Here are mine (at the moment):
- Hand Blender – I love my immersion blender so much. I use it for everything. I rarely have to put it back on the shelf because I’m always grabbing it from the clean dish rack (or finding it next to the sink since it was just used).
- Silicone Spatulas – I really hate it when food gets wasted because I couldn’t clean out the bowl/blender/pan/dish well enough. Enter silicone spatulas. Also handy for scraping dishes clean before putting them in the dishwasher (no need to waste water to pre-rinse, and the scraped food goes to the chickens).
- Wide Mouth Funnel – Got it for canning, but now that I’m obsessed with mason jars and use them to store everything, this funnel is so stinkin’ handy. No narrow mouth for things to get stuck in.
- Tea Pot – I use this thing so much that I really want to get a stainless steel electric kettle, which would cut down on time (electric kettles are faster) and electricity use (our stove is electric, and an electric kettle would use less).
- Wooden/Bamboo Spatulas – (I’ve linked to some at Amazon* to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, but I recommend you seek out a local source for wooden spoons. I see them at farmer’s market’s all the time, and they’re so beautiful and affordable. It’s a great way to put money back in your local economy and avoid buying something shipped from overseas that can be easily sourced locally for most people.) I love how I can be brutal with these and my stainless steel pans come through unscathed. I can scrape and saute and stir to my heart’s content, prevent burning on the bottom, and no scratches. Also great for mixing wet bread doughs, as I don’t have a Danish dough whisk yet.
Okay, it was really hard for me to pick just five. I edited a few times and kept changing my mind. (Maybe I should’ve expanded to ten?) So, what about you? What are your top five most used kitchen tools right now?
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