The heart of the home, my kitchen is our favorite spot to hang out, work, and… obviously… cook. When choosing a house, I knew I needed a kitchen with lots of natural light, that was open to the living area so I could keep an eye on the kids as I cooked, and they could feel involved without always needing to be underfoot.
While I still have a few inexpensive low-quality kitchen items that haven’t been replaced yet, whenever possible, I choose quality over quantity. Most people are surprised at how little I actually have in my kitchen as far as gadgets go – but I would rather have one nice kitchen appliance in place of 3 or 5 specialty gadgets.
View and read below, to see what I’m using in my day-to-day cooking.
For our dinnerware we have Denby dinnerware in blue and white, and then half a dozen Corelle (chip resistant) custard cups and dinner plates. Denby is made in England and is chip resistant, it’s really well made heavy duty dinnerware.
Above our cups we store less frequently used mason jars in half gallon and quart sizes. We keep our water bottles and sippie cups here too, we prefer to drink out of glass when we’re home though, the weight of a glass encourages careful handling and there are less spills due to accidentally knocking them over. The water filter is re-filled every night, and if we have guests, after every meal.
For flatware I have stainless Onieda, like dishes, substantial silverware makes serving and eating food much more enjoyable. Choose the kind that is made in England, not China, for good quality.
My cutting boards are hand made by my dad, but this is a comparable style. I love this size, it’s small enough for easy use, but not so little that things slip off. A set of quality knives chops, dices, and slices. I have an extra paring knife since that’s the one I use most often.
Our serving platters consist mostly of nice oven-to-table dishes that look nice on the table and don’t require washing separately the way other serving plates do. Le Creuset 9×12 in blue, a glass pie dish, stainless pie dish, glass loaf pan, stoneware muffin pan and pizza pan.
I’ve chosen quality over quantity with pots and pans as I’ve been adding to my collection, I now have a 8 quart stainless steel stock pot with clear lid for stock and apple sauce, 12 inch stainless sauté pan, 2-1/2 quart pot with a lid, and this 10-piece set to round out my cupboard.
Kitchen appliances I love: A red Kitchenaid mixer brightens up the kitchen and creams butter, whips cream, and mixes doughs while the kids and I cook. A food processor is more utilitarian looking, but makes quick work of dicing, chopping, and grating – especially for when we’re bulk cooking. My 5 tray Excalibur Dehydrator works daily to not only dry fruit, but also preserve herbs, make crunchy veggie chips, and even incubate yogurt!
I have two crockpots- a mini for little batches of apple sauce, overnight oatmeal, and soup as a side dish, and a larger for chicken stock, large batches of soup, whole chickens, and pot roast. I have a single serve coffee brewer, it’s used not only for organic coffee (heavy cream stirred in please!), but also to make instant hot water for teas.
Cleaning supplies that I like:
If my floors are clean, I’m a much happier mama. I run the Roomba every day when we leave the house, and the Braava every evening after dinner (it’s super quiet).
Dr Bronners Castile soap for general soap, unscented powdered laundry detergent for the laundry, wool dryer balls (see how to make here) to reduce dryer time and static cling. My windows get washed with white vinegar and water, hydrogen peroxide takes out blood stains from the laundry, and seventh generation washes my dishes. In the dishwasher I do still use Cascade- it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to easily get the dishes clean and ready for the next home-cooked meal.
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