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I figured seeing as I am always rambling on about cooking and some of the equipment I use this would be a good chance to list a few of what kitchen accessories I deem “kitchen essentials”. Items that I use regularly and that help me create – what my wife says “better than restaurant food” and what my toddlers says “I’m hungry daddy!” I hope you find some of them useful and it helps you in creating many dishes from my blog 😉
I’ll start with the larger kitchen accessories that I own and do a further post for smaller less expensive items. I don’t use these everyday but the majority of them get pulled out on a weekly basis. One things for sure I ain’t gonna bore you with any technical info – probably because I don’t know any BUT what I will do is give you a small list of these items and reasons why I love them and maybe you will find similar reasons too.
Kitchen Aid Food Processor & Attachments
My KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red is the first thing that jumps to mind. MY wife bought me this as a birthday gift – nice job wifey! It’s pulled out of the pantry multiple times a week. I went with red as it’s the classic kitchen aid colour. Since then I have added many attachments like the KitchenAid KSMPRA 3-Piece Pasta Roller & Cutter Attachment Set and KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment. Now, I wouldn’t class myself as a master pasta maker or a full time grinder just yet but I am getting there slowly!
Kitchen Aid Mini Food Processor
This KitchenAid KFC3516WM 3.5 Cup Food Chopper, Watermelon would you believe I won! 2 years ago we moved from NYC to Brisbane and I had to get rid of all my electronical kitchen equipment – NIGHTMARE! So aside from the expense of moving continent I had to restock my kitchen with multiple items. I entered a competition for this mini food processor and I won. Jackpot! What I love about this guy is it takes up very little space, the blender parts are dishwasher safe and it simple to use. It has a nifty pouring spout to add liquids in while mixing which is great for sauces/dressings.
This guy is used about 4 – 5 times a week I’d say.
In case you haven’t noticed I have a few kitchen aid items!! The KitchenAid KHB1231OB Hand Blender Onyx Black is once again a regular in my kitchen. Small, lightweight and super efficient I use this puppy for making soups, pureeing vegetables for a dinner, pureeing pear for the toddler (the only way she will eat it!).
This was 100% one of my greatest kitchen accessories that I purchased. I did a catering gig a couple years ago and wanted to better myself in the kitchen with the profits and was always on the fence about sous vide but boy am I glad that I bought an Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker | WI-FI + Bluetooth | 900W | Anova App Included. It’s not one that I use every week but when I do the results are fantastic. In fact as I write this I am about to seal some lamb rumps to cook sous vide later! I wrote an article in sous vide so for a little more info click HERE to read it.
Not on only is it GREAT for keeping food longer in your fridge/freezer it’s kinda essential for your sous vide to work. I remember growing up and vac packing was the rage to help busy families not throw out so much food because of freezer burn. I used to laugh and thing just F’in cook the stuff instead of leaving it in the freezer. Now that I am a parent – stay at home Dad too. I see that the best intentions of eating that piece of chicken you put in the freezer sometimes disappears. Vac pack it, date/label it and your shelf life has doubled. WIN WIN
Ice Cream Machine
This one is defo not an “essential” but then kinda is too. Truthfully I was brainwashed by Australian Masterchef! I have watched so many cooking shows/comps and someones does ice cream and instantly I shout NO NO at them because it’s usually their downfall. Either that or they say “I make X all the time at home, this challenge is right up my alley” FAIL! Having wanted an ice cream machine for ages and watching masterchef here in Australia they made ice cream all the time and it actually worked ALL THE TIME. Off to the shops I go!
This is 100% a kitchen accessory that is essential. I bought my Global G2338 G-2338-3 Piece Starter Set with Chef’s, Utility and Paring Knife, 3, Silver 12+ years ago. I keep them sharp and store them in a proper chefs block and they still work just as good as when I first bought them. One of the most important things with knives is to keep them sharp. More accidents/cuts happen when knives are blunt as they slip. Invest in a good set of knives and believe me your kitchen game will straight away step up a few notches!
I thought I’d save the BEST kitchen accessories for last. I have always loved bbqing but in Ireland it proved a little harder with the weather and NYC we had a tiny apt so no joy there. The first thing I bought when we moved to Brisbane was a weber bbq. I own a few of them know – thanks to Mrs AnotherFoodBlogger and I love them all. We cook on them 5 – 6 times a week I would say. I have a kettle for cooking charcoal and slow cooking, a baby Q for our monthly trips to Byron Bay and a genesis for my everyday cooking. Truthfully you don’t need as big a bbq as I got but it doesn’t hurt! Here are a few links to what I have and others I would suggest
These are just some of the larger kitchen accessories that I use regularly at home. All serving different purposes but all helping me to elevate my food on a regular basis. Check out my INSTAGRAM feed to see more of what I create using these items and I hope that I have helped you in some way with your cooking. Stay tuned for my list of smaller MUST HAVE kitchen accessories
Happy Cooking and Happy Eating Friends!