Christmas is drawing near, and with it many of us are writing our wish and gift lists. To aid you in your list writing endeavors, I thought I would share some of the items in my own kitchen that I recommend and use. (And also what’s on my own wish list!)
There are so many wonderful, time saving kitchen tools and I am excited to share some of my favorite ones with you. (I may add to this list as time goes on).
But before I get to the real kitchen tools, I have to make one favorite Christmas music recommendation.
When I was growing up, I had a very well listened to cassette tape of Bing Crosby’s, White Christmas I listened to that poor little tape over and over again, and it absolutely could not be Christmas time without it!
So when I got married my husband, knowing my great love for Bing Crosby’s Christmas music, bought me all the Bing Crosby Christmas CD’s that he could find. These CD’s are now getting very well used! As I write this my two year old is singing “Silver Bells”, which tickles me since that was one of my childhood favorites.
And if you were to ask me, there is nothing as perfect as listening to him croon out Christmas carols, White Christmas and other Christmas classics while making Christmas treats in the kitchen. But I’m a little biased…
On to the real kitchen tools!
The first kitchen tool I recommend is a salad spinner. I unfortunately broke my old one a few months ago (I should say Elena did, because she pushed it off the table). I found that our salad consumption went way down when I didn’t have a salad spinner! This little tool really helps me get a salad on the table in no time. When we bought a new one, we got the above salad spinner and it’s our favorite, for sure. It takes very little effort to spin, and is an effective dryer. This spinner doesn’t contain drainers in the bottom, so it does sometimes need to be emptied, but I find it an advantage because I fill the bowl up to soak especially dirty leaves. Definitely one of those tools I don’t like living without!
Bosch mixers are not cheap, but they last forever. These hefty mixers can handle dough for six loaves of bread at at time, making homemade bread an easy project! There’s nothing wrong with hand kneading your dough, but bosch mixers will save you time and energy (both of which are worth much to most of us!). Besides which, if this saves you from having to buy bread, it could pay for itself with time. The above is the version I own, but there is also a compact version(400W Compact Kitchen Machine), that looks great as well. You can buy many attachments for a bosch, such as a blender, a grinder, and a food processor.
Owning an ice cream maker allows you to quickly make nourishing, scrumptious desserts fit for a king! My in-laws gave us ours a few years ago for Christmas and we have enjoyed it ever since. (And yes, we even make ice cream during the winter!). We own the Cuisinart ice cream maker and love it. This type of ice cream maker doesn’t need rock salt and ice, so it’s a cinch to make. (And just think of how much money you will save making your own ice cream!).
Our favorite homemade ice cream? Chocolate, Coconut Milk Ice Cream
I wrote a review about the Kitchen Aid immersion blender, which I adore! Because I make so many blended soups, this has been such a time saver! It’s also great for making hot chocolate, protein drinks, and baby food. There really are a lot of uses for it in the kitchen. It’s easy to store, and not too expensive either.
I have been borrowing an American Harvest dehydrator from my mother. It was bought a long time ago and has lasted wonderfully. I find it easy to use, with the added bonus of it drying evenly. I use it for drying soaked nuts, fruits, and sprouted grains. My only problem with it, is that it is made with plastic. I would much prefer not to have the plastic, so on my wish list is this stainless steel dehydrator. (Maybe after Joel gets out of school, I can get one. 🙂 )
So there are a few favorite kitchen tool ideas for wish lists and gift ideas. I would love to hear your suggestions as well. What kitchen tools do you have on your wish list this year? (And your Christmas music recommendations are welcome as well!).