Whether you are starting from scratch or expanding on your kitchen collections, the spring is always the perfect time to clean out and start fresh. In our home, the kitchen is our gathering place, from the moment we wake up to after school homework and finishing the night enjoying a meal with the family. This is a place that holds our family of five or a large group of thirty on a very regular basis. With the amount of entertaining that we do as a family our kitchen and all our gadgets get worn out pretty quick and honestly it might just be my excuse for a refresh! To clean out and start fresh with all new kitchen gadgets will inspire you to cook more. These five kitchen gadgets are my must haves that I use on a daily basis.
One of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets…I probably use it every day! The microplane zester/grater creates a fine grate to enhance flavor in your recipes and is best used on citrus, chocolate, hard cheese, fresh coconut, nutmeg and garlic. Top your favorite salad with finely grated cheese or a chocolate cake with a beautiful dusting of grated chocolate.
Ice Cream Scoops
Obviously we all need an ice cream scoop for one of our favorite frozen treats, but I have a small collection of ice cream scoops for so many other things. A variety of sizes allows you to create the perfect scoop for everyday cooking such as cookies, cake balls, pancake batter, muffins and savory items like meatballs or crab cakes.
Smart Stick Blender & Food Processor
The size of our kitchen gadgets are very important. The bigger they are and the further they are stored away, the less we will use them. The smart stick blender is a great size and can be stored just about anywhere. I use mine for soups, sauces and really anything that needs to be pureed, but the best thing about this is the food processor attachment. There is no need to pull out your big food processor for every kitchen task you have. Use the Smart Stick Blender and Food Processor to chop nuts, blend homemade salad dressing, or make the perfect pesto.
Electric juicers are great when you are making large batches of fresh vegetable or fruit juice, but for a quick citrus juice a small hand held juicer will come in handy. There are several styles of manual juicers but the best ones squeeze the juice out and strain the seeds.
Silicone Baking Mats
If you have a love for baking and do it on a regular basis, silicone baking mats need to be your next purchase. I use parchment paper all the time, but there are so many reasons you will fall in love with these baking mats. Silicone mats are reusable, can be easily cleaned and I find they keep my baked goods from burning on the bottom as easily.