Top Five Kitchen Tools

| 12/19/2018 9:55:00 AM

I like having a minimalist kitchen for its clean look and the ease of cleaning. It makes food preparation so much simpler when I’m not competing with inanimate objects for counter space, so no toaster, coffee maker, or can opener clutters my counter top. Instead, I have only what I can easily store in drawers and cabinets. Since I don’t have much of either, I make it a point to keep small kitchen appliances and gadgets to a minimum. It all adds up to a happier, more care-free me.

Although I generally prefer all purpose devices to single-use, specialized ones, in recent years, I’ve collected a few new-to-me kitchen tools I never want to be without again. Here are my top five.

Immersion Blender

I was late to this party. Even when I finally heard of this device, I couldn’t figure out what the heck it was. Then I heard a friend say she wouldn’t be without hers, so I looked into it. And I agree. This thing’s incredible. Not only can it easily be tucked into kitchen drawer, not only is it affordable, but it’s a real workhorse. Since I got my immersion blender, I’ve never once pulled out my stand blender. Never! This does the job so much better, so much quicker, so much more neatly, with only one part to clean. Just be sure to unplug it first or you may slice a finger if you accidentally press the power button at the same time. That blade is sharp!  (Ask me how I know)  

immersion stick blender

I use my handy, inexpensive immersion blender for gravies, sauces, cream soups, pureeing veggies, making smoothies, and so much more. It’s a breeze. Speedy, thorough, easy to clean and store. Photo by Carole Coates.

Vacuum Sealer

My dear sister-in-law convinced me to get one of these and I’ve never looked back. My husband and I try to preserve enough food from our large garden to get through to the next garden season, so a whole lot of freezing goes on around here. But we don’t have a whole lot of freezer space, so the vacuum sealer comes in really handy to make the most of our limited space. Even if space weren’t an issue, I want to be sure my frozen food is the highest quality. Oxygen is the enemy of fresh when it comes to freezing; sucking it all out is a real plus.

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Reusable beeswax food wraps. I was disgusted at how much plastic my family was generating, and much of it was coming from food wrap. We have switched to reusable beeswax-coated fabric that sticks to the tops of bowls and other containers. Easy to use and reuse over and over again with no waste! We got ours from Amazon, but I think there are a number of vendors that sell this product. Genius.

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The Instant Pot is probably my favorite kitchen tool. When I bought it I got rid of several other appliances.....yogurt maker, crock pot, and a regular pressure cooker. My Instant Pot does all of it and it cooks so many different things as well.....soups, stews. rice, yogurt, cake, breads, etc. I use it almost every day! I have since bought a second one, only smaller. There is only 2 of us so I use the smaller one most of the time now, takes less room on the counter. I use the bigger one for when we have company or when I want to make batches of something to put in the freezer.

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