Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kitchen Gadgets I can't live without

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Happy Sunday March has arrived!
Oh snow how you have been a pain indeed this Winter. Can we keep our hopes up for a great April? We shall see. I've spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen these past few months, more than my usual. I blame it on the cold lol. 

I think one of the most inspiring things to have in your kitchen are some great tools that assist in easy cooking. Great time savers and easy cleanups plus things that don't take up much space.

This past year I incorporated the following tools to keep me motivated in the kitchen and eating healthy. I don't like to invest to much prep time and I hate the clean up. I found these gadgets to be very helpful and fun to use.

-Slow cooker, even though some things if I were home could be cooked in less time, it helps that I set it in the morning go to work and when I return just sit down to eat. I also love the variety of things you can make in a slow cooker. Well worth the price.


-George Foreman Grill or any other brand electrical grill. I mean grilling food all year round? Sounds great to me and fantastic way to cut out some fat. I prefer the GF grill because over the years I have owned a variety of his products and the quality is very good. I also love the option of plates they come with.


-Plastic cutting board there are a variety of brands and styles. Shop around for best deal and make sure it folds so you can dump once you cut right into the pot. I also love plastic cutting boards because I think I can sanitize them better, wood boards make me nervous.


-Silicon bake ware I use them because they last long and the cleanup is great. The metal ones scratch and tarnish after a while and the glass ones take up to much space. These you can bend and stack and don't take up as much space.

-Great set of Pots and Pans no matter what your preference non stick, cast iron, aluminum etc...make sure you get the most for your money. I prefer T-Fal non stick with glass covers. I bought a 12pc set over 10 years ago still going strong!


-Hand Blender great for smoothies and batter mixing. I had the old kind where you attached the blades and lifted the mixing part but I found it just took up way to much space in my cabinets. Apartment living doesn't agree with things that take up to much space. I found mine at a discount store for $12.00 but there are plenty of varieties and places to find them online.


I have a few other gadgets that help me in my kitchen but these are my top can't be with outs.
Do you have any favorite Kitchen gadgets? What is a must have you think I should try?
What are your thoughts on Deep Fryers? I always think they use too much cooking oil? 

Always stress free xo.

23 comments:

  1. I am with you on all but the crock pot.Never thought it necessary. All the others - great gadgets for me.
    I don't use a deep fryer - you are right about all the wasted oil and it just isn;t healthy. Sauteing works for me. Cutting boards that can go in the dishwasher are a time saver.
    Good knoves - sharp and well made are important to me. Thanks for a fun post.

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    1. Jovina coming from who is always whipping greatness in the kitchen I will use your tips for sure :)! Thanks for visit.

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  2. All of those are great tools!! I love my crockpot and just got a hand mixer...it's great, too!! I couldn't live without my coffee pot....well, other's might now live..... :/ ha/ha J/K

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    1. Jamie too funny hey I'm not a coffee drinker like that but my mom is and she use to be a mess without her coffee in the am! :)
      Thanks for visit and share.

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  3. Love it! My definite top 2 would be the slow cooker and the hand blender. I use these ALL the time. And I agree with the above comment about knives. I hate trying to cut with a dull knife! Good quality knives along with a good sharpener are must-haves for me.

    Marianne
    www.preciselyhousewifely.com

    PS: Found your post via Mommy AtoZ's blog hop.

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    1. Marianne, welcome I love these blog hops & link parties such great way to make new Bloggy friends and find great stuff. Yes Jovina was right about the knives. They make such a difference especially in cutting prep time. Chat again soon :)

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  4. Definitely couldn't live without my slow cooker! And I agree on investing in good pots and pans...we've only had ours for about 4 years and none of them have handles anymore! Great list!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

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    1. Hey Brandyn, loving MommyMeetup! Yes great set of pots and pans are a must. I have the non-stick TFal brand been going strong for over seven years now. Well worth the money.

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  5. All those are great tools. I cannot live without crock pot. One tool I cannot I live without is my apple corer. When my mom bought one I thought of it as...do you really need that cutting them works just fine? Talk about saving time!!!! It works on pears!!!

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    1. Courtney thanks for the visit and comment. Odd enough I only use my apple corer once a year when I make caramel apples for Turkey day lol:)

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  6. Believe it or not, my favorite thing in my kitchen (other than the FOOD of course) is my grandparents' old chef's knife! With that and my new-fangled sharpener/honer, I am fearless in the kitchen! ;-)

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    1. Nikki, thanks for stopping by. Seems many agree a great set of knives is on top of the list!

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  7. A crock pot, mixer, and a good Chef's knife is a must for. I don't use a deep fryer any more. The only thing that I really cook in oil is chicken wings. I've learned that you really don't need to deep fry them, they are just as delicious in far less oil. Great post.

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    1. Hey Rhonda, seems the crock pot is a kitchen fav indeed :) thanks for visit:)

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  8. I use my slow cooker twice a week!!!! And my hand blender is used almost daily. Perfect list!

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    1. Hey twice a week! Lol sounds stress free to me :) thanks for visit and enjoying the list:)

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  9. Great list. We can't live without our rice cooker and my garlic press has saved me so much time and stinky fingers :-)

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    1. Erlene, thanks for visit. Wow yes garlic press! I forgot I love that gadget too...it really does come in handy :)

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  10. Yes to all of these! Great GREAT post. I swear by the slow cooker and the hand blender and I don't know what I would do without my amazing set of pots and pans. My mom told me to register for all the kitchen items I could ever dream of for the wedding because that's what people would get us. She wasn't kidding. My kitchen is stacked and now I totally understand the NEED. Thank you for sharing. #MommyMeetupMondays

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  11. Jules your welcome and thanks for visit and comment :)

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  12. I'm loving this! You always bring such amazing things to our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 at our party. I can't wait! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Kimberly, thanks glad you liked :) see you soon!

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  13. I seriously need a hand mixer!!! Also following you now! :-)

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