Kitchen Life

In My Kitchen: The Essentials

April 27, 2017

Over the years, I’ve come to rely on a few key tools in my kitchen. These are legit—the classic items I turn to again and again. I love combining the use of modern mixed in with vintage family pieces like my Memaw’s rolling pin or biscuit cutter. There’s a certain nostalgia when using something decades old but that still fully-maintains its function…I can just imagine how many meals it created. Embrace the old with the new—here are my top 7 essentials.

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer

This is really the workhorse of my kitchen. I use it for nearly everything I bake. It whips up cream, cake batter, cookie dough, and frosting like no other. White is my color of choice that goes with everything.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer, $349.99

2. Williams Sonoma Melanine Mixing Bowls

You can honestly never have too many mixing bowls. And I love these melanine ones because they’re durable and light.

Williams Sonoma Melanine Mixing Bowls, $29.95

3. Pampered Chef Classic Scraper

Seriously, this is a can’t-live-without item. Remember back in the day going to a Pampered Chef party at a friend’s house? You may think they’re out of style, but they’re still around and are the most durable products I’ve ever owned. This scraper doesn’t stain and can withstand super high temperatures.

Pampered Chef Classic Scraper, $12.50

4. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract

Not all vanilla extracts are created equal. Neilsen-Massey is what sets the bar. This rich vanilla extract really makes a difference. It’s definitely pricier than imitation, but worth every penny.

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, $18.95

5. Crate & Barrel Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

Simple, no-fuss measuring cups that are super durable. Enough said.

Crate & Barrel Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, $19.95

6. Microplane Rasp Grater

I’ve literally had this grater for at least 8 years and it’s still sharp as can be. It’s equally wonderful for zesting citrus and grating parmesan cheese.

Microplane Rasp Grater, $14.95

7. Stainless Steel Pastry Blender

This is a must-have tool for making pie crust by hand or my signature scones. Stainless steel is the way to go—it keeps the butter cold for flakier pastries.

Stainless Steel Pastry Blender, $10.95

If you have any questions or want more recommendations feel free to contact me!

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