Three Kitchen Items I Couldn’t Live Without
I have a small kitchen, so I don’t have a lot of space for extra gadgets. However, there are a few tools for the kitchen that I consider indispensable.
1) The Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: I got mine about 7 years ago, as a total surprise from my husband for Valentine’s Day. I love it. I use it all the time. Bread, cakes, cookies, whipped cream…this baby has done it all. It’s the hardest working appliance in our house.
2) Williams Sonoma’s odd-sized measuring cups. I just got them for Christmas, and I have already used them so much. They say that cooking is an art, while baking is a science. Baking requires you to be very precise with your measurements. That means the fewer measurements you have to make, the more likely you are to get it right. To add 6 cups of flour to a batch of bread, I can use my 1 cup measure six times, or my 1 1/2 cup measure four times…and be much more likely to get it right. (Of course, you should really use a digital scale to measure your flour, but I don’t have one yet.)
3) Kitchenaid Immersion Blender. It’s perfect for big jobs and little jobs. A huge pot of hot butternut squash soup can be easily blended without having to transfer batches of piping hot soup to a blender and then back to another pot to keep it warm. With the added attachments, this one is also a mini-food processor (great for making salsa), and a whisk attachment for egg whites or whipped cream. Plus, the milkshake attachment makes easy work of a late night treat!
What are your favorite tools in the kitchen?