Wednesday, August 22, 2018

My Essential Kitchen Tools-Part 1

There are certain items that I use multiple times a day in my kitchen. They are my workhorses and I don't want to live without them.

1)Hands-free can opener. I open a lot of cans every day and having this battery powered hands free version makes my life a lot easier.
Once I got the hang of using it, opening cans was a breeze!
2) Lemon/lime Press: I love using fresh lemon juice when it's called for in a recipe so having this citrus press is so helpful for getting the most juice out of the fruit and not letting the seeds sneak out.
3. Mini colander: I have two of these little guys and they get a lot of use daily. They are the perfect size for draining and rinsing a can of beans.  They are also great for rinsing off a pint of berries or cherry tomatoes then holding them on the counter and looking cute while doing it.
4) High Speed Blender. I use my Vitamix almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It's invaluable for making smooth sauces and dressings.
Like my Vegan Cannellini Bean Sour Cream which I make almost every week.
5)Tofu Press: I wanted one of these for a long time before I finally got one last Christmas (it was on my list). It's not a necessity but it makes pressing the liquid out of tofu a breeze.  Pressing the liquid out of the tofu gives it a much firmer consistency for recipes.
I like to press it then cut it into cubes and marinate in some liquid aminos, garlic & Dijon mustard.  I roast it in the oven on parchment paper and the tofu comes out crispy, flavorful and delicious!  It would have been nice to have when I made this Crispy Fried Tofu recipe back in 2012!
What are your kitchen essentials that you can't live without?

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Laura Everyday Edits said...

Where did you find that can opener? A mini-colander is on my list of must wants. And, I love my new lemon/lime squeezer! Love the list! laura

Andrea Nine said...

I just love my mini colender. I’ve been wanting a lemon/lime press. Great tools making prep so much easier!

Tamar SB said...

Mini colanders are the best!

Carla from The River said...

I love my garlic peeler. ;-)
I like your mini colander.. I need one.

Claire Justine said...

I love my kitchen gadgets Heather. My latest was a cherry pitta. I love your lime squeezer and can opener. I would love these :)

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