You wouldn’t embark on any endeavor without all the correct gear, right? You wouldn’t go out for a winter hike without snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves and boots. It would make your excursion an unpleasant and non-enjoyable experience.
I feel cooking is the same. It can be cumbersome and sometimes difficult (but still possible) if you don’t have the rights tools and gadgets.
I have here for you some of my top favorite MUST-HAVES for my kitchen. Just click the link in the title and it’ll take you to the item description.
Cooling Rack – Talk about a space saver! When you have fresh goodies from the oven that need to cool, I like the 3 tiered cooling rack.
Large Food Processor – I use my food processor a lot. This is a great quality large sized processor for the bigger jobs.
Small Food Processor – Sometimes you just have a small amount to process and don’t want a large machine to use (and wash!) when you are done. This is another one that gets used pretty much daily in my home from grinding oats to make my own oat flour to coarsely chopping up carrots for a meal.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer – Picking a favorite kitchen tool is like picking your favorite essential oil….I can’t pick just 1! But this definitely TOPS the list. I make/mix nearly every dough, including my homemade gluten free bread dough, in my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. It really does save time because you can be starting to clean up while it mixes and kneads whatever you have in there. If you get nothing else, get THIS.
Ceramic Loaf Pan – I stay clear of aluminum based cooking apparatuses. You can read about the dangers here. Because of that, I use ceramic, stainless steel, or silicone (for low temperatures). When baking bread I use ceramic loaf pans. I have found the bread comes out more evenly cooked, plus the ceramic pans just look prettier. 🙂
Silicone Baking Molds – I love my silicone muffin mold. The muffins fall right out (without greasing before hand) after about 5 minutes of cooling.
Silicone Candy Molds – These are somewhat new to me. I became kind of obsessed with these molds over the holidays. At Halloween I wanted my kids to be able to have candy treats without indulging in the truly harmful conventional candies they’d get from door to door. It spilled over into the Christmas season when making cookies. Especially the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies and the chocolate dipped PB cookies. I didn’t want to have to use the traditional candy (loaded with milk and sugar) topper, so I melted down dairy-free/low sugar chocolate and put them in a mold. That spilled over into making our own chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered cashews, chocolate covered anything! And they come in so many fun shapes and sizes!
Nutribullet – Like I said before, how can I possibly pick 1 favorite?! I love this little guy, too! I use it for making smoothies, nut butters, and for milling seeds such as flax seeds or chia seeds. It gets used a lot. And I bet yours will, too!
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls – My friend just recently alerted me to this find. She got a set for herself and since I was looking for something like this myself (stainless steel bowls in various sizes with lids) so when she told me she found it I of course got a set as well. And I LOVE them!! Go. Get. These!!