As a cookbook author and mom, I've spend tons of time in the kitchen and have tried lots of different gadgets over the years. Check out some of my most loved tools.
Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt
This sucker has been a game-changer for me. I can make homemade broth in 90 minutes, pulled pork in an hour, and beef stew in 30 minutes. I have no more excuses to order out. I use it for the pressure cooker function. Because it’s electric, you’ll have no worries leaving it to bubble away on your kitchen counter while you run errands. It comes in smaller sizes but I prefer this larger one. I guarantee you’ll love it!
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch
I only use cast iron for my skillets. I own three sizes and this one is a great 10.25-inch, multi-functional skillet made in America by Lodge for frying on the stovetop or roasting in the oven. It retains heat well, which means a great sear on meat and it keeps food warm for a long time. I like buying these skillets pre-seasoned. Ditch your non-stick pans and give this one a try!
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Round Griddle, 10.5-inch
Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. I cook breakfast every morning on this skillet. It’s made in America by Lodge and lasts forever.
Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 15-inch
I only use cast iron for my skillets. I own three sizes and this one is my largest. It’s a 15.25-inch, multi-functional skillet made in America by Lodge for frying on the stovetop or roasting in the oven. It retains heat well, which means a great sear on meat and it keeps food warm for a long time. I like buying these skillets pre-seasoned. Ditch your non-stick pans and give this one a try!
Enameled Cast Iron Covered Casserole
This covered casserole dish is my favorite for making flavorful brisket or roasted chicken with tons of garlic. The porcelain covered enamel eliminates the need to season the cast iron. Tightly fitting lid seals in moisture. Available in blue if this red color isn’t your thing.
Bialetti 6-Cup “Moka” Espresso Maker
In Italy, they call this a “Moka” machine. I love how simple, easy and quick it is to make a strong cup of espresso with this inexpensive alternative to those fancy espresso machines that take up tons of room on your counter and end up breaking. Simply fill with water and grounds, then set on your stovetop to perk. For best taste, use low heat and don’t boil.
Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
I’ve gone through a ton of electric tea kettles. This one is by far the best one. It has a concealed heating element which prevents mineral buildup. It has a keep warm function, heats to different temperatures (for you tea experts – green, oolong, black) and if it starts heating without enough water in the unit, the heater will automatically shut off to avoid damaging the heating element.
Victorinox 10-Inch Chef’s Knife
If you’re in search of a great chef’s knife that won’t break the bank, this one is it. It’s a great size, and one of the best reviewed on the market. These knives have renowned sharpness, and are hand made in Switzerland. The slip resistant handle is hygenic and dishwasher safe.
Probe Style Alarm Thermometer
Be sure your meat is at the right temperature with this super simple to use and high quality meat thermometer. If you’re still using touch to tell when your meat is done, or cutting into it to see if it’s the right color, it’s time to upgrade to a real, reliable, professional meat thermometer.
9-Cup Food Processor
Step up your game with this sturdy and professional food processor. It includes a slicer disc, shredding disc, chopping blade, detachable stem, and spatula. I like the wide mouth feed for whole fruits and vegetables.
Make pureed soups or smoothies mess-free with this essential tool. I never have to drag out my blender and use my food processor much less now that I have one of these. The bottom detaches for easy clean-up. Comes in really fun colors!
Make jerky or preserve fruit and vegetables with this simple and easy to use food dehydrator. It’s top-mounted fan eliminates the worry of liquids dripping into the heater chamber. You’ll love how simple it is to use!
There are tons of more expensive mandolines on the market but this one works great! The standard flat blade cuts perfect slices which can be easily adjusted for thickness. The fine toothed blade will help you create elegant vegetable garnishes for professional looking meals. Great for carrots, radishes, or any other firm vegetable. The medium toothed blade is excellent for quick and easy uniform stir-fry pieces that will cook up in a flash. The coarse toothed blade can make chunky and crisp cuts of vegetable or fruits. Great for potatoes, onions, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, apples, peaches, etc.
Vegetable Spiral Slicer
I’ve been using a vegetable spiralizer for years and love it. You can spin zucchini into raw “noodles” and cover with your favorite pasta sauce. It also works great with many other vegetables like cucumbers, beets and even butternut squash. This model includes special bonus 3 Spiralizer recipes ebooks.
The great thing about these inexpensive kitchen shears is that you can take them apart for easy cleaning, and they’re also dishwasher safe. They are an indispensable part of my kitchen tool set. I use them for cutting meat as well as herbs. The serrated center area in the handle can open bottles and crack nuts.
LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Snack Container, 3 Section, Stainless Steel Lid
LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Containers feature three compartments for balanced snacks: grapes, cheese and crackers; sushi, edamame and carrots; pasta, chicken and cherry tomatoes – the combinations are endless! Whatever you pack, LunchBots make meals more appetizing, helping ensure your food containers return home empty. Made of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, LunchBots Trio food containers are durable and only stainless steel touches your food. Dishwasher safe!
LunchBots Bento Trio LARGE All Stainless 3 Section Food Container
LunchBots Bento Trio Stainless Steel Food Containers are 60% larger than their classic containers. They’re perfect for packing a sandwich or salad on one side, plus chips, nuts, fruit, or one of our Dips Condiment Containers in the two smaller compartments. The colorful BPA-free plastic Dots cover snaps onto the all-stainless lid
LunchBots Thermal 16-ounce Stainless Steel Insulated Food Container
Enjoy a hot lunch on the go! Made of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, LunchBots Thermal 16-ounce Insulated Food Containers (available in many colors) keep hot foods hot for hours – without plastic coming into contact with your food. Plus, the bowl-like shape is natural to eat from and easy to fill, unlike awkward, tall cylinders. The generous, 16-ounce capacity holds a satisfying meal. Pack these lunch containers with homemade chicken soup, beef stew, vegetarian chili, and other favorites. Or fill with a fruit salad – they keep cold foods cold too! When you are done, simply hand wash your LunchBot and plan what you will savor in it the next day.
I peel a lot of veggies and have found this peeler to be the best at the job. It’s easy to hold, swivels nicely to not only cut carrots but also “bumpy” vegetables like potatoes. When I have to do a large volume of peeling, my hand doesn’t get tired due to the ergonomic grip. This is a must have in my book.