I'm a simple person partly by nature and partly by necessity. A few years ago we downsized from a house to a small condo with an even smaller kitchen. It had zero counter space and very few cupboards for stashing away specialized appliances or kitchen gadgets. If I was going to have it in my kitchen it either had to be a "must-have" and used daily or it had to be a multi-purpose tool.
My number one, can't live without tool will be no surprise to anyone if you've ever seen this blog. It has to me blender which I use as a food processor, blender, beater, soup warmer, latte maker, etc. My Vitamix Pro 750 is the most used item in my kitchen and I seriously don't know how I ever survived without it. My blender is the only thing allowed to sit on my kitchen cupboard ALL the time.
My second most loved/most used kitchen gadget is my Soda Stream. As a person who hates water but understands the importance of drinking it, I prefer to drink carbonated water. It's just a bit more interesting than plain old flat water. Added bonus? Can make homemade soda without all those unnatural ingredients that you find in the store-bought soda.
Rounding out my Top 5:
My trusty slow cooker which is perfect for someone like me who is not the most confident cook. I like to use it to whip up chili, soup, carnitas, or apple cider. I've even used it to make lasagna. And everything always seems to magically taste exactly as I imagined.
Glass Pyrex measuring cups because...well...just because they are perfect for measuring and they don't warp or stain and can be used in the oven, microwave or freezer. Best $15 you'll ever spend.
Citrus Juice Press - everyone should have one of these handy little tools. Perfect for when you are making cocktails, mocktails, salad dressings, or anything else that requires fresh lemon or lime juice.
What can't you imagine doing without in your kitchen routine?
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