I absolutely love kitchen gadgets and tools. Here are a list of my favorites with notes of how I use these tools (affiliate links included). None of these are necessities by any means, just tools I enjoy using.
This has been my go to knife for the past year and a half. Prior to hearing a recommendation for this knife from The Pioneer Woman I was very happy with my Santoku knife. I find this Nakiri is significantly better for cutting vegetables.
This is a great multi purpose kitchen tool. It is a rice cooker, pressure cooker and slow cooker all in one. I use this to make overnight oats, pressure cook beans, slow cook soups and to make rice. I have given this multi cooker to everyone in my immediate family as a gift. I just love how versatile it is.
Le Creuset pans are a big investment, but they really do last. We got a small saute pan when we got married 11 years ago and it still looks like new. I have had many other pans come and go during that period. I received this Deep Saute pan as a gift 2 years ago and it is fantastic. It is large enough for making just about anything, including sauces. It can be put directly in the oven and it cleans up beautifully.
These tongs just plain work. I hate when tongs get rusty or stuck in one position. I have had these OXO tongs for years and haven’t had any issues with them.
I received this pot for Christmas and love using it to make large soups and pasta. I have never used a pan with the Pasta Colander Insert previously. It really does make sure the pasta cooks evenly and doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the pan in hot spots. These frequently go on sale around the holidays.
I received a few of these spatulas on Trey’s first Christmas. I have adorable baby pictures of him chewing them on Christmas morning. I still have these spatulas today, even after daily use. They wash well in the dishwasher and the wooden handle is very sturdy.
The Vitamix is a major investment, but if you do a lot of cooking it is a worthwhile one. I use my Vitamix at least once a day to make Trey’s breakfast smoothie. I usually use it at least once more everyday to make dressings, sauces or a smoothie for myself. They do offer the Vitamix at Costco for slightly less than I see typically on Amazon.
This large food processor is fantastic for making nut butters, spreads and cashew cheeses. I also use it to chop lots of vegetables at once with the slicing blade. Because of its large size you can also use it to make various doughs with the kneading insert. I make all of my pie crusts in this food processor as well.