Today I’m sharing 5 of my most prized kitchen possessions, the tools that I use constantly. They’re what I call smart splurges…they make me happy and have paid for themselves so many times over. They make me a better cook, too, which makes them priceless 🙂
I can’t be the only one who indulges in presents for myself, right? I work hard every holiday season to see that everyone gets what they want, has what they need, and enjoys an all around wonderful few weeks. I figure I deserve a perk or two after that, no guilt happening here.
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It’s a definite spluuuuuurge, but we are having such fun with it, and the pizza is truly amazing. It’s giving us lots of excuses to get together (safely) with those in our limited ‘bubble’, and we’re having a blast coming up with themed pizza nights. The pizza is seriously incredible and cooks in 2 minutes flat. (I’ll be posting recipes soon.)
According to Breville “it’s the first domestic countertop oven to hit 750°F and cook an authentic wood fired style pizza in 2 minutes.” We can attest, it really does what they say, and if you love pizza, you might want to consider it.
PS it’s on sale right now!
The Vitamix is one of those kitchen tools that you don’t know you need until you get one. It does things no other appliance can do, and it does it all so fast. I’ve had a Vitamix for many years, but this year I’m upgrading to this Ascent Series machine. I love that it has a shorter profile so it fits under the cabinet. It also accommodates smaller jar attachments for smaller jobs like quick salad dressing or small batches of peanut butter or hummus.
Speaking of hummus, I was never able to achieve truly silky hummus until I made it in the Vitamix. It makes homemade oat flour and almond milk in seconds. It purees apple butter and cranberry butter like nobody’s business. It’s just a joy to use.
Full Sized Cuisinart Food Processor
A Cuisinart food processor was probably the first real kitchen tool I ever owned, and it’s been with me my entire culinary life. (I’ve only ever had 2 of them ~ they really last.) It’s my desert island kitchen tool, for sure. I make scones, pie crust, biscuits, and bread dough in it. I puree soups, and sauces, shred broccoli and Brussels sprouts for slaw, potatoes for latkes, and cheese for hot cheese dip. I whip up the silkiest sweet potatoes ~ and it’s my new favorite way to make buttercream frosting and cheesecake.
If you want to purchase one tool for a new cook, this would be the one.
Is Le Creuset worth the money? I definitely think so. I’ve used other, cheaper brands many times and they’re ok, but they don’t stand up to wear and tear like Le Creuset. You’ll use it to bake bread, and make soups, stews, and pot roast.
It’s kind of like serial dating versus marriage: when it comes to a heavy enameled cast iron Dutch oven, you really only need one in the kitchen, so pick a color you love, this one will be with you for life.
This is the real deal. A gleaming KitchenAid mixer on your counter is a sign that you’ve arrived as a cook. I find myself buffing mine like a sports car, lol.
Fyi it’s heavy duty ~ so if you’re on the petite side or haven’t been working those biceps, you might have trouble hefting it around your kitchen. I suggest choosing a spot for it to live permanently.
This is for the bakers out there. If you don’t bake you can do without it, but for the rest of you, this is the little red corvette of kitchen appliances. It does everything from whipped cream and marshmallows to perfect pound cake and cranberry buttercream.
And did I mention it’s gorgeous?