Before I caught the cooking and baking bug, I focused more on its functionality than comfort or looks. But the more time I spent creating mouthwatering meals, the more I found myself wishing for high quality tools that reflected my personality. They had to work well, but I wanted them to look nice in my kitchen too.
It all started innocently enough. When my trusty vegetable peeler needed replacing I didn’t replace it with the same cheapo one. Instead I found myself reading reviews to find the one that met my needs. In the end I chose a peeler that was ergonomic, since I’m left handed, comfortable enough to withstand lots of potato peels, and of course it had to peel well. The price of the new peeler was more than my old peeler but I was happy. A happy cook means a yummy meal.
I did the same thing when my standard double barrel mixer gave up the ghost. You know the kind of mixer I’m talking about: the one with detachable whisks and two to three sluggish speeds. It wasn’t powerful, but it got the job done.
But I had always wanted a stand mixer that I could leave on the counter for those times when I wanted to bake bread or multi-tiered cakes with various fillings. Like most people, I wanted to do some research before I plunked down my money.
It’s a good thing I spent some time searching for the stand mixer I wanted. There are so many out on the market now that it can feel a bit overwhelming. This was my criteria: robust material, sleek and modern design, large capacity, and affordability. This stand mixer from Mixer Picks met the requirements. As soon as I saw it, I easily imagined it in my kitchen. I won’t lie, I may have drooled a bit.
Besides replacing tools, I’ve also purchased kitchen items that made my life a whole lot easier in the kitchen. My apple slicer comes to mind.
Once a year I make a crazy amount of French apple tarts. Before I got my apple corer/slicer gadget I did all that by hand. No, it wasn’t fun because it took so long and felt so tedious. Yes, I hated apples for a good while. But once I got the corer/slicer tool, everything seemed effortless. It was actually fun turning the crank. That gadget saved me so much time, so it was definitely worth the money.
What else? A kitchen scale is a must have. Mine is a bright red color that has a bright LED light display and is thin enough to slip easily under the cabinet. Every time I see it or use it, I’m just so happy. Not only has it helped ensure accuracy in my measuring, which means successful results, it’s also helped keep my health on track as I meal prep.
One item I splurged on was my blender. I’d always stuck with the less expensive models, but I was always dissatisfied with the quality of my smoothies and mixed drinks. Finally, I bit the bullet and got one of those high powered motors. Let me tell you, I can’t ever go back. I wish I had bought it sooner. Why was I torturing myself just to save money with things that didn’t bring me joy in the kitchen? Yes, my new blender is significantly more expensive, but it has improved my life in ways I didn’t even imagine. Plus, it will last for many years, especially since I use it every day. It was definitely a worthy purchase.
So when you’re in the market for new gadgets or replacing what you already have, keep in mind your criteria. It’s perfectly fine to spend a bit more for quality and features that you truly want and will use. There’s nothing worse than buying something cheap that you hate or that you don’t use because of one reason or another.
If you’re someone who enjoys being in the kitchen, consider your tools an investment in yourself and your quality of life. Make sure the item functions well, but it’s also okay to appreciate the looks of it as well.