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I confess cooking is not my gift, I don’t love it’s not my favorite thing to do. Yet, my family insists on eating at regular intervals at a minimum of three times a day. So when it comes to the kitchen I am all about anything that helps me save time in the kitchen or stay organized. Of course, there’s an added bonus if it helps save money!
With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of my favorite tools that help me do just that!
And if you’re looking for more Minimalist Gift Ideas, make sure to check out this popular post “Christmas Gifts for the Minimalist” or this post filled with gift ideas for “the person who has everything”.
I had one of those big fancy food processor’s that did everything and I gave it away and got this Mini Food Processor. I am so happy I did. This mini food processor is more than enough and saves me so much time in clean up. Not to mention the fact that it also uses way less space than my fancy monsterous food processor did.
I use spray oil for so many things. I used to always buy the can of coconut oil spray from Trader Joes (a much healthier version of PAM). But this Mitso Oil Sprayer not only replaces that but has so many other uses. I can still spray my baking pans, but I can also use it to dress a salad, to spray on pasta, on veggies before roasting, spray on bread for grilled cheese in place of butter. Really the uses are endless.
Okay, honest truth, this is my number one favorite and most used kitchen item I own. Let me tell you why it is a trick I learned from Rachel Ray.
My personal philosophy is that you can never have too much garlic, so I pretty much used to chop and mince several cloves of garlic daily. That is until I learned this trick. Take your garlic cloves and slice them with this truffle shaver. The garlic comes out so thin and perfect it literally melts in your dish. It can slice several cloves of garlic in a fraction of the time I use to spend mincing with a knife.
Another one of those tools that make clean up time almost non-existent, while taking up very little space. You just pick it up to blend drinks, soups, pretty much anything my large blender could do, I use this for. I just blend right in the pot or bowl without dirtying extra items. My hand held blender is one of my favorite tools to save time in the kitchen.
Rachel Ray to the save again. This is another item I pretty much use daily. After dicing and cutting up all your veggies this scraper makes it so easy to pick everything up in seconds and toss right into the bowl or pan.
Whoever invented this was a genius. Traditional oven mitts are fine and all, but the Ove Glove allows you to quickly grab your blazing hot pots and pans without wasting time on a second thought.
7. Instant Pot
Okay, this one I don’t own, but it is definitely on my wish list. I have several friends who own this thing and rave about it constantly. They tell me it’s basically a crockpot on speed. Instead of placing your items in your crockpot early in the morning and allowing them to cook all day, you add your items to the Instant Pot and dinners done in 30 minutes. What? I can’t wait to try this thing out.
Contrary to popular belief, the Keurig is not just for coffee. I really wonder sometimes how I managed before I had this wonderful contraption.
Yes, I do use it to make coffee every day (I use a refill cup they sell so I don’t have to spend a fortune on k-cups), but I also use it to make tea and hot chocolate. But wait, there’s more. It’s perfect for making instant oatmeal, and my son’s favorite, cup of noodles. Pretty much anything you make by adding hot water to, you can make with your Keurig.
This is such a great minimalist drying rack. I hate taking up counter space with a dish drying rack this thing is so perfect. Even with a dishwasher, there are still those items you need to hand wash and dry. This thing is perfect for freeing up your counter space. When your items are done drying, the rack rolls up for easy storage.
Not only does it dry your dishes but it really helps save time in the kitchen by doing double duty as a hot pad. It’s heat resistant up to 400 degrees so you can use it to protect your table and countertops.
It also doubles as a colander because you can use it to drain veggies and fruits after rinsing.
One of my absolute favorite ways to save time in the kitchen is doubling up on a recipe and then freezing the extras for another meal. However, when it comes to sauces and soups it is quite difficult to hold up that freezer bag while you empty your leftovers inside. This simple little storage bag holder to the rescue. You can now pour the contents without making a mess or requiring a third hand.
Here is another super cool thing about this, you simply turn it upside down and use it to dry out freshly rinsed bags. Plus, it’s collapsible to save space. What’s not to love about this.
Got a college kid or bachelor on your gift list. How fun is this all in one breakfast station?
Okay and I’d be lying here if I didn’t say that my number one favorite way to save time in the kitchen receiving a gift card to go out and eat. Doesn’t need to be a fancy place, really any opportunity to give the family cook the night off will be a gigantic hit. Think of it as a must-have for maximizing speed in the kitchen year round.
I’d love to hear, which one is your favorite.
As always live simply, live intentionally and make each day your favorite day!