I have always had a deep love for kitchen time and everything that goes along with it. Even washing dishes! Standing next to my mom or aunt dipping my hands into hot, sudsy water in my grandma’s kitchen (she of course didn’t have an electric dishwasher), and sitting at the kitchen island watching her cook, are some of my most relaxing and most cherished memories. The majority of my favorite family memories take place in my grandma’s house, with lots of family present and wonderful food. I wanted that same experience for my own family while our son was growing up and even now with only two of us, the kitchen is the heart of our home.
Of course, technology has come a long way since my childhood. We have an abundance of appliances and kitchen tools that make our lives easier and meal prep faster. I have a pantry and drawers full of gadgets! As I think back to my childhood, a large turkey roaster was the only “extra” fancy appliance I can remember my grandma having. She used it for roasting turkeys of course, but also for making huge batches of salty Chex mix during the holidays. Then, the “Fry Daddy & Fry Baby” hit the market, and her deep fried doughnuts were an absolute taste of heaven. Such good memories!
Below are some of my kitchen favorites. Any of them would make great gifts for your loved ones!
Such a simple way to make zucchini noodles and much more! It’s easy to clean and I really like that it suctions to the counter for safety.
Our son bought us this cheese grater for Christmas one year and we absolute love it! Comes with different blades for all of your needs, easy to clean, and suctions to the counter.
I’ve had this yogurt maker for years and it works great every time!
I make pesto in mine, chop nuts, grind meat for lettuce wraps, you name it – makes life so much easier!
We use ours at least three times a month. Perfect waffles every single time.
Our son bought me this wok one year for Christmas and I really like how versatile it is. Also love the easy clean up!
I think the value and quality of Lodge products is really impressive. Yes, you can buy LeCreuset if you have the budget but Lodge works just as well and comes in all kinds of beautiful colors shapes and sizes too. I use mine regularly and have never been disappointed!
I’m pretty sure everyone knows the value of the KitchenAid Mixer! It’s fabulous and has all kinds of cool attachments to meet your needs. I’ve had mine for many years and it’s still going strong. I also purchased the ice cream maker that goes with it and I love it!
I know that price tag is frightening, but I promise you that a Vitamix blender is worth every single penny. I can’t believe how many years we wasted money on cheap blenders that couldn’t handle the work. We make smoothies in it regularly as well as grinding groat seeds for buckwheat flour. So easy!
This is not the scary pressure cooker from your childhood! Simple to use and extremely versatile. Even though I’ve used ours many, many, times I am always amazed at what it can do and how quickly it can do it!
I am absolutely in love with this adorable retro kettle! I really dislike having a tea kettle on the stove. They get dirty and have to be moved to make room. Electric kettles have a base that plugs in so you can put it anywhere you want. The kettle releases from the base to fill and pour.
Another kitchen appliance that is worth its weight in gold! This masticating juicer removes every possible ounce of juice from your veggies and fruits. It’s not loud and obnoxious either and is easy to clean!
I love all of the different sizes! I use them for biscuits and cookies.
No more skimming fat off of soups, sauces, and gravies with a spoon. This makes it so simple. The fat settles at the top and you just pour it right off leaving what you want underneath.
These come in handy for more things than you would think.
More little gadgets that I find myself using all the time!
I’ve had mine for years and use it for making creamy soups and gravies and amazing fruit sauces. This one comes with all kinds of fun gadgets too!
This tool makes the lightest, fluffiest, potatoes you will every eat! You can leave the potatoes riced or you can rice them and then whip them up for creamy mashed potatoes. You can also rice cooked carrots, beets, whatever you like!
Sometimes the measuring in baking needs to be exact. This food scale is easy to use and works great!