“Hi, my name is Myra and I’m a kitchen gadget hoarder.” Phewww. It feels good to admit it to someone other than my husband. Well, technically I have never “admitted” it to him; he lives in the same house, so when the cupboards are overflowing with stuff, it didn’t take him long to figure it out.
But who can blame me? With a love for cooking comes a love for food gadgets and utensils. Actually, I’d like to point the blame to my parents. I think it started when I was little and we were forever being toted around IKEA or some specialty kitchen store, staring at the endless rows of soup ladles and spatulas. I still remember when we got a pasta maker and soda machine; I thought these were the coolest things ever! Fast forward 20 years and I could easily open my own kitchen store. Since I’ve had some experience in this area, I wanted to share my favourite kitchen utensils, appliances and gadgets that I use almost everyday and simply cannot live without.
1. Vitamix Blender. Are you surprised? I only talk about my Vitamix every chance I get. This is the Mac Daddy of blenders, in my opinion! You are either Team Vitamix (YAY!) or Team Blendtec. Both are high-end commercial grade blenders for your home and both can blend up a cell phone. I use it for smoothies, bulletproof coffees, soups, sauces, chopping veggies, making ice cream…need I say more? They come with a hefty price tag but are worth saving your pennies for; you won’t regret it! (If you’re interested in buying one, you can use my affiliate code for FREE shipping 06-009822).2. Digital Kitchen Scale. I barely use measuring cups anymore. Kitchen scales are much more accurate for measuring food. As a food blogger, I use mine every day when creating recipes. I also use it to weigh out my food for portion control. You want one that measures both grams and ounces. These range in price, but you don’t need to spend more than $20 for one.
3. Calculator, Notepad & Pen. A must have for a food blogger’s (or anyone’s) kitchen! I’m always writing down ingredients, weights, measurements, etc. for my recipe posts. I keep a calculator, notepad and pen in my top drawer so it’s easily accessible at all times.
4. Digital Meat Thermometer. No more dried out chicken or shoe-leather steak! I rely on my digital meat thermometer almost every time I cook meat. It’s so accurate; you’ll never have dried out turkey again. They range in price, but mine was no more than $20. 5. Roasting Pan. I received a Paderno roasting pan as a Christmas gift years ago from my boyfriend-at-the-time’s family. The relationship may not have lasted but this bad boy came with me and I use it at least a few times a year for turkeys and roasts. DO NOT buy those flimsy disposable roasting pans! Trust me, you will end up with turkey dinner all over your kitchen floor.6. High Quality Knives. I am just starting my collection. I only have a few high quality knives and they are worth every penny! A couple of tips for you, NEVER put them in the dishwasher, always hand wash and dry immediately and always keep them sharp by using a knife sharpener!7. Metal Tongs. Not plastic people, metal! Plastic melts. You can use these on the BBQ, high heat, and toss salads with them. Again, very inexpensive.8. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken things in the kitchen. Glass bowls are great and all, but they are also breakable! Steel is the way to go as they are very durable. I use them for mixing, melting chocolate in a bain-marie, tossing salads, you name it.9. Silicone Spatulas. Nothing, and I mean nothing, scrapes a bowl cleaner than a silicone spatula (OK, maybe my tongue + a bowl full of melted chocolate?)10. Garlic Press. I love garlic. It goes into most of my dishes. I don’t have time to mircoplane or chop garlic. Insert the garlic press! And people, you get what you pay for, so do not by a $10 one, they will break. Splurge a little. I think I paid around $20 for mine.High Quality Pots & Pans. This is on my wish list! We do have a pretty decent set of Kitchen Aid pots and pans but we’ve had them for 5+ years and we’re in the market for some new ones. I’ve been eyeballing All-Clad and Cuisinart sets. This will be our next big purchase…or should I say investment?! 🙂
There you have it! Those are the top things I cannot live without in my kitchen.
Did they make your list too?
What things can you absolutely not live without in your kitchen?