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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

Since I've been doing marathon kitchen sessions lately with all the food prep, I thought I would share some of my favorite kitchen gadgets. Hope you find these as useful as I do!

Pressure Canner
As you know, I've been doing tons and tons of canning this summer. Without my pressure canner, I wouldn't be able to do nearly as much since I would be limited to the water bath method, which is only safe with certain foods. This was definitely a great investment for Christmas last year and I'm so glad I have it.

Herb Mill
Since I have my herb garden, I'm able to get fresh herbs whenever I want, which is so nice. However, chopping or tearing them can take forever. I got this herb mill a couple years ago and hardly ever used it til this summer. In fact, I had been debating whether or not to put it in the yard sale box. I'm so so glad I didn't because it is awesome. It's so fast to dice up some herbs with this thing. All I need to do is rinse them off, throw them in, twist and there you go!

Citrus Peeler
I have one of these from Pampered Chef and I use it all the time. Yes, I know you can just use your hands, but I'm able to quickly peel an orange and not get nearly as messy as I used to. When you have small children breathing down your neck for their orange, you want to be quick about getting it to them. Trust me.

Apple Corer and Slicer
Again, I have one of these from Pampered Chef and it's so convenient, especially with littles around. One of our favorite snacks is apple slices with almond butter and it is so nice to be able to just quickly cut up an apple and be on our way.

Santoku Knife
We received this Calphalon knife complimentary with our wedding registry, but I never used it until last summer because we received a decent knife set when we got married and I never needed to use our complimentary knife. Well, fast forward four years and our knife set is falling apart. Some knives had only been used a few times - apparently it's just that cheaply made. So, I decided to try this knife out and have never gone back. It's amazing and I use it for almost everything, where we only use the steak knives in our set now. I so want the rest of the set!

What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets?
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  1. The citrus peeler and apple corer and slicer are a must! They make life so much easier.

  2. We have the Santoku knife, too--I love it! :) I've always wanted to try canning, but I'm scared that I'll do it wrong and the glass will explode everywhere or I will put us in the hospital with bad food. :(

  3. I want the entire Calphalon set - it's so expensive though! I always thought that it wasn't really necessary to have a decent knife set, but after seeing how quickly ours became crappy, I realize that yes, it's worth the money :-)

    And you should totally try canning! If you're uncomfortable with the pressure canner, start with a water bath at first. You're only supposed to can things with more acidity in it - like anything with tomatoes or vinegar. I was really afraid to use my pressure canner at first because I thought I was going to blow up the kitchen, but now it's so easy.

  4. I recently got an apple slicer. My youngest loves apples and I got tired of buying a small bag of pre-sliced ones for him. They are more expensive.


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