‘Tis the season for baking and cooking! With Black Friday coming up I thought I’d do something a little more fun and share some of my favorite kitchen tools that are likely to be on sale this week. Here are some of the items in my kitchen that I couldn’t live without:
Food Processor – I have an older version of this but I love it! I use it most frequently for making sauces, pestos, dough, and energy balls.
Cast Iron Skillet – It does take a little time to season right, but don’t be intimidated! This versatile non-stick skillet can be used for sauteing, pan-frying, searing, baking, roasting, etc. The surface heats evenly and it can even be used in the oven. I’ve had mine for years and I use it multiple times a week.
Instant Pot – I actually got this on Black Friday last year, so hopefully it goes on sale again this week. This multi-cooker functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, among other things and you can expect your dishes to be prepared up to 70% faster using it. Lately, I’ve made bison chili and salsa shredded chicken, and I hard boil eggs in it almost weekly. I love how hands off and versatile it is. If you avoid cooking because you think it takes too much time, this is the product for you.
Y Peeler – This one may seem silly but I use it multiple times a week. For $3 this is by far the BEST peeler I’ve ever used. It works really well for peeling potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, etc.
French Press – Although I don’t drink coffee anymore, I used my french press daily for years. It’s not too labor intensive of a process and results in much better coffee than what you’d get from a drip machine. Plus it’s a fun, fancy thing to add to your morning routine!
A good knife and baking sheets are also essential, but I don’t necessarily have a favorite brand for those. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about any of these items!