I have quite a few kitchen tools and gadgets I've accumulated over the years, mainly starting with my wedding day, almost 10 years ago. You know, thanks to a Wedding Registry that most people getting married put together, with or without the spouse involved, gathering kitchen appliances and gadgets that you "think" you'll need once you get married.
I think some of us have this picture in our head of baking and cooking and all the marriage-type stuff we think we'll do more once we're married and settled down. Now, most of you probably didn't use most of those things after the wedding day. I might be a minority here, but I would say that's when I really started experimenting and playing with kitchen tools and gadgets I didn't really even know much about.
Kitchen Tool Trials
Some of those appliances I still have today, yes, 10 years later they're still working for me quite well, without issues even. Some kitchen tools you'll see below are newer and came into our cooking repertoire a little later, but they're still quite important in our everyday cooking.
My husband and I are very picky when it comes to cooking tools and gadgets, so if it's no good we return it almost immediately and try a new one. We try to only buy from sources we know have a great return policy for faulty items like Costco and Amazon, for example.
All the kitchen appliances and gadgets listed below are tried and true for our kitchen. They work really well for us in our busy kitchen, now feeding 3 growing boys. I'm sure this list will change significantly for us in 10 more years feeding teen boys.
10 Year Kitchen Rockers
These are my die-hard appliances that I received 10 years ago and are still working hard for us after all these years! Our kitchen would be incomplete without them and we probably won't get rid of them till they completely die on us or we need a larger model for making bigger batches of food. These appliances have been rocking and rolling in our kitchen, making countless meals, dishes and treats. Highly Recommend these for every home cook!
Home Cooking Must Have's
These appliances and tools are ones I have slowly accumulated over the last few years that have simplified my home cooking and taken our home cooking to a whole new level. These are not necessities, but if you're a serious home cook you will never want to be without these once you start using them.
The mandolin helps you make great shreds for slaws, slices for veggies and so much more. I really like this model.
My Big Bonus Appliances
These appliances were added to our kitchen repertoire thanks to a generous family gift and an Amazon Warehouse (Open Box) steal. These are appliances we've lived without for years, they're kitchen luxury for us, but now that we have them they've become a major component in our cooking and help a ton with certain needs. Our first addition was the juicer. We got the juicer to try a juice cleanse and since then have loved having it for the occasional awesome raw juices it makes. Now, mind you, not all so called "juicers" are actual juicers. Check out our post on differences here. Shortly after the juicer we got our beast of a blender as a gift. What an amazing powerhouse this thing is. It's amazing for so much more than just smoothies. The power will move you. It's worth the expense.
Little Gadgets with Big Purpose
These kitchen gadgets and tools make life in the kitchen so much easier. They're not big expenses and not only speed up prep, but help make it more precise. I highly recommend these all these kitchen tools and use them almost on a daily basis.
All of these gadgets and kitchen tools are well used in our kitchen. We've gone through quite a few kitchen gadgets over the years just trying to find the best to keep around and that actually work great for me and my husband. All of these have made the cut and we highly recommend for a balanced busy kitchen.
If you have a recommendation not on here or have experience with any of these, please feel free to share in the comments below. We love hearing about other tools we might not know about or secret tools not well known to most home cooks.