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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!

The Anova Vacuum Sealer is a great vacuum sealer. It's super easy to use, not a lot of buttons and isn't very expensive. While there are others out there, this one is a great basic one and the one I use.

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The Instant Pot is is one of my favorite and best food prep secrets. It is a multipurpose appliance, rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker and more. I use it mainly for pressure cooking. Meat pressurized in the Instant Pot cooks quickly and turns out very tender. Doesn't have that "stewed" crock pot taste deprived of oxygen.

I recommend getting an 8 qt Instant Pot but a 6 qt will do. With an 8 qt you can easily make large batches of soups, broths, and meat. Why make a batch twice when you can do it once with an 8 qt?

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Quickly and easily mill all non-oily grains, beans, and legumes. Shaped from bamboo the Harvest Grain Mill is elegant all while being eco-friendly and sustainable. The countertop size fits easily into any kitchen, and the adjustable texture control knob enables a choice to mill fine, medium, or coarse (cracked grain to a pasty fine flour) to fit your baking needs. The near diamond-hard corundum milling stones offer exceptional cutting performance to mill even the hardest of grains and create high-quality flour.

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Souper Cubes are such a game changer. So much easier to put soup into these trays. Freeze and then remove and vacuum seal so you can use them for other soups. I mostly use 1/2 cup 1 cup and 2 cup Souper Cube trays. If you have to pick one, choose the 1 cup tray.

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These silicone molds are great for my On the Go Chipotle Egg Cups. Unfortunately they do not do well in metal pans as they stick really bad -believe me! These are perfect!

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I have found over the years that buying the vacuum sealed bags already cut for you is so much more simple, faster and easier. I use the pint and quart size. Feel free to use other brands.

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I use these black food prep boxes to store my food in the refrigerator before I pack it up into the vacuum sealed bags. Also if I know I'm going to eat the food in a few days, I'll put the food in here with a sticky note with name and "eat by....."

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This is a great way to save a ton of calories. Fill it halfway with your favorite olive oil (or any oil). Pump and spray. It allows you to use a "little" and not a tablespoon.

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Immersion blenders are great for soups, sauces, salad dressings and my homemade hoisin sauce. You can blend right in the pan without making a mess or use their container for salad dressings and the hoisin sauce.

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Break up ground beef, chicken, turkey and sausage with this tool; The nylon construction won´t scratch non-stick pans or cast iron skillet; It withstands temperatures up to 600 degrees, so you can cook without worry.

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I love using this garlic rocker. If I have a lot of garlic to chop or mince, I use the food processor but for just a few cloves, this is perfect!

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Non-stick roasting pan. The two most important qualities to look for in a Roaster are durability and style and this one has lots of both. With a sizable surface area (13"x16") and sturdy riveted handles, it can hold a 25-lb. turkey, large brisket, or ham with ease for many holidays to come.

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Stainless steel pan pan. deal for cooking at high heat, flipping and tossing foods is a snap, thanks to the flat base and flared sides.

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Non-Stick Mini Meatloaf Pan. Made from durable, heavyweight steel, this baking pan is ideal for everyday use and will be a favorite in your bakeware collection for years to come. Non-stick coating keeps your mini loaves from sticking, and the pan is dishwasher safe for quick and easy clean up.

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Baker’s Half Sheet PansThe durable, natural aluminum construction bakes evenly and browns uniformly, while the light color prevents overbrowning. The oversized edge also makes getting these pans in and out of the oven a cinch.

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Parchment Paper. Standard Size for half sheet pan. Just pull one of the precut 12 x 16 inch parchment sheets out and it's ready to use. No more curled edge.

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YETI Hopper Soft Sided Backpack Cooler. This cooler’s easy-to-use magnetic closure and wide mouth opening keep cold drinks at your fingertips.

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Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss: The truth about why you've failed in the past, and what you must know to succeed now by Cookie Rosenblum MA.

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The End of Overeating: Taking Control of Our Insatiable Appetite by David A. Kessler

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Knives

Knives are so important to food prep. To me having a good knife makes all the difference in the kitchen. They are so important to me that I when I travel to see family or even on vacation, I bring them with me. A good knife saves you time and effort and makes food prep a breeze!

This ZWILLING Pro 7-inch Rocking Santoku Knife is my newest and my favorite knife. I love it so much that I bought my dad one for his birthday last year as well as my aunt who loves to cook.

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I love a great serrated knife. This one happens to be HENCKELS Classic 5-inch Serrated Utility Knife but Zwilling and others are fine too. If I could only have one knife this would be it!

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This HENCKELS Classic Hollow Edge Santoku Knife, 7-Inch s great one for chopping smaller things - like carrots and mushrooms.

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This Wusthof/Zwilling Classic 8" Bread Knife is great for bread and I even like to use it for tomatoes. You don't necessarily need this brand, but it is a good one.

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