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My Favorite Kitchen Must-Haves

My Favorite MUST HAVE Kitchen Tools @JessicaMWhite.com

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A while ago I kept coming across posts about what people considered their “must-have” kitchen gadgets, and I thought to myself, that’s ridiculous, there is nothing in my kitchen that I couldn’t live without. Honestly there isn’t, but there are a few things that definitely make my life a bit easier.

My Favorite MUST HAVE Kitchen Tools @JessicaMWhite.com

My first kitchen love has been and always will be my Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. My MIL bought me this as my shower gift {I have the 6 qt professional}, and I have loved it forever! Growing up we didn’t have one of these, and when Matt and I started dating his mother did, and mine didn’t. It was a whole new world to have that thing {we’d been standing over bowls with a hand mixer or spoon}. There’s so much I can do with it, and tons that I have still never done with it.

My Immersion Blender didn’t become popular until Ave was born. It suddenly made baby food processing infinitely easier, then I realized I could do so much more with it! Chunky sauces thinned, guacamole, soups, anything! If something needs to get smoothed out, this is so much easier to use than a big food processor or blender {which my blenders always seem to be broken: Anyone else with that problem?}.

I’ve long been a believer in using cookie scoops, it was only this fall that I decided to splurge and by myself a 1/4 cup Muffin Scoop: Game changer! No more messes while making muffins or cupcakes or dishing out equal portions of ANYTHING {which are a necessity in this household!}.

Once upon a time I bought a Pampered Chef Mix’n Scraper, which I loved, then someone bought me a kitchen aid three pack of Assorted Scrappers and oh my…there was this thin, long handled scraper in there that was awesome! A medium scraper is great for mixing and stirring thinner batters, but that thin, long handled one is a dream to clean appliances {like the immersion blender} and scrape out containers.

When it comes to measuring ingredients there are two things that I couldn’t live without my Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cups and a 5 piece measuring cups {includes 3/4 cup}. The Pyrex is great because I can microwave or heat them and they’re just all around awesome {I use the bigger ones-2 cup and 4 cup} for mixing small batches of batter. The greatest thing about a 5 piece measuring cup set is the inclusion of a 3/4 cup…it takes all the work out of 1.5 cup measurements…there is no getting multiple pieces dirty, just one and it’s done!

While I love my Stand Mixer there are definitely times when it would be overkill to use {quick breads, muffins, and other easy to mix dough}, that’s is when it’s really handy to have a Big plastic mixing bowl or 3. They’re light weight, easy to clean, and make a lot less work than scrubbing out the beaters of a stand mixer.

Last, but certainly not least is our Kitchen Scale; this thing gets used constantly…several times a day; from ingredients for recipes, letters, and anything else you name it…our kitchen scale is used for it. It’s so small and convenient that it just sits in a drawer and I can whip it out and put it back in seconds!

What are your favorite kitchen tools? Are they expensive gizmos or common-sense gadgets?

Swedish Creme {a Recipe – THM S/Keto}

This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes. It’s great to use up sour cream if you have it (for some reason we always end up with 1/2 used containers of sour cream hiding in the fridge).

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup Sugar (OR 3/4 cup Gentle Sweet)
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon if you buy bulk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups sour cream
1 cup fresh raspberries or strawberries

Combine cream and 1 cup sweetener of choice in saucepan and cook, stirring constantly over low heat until candy thermometer reads 160* or steam rises off from pan (DO NOT BOIL!). Stir in gelatin until dissolved, add extracts. Cool 10 minutes. Whisk in sour cream. Pour into eight dessert bowls. Chill 1h our. Spoon fruit over before serving.