This post contains a list of all my favorite kitchen aids that I wouldn’t want to live without. So whether you are looking for gift ideas for loved ones or you are looking for ideas for your own wish list, you will find some good ideas here. Many of these items I have given as gifts as well.
My Favorite Kitchen Aids
The first on my list is the Le Creuset Cast-Iron Grill. I learned about the benefits of broiling on a cast iron pan from some friends I was visiting in California. The fish they served prepared on a similar pan was to die for. As soon I as got home I started shopping around until I finally found the one I wanted from William Sonoma. It wasn’t cheap but it has been one of the best investments I have made in my kitchen. We use it practically every day. You just place this pan under the broiler in your oven while it is preheating and then when it is ready we spray the pan with olive oil and then place our meat on it and it cooks in half the time you would normally broil your meat because it cooks the meat from both sides at the same time. We flip our meat halfway through. For fish, it takes about 3-4 minutes on each side. For steaks, burgers, and chicken it takes between 5-10 minutes per side.
My recent favorite addition to my kitchen is my Instant Pot. I love it so much and now I never even use my crockpot (it cracked anyway). I know a lot of people are scared to use the instant pot because it is so unfamiliar. There are Facebook groups for Instant Pot users to share tips, tricks and recipes. Here is a link to one I am a member of. I also have a Pinterest board with Instant Pot recipes if you are interested in some to get started. Personally, I have loved experimenting without using recipes. I use the saute setting to brown my meat, onions, and garlic then I add some broth to cover the meat and set it to pressure cook on the stew meat setting which takes 25 minutes. Then I release the steam and add whatever vegetables I want to include and press the saute setting again to get it boiling for a few minutes until the vegetables are to my liking. I just add whatever seasonings I feel like throwing in there. Every time, it has turned out perfectly and I have a wonderful dinner in about 40 minutes.
I also don’t know what I would do without my rice cooker. I often set the rice cooker to cook rice while my instant pot is cooking my main dish. It keeps the rice warm until I am ready to serve the meal.
We just got this compact electric air frier so we are still in the experimenting stage of using it but we are excited to have this option. Alot of ladies in my Weight Watchers group rave about using it.
My Vitamix Blender is another kitchen aid that I couldn’t live without. I use it every day when I make my smoothy. It blends better than any blender I have ever had in my life and it is so easy to clean. You can also use this for making ice cream from frozen bananas or mixed berries. And you can make awesome soups, nut butterss, nut milk etc.
Even though I have the Vitamix, I love using this handheld blender for quick mixing. It makes wonderful whipped cream quickly.
What would I do without my Nespresso Espresso machine? I bet I would be driving to Starbucks every afternoon and spending so much money on lattes. Seriously, I look forward to my afternoon latte every day, in the comfort of my own home. It is also wonderful for entertaining. Your guests will love you for offering them a latte after dinner. I make creative ones by adding essential oils. I make pumpkin spiced lattes, lavender lattes, swiss orange chocolate lattes and some new favorites with My Symphony Seasonings.
This kitchen aid was gifted to us by our daughter and son-in-law who left theirs with us when they moved to New Zealand. Apparently, everyone in New Zealand has one because they have morning and afternoon tea time so you always need to have hot water ready. Now that I have this on my kitchen counter I use it all the time and I am grateful for it.
This Pampered Chef Microwave Steamer Basket has always been one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Honestly, before learning how to roast my vegetables in the oven, I only knew how to make my vegetables in this steamer basket. Just place your rinsed veggies in here and microwave for 3-4 minutes and they turn out perfect every time.
This Pampered Chef Brownie Pan has become another item I use over and over again. I no longer use my muffin tins but opt for this pan instead. Almost every week I make Blueberry Bran Muffins in this pan. I also use it to make mini zucchini loaves and granola bars. And yes, I use it to make brownies. I have become known for bringing Swiss Orange Chip Brownies to events but just adding chocolate chips and a few drops of Orange Essential oils to whatever mix I am using.
These Tupperware FridgeSmart Containers really saved me from wasting so much produce because of spoilage before I could use it. This past summer we were a part of a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) so we got bags of fresh produce every week from the farmers market we needed to keep fresh. These containers worked brilliantly. You can read my post about it here.
I hope this post gives you some good ideas for gifts or items for your own wish list to make your life in the kitchen easier.
Wishing you Joy in your journey,
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