I was a little hesitant about writing any kind of “list post” for my blog. However, I realized this would be a great opportunity to share what kitchen tools have been most beneficial to me. Although some of these tools might seem like quite the investment, I assure you they are worth it. I truly believe that every home kitchen needs these tools in order to have the best cooking experience possible! Let me know if you have any other tools you would suggest…
Although this little pot seems like a hefty investment, I can assure you that you will be enjoying this kitchen tool for years to come. I have personally had my Le Creuset Dutch oven in action for over 10 years now. However, one thing to note for new users to this beautiful piece of cookware, the enamel coating on the pot does not mean it is non-stick. I didn’t realize this when I first started using it and quickly learned that you still have to use quite a bit of oil when searing meats. Once you have one of these dutch ovens in your kitchen, you will quickly learn how versatile it truly is!
I usually don’t bake a lot, but I have gotten so much use out of my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Even though I rarely bake, the attachments available to purchase are what I get the most use out of. For instance, the KitchenAid Metal Food Grinder Attachment allows you to purchase cheaper cuts of meat that you can grind at home in order to save a little extra money at the grocery store. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am really excited to master the art of pasta making with the KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller and Cutter. So, if you love to bake, you probably already have one of these on your counter. For the average home cook, you will love the versatility of this mixer as well.
I was a little skeptical about falling into the pressure cooker craze when it first began. However, I decided to go ahead and purchase an Instant Pot the minute I saw it was being sold more affordably. I am so glad I bought once, because I use this little device more than I ever thought I would. For instance, my recipe for Instant Pot Smoky Pinto Beans with Bacon is so much easier with this! An Instant Pot gives you the luxury of the slow cooker’s “set it and forget it” style. However, it will drastically cut the cooking time.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillets are a fairly inexpensive investment that I highly recomment. The skillets are virtually indestructible as long as you care for them properly. NEVER was your cast iron skillet with soap! Always clean your cast iron with a soft sponge and warm water. If you skillet does start to look like it needs a little extra attention, I will boil some water in it and add a little bit of baking soda. Being careful not to burn your hands after, give the skillet another soft wipe with your spong. Then, always make sure you give your skillet a light greasing afterwards with a very thin layer of Crisco.
Yes, I know the Instant Pot can also be used as a slow cooker. However, sometimes I feel a little more old school and truly don’t want to have to do any cooking when I get home from work. I love being able to make large batches of food in my Crock-pot such as pulled pork, pot roasts, and white chicken chili. When utilizing the ability to make large batches of food and freezing them later, you can also save quite a bit of money at the grocery store. One of the best things about having a regular slow cooker is that they are generally inexpensive.
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