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Welcome to Chowhound Recommends, Chowhound’s weekly series where our staff shares our favorite food and kitchen items around a central theme. This week we’re giving some love to the items in our kitchen that give us a precious commodity—time. Cooking can be a time-consuming endeavor, but it doesn’t always have to be. The products we chose to highlight this week help us shave off a few extra minutes while we’re cooking, and for that we will be forever grateful.

As food writers, editors, producers, and social media managers, we’re constantly scouring the market for the latest and greatest products. And when we find a product we love, we want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re packaging up our weekly finds and sharing them with you, because we think you’ll love them too. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @Chowhound to catch us talking about our favorite products every Wednesday. Keep reading to see our time-saving picks for this week!

Guillermo Riveros, Senior Video Producer

Product Pick: Kumana Avocado Sauce

Kumana avocado sauce

Lauren Zaser

I like having condiments and sauces around that are very versatile, as they can make any simple dish more exciting. When I want to turn that breakfast sandwich into a flavor bomb, but don’t have time to make guacamole, sometimes instead of a hot sauce (here comes the time saver) I just throw a hefty drizzle of Kumana on it and voila! These sauces reference Venezuelan avocado sauces (a staple of all BBQs and celebrations), and they come in a variety that can take any salad, sandwich, rice bowl, eggs, etc. to the next level. I like the mango one when I’m feeling fruity, and keep the hot one always on hand (Bey style).

Kumana Original Avocado Sauce, $5.77 on Amazon

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Kumama Mango Avocado Sauce, $7.35 on Amazon

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Lauren Zaser, Social Media Strategist

Product Pick: Unicorn Mills

Unicorn Mills pepper grinder

Lauren Zaser

I love this peppermill from Unicorn Mills. It makes grinding pepper fast and fun when you’re trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. It’ll make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant getting table service instead of your small apartment! All the parts are from Italy and the USA. In fact, the milling mechanisms in their grinders are from an Italian company that has been manufacturing continuously since 1894. And if you know me you know I LOVE a company that has some deep history. They are based in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts which is great if you’re looking to support local businesses (which you always should).  Bonus is that they come in two different sizes to fit your needs. If you’re a real pepper freak I’d recommend the Magnum Plus; it has a huge capacity and the extra length really makes a difference if you use the grinder on the regular.

Unicorn Magnum Plus Pepper Mill, $45 on Amazon

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Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill, $39.60 on Amazon

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Nathan Carpenter

Product Pick: I Love Produce

I Love Produce chopped garlic

Lauren Zaser

Sometimes I’m hungry, tired, and just want to get food on the plate as quickly as possible without having to sacrifice flavor. That’s why I’m super into I Love Produce’s jarred crushed garlic and pureed ginger. They save me tons of time chopping up fresh garlic or shredding ginger root, as well as saving me the mess of having to get out the tools I need for those tasks (not to mention unwieldy garlic paper). They’re an awesome way to bring fresh flavor to dishes, and are a huge improvement over their powdered counterparts. They’re also shelf-stable, so they cut down on the waste of leftover garlic cloves and ginger roots sitting around and drying up if you don’t use them in time. They’re always handy in the fridge to be used at any time. Plus, they’re organic!

I Love Produce Crushed Garlic on Amazon (price varies)

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I Love Produce Organic Ginger Puree on Amazon (price varies)

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