Tuesday, February 22, 2011

5 Favorite Kitchen Things!

The hubs and I really enjoy cooking (and the occasional baking) together.  It's a chance to bond at the end of a long day and we've discovered a lot of great recipes over the years.  We've also discovered some great gadgets and helpful items around the kitchen that have helped us along the way. 


The food chopper is a must-have in the kitchen!  Hubby's parents swear by this tool, and now so do we!  We primarily use the chopper for garlic...it's a huge time saver and since we use garlic in everything most of our meals, this thing comes in handy all the time!  It can also be used for veggies, nuts, chocolate...the list goes on!

 via Macy's

Gone are the days of waiting for that high-pitched whistle to blow, signifying boiling water!  The electric kettle is a dream...boiling water in in just moments!  I use this kettle every morning for my tea...but don't let that limit you.  I also love that this is not hot to the touch on the outside...like the traditional kettle (and stove!) would be.


via Amazon

I could literally write a whole post on wine gadgets (idea!) but this is the best of them all.  The Metrokane "Vertical Rabbit" is the BEST wine opener I know of.  There are no tricks, no batteries needed, or multiple parts...this baby has one lever and it's literally as easy as 1-2-3.  Anyone can use it and it makes opening a bottle of wine a cinch...which could be dangerous after a bottle or two...


It goes without saying that the KitchenAid Mixer is the creme de la creme of all things kitchen, and I have the Professional 600 Series, pictured above.  However, are you aware of all the glorious colors this now comes in???  There are over 25 colors to choose from...some of my favorites are:

tangerine
yellow pepper
green apple
ice 
boysenberry

To see all the colors, go here.

   via Target

No, this is not a joke!!!  The  'Ove' Glove is amaaaaazing!!!  It is {obviously} great for the oven...heat resistant and you can grip all those tricky pans and trays while they're in the oven.  It is also known to open jars, manhandle the BBQ, change out light bulbs (we haven't actually done this, but we might!)...who knows the possibilities!  And having the fingers actually does make the difference...no more worries about those over-sized mitts falling off.  

There are TONS of other kitchen appliances and tools that we love, but these definitely top our list!  Oh and one last thing I must share with you:


This is my new water bottle--the Natural Glass Water Bottle by Starbucks!  I've been reading more and more about the bad effects of plastic and since I drink water at my desk all day long, I thought it was time for a change.  This bottle is glass, but has a protective silicone sleeve around it, so it won't break.  Also dishwasher safe--love!  I feel like I drink more water all day long now too!  :)

So tell me...do you have any of these kitchen gadgets?  What am I missing that I need to know about now?  Hopefully I've shared some new things for all of you to check out!

xo natasha

17 comments:

  1. Your post got me really excited. I drink tea every day and still use an old fashioned kettle. I need to get an electric one and then the ove glove sounds AMAZING!! where did you get it??

    www.pearlsandgreentea.com

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  2. LOVE that electric kettle! I use my chopper and wine opener all the time too.

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  3. i did a similar post the other week! i love seeing what people utilize the most in their kitchen. i agree that my kitchen aid is a MUST!

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  4. Love kitchenaids! Mine is my best friend. I make whip cream, mashed potatoes, cake, brownies....everything in it!! (:

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  5. I have to try that wine opener....we're in the market for a new one (ours apparently has been over-used). Love these things you've listed....I especially adore my Kitchenaid mixer!

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  6. Love this post ... Hubs is always complaining about the insane amount of kitchen gadgets that I have (yes, I'm the ONLY one who cooks!!) But I just really need them all! :)

    My Kitchenaid is my VERY BEST FRIEND! I love it ... Except I'd LOVE to have one of those fun colors!

    Lauren @ tickled.

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  7. Great post! I could definitely use a chopper, I use a garlic press for garlic (which we also use in everything) and it can get annoying... I have a similar wine opener too from Crate and Barrel, its the easiest best opener ever... I'll cry when it breaks.

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  8. I desperately need that chopper! And the mixer! I made cupcakes AND a cake WITHOUT a mixer this weekend..what a pain in the you know what! The Ove Glove looks pretty cool, too!

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  9. i looove our chopper too! and the bf is pretty obsessed with his cermaic knives. lovely post! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

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  10. Natasha that water bottle is SO cool! I want one. I'll check Starbucks next time I'm there.

    One thing I can't live without is a food processor. Seriously. I have no idea how I cooked and baked before I had one.

    Laura

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  11. I'm so flattered you like my color block idea! :)
    Thank you for stopping by!

    ~SW
    P.S. My favorite kitchen gadget is a salad dressing measurer and mixer from Williams-Sonoma

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  12. Such great favs! Just found your blog and I can't stop reading. You've got such great great style! Hope your having a great week!

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  13. Laura-LOVE the food processor...we have a big and a mini one! Great tool!

    Sarah-Thanks so much for stopping by! I need to look into the measurer and mixer!

    Emily Ann-Thanks so much for the sweet compliment! I can't wait to check out your blog! :)

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  14. I need that water bottle!! I'll be on the lookout. Your blog is lovely!

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  15. Does that water bottle have a hinged flip lid? It's hard to find ones that you don't have to use two hands to unscrew.

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  16. Hi Beth--yes, this bottle has a hinged flip lid...it's great! Highly recommend it! :)

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  17. It really look stylish, and that model is simply excellent!
    Kitchen Equipment

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