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“Save Time, Save Money – Enjoy Life” The three elements of our motto are actually inter-related. In our hectic modern life, time is precious. In fact, time is irreplaceable – time lost is lost forever. Money, of course is always a major concern – especially in this era of economic uncertainty. Lastly, how do we truly enjoy life when we are forever too busy and too preoccupied with either earning money or simply surviving?
The essential purpose of “Kitchen Things” is to save time, to save money and, at least in the preparation of food, to enjoy life. The product recommendations that you will find here are the result of a time-consuming compilation of user reviews from several online stores – in effect, we have saved the consumer the time normally spent on web searches. The products themselves are kitchen essentials that virtually everyone needs; however, we have emphasized time-saving and money-saving kitchen things. We hope that you will enjoy using these kitchen items.
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List of Kitchen Essentials
The list of kitchen essentials is where you will find those things that would be critical if someone is just starting out with that first apartment or house. For established households, this is a good list to use when it is time to replace old, worn-out kitchen things. It is just a basic kitchen list – it does not include every item a modern kitchen might require. For example, tableware (plates, silverware, drinking cups/glasses) is very much a matter of personal taste and is not included in this list. Also, small kitchen appliances are listed in the basic kitchen equipment section and small tools are in the cooking tools section. The kitchen essentials list is really just a barebones, starter kitchen list – just basic kitchen stuff. Some of our favorites are –
The All-Clad Kitchen Canisters Set is not cheap, but as you listen to the above video, we hope that you will like the way we analyze this product. Very few products are absolutely perfect – in this case, there is a trade-off between cost and functionality. We believe that it is critical to store dry goods properly and these canisters are air-tight to an extreme. Some people actually complained that the lids were so tight that they could not remove them easily. But consider the value of having dry goods that remain fresh for a longer time – not to mention the money you can save by buying supplies in bulk and the convenience of always having a ready supply. Besides, we have to admit that part of the benefit is that they are simply pretty.
Another example of “pretty” is Rachael Ray’s Casseroval and, like the All-Clad Canister Set, this product is also very functional. They are safe in the dishwasher, freezer, microwave, and oven. One can save on serving dishes, simply by using the Casseroval. Moreover, the glazed finish makes it very easy to clean-up afterwards. Speaking from personal experience, we simply love the Casseroval and we have used it frequently.
Basic Kitchen Equipment List
The basic kitchen equipment list just keeps growing. Once upon a time, it would have included just the standard mixer, toaster, blender, and maybe a slow cooker, but now it would include an indoor grill, a smoothie maker, and more. But all of these small kitchen appliances afford convenience and with our sometimes hectic lifestyle, it is important to be able to do healthy things easily.
The CucinaPro Stainless Steel Electric Skillet allows you to prepare food with a minimum of cooking oil. This skillet is beautiful and very easy to clean after use. It has the same advantage as regular “non-stick” cooking pans, but you do not have to worry about scratching the surface and eventually having to replace it. This is one non-stick surface that will never wear off! The CucinaPro has a built-in thermometer to help you cook food to perfection. The glass top makes it easy to observe the cooking process.
Another way to avoid excess fat in our diet is by grilling and the George Foreman indoor grill is superb. Better yet, it is not just a grill – the Next Grilleration can be used for a variety of tasks. No need to buy a griddle to make waffles or to fry eggs, just buy a George Foreman indoor grill. Such versatility has made it a very popular item that has been highly-rated by users.
Another versatile item is the Presto Pizzaz Pizza Oven. Quick – it will convert a frozen pizza to a hot meal in 15 minutes! It can also be used to warm-up chicken tenders, bake brownies and to do a variety of other tasks. The Pizza Oven is very popular for entertaining. Oftentimes, guests will be so impressed that they will want to buy one too.
A great way to save money and have a healthier diet is the SoyaPower Plus soy milk maker. The SoyaPower Plus will make almost any kind of health drink – soy milk, almond milk, rice milk. You can also use it to make soups and broths. It is a bit more expensive than other milk makers, but users say that it is well worth the price.
Cool Kitchen Gadgets – Great Kitchen Gifts
Cool Kitchen Gadgets – Great Kitchen Gifts is the “go to” area for really neat, inexpensive gifts. Most of these items are priced at $15 or less and all are highly recommended by customers. Unique, these kitchen gadgets are not only fun, but also very functional. Use the Progressive Scoop Cutter to speed-up slicing and dicing veggies. Make an egg and muffin in a minute. (You have to toast the muffin separately.) Find your measuring spoons and vegetable peelers quickly, because they are magnetic.
Or, get a Pizza Scissors to go with your Pizza Oven. The Pizza Scissors not only cuts pizza – it saves wear and tear on the surface of whatever you use to bake pizza. Easy to disassemble, when finished, you just put the scissors in the dishwasher.
Another great way of saving money is the Vacu Vin Wine Saver. Keep unused wine fresh. Perhaps, the most popular kitchen gadget is the Bagel Biter. Keep your fingers safe! Over one million Bagel Biters have been sold!
Of course, cookbooks make great gifts. You will probably want to buy one for yourself. Imagine – “A Man, A Plan, and a Can” – don’t you know someone who needs that book? Or, for diet-conscious people, consider the book from the editors of Cooking Light magazine. Or, for saving time, the ever-present and always-wonderful books from Rachael Ray. Adorable! Finally, everyone should have a copy of the classic guide to quickly (and easily) preparing gourmet food, The New York Times 60-Minute Gourmet by the late Pierre Franey. One of our all-time favorite cookbooks – a great way to prepare great food without much effort – this book is a real treasure!
Kitchen Items for Coffee Lovers
Kitchen Items for Coffee Lovers is exactly that – a post where you can find those kitchen things of particular interest to coffee lovers. However, one kitchen essential that everyone needs is a Braun Electric Kettle. Whether you prefer coffee or tea, an electric kettle is a fast way to have hot water. Moreover, for instant soup, ramen noodles, hot cereal, or for simply making a sauce of gravy, it is very convenient to have an instant supply of very hot water. The Braun Electric Kettle will be a stylish addition to your kitchen countertop.
For a coffee lover, the quest for a better coffee is all about freshness. Fresh-roasted coffee is better than coffee that was roasted weeks before and has been on a supermarket shelf ever since. Likewise, coffee that has been freshly-ground is much better than coffee that was purchased already ground. And finally, the best and cheapest way to prepare great coffee in your home is with a French Press coffee maker. Visit this post and learn more about the Behmor home coffee roaster, the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, and the Frieling Stainless Steel French Press.
Cooking Tools – Other Kitchen Stuff
A list of Cooking Tools – Other Kitchen Stuff is the focus of this post. The Chef’s Choice AngleSelect Knife Sharpener will keep all of your kitchen knives in good working order. Most importantly, this gadget sharpens knives at exactly the right angle – a feature that is vitally important to maintaining sharpness without undue wear on the knife.
Do you want a jazzy collection of mixing and serving bowls? Zak! Design Confetti bowls are simply dazzling. What fun! And of course they are very functional as well.
Great value is how we would characterize the rest of the list of cooking tools. No kitchen can function without tongs, shears, corkscrew, a zester/grater, and an ordinary, but very useful casserole dish. The Nonstick Multi-Pot is great for cooking pasta or for steaming veggies. Do you have a ricer? The RSVP International Endurance Jumbo Potato ricer will make mashing potatoes easy. Some users even mash the potatoes with the skins still on! This potato ricer is made for heavy duty use and will serve you well for many years. It can be used to puree almost anything – sweet potatoes, for example. And do you have a grease separator? The Amway Swing-a-Way Easy Release Grease Separator will keep the grease out of sauces and gravies. Users say that it is the best grease separator ever.
Whether you consider yourself a chef or just a good cook, a good collection of cooking tools is a must. This list, as well as the other lists will be continually revised and expanded. We hope that you enjoy browsing through the different lists – the list of kitchen essentials, the basic kitchen equipment list, the list of cool kitchen gadgets, coffee items, and cooking tools.
Watch the videos and you will see how we evaluate kitchen things. And don’t forget that each item is highly rated by users and that we are constantly looking for the best price among the various retailers. Check out the best selling items listed at the bottom of each post.
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