Top 5 Kitchen Must Haves
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I have a thing for kitchen appliances and gadgets, but not so much that I collect things just for the sake of collecting them. I have neither the space nor the patience to deal with extra clutter from things that are just fun but not functional. The kitchen items I choose to take up space in my home need to be functional, hard working and they must be things that I reach for often enough that they earn their keep. This is how my top 5 kitchen must haves was born.
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Kitchen Must Have #1
The tip top item on my list of “must-haves” is my kitchenaid stand mixer.
I put off purchasing one of these for the longest time because I thought surely it wouldn’t earn it’s keep -and let’s be honest – these darlings aren’t exactly cheap. That was over 13 years ago. Yep – I’ve had mine now for over 13 years and it still functions like a dream. I need to replace the paddle attachment due to a couple small chips in the coating, but it’s been used for thirteen. years. And, for several of those 13 years, I was making homemade bread with my kitchenaid stand mixer 4-5 times a week. Let me tell you, I’ve put this thing to the test. And even though I no longer bake all our bread every few days, we still use it 1-2 times a week and it has held up longer than I ever thought it would. It has been one of the best investments for our family. (And I’ll let you in on a little secret…….lean in a little closer…..my kitchenaid is a Certified Refurbished one!) Did you know you could buy them refurbished and save yourself $80 – $160 off the “brand new” price?! That’s what I did – because I really like to save money wherever I can. So yes – the very same mixer I love so much and ranted and raved about up above? It was NOT new when I bought it. It was a Certified Refurbished one. And I’ve had it for over 13 years. Score!! Of course, if buying a refurbished mixer isn’t your cup of tea, then there are gorgeous new ones that come in pretty much any color you can think of. Even “Raspberry“! But still…..if you want my two cents worth? Buy refurbished and save yourself the extra $80-$160.
Kitchen Must Have #2
Next on my list of favorites is this GIANT stainless steel bowl. It’s an 8 quart bowl! Why so huge, you ask? Well, I’m a person who is easily frustrated when I’m making a recipe, trying to mix the ingredients together only to realize that the bowl is too small and all the ingredients are starting to tumble over the sides of the bowl. Ugh. So annoying. So…..the problem is solved by making sure I have a large bowl on hand that has ample room for me to quite literally toss ingredients together and thoroughly incorporate whatever the recipe calls for. I reach for this bowl when I make my family’s favorite granola recipe, homemade pancake mix or just a vat of buttery, salty popcorn for movie night. It’s another one of my favorite kitchen must-haves that relieves the stress of “argh! the bowl is too small” situations. Sometimes it’s the little (or in this case, not so little) things.
Kitchen Must Have #3
I have more than my fair share of plastic storage containers in rotation, but I really prefer glass, for it’s functionality of freezer-to-fridge-to-oven capabilities AND for the fact that it’s not leaching any weird or scary chemicals into my family’s food. This is the set I own and reach for more than 90% of the time. I’ve had mine for years, and it’s holding up fantastically. It’s dishwasher safe, freezer safe and oven safe. Ideal for anyone who has leftovers or likes to prep ahead of time to make dinnertime easier on themselves. I like to put leftover Chicken Taco Bake in these – that way when we’re ready to eat leftovers, all we have to do is remove the lid and pop it in the oven or microwave – and lunch is served.
Kitchen Must Have #4
This funny looking thing is a Silpat. AKA a bakers best friend. Nothing sticks to these. *Nothing*. they’re easy to clean (just wipe them down with a hot damp cloth) and they keep your pans clean = less dishes to wash. Win, win…win! These are what I use for my Fluffy Biscuits recipe that my family drools over. There are several different options that are less expensive options and they work just as well. I have a Silpat as well as the more economical ones – and they all work great.
Kitchen Must Have #5
This is the crock pot I have (above ^ -except mine is red). My beloved Crock-Pot is a lifesaver on days when life is crazy and the little ones are melting down and hanging on me when it’s time to be making dinner. Oh, wait. That’s every day. 😉 Lol! But seriously. I probably use my crock pot 2-4 times a week – whether it’s just cooking up a pound of ground beef so it’s ready to be made into a crock of chili, making a melt-in-your-mouth roast beef or Chicken Taco Bake. I have reached for it a few times even this past week as I have been diligently working on my kitchen facelift. While I’ve been busy painting and priming…and painting some more, my crock pot has done all the work for me. It makes dinnertime so much less stressful – thank you, dear inventor of the crock pot.
I would love to know – what are your top 5 kitchen must haves?