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I’ve always believed that it’s possible to create great meals with a few simple, basic kitchen tools.
There are many products and appliances on the market that are very helpful, innovative, and trendy, but they don’t necessarily make you a better cook. Some may make your life easier, such as a good name brand standing mixer, or a juicer. Some provide a bit of added comfort and protection, like a good pair of kitchen clogs.
Then there are some appliances that just provide more dishwashing opportunities, or have too many parts to inevitably be lost. However, there are also those mega-splurge tools over which cooks everywhere salivate. Here are a few of mine.
I have a small hand juicer that is absolutely essential because I cook with a lot of citrus for its bright, clean flavor and acidic balance. What cook wouldn’t love either a large, industrial sized hand-crank or electric juicer?
It would come in handy for making marinades, dressings, homemade juices, cocktail mixers, and so much more. I’ve been eyeballing the Hurom HU-100 Masticating Slow Juicer available in three colors via Amazon. It looks to be a very well put together product that should last many years.
Mix it Up
I’ve had my KitchenAid stand mixer for almost twenty years. It’s a phenomenal piece of equipment, and I couldn’t live without its stable presence in my kitchen. Most cooks crave ownership of one with a large bowl capacity and a revved up, heavy duty engine that can stand up to any dough or attachment, such as the KitchenAid standing artisan mixer, or a heavy duty Viking.
It goes without saying that a few attachments would be a nice touch, such as the food grinder, pasta maker, ice cream maker, or perhaps the sausage stuffer.
Cup of Joe
I love lattes! I also love my modest Delonghi two-shot espresso machine, but it would be heavenly to take my caffeine addiction to the next level with a top of the line model.
My dream machine would not only make the perfect espresso with its dark, bitter bite and creamy crema, but would include an automatic grinder and a hot water dispenser as well. The Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine is high on my want list, but man is it pricey. Perhaps Santa will bring it if I ask nicely enough…
Pots & Pans
One of the most basic elements needed in the kitchen is a set of cookware. I have a very fine set, but when you cook every day, these will eventually need to be replaced. Many home cooks dream of owning a complete set of top of the line cookware, such as All-Clad, Le Creuset, Emile Henri, and others.
A whole set may prohibitively expensive, but a gentle hint at a birthday or Christmas could result in a new piece to add to your cupboards.
A Sweet Scoop
I dream of ice cream! I’ve put off purchasing an ice cream machine for one reason only: I’m afraid, very afraid, of the consequences. Yet, as a cook who doesn’t believe in deprivation (only moderation and a lighter look at most dishes), I would love to experiment with different kinds of ice cream at home.
I remember helping my grandmother to make it with an old hand-crank machine, using lots of ice and salt. While that made for good memories, it’s not really necessary anymore.
There are lots of fairly inexpensive models out there that are easy and quick to use, so this might be the most feasible kitchen addition on my list.
So many foodies enjoy wine, and a home wine cellar/cooler would be the ultimate gift, fulfilling one of their top desires in this area. I know my fridge is usually pretty full, and it can sometimes be difficult to fit in my bottles of white and rosé so that they are chilled.
Another advantage is that these can be placed anywhere in the house, freeing up some much-needed room in the kitchen. They’re a wonderful “investment” piece if you’re a wine collector with limited space, or if you just enjoy having enough wine on hand to throw an impromptu bash.
Speaking of room in the fridge, one of the ultimate kitchen splurges would be an oversized, top of the line fridge. They have so many added options, and enough room to make entertaining and storing a breeze.
But, they’re also tremendously expensive. Personally, I would be just as happy with a reliable, top-brand fridge that was larger.
These items are on many a cook’s wish list. These culinary enthusiasts don’t necessarily have to have any of them in order to create mouthwatering meals, but they would certainly make life in the kitchen more fun!
Of course we could live without them, but we all have dreams, and it’s only fitting that foodies fantasize about food-related things. So keep wishing, and maybe one of these days the kitchen fairy will deliver your most-wanted item when you least expect it.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!