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I’ve gathered some of my favorite kitchen resources. I think that their use would make a huge difference in your kitchen, as they have in mine.
Now that I’ve started my own business, I find hands-free cooking to be a life saver!
We set up the appliance in the morning and have lunches and dinners (with sides) prepared for the rest of the day.
When using appliances, be sure to leave enough time for your dish to cool prior to bed or leaving the house.
Crock pot dishes stay hot for a very long time if you don’t transfer them to another dish!
This Zojirushi bread machine came with an instructional DVD that made all the difference! It has a clear, useful recipe book with it too. We’ve made several of the recipes and are very happy recipients of this model!
I will note that if you have kids or pets that are sensitive to noise, this model may not be the best option for you. When it’s kneading, I cannot get my dogs to stop being mad at it. Making sure it’s on a level surface helps! Ask me how I know!
I’ve never been more excited about an appliance than when I found out how easy it is to make perfect hard-boiled eggs! They are done, easy-to-peel, and it’s a snap to clean up. No egg froth all over the stove to deal with!
Instant Pot is a brand name for a pressure cooker. The added functions of this appliance make it very versatile. This Instant Pot, for example, has the added applications of a rice cooker, slow cooker, and it has a setting that enables you to sauté! I think you will find this to a very beneficial addition to your counter space (because we all know counter space is expensive real estate in the kitchen!)
Check out this video. Seriously, life changing! Of course, the instant pot is the perfect appliance for other dishes as well – gourmet macaroni and cheese, whole roasted chickens, and beef stew… just to name a few!
In addition to making more than enough for dinner, it allows me to make several extra cups to freeze for lunches. All of the full-day simmered goodness on a whim! It doesn’t get much better than that.
While this is still good for batch cooking, you may prefer a smaller version for cooking for two. Here is a highly rated and very reasonably priced option, also by Hamilton Beach.
Our home has propane heat and our oven is propane as well. When we don’t have the desire to heat the entire kitchen or waste energy for a frozen pizza, we fire up the toaster oven. This Oster toaster oven would be a nice replacement for our older model. It’s about that time!
While you can microwave a frozen pizza, it turns out so much better and crisper in the toaster oven! I prefer crispy pizza to soggy pizza, that’s just me though.
In addition to being able to quickly reheat leftovers, the microwave also allows me to rapidly (and safely) thaw meat for dinner when I skipped that step in the morning! Our Panasonic model has gotten the job done for over three years now!
With some practice, you can also use it to genuinely cook. I’ve recently added a few vintage microwave cookbooks to my collection and I look forward to sharing some of the recipes with you soon!
Our resident baker is in love with this mixer! Angel loves to bake desserts and breads and this saves her time and elbow grease. You really can’t understand just how much until you’ve tried it for yourself.
It has many settings and a recipe book included! Angel has been having a lot of fun working her way through the manual and the rest of us have been enjoying the yummy results.
MY WISH LIST
Like most homemakers, I’ve cut corners and bought what I could afford on our budget. But cheaply made tools don’t last and it’s time to replace them with quality that will last a long time.
These are items on my personal wishlist. After extensive research and hours spent reading reviews, I’ve chosen these items to have a home in my kitchen. Perhaps I should innocently ask my husband to proofread this post for me. What do you think?
An immersion blender would lessen the mess and the extra time while making soups. Instead of pouring the soup, portion by portion, into the blender, waiting for it to liquify, then placing it in a bowl… the immersion blender can go into the hot soup pot and just get the job done!
No extra, oversized appliances, no extra clean up, and huge time savings! Easy to clean too.
With winter soup season coming, I really need one of these!
Many of my cooking utensils have been purchased at Walmart. Until now, I’ve never had a good reason to spend $8 on a whisk. With my inexpensive tools rusting, I’ve seen the light.
These look like they would be a great replacement.
The Dollar Tree has been my source for them until now. The last time I bought some, I purchased 8 sets. They break so easily that we’re now down to 1-2 of each measurement.
Metal sets are sturdy, dishwasher safe and will last for years. These fit the bill and will end up a far better value.
I tried to use silicone bakeware about ten years ago when it first came out. It was a baked-on nightmare and I simply just threw them away.
Technology has come a long way since then and since I found this miracle pan release recipe, I’ve been dying to try them again!
I think this set would be good for my kitchen and for yours.
My niece will be 2 ½ at Christmas and she is expecting a new baby brother or sister in March!
I found this advent calendar that I will fill with love notes, small toys, a few pieces of candy (to stay on her Mom’s good side,) and stickers to send to her at the end of November.
It will make me feel like a part of her season, even though we live hours away. I know she’ll ask to call me every day and tell me about what she found in her box!
I’m so looking forward to phone calls from this sweetie!
The boxes are large enough to send items for both children to be included next year. I love that it will be an activity we can do together, even though we’re miles apart.
I consider this a gift for myself!
I plan to purchase one for family activities to live on my kitchen counter.
Even though my daughters are 21 and nearly 15, they love our tradition of having a Christmas Advent Calendar! Although, they might be disappointed to discover they’re activities and not candy!
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My family and I wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.
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