My favourite kitchen must haves and essentials!
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I often get asked what my favourite kitchen dishes and essentials are, or after reading a post a reader will ask me where I got a certain dish from, so I thought I would share some of these essentials with you! After all, a fully stocked kitchen makes cooking and baking so much easier. I’m sharing my favourite pots, mixing bowls, storage ideas and the best cookbook ever!
1/ First let’s talk pots and pans. Recently I was sent this set of KitchenAid pots and pans to try out, and I love them! They get a workout almost every day, and I like that they are sturdy, the lids are clear and the measuring lines help me when I simmering ingredients. These pots are great.
2/ Like so many of you, I can’t live without my crockpot! They make meal times so much easier during busy weekdays. I recently upgraded to a new edition and I’m loving that I can also make risotto with it!
3/ This list wouldn’t be complete without including the Joy of Cooking cookbook! I got this cookbook as a wedding gift almost 17 years ago and I refer to it weekly. I think it’s the best cookbook in the world.
4/ I love love love my Moulinex Hand Blender and use it for everything from grinding nuts, to making guacamole, to making bread crumbs, it’s awesome. I really appreciate it’s small size, and quick & easy set up and clean up.
5/ Look at these mixing bowls! Aren’t they gorgeous?! These are the new Vintage Charm Pyrex mixing bowls that I found at my local grocery store and had to have them! I collect vintage Pyrex, and I thought these new edition bowls would make a really nice addition to my kitchen. Adorable and functional!
6/ A couple of years ago my father-in-law gave me a set of Core spatulas and I love them, especially the dual ended spatula. These are great kitchen tools! I also have the basting brushes and regular spatulas.
7/ How do you mash your potatoes? Mixer or hand masher? I use a hand masher for all of my mashed potatoes because we just really like the texture a masher makes. This one is my favourite.
8/ One of the most asked questions that I get asked here on the blog is about my kitchen storage jars in this post. I love to store kitchen essential ingredients in jars on my counter, and these jars are my favourite!
9/ Recipe storage is prime real estate around here! I have tried a few different ways to store my paper recipe cards, and over time I just really decided that I like to store them in a tin recipe box like this one that I got for Christmas from my sister.
10/ For all of my cookie baking, I prefer to use aluminum pans with a sheet of parchment paper. I like how even the baking is with these pans. I have used nonstick pans, but I find that they burn my cookies, so I went back to my tried and true metal pans.
11/ Heavy cast iron dishes have changed my life in the kitchen. For years I just used regular bakeware, but since I started using my enameled cast iron casserole dishes, I just can’t go back. They cook so evenly and everything comes out perfect. I use them for so many of my recipes like pulled pork, to roasted chicken, chili and soups.
12/ Now don’t laugh, but I had to include this breakfast sandwich maker because it’s the #1 most used appliance in my kitchen…by my husband and oldest son! Egg sandwiches for breakfast almost every day. Too funny.
13/ I try really hard to keep my fridge and pantry organized so I invested in some organizers to help me with this, and I love them. Pop cans, soup cans and snacks all have a place…now I just have to get everyone here to use them…but that’s another post.
There are so many great gadgets I use every day in my kitchen, but these are my favourites and most used!
Have a delicious day!
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