If I take a look in my kitchen, I have cabinets and drawers filled with all kinds of gadgets, utensils, tools and specialty items to make cooking and baking fun and easy. Of course, there are always new things coming out that promise to make things even more efficient. Of course, not everyone loves to cook and bake. Have you ever wondered what basic essential kitchen items really are no matter where you find yourself on the culinary skill continuum? We recently found an article from Realtor.com that lists the 10 most essential kitchen gadgets. So what are they? And do you have all 10 in your kitchen? Here are the 10 items according to the article:
1. Self-Sharpening Knives: meaning knives that stay sharp for life! The article recommends investing in a set with a variety of knife types and a lifetime warranty.
2. Cutting Boards: consider purchasing a variety of sizes that are dishwasher safe, contain a non-slip grip around the boards, and have a groove for collecting juices.
3. Can Opener/Corkscrew: These have come a long way! You can even purchase a multi-functional tool that will open bottles, cans and even wine!
4. Silicone Oven Mitts: these are even safer than traditional fabric oven mitts because they are heat-resistant to higher temperatures, are waterproof on the outside and protect your skin from steam, are machine washable and more!
5. Adjustable Stainless-Steel Colander: this makes draining pasta, rinsing produce and more super easy. This colander adjusts and collapses for easy storage, easily fits on the sides of your sink and the handles stay put and cool thanks to the rubber handles.
6. Measuring Cups and Spoons: having a good set with a variety of sizes makes cooking and baking so much easier. Although the article does not mention liquid measuring cups as well, we highly recommend adding those to your collection too!
7. Mixing Bowls: consider investing in a quality set that will last a long time and can handle all the elements: hot, cold, dishwasher, etc. You can even purchase sets that come with lids!
8. Stainless-Steel Cookware Set: cookware sets can definitely be expensive, but purchasing a quality set that's built to let is definitely worth the investment. Consider a set that works on gas, electric, glass, ceramic, halogen stoves and is induction-compatible.
9. Blender/Food Processor: these days you no longer need two separate appliances (although that's definitely an option). You can now purchase dual appliances that can serve as a powerful blender for sauces or smoothies, and can function as a food processor for chopping, slicing, dicing and more.
10. Digital Thermometer: this tiny tool will make preparing meat a breeze, and you'll never have to wonder if you meat is over or under cooked again!
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