(Closed) Your favourite non-essential kitchen item

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 48
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@sarahbabs:  my mother ordered it for me ages ago. i have a cheap one, but i know that pampered chef makes one!

@AB Bride:  it’s kind of awesome. it uses plain rice, not minute rice. i use long grain white rice. basically, you measure out however much rice you want (it came with a little table in the directions, listing amounts for different servings), rinse the rice under water, then toss it into the cooker and add however much water the directions say. then pop it in the microwave for the amount of time listed, and bam! rice. for two servings of rice, i think it takes between 11 and 13 minutes in my cooker. so it’s like half the time of cooking it on the stove. plus, the cooker itself goes right in the dishwasher. so i love it.

Post # 49
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I love my microplane, my citrus reamer and my silpats.

Post # 50
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My rice steamer.

Oddly enough, I have a food processor but I have never taken it out of its box!

Post # 51
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

A Breville One-Touch Tea Maker!!!  It’s on the registry…really hope I get it!!  😀

Post # 52
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My nuwave oven. It is a bit pricey but I am in love with it, good thing I met Mr B first lol! No longer is my house roasting when I want to bake during the summer. And no more defrosting or thawing for me, it cooks frozen meat just as juicy and tender and thawed meat. Not to mention the huge ego boost when my Fiance tells me every time how my roasted chicken is the most tender he has ever had. 

Post # 53
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Probably I would say my peeler.  Mother-In-Law had never seen one before so I persume it’s non-essential.  Following that I’d go for my cocktail shaker – it’s never been used to make cocktails, but because it’s got measurements I use it virtually daily.


Post # 54
4594 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love my KitchenAid mixer, but to me, that’s an essential item. We have a mandoline, too, but I’m scared of it (never used one before – Darling Husband loves it).

So my favorite non-essential? Either our pizza stone or our electric teapot.

Post # 55
131 posts
Blushing bee

Garlic Press!!! because I consider the popcorn popper to be an essential now.  No more sticky garlic hands. 🙂 

The hubby would probably say our French Press coffee pot, he love rich dark coffee and the french press makes coffee the most flavorful.

I also love our new immersion blender for making Butternut squash soup and look forward to trying it on pasta sauce soon. 

Post # 57
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Apple corer/slicer, pizza stone, my oven mitt with the no-slip grippies! Honorable mention to the really cute timer.

Kitchenaid and crockpot are totally necessary!

Post # 58
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

It’s very nonessential and probably one of the cheapest kitchen tools I own: my pineapple corer! 

Background: My mom was born in the Philippines, and they don’t have corers there. So in my family we never used a corer growing up here in CA, and we ate pineapple almost every week when it was in season. 

Just last year, when my Fiance learned that I was used to cutting up pineapples with just a knife, we had a movie moment where he grabbed my arms, looked deep into my eyes, and said “I’m so sorry.” Then he hugged me and drove me to the nearest store to buy me my corer and 2 pineapples. I was so amazed at how easy it was! 

Post # 59
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Soontobeemrsb:  My mom has a nuwave oven, it’s like magic! BBQ ribs and baked, stuffed fish always turn out sooo yummy 🙂

Post # 60
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I love my oven thermometer. You can set it to a temp, stick it in, and it beeps when the meat or whatever hits the right temperature. It hasn’t failed me yet! I’ve even used it for frozen lasagna. 

Post # 61
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

Silicone spatulas! I hate wasting any batter/dough and it’s so nice to be able to scrape the bowl clean. This also prevents me from eating everything left in the bowl, lol.

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