Here’s a list of some appliances and other gadgets you’ll find in my kitchen. I consider all the items below to be my kitchen essentials because I use them often to create many of our family recipes. I’ve included links to read more on each item.
Ninja Professional 1500 Watts Blender and Food Processor
This was one of our best kitchen purchases as it gets used multiple times a day! It’s powerful enough to turn raw nuts into flours and nut butters, as well blend ice cream out of frozen fruit. I use the individual blender cups to make homemade salad dressings, fresh condiments, creamy yogurt from cashews, and to create various protein smoothies. It also comes with a medium and large food processor, great for chopping veggies quick, making energy balls, nut crusts for dessert, or blending up fresh salsa and guacamole. The Ninja system also has a large blender jug that we use to make fresh almond milk and family sized smoothies. It works great for our kitchen needs. If we upgrade in the future, I’ve got my eye on the Vitamix or a Blendtec, but for now the Ninja Professional holds up to our many daily uses.
Read more here: Ninja Kitchen System
Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Our Cuisinart hand blender was used a lot when we were making weekly batches of baby food. After steaming or boiling fruit and veggies, we could stick the immersion blender right into the pot and blend it up making a smooth puree. No need for those special baby making blenders, this is all you need! We now mostly use it to thicken up soups or other dishes. I actually don’t use the mini processor anymore as we have the Ninja, but it does work well for small processing needs.
Read more here: Cuisinart Immersion Blender
Breville Fountain Juicer
We have had the Breville Fountain Juicer now for a few years. We used to juice once a day, usually in the afternoon for a great energy booster. My boys love helping to make the fresh juice and enjoy all the different flavours we can create. It’s the only juice I allow in our house! It’s simple enough to clean, as long as you rinse it out right away, and it is dishwasher safe. It also has a large pulp collection cup, which makes it easy to freeze the pulp to add to muffins, sauces, etc. We haven’t been using it as much as we did before but I’m hoping it’ll make a come back in my kitchen for this blog.
Read more at: Breville Fountain Juicer
Cuisinart Griddler with Waffle Plates
I received the Cuisinart Griddler for Christmas last year. We use it so often, it gets a permanent place on our countertop. I love popping a sandwich in there, as it heats up the inside and makes the outside perfectly crispy. My older son loves getting sandwiches from the griddler! It also opens flat to create two cooking surfaces which is great for making big batches of pancakes. We also have the add on waffle plates that can do much more than just waffles.
Read more at: Cuisinart Griddler
Nesco Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator
We recently bought this to try another way of preparing various food for Lucas. Since he’s more excepting of crunchier food items, we have been experimenting with different fruits, vegetables, and crackers in the dehydrator. Preparing food this way is beneficial as it actually retains all the nutrients since the food remains raw.
Read more at: Nesco Gardenmaster Dehydrator
GEFU Sprizalfix Spiral Cutter
This is our newest addition to our kitchen accessories. I’m a beginner at making vegetable noodles, so hard to compare this gadget with anything else. It works great for zucchini noodles, but I had a hard time spiralizing carrots. I think it might be easier to have a horizontal spiralizer though, as this one limits the size of vegetable to the container depth once lid is closed.
Read more at: GEFU Sprizalfix
Soyha Nut Milk and Microgreens Sprouting Bag
This is a must have for making homemade milks! My first attempts to make almond milk I used cheesecloths. It worked but once I got this nut bag the difference was tremendous. The milk is so smooth and doesn’t allow for any bits of pulp to get through when straining the fresh milk. Apparently you can use this to sprout micro greens and as a juicing bag, but I haven’t tried either yet. A nut bag is so important when making milk because it’s reusable unlike the cheesecloth that is one time use only. I also like this bag because the seam is on the outside making clean up simple.
Read more at: Soyha Nut Milk Bag
Silpat Cookie Sheet
This has been a great money saver. I felt like all the parchment paper in the past was such a waste before getting this. I use a silpat for all my cookie sheet baking and nothing sticks to it! Extremely easy to clean with a simple wipe of a cloth.