A 12-piece $80 Cuisinart cookware set to get you going in the kitchen – CNET

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As we find ourselves home more, having to fend for ourselves during mealtime without restaurants to go running to, the collective cries of "Why didn't I learn to cook?!" grow ever louder. The good news is that being stuck in quarantine as we wait out the coronavirus is truly a perfect time to learn. It starts with a few basics, and this Cuisinart 12-piece cookware set -- currently down more than $200 to just $80 at Best Buy -- is a great starter set for any kitchen in need of pots and pans.

The 12-piece set includes a 2-quart saucepan with cover, 3-quart saute pan with cover, 5-quart stockpot with a cover, 8-inch nonstick skillet, 10-inch skillet, plus a bonus slotted turner, solid spoon, slotted spoon and nylon tongs. The stainless steel pots and pans sport ergonomic handles for easy maneuvering. Cuisinart is a trusted kitchenware brand, and the quality is confirmed in the high marks it gets in nearly 170 verified purchase reviews. 

For baking projects, Best Buy also has two mixers on discount -- also for today only. The KitchenAid Pro Series 5-quart stand mixer is one of the most powerful stand mixers you can own. Right now it's down to less than $200 (normally $500). And for smaller jobs, snag an Oster 7-speed electric hand mixer, down 50% to just $50 as one of the Deals of the Day.

All three items qualify for free shipping and will be delivered by this weekend. Or use Best Buy's no-contact curbside pickup and get your haul later today.

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This $99 Staub Dutch oven is perfect for all of your bread-baking projects – CNET

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When a piece of cookware this exquisite goes on sale, we are simply obligated to share it with you, even if we'd like to hoard them all for ourselves. Right now the French luxury cookware brand Staub is selling its 4-quart enameled cast iron cocotte for less than $100 -- that's more than 75% off -- but just for a limited time.

A cocotte is essentially a Dutch oven (with a slightly fancier name) and it's one of the most versatile pots you can own. Cast iron retains heat as well as anything and distributes it evenly, so this makes a perfect vessel for slow and low braising or roasting in the oven. It's just the tool you need for any burgeoning bread-baking projects if you're self-isolating due to the coronavirus. The cocotte will also come in handy for a Sunday sauce or simmering stew. The slick enameled coating makes it easy to clean and Staub's quality construction will last for decades, if not longer. 

The cast iron cocotte is available in four colors at this price: black, white, red and turquoise. Staub also ships it for free in one to two days, so you can kick your quarantine baking into high gear -- fast. 

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This $99 Staub Dutch oven is perfect for all of your bread-baking projects – CNET

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Staub

When a piece of cookware this exquisite goes on sale, we are simply obligated to share it with you, even if we'd like to hoard them all for ourselves. Right now the French luxury cookware brand Staub is selling its 4-quart enameled cast iron cocotte for less than $100 -- that's more than 75% off -- but just for a limited time.

A cocotte is essentially a Dutch oven (with a slightly fancier name) and it's one of the most versatile pots you can own. Cast iron retains heat as well as anything and distributes it evenly, so this makes a perfect vessel for slow and low braising or roasting in the oven. It's just the tool you need for any burgeoning bread-baking projects if you're self-isolating due to the coronavirus. The cocotte will also come in handy for a Sunday sauce or simmering stew. The slick enameled coating makes it easy to clean and Staub's quality construction will last for decades, if not longer. 

The cast iron cocotte is available in four colors at this price: black, white, red and turquoise. Staub also ships it for free in one to two days, so you can kick your quarantine baking into high gear -- fast. 

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This $15 pre-seasoned Lodge cast iron skillet will be your new kitchen warrior – CNET

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It's rare to find anything for $15 these days, nevermind a sturdy piece of kitchen cookware from a legacy producer that should give you literally decades of use. Right now, this solid Lodge 10.25-inch pre-seasoned cast iron skillet is down to less than $15 -- down from $27 -- at Walmart. 

Cast iron gets high marks from cooks for its ability to retain very high heat, making it a perfect candidate for burgers, steaks and anything else that appreciates a good sear. Cast iron requires slightly different care than other cookware, including an initial seasoning, but this particular skillet comes pre-seasoned and ready to go. 

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NutriBullet blenders are all 25% off right now (yes, the entire line) – CNET

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Being less than 20 yards from the fridge at all times for weeks on end is a dangerous game. There's really no time like the present to employ some healthy eating practices (am I right, my fellow quarantined friends?) and some simple hardware could help make that happen.

Right now, the entire line of NutriBullet blenders is 25% off with code TAKECARE through April 5. That includes the signature personal push-top blenders, the TV-famous Magic Bullet blender as well as larger blender models perfect for bigger kitchen jobs. Let's take a look at a few favorites in each category. Find the entire line of NutriBullet blenders here.

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This is the blender helper that started it all for NutriBullet. The Magic Bullet chops, blends and mixes in seconds with a simple push of the top. Easy as anything and small enough to fit almost anywhere. 

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The original NutriBullet, this compact yet powerful personal blender is a step up from the Magic Bullet in terms of overall oomph. A good buy if you plan to use your personal blender on most days instead of just occasionally.

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Go big with the power and precision of this full-sized NutriBullet blender. This model features multiple speeds, a pulse function and a vented lid for hot ingredients. If your blending needs go beyond a smoothie or single-serve soup, this is an excellent option.

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Vitamix is offering reconditioned blenders for just $200 (while supplies last) – CNET

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If you talk to a Vitamix owner, there's a good chance they'll be more than ready to gush over their blender investment for as long as you'll let them -- myself included. I say "investment" because, as amazing as they are, they aren't cheap. Vitamix blenders retail for between $350 to $600 for a new unit, but right now the company is selling certified reconditioned Vitamix Explorians for less than $200 (until they run out of stock).

The Explorian is the brand's entry model but it's still one of the most powerful home blenders you can buy. Ten variable speeds allow you to refine texture with incredible precision, from smooth purées to thicker soups. The powerful 2.2-horsepower motor can handle the thickest, densest of ingredients, completely macerating raw almonds and whole grains in seconds.

Vitamix is calling this the Friends and Family Sales Event, and dropping the price on its powerful reconditioned Explorian to less than $200 (reconditioned units usually sell for $290) with special code SAVENOW to be applied at checkout. If you're suspicious about refurbished products in general, we did a deep dive into Vitamix's refurbishing process that may provide some helpful insights. 

Note the refurbished Explorian also comes with a free 3-year warranty. Don't forget to use code SAVENOW at checkout for this special offer. 

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A $25 space-saving K-cup coffee maker on sale at Best Buy – CNET

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As far is space-savers go, the Chefman single-serve K-cup coffee maker is about as good as it gets. Right now Best Buy is selling the small yet sleek pod coffee maker for just $25 -- down from $50 -- for today only as part of its Deal of the Day promotion. And for bigger cooking and baking projects, the cult-favorite KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer is marked down to just $200 (normally retails for $450 or more). Let's take a look at both kitchen deals.

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The Chefman single-serve is barely any bigger than a standard 14-ounce to-go mug (mug pictured is not included). It'll work with any K-cup-style pods, of which there are now hundreds, including non-coffee pods like herbal teas, chai, hot chocolate and more. Just pop, push, wait a few seconds and you're out the door with a fresh-brewed jolt of caffeine. It also takes ground beans using the included filter, if you prefer, but in a couple of verified purchase reviews, buyers suggest sticking to the pods.

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And since many us are working with some extra hours at home this week, there's a fleet of colorful KitchenAid stand mixers down to less than $200 to finally get your perfect croissant project underway. KitchenAid is a true category leader and the best pal of pastry fanatics and home chefs. The stand mixer is critical for large-scale home baking projects but it also transforms into a number of other useful appliances with easy attachments like a meat grinder, veggie spiralizer (for health) and ice cream maker (for happiness). It's available in four fun colors at this sale price, including last year's KitchenAid color of the year: Birds of Paradise pink. 

Best Buy will ship any order over $40 for free. Or choose free in-store pickup and grab your haul whenever it is convenient for you. Best Buy is currently offering no-contact curbside pickup in light of concerns you may have because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The best keto snacks to buy online for 2020 – CNET

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Nutritious, delicious and fun snacks are key to have on hand as mini indulgences to look forward to and to keep serotonin flowing without giving away the farm, especially when we're trying to keep breakfast, lunch and dinner on the healthy side.

With so many popular forms of a low-carb diet (such as keto, paleo or Atkins), food brands have been working hard to deliver those fun-size treats with fewer carbs than the classic bag of potato chips, cookies or crackers. With so many new keto snacks out -- some great and some decidedly not so -- and with more hitting shelves every week, we taste-tested a swath of these new low-carb munchies. Sometimes you need a delicious break from the typical keto diet snacks like macadamia nuts, avocado and hard-boiled or deviled eggs.

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Here are our favorites to help you figure out the best keto snack array to buy and tastefully stick to a low-carb keto diet.

Flock

We've written about these full-flavored wisps of rotisserie chicken-skin goodness before, and that's because they are darn delicious. Like pork rinds but better. Be warned, these aren't a low-calorie snack by any stretch, but if you're trying to trim carbs and keep all of the flavor, keto friendly Flock is a perfect snack. Available online in original, salt & vinegar and BBQ. A pack of eight will run you $24 on Flock's website.

Read our full review of Flock Chips on Chowhound.

Duke's

Chowhound's Editor at Large, Joey Skladany, swears by these tasty little sausages from Duke's for a bold blast of protein in a pinch. A perfect preworkout snack option to fit a keto lifestyle, available in original, Hatch green chili, andouille or hot & spicy. Amazon carries the mini-sausages at $9.50 per bag.

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Sweetened with stevia, these candy peach rings are a perfect low-glycemic movie theater candy to replace your Sour Patch Watermelons or Gummy Bears and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Just five net grams per serving and no corn syrup. Snag a 1.8-ounce bag for less than $5. 

High-Key

Cookies are one of the tougher low-carb snacks to pull off. Part of me wants to say, if you're going to have a cookie, well then just have a cookie. But if it's truly a keto diet version you covet, my vote goes to HighKey's keto chocolate chip cookie. I would compare them to Famous Amos with more buttery flavor but not quite as much crunch. But with just one gram of net carbs, they still taste better than Chips Ahoy. A pack of three bags is $14 on Amazon.

Quevos

Light as a feather, Quevos are chips made from avocado oil and egg whites and contain just three net carbs for every 1-ounce bag. Sour Cream and Onion is the best flavor we've tried, but the airy snacks also come in plain, salt and pepper, BBQ, cheddar and Quevos rancheros. A variety pack of five bags is $15 on Amazon.

Magic Spoon

This keto-friendly cereal brings us right back to the cartoon-filled Sunday mornings of yore, with fun flavors like Fruity (think Froot Loops), Cocoa, Blueberry and Frosted. With 12 grams of protein and just 3 grams of net carbs per serving, Magic Spoon makes for an easy breakfast or guiltless late-night sweet snack. Get a variety pack of four flavors for $39.

Read our full review of Magic Spoon on Chowhound.

Moon Cheese

I've often wondered what it would be like to straight-up bite into a block of parmesan. It probably wouldn't work out as well as I hope, but the next best thing may be these keto-friendly Moon Cheese bites. The garlic parmesan flavor reigns supreme (in my opinion) and at just two net carbs per bag they definitely won't bust up your keto-mentum or diet. Three bags will run you $15 on Amazon.

Bai

Is a drink a snack? We may never know, but Bai's line of low-cal, low-carb fruity drinks has been growing by the year. There are a few flavors, sweetened with Bai's on-the-money blend of stevia and erythritol, that I've come to love -- but the teas, and especially the new (ish) Narino Peach Tea tops my list. Perfect for those thirsty "mornings after" or when I just can't down another can of seltzer. Get 12 bottles for $24 on Amazon.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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