Items You Don’t Realize You Actually Need!

When it comes to a kitchen remodel you might just be updating or adding new design aspects to your kitchen. This is awesome! But, ya know what else is awesome? Having all those little gadgets you could never have before because you didn’t have the space for them! I know for me I added quite a bit of small appliances and gadgets to my kitchens once they were remodeled. So I decided to make a little list of things I bought along the way that are really useful and fun!

KitchenAid Mixer

I think most people that cook want one of these. I did as well! That’s why I purchased 1 for each kitchen. There are a few reasons I wanted one of these. First off, they come in MANY different colors. Something like 56 different color options so you can choose the one that goes with your kitchen. Second off its KitchenAid – this is a company that is known for making quality and functional kitchen products. Its a name you can trust in. Lastly, the KitchenAid mixer does all sorts of things. Its not just a “mixer.” Here are a few things you can do with a KitchenAid Mixer:

Juicer: There is a juice attachment that can be purchased. The juicer can be used for fresh squeezed juice like orange juice or lemonade or if you plan on needing some for a specific recipe.

Pasta: There is also an attachment for rolling and cutting pasta. This is a BIG reason I wanted a KitchenAid for my kitchen! It can do sheets for things like ravioli, but it can also cut the past into different types; spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair and more.

Ice Cream: Yes, the KitchenAid also has an ice cream maker attachment!

Food Grinder and Sausage Stuffer: Now this is really cool. The food grinder can be used for any foods you want to grind up, the sausage stuffer has a little tube that comes off off the grinder where you would place your casing and where the meat comes out. You can use any meat or casing you want. Chicken sausages? Yes! Italian pork sausage? Sure, can! Other options; hot dogs, summer sausage, chorizo, Andouille and more. Its definitely worth it for this attachment alone!

Mortar and Pestle

I have always wanted one of these. They are really great for grinding up ingredients into a paste or powder. Some ideas are; garlic, salt, basil for Pesto. Cilantro, salt, garlic and lime for guacamole. Herbs for gazpacho. Steamed rice for mochi. Etc. This is a tool that can become quite useful in your kitchen depending on what type of cooking or prep you do. For instance, I make a lot of guacamole, pesto for pasta, hummus, etc so this is something that is quite useful for me. When buying a mortar and pestle, make sure that you purchase one that is made from a hard material, that it has a sort of roughness to it and that it has a wider and deeper shape to it. Granite, for example, is a really good material because its super strong! The texture will matter because if its too smooth the ingredients will be harder to mash down. Marble for instance tends to be super smooth; you want some friction for your mortar. The deep round shape of the mortar will also help you keep your ingredients in the “bowl” and keep them from spilling out. Here are a few I really like and the one I actually have.

Maxam 8″ Granite Molcajete Mortar and Pestle

Vasconia 4-Cup Granite Molcajete Mortar and Pestle

Jamie Oliver – Mortar and Pestle, Unpolished Granite, 6 Inch (this is the one I have!)

Food Scales

If you think a food scale is a waste of money, think again! When baking, for instance, measuring out your ingredients is incredibly important and sometimes using measuring cups just isn’t good enough for things like cocoa powder, sugar or flour. If you want to be really exact, whether you are baking or just cooking, a food scale is the product for you. A food scale can also evenly divide batter and other food items. You have quite a few different food scales available to you, but I really love the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale. This is the one I use in my own kitchen – its rather attractive looking, small enough to not take up a lot of space, and incredibly accurate! I like this one too because it comes in different colors – though I chose the silver and black because I like silver and black! Other colors include; green, red, silver/silver, black/black, teal blue and of course white. One of the biggest reasons I decided to look into this one specifically was because Jamie Oliver was talking about different brands of scales in one of his articles and this was one of the brands! The other reason was because it had over 10,000 reviews at the time (now almost 12,000!) and a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Needless to say its very popular and for good reason!

 

Garlic Press

When I first purchased my garlic press I felt like a total cheat. I mean, I am a person that has been peeling and mincing garlic with a knife for…ever. I never thought that I would want anything else. But, I was over someone’s house and they were cooking and they needed garlic minced and they brought out this little gadget. I was a little offended at first haha. How dare they! But, after seeing how easy it made mincing garlic up, I was sort of a little jealous. Why didn’t I have one of these? They are easy to use, easy to clean, and you can even keep the outer shell on and it de-shells it. What the heck!?! Needless to say, I went out and bought one. I will say this: It doesn’t really matter the brand or the type, or even the price. What matters is the material its made out of. It needs to have grips on the handles so it won’t slip out of your hand. It also needs to have a polished material so you can clean it easily and put it in the dishwasher. Personally, I really like stainless steel. They tend to be heavy-duty, easy to clean and attractive looking. BTW! These aren’t just for garlic. I have also used these pressers for other things like onions, horseradish root, ginger etc. Anything that is sort of pithy can be used.

Here are a few to consider as well as the one I use in my own kitchen.

OXO Steel Garlic Press – This is the one I have and I love! Its made from zinc and stainless steel, it has a pretty large chamber – I can usually fit 2-3 cloves of garlic into it, and it has a non-slip grip. Don’t avoid it just because its OXO, I actually have a few gadgets that are OXO and they are really good products you can count on. Plus, OXO makes like… everything!

KT.KitchenTools Premium Garlic Press

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set

 

 

 

 

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