I firmly believe you do not need the latest and greatest in kitchen equipment to be a good cook. However, there are a few essentials and some fun items that are nice to own. Since Christmas is coming, I thought I’d share some ideas with you.
KitchenAid 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer is very similar to the one I’ve had for 18 years. Mine is still going strong. I use it several times a week. It was a huge splurge (one of the only black friday items Jim has ever purchased) but it was so worth it. Right now on Amazon the black mixer is $50 less than the white. That could change quickly,
but that’s a great savings.
I ordered the Dough-Joe pizza steel last winter and it has been such a fun purchase! This thing make awesome homemade pizza. It transformed our pizza nights. The pizza steel goes in the oven and the temp gets cranked as hot as it will go. Pizzas bake in about 6 minutes and the crust is perfection! I explain how to use the steel in this post. If you’ve ever wanted to improve your homemade pizza, this is the way to go.
If you’re using a pizza steel then you need a pizza peel in order to transfer the pizzas in and out of the oven. I use this Epicurean Pizza Peel. The pizza peel and steel together would make a fantastic gift for the cook in your life. Or for yourself. Or even as a family gift. We’ve had so much fun together on pizza nights.
Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is a great option if you’re in the market for a new slow cooker.
Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker I have two of these and I love them. They enable my ice cream habit. Yum!
I did some work with Swiss Diamond a few months ago. They sent me a covered skillet to try and I have loved it. I find I reach for it all the time. It’s heavy, it cooks evenly, it’s non-stick. It’s a bit of an investment, but this is a work horse and worth the money.