April 8, 2014

favorite kitchen tools

While it’s no secret that I love to cook and bake, I am sometimes a bit behind in my acquisition of the kitchen tools that will really help me do so. Case in point: Only in the past year have I gotten my (oven) mitts on a real-deal food processor and a cast-iron skillet. Previously, I relied on my semi-crappy blender for recipes that called for food-processing ingredients (or just eschewed those recipes altogether); and if I had to transfer something from the stovetop to the oven, I’d take it out of the pan I was using and put it on a baking sheet, which was fine, but you know, not ideal.

But now that I have both of these items in my kitchen collection, I find myself trying out so many new things. Not only do I make crusts for pies and bring sauces together in the food processor, I also make fresh breadcrumbs, which are game-changers, and grate cheese, shred veggies, etc., etc. It’s so much easier than chopping/mixing/grating everything by hand. And as far as the skillet goes, I mean, yes, it’s definitely easier to keep everything in one pan, but food just tastes better thanks to the seasoning that builds up on the cast-iron. Yum. (P.S. I have this KitchenAid food processor, and my cast-iron skillet came from good old Target.)

Other favorite kitchen items: My stand mixer, of course, which always feels like a total luxury to use; my trusty baking sheets, which are crazy-good multi-taskers; and my French press.

And on my kitchen wish list? A Le Creuset Dutch oven and a really great set of knives. Oh, and if we’re getting really fancy, a set of copper pots (dreeeeeeam).

How about you? What are your favorite kitchen items and what’s on your own kitchen wishlist? I’d love to know.

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    Sarah | For the Love of Chow
    April 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Slow Cookers. Three of them, on rotation. Always. No canned beans or instant rice for this family – all dried!

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      Megan @ Pink O'Clock
      April 8, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Love it! I finally got my paws on one and can’t wait to use it for something yummy. And I think I remember a Twitter conversation about your love of slow cookers, too!

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      May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      I love our slow cooker, I just really need to use it more often! Slowly but surely, I’m getting into a routine of prepping things ahead of time so I can do that!

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    Alicia | Jaybird Blog
    April 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I desperately need a good set of knives. Ours are laughable…even one decent chef’s knife would hugely improve the everyday kitchen experience!

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    May 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    So, we just got our new range about a month ago and just used the oven for the first time last night and I’m in love with it. I’m only just learning to use the food processor, but boyfriend is sort a whiz in the kitchen so I’ll figure it out eventually. I’d love a dutch oven, but we probably don’t have space for it right now. Basically, the whole kitchen is getting redone and honestly, I’m most looking forward to creating a kitchen that works for us so I can get more into cooking.

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