If you haven’t caught on yet, I really like being in my kitchen. I spend a great majority of my time in there – experimenting, baking, burning, spilling, etc. I have several kitchen tools that I really love….and I have a really long list of kitchen tools that I would like to love – as I have extra money here and there, I buy something and remove it from the list. And yet, my list doesn’t seem to get any shorter. Hmmmm. Last year I gave you my five of my favorite kitchen tools – so this year I’m going to do it again.
This is my Mix N Mash from Pampered Chef….and I LOVE it! We use a lot of ground venison around here, and this little dandy tool makes my life a lot easier. A lovely workshop attendee (Thanks Maria!) sent me this and I use it at least a few times a week. It makes the job of browning meat a LOT easier. It gets all chopped up nice and evenly – it especially works great with ground turkey, which is sometimes hard to get chopped up with just a fork. I love it so much, I got one for my mom and she loves hers too! Does this keep me from pushing meat over the side of the skillet and burning it on the stove? Absolutely not. But it does make sure those pieces of meat I scoot over the side are nice and small. Amazon has a similar version that gets great reviews.
You’ve already read about how much I love my Butter Bell, but I had to include it on the list because it’s a new “tool” for the year. I’ve been using it for several months now and I love it more now than I did in the beginning! It works GREAT! I love being able to have nice, soft, spreadable butter anytime I want. And I want it a lot, since butter pairs well with so many things. I never know when I might NEED a piece of buttered bread. Now my butter doesn’t tear my bread all to thunder. That’s a winner in my book. I bought a few of these off Amazon for Christmas gifts. Spreading the butter love! Get it….spreading? Ha!
I wasn’t sure when I bought my Oster Immersion Blender that I was really going to love it……but I DO. It ROCKS! It keeps me from making a terrible mess every time I want to transfer something to the blender to puree. Does it keep me from splattering stuff all over the walls because I forget and accidently pull the stick up too high? Absolutely not – but it does keep me from spilling it all over the floor. It’s just a nice handy tool to have around. I’ve used it to make homemade mayonnaise and Crock Pot Sweet Potato Soup. You just stick the blender stick down in your pot and PRESTO, pureed soup. It’s like some kind of miracle. Warning – keep the stick submerged in the liquid. *Cough*
Okay, this one might seem weird. Seriously, Stacy? Kitchen shears are a favorite tool? Yep! I love these!!! I use them all throughout the day. My Kitchen Aid shears are awesome but you can easily pick up a pair at The Dollar Tree. Just buy a pair. I even gave my poor sister an extra pair of mine because she didn’t have any – I try to fix problems like that whenever I can. I use my shears to cut into bags, cut up meat, cut up pieces of food for Annie, cut my hair, cut the flowers, etc (just kidding on the last two). I clean them up with white vinegar and they’re good to go for the next time. I’m trying to save the world by having everyone buy kitchen shears. Amen.
This is without a doubt my favorite new tool of the year. My new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. My mom bought it for my birthday and I’ve become an ice cream making fool! It makes it SO EASY that I just can’t help myself. I would make it every day if we could eat that much ice cream. I used to have the salt and ice version and I would make ice cream a few times a year. Now I’m making ice cream every couple weeks. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m dreaming about ice cream and creating concoctions like Butternut Ice Cream. You can be sure there are LOTS of ice cream recipes coming here.
So, there you have it. What’s your #1 favorite kitchen tool this year?
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