Here are some of our favorite products for the kitchen. From small appliances to neat little gadgets, we’ve got some great stuff here.
Ninja Express Food Chopper
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…
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 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.
Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets are terrific for flavor and quick heating. They’re easier to take care of than you think. We have them in several sizes and styles.
A good meat thermometer can make the difference between moist or dry chicken. Or let you achieve a perfectly cooked steak. It’s great for both kitchen cooking and outdoor barbecuing.
This mortar and pestle set is strong enough to last a lifetime. And it’s a great way to serve a molcajete or make guacamole.
Food processors and choppers are great, but sometimes you just need a mortar and pestle for grinding food items by hand. It can bring out the flavors of herbs and spices differently than putting them through a machine does.
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.
If you like waffles, you need a waffle iron like this 4 slice Belgian waffle iron from All-Clad. It also makes pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and paninis, and has seven browning settings.
Cleaning is easy because you can take the plates out to run them through the dishwasher.
Hamilton Beach Dehydrator
It’s also great for drying the scenting ingredients for homemade potpourri.
At some point in your life, you will need a spoon rest. This time will most likely come upon you suddenly. You will be in your kitchen, cooking, and suddenly feel you have nowhere to put down a spoon.
Until now, you may have just been putting it down on the counter and thinking that was good enough. Suddenly, it is not.
You have entered the spoon rest phase of your life. And for that time in your life, I recommend this silicone spoon rest. It holds four spoons, comes in lots of colors, and silicone means it will never break.
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.
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.
Dish brushes have replaced sponges for us. They are absolutely terrific for:
- Quickly and easily scraping dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher (if there’s a dishwasher that can really clean dishes without this step, I’ve yet to see it)
- Cleaning vegetables like potatoes
- Cleaning inside narrow glasses and bottles
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
It’s also the right size for cooking sauces. Or reheating a lunch item at work when there’s no microwave available.
A crock-pot opens up a whole new world of cooking options. Most any Crock-Pot brand crock-pot will work well and last a long time, so it’s mostly about picking the size you need.
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.
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.
Tin foil comes in handy for so many things. It’s a great way to wrap food without plastic. You can sometimes clean and reuse it, or reuse it for the same type of food a few times in a row.