Updated: Jan 25, 2021
I'm going to share a few of my favorite kitchen tools in this post because I love them so much. I use one or all of them every time I cook. I think you'll enjoy having these tools in your kitchen or giving one of them as a gift to a favorite cook.
In no particular order, these are a few of my favorite things!
The Ninja Food Chopper. I use mine for chopping pecans and making relish and salsa. I couldn't cook without it, and I don't even want to try!
A Microwave Oven. Who knew the day would come that we couldn't function without a microwave oven? I had no idea. But, there's no going back now! I use mine EVERY DAY. I've learned to make pie filling, roux, peanut brittle and green beans to die for in my microwave. Choose one with the automatic functions that are important to you. I have to have a potato button and a popcorn button. Silly? Maybe. But, mandatory! This one is similar to mine.
A Big Skillet. I use a 12 inch, stainless steel, heavy skillet almost every time I cook dinner. It's the most versatile piece of cookware I've ever had. It's great for the stove top or the oven. I use it for spaghetti, stew, stir-fry, meatloaf (I usually make it on the stove, with a thick tomato sauce) and breakfast foods, like eggs and sausage. The glass lid makes it easy to keep an eye on what you're cooking. Here are a couple of options. I prefer the two small handles, rather than a long handle, but either type will work.
A Non-Stick Skillet. I need this skillet, also. It comes in handy when I make "fried" eggs. I can make fried eggs with very little oil or butter if I use a non-stick skillet and cook them on low heat. They slide right out of the skillet!
I like this T-fal non-stick skillet because it's dishwasher safe, a lot of non-stick skillets aren't meant to be washed in the dishwasher. So, buy a good quality non-stick skillet, don't use a metal spatula when cooking with it, and you'll have a long-lasting favorite tool in your kitchen.
An Electric Pressure Cooker. I will never, ever have to cook pinto beans or a roast for 5 hours. This is pot is magical. I can cook a fork tender roast in 2 hours, or a pot of pinto beans in 1 1/2 hours! Chili from scratch in 40 minutes or less. The list goes on. This is another tool that I just can't do without!
A Good Knife (or two). I have two knives that I use daily. One is a Santoku and the other is a meat slicing knife. The Santoku style knife that I use is a 7 inch knife, that fits my hand well, and works great for chopping vegetables and fruits.
The slicing knife that I like best is an 11 inch knife that I use mostly for slicing through raw meat like a roast or pork loin. Sometimes I use it for vegetables, but it's a little large, in my opinion, for fruits and vegetables. That may not be true for you, you just have to "try on" some knives and see which one you're most comfortable using.
Here are a couple of popular knives that you can get on Amazon. I believe that you'd be happy with either or both of them.
This is the Santoku knife.
This is the slicing knife.