Whether you’re just learning your way around the kitchen or a “well-seasoned” chef (no pun intended!), there are certain culinary tools that are essential for completing basic recipes. It can be a bit intimidating to learn how to cook and bake, but you only need a select few items to conquer most of the recipes you encounter. In The Fitchen, there are several pieces of equipment that we simply couldn’t function without — our “top 5 Fitchen must-haves.” These gadgets and accessories will blend, chop, scrape, mix, and bake almost any recipe on the blog (or any other food blog, for that matter). Here is a quick rundown of what we find to be the most useful and helpful kitchen tools, complete with action shots of each essential. Most of these items can be picked up at your local kitchen supply store, ordered from Crate & Barrel, or found at a department store on the cheap. The kitchen is calling your name. What are you waiting for?
From chopping nuts, to creating tart crust, to making pesto, a good food processor is one of the most valuable kitchen tools. If you can’t stomach the Blendtec’s price tag just yet, a quality food processor will suffice for most of the important kitchen duties. We started out with this one, which has served our needs until now. It’s starting to wear out due to lots and lots of use so we’ll probably have to upgrade soon!
We chose the Blendtec because it came with a 7-year warranty, the company offers great customer service, and the entire blender is BPA-free. We make at least a smoothie or juice per day using our Blendtec with ingredients like ginger, frozen berries, ice, and kale, and she’s still going strong. We also use it to make flour from oats, brown rice, garbanzo beans, millet, etc. In a pinch, we’ve even made powdered sugar from granulated cane using the Blendtec. As if all of that weren’t enough, it makes perfect ice cream and one mean soup. It’s well worth the investment. [You can find it on Amazon for slightly cheaper. The link takes you to the correct blender with the 7-year warranty.]
If we had a dollar for every time we used our rubber spatulas, we’d definitely be able to afford a dehydrator by now! They are handy for scraping every last drop of liquid from a bowl, or stirring something over the stove, or pushing ingredients back down into the blades of your blender or food processor.
Glass Mixing Bowls
Our set is from Amazon and it is still available. It’s quite reasonably priced and well worth the money. Their set has every size of bowl you will ever need, and then some. As a bonus, they’re also classy enough to double as serving bowls.
Cookies, red peppers, veggie burgers, mushrooms, sweet potato fries, chicken – you name it – baking sheets can handle it. A quality baking pan ranges in price from $20-50 and will hold up for years of cooking. Our pan is, again, from Crate & Barrel. No complaints here! They sell a fantastic 6-piece baking set for $39.95. Amazon also sells a great set for $29.95.