All of my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets in one place. These are the products I actually use and love in my kitchen!
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This isn’t your typical ‘shop’ page with just a list of items. These are all items I have purchased with my own money and use in my own kitchen. I wanted to take the time to tell you why I purchased these items as opposed to something else. I’m not a fan of wasting money and I don’t want you to waste yours either! I spend a lot of time researching extensively before purchasing products because I am all about QUALITY. When I buy something, I think of it like an investment. I want items that work well and last for a long time.
The Instant Pot is all the rage for a reason. It’s your slow cooker on steroids. There will be no explosions in your home from this pressure cooker… well explosions of flavor maybe.
To get started with the instant pot you’ll need some recipes. Start with Instant Pot Rice. It’s the easiest way to learn how it works and just one time making rice in this thing and you’ll never make it any other way. Then you can move on to something that uses shredded chicken, like Chicken Tinga Tostadas or Buffalo Chicken Salad.
I know, I know. Why do you need an air fryer? Truth is… you don’t need one. BUT if you like crispy fries, chicken nuggets, or chicken wings, you’ll love an air fryer. If you like baked potatoes in the summer but hate heating up the oven, you’ll love an air fryer. If you make frozen nuggets and tater tots for your kids, you’ll love an air fryer!
I have this air fryer. It’s as basic as it gets. Put the food in and turn the knob. It’s really all you need. You can certainly buy a digital one with fancy buttons and timers, but you really don’t need it!
This is one of those items that I consider an investment. Is it the cheapest food processor you can buy? Absolutely not. Is it worth every penny? Absolutely.
Backstory: I had a cheaper Kitchenaid food processor and the handle on the bowl broke, rendering the appliance unusable since that’s where the locking mechanism was located. I replaced the bowl. A few months later, the new bowl also broke! I was frustrated! I tried to live without it but I actually do like using food processors. So I took to researching for the best food processors. This food processor was the consensus. It’s built to last, trusted by professionals, and it works. If you want to love your food processor and never want to buy another one again… this is the one you should buy.
Once you get the food processor, give it a spin and make this salsa! You’ll see why it deserves a spot on your counter!
The Vitamix Blender is another one of my investment pieces. Think about it. Do you even use your blender? If you said no, why not? Most likely because it’s terrible. If you put something in your blender and it doesn’t blend, why hassle with it? You don’t have that problem with the Vitamix. I make everything in my Vitamix. Smoothies, vinaigrettes, even flours and powdered sugar. It has also earned a rightful spot on my counter.
Make this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette in your new Vitamix!
If you love to bake, KitchenAid is the gold standard for stand mixers. They’ve been around for 100 years and your mixer will last a lifetime. I have the professional series because the gears are a tad more heavy duty and it’s a tad larger. Which means I can make a double batch of Gluten-free Sugar Cookies without a problem!
Chef’s Knife & Accessories
Every serious cook needs a good quality knife. I purchased this Victorinox 8-inch Chef’s Knife several years ago and it has been an amazing knife! It’s affordable and sharp. It has good heft without feeling unwieldy. It will definitely become your go-to knife!
To maintain your knife you’ll need a honing steel. Use the honing steel in between uses to realign the blade.
You’ll also need a knife sharpener. Occasionally, you’ll need to sharpen the knife to keep it super sharp.
I use this microplane coarse grater for everything from mincing garlic to grating parmesan cheese and zesting lemons and limes. It’s super handy and easy to clean. It’s all metal, which means the handle won’t break on you.
Digital Kitchen Scale
A kitchen scale is a must for gluten-free living. You’ll use it to weigh ingredients to mix flours. You can then weigh those flours for more accurate baking.
This Whole Grain Banana Muffin recipe is a perfect example of how useful a digital kitchen scale is.
People always rave about how sharp my vegetable peelers are. Oddly enough this happens more often than you’d think. They’re Kuhn-Rikon and they are great peelers. They are very sharp and they stay sharp!
If you are looking for some great silicone mats for baking, these are what I use. I’ve had them for several years and they’re still in perfect condition! They’re great for lining your baking sheets when baking cookies.
lodge pizza pan
I use this pizza pan so much that it pretty much just lives in my oven. I love it because it’s durable. You can get the oven really hot and not worry about it cracking like a pizza stone would. Plus you still get really crispy crusts when baking pizzas with this pan.
Try baking this White Pizza with Spinach and Garlic on the stone! You’ll love how crispy the crust gets!
Donut pans are not a necessity, but they are fun! I love making these Two-Ingredient Bagels in mine!
Nordic Ware bundt pans are so unique! They offer such a pretty presentation for any cake, like this Sour Cream Coffee Cake.
I use thermometers all the time. There really is no other way to tell when your meats are done than with a thermometer. I never have dry, over-done chicken thanks to a thermometer.
I like this one for keeping an eye on temps when my meat is on the grill:
And this one for when I just need a quick temp check:
Here are may favorite green products. I love these items and use them daily.
If you’re trying to reduce your plastic consumption, reusable shopping bags are a great place to start! The cashiers at the grocery store are always so impressed with these bags. They always tell me these bags are the best reusable bags they’ve seen. I have to agree. Baggu bags are very sturdy, large, and washable. They’re the shape of a regular plastic grocery bag but about 2x the size. I have no trouble loading them to the brim with cans or other heavy items.
Stainless Steel Tumblers
I use a big tumbler like this everyday for ice water. It has made the biggest impact on how much water I drink in a day because it can keep the water icy cold all day long. I don’t go anywhere without it!
I like to drink out of a straw but I was tired of wasting plastic straws. I’ve tried many styles of reusable straws and these silicone straws have been my favorite. They’re the same width as a regular straw, yet they’re long enough to fit in my 30 oz stainless steel tumblers. They don’t clink on your teeth like the stainless straws do and they’re chewy like a regular plastic straw. They will never break and are very easy to clean.