My mom always loves to make fun of me for wanting every gadget out there, but the truth is, I actually don’t have even a fraction of the things you would see in the store – for example, I don’t even own a citrus juicer, which seems like it would be a staple in most kitchens. Centsational Girl is having a link party today all about kitchen gadgets, so I thought I would play along with a shortlist of my most used items (which I expanded to include small appliances):
The Pyrex Family
- For measuring, mixing, and melting, I use my glass Pyrex measuring cups all the time.
- For potlucks, I love the Pyrex Portables.
- For food storage, I have been working on using less plastic baggies and containers and have started using my Pyrex Glass Storage Set almost exclusively.
Oxo Mini Angled Measuring Cup – perfect for measuring small amounts in tablespoons or ounces.
Kitchen Scale - I use this all the time when baking for exact amounts as called for in recipes.
Recipe Flip Book – This photo flip book is where I store my most used recipes. The book stands on the counter for easy reading and the recipes are protected from any flying ingredients by the plastic pages.
Slow Cooker - We are continually finding new slow cooker recipes to add to our dinner rotation. They are good and usually easy to prepare (and cleanup is easy with crock pot liners!) Our slow cooker is Cuisinart’s 3.5 qt. programmable version. After a good bit of research, this one came out on top and my mom got it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It has certainly lived up to the hype!
Toaster Oven – I have never owned a plain toaster, but I love having a toaster oven for quick reheating or small amounts of food that don’t warrant heating the entire oven up.
Mixers - I use both my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer and my hand-held mixer by Oster quite regularly. I love trying out new recipes for family gatherings and our small group and these get the jobs done reliably and quickly ever time – I have never had trouble with either.
These along with my generic wooden spoons, rubber spatulas, Ladles (we tend to make a lot of soups, chilis, etc.), measuring cups/spoons, funnels, sharp knives/scissors (ours happen to be J.A. Henckels), and heavy pots/pans (we have a set by Emeril) along with a rack to store the lids make up my must have and most used list around our house.