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Kitchen Tool Recommendations

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Today I’m sharing my Kitchen Tool Recommendations. These are the kitchen tools, gadgets and accessories I use in my kitchen on a regular basis.  This list will be evolving as I find different resources I think you may like.

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Kitchen Tool Recommendations

Cast Iron Skillet

lodge cast iron skillet

This Lodge Cast Iron Skillet was a big move up in the cooking world for me. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me freaking out about it, but in a good way. Why was I so intimated by a hunk of iron? Good question. It’s easy to maintain and will only get better with age. It’s now one of my favorites and it could be yours, too! Feeling nervous like I was? Not to worry – the folks at Lodge have a cast iron care page devoted to all things iron including how to season your pan, how to wash it (no soap!) and what to do if you slack on care (no judging here) and your pan rusts. They even have a video for visual learners (like me) in the crowd.

Multiple Cutting Boards

I keep multiple cutting boards on hand for different jobs and I prefer plastic over wood (my personal preference). I like a smaller board for bar prep or little jobs, like cutting lime wedges or mincing ginger. Medium sized boards with no-slip edges to keep things in place for most other jobs. (You can also put a plush dish towel under your board to prevent slipping. My larger board has a groove surrounding it for when I slice meat to catch the juices. Purchase boards that are dishwasher safe, and avoid glass cutting boards because 1) it sounds like nails on a chalkboard, and 2) it’s terrible for your knives.  Keep several on hand in case you need more than one to prep a meal.

Slow Cooker/Crockpot

This 6 quart Crock Pot Slow Cooker is in regular rotation at our household. It’s large enough (and shaped just right) for up to a 6 pound roast and is also perfect for making big batches of soups and chilis. I love that it has a timer and turns itself to the warm function once the programmed time is complete.

Good Knives

A set of good knives. I’ve used this Wusthof brand for years and they are my favorite. I’ve even been known to give these knives as a Christmas present – true story! If you can’t afford (or don’t wish to have) a whole set, there’s a great chef and paring knife set that would be great! I would think about adding a serrated knife for breads, too.

Spiral Slicer

I did a lot of evaluating before I purchased this Paderno Tri-Blade Vegetables Spiral Slicer. I don’t like to have a million tools and small appliances sitting around. After some careful thought and deliberation I decided this had a place in my kitchen. I love it for making zucchini noodles and have used it to spiralize beets and sweet potatoes too. If you’re not sure what you can use it for, there’s a is a great cookbook I recommend here with all sorts of delicious inspiration.

Kitchen Locks – Because, kids…

Technically, these cabinet locks aren’t considered a kitchen tool, but I do use them in the kitchen. You know, for those days when I don’t want our toddlers completely emptying the storage containers from the cabinets. We use these on every cabinet and I love that they are hidden (no plastic safety latches on the outside) and they’re opened with a special magnet which means no scratching of the doors or hardware plus. I absolutely love these – you should check them out!

Mandoline Slicer

handheld mandoline slicer

A Handheld Mandoline Slicer. It’s lightweight, adjustable, and easily slides into a kitchen drawer for storage. I love grabbing it when I need to quickly slice fruits or vegetables. No wrestling with the food processor which I also love, but that’s for another task.  My previous (and much more cumbersome) version of a mandoline slicer had interchangeable blades. Quite honestly, it’s in a box in my basement until our next garage sale. It occupies too much drawer space and it was difficult to clean. I find I use this one much more.

There you have it! A few, but not all, of my kitchen tool recommendations. What tools do you use most in your kitchen? Tell me in the comments below!

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