Equipment and Tools I Can't Live Without
My Essential Kitchen Equipment
These are my favorite tools and equipment. Each item does contain affiliate links which means that if you click on them and/or buy something I may earn a small commission -at no extra cost to you. I only recommend the things I actually use in my kitchen. By clicking and buying these items, you help keep my recipe blog running. Thank you!
Any size works but the bigger you can afford the better. Mine is 16 cups. I can’t tell you how many I’ve gone through over the years. I’m so hard on them. This one is a Breville Food Processor and so far, so good. I buy extra bowls when I buy a new one now because those seem to be the thing that breaks when I break it. If I don’t buy extra bowls at the time I buy the processor then they don’t make them when I do need them. I also now have a MagiMix Food Processor which I dearly love. Check out my post on Homemade Pesto to see pictures of this food processor.
I previously owned a Breville Smart Oven which was great. When the air fryers came out a few years ago, I really wanted one, but I didn’t want another appliance on my counter and I didn’t want to store it. This year I discovered that Breville had a air fryer built into their new Smart Oven Air. I gave my old one away to a good home and replaced it with this one. It’s wonderful. I love to air fry the Crispy Egg Rolls in it, I can roast veggies, do toast, whatever my big oven can do, this one can too and it doesn’t heat up the house.
This has quickly become one of my must have kitchen appliances. This is a rice cooker, slow cooker and pressure cooker all in one! If you use the pressure cooking setting you can make dishes in no time. I actually have two of them – the 6 quart Instant Pot – and because I do a lot of cooking and freezing I also have the 8 qt. Instant Pot I use them both regularly.
If you’re into Weight Watchers, you need a food scale. I use it every day, several times a day. Also perfect for weighing out dough (as in Homemade Slider Buns and Whole Wheat Pizza Dough) so each portion is the same to keep the points consistent. Any scale will do, but I prefer the flat kind.
I make big batches and freeze. This little baby helps keep everything fresh and portioned out. I write what it is on the outside of the bag, the date and the smart points when necessary. For instance, I buy a bag of slider buns or bread for my Turkey sliders, I will separate the buns into 4 in a package and freezer seal them up. When I’m ready to have one quick turkey slider, I de-thaw in microwave for 20 sec, then put in toaster oven to toast. The rest of the buns stay fresh in the freezer.
Big Freezer in the Garage
This is essential if you’re making big batches to freeze. Many times I will, “flash freeze,” food such as Turkey Sliders, On the Go Crustless Chipotle Egg Cups, cookies for about 10 min then move them into food saver sealed bags. You need a freezer that has enough room to put 2 cookie sheets in there without having to rearrange your freezer every time you do it. I like the vertical or upright freezers better than the chest kind as it’s easier to find your food. Plus I’m only 5’3″ and I have a hard time leaning over the chest freezer to get things at the bottom.
Of course I have a fully “loaded” kitchen as I love to cook but these are some of my favorites:
Mine happen to be Calphalon but there are other great brands out there as well. This is also another must in my opinion for Weight Watchers as it allows you to cook with very little oil.
17 3/4 inches by 13 inches- You can also find them cheaper at Business Costco or restaurant supply stores. I use them for baking, for prepping the turkey burgers and putting them in the refrigerator, for flash freezing turkey burgers or anything else for that matter. I even have a few of the 1/4 size pans as well.
Makes clean-up so easy, plus nothing sticks. I use these every day! Great for my Often you can find them restaurant supply stores in full pan sizes and just cut them in half, but you usually have to purchase a large quantity so buying on Amazon might be easier.