We all have our favorite kitchen items that we couldn’t live without. Most of the items on my list are ones I have used forever…or at least since I got married. That means that these products have served me well for many years since many were gifts I received at my wedding shower 32 years ago. Of course, the links here are to the newer products in the line since mine are ancient. But the fact that I’ve used mind for so many years means that they’re reliable. And since I’m a frugal girl at heart, I don’t want to have to replace items that I don’t have to.
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Slow Cooker – The big one that I currently use is made by Rival. I’ve had it forever and I like that it can be programmed to high or low and for a set cooking length. This particular link is to the same style but made by Crock Pot. I’ve got a a smaller slow cooker made by Crock Pot so I can vouch for their reliability. I almost hate to admit it, but my kitchen currently is home to four separate crock pots of various sizes. I love being able to put a roast in one while carrots cook in another. At holiday time, they all get pulled out and used!
Sunbeam Mixer – My grandmother gave me my Sunbeam mixer when I married 32 years ago and it’s still going strong! Mine is actually yellow and I don’t think they make that particular color any more. But this mixer has all the components that mine does – and that I still use after all this time.
Oster Blender – I use my blender for everything from chopping pecans to making strawberry daiquiris. I did have to replace mine recently after many, many years of use. I guess too many strawberry daiquiris will finally wear out even the best blender!
Pyrex 9×13 Baking pan – I pull these 9 x 13 pans out to use at least once a week. I like the small built-in handle on the ends and they fit perfectly in my carrying case. I recently bought one of these for Butterfly when she moved into her first apartment and she was thrilled to get one of her own (which I didn’t really expect since she hasn’t been that interested in cooking before).
Pyrex 9×13 Carrying Case – This carry case for your 9×13 Pyrex baking dish is perfect when you need to take a casserole, lasagne, or cake to a function at work or church. It’s insulated so your food stays hot or cold. It zips and has handles that secure.
Pyrex Loaf Pans – I know that lots of people bake their breads in metal loaf pans but I prefer using ones from Pyrex. It just seems to me that the breads bake more evenly and the bottoms don’t get overdone and crispy while the middle is left too doughy.
Pizza pans – We love pizza at our house! And Jungle Jim makes the best homemade pizza dough and sauce. When Butterfly would have friends come over to spend the night they would always request his pizza for supper. In fact, even though Butterfly is now in college, one of her old friends came to spend a weekend with us in our new town. When we asked Butterfly what she wanted us to serve while her friend was here she smiled sheepishly and replied, “She’s already asked if we can have Dad’s pizza.” Yep, the man can cook.
Pizza roller – When we moved about a year ago, somehow we lost the pizza cutter that Jungle Jim had when he married me. To say he was unhappy was an understatement! He used this particular roller every time he’d make pizza, pie crust, or any type of bread. It was a calamity of epic proportions and I figured I’d never find another one. However, I finally did find one recently and things are happy in my kitchen again. The thing he loves about this roller is the different sized rollers on each end – built-in versatility. You cannot imagine the relief and happiness when I found this replacement (imagine the heavens opening up and sunshine flooding down – it was that big of a deal!).
And one more place to check out
Replacements.com – If you aren’t familiar with this website then it’s worth your time to check it out. If you’ve broken any of your china pattern and need a replacement, this is the place to look. They have a huge variety of patterns of china, crystal, and silver. If your pattern has been discontinued, they probably still have items because they also buy pieces from individuals. This is a great option if you need to get rid of pieces for any reason. You do have to contact their customer service department for what they’re currently buying as it depends on their inventory. But I’ve sold a large amount of crystal pieces to them and been paid promptly. Do be aware that you are responsible for paying for shipping and handling though which can get a little pricey with heavy items.