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Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen

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Hi, Ya’ll, today I am going to share with you the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for Your Kitchen.” After reading this post, I will have your kitchen prepped and ready for all of your baking and cooking needs. So, are you ready to find out what they are? Let’s go!


1. Knives and Cutting Board Set

The EatNeat 12-Piece Kitchen Knife Set with Cutting Board- Speed up your cooking and baking with this set that comes with all the knives you will need to cut, slice, dice, and chop. When you are not using the knives, they come with sheaths to keep them protected.


2. Pots and Pans Set

Amazon Basics Non-Stick 15-Piece Cookware Set– You will get 15-Pieces when you get this awesome cookware set. The non-stick coating will be easy to clean, and stay-cool handles so you won’t get burned. Plus you get a set of utensils.


3. Chopping Tool

Fullstar All-in-1 Vegetable Chopper, Mandoline Slicer & Cheese Grater– If you do a lot of chopping, grating, slicing, etc., then you are going to love this tool! This product has five interchangeable blades that will meet all of your slicing, grating, and chopping needs.


4. Blender

Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, 1500W– With this blender, you are bringing versatility into your kitchen. With the Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System, you can process foods, create single servings of your favorite smoothies, make cookies, drinks, dips, and more.


5. Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200P1 PerfecTemp 14 Cup Coffee Maker- With this coffee machine you can feel confident that you will receive the perfect cup of coffee every time. You can feel good knowing when you offer your guest a cup of coffee, that it will be the perfect temperature and flavor.


6. Iced Tea Maker

Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker– This tea maker will give a whole new meaning to a “delicious glass of iced tea”, and it’s not just for brewed iced tea, you can also make your favorite iced coffee with the Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker. You can use tea bags or loose tea. The choice is yours!


7. Dutch Oven

Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Covered Dutch Oven- Every baker needs a cast iron dutch oven. I have one and I love mine. Not only do I use it for casseroles, but I love to cook beans, peas, and stews as well. To me, it gets food done in half the time and this will give you more time to spend with family.


8. Casserole Dishes with Lids

Micro 8-Piece Deep Glass Baking Dish Set with Plastic Lids- Every baker needs casserole dishes. I use mine all of the time for spaghetti, lasagna, casseroles, brownies, meats, chicken, etc. These elegant casserole dishes are made of high-quality borosilicate multifunctional glass.


9. Hand-Held Mixer

Lord Eagle Hand Mixer Electric, 400W Power handheld Mixer- Stand mixers are a must-have as well, but a good handheld mixer is great for smaller jobs. Great for mixing up cakes, cookies, puddings, egg tarts, pizza, and more. The Lord Eagle Electric Hand Mixer is great for beginners learning how to use a mixer. Do you know why? Because they find it less intimidating.


10. Toaster

Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black- All kitchens need a toaster. I love the ones with the 4-slices because it is more convenient if you need to toast more than 2 slices of bread at a time. The Cuisinart CPT-142BK 4-Slice Compact Plastic Toaster, Black will be an awesome addition to your kitchen. It not only toasts bread, but it can accommodate thick bagels as well. With this lovely toaster, you can reheat, defrost, and bagel controls to meet all of your toasting needs.


I hope you enjoyed exploring the “Top 10 Essentials You Need for the Kitchen.” It is sure to be something for everyone and maybe some things you never thought you needed. These are all excellent products to add to your kitchen baking arsenal so you can get the job done more efficiently.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Increase Your Productivity in the Kitchen

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Tips to Get More Done in the Kitchen

If you are anything like me, then you will find that sometimes your kitchen can feel like a war zone. However, kitchens do not have to feel this way. With the help of the little tips I am going to share with you today, you can get your kitchen back under control.

Prepare to Increase Productivity in Your Kitchen

Grocery List

The first tip– is to get everything prepared before you start. You may think that cooking is all about improvisation and winging it, but if you want to be productive in the kitchen, this is not true. Prepare and plan before you start. Take stock and make sure that you have everything that you need, and that it is all in good working order. By doing this, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to produce a great meal.


Wash the Dishes

Second tip-always start with a clean kitchen! There is nothing that stresses me out more than to try and start baking with a messy kitchen. Make sure all of your clean dishes are put away and your dirty dishes are washed up. Make sure you wash your dishes as you go. This will help you to get out of the kitchen much faster. My hubby usually washes the dishes as I go to help me out. I so appreciate his help! Especially around the holidays.


Read Your Recipe

Third tip-read your recipe all the way through and get all of your ingredients ready. Then get your measuring cups, spoons, mixer, etc. ready to go. Measure out your ingredients and set aside. Put your flour, milk, eggs, flavoring, and sugar back in its proper place. Doing this will keep your kitchen counters more organized and less cluttered.


Don’t Answer Your Phone

Fourth tip-try not to answer your phone! I know, right? This really drives me crazy when I am trying to get my ingredients together, measured out, put back up and start the mixing process when my dang phone rings.🙄 For me, I don’t need that distraction at all. If I’m not careful I will forget what I have already measured out and poured into my mixing bowl and that is a pain in my butt I don’t need. (This is right up there on the stress bar with a dirty

kitchen).


Keep Pans in Cabinets Closest to Stove

Fifth tip-this is another very important tip for me and it will be for you as well, keep all of your baking pans together in one place. I like to keep my in the cabinets closest to my stove. This will save you a lot of time, I promise. I also like to keep my cake plates together as well. Doing this saves me the time of looking every where for them. I have my measuring spoons and measuring cups together in the same drawer as well as my cake spatulas I use for frosting my cakes, cookies or whatever I am working on.


Stay Focused on Task at Hand

Sixth tip-stay focused on the task at hand. Try to avoid distractions at all cost. For me it is so hard to get my focus back if I get of course. I know that may sound crazy, but that’s just how it is for me. If we are being honest, I think this is true for most of us. Set a time you want to get started and stick to it. This will definitely speed up your productivity in the kitchen and you will get finished a lot faster.


Prepping the Ingredients

Seventh tip-make a schedule of what you would like to bake and on what days. Get things prepped the day before. With a lot of recipes you can make things the day before. For instance, cookie dough can be made the day before and kept in the fridge. This is especially helpful during the holidays. Writing out what you are going to bake on certain days for the holiday festivities will be a tremendous help and time saver for you. Planning this out will be helpful with your grocery list as well.


Listen to Music While Baking

Eighth tip-listen to your favorite music while cooking. In fact, I encourage it. I love to listen to me some Kenny G, smooth jazz or some soft rock. It just makes every thing I’m doing move along smoothly. During the holidays, I love me some Christmas music. Now that really gets my baking juices flowing! So, turn on your favorite music and get baking!


Donate Old Pots and Pans

Ninth tip-get rid of weird shaped pots and pans you are not using. If you don’t use them to cook in, then toss them. Plastic bowls with missing lids, toss them out as well too. Have any melted spatulas just lying around taking up space in your drawers? Chunk them. Are you starting to get the idea? If you are not using any pots, pans, cookware, spoons, spatulas, etc. throw them out or donate them to a goodwill store. Someone else can use them if you don’t need them anymore.


Keep Your Kitchen Floor Clean of Clutter

Tenth tip-we talked about keeping your kitchen counters clutter free, the same can be said for your kitchen floor. This is something we don’t usually think about, but it’s a good idea to make sure nothing is in the way that you can trip over, slide down on that would ruin your day of baking in the kitchen. If you have small children make sure their toys are out of the floor and they are out of your kitchen. We don’t need the little kiddos getting hurt or burnt while mama is baking.


If you follow my 10 tips, then you will be on your way to learn How to Increase Your Productivity in the Kitchen. These tips will make your life much easier.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

bakingwithdonna.com

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