By Sues and Chels of the “We Are Not Martha” food blog
There really is no better time to hunker down in the kitchen than during the holidays, with the oven on high and scents of peppermint and pumpkin permeating your house. And while we believe in doing most things from scratch, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look to the help of your friends your kitchen tools. Here are the tools we need to get through the holiday cooking and baking craze with smiles on our faces. If you don’t have them in your kitchen now, bake some extra cookies and maybe Santa will bring them with him this year!
High-Quality Cutting Board
Lots of people underestimate the importance of a good cutting board, but a good one will change your life. It needs to be big enough that you can get the job done comfortably. It needs to have a surface that won’t let your knives leave gouges in it as bacteria and other icky stuff can get stuck there. And it needs to be made of a material that won’t dull your knives. Dishwasher safe is also of key importance to us. We recommend bamboo or natural wood fiber laminate. The bigger the better.
Stand Mixer and Ice Cream Attachment
Perhaps it’s cliche, but the KitchenAid Mixer is more than just a tool, it’s a lifesaver and gets almost daily use. While the mixer and bowl are certainly enough, the ice cream attachment also gets used several times monthly in Sues’s kitchen. Homemade ice cream whenever you have a little inspiration and a few hours to wait? Heaven!
Silicone Cooking Liners
Greasing cookie sheets becomes a thing of the past once you get your hands on Silpat Silicone Cooking Liners. The liners prevent you from having to grease pans and cleanup is a breeze. Simply hand-wash and roll the mat up when you’re done baking!
Scraping around for the last bits of ingredients can be a pain if you don’t have a solid spatula on hand. Chels’ favorites are the Le Crueset silicone spatulas because while they’re flexible enough to bend around the curves of bowls, they’re still firm enough to hold on to every last bit of whatever masterpiece you’re preparing. They come in a variety of fun colors, too!
Talk about a time saver. When you love a whole lotta garlic in your food and you don’t have a whole lotta time to spend mincing it up, just peel it, pop it in the GarlicZoom, roll it up and down your counter a couple times, and you’re done. Perfectly minced garlic every time! We’re obsessed with this one.
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Meet the Bloggers
Chels Adams and Sues Anderson are the food blogging team behind the food blog “We Are Not Martha” where they write about all things food and lifestyle. Chels is a graphic designer, and Sues works as a freelance writer and social media consultant.