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My Top 5 Kitchen Must-Haves

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Last Updated on October 23, 2020 by Renee’

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I was talking with one of my friends the other day & she asked what are My Top 5 Kitchen must-haves. I guess if I had to narrow it down, these would be my top 5 Must-Haves!

1.  My Absolute #1 Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer.

Here are some of the things I make in my Instant Pot:

Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious Instant Pot Basil Coconut Curry Chicken. Can make the whole meal in less than 30 min. Husband & kid approved! www.thehealthnutmama.com



    • I make bone broth in this every week. This is by far the easiest & fastest way to make it.  It gels for me every time in 2-4 hours, 2 hrs for chicken & 4 hrs for beef (or other larger bones).
    • One real time saver is to cook a whole chicken in about 18-20 min. I do this almost every week during the summer to make my chicken salad recipe. I use organic grapes instead of cranberries if I can find them during the summer.
    • Spaghetti Squash
    • Perfect for soups & stews – Here’s my recipe for Paleo Coconut Curry Chicken.
    • Roasts, Meats
    • Boiled eggs (my favorite way to do eggs, they peel easily every time)
    • Egg Salad


2. Food Processor  

Here are some of the things I make with my Food Processor:

cuisinart food processor






3. Immersion Blender Stick

Here are a few things that I use my Immersion Blender for:

Immersion Blender




4. Spiralizer

Here are a few ways to use the Spiralizer:


  • I use this to make Zucchini Noodles or “zoodles” to serve with my Spaghetti & Meat Sauce.
      • sweet potato noodles
      • cucumber spirals (so pretty in salads)
      • cabbage, beets, turnips (use your imagination, the sky’s the limit!)






5. Black Iron Skillets

I use my Black Iron Skillets Every. Single. Day! So much so that I have 2 sets of all 3 sizes.

Black Iron Skillets

  • I CANNOT live without my black iron skillets. I cook almost everything in them. Make sure they are seasoned well & they will be your go-to nonstick skillets. My favorite way to cook steaks, chops, eggs, Pan Fried Chicken Thighs, Teriakyi Cube Steaks, & Fried Avocado.
      • These are just like my Grandma cooked in! I have had mine for about 30+ yrs.
      • They will last forever & can be passed down for generations! 
      • I have given both my stepdaughters black iron skillets for Christmas. They also make an excellent wedding gift!



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If I can only list 5 must-have items, I guess this would be it.  One item that I don’t have that is on my wishlist is a Stainless Dehydrator! I’m hoping my husband sees this & remembers it for Christmas!


I would love to hear what your favorite “must-have” kitchen essentials are, that you can’t live without & how you use them!  Leave them in the comments below!

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    • Renee' says:

      Thank you! We just completed the remodel last fall. I love how it turned out. Makes cooking a lot more enjoyable! The Instant pot has been my latest purchase & OMG, I don’t know how I lived without it. When you have a busy schedule you can whip up a meal in no time!

  1. I love kitchen gadgets, so I have all of these, and they are indeed awesome! The only thing I really haven’t used a lot is my spiralizer. I’m going to give sweet potato noodles a try!

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