If you have followed me for a little while, you have seen I have quite a few kitchen gadgets. Sometimes it seems a bit excessive how many I have, but I use them. I am very mindful of what I buy. Very rarely do I make impulsive decisions to buy something if I’m not sure I will use it enough. For example, my juicer. I wanted to make sure I was actually going to consistently juice celery before I bought one. I used a milk bag/cheese cloth for months to make celery juice before I took the plunge to get a juicer. Looking back on it, I can’t believe I waited that long. A milk bag is so difficult to juice celery and doesn’t yield much juice. Anyways, today I am sharing my top 10 essential kitchen gadgets and most of them get used every single day.
My Top 10 Essential Kitchen Gadgets
1. Omega Juicer
Surprise, Surprise. If I could only have one expensive gadget, this would be it. I cannot live without my celery juice. Well I can, but I don’t want to. I feel so much better drinking it most days, so this is my #1. My model is a few years old and Omega has since come out with this new model that is quieter and yields 30% more juice. To make it more confusing for you, if you are looking for a juicer, I have seen a fellow juicer use this Nama Cold Press Juicer and it looked pretty darn good.
I make smoothies almost every day. I also blend soups and so much more in my blender. Mine is super old; they don’t even sell the stainless steel version of mine anymore, but it’s in red, white, and black. Vitamix also sells refurbished ones for much less as well. If you follow me on Instagram, I am due for a new blender. Although a Vitamix lasts a lifetime for many, for me and constant use of frozen fruit it’s lasted about 7 years. It still works, it just needs a lot of extra love. I still plan on buying another Vitamix come time. It blends incredibly well. Since I have a stainless steel kitchen, of course I want a stainless steel blender and the price of the new models are SO high. I’m hoping this one goes on sale A LOT.
This is what I bought last Christmas. I’d been wanting one forever and am so sorry I did not purchase it sooner. I knew we would use it, I just didn’t know where we would put the spaceship in the kitchen. Eventually I realized I didn’t care and would figure it out. It was no big deal once we got it. I just put it to the left of the sink and have not thought twice. I loved it immediately. Even though we already had a filter under our sink, I knew it was not doing enough. 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. They also have a filtering water bottle that is great for travel or at work.
This teapot makes me happy just looking at it. I think it is shaped so beautiful and looks great sitting on my stovetop. Thankfully it gets a ton of use too. I use it to make tea, other elixirs, and to boil water for our Chemex. I’ve had it for 5-6 years, and use it more days than not. I also love that it whistles if I forget that I’m boiling water on the stove.
I bought the same one at William Sonoma, but it’s on Amazon for much less of course. My old lemon juicer was corroding because it was all metal. It was time to be tossed and replaced with one that would not corrode. This one is also much more comfortable to hold and easier to squeeze. I used this daily for so long and then I stopped for a bit since I was getting a gross peel taste from some bad lemon bunches. I’m now using it daily again.
I know this is not a gadget, but these knifes are something that get used daily. I grew up with a mom that is an incredible cook and entertainer so when I registered for my wedding, I knew I wanted to register for nice kitchen items and a beautiful China set that I would have forever but never buy for myself. Thankfully a Wusthof 12 piece knife set was on that registry. These are not identical to mine, as the red dots are newer on their knifes, but it’s the classic 12 piece set like mine. They were not this high of price 16 years ago either. There is not much to say about the knives other than they work great and we use them daily.
These are not the prettiest things, but I use them daily because they are so easy to use, store and the primary reason – dishwasher safe. I have a burgundy, blue and white one. Because I’m always chopping fruits and vegetables for meals, usually all 3 get used in the day, or at least 2 of them. I rarely hand wash dishes. 😄 I have a really small wood cutting board that I leave on the counter for slicing a lemon or something quick, but the main chopping gets done on these boards. I really want to not like them so much and grab a large dark walnut cutting board, but I’m not there yet. These are just too convenient to wash.
8. Instant Pot
I held off on getting one of these for forever and finally bit the bullet two years ago. I steam potatoes, chickpeas ( I usually don’t buy them canned), black beans, make soups, and other meals in it. This does not get used daily, but I still use it often enough that I want to include it. It gets used a lot during the Fall and Winter for soups. Just throw everything in and it does it for you. What’s not to like. The hardest part is learning how to use it and figuring out times. I just google times to cook things when I’m unsure.
This is also one that does not get used daily, but it gets used a ton in summer when I’m buying a lot of fresh herbs and some beautiful bunches of loose lettuce. Add some seventh generation free & clear dish soap if it’s coming from the grocery store, and spin, rinse, spin, rinse, and spin again. No soggy lettuce or herbs.
10. Food Processor
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, since it’s supposed to, but I find the food processor better for many things. I pull it out to make date/nut balls, hummus, salsa, and more. It’s easier to scrape out of than a blender where you have to reach down into. The blades are different than a blender too. I find it cuts through dry nuts so much better than my blender.
Well, that’s my top 10 essential kitchen gadgets! I am thinking about getting an air fryer since I make potatoes so often. I know it makes French fries incredibly crispy with 0 oil and little time. It’s not something I need, so I’m holding off for now and until I see a sale. I also have to clean my kitchen cabinets before I would get one so I have room to store it. For having a 1 bedroom city kitchen, we do have a lot of cabinet space though. My husband built our kitchen with IKEA cabinets and designed it with as many cabinets as he could get in there, so we are lucky in that way.
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