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8/31/18 3:10 A

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Kitchen items are my downfall. I just love them. My favorites include glass containers with plastic lids to store chopped veggies and leftovers in. Great for overnight oats too. Easy to just toss in the dishwasher and they stay odor and stain free. I also love my old Corningware. It was made to go from freezer to oven or microwave or stovetop and always cleaned up to look like new. And I just love kitchen gadgets and probably have more than anyone needs. LOL

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Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus, NutritiBullet, Wusthof knives, immersion blender, herb scissors, insta-read thermometer!



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8/27/18 10:05 P

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Love our Presto Salad Shooter. It makes grating a snap. DH will shred food items for the week and pack them in containers for ready use. Grated carrots and cheese are regularly used in our house.

Sharp knives and an apple slicer also made a big difference for us. We eat far more apples since purchasing an apple slicer.


Recently purchased ramekins so we could try shirred eggs. Shirred eggs have been a hit in our household. So, the ramekins were also a good purchase.



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8/22/18 11:51 P

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I like this. I used tom sell TUPPERWARE, I used mine a lot. Good job. God bless

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8/22/18 2:46 A

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a chef Lol

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8/18/18 9:56 A

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A Sous Vide setup, I have three and it has made a profound improvement in both convenience and quality of my cooking.

Hamilton Beach makes a Sous Vide/Slow Cooker combo that you can get for less than a hundred dollars. It is the one I use the most.

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8/17/18 3:23 P

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Immersion blender, food processor, good sharp knives

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8/16/18 3:40 P

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I love my cast iron skillets, knifes, cutting boards, and my kitchen towels! I need a new scale (recommendations anyone?) and i'd like to get an instant pot but am hesitant since I already have so many kitchen "toys"!



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8/15/18 10:07 A

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I love things that make life easier. instant pot, air fryer, spiralizer and my vitamix. i hardly use stove anymore and love it!


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8/15/18 8:31 A

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Just added an air fryer to my list. Love it!

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8/15/18 2:41 A

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kitchen scale

sharp knives

hand blender

bread maker - for making the dough for buns and pizza

quality heavy pots to cook food slowly and deliciously

kitchen scissors

lots of clean dish cloths and tea towels - I change them with every meal



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8/12/18 1:57 P

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Kitchen scissors, good sharp knives, easy clean pots and pans.

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8/12/18 9:21 A

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Electric Pressure Cooker. If I forget to thaw my meat, I can put it in frozen, then go from there. It also makes cooking dried beans easier.

Like many others, I appreciate my kitchen scale and sharp knives. I don't have fancy ones, but the ones I do have are sharpened regularly.

I also love my Mandoline and Vidalia Chop Wizard.


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8/10/18 12:24 P

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My WW scale



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8/9/18 7:55 A

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I used to work at Williams-Sonoma, then I was a cook... I have way too many kitchen toys ha ha

...but diet related I think my best thing is my food scale.

General cooking, I would not give up my Sabatier knives, Chantal cookware, and my porcelain dishes. All of which came with me when I emigrated to the Philippines! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/8/18 7:39 A

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ninja blender



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8/6/18 8:13 A

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a food scale and good Tupperware containers

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8/5/18 2:03 P

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food scale, good sharp knives, nice pots and dishes

not a tool, but: a clean and empty counter and sink!

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7/31/18 12:27 P

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I use for prepping several meals, crock pot, rice cooker, baking sheets, (silicone pads are the best) and sometimes pot and pans.I cook most of the items in the oven with baking sheets. I am not fond of doing dishes and the silicone makes easy clean up.I love my Nija, but would like an immersion blender to make my own mayo.

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7/31/18 9:02 A

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blender. definitely.

" Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.'


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7/30/18 11:54 P

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I'm kind of a minimalist: good knife, good cutting board, good pots, basic blender (stick or jug). Almost everything I cook uses not much more than that.

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My Vita Blender! I love it.

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Good, sharp knives



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I'm rather lazy by nature, so no special tool. But I totally appreciate the fact that the grocery store will spiral those zucchinis, and already chop stuff and coordinate cut peppers...all I do is add some spices and a lean meat. Very little work and super healthy meal!

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7/23/18 4:48 P

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food scale
measuring cups
smoothie blender
spiralizer

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7/23/18 2:06 P

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food processor, food scale

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7/23/18 1:47 P

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It depends on what types of foods you like to make. We eat a lot of chicken breast, veg, and beans/lentils.

For me, essentials are:

Good knife set (chef's knife for large veggies/high volume, serrated for bread/softer veg/fruit, paring knife for peeling/small jobs)

Meat scissors (dedicated, can come apart and be put in the dishwasher. i use these to cut up chicken)

Pots/pans: I like to have a nonstick skillet, a griddle (it covers 2 of my gas burners), a large soup/stock pot I can also boil pasta in or use as a steamer, medium-sized pot (for rice/quinoa mostly), large saucepan (i do most of my cooking in one of these), cast-iron skillet.

Metal colander and fine strainer.

Microplane for garlic/ginger/zesting/etc.

Good cutting boards (I use bamboo and don't cut raw meat on them. glass is terrible for your knives)

Pressure cooker/instant pot (for dried lentils/beans. i contemplated an instant pot and decided i just don't need it)

I do have and adore my vitamix, but I used a little bullet style one for a long time and that was fine (vitamix machines are $$$$)

Coffee grinder for spices (depends on what you prefer to use- i roast and grind each time)

Bakeware: 1-2 sheetpans, 9x13 glass dish, 1-2 round cake pans, silicone muffin cups (so I don't have to buy a muffin tin).

Toaster oven- we love having one- it gives us more flexibility than a regular toaster and lets me avoid turning on the big oven unless I really need it (or am meal prepping!).

Glass food prep/storage containers that are microwavable (sans lid), dishwasher safe, and can be used in the oven at certain temperatures

non-stick safe spatulas/spoons/etc. i basically use high-heat safe silicone spatulas for 99% of my cooking.

a decent, reliable veggie peeler and can opener. crappy versions make cooking unpleasant for me!

I also have a stand mixer that I adore but don't use super frequently and an air popper for popcorn. Nice to have but I don't think either is mandatory.

A lot of people really love their spiralizers- I just haven't felt the need to buy one. I have a mandoline and haven't used it in over a year. I don't have a food processor but think one may be helpful- for now I use a box grater or just cut by hand. One day I dream of buying a fancy espresso machine!

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!


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7/22/18 3:36 P

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I love my sistema steamer basket for vegetables. Pop your veggies in and microwave and they come out all steamed and the built in basket means no draining. I love it!

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7/22/18 3:09 P

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Juicer, spiralizer & food processor

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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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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).

Good cooking!

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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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my weigh scale for food I use it faithfully now

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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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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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"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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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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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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