Back in the day I had a Vitamix. I loved that Vita. It blended things so well that it turned the seeds in my raspberry smoothie to mush. And while the Vitamix is totally awesome, there are a lot cheaper blenders that work just as well (well, mostly). The same thing with my juicer. I used to have a super expensive one, and now have been using a moderately priced one for two years. I thought I’d share my favorite kitchen gadgets and tools, so that you know a) which ones are actually good and won’t crap out on you and b) so that you won’t unecessarily spend a lot of money.
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My blender! I love this blender. It makes silky soups and awesome mixed drinks. I haven’t used it for a raspberry smoothie because I no longer drink fruit smoothies, but I have had no problem with it pulverizing seeds. I love it, and it’s so well priced!
Like I said, my juicer used to be reaaallly expensive. And it was just a juicer, it didn’t work any better than the one I have now! Sometimes we think because something is more expensive, it’s better. That is rarely the case. This juicer works great.
I just do not like peeling and chopping garlic. It’s annoying. I use this guy:
I like these bamboo chopping boards because they can also be used as serving plates, and they’re under $15 bucks.
I don’t know how I lived without my crockpot. Cooking bone broth on the stove sucks. Coming home after a long day and having my whole house smell awesome because I’ve have lamb shank simmering for the last 9 hours rules. It is one of my best kitchen purchases. It makes cooking SO much easier. I can’t even express. I throw a bunch of ingredient in overnight, and have lunch ready in the morning. Or throw a bunch of ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and dinner is ready when I get home. It simplifies everything and is great if you have kids.
This is the food processor I use. I use it for thing my blender isn’t good at, like make dough or chopping veggies.
I avoid plastics as much as I can, especially when it comes to heating food. Heating food, cooking food and storing food in plastic containers leaches harmful chemicals into your system (like BPA). These are my favorite tupperware storage.
I love this glass bakeware set. I also use these dishes to mix and stir when I’m baking:
This teflon-free frying pan is great. It’s also non-stick, which is sweet.
We also have stainless steel cookware similar to this. I’ll be honest, I don’t love it for making eggs or anything that is prone to sticking. It’s good for sauteeing, cooking soups, making chili, etc.
Everyone needs a good kitchen knife.