Here is something a little different for a Friday. How about a look into some of the things I’m eyeing for the kitchen, and some of my favorite things I use often?
1. I saw this Cuisinart Immersion Blender in a Sur La Table catalogue and it comes in about 10 fun colors for under $30. I don’t know why we never bought one, but I think Santa might bring one this year. Immersion blenders are mostly for soups to puree in a soup pot so you don’t have to pour a hot soup into a blender. We have done that plenty of times, but for $30, maybe we’ll make more soups this winter.
2. Last year in Destin, we bought a Le Creuset cast iron skillet at the outlet store. It was a great idea. Le Crueset goods are very heavy and high quality allowing you to cook with them on the stovetop and move to the oven. We have used our skillet less than a handful of times probably, but we are glad to have it. Le Crueset items are very durable and great for cooking meats. Jeffrey really likes this item.
I also have a lower-end Le Creuset soup pot for the stove but not oven and use it often. Great brand, just heavy pieces!
3. Silpats. These are baking sheets that go on top of your baking sheet. Does that make sense? They are basically nonstick silicone sheets that protect your cookies and your baking sheet. I LOVE Silpats. I don’t bake cookies without them. They are amazingly nonstick. NOTHING sticks to a Silpat. And for me, the best part is the cookie sheet goes right back on the shelf because it didn’t get dirty. These are dishwasher safe.
4. This item is not on my “want” list or something we have. But I thought you might be interested because they are trendy and gaining popularity. It’s a Breville Juicer. I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” a few months ago and wrote about it, and it’s all about how great juicing is for your body.
Juicing takes a LOT of produce and I have heard that these machines are quite messy. We aren’t much for the juice drinkers, but many blogs I read that promote juicing love their juicers. It’s a great way to get in a lot of produce!
5. Along the same lines is the Vitamix. Also not something I really want right now, the Vitamix is like a commercial grade blender. It is verrryy powerful and can blend about anything smoother than your regular blender. They are quite pricey–around $500–but many people who love to blend really love their Vitamix.
I have seen a lot of TV ads lately for the Vitamix. I think they are trying to get more mainstream. They used to be very high end for chefs and restaurants I think.
I have a thing in my kitchen about not wanting appliances that take up a lot of space with few uses, like a juicer or waffle maker. Did you know I didn’t have a toaster when I lived by myself?! Took up space and I really didn’t eat toast! We do have one now, but for the longest time, we had a toaster oven because I liked the dual use. Then it died, and now we have a normal 4 slice toaster.
What’s on your kitchen want list this year? Happy gift giving!