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GRAMCRACKER46's Photo GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,810
7/13/18 5:38 P

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Great suggestions and I ditto them all. I will add freezer containers for leftovers and meal prep. I ordered 1 and 2 cup plastic containers from Amazon. Now I can meals ahead or save leftovers (soups) for an easy meal later.

Good luck to you.
Ps. Kitchen utensils are my weakness.

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7/13/18 3:49 P

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I second or third measuring cups/spoons, cutting boards, pairing knife.

Oh and I love my spatulas, I need more actually.

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7/13/18 2:01 A

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My faves include: Decent sharp knives, Hamilton Beach stick blender, Cuisinart mini-food processor, spice/coffee grinder, aluminum saucepan with steamer basket, bamboo cutting board, glass storage containers, colorful, good quality dishtowels and last, but not least a spiralizer (it's such fun).

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7/12/18 7:43 P

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My kitchen scale and measuring cups. Just bought a new digital scale that was recommended by Spark.

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7/12/18 7:05 P

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My food scale immediately comes to mind. Also my set of measuring cups that look like Russian nesting dolls. They're cute and it's much easier to measure 1/3 cup when all I have to do is fill up the 1/3 c cup instead of fussing to get the right amount into a standard measuring cup.

One that surprised me was a set of good quality knives. I hadn't realized just how bad and inefficient my cheap knives were until I replaced them. It made a world of difference!



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7/12/18 4:56 P

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my weigh scale for food I use it faithfully now

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7/12/18 4:30 P

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I have a Hamilton Beach Food Processor that I have used to make banana "ice cream" and data energy bites. All the parts are dishwasher safe and it's easy to rinse so it is very easy to clean. You just throw in your ingredients and pulse until your product is the consistency you want. Its also good for grinding up coconut flakes and sunflower seeds into crumbs and I haven't tried making this yet but can also be used to make nut and seed butters as well as hummus, salsa, chimichurri sauce.

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7/12/18 2:08 P

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Hmmm, well, the main tools that I use every day are:

- cheap but sturdy kitchen scale (which I use for EVERYTHING - I weigh all ingredients, and never bother with measuring cups / spoons) www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/starfrit-5-kg-d
igital-kitchen-scale-0424076p.html


- good quality steel knives purchased at a specialty knife store and chosen for how well they fit and are balanced for my hand --- I'm still using Henckels commercial grade that I purchased over 25 years ago, along with a good sharpener (and I took lessons on how to keep a proper edge on them)

- maple cutting board for breads (kept sanded and oiled), along with bleachable plastic cutting board for meats, and a separate bamboo cutting board for vegetables / fruits

- Vitamix blender (which I use for everything from small-batch dough to smoothies to grinding my own flour: I use it at least daily, if not multiple times per day, and it has so far lasted over 4 years). I definitely believe in investing in the best quality that you can afford for a tool like this IF you will be using it a lot.

- Digital thermometers: instant-read thermometer, oven thermometer (for confirming actual oven temps), and meat thermometer which stays in the meat during cooking (I found having the thermometers made a HUGE difference in the quality of my meals, since I wasn't overcooking things due to worries about food safety)

- Painters tape (easily removable and doesn't leave glue behind) and Sharpie markers so that I can label all of the individual servings of batch cooked items

- Containers that can go from freezer to fridge to oven to microwave to dishwasher (I like Glasslock and Anchor Hocking)

- Silicon baking mats (to use instead of parchment paper for non-stick and easy clean up), and silicon spatulas and mixing spoons

- Cast iron skillet, dutch oven, or combi-cooker (I like Lodge)

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SLASALLE's Photo SLASALLE SparkPoints: (281,710)
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7/12/18 12:38 P

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I have a Cuisinart Mini Food Processor. It helps me a lot with chopping veggies and other things (making fresh pesto, etc.). Small enough that's it's so easy to get it out and not heavy like a full-size food processor (and less expensive).



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SHERRYMATI93's Photo SHERRYMATI93 SparkPoints: (6,812)
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7/12/18 10:56 A

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What are the best kitchen tools that you have used to make meal planning preparations go more swiftly (thus making it motivating since food prep time was reduced)? What brands? I'm wanting to expand my kitchen tool collection. Still very young so my kitchen is still accumulating some essential tools. Thanks.

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