These are my go-to kitchen essentials.
My Go-To Kitchen Essentials
The prettiest dishwasher safe cutting boards I’ve seen. These are a new purchase and I’m already loving them. In typical Riane fashion I researched the crap out of cutting boards (wood too), and ultimately went with these to replace some old ones. The convenience of being able to chop and throw in the dishwasher makes life in the kitchen easier for me. The boards are made from 75% recycled plastic and 25% sugarcane. They are BPA free, odor free, and stain resistant. Not to mention, they come in beautiful colors. If you are looking for a beautiful wood cutting board, check out the Material Kitchen’s Angled Board. Material Kitchen’s knives look good too. This link should give you $20 off a purchase of $100 or more reflected in your cart automatically.
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For daily lemon water along with squeezing lemons/limes in salad dressings and more.
For daily smoothies, blending soups, making nice cream (banana ice cream), blending pancake batter and more. At the time I’m writing this, this one is similar but a bit less in the black version. I have the A3500 model.
The wide Vitamix container is great for a lot, but not for smaller amounts of dressings. If it’s too small of an amount, the contents won’t hit the blades. This amazing little nutribullet takes care of that.
Jars are workhorses in my kitchen. I use 32 oz jars for my lemon water, extra big smoothies, storing homemade almond milk, sauces, soups, and smore. I have an array of 16 oz jars and 32 oz jars, most of which are accumulated from empty jars of homemade maple syrup and honey. If you need some though, Amazon has you covered. I use these plastic covers for the covers. Oh, and this 64 oz jar is another I use often.
For grating ginger when I make hot lemon ginger water and for zesting lemon.
For tea and other concotions. I’ve had it for 7ish years and it’s still going strong. I think it is shaped so beautifully and looks great sitting on my stovetop. I also love that it whistles if I forget that I’m boiling water.
For steeping loose leaf teas and similar.
I grew up with a mom that is an incredible cook and entertainer so I was aware of good kitchen goods. When I registered for my wedding I knew I wanted to register for items that I would have forever but not buy for myself. A Wusthof knife set was one of those. These are not identical to mine as the red symbol are newer on their knifes, but it’s the updated classic 12 piece set like mine.
My favorite go-to pan. I love how wide and deep it is. I have a few more GreenPan items from this set as well as some cuisinart and all-clad pots from my wedding as well.
This pan has seen a boatload of french fries. The perforated holes speed up the baking process a tad and there is no need to flip. It is made from aluminum – not something we want to ingest, so I cover it with unbleached baking paper everytime. If you are in need of baking sheets, check out the inexpensive GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Nonstick sheets.
For straining homemade almond milk, lentils, and anything else that needs a fine strainer.
I grabbed one of these in red years ago at HomeGoods. It’s comfortable and easy to hold in one hand while pouring with the other. I also have a stainless steel strainer when I need an extra large one.
I held off on getting one of these for forever and finally bit the bullet a few years ago. I steam potatoes, dried chickpeas/beans, make soups, and other meals in it. The hardest part is learning how to use it and figuring out times. I just google times to cook things when I’m unsure.
For washing fresh herbs and beautiful bunches of loose lettuce. Add some seventh generation free & clear dish soap if it’s coming from the grocery store, spin, rinse, spin, rinse, and spin again. No soggy lettuce or herbs.
For tonging those salads well.
Really easy to use peelers. If by chance you make zoodles (zucchini noodles) often, the orange one is great for that. Easier than any expensive gadget I’ve tried.
A beautiful pepper mill for ground pepper.
I use it to strain homemade almond milk in and add large amounts of liquid to soup pots.
The exact one I have is not made anymore as I got it for my wedding long ago. It’s a white Cuisinart though and looks similar. I wish I could say I think the Vitamix does it all, but I find the food processor better for many things since the blades are different. I pull it out to make date/nut balls, hummus, salsa, dips, and more. It’s easier to scrape out of than a blender too.
The Berkey removes viruses and bacteria that conventional filters do not. You can enter your zip code on their site to see what your water looks like. You might be shocked. I have the Big Berkey size.
If I had more counter space, I would be tempted to get an air fryer. Mainly for faster oil-free crispy french fries and reheating food. This girl still uses a microwave too often…..
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