(Closed) Essential Kitchen Items

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My essentials are: 

  • definately a dishwasher ๐Ÿ™‚
  • decent knives
  • lots of measuring spoons, spatulas, and several cutting boards (they are always in the dishwasher when I need them)
  • a couple pairs of tongs
  • a good veggie peeler
  • a good pepper mill
  • non stick frying pans
  • stainless steel sauce pans
  • a big pot for making meat sauce, soup, or chili
  • a mini food processor

Post # 5
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302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

A CROCK POT!!!!

Seriously. I love mine. It was the best present I ever got. I think mine is a 4-quart. It’s not gigantic and not too small; it generally feeds Fiance and I with at least a couple days worth of leftovers.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One more that I forgot – a good coffee maker (assuming you are a coffee drinker). 

I know a lot of people who can’t live without their Keurig’s.  I don’t have one, but kind of wish I would have registered for one.  I don’t want to get one now, because I did get a nice Cuisinart maker, and I don’t want too many gadgets.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A garlic press.  I lovvvvve mine!  I cook with garlic a lot, and it helps avoid the smell that lingers on your hands for days.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Silpat mats if you bake much – much simpler than cleaning cookie sheets! We use ours for everything from cookies to pizza and taquitos, haha.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

Also, I know they have mixed reviews, and if you’re getting an immersion blender you won’t need one, but I LOVE my Magic Bullet blender. I think we use it daily.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I absolutely cannot wait to get my giant food processor!  I am so excited.  I’ve had to stop myself from just busying it so many times!  I’m going to use it for making sauces, soups, dicing veggies, etc.

My Fiance does not like a lot of veggies, so I hide them in his food by processing them very fine.  Right now I have to do several rounds in my mini food processor, which is quite a pain ๐Ÿ™‚

And when we have a baby I can make baby food.  YAY ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use the immersion blender a lot for soups and stews–it’s awesome when you’re making, say, chowder, and you want that creamy texture but you don’t feel like using actual cream and instead want to use skim milk.  Process a few of the potatoes in their liquid, then stir back in (or just insert immersion blender, whirl for a few seconds but not too long, and remove).

We also use the whip end of the immersion blender to whip egg whites for waffles.  Soups and waffle egg whipping are like…95% of my immersion blender use!

Has anyone added a Dutch oven to the list? I would call that a kitchen essential, too. I use mine probably weekly.

Rubber spatulas and spoonulas?

Cute apron?

And amen to high quality knives and multiple cutting boards and measuring cups/spoons!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

crock pot for sure. I own one large one and one that has 2 pots for parties.  I love that dang thing!

Good knives are a must, it makes prep so much more enjoyable.

I would invest in an awesome calphalon all purpose pan with a lid.

 

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