second, I have gotten really into baking during this time at home and I want to improve my baking skills. Weighing your ingredients is just more precise."
Heddy Hunt, Video Producer
Drink More Water: HiDrate Steel Insulated Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle
"I rarely drink water. It's tasteless and boring, especially at room temperature, and I simply don't crave it. I live in a perpetual state of dehydration, and I'm well aware that that's horrendous, but I just can't bring myself to drink more. I've tried keeping a gallon nearby—it erupted in my backpack on my commute home from work, dousing a frozen pizza in tow—and an app called Plant Nanny, which forces you to drink in order to 'water' your virtual plant. Needless to say, Sunny the Sunflower is no longer with us. This insulated water bottle calculates your daily water goal based on different personal factors, glows and texts you when it's time to drink, and tracks your H2O intake via Bluetooth to the Hidrate app. Hydration, here I come."
Taylor Rock, Associate Commerce Editor
Cook More: Instant Family Meals
"One of my resolutions is to actually use the plethora of devices I have sitting in a cabinet in my basement. I got this cookbook from the library after seeing it on a few friends' Instagram feeds and basically ran out and bought it a week later. Everything I’ve made has been delicious, easy, and as a bonus, eaten by all three of my children."
Eric Handelsman, General Manager
Drink Sustainable Wine: The Wonderful Wine Company
"This year, I’m resolving to drink to my health and the health of Mama Nature with this sustainable and vegan wine. The skin-contact orange wine is my personal favorite, but I’ll be looking to cozy up this winter with the syrah. All wines are also low in sulfates and paleo-friendly. Wonderful Wine is also produced with a lower carbon footprint. Everything from the weight of the glass bottles to the biodegradable corks also means a better pour for the planet."
Kristin Stangl, Associate Food Editor
Try Veganuary: Vegan for Everybody
"I'm always up for trying something new and wanting to take care of my body more (oh, 30s), so my 2021 resolution is to go more plant-based. This doesn’t mean I’ll be a strict plant-based eater forever, but I at least want to make more of a concerted effort. How am I going to start this off? By going vegan for the month of January. It’s something that I’ve thought about doing in the past, and I have a few vegan friends who have helped lift the veil of intimidation when it comes to what a vegan can eat (and is that food even good?). Doing some research, I found this incredible resource from America’s Test Kitchen to help me through. With tried and true recipes and the help of my girlfriends, I’m actually excited about this experiment."
Victoria Heydt, Editorial Project Manager
Learn New Skills: Traditional-Style Water-Seal Crock Sets
"My resolution is to organize my kitchen. Why fermentation crocks? Stay with me. These traditional stoneware crocks, complete with a stoneware weight, are going to be the delicious, gut-healthy reward for all that tidying. I’m doing a complete purge, getting a bunch of our storage containers, and making room in the trouble zones: pantry, fridge, freezer, and drawers. This is going to make room and save time for doing more of what I love. I love pickles and kombucha, and I’m going to learn how to make sauerkraut."
Heather Ramsdell, Editorial Director