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TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Probably the most important tool in my kitchen is the blender. For most of my blending, I use the Vitamix , the queen of all of the blenders. It handles all challenges well, and if you can find a way to get one, do it. There are so many great things about the Vitamix, too many to mention here. As with all my purchases though, one thing that is important is the warranty, and it has a seven year warranty. So you can blend ice and nuts and make delicious meals, and if your Vitamix fails you, the company stands behind it’s product.
There are something however, that I don’t use the Vitamix for because I hate when the food gets stuck in the bottom and on the blade. This happens occasionally when I am only blending a small portion or, when I am making certain salad dressings that have stick ingredients, like almond butter. In that case, I use the Magic Bullet, or the Nutri Bullet which has a design that allows you to shake the cup and dislodge any stuck food or ingredients. It is so perfect for salad dressings, but is dainty and delicate and can’t handle big items or hard textures.
Ok, I think I am the last person on earth to find out about the Instant Pot. Generally, I was aware of pressure cookers, but assumed that they were only for cooking stews and soups, and just a faster way to cook crock pot food. I was so, so wrong. This kitchen device has almost overtaken my Vitamix for my favorite gadget. I have cooked soups, and pasta, and cobbler and now, yogurt in this Instant Pot. The food is so much more flavorful than it is when cooking on the stove top, and of course, it is lightning fast. Dinner is always ready in less than 30 minutes. Try it, you will love it. Check out my complete review of the Instant Pot, along with links to many delicious recipes that I have made with it for this blog.
Finally, for chopping, dicing, shredding and slicing, I rely on my Cuisinart food processor. As an added bonus, I found that it works extremely well for the nice cream, with the meat blade. It slices through the frozen bananas like a charm, and makes the most perfect nice cream.
When I am feeling creative, and want to spiral, ribbon or decorate with the vegetables, the Veggie Bullet Spiralizer is my go to tool. Two of my favorite dishes are Basil Zoodles and Angel Hair Zucchini Salad and I use this tool to make beautiful zucchini noodles so that I am never disappointed.
I have only used this grill outside, but it is fabulous. Check out my complete review of the George Foreman Indoor Outdoor Grill, including links to all of the delicious recipes that I have made with for this blog. This is my new favorite cooking gadget because, doesn’t everything taste better grilled?
I love these little adorable strainers! I am always using fruits and berries in my recipes, and these strainers are pre-measured, 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 cup. I just toss my berries in, and rinse them in one step….time saver!
Yes, another bullet gadget. Sometimes I think I need to cut back on kitchen gadgets, but nah. Meet the Dessert Bullet. With just frozen fruit, you can create a super healthy dessert without any added sugar, preservatives or chemicals. On a hot summer day, this gadget is a must!
Lodge 10 1/4 inch cast iron skillet. I use this for many dishes, and love the fact that I can toss all the ingredients in it, bake, and it is one pan cooking.
Finally, these adorable popsicle molds are perfect for summer snacks, and easy for kids to use.