As a 25 year Vitamix customer, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment if you can afford to splurge.
This stick blender essential for making dressing and sauces! Use with mason jars and you are good to go.
I’m crazy about this 14 cup food processor, as a person who cooks in quantity it’s ideal for me.
If you don’t need such a large capacity food processor – here are some other, smaller options:
This mini food prep processor for small jobs, sauces, dressings or cooking for one.
One of my very favorite kitchen tools is this slicer AND it’s so reasonable. Perfect for cooking gluten free – like sweet potato toasts, zucchini planks not to mention slicing cheese, meat and everything in between. An amazing value.
If you’re looking for a spiralizer, I think that this is the best. Not a necessity but nice to have if zoodles are your thing.
The Instant Pot speaks for itself!
You can always get a mortar and pestle but this Epica Electric grinder makes it so darn easy!
I use this everyday and is how I store my Iced Tea. I absolutely Love It!
My philosophy is that you don’t need a dozen knives – this 7″ rocking Santoku knife is great for everything. I use this knife over and over again every day.
Great for little jobs! I have two of these 4″ paring knives because we all fight over who gets to use them.
This great knife is actually called the “Ultimate Bread Knife”! 10″ blade, perfect for cutting bread and so much more.
As a gal who loves to make Heroine chicken and roast a steak, this carving set is a kitchen essential for me. Feels like a luxury, but if you get a set like this you will enjoy it for a lifetime and pass it down.
Pots and pans
This little All Clad .5 quart pot is a bit of a luxury but I use this frequently to melt butter or heat a little sauce – it makes me happy every time I see it.
This is a must have kitchen essential. Everyone should have a 2 qt saucepan.
If you want to splurge on a 2 qt saucepan – this Lagostina is the one! Beautiful and functional.
Great for a family of 4. This 3 quart All Clad saucepan is an everyday workhorse and this often goes on sale so worth the price.
The design of this 3 quart All Clad saucier is amazing because of the sloped edges – no corners means nothing ever gets stuck! A perfect pot for cooking for 1-2 or reheating leftovers.
A great saute pan that will last for years to come.
Having a pasta pot is certainly a luxury, but this 6 quart Lagostina is a beauty. If you are going to invest – this is a great choice. Does double duty as a steamer AND a pasta pot. I received this as a gift – it is so beautiful, I love keeping it out on my stove.
As a woman who makes chicken stock weekly, an 8 quart pot like this is a necessity. And it is something that will last a lifetime.
I know that this is giant, but this 12 quart All Clad stock pot is perfect for double batches of stock, meat sauce for the winter or a big batch of my turkey soup. I have been using this pot for 25 years.
Great for cooking for 1 or 2. This 10″ Staub cast iron pan is a classic workhorse. It’s well engineered and a real beauty.
Great for a family of 4 – the 12″ Staub cast iron pan is one of my favorite tools for every day cooking. Ideal for searing, roasting and stove to oven dishes.
This 4 quart Staub Dutch oven is an investment for a lifetime, it’s a value for what you get and it often goes on sale. It’s perfect for cooking for 2.
This 5.5 quart Staub Dutch oven is also a lifetime investment but the return on that investment is huge! You will use this for everything. Perfect for a family of four. And makes a great wedding gift!
I had a pan like this deep Lodge Cast iron combo cooker passed down to me and I used it for 2 decades. This is a great, affordable alternative to a Dutch oven.
This All Clad sauteuse is a great alternative for a Dutch oven, available in 3 or 5 quart sizes – perfect for stovetop to oven cooking. This one will last a lifetime.
This 14.5″ Staub ceramic baking dish has extra large capacity, perfect for my pork roast, onion soufflé or corn casserole.
This smaller, 11″ Staub ceramic baking dish is perfect for making tomato confit and cooking for a smaller group. It’s just great for every day cooking.
This 2 pack of rectangular Staub ceramic baking dishes is a great value and perfect for every day cooking.
This All Clad roaster has a large capacity and is a great, long lasting, classic roasting pan.
This metal sheet pan is heavy duty and a wonderful kitchen essential. It’s also an every day cook’s value. If a roasting pan isn’t in the budget this is a very reasonable alternative.
This 9.5 x 6.5 small metal sheet pan by Chicago Metallics is an absolute essential that I use not only everyday in my kitchen, but so much that I have multiples!
Prep Tools and Utensils
This is a good, basic peeler, although…some of the best peelers can be found in your mother’s kitchen drawers.
This Zyliss garlic press is great for fresh garlic – not the same as the classic press that I have had for 20 years, but a good option.
A microplane is great to have for shredding tumeric and garlic and so much more – a real plus in the kitchen. Watch your knuckles though…use with care.
These 12″ size tongs are a great tool – an ideal option so that you don’t scratch your pans.
There is something magical about having a favorite wooden spoon to cook with. Nothing I love more than olive wood.
As a person who uses Mason jars for every day storage of homemade sauces and condiments, this is a necessity. I love using this tool, I have given it many times as a gift.
One Teri tip is basting! These brushes are the perfect tools.
I received this as a gift and its fantastic. Fish is fragile and this fish spatula is a dream.
Something about this mini spatula….I absolutely love it for every day cooking. Gives you a lot of control because of it’s smaller size.
This larger flipper is a terrific tool!
Great for potatoes of course, but great also for breaking up ground beef and pork when making a sauce.
This skimmer/slotted spoon is a great tool, excellent value and perfect for everything from making poached eggs to chicken stock.
If anybody has watched my stories, you know that for me, this is a kitchen essential. These prep bowls help you get everything set up with these and then begin cooking.
Great set of stainless steel mixing bowls that nest, to save space.
Although this was created for scooping coffee – I find 2 tbsp to be an ideal size for every day cooking. This tool has both 1 and 2 tbsp measures.
Measuring spoons are an important every day tool for preparing great recipes.
I’m a gal that believes in squeezing juice for anything that includes fresh citrus. I’ve had my little hand juicer for 10+ years.
A kitchen scale is essential for cooking or baking. This was a gift and I just adore it.
Everyone should have a great, sturdy cutting board that lasts. This beauty is made from Canadian Maple.
Anybody who knows me, knows that I love a mason jar. I use them to store my Magic Elixers, dressings and homemade condiments. Perfect for sending a friend home with leftovers.
These canning jars are perfect for giving my Magic Elixers as gifts. Beautiful and functional.
To store dishes that don’t fit in Mason jars, these glass storage containers are great.
These larger capacity glass containers are great for marinating protein or vegetables. Perfect for larger amounts of leftovers.
This large capacity storage container is perfect for marinating Heroine chicken and for larger storage needs.
This frother is a perfect tool if you are using collagen peptides.
I use my glass measuring cups for everything!
I own two sets of these oven gloves!
Super kitchen tool that’s also a great value. Parchment paper helps food cook more evenly and brown and makes for easy clean up!
Call me obsessive but I am nuts about this labler. A great kitchen tool, a perfect way to ensure the freshness of your creations and for keeping your fridge organized.