You know, sometimes the smallest things go unnoticed. Today is not that day here.
While it’s easy to sing praises of KitchenAid mixers, great cookware, and food processors as the heavy-duty sidekicks in the kitchen, there are other small, simple items that make my time there every day a lot better. 🙂
Really though, I wish I could just buy these 5 random things for every new grad, newlywed, or new homeowner. The problem is that they don’t go very well together. Another problem is that they might not be on a registry- which, by the way, please don’t be that person…
Regardless, here are my favorite 5 kitchen items that deserve some recognition.
Zyliss Serrated Knife*
I got this knife circa 2011, and I use it every day (probably for foods that you’re not supposed to cut with a serrated knife, but whatever). It is tried and true. Plus, you can get it in a value pack*!
Come on, they’re like $4. Thankfully I grew up in a home with these Pampered Chef versions*, so I never knew dishes without these little genies. I always have one on deck and one as a back-up. It makes cleaning baked-on (read: burnt) food SO much easier, although I won’t judge you if you’re someone that says “I’ll just let it soak” when you actually mean you’re avoiding it. 🙂
USA Baking Sheets*
I always, always burn cookies… then I got these pans. While I certainly haven’t been 100% cured, these sheets are a game-changer. They are so easy to clean, and food rarely gets stuck. I actually added an extra one on my Christmas list. At $20, it’s more expensive than the other items but totally worth it!
Salad Dressing Mixer Bottle*
What a genius idea! I tried for months to start making my own dressing- you know, health and all- but inevitably broke down and picked up some Ranch or Thousand Island from the store instead (guilty pleasure). UNTIL my mom gave me this bottle for Christmas. The recipes are so simple, and you don’t have to dirty any other dishes- which, when oil is involved, is a major win. 5 stars!
I really hate rinsing/washing produce for some reason, and especially if I have to use a normal-sized colander to rinse off something like a handful of berries. The cuteness of this tiny colander helps me. It looks like they don’t offer it in orange anymore, but there are lots of similar items if you’re not digging the green one available here.
There you have it. That’s my line-up. What are your kitchen underdogs? What would you add to a registry or ask for graduation/housewarming? I’d love to know!