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Every month I get a dozen or so people asking me about which products I use in my own kitchen.  Because every cook has their favorite tools, I decided to put a list together of my most treasured kitchen gadgets for you to learn about. I like to have a few trendy gizmos as well as the old timeless classics in my tool bag, and try my best to find things that are both efficient and affordable.

Below are some of my favorite kitchen tools.  If you are interested in any of them, consider buying from Amazon because you’ll get the best prices online, customer reviews, and lightning fast shipping.  That’s exactly why I do most of my online shopping there.  

If you do end up purchasing from Amazon, I will also get a small percentage of their profit at no extra cost to you (more about that here). It’s a nice way to support Healthnutnation, and I thank you for it.

Vitamix 5200

vitamix 5200 blender

 

 

This is the Vitamix that you see in all of my videos. There’s nothing sexy about it unless you find big mechanical muscles and prowess attractive…oh wait. Nevermind that.  

Seriously, it is an absolute work horse in my kitchen, I’ve used this at least twice a day since I got it 5 years ago. Versatile and easy to use, I make everything from smoothies to almond butter in my Vitamix.

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Paring Knife

paring-knife

 

 

Paring knives don’t have to be expensive to be effective little tools in the kitchen. This 3 1/4 inch paring knife by Victorinox costs only about $10 and is a true kitchen warrior.

Recommended as a “best buy” from Cook’s Illustrated, this little knife will stay sharp while allowing for dexterity and precision in the kitchen.

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J.A. Henckels 5.5" Santoku Chef's Knife

santoku-knife

 

 

This fabulous Santoku chef’s knife is my absolute favorite knife that I own. Sporting a 5.5 inch blade, it fits my small, feminine hands like a glove. I love the slightly rectangular shape, with a blunt edge. It’s not my choice for piercing a squash, but it is my first choice for dicing, chopping, and julienning just about everything else.

The scalloped edge makes the food slip right off, as well as allows me to slice meats ultra-thin without any need to do the whole, “freeze for an hour before you slice” song and dance. I’ve owned this knife for a good 10 years, and I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if it lasts me another 20!

A fabulous wedding gift for the bride who has nothing or everything. Put this knife on your wish list for Christmas or your next birthday. Give her a name, don’t put her in the dishwasher, keep her sharp, and she’ll be your kitchen BFF.

 

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Kitchen Aid Mixer

Kitchen aid mixer

 

 

I honestly don’t think I could live without my Kitchen aid mixer. It is so versatile, with easy add-ons, that I can make everything from homemade pasta to ice cream, to bread. (pictured here with the ice cream maker attachment)

I highly recommend this model, that comes with arms. It’s much more sturdy and can handle tougher dough’s (like bread) than the type with the tilting head. Plus, this mixer now comes in SO many colors. Tell me what color you buy (I’ll be jealous because I have plain white and I really, really LOVE the red and the blue).

 

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Immersion Blender w/ Whisk and Chopper Attachments

Immersion Blender I use and recommend. www.healthnutnation.com

 

 

I never knew what I was missing until I had an Immersion Blender. I whip up a batch of homemade mayonnaise in under 2 minutes (this job takes 10 minutes in a food processor and is a HUGE pain/mess). Need a single serving of whipped cream for that leftover pie? Done in under a minute! Puree soups without having to transfer hot liquid to a blender. Take on the road with a packet or two of protein powder, grab a banana from the hotel lobby, add water, and you’ve got a filling and healthy smoothie in a matter of minutes.

For around $30 you can get just the immersion blender, and quite frankly that’s enough, but I really like the little chopper for making small batches of salsa, pesto and salad dressing, where hauling out the big food processor is too much of a chore.

Clean-up is a breeze. Add water and a pump of soap to the cup, whir and voila, clean!

 

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