A Squared: Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets on my Wishlist

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets on my Wishlist

Back in October I wrote a post about my top 10 favorite kitchen gadgets.  I love cooking and everyone loves a list, but I had no idea it would become one of the most popular posts on this blog. So, I decided it might be time to revisit that topic again...

I'm trying to be frugal as we build our nest egg, so I haven't been making any unnecessary purchases for our home lately (although I could probably argue my way into justifying the purchase of any of these items). If I could though, here are the top 10 items I'm dying to add to my kitchen gadget repertoire. They range from the very expensive and complex Top Chef-worthy electronics to the cheap and simple "duh, why didn't I think of that?" items that just add a little convenience to your meal prep.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 kitchen gadgets currently on my wishlist:

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets on my Wishlist

1. Crate & Barrel Taco Rack. Pure genius. Homemade tacos are fun and delicious, but can be so messy to serve and eat. This handy little rack props your tacos up so they are ready to eat. And imagine how cute this would look if you were entertaining and serving soft tacos for your guests. Best part? It's under $10! $9.95 at Crate & Barrel

2. Crate & Barrel Cherry-Olive Pitter. I love cooking with cherries in the summertime, but pitting fresh cherries is SUCH a pain! The same goes for olives. It can be tough to find pitted versions of fresh olives for certain recipes so this tool would be a huge time (and sanity) saver. $11.95 at Crate & Barrel

3. OXO Food Mill. I was watching the Food Network last weekend and saw Anne Burrell making a fresh tomato sauce with one of these and decided that I need one in my kitchen too. Set it over a large pot, throw in whole tomatoes, churn, and you get the juice and the meat of the tomatoes in the pot, leaving the seeds and skins behind. $49.99 OXO Food Mill (Google Affiliate Ad)

4. Williams-Sonoma Pie Crust Shield. I have a pie crust shield already, but this one puts mine to shame! It's durable and wide so it will keep even larger and more ornate crusts from getting burnt during a long bake time. I could have used one of these on my Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. $8 at William Sonoma

5. Prepara Herb Savor. I love cooking with fresh herbs, but they are expensive and delicate. Get more bang for your buck by preserving your herbs in this herb saver which will help to prolong their freshness. $29.95 Prepara Herb Savor - Large (Google Affiliate Ad)

6. Vitamix Cia Professional Series Blender. This is the Top Chef-worthy holy grail of blenders. I own a name brand blender. It's fairly new. And it is the worst. Because of that, I rarely use it and opt for my immersion blender or food processors instead. Sometimes I just want a breakfast smoothie though and my run-of-the-mill blender can barely handle that... so, I'll be saving my pennies for a Vitamix! $499 at Gracious Home

7. Chef'n "Emulstir" Salad Dressing Jar. I love homemade salad dressing. They are healthy, full of flavor, and can be customized with a variety of ingredients depending on what kind of salad you're making. Homemade dressing can be tricky though as the vinegar and oil tends to separate. Not good. This "Emulstir" is great though-- just a few hits of the lever at the side will whisk your dressing back up so it is ready to pour right on your salad. $15 Chef'n Emulstir Dressing Mixer, Red (Google Affiliate Ad)

8. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Pasta Press Attachment. The only thing that could make a pasta dish better is when that pasta is fresh. The texture of fresh pasta is so perfect, but it's definitely a challenge to make. I think I'm up for the challenge, right? I've got a Kitchen Aid mixer, so I would love to get this attachment and try my hand at fresh pasta! $179.95 Pasta Press Attachment for KitchenAid Stand Mixers, KPEXTA (Google Affiliate Ad)

9. Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan. My mom has one of these pans and I tried my hand at baking mini cheesecakes for a party at her house once. Each cup in this pan has a removable bottom that you can gently pop out after your cakes have cooled to create perfectly neat little cheesecakes. My husband loves key lime pie so I think this could be a fun way to make him some mini pies too. $29.95 Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan (Google Affiliate Ad)

10. Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, & Ice Cream Maker. The only reason that I didn't add one of these to my wedding registry is the lack of storage space in our tiny loft kitchen. I am constantly pinning ice cream and gelato recipes on Pinterest for the day when I am able to make some in my kitchen. I have heard great things about this machine. $89.99 Cuisinart Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream (Google Affiliate Ad)


  1. Great list! I might have to get the Taco Stand (because I am obsessed with tacos!) and the Food Mill.

  2. Kit, I knew you'd appreciate the taco stand!

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