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My Kitchen Essentials

We’ve been on a kitchen kick this week. While we are in the cleaning process, I thought I would post some of my favorite kitchen essentials. I like kitchen gadgets that are easy to clean and easy to store because I have a small house. I am not a gourmet chef, but I do love to cook.

Certainly I have more than twelve kitchen items, but if I had to choose my top twelve, it would be these:

seriously 1) Knives. I need only three. A large chopping knife, small paring knife, and a serrated bread knife.

Gushikawa 2) Colanders. I use colanders constantly for veggies, pasta, and salads. I have at least 5 at anytime, ranging from small to large.

meetly 3) Steamer. I don’t own a microwave, and I hate soggy veggies.  I have this metal steamer and I love it!

4) Microplane. For everything. Nothing better than a microplane for adding that final boost of flavor!

5) Immersion blender. I’ve talked about how much I love my Cuisinart Immersion Blender before. It’s an essential for healthy winter veggie soups.

6) Dutch Oven. I cook almost everything in my Dutch Oven. Get two if you have room!!

7) Vitamix. This is the best for Smoothies!

8) Shallow glass baking dish. I got one as a wedding gift 28 years ago, it’s still my go to for baking chicken breasts, enchiladas, and root vegetables. 9X13 is a great size! It’s perfect for when you need to make shredded chicken, like for this Roasted Beets & Sweet Potato Chicken Salad Recipe from Thyme & Temp.

9) Flat Whisk. Throw the rest out. This is the best!

10) A good pair of kitchen tongs. Tongs are great for serving salad and turning meat.

11) Saucepan. I need just two. Large and small.

12) A good wooden cutting board. Boos cutting boards is my favorite!

Keep reading for some other fabulous kitchen essential lists and my favorite cookbooks!

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If you have the luxury of a big kitchen with a lot of storage, Ina Garten put together a list of her kitchen must-haves for House Beautiful that I would recommend checking out. If you are just starting out and wanting to stock your kitchen for under $300, Kitchn put together a wonderful guide. For a quick checklist of cooking essentials, this Real Simple article is perfect.

These are the cookbooks I am currently enjoying:

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I want to know what your kitchen essentials are! Comment below or on Instagram to share what you can’t cook without.

Happy cooking!



*Top image is Kaitie Moyer‘s, Salad image is from Thyme & Temp, other kitchen images were found on Pinterest.


  • Reply
    February 11, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hello! So happy to find you via The Office of Angela Scott! You are both my inspiration. Thank you!!! Would you mind sharing which Vitamix you like? I could not use the link and the number of models to choose from is staggering. Warmly, Maryellen

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      Atlantis Home
      February 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

      That’s so true! I bought a re-built model from the Vitamix website, it has the same warranty and works like a dream! Thank you so much for following! Xoxo, Judy

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    February 11, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I agree so much with your list! Over the years I have paired down to the essentials, buying better quality but less.

    For me, I would have to add a food processor and a dehydrator to this list. I make a lot of Vegan energy/protein balls, flax crackers, and sweet potato chips. Between those two gadgets and my Vitamix, my family is set! They’re kind of bulky when it comes to storage but totally worth it!

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      Atlantis Home
      February 15, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Thanks so much for the input! Quality of quantity in the kitchen is a must. I do love my vitamix. Xoxo, Judy

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