12 Kitchen Essentials for The Holidays
As the holidays are looming closer and closer, I alway try to take stock of what I have and make sure that all my kitchen essential’s are in good working order. Since I tend to be the primary cook in my family these days, I have to make sure that I have everything I need to recreate that quintessential Thanksgiving dinner my friends and family have come to expect. I decided to release a list of some of my favorite things for cooking in the kitchen. For simplicity and ease I have added links so you can order them too if you wish, or if you are looking for the there perfect wedding gift, or holiday gift I am positive that any of the items would fit the bill.
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#1 Stand Mixer
This is by far one of the most important things to have in your kitchen. I use mine all the time, of course I do not have this lovely copper one seen below, since it recently just came out. I assure you, that if I were to buy a brand new one, this one would be the one I would get. I do, however, have the Matte Black Professional Series which has the same 5 quart stainless steel bowl; along with the very useful attachments and 10 mixing speeds which ensure that I can select the right speed for any task.
#2 Rubber Spatulas
Ya’ll, I use my spatulas for everything in the kitchen, you name it I have probably done it with these bad boys. These are heat-resistant silicone which is perfect for all stirring and sautéing, and won’t scratch up your professional grade pans. The flexible edge is great for scraping down the sides of mixing bowls, and the sturdy handle has a nice grip while mixing, unlike those plastic ones.
#3 Roasting Pan
#4 Electric Knife
#5 Durable Oven Mitts
Okay, I will admit these are not the highest quality oven mitts known to man, but they are affordable, wash up great, and come in variety of colors. I don’t feel bad at all when I burn them up, or stick the thumb in a casserole on accident. I can just throw them away and replacing them seasonally. Currently I have them in black which for me have held up pretty well, as far as stains go, because apparently I stick my thumbs in all my casserole on a regular basis.
#6 Whip Cream Maker/Dispenser
This is one of the most useful things in my kitchen. Yes it is a little pricey, but to me the ability to be able to make my own homemade, sugar free, pure organic fresh whip cream, is priceless. I am totally surprised more people do not have them, especially with all the food allergies and health conditions out there. It uses N20 cartridges (sold separately) to create swirls of whipped cream, frostings, soup, soft cheese, pastry cream, jellies and more, if you have dreams of being a chef this one tool separates the men from the boys. You can add Gourmet Injectors (sold separately) to use the Gourmet Whip for filling pastries, poultry and more. Crafted of dishwasher-safe brushed stainless steel and it has a Hygienic airtight system, HACCP qualified.
#8 The Nutmeg Grinder
I personally think that nutmeg tastes best when it’s freshly grated, not store bought. A little bit of this aromatic spice goes a long way. Tis the season, if you don’t have one, give yourself a treat. This one is easier and safer to use than handheld graters, like the one I have. The simple hand-crank operation, finely grates fresh nutmeg in the desired amount and the top doubles as a storage compartment for whole nutmegs.
#9 Color Coded Cutting Boards
I do not own this exact set currently, but this is the set I have on order to replace my older cutting boards that have seen better days. Color coded for food safety to avoid cross contamination, which I am pretty big about in the kitchen. This 4-piece set and holder enables you to store your boards without giving up counter or shelf space. They are a good size at 11¼ x 7¼ x 1¼ and are dishwasher safe, which is great since I put everything in the dishwasher.
#10 Pyrex Bake Ware with Lids
I purchased this set for myself almost 20 years ago and I love it! This also makes a great wedding gift, and I have been known to buy this for a couple whether or not it is on the registry. Easy-carry handles on the oblong and square pans give you more to grip, making them easier to pick up and transport, and plastic lids lets you easily store leftovers. Perfect for all my holiday cooking, just put a lid on it and toss it in refrigerator. It is non-porous glass won’t absorb food odors, flavors or stains and it’s contemporary design goes from oven to table in style.
#11 Ring Holder
This is something you may not expect to see on a Kitchen Essential list. I love my signature hand-cut crystal ring holder. Most people do not think about a ring holder in the kitchen, let alone a ring holder that is this expensive, LOL. Let me tell you, I have this one in my bathroom and I love it, I have a stainless steel one in my kitchen that matches my faucet. I am constantly using it weather I am scrubbing dishes or prepping a turkey you can be sure that I have removed my rings, and why not have a holder worthy of holding the symbol of your marriage while adding a sophisticated touch to your décor.
#12 Bar Mops
You can never have to many of these guys around especially during the holidays. These bar mops are made of top-quality ribbed cotton terry, these towels absorb like a sponge. They’re so handy for mopping up spills that occur, and they air-dry quickly, so the towels are ready to use again in no time. They are 18″ x 16″ and come in sets of four. These are a Williams Sonoma exclusive, which are by far more superior than any other bar mop I have ever used and they wash up great and tend to release stains easily, I know I was impressed.
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WALL PAINT- Agreeable Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- Pure White Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Mohawk 3″Forrest Lake Oak Color: Oxford CABINETS- Georgetown Maple (Color- white) COUNTERTOP-Polished Carrara Marble OVENS- 27″ Double Wall Ovens Kitchen Aid BACKSPLASH- 3×6 Gloss White Subway Tile Interceramic BARSTOOLS- Allen Barstool Ballard Designs ISLAND PENDENTS- Addie Pendents Ballard Designs MIXER- Kitchen Aid Professional 6 SPICE RACK- Kamenstein Heritage 16-Jar Revolving Countertop Spice Rack with Free Spice Refills for 5 Years BLENDER- Oster 004270-615-NP0 Beehive Blender – Stainless TOASTER-Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome COFFEE MAKER- Keurig 2.0 575 CUTTING BOARDS- Teak Cutting Board – Rectangle End Grain Butcher Block (24 x 18 x 1.5 in.) – By Teakhaus