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Top 10 Must-Haves in the Kitchen

Thursday is upon us again, so you know what time it is! 10 Things on Thursdays continues this week with my must-haves in the kitchen. As a stay-at-home-mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, either cleaning it, cooking in it, or organizing it. (That last one is happening less and less unfortunately) So today I’ve assembled my top ten things I cannot live without in the kitchen, including links (click on the name of the item) to where some of those can be found if possible.

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My Top 10 In the Kitchen

  1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer: You guys, we got one as a wedding gift (almost 9 years ago) and I don’t even know what I ever did without it. It sits out on my kitchen counter (tucked in a corner) and I use it almost every time I bake. The cool thing about the KitchenAid ones is that they literally last FOREVER. There are 80 year old ladies still using the same one they bought in 1955 and its still going strong. Not even kidding.
  2. FoodSaver System: If you do any kind of freezer cooking or buying in bulk at club stores, a FoodSaver is totally worth the investment. We’ve had ours for at least 5 years now and it still works great. It’s not an item I use every day, but I’m always glad I have it when the need arises.
  3. Cast-Iron Skillet: I feel lucky enough to have one that came to me well seasoned, as it was my grandmother’s. But you can buy one most anywhere cookware is sold. There are enameled versions that are easy to clean, the only down-side if enamel chips eventually. Nothing beats the even heat and sear that cast-iron gives, and they can go from stove top to oven with ease. I cook and bake in mine, if you’ve never tried it I highly recommend.
  4. Honest Multi-Purpose Cleaner in white grapefruit: Now just the other day I noticed that Honest is revamping their cleaning line, so the name or scent could be changing (I hope not) but this stuff is GREAT. I use it to clean my countertops and stove (and just about every other non-porous surface in my kitchen) and I love it. There’s no harsh chemicals so its safe to use around babies and toddlers and your food! We happen to subscribe to the Honest Cleaning Bundle, which I think is totally worth it by the way- if you want to try it use my referral code here. But they sell equivalent products at your local Target store as well.
  5. KitchenAid Countertop Convection (toaster) Oven: If you live some place that gets warm in the summer but don’t have AC or just don’t want to spend millions of dollars cranking your AC just so you can turn on your oven in the summer; buy one of these now. Do pass go, do not collect $100, just go buy one. I’ve done everything in mine from baking frozen chicken nuggets for my little guy, roasting a whole chicken, banana bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls, garlic bread, the list goes on and on. I haven’t used my actual oven in 2 months. Seriously. Life. Saver.
  6. Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker: This is my second Keurig and I seriously can’t live without it. When you’re a mama of littles, life’s too short to be prepping a coffee pot every night before bed or worse when you wake up (I often say I shouldn’t be allowed to “make” coffee before I make coffee…not safe). Ours has the ability to make the carafe but we haven’t purchased on as of yet. We use ours for coffee, tea, and hot water for oatmeal.
  7. Mr Clean Magic Erasers: I know this is a cleaning item, but I use it in the kitchen more than anywhere else. We live in a rental with a heinous porcelain sink that’s seen better days, and the only thing that gets it remotely back to any version of white, is a Magic Eraser. They truly are magic. They also work great for cleaning the stove and the walls!
  8. Good knives: This sounds generic, but its so important. There’s nothing more dangerous or annoying than crappy knives in the kitchen. If you’re any kind of home cook, don’t let this be something you put off forever. Good doesn’t have to mean expensive either. Our current set came from Costco a couple years ago and are still going strong. The important thing is that you choose knives that won’t dull quickly and feel comfortable in your hand.
  9. Nordicware Half & Quarter baking sheets: I’ve stopped buying any other brand at this point. They never warp in my oven, they’re SO easy to clean and they last a long, long time.
  10. Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven: Since I’ve already mentioned the necessity of a slow cooker in other posts, I thought I’d mention the other slow & low go-to. This one for me, is for cooler weather and I don’t mind warming up the kitchen by having something simmering a long time or the oven on for an extended period of time. They are also great for deep frying, searing, roasting, and slow cooking sauces because of how evenly cast-iron heats. Of course the famous French brand will set you back a couple hundred or more, but you can find ones just as good anywhere most kitchen goods are sold.

And that’s my list! I hope you’ve found some helpful tips & try something new because of it. What are some of YOUR favorites kitchen items that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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