My Kitchen Must-Haves


I’m a home cook and at least five or six days of the week, I’m cooking something delicious for my family – oftentimes from scratch. Cooking something amazing is not only fun for me, but cooking and feeding people is my love language. So I want to be as efficient as possible when I’m in the kitchen. I’ve found a few must-haves that help me make cooking effective and pain free.

A Dutch Oven

It’s big, heavy-bottomed, cast iron and useful. It stays on my stove, and I use it for roasting, braising, soup making and frying. Dutch ovens are the do-it-all tools of the kitchen. I made sure to invest in a great brand that is going to last a long time. Brands that give me the best cook for my buck include Lodge, Staub and Le Crueset. Check out your local discount stores like Tuesday Morning, TJMaxx or Marshall’s; they often have them for a steal! 

Butcher Paper

This stuff is magic. It’s perfect for wrapping up meat purchased in bulk to prepare for freezing, but it also doubles as a coloring sheet in a pinch. My daughter loves being the kitchen with me while I’m cooking, and one of the best ways I keep her entertained is by supplying kitchen pots, crayons and a sheet of butcher paper. 

Immersion Blender

Don’t have one? Get one. It’s saves my homemade soup life. Whip it out; blend it up. It takes the guesswork out of trying to pour hot soup in the blender. Grab one. You’ll be glad you did. 

Glad Press’n Seal Wrap

Two words: toddler life. How many unfinished meals do you deal with in a week? Need to safely secure something without a lid? Enter Press’n Seal Wrap. It sticks to anything.

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