1. A Whetstone.
You finally get yourself an adult set of knives and hope to the Divine Mother of Creation (or whatever you call God) that you don't accidentally cut yourself. Six months or so pass and you’re injury free but your once dangerously sharp knives have become dull. You've tried the sharpener you saw on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond, but the knives never returned to their original sharp glory. Head to Williams Sonoma, your local China Town's culinary shop or Amazon, (if you're still supporting world domination…I unfortunately am, baby steps y'all...baby steps) and grab a whetstone and make your knives great again. There are some great youtube videos on what to do with it once you get it. I’ll make one soon!
2. A Mini Food Processor.
You’re trying to get fancy with your marinades and you want to add fresh herbs and garlic without having to use the store bought processed and additive filled minced garlic. In the name of your precious time, ditch that struggle and get your hands on an inexpensive, yet valuable mini food processor. I purchased my Ninja Express Chop at Target maybe seven years ago, and she’s still holding me down. Now you can make your fresh ingredient marinades and dips in half the time without sacrificing the quality of your food. That’s an undeniable win in my adulting book.
3. A Crockpot or Slow Cooker.
Raise your hand if you love a bowl of your favorite hearty soup or chilli. Wonderful! Don’t we all! Now, raise your hand if enjoy standing over a stove with sweat dripping from unimaginable places to make said soup or chilli. Nope, I’m not here for it either. I love throwing onions, garlic, veggies, black beans, herbs, spices and water into an underrated cooking device before bed and waking up to the smell of successful adulting and of good eats. If you don’t have one, do yourself a solid (they’re pretty much sold almost anywhere you can buy home goods) and add this extremely useful and comfort food producing device to your kitchen tools.
4. A Set of Stainless Steel or Glass Bowls.
Are you trying to level up your kitchen’s efficiency, functionality and safety? If you’re prepping your food in plastic containers or tupperware, with no judgement at all in my heart, I’m asking you to stop. Invest in some stainless steel or glass bowls not only because they keep your food fresher, but they’re also keeping your food free of cancer causing BPA found in plastic containers. More on BPA another time, but also I prefer glass because they’re usually oven, dishwasher and microwave safe which screams efficiency!
5. A Fine Mesh Strainer.
Want to rinse your beans, almonds, cashews, grains and rice without having to fish them out of the sink (using almost any other method) if you don’t have a garbage disposal? Use a fine mesh strainer. It’s an inexpensive addition to your kitchen sanity. Grab one wherever you purchase your cookware or if it’s local check out Bed Bath & Beyond.
6. A Stainless Steel Handheld Citrus Press.
You’ve done it, you’ve finally committed to having hot water and lemon juice with maybe a teaspoon of coconut oil each morning, but your hand is starting to hurt from squeezing all those fresh lemons. Enter your Queen in minimalized but illustrious stainless steel armor – the handheld citrus press. Not only are you getting perhaps twice the amount of juice than you could by just squeezing with your human hand, but you’re also just getting citrus juice without the seeds! You’ve seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond and wonder if you need it, you do. I’m giving you full permission to save a few seconds in your lemon juice water morning routine. Clearly first world solutions for first world problems here, but still useful nonetheless.