But cooking is so delightful! The right tools make all the difference in the world when you’re prepping your kitchen for the guests that are sure to come this holiday season.
Your kitchen is a lot like a toolbox. If you are going to get the job done effectively and efficiently, you need all the right tools. Some are fun, some save loads of time, and some are absolute necessities that help with the every day joys of cooking. Here are my top 10 kitchen tools and what I use for each one of them. Each one is linked to Amazon so they can be purchased with the click of a mouse (or a finger for all of you touch screen warriors). Online shopping is yet another technological tool that makes Christmas gifting even easier!
We hope this message finds you well and enjoying the joys of the season.
# 1. These are my absolute favorite knives. They make chopping a breeze, but knives are like the perfect pair of shoes. What works best for me, may not be the best size or shape for you. Go to your nearest kitchen accessory store and take a few sets for a test drive. You won’t be sorry!
#2. A cutting board can be left out as a decorating accessory as well. This saves your counter tops and is also a much easier surface to clean sanitize than your entire counter. There are also many dishwasher safe and non-slip varieties available as well.
#3. This chopper is the best I’ve found! It quickly chops any vegetable I’ve thrown at it! All other brands eventually break, but this one has proven to be durable enough to withstand my kitchen.
#4. A spiralizer is a powerful tool in your kitchen! I use this to both make vegetable pasta and to accessorize salads.
#5. I personally use the Vitamix for my high powered blending needs. This is a great company with a fantastic warranty! Blendtek and Ninja are also great options as well.
#6. This 6 quart crock pot is great for soups, stews, broths and chili’s. It can also be used to cook roasts and whole chickens. Make everyone think you spent all day cooking, when you really just spend a few minutes preparing a fantastic meal!
#7. Cast iron probably brings a feeling of nostalgia for you. There was a reason why your grandparents cooked in cast iron! It changes the flavor of your food! Period. Soups, sauces, stews and eggs (Use butter in cast iron and it won’t stick). These are available in an array of stains to choose from.
#8. A garlic chopper is one of those tools that saves time you didn’t even know you were spending. You can chop many cloves at one time and preserve them in olive oil. It’s the best anti cancer ingredient around!
#9 and #10. This is a joint package and you can’t get these on Amazon!
These two helpers make all of the other kitchen gadgets pale in comparison, but they can use all of the others! Make the kitchen a family affair and invite your tiny (or not so tiny) chefs into the kitchen. Many hands make light work.
Enjoy a few of their favorite holiday drinks found below and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!
- 4 cups milk
- 6 Tablespoons cacao (heaping)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
- Add ingredients to vitamix (or other high speed blender) and blend
- Use heat setting on blender if you want to serve warm
- If not serving immediately, shake before serving
- 6 egg yolks
- 2 Tablespoons egg white (optional to make it frothy)
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 whole clove
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups raw milk or 2 cups raw milk with 2 cups cream
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Put egg yolk, egg white and spices in vitamix (or other high power blender) and blend for 30 seconds
- Pour in maple syrup, vanilla and blend while pouring milk into the top of the blender
- Pour and top with cinnamon
- Serve immediately
- Rum is an optional add in.
- If not serving immediately, shake before serving.
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Your Holiday Table.
Order your book now! You get over 45 recipes! Many are BRAND NEW to The Keyes Ingredients. Beautiful pictures give you a glimpse of what your holiday table will look like. You don’t have to feel guilty about your holiday meal. It can be delicious and nutritious.