Have you ever thought about how much time you spend in the kitchen? Does it seem like one meal is hardly over before you have to start in on the next one?
This list of tools will help streamline your time in the kitchen. Less time cooking = more time for fun stuff! Win for everyone!
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My top 10 time-saving tools for the kitchen
1. Stand mixer
Best investment ever! Sure a KitchenAid mixer is pricey, but it will last forever. It’s like an extra set of hands if you do any baking at all. I have used this KitchenAid mixer for many years.
2. Immersion blender
No need to get the regular blender dirty – I love mine (I use this one) for blended soups and single-serve smoothies. It cleans up easily and tucks away neatly.
3. Mini Scraper
This little tool is surprisingly good at scrubbing stubborn food off of pots and pans.
A must-have appliance! Dump in your ingredients and you’ve made dinner in 5 minutes. See a bunch of crockpot recipes here.
5. A reliable timer
Maybe the most important kitchen tool ever! Train yourself to set the timer for whatever’s cooking even if you don’t intend to leave the kitchen. I set it to remind myself to turn down the stove so pots don’t boil over, for baked goods, for hard-boiled eggs. If you are like me, you will get distracted and forget!
6. Probe themometer
7. Coffee maker with a timer
Do you notice a theme with timers? Prep your coffee the night before and you can tiptoe into the kitchen and pour your coffee – nice!
8. Apple peeler
A little bit gadget-y, but my apple peeler is super efficient. What is it about an old-fashioned apple peeler that is so exciting to kids? My kids always beg for the chance to use it!
9. Food processor
Besides my mixer, this workhorse is used daily – shredding cheese, making hummus, chopping onions, zucchini, grinding nuts – it all takes seconds. If you plan carefully, you might not even have to wash it in between foods – do the cheese before the onions and no one will mind.
Seriously – I use my iPad in the kitchen constantly. I only keep about 2 cookbooks – the rest of my recipes are on Pinterest. My iPad plays podcasts while I cook. I use it to call my sister in England via Hangouts. It plays Barney songs for my 3 year old (but only in small doses). It’s instantly available if someone needs to know how nuclear weapons work or whether a snake is poisonous (2 actual questions at my house last week!)
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen like me, you won’t regret assembling a collection of time-saving kitchen tools. A little time saved here and there really adds up.