I live in an apartment with a small kitchen and not a lot of storage space, and while I like to cook, I usually don’t have a ton of time to spend on it, especially on weeknights. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite (affordable) kitchen tools–the ones that totally deserve the space they take up, and the ones that make my life a lot easier (and healthier).
1. Julienne peeler
I have and love this one, and it was about the best $15 I’ve ever spent. I use it all the time to peel zucchini into thin strips for a quick, grain-free “noodle” option. I’ve also used it to prep sweet potatoes for hash browns with great success.
2. Immersion blender
I am all but obsessed with my immersion blender. I whip it out constantly for soups, sauces, and even smoothies in one misguided fit of desperation. Mine is this cute teal one, and it’s been a dream (though if I had to redo it, I think I’d go chrome. My very favorite thing to use it for is homemade mayo (free of icky rancid oils and sad eggs), I particularly love this recipe. I first started making homemade mayonnaise in my food processor, and it used to take about 20 minutes of dripping oil into the whirring egg yolks. With the immersion blender, it comes together in just a couple of minutes. A word of warning– if you tend toward spazziness like I do, watch those fingers. You might end up with mayo all over your ceiling and on your way to Urgent Care. Not that I’m speaking from experience…
Words cannot express how much I love this thing. Some of my favorite meals are easily made in the slow cooker, and you really can’t beat having dinner already cooked when you get home from work. I really rely on it during hectic weeks! Here are a few slow cooker recipes I’ve tried and loved:
Mini turkey meatballs from How Sweet Eats
Barbacoa from PaleOMG
Chicken Enchilada Stew from PaleOMG
Slow Cooker Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo
I’m hosting friends for dinner this weekend and planning on using my crockpot to turn a gorgeous pastured pork shoulder into some yummy carnitas for a taco bar.
4. Stainless steel spatula
I couldn’t find the one I’ve got online, but this one looks great. My metal spatula has been indispensable when it comes to cooking with cast-iron, and made things so much easier. My floppy plastic and silicone spatulas cannot hold up to things like burgers, bone-in chicken breasts, and steaks, and I love how it naturally scrapes my cast-iron while I use it.
So, this sort of turned into the stainless steel edition of kitchen favorites, so next time I’ll include my slightly less sleek-looking picks.