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These next few weeks are all about indulgences, about those little things that make us smile. Some indulgences like a bubble bath or a special meal last for a short amount of time...while others, like that classic black cashmere cardigan, can be with you for decades. Items in the kitchen fall into that last category. Kitchen tools, the things we use almost every day that help us and make our lives easier -- or harder if you don't have ones that work well. When you are looking to buy kitchen tools and gadgets, really think about them as treats for yourself and for your every day.
As you know, I'm not a great cook. I try. I'm okay at it when I do it. But I polled some mommyfriends who are kitchen-savvy, and they shared the top kitchen tools they would always spend money on. Look over the list, and then go grab the ones you don't have. Really, treat yourself to these smart buys. Your life will be that much better. Little animated bluebirds will land on your shoulder, bunnies will hop onto the counter with flowers for you...and you may find yourself humming while cooking dinner.
-- Quality pots and pans that are large enough. There is nothing worse than trying to cook your basic chicken and rice meal and have to break out two skillets to fit everything you need to cook...which means more dishes to do, which doesn't make Mama happy. The better quality means more even cooking, and they will last you for years.
-- Mini food processor. Chopping chocolate, onions, cilantro, you name it, these little wonders save you so much time and are so easy to use. The great thing is, their small size means you can keep it out on the counter within reach.
-- Crock pot. This is my addition. It is, perhaps, one of the best items you can have in the kitchen. Finding a few weekly meals your family loves that you can do in the crock pot saves you time and money every single week.
-- Good knives and a good knife sharpener. I knew it was time to get a knife sharpener when my dad was visiting and told me none of my knives would cut through the tomato he had there on the counter. Struggling to do the basic prep work for dinner, like cutting, well, anything, can make the end of good day turn ugly. And no one wants an ugly end to a good day. Get a few quality knives and keep them in perfect working order with a knife sharpener.
What was the best buy you made for your kitchen?