Kitchen Essentials

For those of you who cook and would like to know what kitchen utensils and machines I use, I decided to list them here.


Stand Mixer

This is my pride and joy! A lot of my friends have gotten one of these when they got married but I couldn’t wait that long. I purchased this for my 29th birthday and am loving it! Some people asked why I would need such a thing when I have a hand mixer, but when making doughs, cake batter, or frosting this is very convenient because it can mix or whisk thicker recipes that my hand mixer wouldn’t be able to handle. It also allows me to do something else while it is working. I’m always for multi-tasking!

KitchenAid KSM150PSGC Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Gloss Cinnamon

Food Processor

I have been wanting a food processor for a long time now and I finally bought the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo from HH Gregg on Black Friday of 2013. I got it for $55.00 which was a steal for a processor of this size (12 cups). Oddly enough I never looked up the ratings on Amazon until now and it doesn’t seem to have very good ones. I haven’t had any problems with it but I haven’t had it that long and generally don’t use it for straight up chopping. I used it more for making hummus and sauces. If you can afford a better one I’d say go for it but this has served me well.


I was very fortunate to get this Vitamix as a gift from my mom. She bought it but wasn’t using it and asked if I wanted it. At the time (I think I was in college) I had no idea how valuable it would later become. It’s expensive but it’s a very powerful (and loud) blender that I have used so many times to make smoothies, soups, sauces, hummus, and many other recipes.

Rice Cooker

Unfortunately my rice cooker seems to be dated as I couldn’t find it available for sale anywhere but that just means there are probably newer, better versions. Regardless here’s a link to the one I have. It’s perfect for me – the size is just right and it has a setting for mixed rice.

Immersion Blender

I bought this Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2-Speed 200-watt Immersion Hand Blender with Attachments from CostCo and honestly only use the immersion blender part of it. The chopper/grinder was too small to be worth it and I ended up just hand chopping food instead. But I do recommend an immersion blender for making soups. It is much easier than pouring part of your soup into a blender and then pouring it back into the pot. Here is the immersion blender part of it only.

Cook’s Knife

I got this chef knife for Christmas in 2013 and I love it. I’ve never invested in good quality knives so almost anything would have seemed great compared to what I had. I use this for dicing, chopping, and mincing everything.

Dutch Oven

I received this Martha Stewart Dutch Oven in Ivory/Oatmeal from my friends for my birthday in 2013. I love it and have used it a ton.

Cobalt Blue Enameled Cast Iron 3 Qt. Round Dutch Oven Casserole

I was also lucky to receive the 6 quart one in red from my grandmother and I absolutely love it. It’s a gorgeous color and twice the capacity so I can easily cook soup in it without worrying about over flowing (like my risotto!)

Martha Stewart Enameled Cast Iron 6 qt. Round Casserole

Cast Iron Skillet

I actually purchased this cast iron skillet at Target but it’s pretty much the same price on Amazon. I love this skillet for searing food. I also love it for cooking potatoes.

Lodge L10SK3 Pre-Seasoned Skillet, 12-Inch

Silicone Baking Mat

I don’t have this exact brand but the one I have I bought from TJ Maxx or Marshalls and don’t know the brand. These are great if you bake a lot and go through a lot of parchment paper. They serve the same purpose but are reusable, so better for the environment.

Bench Scrape Shovel

I love this little thing because it comes in handy when I’m chopping lots of vegetables. I used to use the blade of my knife to transfer diced vegetables into the pot which a) is dangerous, and b) doesn’t have much surface area so it doesn’t do much. This can scoop up a lot of the vegetables so I can swiftly move them from chopping board to pot. This is also great for scraping dough off the counter when baking.

Ice Cream Maker

It’s amazing I waited as long as I did to get an ice cream maker. I LOVE ice cream. I cannot turn it down. It is one of my favorite foods. I can easily eat a pint in one sitting (not that I’m advocating that). Since I started to eat significantly less dairy I started to buy nondairy ice cream which tends to be more expensive. Since I got my ice cream maker I have made my own nondairy ice cream and I love it. It’s so easy and I can customize it. This ice cream maker is great and inexpensive. While I have a KitchenAid I had read that the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment wasn’t so great. I have this ice cream maker, but in red.

Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, Red

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