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I’m not a huge cook. I do it to save money and eat healthier but it’s not my favorite thing to do.  I may, on occasion, try a new recipe or have a little fun with it but, honestly, the faster I can get something cooked and be done with it, the better.  Here are some of my go-to kitchen tools to help me get in and out of the kitchen quickly.

Food Processor

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A food processor can expedite a lot of your kitchen processes.  It is very similar to a blender, but it comes with interchangeable blades and discs that can be used to chop, dice, and slice.  I use it for chopping onions and slicing vegetables for salads amongst many other things.  It is truly essential to a well-stocked kitchen.

Meat Thermometer

I could not live without my meat thermometer.  I am not good at estimating the doneness of meat and I hate having to cut a piece open to see if it is close.  It does not make for a very pretty presentation.  There are many different types you can get from cheap ones that you can use after you take the meat off the grill or out of the oven to ones that you can leave in while the meat is cooking and it will alert your phone when it is done.  I haven’t had overdone pork chops or steaks since investing in one.

Crockpot or Instapot

I love, love, love my crockpot.  It’s so nice to throw all my ingredients into the crockpot in the morning and have a delicious meal by dinner time.  It makes things so much easier.  I probably use my crockpot 2-3 times a week.  

The newest craze these days is the Instapot.  These can do it all.  It’s a pressure cooker, steamer, warmer, rice cooker, slow cooker, egg cooker, etc. all rolled into one.  It can be used to sauté and brown your food as well as make yogurt and cake and sterilize. It seems like magic!  While I do not have one currently, I have heard amazing things about them and have been looking into getting one.  

A Good Set of Knives

No kitchen should be without a good set of knives.  I used to have a somewhat cheap set of knives.  They went dull extremely fast and, if you have ever tried to chop an onion with a dull knife, you know how awful a dull knife is.  I finally invested in a decent set of Henkel knives.  These are not super cheap, but they are not at the top of the charts, either.  That would be Cutco.  Eventually, I will get a set of Cutco knives but, for now, the Henkel knives have been amazing.  I highly recommend them.

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of kitchen tools but it will improve your kitchen dramatically. 

Is there a tool you rely on in your kitchen that you would recommend to everyone?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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