My Kitchen Recommendations
These are a few of my favorite things . . . Stuff I personally own and would have trouble living without in my kitchen!
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Your trust is waaay more important than a few dollars!
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I discovered this recently when a friend wasn't able to order a garlic press - luckily he's a tech specialist and figured out why!
OK! The stuff I like and think you might like too!!! Here we go . . .
YOU GUYS. I am so in love with my new toy!! This is the air fryer I own, and I've been making air-fried French fries, zucchini sticks, crispy tofu, and so much more in this. It's SO much easier than using trays in the oven, and the clean-up is quicker too!
Water "bowl" for fresh spring rolls! Whoda thunk it??? My friends Ted and Trang Lai (of Plant Alchemy) gave me one of these and it's the absolute BEST for making fresh spring rolls on the fly - or hosting a spring roll making party like they did! It comes in different colors, and I recommend the larger size (the one I've linked below) so you can use different wrappers with no problem.
I've had this chef's knife for many years, and it's still in fabulous condition and rarely needs sharpening. I used to think the best knives cost hundreds of dollars, but I was wrong. This knife is the stuff!
This is the Vitamix that I own and travel with. I also got a refurbished one (like the one shown below). It looked new when it arrived, and has been my faithful servant ever since. I would have a hard time living without it, for the mere fact that I love adding kale and carrots to my green smoothies (and regular blenders don't cooperate!).
Ahhh!!! THIS garlic press!! I might die without it. You put the WHOLE CLOVE in (peel and all!) and press. Boom. Garlic paradise, in the EASIEST way possible. (If you click the link, you'll see the image on Amazon's website)
I've had this dehydrator for many years, and I just love it! The nine-tray is best, because it's pretty darn easy to fill up each tray, especially if you like kale chips. Plus, I make fruit leathers for my daughter in this - the perfect school snack!
OK, so here's the deal with this product . . . I don't own this food processor, but it's on my wish list. I currently have a very old Cuisinart that's rapidly approaching death, and from what I've heard, the new Cuisinart food processors aren't so good. After getting feedback from people I trust, and reading reviews, this Breville model is the one I want and would recommend.
I use this about every day - I'm obsessed with healthy sodas! In my most recent cookbook (FOOD LOVE), there are lots of recipes for them, and it's so much easier and cheaper (and environmentally friendly) to make your own sparkling water.
If you get a Soda Stream, I highly recommend also purchasing the two extra bottles. Otherwise, it's hard to keep enough COLD sparkling water on hand. I'd even get two of these twin-packs if you're like me and drink a lot of natural sodas. Some of the flavors I enjoy are lime, ginger, lemon, and vanilla. I'd recommend tossing the artificial ones that come with the product. Make your own fresh soda flavors instead - it's healthy and so easy!
After having bad luck with truffle salts (I once paid $50 for one half this size and it had zero truffle flavor), I've found this one is fantastic. I've had it for over a year, and it's still got that wonderful truffle aroma and flavor. YUM.
My good friend's mom calls this a "whopper chopper." Ha! But seriously, this thing is fab for making evenly diced onions or zucchini. I'm sure there are other uses for it, but I love and rely on it just for those two things!
I finally broke down and got one of these a few months ago, and I'm so glad I did! I cannot even believe how quickly this baby cooks up dried beans! I usually use it just for that purpose, but it's also great for rice, soups, and slow cooking.
People always ask me what kind of juicer I recommend. Honestly, I don't use the "best" juicers myself, because they are usually SO hard to clean, and take forever to go from start to finish. This simple, inexpensive juicer has worked well for me and is super user friendly. I know it's not the best one out there, but it's one I actually use because it's EASY and cleans up fast!