Kitchen Essentials List – {for easy meal prep}

Having the right items in your kitchen can help to make meal preparation quicker and easier. These are my tried and true kitchen essentials. The list includes the best small appliances, kitchen gadgets, pots & pans, and pantry staples. I hope they help you out in your kitchen!

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Best Kitchen Small Appliances

Cuisinart Air Fryer Convection Toaster Oven

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My husband became obsessed with air fryers after we went to a Christmas party and they had cooked filet mignon in an air fryer! He insisted we needed one. My deal was we had to get one with a toaster feature as we couldn't fit an air fryer and a toaster on our counter and we use a toaster frequently.

I'm a total air fryer convert! We make toast in here as well as heat up chicken strips and fish sticks for my daughter, much faster than waiting for the oven to heat up just to cook a few pieces of meat.

My husband's favorite thing to make in it is bacon. It comes out crispy in just 8 minutes! Do yourself a favor and add this to your set of kitchen small appliances.

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Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

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A slow cooker is great for cooking tender and juicy meat or chilis. Really anything that needs to be cooked low and slow can be made in a crockpot. Dump everything into it in the morning and you'll come home to a delicious dinner ready to eat! There are a gazillion recipes out there for crockpot meals, my favorite is my beef stroganoff recipe.

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Instant Pot

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Instant Pots are the latest craze in small appliances for your kitchen. It can be a little scary or intimidating to use a pressure cooker at first, especially if you watch "This is Us". But once you get over that they are great for cooking delicious food fast!

My favorite thing to make in mine is soups. They cook soooo much faster than if you do it stovetop. And they even come in cute colors now!

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Hand Mixer

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I'm actually not a fan of the big kitchen aid mixers. I know most bakers seem to love there's but I prefer a good old hand mixer! They take up way less space and seem easier to clean.

A good hand mixer is a must have, especially if you have a tiny kitchen.

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Coffee Grinder

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This is another appliance I fell in love with thanks to my husband. I never realized what a different fresh ground coffee made. It tastes much better and it only takes a couple of extra minutes to grind your beans instead of just scooping it out of a container that was ground up long ago. Definitely worth the extra time.

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Best Kitchen Gadgets

Silicone Spatula Set

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Silicone spatulas are a great kitchen tools. I use mine for everything from making eggs to scraping muffin mix out of bowls. Be sure to get ones that can withstand high heat if you plan to use them on your stove.

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Silicone Baking Mats

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Silicone baking sheets are a must have if you like to make cookies! No more scraping pans to get food off them or wasting a bunch of parchment paper. (Don't even get me started on trying to cut it to fit your pan) Simply wash the silicone sheets and use them again and again. They're designed for easy cleaning.

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Vegetable Brush

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I love making soups and stews. This vegetable brush makes cleaning potatoes and carrots a breeze!

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Bottle Opener/Can Punch/Church Key

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Growing up my grandma always called this little gadget a church key. But you'll usually find it listed online as a bottle opener and can puncher. Use it to punch 2 holes in canned liquids like evaporated milk for easy pouring.

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Silicone whisks

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I love whisks! They make it easy to scramble up some eggs or mix up some chicken or beef broth. The silicone variety are a must use if you have non-stick pans as they metal ones can scratch those up.

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Stainless Steel Silicone BBQ and Kitchen Tongs

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I'm a wimp when it comes to things that are hot which is why I have multiple sets of tongs in my home! I use them to flip meat, to remove hot items from the air fryer, and even to toss salad.

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Silicone Kitchen Tools Set

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If you need to stock up on your silicone kitchen tools, all non-stick surface friendly, check out this great set. It would also make a great housewarming gift.

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Must have Pots & Pans

Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

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Stainless steel mixing bowls are a great addition to any kitchen. they don't stain and help maintain temperature.

Make sure to grab a set with lids so you can easily store cookie dough or leftovers and take salads to events. You'll also want ones with a silicone bottom that will keep it from sliding around while you're trying to mix.

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Cast Iron Wedge Pan

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I'm a big fan of making scones, but hand cutting them into wedges is tough. The sticky dough is not easy to work with. I was so glad to upgrade to a cast iron wedge pan. Now it's easy to get evenly sized and evenly cooked scones and I don't have to get my fingers so doughy.

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Cast Iron Biscuit Pan

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This is the kitchen gadget I never knew I needed. My husband got me a set of cast iron pans when I requested the wedge pan seen above for Christmas. This biscuit pan is great for making tasty, fluffy, evenly baked biscuits.

It's great for camping as well as you can cook over a campfire with cast iron!

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Pantry Staples

Minced Garlic

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I love garlic but hate chopping and having my fingers smell. Instead, I always keep a big jar of minced garlic on hand. Just spoon it out to quickly add garlic to any recipe.

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Better than Bouillon

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Always have chicken, beef, or vegetable broth on hand with better than bouillon. This stuff tastes great, lasts a long time, and doesn't take up a bunch of space like cans or cartons of broth. Just mix some up anytime you need a base for a recipe.

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Best Kitchen Products