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Five Workhorse Essentials for Your Kitchen

I've been the queen of my kitchen for a long time.  That means I have accumulated all manner of kitchen equipment, tools, and gadgets.  A couple of years ago we completed a full kitchen renovation and I took that opportunity to eliminate all the excess clutter and anything that was no longer useful.

I've been working hard to maintain discipline in my kitchen.  Nothing comes into the kitchen without thoughtful consideration.  I do not want to get into kitchen clutter again.  Even so, I do buy things once in a while.  I reviewed my Amazon purchases for 2018 and thought it would be fun to share the handful of kitchen items that made the cut into my kitchen cabinets this year.  I consider each of these items essentials. You'll notice there is no air fryer or InstaPot on this list.

My Kitchen Essential Purchases


My Kitchenaid double ovens were not replaced in the kitchen remodel.  Those ovens are teenagers now and I've felt the need to monitor their temperatures.  This inexpensive oven thermometer gives me peace of mind and ensures successful roasting and baking.



In early November I decided I needed to replace my fat separator.  For many years I used an OXO fat separator with a spout the did an okay job.  This new one by Cuisipro is a much better tool.   It's a little pricey but worth it for the no mess, no bother job it does. I've been using it for gravy and making chicken stock.




I always keep cooking thermometers on hand in a drawer.  "One and a spare" is my motto here.  A working cooking thermometer takes the guesswork out of your meal preparation.  This Taylor thermometer was a fantastic daily deal and is still very reasonably priced for a must-have kitchen tool.




Throughout the years I've had a number of favorite pans.  In 2018 I found myself making a lot of one-pan, stove-top dinners that required a broad cooking surface for browning a combination of meats and vegetables.  I went in search of a pan that would do the job for me.  This 14-inch pan from Rachel Ray does the trick.  It's my new favorite pan. You'll love it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner food preparation. If you are buying just one pan this year make it this one.




Finally, this most recent purchase is a combination of function and pleasure.  I bought an Amazon Echo to provide entertainment while I'm cooking.  It allows me to switch quickly and easily between, music, news, and podcasts.  I can set a timer with my voice, check for recipe substitutions quickly, make a quick phone call and even get recipe suggestions, all hands-free. I also like its sleek design.




I only recommend items I use and love.  All of these items were purchased by me from my personal Amazon account.  If you choose to use these links I will receive a small compensation.

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