Well…I’m back with the 2nd edition of My Favorite Things and this time I’m concentrating on kitchen tools. My previous post was so well received by everyone and all of you said I should do this occasionally. We all agree that it shouldn’t be too often so I’m aiming for every couple of months.
Kitchen tools are, appropriately, one of my favorite things to buy or receive as a gift. I think they are so fun and when I find something good I feel like I hit the jackpot! I own and recommend almost all of the items listed below. Take a look and I’ll see you at the end.
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Seriously…I don’t think you can ever have too many spatulas. My family usually stuffs my Christmas stocking with at least two or three every year. Le Creuset is my favorite because of the wood handle.
A few years ago I switched from a metal whisk to a nylon whisk and it’s the best. No scraping your pans or rust spots!
OSP Owned and Approved: OXO Good Grips Nylon Balloon Whisk
3. Measuring Cups
Measuring cups are a must-have for any baker and investing in a heavy, stainless steel set is a smart move. They will last a lifetime and when your baking days are over, you can hand them down to the next generation of bakers in your family.
OSP Owned and Approved: All-Clad Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
4. Measuring Spoons
Same thing for spoons!
OSP Owned and Approved: All-Clad Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons 4 piece set
5. Rolling Pin
There are truly a million different kinds of rolling pins these days. I see all the new types and am tempted to try one…but in the end I never do. I have my grandmother’s rolling pin and it is such a treasure. It spins like a top and has the most wonderful patina. I know she is watching me whenever I use it…and that is the best thing of all.
Related: Fresh Peach Pie Recipe
I could write an entire post on Pyrex! For now though these are my essential pieces that I could not live without.
7. Cooling Racks
My cooling racks are old, a little bent and really not big enough…but I use them anyway. Along with the rolling pin, they came out of my grandmother’s kitchen and I think of her every time I set something on them to cool.
I don’t know what to say about these scoops except that they are marvelous. Amazingly marvelous actually!
OSP Owned and Approved: OXO Cookie Scoops (I own the Large and the Small.)
9. Baking Pans
I really cannot gush enough about these baking pans. They are Goldtouch and can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma. They have literally taken my baking to the next level. They bake everything so evenly that there is no guess-work involved at all. I use Baker’s Joy to prepare them for cakes and breads…and NOTHING STICKS. Of all the pans pictured below, I have purchased just one myself. I bought the bundt pan in a moment of weakness. The rest of the pans have been gifts from my family for Christmas and my birthday. If you want to just try one I would recommend the sheet pans. My chocolate chip cookies were always good but when I got these pans they dramatically improved. Just ask my family!
OSP Owned and Approved:
10. Stand Mixer
My Kitchenaid stand mixer is about 25 years old. It’s black and has three attachments. It runs just like the day I pulled it out of the box and it will most likely be running until the day I die. Over the years I have thought about replacing it with one of the fun, new colors that are available now. Like the rolling pin and cooling racks, I just can’t bring myself to do it.
OSP Owned and Approved: Kitchenaid Ultra Power 4.5 qt. Stand Mixer with 3 Attachments
11. Mini Food Processor
This little thing is so handy for so many things. Grating cheese, making fresh bread crumbs, crushing nuts and grating vegetables. (Like zucchini for Zucchini Bread.) It’s a very decent price and something I highly recommend.
Related: How to Freeze Zucchini
OSP Owned and Approved: Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor
12. Funnel Set
These funnels are wonderful and can be used for so many things. I recently purchased them to make Vanilla Extract but have used them several times since. Not sure what I did without them!
OSP Owned and Approved: Norpro Stainless Steel Funnel Set
Related: How to Make Vanilla Extract
Now…lest you think that I have a shiny new kitchen with all the newest gadgets, here are a few more of my favorite things.
My grandmother’s cracked salt dish, an old ice cream scoop, measuring spoons that were tied on a gift at my bridal shower. A rusty old grater and strainer along with a cutting board that was a gift from my sister-in-law when my mom died. It’s engraved with a recipe for Red Soup written in my Mom’s handwriting. These are the hidden treasures that all of us have…along with the new gadgets that make our lives easier.
I hope you found something that made you smile…or something to put on your birthday wish list. Christmas is a ways away but just pin this post so you can find it later. (The challenge there is remembering that you pinned it. Ha!) Let me know if you have any questions…thanks for stopping by.