The holidays can be a stressful time when it comes to gift giving or when being cornered by your creepy drunk cousin in law. So to help out, I put together a few things that I can’t live without in the kitchen. Now most of you reading this probably cooks yourselves and these are gifts you would like to see under the tree for you. If that’s the case, just send on the link with *Hint*Hint* in the subject line. Trust me, it works like a charm every time…but then again, I am everything but subtle.
Trust me, you need this! It is the green option to parchment paper. It will save you money in the long run and is awesome for making cookies or candy.
Ok, yes, I know this is a uni-tasker. But it is a uni-tasker worth it’s weight in gold. I hate mincing garlic…and I really hate preminced garlic that is drowned in oil (double the calories, a 3rd of the flavor). So a nice garlic press like this and you can have fresh minced garlic in 20 seconds.
This is one of those best gifts I never knew I wanted, but thank god I have. A couple Christmas’s ago my Mom got me one of these little babies and there was no going back. Talk about a time saver! I chop onions, tomatoes, celery, peppers, and more with this. I have had it for 2 years and it still looks and works just like new. Just make sure and keep your vegetables at a manageable size (for example, I will halve a medium onion and do 1 half at a time) and it will work like a dream. Plus you get to slam the top down so it’s great to take out your frustrations!
You need one of these, now. I am not playing around. I know they can be extremely expensive and if you are like me and spend way too much money on shoes to afford a luxurious Le Creuset, there are other options! I have a 7qt dutch oven made by Food Network and I love it. A Dutch Oven is truly amazing for even cooking. Despite the bad review on the site, it is a great buy! There was a great sale going on and I had coupons…so I got mine for $50! I will never make soup, smothered steak, stock, caramelized onions, or gumbo in anything else…ever again.
I am of the mindset that you can never have too many mixing bowls. Especially mixing bowls that have a nice spout for pouring cupcake batter and are in my favorite color red. And these Kitchenaid ones are dishwasher friendly…which is another big plus in a mixing bowl!
I am absolutely positive that God has a special place already marked off for the inventor of the Keurig. How did I live before I had this little magic potion brewer? Oh ya…I got the last of an old, cold pot of coffee that had sat there for 30 minutes because I hit the snooze button one too many times. I know this sounds dramatic, but around my house, we take our coffee drinkin’ seriously. When you do upgrade to a Keurig, make sure and try Santa’s Buzz if you like dark coffee or Breakfast Blend by Green Mountain Coffee (my favorite) if you like lighter coffee.
I know, I know, another unitasker. But again, after you have one, there is no turning back. You know when you squeeze a lemon and a seed drops into whatever you are making…well that will never happen again with one of these! I use mine for lemons, limes, and even oranges! One of the best $10 I have spent!
Yes, I know this is a given…but considering how much I use this baby I had to include it! And for the record, I have broken TWO of these by being an idiot and both times KitchenAid replaced it immediately because of their awesome warranty. This is definitely one of those things that is worth it’s weight in gold.
You need this, trust me. I use my food processor just as much as I use anything else in my kitchen. And you can get a great one for under $100! I love my Cuisinart one…it may not be any special colors but this baby can chop up anything…and I do mean anything. I plan on using it if I ever have to dispose of a body.
While I personally have an incredible set of knives from Wusthof, there are many other great brands out there. I have had my Wusthof knives for a few years now and they have held up extremely well. They are reasonably priced and I don’t know what I would do without the 7″ Santoku. Some other brands I would recommend checking out are Shun or J.A. Henckles. A great knife can really make a huge difference in the kitchen!