Kitchen Gadgets I Can't Live Without

While I try to live by a fairly minimalist approach in all aspects of life, including cooking (utilizing natural produce and straight forward methods to achieve simple and delicious meals) there are a few kitchen gadgets that I cannot live without.

Luckily, these are the sorts of things you are gifted for a wedding, and we were very fortunate to receive almost everything on our registry. So I never feel lacking in the kitchen supplies (Thank you Crate & Barrel!). 

Now that I have these tools, I can never look back. They have elevated my kitchen by providing ease at meal times! So here is my list of essential kitchen equipment, so you can be prepared to tackle simple recipes like mine, or the complex ones that my husband likes to make ;) 

It's no secret that I am obsessed with salty, savory food. I would much rather eat a bowl of popcorn than ice cream any day. I do not have a sweet tooth! When I want a late night snack, this air popper saves the day! I buy organic corn kernels from Trader Joe's. (I swear a huge bag is like less than $2 and it lasts me at least 6 months.) I store the kernels in a large mason jar and pour a 1/4 cup into the air popper when I'm ready to snack! As the popcorn is popped, I spray on a bit of olive oil spray (or water!) and toss with nutritional yeast, paprika, or lemon pepper!

Now I know this price tag is ridiculous, and I do not think it is reasonable to drop $600 on a gadget... However, I use this tool EVERY DANG DAY! Sometimes, more than twice a day!!! I'm serious! Every morning starts with a giant smoothie for Anthony, and I use this to make nut milk every week! Not to mention, it is essential to make our beloved cheez sauce. If you have been thinking about making the purchase, I highly recommend you do! You're life will be changed forever!

Speaking of nut milk, this nut milk bag changes the game! Making your own nut milk not only saves you money, but it saves you from all those nasty additives that are completely unnecessary! Did you know that the only ingredient required in nut milk is NUTS! That's it. You don't need any 'guar gum', 'carageenan', 'xantham gum', or 'sunflower lecithin'. Try making your own nut milk by following my nut milk recipe here! All you will need is a good blender (see above) and a nut milk bag! You can get 10% off your entire cart at Ellie's Best by entering code 'KristenCarli' at checkout! 


If you don't have a food processor, I would really recommend investing in one. You cannot always use the Vitamix for everything. Ideal for making dips, dressings, spreads, and sauces, this tool is used frequently in our house: see Dips, Sauces, Spreads for inspiration.

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