Boy, do I love my kitchen! Even if it isn’t the chef’s kitchen that I desire (one day!), I thoroughly enjoy the kitchen atmosphere. Cooking, baking, meal prepping, sharing a meal–it is one of my favorite parts of my home.
I have had a kitchen (or two) to call my own for about 5 years now, and I have recently been dwelling on the things that make my time and experience so much easier. I have brainstormed a list of things new and old that are my top kitchen must-haves!
Whether you’re just getting started on your own, buying a new house, have had your own kitchen for years, are an experienced cook, have little cooking skills, love cooking, hate cooking, or are too tired to cook–this list is for you!
1. Rotary Grater
Yall. I cannot tell you enough how handy it has been to have a rotary grater in my life. There is nothing tastier (and more tedious) as freshly grated cheese. I remember before I busted out my rotary grater, my husband and I would waste so much time grating cheese and hoping not to lose a fingertip in the process. I promise you, once you have an easy tool and taste the freshness of a block of grated cheese–you won’t look back. Besides, the block version has so much less crap in it than a bag of pre-grated cheese…
Now the cheese is important, but the versatility of the grater is even more important. You can use it for veggies, potatoes, and I even use it to grate my Felts Naptha Soap Bars for my homemade laundry detergent.
2. A Standing Mixer
The queen of kitchen appliances–and most likely your most expensive. The standing mixer. Yall, these mixers are worth their weight in gold. If you have one and cook/bake often, you understand. If you don’t have one–get one! I didn’t even know how much more useful the addition of one to my kitchen would be until I got one. My big hitters have been holiday baking (molasses cookies–recipe coming soon!), potatoes, and shredding chicken. Being able to dump your ingredients, press a button, and walk away to gather whatever else is such a blessing. Not only is it convenient, but it also perfects things that my hand mixer just couldn’t do as well.
I know there are other brands out there, but I have the Kitchen Aid, and I am a fan. They can be pricey, but you definitely get the quality and integrity of the brand, as well as the longevity of a great product. Snag one here (it’s on sale right now too!) if your kitchen is lacking a standing mixer!
3. Coffee Grinder
Where are all my coffee-holics?! You like a good mug of coffee? Start grinding your own beans! I promise it is so much easier than you think, and it just tastes so much better! I have had this grinder for a few years now, and I love it! I prep my coffee the night before, and it’s so simple–pour your beans in the grinder, press a button, done!
Now, I will say I was torn between writing about a latte maker and a coffee grinder. I sure do love a good latte! A latte maker will be one of my next purchases, but the coffee grinder is so practical. You’ll thank me later.
4. Grease Splatter Shield
This one is so annoyingly simple, but I will be honest–I never grew up with a splatter shield so the use if it never occurred to me. While visiting, our cousins noticed the pain of Zack cooking bacon without the grease splatter shield and feeling the burn of the grease flying all over his arm and shirt. They immediately went out to purchase not one but three splatter shields, all different sizes. Let me tell you, it has saved lots of Zack’s arm hairs, fewer foul words, and so much less mess when having to pan fry bacon and chicken!
5. Aesthetic Decorations
This one is specifically for you. In my experience, you will enjoy your time in the kitchen more if it is aesthetically pleasing to you. If you don’t love the cabinets, paint them. If you don’t love the countertops but can’t afford to redo them, make sure to decorate your kitchen (and countertops) in a way that you enjoy. Decorate in a way that makes you feel comfortable. If you are stuck with how to do this, check out my post 5 Little Things That Make Your Kitchen Feel Like Home. It is full of simple things you can do to enhance the atmosphere of your kitchen.
Share any other gadgets and tips you have in your kitchen in the comments below!