Whether you’re a pro at making 4-course meals or you can
barely boil water, there are a few must-haves in the kitchen that everyone
needs. Here are my 5 top
Having a Crock-Pot
has been a total life changer. When I was commuting to work
(up to 2 hours a day in traffic... each way!) my Crock Pot was my best friend.
I could throw in all the ingredients for a chili and come home to a ready-made
hot meal and an amazing smelling apartment. Fall and winter is my favorite time
to use the slow cooker—there are so many yummy soups, stews, and even yummy
desserts such as cinnamon apples, that you can make in a slow cooker.
If you’re not much of a cook or are just starting out, I
definitely recommend this as it will become your best friend in the kitchen.
Another item that has made my cooking life, well more like my
cleaning life, simpler is my silicone
. I’ve made everything from roasted veggies, garlic bread,
cookies and even macarons on this guy and it’s held up wonderfully. Better yet?
Cleaning it is SO easy—just wipes it down with soap and water, no more soaking and
scrubbing my baking trays! If you’re a frequent baker, definitely pick one of
I love adding fresh citrus juice to recipes and this tool
has made it even easier. Instead of standing there twisting and grinding my
lemons, or worse, squeezing them bare hand and getting more lemon juice
everywhere else (including in cuts or scratches-owwie!) and seeds in my food, I
just cut my lemons or limes in half, pop them in the citrus
and squeeze! It’s a great stress reducer, too!
Having the appropriate cutlery can make such a difference in
the kitchen. Spend a few bucks more on decent chopping knives—trust me, you
won’t be sorry. My top three knives include a good, sharp Chef’s Knife
, which is an all-purpose knife that can cut and chop
just about everything from mincing garlic to cutting strips of chicken, a Paring
which is good for more detailed slicing and peeling such as with
fruits and veggies, and a Serrated Knife
for cutting bread, tomatoes and anything else with a crust or firm skin.
Not only are wood boards perfect for chopping veggies and
cutting up fruits (keep the meats off!), they can do double duty as a cheese
board too. Extra points if it’s in a cute shape, such as my California-shaped
Do you have any other kitchen gadget or tool must-haves?
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