Kitchen Essentials

We love our kitchen gadgets. There are some things that we just can’t live without in the kitchen because they make our lives so much easier. Below are our favorites and link to our Amazon store. Thanks for supporting us!

Cut It and Chop It!

Mini Chopper

Who wants to get out that big food processer? Not me! This one is small and can really work for most of your cooking needs.

Price: $39.95

Cutting Board

It is important to have a variety of labeled cutting boards to keep from cross-contaminating your food. We don’t want to mix our raw meat with our veggies!

Price: $8.50

Paring Knife

This small knife is great for cutting small items like fruits and vegetables.

Price: $32.95

Serrated Knife

Use this knife for cutting bread and other soft items without smashing them.

Price: $14.20

Chef’s Knife

A good chef’s knife can be used for just about every chopping job in the kitchen.

Price: $54.95

 

Cook It!

Non-Stick Fry Pans

From grilled cheese sandwiches to cooking up some chicken, having a full set of various size frying pans is essential.

Price: $23.00

Cooling Rack

Use with baking sheets for oven “frying” chicken, fish, or vegetables. Also used for cooling baked items out of the oven. This one is non-stick so it is a breeze to clean.

Price: $16.50

Sauce Pan

The sauce pan is all purpose tool for the stovetop and it can be transferred to the oven. Non-stick for easy cooking and clean-up is a must!

Price: $19.99

Baking dish

Good for baking casseroles and cakes, roasting vegetables and meats, and comes with lids for easy refrigerator storage. Baking dishes with lids are a must.

Price: $13.50

Dutch Oven

Used for roasts, braising, casseroles, soups, and stews. It can do everything your slow cooker does, but in the oven.

Price: $95.89

Stock Pot

Crucial for cooking pasta, soups, and stocks. This one can fit up to 12 quarts of liquid and has a lid, strainer, and steam basket for ease in the kitchen.

Price: $44.49

Steamer

This is a bi-weekly kitchen tool for Lesley. She steams up big batches of veggies and sometimes meats to last for the week. Quickly and easily steam an entire meal or just a side dish.

Price: $29.99

Non-Stick Baking Sheets

Baking sheets have a wide range of uses that go from baking cookies to roasting your favorite vegetables. When roasting veggies, use aluminum foil to protect your baking sheets so they last longer.

Price: $29.95

Non-Stick 5-Quart Saute Pan and Cover

A really big sauté pan is a necessity for cooking up all sorts of things from veggies, meats, pastas combinations. The high walls help to reduce food spillovers onto the stove top — no fun!

Price: $59.95

Breville Toaster Oven

By far, a kitchen necessity for those that do not have 2 ovens – like me (Lesley). I use this for baking almost everything from fish to chicken and muffins to cookies.

Price: $249.95

The Cuisinart 3.5 Quart Slow Cooker

Everyone loves a slow cooker! Who doesn’t when you can pack it with your favorite ingredients, turn it on, walk away, and come home to a wonderful dish and a great smelling house. Or even better, cook up some oatmeal overnight and wake up to some great Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal. This is my (Ann’s) small one that she likes for smaller meals since it is so easy to clean.

Price: $59.95

Hamilton Beach Set N Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

If the Ninja is a little too pricey,, this is definitely your next best option. This one has a lot of bells that are essential to slow cooking today.

Price: $53.00

Ninja Mc703 Multi Cooker 3 in 1 Cooking System

This is the end all be all of slow cookers! You can slow cook it, brown it, and bake it in one device. This one is pricey but if you are slow cooker crazy, it will be worth the investment.

Price: $199.00

 

Flip It!

Cooking Spatula 2

Spatulas are excellent at picking up and turning all kinds of foods, even delicate items. This spatula is non-porous and able to work on non-stick pans.

Price: $7.62

Cooking Spatula

Spatulas are excellent at picking up and turning all kinds of foods, even delicate items. This spatula is non-porous and able to work on non-stick pans.

Price: $14.35

 

Measure It!

Food Thermometer with Easy Reference Guide

Do you want mouthwatering perfection every time you cook – and, of course, the opportunity to throw in a little food safety measure. Grab a food thermometer to help you know when your meat is cooked to the perfect temperature.

Price: $14.45

Dry Measuring Cups

These are what you need for measuring dry ingredients for cooking or baking. These cups nest together to save space in your kitchen drawers.

Price: $19.95

Liquid Measuring Cups

Did you know there is a difference between a liquid and dry measuring cups? These are good for measuring liquid ingredients for cooking or baking.

Price: $19.95

Professional International Magnetic Measuring Spoons

These are Ann’s favorite spoons because they don’t scatter all over her drawer. They also fit inside all types of containers due to the different shapes on either side. Lesley is hoping Ann will buy her these for her birthday!!

Price: $15.22

 

Odds & Ends!

Lemon/Lime Juicer

The lemon/lime juicer is what you need to squeeze all the lemon or lime juice of out your fruit quickly and without getting the juices all over your hands. Works with lemons or limes.

Price: $9.19

Microplane Zester

A must for zesting citrus rinds or grating parmesan cheese, ginger, and nutmeg to liven up any dish.

Price: $14.95

Tongs

These tongs feature silicone tips and built in stands to keep them off counter tops while resting.

Price: $15.48

Peeler

A variety of peelers for all your kitchen prep needs.

Price: $14.99

Can Opener

A good can opener is a must for any kitchen. This one has padded grips and an oversized knob for ease of opening cans.

Price: $14.67

 

Stir It!

Wooden Cooking spoons

A spoon for just about every application that is made of ecologically sound bamboo.

Price: $5.99

Whisk

These whisks have silicone heads so they won’t scratch your non-stick cookware.

Price: $9.99

Baking Spatula

Use this spatula for baking and getting the last drop of food out of the bowl. These spatulas have a hygienic solid coating that is BPA free.

Price: $9.97

Immersion Blender

We love this hand-held, easy to clean blender for soups and sauces! No need to get out the bulky blender or food processor.

Price: $34.95

Bowls in Various Sizes

These mixing bowls feature rubber bottoms and grips for more stability and a pour spout for easy pouring.

Price: $24.95

 

Strain It!

Colander

This is a necessity for straining and rinsing of all kinds. We especially like this type as it fits conveniently over the sink and out of your hands.

Price: $18.99

Strainer Utensil

Originally made for the wok, this utensil is great for jobs like blanching vegetables, scooping pasta, or straining smaller items.

Price: $14.62

 

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