Top 10 Dietitian Recommended Kitchen Tools
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It’s not about how many expensive gadgets or fancy tools you have in the kitchen, but about having the RIGHT kitchen tools. I use the same few items over and over again. I don’t want you to think you have to rush out buy all these things at once, but first take a closer look at the items you already have and get rid of the ones you aren’t using. Your kitchen will feel so much easier to manage when it’s not cluttered with things you don’t need! Once you get rid of the things you aren’t using (uh, hello banana slicer), you’ll have a clearer picture of what you may need to replace or add to your kitchen. Here are some of my top recommendations for larger kitchen tools:
I talked about this one over on my post on Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes. These things are indispensable. I use these regularly for baking and cooking all types of things. The little rim on the baking sheet makes it so easy to flip and toss things while they are cooking. The Silpats are amazing. They are incredibly stick resistant, and make roast veggies a breeze. I recommend two large sheet pans and 2 Silpats.
We use our griddle daily. Seriously. Eggs, tortillas, grilled cheese, pancakes, etc. Just don’t wash it. Really. Use quality fats to cook with (bacon grease, butter, avocado oil, coconut oil) and simply wipe it down with a dry paper towel after you use it. If you must, run it under some hot water with NO SOAP and give it a little scrub. Let it dry & then slather it with oil again.
A must have. This is my go to pan for stir fry, searing meats, skillet meals, dutch baby pancakes, etc. Same as above though – no soap! Wipe it clean. Having a lid that fits your cast iron skillet is a total bonus, but not necessary.
I love my Le Creuset dutch oven. It’s pricey, but these are the types of things you’ll be handing down to your grandkids. I’d much rather spend a bit of money up front for something that is made well and will last years. A heavy bottomed pot like this is super versatile in the kitchen. You’ll probably see this make an appearance over in my Instagram photos a bunch. It’s a go to. I’m pretty sure my husband actually found the one I have on sale at TJMaxx for Christmas one year.
Super important. It will make your cooking life so much easier. And safer. Dull knives are a sure fire way to slice your hand open. You don’t need a ton of different ones, just good ones. The ones I have (linked above) are a good middle of the road set. Also, you don’t need 75 steak knives in a set – it really just adds to the clutter.
Ok. This one is pricey, but hear me out. If you buy one fancy or expensive item for your kitchen, let it be this. I literally use mine every. single. day. A high powered blender makes for those amazingly smooth smoothies, makes a batter for pancakes and muffins, whips up salad dressings in seconds, and so much more. I love love love my Vitamix. Probably more than one should love a blender. This was my Christmas/Birthday/Mother’s Day/Fourth of July gift one year.
I’ve jumped on the instant pot bandwagon. My top three favorite things to make in the instant pot are homemade yogurt, rice, and hard boiled eggs. I’ll post the recipes for those other ones soon! The instant pot makes it super easy. I also love being able to throw a freezer meal, like shredded chicken for tacos, in here and it’s done super fast.
Yup. The good ol’ crockpot. This is a total lifesaver when it comes to busy families. Throw dinner in there in the morning, and it’s ready when you get home. It is also my favorite way to make steel cut oats – I’ll post the recipe for this soon!
I use these for everything – mixing, marinading, storing, serving. These are great to have around. Having a stacking set saves some much space. And the lids make it super easy to take things like my Mojito Watermelon Salad to a potluck!
This whips up shredded carrots, zucchini, or cheese in seconds. Salsa or chimichurri is a breeze. I like having this on hand because the blender doesn’t quite create the same texture for things like salsa that this does. I also love the variety of slicing blades to shred & slice a ton quickly. I use my food processor to make my 2 Minute Chocolate Avocado Pudding.
Trendy, but SO freaking useful. I use these for storing leftover, as our drinking glasses, to mix salad dressings in, and 80 million other ways. Wide mouth quart sized jars are my favorite. We also use the pint-sized ones all of the time. My favorite accessory for these are the plastic lids – easy to clean and store. There are TONS of cool accessories for mason jars now to make them a really versatile kitchen tool.
These are my go-to large kitchen items that I use on a daily basis. You’ll most likely see these make an appearance over in my Instagram photos pretty regularly. I’m going to do another post soon for my small kitchen item recommendations – and no, a banana slicer is not included.
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