We all want to save time and money in the kitchen.
The following are simple tools that will serve you very well for years to come.
- George Foreman Grill
- Good Knife Set
- High Powered Blender
- Cooler and Tupperware
- Crock Pot
- Non-Stick Skillet
A George Foreman countertop grill is one of the best investments you can make for your kitchen. Not only does it drain extra fat away from your meat, but it cooks everything Much faster due to cooking both sides simultaneously. You can get a small one for about $20 dollars that you can cook your food for the day on, or about $100 for one that will cook your food for the week. Most items will cook in 7-10 minutes.
A good knife set is an enormous time saver. Knives can run anywhere from $20 to $200. If money is tight, you should spring for at least 1 good all purpose knife.
Blenders are awesome for making protein smoothies, but their is little worse than a blender that can’t blend! You can get a cheap blender, but you will have to replace it often and deal with subpar performance. I own a Vita-Mix which is a 2 horse power, $400 tool. This is overkill for most people though. For personal home use I would recommend either the Magic Bullet Blender, or a Kitchen Ninja. Both of which are available for $50-$60.
Get a cooler that can hold your daily meals. Always have your food prepared ahead of time and take it with you. You can either get some disposable tupperware for just a few dollars, or spend a little more for glass. I prefer glass (you should not heat food in plastic if you can avoid it), but I own quite a few of the disposable ones as well.
A Crockpot is such a versatile tool! Soups and stews, meat and veggies, steel cut oats, hard boiled eggs, you are only limited by your imagination. You can set it before work, and have a hot meal waiting on you when you get home. Now that is a timesaver!
Finally, everyone should have at least 1 good non-stick skillet for sauteing.
One additional item that I can’t live without is a countertop oven. I don’t use microwaves as I believe them to be unhealthy. I take my prepared meals out of the tupperware onto a plate to heat it. It takes just a few more minutes, but tastes much better. My favorite is cinnamon apple baked oatmeal!