We chop, stir, scrape, and pour. Sometimes with love. And sometimes out of sheer necessity. But always, to nourish souls and bodies.
And while we all have different styles and needs in the way we cook, today I want to share with you 5 fabulous tools that have personally made my life a little easier by saving me a ton of time and frustration in the kitchen.
Take a peek at what I love, then tell me in the comments what kitchen tools you would never want to be without!
I was slow getting on board with the whole crock-pot phenomenon, but I am a converted believer. It only takes 5 minutes to dump a frozen meat & some veggies into the crock-pot, then at dinner time, everything is ready to go. Magical.
I haven’t been using mine as often as I should, but I’m working to change that because putting dinner in the crock-pot at breakfast time makes me feel happy all day long.
Can you believe that I didn’t own a pair of kitchen shears until a few years ago?! Not owning a good pair of kitchen shears is practically a Kitchen Crime, and I know none of us want to be criminals. You can use shears to cut waffles, toast, pizza, lettuce, and pretty much anything else that isn’t bone. Huge time-saver.
3) A Good Knife
Anything that a pair of kitchen shears won’t cut can be chopped with a good knife. I had no idea how much time I was wasting in the kitchen by trying to use a steak knife to chop onions and slice watermelon. Our $25 knife from Kroger has saved us so much more than $25 worth of annoyance.
Sometimes I don’t want to take the time to browse Pinterest. Or the Internet connection drops. Or my phone battery dies. Whatever the reason, there is still a time and a place for a good old-fashioned cookbook.
I absolutely love my Betty Crocker crocker cookbook (although I know some people are partial to their Better Homes & Gardens one). Whether you’re a Betty or a Better Homes girl, I recommend getting your hands on an older version if at all possible. The simplicity of ingredients can’t be beat, not only for health reasons, but also because you’re more likely to have everything you need on hand.
5) Brillo Pads
Friends. I have a situation about standing at the sink, scrubbing dishes. It’s hard! And I still sometimes wish I’m doing something that feels more important. Now I can do both – scrub dishes and still have time for the most important. Brillo pads are my kitchen BFF.
“Our kitchens are where we pour love into the foods we make, reconnect as a family, entertain guests, sit and linger over coffee with friends, and where many childhood memories are made.” – Davonne Parks, Chaos to Clutter-Free
I’d love to hear – what tools save you time & effort in your own kitchen?