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Our Favorite Kitchen Gear

Here are some of our favorite products for the kitchen. From small appliances to neat little gadgets, we’ve got some great stuff here.

Food processor on counter top

Ninja Express Food Chopper

The Ninja Express Food Chopper is one of the best tools in my kitchen. It makes salsa in seconds and chops everything from eggshells for my garden to herbs and vegetables. You can order it from Target or Amazon.

Oster Classic Blender

The Oster Classic Blender from Target is all you need for most blending jobs in the kitchen. It’s affordable and sturdy, and it gets the job done.

It’s powerful enough to pulverize chopped fruits and veggies so you can make smoothies and shakes. You can also shred and grate cheese or grind coffee beans. But if you want more power than that…

Vitamix 7500

You can chuck whole fruits and veggies into a Vitamix 7500 and it will blend them all the way down to a puree if you want. You can even leave the peels on to maximize the nutritional value of the food.

This is one seriously powerful blender.

Hand/Immersion Blender

Hand blenders are a great blend between regular blenders and standing mixers, but lightweight and easy to clean. Use them to blend or whip something in a bowl.

These make it easy to blend precisely and get exactly the texture you want.

Nutribullet Pro

The Nutribullet Pro is less powerful than the Vitamix, but more powerful than the Oster. Its price point is also in the middle of the two – but much closer to the Oster – so it may be the “just right” solution for many households.

This is a single serve blender that’s ideal for making smoothies, small amounts of salsa, or cups of soup.

Nesco Dehydrator

The Nesco Dehydrator is a great way to make healthy snack foods. Dehydrate vegetables, meats, and herbs at their different optimum temperatures to preserve flavor and texture.

It’s also great for drying the scenting ingredients for homemade potpourri.

Candy Thermometer

If you like to make candy, you’ll need a candy thermometer. It helps you know when melted ingredients have reached exactly the right temperature for the next step.

Blender Bottle

The Blender Bottle is a nice way to carry smoothies with you through the day. Shake it up, and its stainless steel BlenderBall wire whisk remixes the ingredients.

This makes it easy to keep your smoothie blended through the day, even if it tends to settle into layers.

East Twist Jar Opener

If you ever have trouble unscrewing the lid from a jar, this Easy Twist Jar Opener is the tool you need. They take most of the effort off your hands, wrists and arm muscles.

And that makes it much easier to open jars. I’ve never had an easy time opening jars, and this tool makes all the difference.

You just put the correct sized ring for that lid around the lid and then start twisting. It still takes a little bit of elbow grease sometimes, but hardly any compared to doing it by hand.

Easy twist jar opener laying on countertop

Pot Scraper

Here’s another low cost ingenious device. Pot scrapers are terrific for scraping stuck-on food off of pots and plates and any kind of dishes. They can greatly reduce how much elbow grease it takes to get the work done.

Little Dipper Crock Pot

The Little Dipper Crock Pot is a small crock pot that has a lot of uses. You can use it as a fondue pot to melt cheese or chocolate. Or you can use it to diffuse essential oils or simmer potpourri.

It’s also the right size for cooking sauces. Or reheating a lunch item at work when there’s no microwave available.

Ziploc Bags

Ziploc bags are a staple in most people’s kitchens. I try to minimize my use of plastic in the kitchen, but sometimes they’re still the best tool for a job. You can pack lunches with them, store bulk cooking in them, or even freeze soup in them. You can order them from Amazon or Target.

Wax Paper

Wax paper has a ton of uses around the house, and it’s not plastic. If you’re trying to reduce the amount of plastic you use in the household, this is a great alternative. It’s biodegradable and compostable.

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