As you all know, I’m totally food-obsessed. And many of you end up reading the brunt of it because I love to share fabulous food and kitchen finds with you all. I’m a giver, what can I say?
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my must-have kitchen items … particularly if you’re going to be hosting the big gathering.
Here’s what I refuse to be without on Thanksgiving day … and pretty much anytime I’m in the kitchen.
1. My apron. I’ve been wearing an apron for more than a decade. And people used to laugh at me all the time because I don’t just wear one when I cook. As a child, I can remember my grandmother putting an apron on every single morning and not taking it off until bed (unless she left the house for something).
It kept her clothes clean when she was doing housework and cooking and provided her with pockets when she was sewing or puttering around the house. I made my own, but I like this Rustic Full Kitchen Apron by Meyer Textile Company, and if you have a little one that likes to “help” in the kitchen, this mother/daughter apron set by lovelaine is adorable.
2. Carafes. You can find carafes anywhere … from Goodwill to Target. The reasons I refuse to be without them in my kitchen are many.
For one, they’re huge space-savers in the refrigerator. Forget about plastic pitchers of juice or that giant Britta pitcher. When we have gatherings, I fill a few with water, a few with juice for the kids and a few with beverages for adults.
3. My iPad Stand. I use the Belkin Chef Stand (that comes with a stylus) because it means my messy fingers don’t need to touch my screen. But if you’re good about staying clean, Mashable has a great list of seven different iPad stands specifically for the kitchen (and mine made the list – woot!!). Padgadget also has some cute ones I would consider.
Do you have any must-have items for the kitchen? Those gadgets that you reach for time and time again?
If any of you have a line on a great milk frother, I’d love to hear about it.Â I tried the inexpensive one offered by IKEA, but it didn’t last very long. In this case, I suspect that you get what you pay for.