Ok, aside from the obvious heavy hitters in my kitchen, like the dishwasher, stove and refrigerator, I have a few things I consider practically essential resources, besides my organizational tools.
Hands down, numero uno, most used small kitchen tool is my kitchen scissors. You may know of this handy dandy tool, but in case you don’t, these are scissors made especially for kitchen use. We use these for so many different jobs in our kitchen–cutting up waffles and pancakes, vegetables and meats, fruits such as peaches, slicing pizza, and opening popsicles and other kitchen packaging. Especially when you have little ones, and need to cut things up into bite size pieces, these are essential as a time saver. If you don’t have these, just check out any kitchen accessories section of your favorite store. The paint splatters on mine are not included. A little tip I offer is to wash by hand and let them air dry. I think they last longer, and it seems to keep them from rusting.
When we moved into our home about 4 years ago, we bought a brand new dishwasher, and despite it’s substantial price, my dishes started coming out of it covered with a heavy white film. I tried everything to make it stop. I bought different rinse aids, ran lemon koolaid through the dishwasher (which the internet said to try) and also vinegar. I even had the repairman come out to check out my new dishwasher, and he promised that nothing was wrong. If I remember correctly, I found out about “Lemishine” online, and to me it’s a miracle. I sprinkle a little bit in my detergent cup for each load of dishes, and they come out sparkling! When nothing else worked, this did (I am not being compensated whatsoever for saying that)!
Another essential in my kitchen is this little tool bag, that is just mine, and I keep it in my pantry. It was a gift from my sister (thank you, sis) years ago, so I can always find the right tool when I need it.
I love little “dessert” sized dishes of which I have several different types, some oven proof and others not. These can be used for SO many different things–serving snacks, fruit or icecream, jello or pudding, holding recipe ingredients, appetizers, or even for organizing items in a drawer (paper clips, thumbtacks…).
Since they’re small, they take up much less room in the dishwasher too, and they come in glass or plastic.
I was completely tickled to find this tortilla keeper/warmer at my local Aldi’s store for around six or seven dollars. It comes with a warming stone to keep your tortillas warm till you use them.We have burritos/soft tacos A LOT around our house, in case you haven’t noticed from my menu planning, and this to me makes the meal a little fancier.
My label maker was begging to show up, since I use it so often in the kitchen for labeling things like my light switches (so I’m not always turning on the disposal), to medicines, food in the pantry and in the refrigerator, not to mention all my files and notebook tabs.
The last of my things that gets LOTS of use in my kitchen are placemats. Many times when family members ask me what I would like for my birthday or Christmas, I say “placemats.” It all started when we bought a new dining table a few years ago, and I didn’t want the kids to scratch it up, so I bought some placemats, and we started using them for every meal. Now it’s just habit, and I think it makes our table look prettier, and helps it last longer as well. Placemats can be pricey when you are buying them six at a time (or more), and so I always like to keep my eyes open at the various thrift stores I frequent for an inexpensive set that I like!
There you have it, a few of my favorite kitchen tools that help make my kitchen more efficient. Hope you find a helpful resource that you can add to your kitchen!