Five top tools every cook needs for a successful 2021 in the kitchen
Posted On January 2, 2021
It’s a new year and we are all making our resolutions! Mine is to keep my kitchen a little bit more organized and pared down to the essentials. I’ve put together a small list of the top utensils and tools needed to cook at your best in 2021. My list is simple … no bells and whistles, just the basics.
Lemon juicer. Everyone needs to be able to squeeze every last drop of goodness out of their lemons, whether you are making resolution-lemon water, fancy sauces or cocktails. I have one similar to this, and it’s in daily use.
Immersion blender. I know I’ve sung the praises of this humble little appliance many times but this one is a must have for creamy dressings, puréed soups, merengues, and more. I have this exact one, and it’s changed my life.
A good cast iron skillet. Most nonstick skillets are toxic and let’s face it—not that cute. Cast iron is not only super functional — it heats evenly, imparts iron into your food and can go from stovetop to oven (for frittatas! Cornbread with a crispy crust!)—its stately and elegant too. And call me a cooking nerd but there is something very zen about seasoning your pan after every use. This one from Lodge is classic and will literally be in your kitchen forever.
I am a mom of two and wife to a martial arts school owner, full-time social media professional and avid cook and gardener. I love creating recipes and involving my kids in the process. The food we cook is usually dairy-free and gluten-free, and sometimes paleo, but we make exceptions (ahem, sourdough bread). The “hippie” part of this blog comes into play in the ingredients we use—I’m pretty vigilant about the health of my family and you could even call me “crunchy.” The “modern” part is that I am busy! You won’t catch me making my own nut milk or churning butter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m more than happy to take the shortcuts provided by our lovely grocery stores and online shopping —especially in the midst of this global pandemic.