Kitchen Essentials Gift Guide

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While my earlier guide may have been my holiday wishlist, this is it’s more practical sister, the reality-list. These are the things I have in my own kitchen that I use pretty darn often. If you’re new to cooking, or know someone whose moving into their first home or apartment, this might be a good place to start: (links below)

1. Le Parfait Jars : my favorite jars for storing grains in the pantry. Air tight.

2. Whisks, set of 3 : because inevitably one is in the dishwasher.

3. Basic Colander : can’t go wrong with simple stainless.

4. Shun Chef’s Knife : you don’t need a knife set, just one good knife will do.

5. Bamboo Steamer : steam veggies, dumplings, etc. Fun & fry-free.

6. Julienne Peeler : gadget of the year? Makes easy veggie noodles.

7. Wooden Spoons : set of 3, because I know I will lose one.

8. Microplane Grater (or this kind) : grate cheese, garlic, lemon zest, etc.

9. Mini Food Processor : my most used appliance because it’s small & convenient

10. Le Creuset Dutch Oven, 3 1/2 quart, or 5 1/2 quart : soup’s on!

11. Boos Cutting Board : if you have a good knife, invest in a good board

12. Measuring Spoons : for those few times I actually measure (kidding).

13. Mini Prep Bowls : the more the merrier.

14. Mini Mandoline : I like this one because it’s easy to store and dishwasher safe.

15. Vitamix Blender : a must-have for the creamiest vegan soups & sauces.

16. Measuring Cups : a kitchen basic

17. Cast Iron Skillet, 8-inch or 12-inch : will last a lifetime

Happy shopping!

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  1. I got that mandolin and it changed my life.

    • jeanine from on said:

      Jack gave it to me 2 christmases ago… not super romantic but it was the only item on my list that year 🙂

  2. Love all of these kitchen basics! There are a few I will definitely need when I’m not living with my two roommates and have a place of my own!

  3. Why is it that around Christmas time I always see so many things I want for myself?! I should be shopping for others! Great gift guide!

    • jeanine from on said:

      oh I know… more than a few items entered my amazon cart while I was putting together this list 🙂

  4. Caitlin on said:

    When registering for my wedding I came across a gift list and a bamboo steamer was included and figured, why not? It’s seriously amazing. Cheap, easy, zero clean up. Don’t waste your money on some crazy gadget when a bamboo steamer is the real thing.

    • jeanine from on said:

      I love mine too!

  5. Ashley from on said:

    I really want a mandoline slicer! You have the prettiest gift guides ever. 🙂

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