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Favorite Basic Kitchen Tools

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Years ago, I did a major overhaul in my kitchen,

replacing most of my tools for safer, more durable options for my family.

This wasn’t a cheap or quick change.

In fact, it took over a year to research, save money, and shop around.

Now several years later, I can say we made some great, long-lasting choices.

Many of these are lifetime investments, and we couldn’t be happier.  

As I discarded teflon, nylon, metal, and most of the plastic,

here are the replacement items we love using now.

And we can honestly recommend these products for your kitchen, as well!

Not only do I think everyone deserves safer products,

but allergy moms especially need long-lasting, durable tools.

We all know how much time we spend in the kitchen cooking and baking safe food!

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Thank you! Now let’s get to the fun, shall we?


Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven by Lodge

I own both the 3 and 6 quarts and use them for so many things!

These are very versatile as they move from stove top to oven.

Some of my favorite uses are roasting chicken, dutch oven bread, pan smores, and kettle corn.



Lodge Raw Cast Made in USA

I use the large cast iron shown for frying burger, bacon, sausage, and more.

I also have the flat griddle that we love to use for pancakes, egg-less french toast, and more.



Glass French Press for Coffee

This doesn’t have boiling water going through plastic like a coffee pot does. 

My husband makes his coffee in this, but I make cold brew coffee in it.


Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

Hubby and I love having temperature settings for heating water. 

He says this is important for making the best pour over coffee.

I love all the various settings for the best hot tea based on green, black, herbal, etc.

And my kids can easily and safely heat water for oatmeal and hot cocoa.

This tool certainly gets a workout at our house, no stove required.

We tried a few brands before settling on this one. It was the best.



Le Creuset Stoneware Mugs

I started collecting several of these beautiful colors.

Both the coffee and tea cups are so pretty. I also give these out as gifts often. 



Pyrex Bakeware Made in the USA

These pans are great for baking crisps, roasting vegetables, etc. 

I also use the small containers for food storage.



Silicone Coated Baking Pans Made in USA

I cannot say enough about these baking pans.

NOTHING sticks, easiest clean-up. 

They are perfect for making muffins, mini muffins, quick breads, donuts, and more!

They even have allergy ID pans!!!


Oster Ceramic Waffle Maker Teflon-Free

We’ve use this to make our famous waffles made with water!



Kitchen Aid Mixer

Oh mama, I’ve had my mixer for maybe 15 years?

I don’t regret buying white, but boy is this teal one cute!

We use this for cookies, cinnamon rolls, cake, and so so so much more!




Vitamix Heavy-Duty Blender

I really didn’t want to pay this much for a blender

But I tried ALL the others with no luck.

Ninja, too tall. Kitchen Aid, too weak. Breville, too weak.

The vitamix makes ice cream, soup, smoothies,

and even my morning celery juice with no chunks.

I would never give this up, now.

E-cloths For Chemical-Free Cleaning

If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to Norwex like I was, check out e-cloth! 


I hope these suggestions are helpful to you.

We spend too much time in the kitchen not to have good tools that we love.

And I certainly love all these!

What other safe, durable tools do you use in your kitchen?

Leave a comment and let us know.

We would love to learn more!


Original Post:  9/23/15

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