My husband and I got married at a young age. I had barely lived on my own when he popped the question, and while I loved cooking, I had a rotation of about five recipes I knew how to cook.
When we found ourselves registering for wedding gifts, like many others I scanned through friends’ registries, researched reviews online and browsed countless stores.
We tried to really register for things we thought we would need and use frequently. There are some items that we still use on a nearly daily basis 6+ years later, while others have remained largely untouched. In addition, there are a few items that we’ve purchased on our own (or received through blog reviews) that quickly became household favorites.
So without further ado, here are the kitchen gadgets that I find myself using most often:
Le Creuset Stainless Steel Pans – We actually registered for (and received) Calphalon Nonstick Pans. We used them nearly daily for about 5 years, until the bottoms started chipping. Thank goodness for excellent return policies; we were able to return the entire set and upgraded to our current set! With all the cooking we do, this was an investment we were okay with purchasing (and we scored a huge Black Friday deal!). The deep skillet (pictured below) is my favorite in the set!
SodaStream – This was given to me for a blog review. Prior to my review, I didn’t see the appeal of carbonated water. However, now that I have it, I finally drink plenty of water (a practice I’ve never been too good about)!
Crock Pot – While I hope to take advantage of this genius appliance more often, I absolutely love having it as an option! Whenever I use it, I am amazed at how easy it makes the cooking process! For slow cooker recipes, click here.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer – This was something we registered for, but didn’t get. I actually like knowing that if we received it for our wedding, I would not have fully appreciated it. However, after saving for this and buying it (refurbished for 40% off!) on our own, I still appreciate using it every single time. It makes kneading dough and mixing batter so much easier!
Pizza Stone – A few years ago, I got really into making my own breads and pizza dough and would typically bake them on a sheet pan. At the recommendation of a friend, we purchased a pizza stone. It makes a HUGE difference in the crust, making it much more crispy on the outside, while perfectly chewy on the inside!
Rice Cooker – I know that rice can be made on the stove, but for some reason, I’m much more apt to screw it up on the stove and either over or under-cook the rice! We have found that our perfect water to brown rice ratio is 2.5:1, using this rice cooker!
And there you have it – my most frequently used kitchen/cooking items and small appliances!
~What kitchen small appliances/items do you use most frequently?