If you cook as many meals as I do, you’d give up quite a lot just to save some time in the kitchen. Heck, even if you cook all of your meals for the week in 1 day, wouldn’t you want it to be the easiest it can be?
I’ll talk about all of my favorite appliances, prep items, and even a few decorative items for when the guests are over. I’ve tried all sorts of blenders, mixers, pots and pans, coffee makers, and random gadgets for the kitchen. I love them, but a lot of them are junk and a lot of them break easily.
I’ll be going over my favorite appliances and kitchen utensils that I use to cut down your time in the kitchen, make your food work for you, and help you enjoy what you’re doing!
CUISINART DLC-10S PRO FOOD PROCESSOR
SLICE, DICE, AND SHRED WITH EASE
As one of the most used tools in my kitchen, a food processor can be used to make nut butters, vinaigrettes, to finely chop vegetables, or just to shred cheese. It saves so much time and does things that I’d never be able to do with just a knife.
Cuisinart has earned their place as one of the top brand of kitchenware, and I’ve yet to be disappointed in any of their products. I’ve owned cheaper food processors in the past, and this one is well worth spending the extra money for.
CUISINART ICE-21 ICE CREAM MAKER
DELICIOUS, CREAMY, SOFT-SERVE GOODNESS
For those that enjoy the cold, creamy, and delicious substance, an ice cream machine is necessary to get that straight out of the machine soft serve texture.
If you get a bit creative, you can make ice cream out of just about anything – avocados, heavy cream, or gelatin. It’s a wonderful, cheap, and easy-to-use appliance to have around the kitchen.
NINJA MEGA KITCHEN SYSTEM
EASILY PREP YOUR SHAKES, DRINKS, AND ICED BEVERAGES
Instead of spending $500 on a Vitamix, I chose to get a Ninja and have been using it for well over 3 years. The blades are as sharp as ever, the power is just as good as the first time I used it, and it won’t burn out quickly.
You get power, utility, and lifetime all with a great price tag that we all love. Trust me, I’ve bought cheap blenders and had them burn out on me, but this one is well worth spending just a bit more for the quality it gives.
KEURIG K55 EDITION
INSTANT GRATIFICATION IN THE MORNING
Making your morning routine fast and stress free is the perfect way to start the day. All you have to do is drop a pod of coffee in, press a button, and you’ll have your cup of joe waiting for butter and coconut oil in less than 60 seconds.
There’s not much I look forward to in the morning, but smelling a cup of freshly brewed coffee is definitely one of them.
BABYCAKES MINI DONUT MAKER
PERFECTLY COOKED WITH A FRACTION OF THE CARBS
I know…what is a donut maker doing on here? We all love these things, and we can still have them while on keto.
I’ve tried the donut pans and they just don’t do the job – so do yourself a favor, buy this super simple donut maker, and enjoy yourself on your days off. Fry up the donuts in some coconut oil when done and you have yourself some donuts that are better than the stores.
PROGRAMMABLE COOK AND CARRY CROCKPOT
MAKE YOUR DINNER WITH A SET AND FORGET ATTITUDE
Easy and quick meals are something that most of us go for when we’re cooking all the time. Being able to stew meat, cook a roast, or simply make broth, a slow cooker will come in handy for anyone looking to save time, stress, and have leftovers when it comes to dinner.
It’s the “set and forget” method that we love so much, and going above for quality makes sure your foods end up how you want them.
CUISINART 2-SPEED IMMERSION BLENDER
THE POWER OF A BLENDER IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
Besides my food processor, this is my second most used tool in the kitchen. It does pretty much everything I need it to and then some.
From making soups to making dressings, an immersion blender is a way to easily make sauces and side dishes in a fraction of the time. They’re cheap, they have tons of uses, and they definitely should earn a spot in your kitchen drawer.
CUISINART CLASSIC ROUND WAFFLE MAKER
BREAKFAST NEVER TASTED SO GOOD
Sometimes we just want waffles in the morning. Being low carb shouldn’t stop you from eating the foods you love.
A non-stick waffle maker is the most important to me because the keto dough we make normally stick a bit more than flour-based dough. Having that perfect crisp on the outside while still being fluffy, slightly dense, and absolutely delicious is the way to go.
PADERNO WORLD CUISINE SPIRALIZER
TURNS YOUR VEGETABLES INTO NOODLES
Sometimes we don’t know how to get more vegetables in our diet, but with this thing – it’s easy! You can turn a zucchini into noodles for your favorite alfredo or carbonara.
You can make chips and different shaped vegetables. From radishes to cucumbers, any vegetables that are long enough can be turned into noodles or ribbons. It’s well worth the investment to spice up the dishes that you make and add a bit of variety back into your diet.
PROCTOR SILEX 5-SPEED HAND MIXER
MIXING MADE EASY
Whipping cream, aerating eggs, and making batters never got easier. These things are durable as anything else, and I’ve had my $20 hand mixer for the last 10 years.
There’s no point in spending the extra money here, this is a solid brand with a durable product that can take an everyday beating and still last years on end.
Prep & Cutlery
GLOBAL G-2 8 INCH CHEF'S KNIFE
STYLISH, SHARP, AND COMFORTABLE
Who doesn’t want to chop vegetables like the chefs on TV? Smoothly and rapidly cutting through whatever you place in front of the knife.
That’s what you want in good knives. Most people will buy a mediocre knife block and be unhappy with the performance, but you only need a few knives that perform well to be able to do all of your tasks at hand.
GLOBAL GSF-50 6 INCH UTILITY KNIFE
VERY LIGHT AND VERY SHARP
When you need a bit more finesse than a chef’s knife can offer, this will be your best friend in the kitchen. It can chop, mince, and dice anything from salads to tartar.
You need a knife that’s sharp, relatively heavy so you can let it do the work, and a good handle so that it’s comfortable to hold. A utility knife is the mid-range between a paring knife and a chef’s knife.
GLOBAL G-9 8 3/4 INCH BREAD KNIFE
GREAT WEIGHT, SHARP, AND ELEGANT
With a serrated blade, this will be the perfect way to cut buns, breads, cakes, and pizzas.
It’s great for cutting meats like roasts, roasted turkey or chicken, and meatloaf too – allowing for thin and easy slicing each and every time. Keep your knives looking beautiful and complete the collection with the perfect bread knife.
3 STAGE PROFESSIONAL KNIFE SHARPENER
VERY LIGHT AND VERY SHARP
Making a good knife last a lifetime requires some maintenance. One of these is sharpening and honing the blade during wear so that it’s perfectly straight and razor sharp. The easiest way to do this is to get an electric sharpener that will do all of the work for you.
It won’t take any practice or perfection to use and only takes a few minutes while manually doing it can take quite a long time. You won’t look as cool, but you’ll be cutting vegetables easier than you ever have before.
JOIE ROUNDY EGG RING
PERFECT EGGS WITH THE PERFECT COOK
Who doesn’t want perfectly round fried eggs in the morning? Not only do these work great as a shaper for eggs, they also work to make the perfect pancakes, great buns, and mouthwatering dishes.
You can use these to cook, but you can also use these to plate the perfect round presentation on food you want to impress.
FSC CERTIFIED PARCHMENT PAPER
MAKE BAKING A BREEZY CLEANUP
While we do have silpats, they don’t always cover the sides of casserole dishes when we cook. Parchment paper is cheap, non-stick, and extremely easy to use.
It makes for some great additions to plating, but can be irreplaceable when we’re baking round cakes and deep dish casseroles. This is definitely something you should have in your drawer for when you need to make something that has to be easily removed from your baking dish.
DECORATIVE CUPCAKE LINERS
PRESENT YOUR CUPCAKES WITH CONFIDENCE
Silicone cupcake liners will do the job in almost every scenario – except for presentation. When it comes to serving up others, we always want to have a small stock of things that can really give the wow factor to our guests.
From converting people to low carb to making people understand that low carb isn’t boring, having that extra factor in food presentation helps people give that leap of faith in our lifestyle.
GLASS REVOLVING CAKE STAND
YOUR CAKES WILL NEVER LOOK AS BEAUTIFUL
You’ve made a double layer cake and you want to show it off? Here’s your chance – a beautiful, simple, and elegant way to show off what you’ve made to everyone.
All the while, it’s still easy to cut slices off and serve to people right as they watch. No fussing, no messing, just delicious presentation in a simple manner.