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Cooking dinner for my family every night is a huge job. I'm always looking for ways to simplify that task. I've recently acquired a few new kitchen gadgets and it's made me evaluate which tools are must-haves for me. There are certain kitchen tools I did without for a long time that I could never live without again! Now that I know how life changing they are, of course I have to share my list with you.
1. Food Processor. I always thought they were unnecessary, until my sister gave me one for Christmas. Now I can grate cheese in two seconds flat. It's amazing. I have the Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap 10 Cup Food Processor. All of the pieces can be thrown in the dishwasher (the most important feature), it works great and it has a large feed area so I don't have to cut bulky foods down very much.
2. Electric Griddle. We love breakfast for dinner. Do you know how long it takes to make pancakes if you can only cook them one at a time? Ain't nobody got time for that! Now we make 8 pancakes at once, 8 fried eggs at once, 8 pieces of french toast at once, etc. It is such a huge time saver! I have this Presto griddle and it works great!
3. Food Strainer. Now, this is not a tool I use every day. In fact, I pretty much only use it once a year. But when I do use it, I am so grateful I have it I want to shout from the rooftops! It makes canning homemade applesauce so much easier! Instead of peeling, coring and slicing each apple, you only have to quarter them. Run cooked apples through this machine and it gets rid of the seeds, the core and the skin for you! For real! It is amazing! I have the Victorio Strainer and it is worth every penny. This year my mother-in-law used it to make homemade tomato soup. She didn't have to peel or de-seed. So much faster!
4. Silicone Basting Brush. I stopped buying cooking sprays like Pam several years ago and I've never looked back. Instead, I keep vegetable or olive oil in a spray bottle, spray it on my pans, then use my silicone brush to make sure everything is evenly coated. I also use it to rub sauce on meat and add melted butter to the tops of my breads. It's a little thing, but it sure comes in handy!
5. Knife Sharpener. I have cheap knives. But guess what? They work great now that I own a knife sharpener. Any time I notice my cheap-o knives feeling dull, I rub them through the knife sharpener a few times and whala, good as new. I bought mine at Harbor Freight, but here's a good one from Amazon.