2014 Kitchen Shopping Guide

I have a small kitchen, so I need to make great use of the space I have. I don’t own a lot of appliances and I kinda prefer it that way. I’m of the mind-set that less is more. However, I also, believe in using the right tool for the right job. Below are a few items must haves for the next year. Some items are rather inexpensive, so they won’t require much effort to obtain. Other items will require some creative purchasing.

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  1. Rolling Pin : Now that I’m making more fresh-baked items using an old pickle jar is become a tad bit old. Plus it would be handy for chopping up nut and making crumbs.
  2. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven – If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I destroyed my large cooking pot. I have been eying an enameled cast iron pot for quite some time. I love the way cast iron cooks and I must admit, I love the color.
  3. Kitchen Island/Cart – My kitchen only has one wall of counter space. So as you can imagine, everything is always in my way. I have a great little corner that will allow for a small island and free up some of my counter space.
  4. Glass storage – I’m trying to shy away from plastics, even without BPA there seems to still be a lot of questions around the safety of using plastic. I have the many of the mainstay sizes, however I need those awkward little sizes or extra-large sizes for packing lunches and bulk cooking.
  5. Thick wood chopping board – For a few years, I have been using two cheapy boards. They have just about seen the end of their life. Getting a new board like this one, is more about rewarding myself. I mean look at this board…it’s awesome.
  6. Tortilla press – It’s hard to find premade packaged tortilla without  long list of unnecessary ingredients. Since I love cooking with tortillas I figure the best option would be to make my own. While I could use a rolling pin (see #1 above). I fall back to using the right tool for the right job.
  7. Bread machine – I would like to perfect making yeast rolls by hand before using a bread machine. I don’t know why, but I think it great to know how to make items without all of the fancy equipment. So this is not so high on my list.

What is the one kitchen item you could not live without?

Comments: 7

  1. Alicia February 4, 2014 at 10:52 am Reply

    You gave me some ideas! I know I need a rolling pin and another cutting board. I have one that I use to cut raw meats and I refuse to use it to cut fruits and veggies!! ((crazy I know!!)) Let’s see, I also need some more pots, (since you are a Chef I need you to recommend me some good ones) and I would like to have some more knives.

    Now my favorite appliances are:

    My griddle ( I can cook everything on it)
    Ninja Mega Kitchen set (I can make everything with that thing)
    My Keurig (I love that thing) best investment ever!

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  2. Chef Ria February 4, 2014 at 11:35 am Reply

    Alicia, if space was not an issue in my kitchen I would have an electric griddle. I’ve had one in the past and loved it.

    Pots & Pans: I love cast iron and enameled cast iron. They are heavy and can take a beating. Plus they are non stick. Just try to be careful and select a brand that is not made in China, especially for enameled cast iron. The one down side is that you may need a backup non cast iron pot if you cook a lot of tomato (acid) based dishes. The acid and iron don’t mix well.

    Checkout my other post on choosing a good knife:
    Kitchen Essentials – Chef’s Knife

  3. Michelle Jones February 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm Reply

    I also love the LeCrueset pots. My mom got me a similar one made by foot network at kohl’s for Christmas a couple of years ago, I love it! The one thing I’ve had that I think I would cry if it ever failed me, is my KitchenAid mixer. I’ve had for 14 years now. It was a wedding present from my mother in law who has since passed away. It has never failed me.

    • Chef Ria February 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply

      Yes, Kitchen Aids can be such a life saver. You can go crazy with all the attachments that can go with it.

  4. Tamara February 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I spend a lot of time in the kitchen & have several favorites, but one I haven’t used in a very log time is the bread maker. Thanks for the great post.
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  5. Tammy @ creativekkids.com February 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    I don’t have some of these! I’ll have to go shopping ;) Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!
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