I’m always curious as to which kitchen tools are people’s favorites. I love hearing about fancy dehydrators and bread machines that people swear by and I contemplate adding them to my collection one day.
Though I have a few fancy gadgets myself, my favorite items are my wonderful basics. The items I believe everyone should have because I use them almost daily.
Here are my top 7 kitchen faves:
7. My Coffee Frother
Truth be told, I don’t know what this little guy is actually called. I got him forever ago at Ikea for probably $3, but he transformed my cup of morning (decaf) joe.
I didn’t add quite enough milk to show the full effect, but when I whip my cream and/or milk in the cup before adding the coffee, I end up with a cafe-worthy, frothy cup of coffee! And who doesn’t want to feel a little fancy in the morning?
6. My Non-stick Frittata Pan
My collection of pots and pans are stainless steel (and I LOVE them), but this one non-stick guy gets used a lot. It’s perfectly sized for my individual morning egg/eggs white combos and works wonders when I’m cooking up dinner for 1 (when Hubbs works late).
It has a second pan that locks in as a “top”, so you can flip it over for wonderful omelets, or shake up cut veggies without them flying out of the pan. The best part- it’s incredibly quick and easy to clean-up!
5. My Pizza Stone
It’s no secret (if you’ve ever read my blog) that Hubbs and I love pizza. We make it at home quite often. I love making the dough and letting it rise, topping it with delicious fresh veggies, but the secret to a great pizza? A crust that is soft on the inside and crunchy on the bottom. You just can’t get this effect without a pizza stone!
It doesn’t stop with pizza- pizza stones are also incredibly useful in baking bread, cookies, making bread crumbs, trying herbs, roasting garlic and more!
PS- please don’t judge my very, very dirty oven. I’ll clean it today. …maybe.
4. My Kitchen Aid Mixer
How unoriginal, right? I’ll admit, I got this for a wedding gift, fully intending to make cookies every once in a while, but I find myself pulling it out more and more everyday. The uses for it are endless and I’m beginning to realize why people swear by it.
It is an expensive staple, but if you enjoy cooking and baking at all, I think it’s a necessity.
3. One Good Knife
I was fortunate to receive a set of wonderful knives when Hubbs and I got married. They all get used, occasionally, but this one knife gets used multiple times each day.
I never believed the hype that a good knife makes all the difference, but I’ve changed my tune! It makes prep worth so much easier and more enjoyable. It’s definitely worth investing in one good knife.
2. My (growing) Collection of Jars
I used to store my leftovers in plastic Tupperware, but finally had heard enough of the dangers of plastic and decided to make a switch. Not only is storing food in jars safer, I think it looks pretty, too! Eventually I’ll buy the glass container “tupperware” I’ve seen, but until then, I’ll keep collecting my leftover pickle jars!
PS- I’m sorry, poor neglected wine glasses… just hang in there until September!
1. My (multiple) Sets of Bowls
These bowls are perfect for mixing, prepping, tossing and a million other kitchen activities. They may seem like an obvious need, but you’d be surprised how long I went without any good bowls (like… a couple years!). Now I have 3 sets of bowls like this, and they all get used often.
If you are looking to invest in some quality bowls, look for a rubber rim around the bottom. This set (from Williams-Sonoma) has the rubber and it’s incredibly handy for keeping the bowls from sliding around and spilling.
What are some of your favorite kitchen basics?
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