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Pick up a set of inexpensive blade covers and slip them on, then wrap your knives in plastic wrap and pack everything in an inexpensive canvas tool pouch (not an unwieldy towel and rubber band situation.) Second, yes, bring sheet pans to camp. You’re going to need surfaces to transport items to and from the fire or grill. Walking down the cooking aisle at a store, specialty tools like avocado peelers, strawberry hullers or a teensy-tiny wooden spoon always call my name.

Unfortunately, because I don’t have the space or the budget to indulge in these semi-impractical kitchen tools, I have to streamline my batterie de cuisine to just the essentials. If You’re Renting A Vacation Home This Summer, This Kitchen Packing List Will Change Your Life If You’re Renting A Vacation Home This Summer, This Kitchen Packing List Will Change Your Life Condo, cabin, or beach house kitchens can be hit or miss, so come prepared with everything you need to cook proper meals while you’re away from home. Often I’m cooking for my blog whenever I can possibly squeeze it in during the day, so when I discover quick, healthy weeknight meals I’m always SO relieved.

I mean, we all need to some solid go-to recipes that we can throw together and be enjoying in no time. I have a TON of really simple recipes here on my blog as you search around. The kitchen is one of the most important gathering rooms in the home, which is why you need the right kitchen utensils and appliances to create an inviting atmosphere. Whether you create meals for a large family or you are cooking for two, the Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets Store has everything you need to create the perfect meal. S hipped off on a business trip for a few weeks, or just planning a long stay for vacation?

While some hotel rooms are nice and includes a fridge and a microwave, that’s a bit short in terms of cooking, especially if you don’t see yourself eating out for 2 weeks in a row. Wooden cooking utensils can be an incredible staple for any kitchen. They’re made from sustainable materials and are remarkably durable. Wooden kitchen tools won’t cause scratching on non-stick coatings (if you’re still using those).

Besides that, they come in elegant designs, feature easy to grip handles, and don’t conduct heat. High-quality, resealable plastic bags are an invaluable tool for cooking in a hotel room. Thin, lower-quality bags may cling to the food inside or in some cases, begin to melt when you put them in. It can be hard to find healthy snacks that you can take with you on the go.

When I want the convenience of a jerky stick, but want a healthy, protein packed snack option, I grab Paleovalley meat sticks. Paleovalley ingredients have these high standards that you can feel good about: 100% Grass Fed Beef & 100% Pasture Raised Turkey. 2 days ago · Best food processor of 2020: KitchenAid, Cuisinart and more compared.

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  • Scissors is a must for me especially when making noodles. Like what else would I use to open the sachet sauce��? My teeth? Nah. Also helpful in snipping herbs esp green onions. A grill is not bad too, sandwich toaster or even a good old toaster. If you are into healthy living, a spiralizer is also helpful

  • Dang girl, first the knife, then the mandolin…. giving me the heebie jeebies! j/k ��

    Great tips, even for an experienced cook. I appreciate it. ��

  • I have four separate utensil holders on my kitchen counter. ��‍♀️ I love your old holder! Btw, the wooden spoon trick works every time for me now! Thanks for sharing. I did have to learn to turn the burner down from high to the next spot down. That may be where this trick is failing people. ��‍♀️

  • I love your channel as I am newly starting my plant based vegan lifestyle. I just made your vegan black eye pea gumbo and it was delicious. I ordered your cookbook and I’m loving it.

  • Do you use your silicone mats at high temperatures? I’m interested in trying them but I cook at 450 degrees and I wonder if they’d be okay.

  • You are so right about the measuring cups and spoons. As I am in Australia and we use metric I have often struggled  with making sure the spoon and cup measurement are correct. I once even brought a measuring cup and spoon set from the usa so I know it had the right measurement’s.

  • For all you young cooks getting started:
    1. I have had my Kitchen Aid mixer for 45 years! It’s worth the money!
    2. I bought a refurbished Vitamix last year and wish I had done so many years ago! It’s OUTSTANDING!
    3. Just bought Oster spiralizer as is cheaper than attachment for Kitchen Aid
    4. Wooden cutting board a MUST! Plastic boards dull knives. Use vinegar or lemon juice to sterilize but since you are not cooking meat… not big issue! Also keep them oiled. I use Boos products (I oil and wax my board.)
    5. Think that’s all for now!
    BTW: I’m 72…��

  • Yes, this is a great idea for new channel or series of videos. I love all your videos you’re so quirky and funny and most of all informative. I think I have everything but the spiralizer. Although, to be honest I have never heard of it. Now thanks to you I’m all the wiser. ������

  • Regarding putting the skillet in the oven, Teflon off-gases toxic fumes starting at 446 degrees. I prefer cast iron or stainless steel for oven cooking.

  • For tips for food containers, if you stay at the hotel and if there is no microwave I highly recommend to get hotlogic mini which is a food warmer especially for meal prep.

  • I’m the 500 like… YAY! Also I was totally thinking to myself about kitchen things I really need and you just post this and answer alllll my questions. THANK YOU ������

  • Hi Amy! My name is Lisa and I am from Southern Oregon. I LOVE to watch Amazon and cooking videos. I’m not sure how I found u but I’m glad I did!

  • Sisi Yemmie, I use my kitchen scissor to cut off the fins/tails from fish. Also, if you do not have a scissor sharpener, you can easily roll foil paper in a small ball and cut it to pieces with the scissor. Both work like magic��

  • Thank you for this! A few things: Could YOU PLEASE let us know where you sourced the all metal SPIRALIZER featured in your book? I want so hard! I’m weary of plastic. For real. It’s ubiquitous and it’s toxic Heat + Food =Toxic. Please consider promoting anodized skillets. Nonstick needs to be nontoxic.:(

  • That was very helpful! I need that funnel, and definitely a good knife.
    My favorite are the silicone mats. I have two but they’re tiny, yet they’re the best thing I own because I like baking and I used not to do it as often because of the cleaning.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Ditch the plastic and invest in steel and glass �� Also, microwaves are dangerous. We ditched ours because the radiation is real. And you honestly dont need it. Also, a full set of different sized cast iron is great (I have saucepans and a Dutch oven even). KitchenAid mixes are a waste of money. I got one, used it 1 time in a year, and sold it. Also, a bamboo steamer and a rice cooker are great too!

  • If you have trouble opening a glass jar use the end of a small spoon or fork, jam it in the small space between the lid and the jar and just lift the spoon or fork a tiny bit. You’ll hear a plopping sound and the lid will come off super easily, because this method breaks the vacuum that holds the lid on tightly.

  • i actually heard the opposite about plastic vs wood cutting boards. with wood cutting boards, your knife slits create wet air pockets that house bacteria, which is why people switched to plastic. if you really want to keep your wood cutting board sanitized, you should shave the top layer off your board every now and then

  • I use those silicone mats to wraps stuff short term as a saran wrap alternative, I also freeze my fruit on them so I can easily flick them off the mat to a Tupperware. So handy

  • Sisi yemmie is so hilarious omg������how can ur thong get missing ma? Eno bi like u share your kitchen with sam1 na. Lool u just made my night

  • decent knives are sooo useful! I highly recommend a good large bread knife as they are great for tomato and cabbage as well as bread. Also I love small knives just for fruit and veg, I rarely need a big knife

  • Totally agree with your recommendations. When I travel to parent’s (they are a few hours away), I always take my essentials with me. Some things they have and some things I prefer my own (blender, non-stick skillet, food processor). They are not vegan but my mom is when I’m in town as she eats everything I cook ��.

  • Kevin hola quiero preguntarte, tengo tu app desde hace mucho y encuentro ahora los videos sin subtítulos en español que podrías hacer para entenderte, agradezco si me ayudas colocándolos en el App gracias ��

  • I just moved cross country from Northern CA to Charlotte and got rid of some of my old kitchen stuff, I needed some new things so this video came in handy. I just got the dutch oven, wooden spoons, stainless steel pot, baking sheets and cutting board! I’m making a pot of vegan chili in the dutch oven today.

  • I appreciate you too sweetie! I’m impressed with all that you do!! This video was very informative. Another trick for opening stubborn jars is to turn it upside down and bang it down on a thick carpet. Most times you can hear a swoosh sound that will indicate the seal has been broken. (Yes, the pots were from Kohl’s but are sold in many places too.) ��

  • Jesus Christ is coming back soon! We need repentance! Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost! Acts 2:38

  • Aww there are so many things I really wanna invest in now hahaha:D
    Also, everyone please be careful when sharpening your knives. If you do it wrong, you can ‘angle’ your knives wrong and then there is a greater choice to cut yourself (of not cut your food evenly anymore). And you shouldn’t sharpen your knives too often either (yes, I actually took a class at school that tought us knive skills lol) it can get too thin tho and there are a lot of things that can happen from this (regarding your own safety and your food safety) ♥

  • Quick tip. If you’re looking for kitchen essentials check out Marshall, TJMaxx or Homegoods. You can find a lot of name brand items for half the price of Amazon or the big box stores. And if you go at the right time you can find items on clearance which is a steal. I recently been updating my kitchen gear to streamline my meal prep. Also, if you have an Ikea in your city I would check them out. Picked up a pack of 2 flexible cutting board for $1.99. It’s great for cutting fruits, vegetables and herbs.

  • Hey I know you have said it in a past video. Where do you buy your cool t shirts like bodybuilder Daffy duck Charlie Brown and the Cookie monster???

  • Catlin videos are my number one kitchen tool.�� Then after that my hands because I use them to prepare and cook with. Without hands how would I be able to use a knife and all the other equipment?

  • I have all you mentioned apart from Tong. I’ll buy one off of amazon. I think my air fryer too is my go too equipment in addition to all you mentioned. Thanks Sisi Yemi

  • I was surprise when you cut vegetable with scissors, I never see that one before o. I love my hand blender too especially because I can just use it to mash in food in a bowl

  • I started trying to lose weight a couple weeks ago (on the 11th), and your recipes in your app have helped me out a ton with portion control and healthy eating while still having delicious food to take to work! 13.5 pounds down and hoping to keep it going for many more pounds to come! Thank you so much for your work and knowledge you share with everyone, since it has helped me to become healthier and lose weight!

  • Trying to move towards more zero waste but can’t find something to use in place of foil when something needs to be covered for baking. Do you have any suggestions? Do you think one of those silicone sheets could go over a pan since they can go in the oven? Thanks!

  • A blender is definitely an essential for me! I can’t believe I ever went without one! This was a really insightful video, thanks!! ��

  • Great list!! I also have one of those “granny” jar openers… it’s so helpful! I seriously walked a jar out of my apartment before trying to find a random neighbor to open it after struggling with it for 20 minutes. After that I just needed the dang jar open, and wasn’t worried about the stranger danger. ��

  • ♥️♥️Hey friends!!! HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m so excited to share this video because it was so much fun to make and I seriously love all these products!!! Y’all let me know if you’ll be putting any of these on your Christmas wishlist! Haha!

    If you missed my CLOSET CLEAN OUT video, be sure to check it out here! We got rid of so much stuff!!!

    Love you guys so much!!!

  • sisi you got so many tools that are nice sisi please call me and talk me because i want you to help me with some things my numbers are here>>0604697234

  • For those who don’t want an extra gizmo, if you can’t open a jar bang the edge of the lid against the counter. If it doesn’t work bang harder. It will honestly always work eventually, I feel dumb that I’m 25 and only learnt this trick last year.

  • I wonder what would happen with cooking a vegan meal with a vedic oven using olive oil as opposed to a polluting non-renewable energy source… curiosity killed a cat! Then again, you should have seen the other bigger cat attacking it!

  • Except for the slow cooker I have everything. But, I do have a steamer so that’s fine too. And I totally agree in buying good quality products. It might seem expensive, but they will last you so much longer. Also, knife sharpening tools. Very handy.

  • i love your videos! you’re so cool and down to earth. for someone (like me) who barely knows how to cook anything, your budget recipe vids are so inspiring cuz of your easygoing approach, and it’s encouraged me to actually get in the kitchen and experiment with the ingredients i mostly already have ❤️❤️ happy new year!!

  • I’m Pat aka grannyhoff. I live in the DFW area, but am originally from Florida. I’m a widow after almost 60 years of marriage. I don’t cook much anymore, but I enjoyed your video.

  • Good basic equipment review! Although cringed a little when the sauce pan with metal bottom was placed into the nonstick fry pan ����

  • I prefer a BlendTec Blender. It is high-powered and works better than a VitaMix…and it doesn’t have a sharp blade to slice up your hands when cleaning (it has a blunt “blade” and relies on a more powerful motor to break things down when blending into a super creamy texture).

  • You are so right about smaller plates. I tried that years ago and you know what? It works. I eat pretty healthy, but wanted to lose a few pounds. I just changed my plates and bowls…and lost more than I had planned. Portion control is really the key.

  • The mini silicone spatulas are a must! The first time I saw you use one in your videos I knew I just had to have one! They really work amazing!

  • Thanks for the vid, but for those who cook frequently most these gadgets are solved with one single item, a chefs knife. Unitaskers are just extra clutter and if you know what you are doing with a knife totally unnecessary. Do like the sink item. Handy and will give it a go. Suggestion there are products that allow you to pull your throwaway parts iron a container to keep your boards clean. Super handy

  • I am so glad you did this video, because I’m binge watching your videos thinking “I should probably get a food processor,” as you used it for every recipe in the last episode I watched. I would like to propose some alternatives I already have. If you could let me know if they’re good alternatives, that’d be great. Here are the alternatives I’m thinking about:
    Instant pot crock pot
    Dutch oven pot inside of crock pot (not sure if it could be put on direct fire)
    Steam basket colander on top of pot with top on (think double boiler)
    Blender nutribullet
    Cast iron skillet sauté pan (not sure what makes the cast iron magical lol)

  • I use the collapsable calendar and the avocado slicer. I bought the can opener but it was junk, threw it away. I don’t care for the snips, you waste too much strawberry, did you know that if you use something non metal to remove the tops of your berry, the fruit will last longer, use a plastic spoon.

  • I am so happy I found your channel!! you’re awesome <3 and super inspiring. you're making my journey to veganism so much easier, Thank you <3

  • Thank you! I will buy the skillet definitely ������ For food processor and blender cheaper combo I highly recommend Ninja. It does the job very well.

  • the metal bento box is good, but if you put hot food in and close it it will be almost impossible to open and these containers don’t have a vent section to decompress, so watch out

  • Ahh love your videos so much girl! xx also, you inspired me so much to start this channel myself now with vegan videos, so thank youu:)) keep doing you!

  • Do you have any videos that can help make items using a Crock Pot, Food Processor? I have them but they really just gather dust since I very often cannot find the energy to do meal prep. I’ve been training with someone for a couple months now too and though I have seen some small improvement, meals and eating regularly are still where I fall short. I’d like to think if there was a way for me to make something that was just “set it and forget it” I might have better luck doing meal prep.

  • I dreamed someone would make a video like this one! I watch so many vegetarian/vegan cooking videos and I’m always at a loss when it comes to trying out the recipes. I never have all the same tools at home and I don’t know which ones are “essentials” or not

  • And a instapot for a mommy, it totally pays for itself. I personally made sweet potatoes in mine after your recipes and I lovvve itttt!

  • my induction cooker is my favorite, it saves money since i don’t have to turn on my stove and its heat is precise for all my cooking needs

  • That wonderful bump is showing. Im so stoked for you and Max. Your inspiration always helping change the world one video at a time. Youre such a joy. The little one will bring a ton more joy into your world.

    But in regards to the essential gadgets. I have a semi commercial kitchen. I just incorporated a vitamix into my life and let me say, its been a long time coming. I had a ninja for years but i personally felt it wasnt the boss of my playground. But for those who want to get a high quality mixer you can get a refurbished for a cheap price here.

    Vitamix Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black (Certified Refurbished)

    These little guys are always cheaper when theyre standalone. Depending ones budget it can also be upgraded by adding more attachments.

    An air fryer is everything, i absolutely love it. Yes the drawback is its size and cookability. It however keeps the home cooler compared to the stove. Its super quick. Its a single person gadget, a college kid gadget. It get the job done by being super versatile. Ive made mac and cheese, cakes biscuits, cookies, roast vegg, you name it in that bad boy.

    Ok so im noticing how long this comment is. Ill stop now, lol. Ill simply chat with you again in on another video.

    Much love always,
    Grow be vegan. ❤

  • Love your sub & new vegan as of 09/08/18..finally let go of the poultry eggs and seafood! ���� I let beef & pork go 22 years ago ���� looking forward to your next video �� thanks for sharing

  • love these! I should definitely get a food processor! I just boil my tea in a pot though, tea pots are pretty but I don’t think their essential.

  • Друзья! Вы меня извините, но половину клубники срезать это глупо. Хвостик оторвать помыть и порезать. Не рациональный подход у хозяйки работающей на публику.

  • You’re absolutely right! A good, sharp knife is essential in the kitchen. I love my chef knife! And I also love my food processor and blender, because they make my life easier and I can make my own vegan “cheese” and peanut butter and all kind of spreads:)

  • Anyone else feeling super uncomfortable when Caitlin’s swinging that knife or pretending to use a mandoline? c: Anyway great video

  • Love your channel! I’m with you on the cast iron skillet. If I had to choose only one pan, it would be that (but then I’d have to choose which one from my collection that I’d keep, and that seems impossible to me… I even have a cast iron pizza stone!). However, cast iron doesn’t work well with tomato-y or acidic sauce dishes (like, pomodoro sauce). You can’t boil in them, either, because the water (grains) turns black. So, yeah, that multi-quart sauce pot is the perfect other necessary piece. One thing I might add to your cookware list is a good quality non-stick pan, especially, for anyone trying to cut down on oil. I can just “fry” things up so quickly with no oil, and clean-up is a breeze!

  • The instant pot is so essential for me! It ranks 3rd behind a knife and cutting board in my opinion. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • And I know everyone loves vitamix blenders and they’re great but if you want a blender, food processor, smoothie cup combo for way less money I just love my Ninja. My mom’s last birthday present to me before she passed away was my Ninja kitchen system and I love it so much yes it’s my last gift from my mom I might be way too attached to it because of that but honestly everyone in my family loves it loves the food and juices I make with it. My niece is little and scared of the noise but still begs me to make juice hehe so I guess she still loves it hehe. Just my tip for the group here. I love mine I’ve seen reviews where they say it doesn’t blend as smooth as a vitamix with juices but I’m amazed by it I think it does an awesome job and it’s cheaper I’m Sicilian and I love cheaper

  • You know what else is truly amazing about a cast iron is that it will outlast you even if it rusts you can fix it and it actually deposits iron in your food while you cook which is great if you tend to have low iron levels I used to oddly enough as a carnivore going veg I was nervous but with the greens and my mom’s skillet oh man saved my iron levels they’re normal now it’s amazing ����

  • What are you making in that slow cooker? Is that broccoli slaw? I love broccoli slaw but it always goes bad before I can use it all!

  • Some of the items are not in the idea list such as the collapsible drain and the utensil list takes you to another set. Can you please update it or link to the specific items? Thanks.

  • Awesome items list! I can’t live without my scales as I weigh everything out. That veggie chopper is going on my list. Thanks for sharing hun

  • The food processor will come in handy for the baby! I loved chopping, boiling, and pureeing stuff for my daughter. So much cheaper and more natural than store-bought (but keeping a few jars on hand isn’t bad either) ��

  • Wait did I hear you correctly? Did you say that you use your kettle for making cat food? If so, please do a video on that. It would be a great help!

  • Air fryer. Don’t have to turn on the oven to cook pizza, toasted sandwiches, nachos, roasted veggies. Works great for fries of course. Made some really good sweet potato chips in it too. Haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure cauliflower wings would work as well.

  • I enjoyed the video. I like my ninja as well. Need to use my spiralizer more. I sometimes just buy the already made zucchini noodles

  • I would think with your channel name it would be “essential” to have Sweet Potatoes on hand at all times as a “tool” to good health.��������������������������������

  • I thought about mentioning the glow you have from expecting the baby, but your skin has had a beautiful glow from since I first started watching your videos.

  • Just stumbled upon your channel and ordered 3 of your recommended products �������� I believe we are going to get along really good lol love how down to earth you are an staying that way. Thank you for bringing your life for us to enjoy.

  • The scale would definitely help because I use to think that weight oz was the same as fl. Oz to measure in cups. So measuring in grams is a lot better.

  • This came at such a good time! My roommate is moving out (:( ) and taking her cookware with her, so this really helped me make a list of things that I’m going to need soon

  • I never knew scissors could be this helpful in the kitchen and making a dough with the processor sounds interesting and reduces much work.

  • Dr. Neal Barnard said that the iron of of cast iron pans get into the food and can oxidate in the body. Since hearing that, I got rid of my pan because when you clean it, you notice that it gets a bit rusty even if you take care of it with oil etc..

  • I love your silicone things that’s exactly what I’ve been needing and especially tongs but I don’t like gold or rose gold so hopefully I’ll find better choice for me �� I have that avacado tool I like it too I even bought one for a present for someone ��

  • All-Clad NS1 and Scanpan Evolution are both more affordable lines of nonstick pans that are geared towards “introductory level” cooks! Scanpan is definitely worth the investment, plus they have a lifetime warranty!! As for knives, Wusthof Classic 8” chef knife is the best knife ever I love it so much! It is indeed my right hand man, between that and my Shun santoku knife, I don’t ever really use any other one!!

  • I have a nice scar on my thumb from a mandolin. Haha. But, like you said, still a very helpful tool and it’s true, it’s definitely cumbersome to use the slider thing. I have a couple small metal mesh strainers, but the big ones seem awesome now that you brought up those extra and unintended uses. Great video!

  • OMG! Im from Savannah and just moved to Charlotte so when you said you were from SAV my jaw dropped like what are the odds that I wanted to know about Amazon Kitchen must haves and the first video I click on is someone from SAV! Love the vid by the way!

  • I always get so happy when I see a mind over munch vid in my feed:D! Tots getting a spiralizer! I wanna try making “fake” pasta:)

  • Love your home and garden backing onto river beautiful. With regards the green end of the strawberries, on AMAZON! yes, there is a strawberry huller which cuts out the whole of the end, without losing any of the berry! Thanks for the recipe. Great for the summer. Keep safe.

  • Hi there! Shopping for my new apartment and your video helped so much. Your personality is very cherry and Iove listening to you talk. I’m your new subbie, Texas, born and raised. Keep it up!

  • Great video. But don’t forget to take care of your cutting board and your knives (if they have wooden handles), washing them in soap and water will dry out the wood. Use something like Cutting Board Oil by Howard (make sure what you get is made with food grade mineral oil esp. for your cutting boards) on you knife handles and cutting boards to protect them and they’ll last longer as well:)

  • I have circulon pans and I LOVE them. I also occasionally spread a really thin layer of sunflower oil on them and let them sit at medium heat on the burner for about ten minutes, because I’m not the greatest at taking care of my nonstick cookware. And I’m definitely going to look into that canning funnel.

  • Love your work
    One thing you left out in bonuses was those containers behind you full of nuts and seeds and so on
    After seeing them on a video ages ago i bought a bunch similar and have found these to be a great motivator to snack healthy

  • Enjoy this video i have all except scissors nd the single handheld mixer which i need…nd I really want the stand mixer as you say o thats a machine yesss o��

  • brother, you need to do one about Essential spices that everyone needs to get started.. these videos are fire though! keep up that good work man, you’ll keep me coming back for seconds:)

  • Each to their own, but out of curiosity, why did you buy those particular tubs (green coloured ones)? they seem rather rather costly at 39.92 usd isn’t their a cheaper alternative?

  • GUYS!! You DONT need a knife sharpener!! My bf showed me this: just slide the edge of your knife across the underside of a mug, where the ceramic is raw and not painted. Thats all you need!!

  • Hey Amy I’m Lacey. I’m from Kentucky. I am a stay at home, work from home part time, mom of 5 boys and I am currently pregnant with my 6th child. My hubby and I are very much hoping for a girl this time. Also, I love to clean. It’s just so relaxing and it helps me to relieve stress when I can get up in the mornings and drink my coffee and have my house clean and only need some tidying done. Here lately though I have been reorganizing everything and decluttering and deep cleaning all my rooms. And my home is by no means a large or lavish home but it is nice and comfy and homey. We have a 3 bedroom brick on the country and I think really my laundry room is staying the dirtiest but it won’t be for long. Oh and also I have multiple sclerosis and sometimes I am confined to my wheelchair for days. But I have a wonderful family that helps me out on days like that. As a matter of fact, 2 of our boys are grown. My oldest is 18 and out of the house and my 2nd oldest is almost 18. Then I have a 7 yo, 3 yo and a 6 month old. And as I said I am pregnant and am almost 5 months along. Haha. No time wasted. But we are done and the newest baby will complete our family in total. I love your videos and watch them over and over when I’m cleaning. And I always pick up on something new I didn’t see, hear, etc every time I rewatch one of your episodes. Love all the cleaning vids. They are great.

  • A knife was the first thing I asked for for Christmas when I started cooking in college. It makes a huge difference and it makes me feel super professional ��

  • Wow I wish inyaf your organization skills. Lol your a pro. I just came here from The Art of Home and so glad I did. Thanks for sharing Tracey

  • Great tip on the Veggie Chopper Alyssa! I’ve been thinking about one but not sure if it was a good investment. I’ve got a lot of arthritis, so hearing your endorsement I’m sure I’ll get one now. Thanks!

  • First of all, can we talk about your beautiful earrings?? Please link those!!!
    Awesome video…definitely getting the silicone mat and the salad spinner….I need a new can opener even though mine is broken I still use it #nostalgia I have mostly everything else you mentioned!!!

  • I try not to eat canned beans. I like to soak my beans overnight then in the AM throw them in my mini crock pot with some seasoning ( love mrs dash)and mirepoix, let them cook and when I get home I drain them and have beans to use throughout the week. This week is black beans! Great way to get fiber in too.

  • I bought the Vidalia chopper on your recommendation and I absolutely love it! I’ve always hated chopping ingredients and I often cut myself. This makes chopping easy, super fast, and a lot safer for my fingers. Thinking about a mandolin now (veggie chips sound interesting!). Thanks, I’m learning so much from you!

  • I have all that you mentioned except for a food scale. I am thinking of getting another chopper for non onion and non garlic foods I cant seem to get the smell or taste of the grates. I tried everything, any suggestions of what may work?

  • Looks all good except for the microwave….it takes the nutrients out of the food so not as healthy as other methods of cooking:)

  • Thank you so much for posting these brilliant Videos. I discovered you on a smoothie video with “DomesticGeek1” and fell in love with you and all that you have to share. So inspiring, so fun and authentic. Can’t wait to get healthy cooking now. You and DomesticGeek1 are both so inspiring. Thank You:-) I would hug you if I could!!!

  • Buying an immersion blender changed my life!  My fridge & freezer is always filled with homemade soups now!  Love all of the recommendations! 

  • Just a warning that if you do have a pet bird, the fumes produced from cooking with non-stick pans, although we cannot see them, can cause death in birds.

  • Hey Caitlin, great video! I’ve been working on my kitchen for the last year and it’s finally coming together. I just need to get a mandolin! I also like the way you store your silicone mats… I need to do that. Would you mind linking the article where you read about the plastic cutting boards? My boyfriend thinks that wood cutting boards are unsanitary.

  • I bought the veggie cutter off the back of seeing one of your vids and deaf recommend it. Bugger to clean though! The only gadget I think you missed out from my list would be my coffee maker!! lol

  • Moms packing for a vacation are like a scaled down version of planning a military campaign. Advance Logistics, Procurement Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Asset control, Production Logistics. This is what employers need to think about when they see “Homemaker” or “Stay at Home Mom” on a resume. I will aim for the same level of detail while planning my vacation meals. Awesome video.

  • Have a great time! You’ll have to share where you goWe might do a Florida trip around xmas…fingers crossed.. xoxo to you! dm me sometime.

  • We used to have the Vidalia Chop Wizard but when we moved, it got damaged and we couldn’t use it anymore. Thanks for reminding me that I needed to get a new one:) Our omelets just haven’t been the same since I’ve had to hand dice stuff…

  • I do the same things. This year everything went into 2-lg. tubs. We always take too much and bring home more. ugh! Hubby always wants plenty of snacks then ends up not eating them. I’m never hungry because it’s always HOT/MUGGY and who wants to eat when you feel like you’re melting. I want to vacation in a cold place just once.:D

  • Hi. Thanks. Very interesting. That salad spinner is something I did not know existed but us something I often want. They are so cheap. So if nobody else likes the vlog I do and I will be buying a useful appliance because of it.
    Interested that you did not mention a dehydrator. I want to eat more raw and many raw vegans seem to need one. I don’t want to get one if I don’t have to.
    Thanks again, Steve

  • I feel like you don’t need a blender once you have a processor. A processor can do everything you do with a blender… so having both is just duplicity.

  • My top 3.
    1. KNIVES! KNIVES!! KNIVES!!! I can’t stress this enough. I’m a chef so I have a knife set but I always encourage everyone to get THE three basics. A chef’s knife(the regular everyday knife), a pairing knife and a serrated knife (this is very useful for breads and tomato).
    2. Blender: if you invest in a good one. It will last you years. I use a kenwood with the smoothie cup and dry mill attachment. Easy peasy
    3. Crockpot/slow cooker: from rice to beans, tough meat like cow leg to making your own yoghurt, the crock pot is best thing that ever happened in my kitchen.

  • Hi Sisi,love your video always,I actually bought my tong after seeing one of your recipe video,tell us how much does items are,I love that processor in particular,you kicjen plant,is it real or fake?I love it

  • When she said the tongs may “get lost or stolen”
    I was like “which thief breaks into a person’s house to steal a tong?������������������
    Sisi won’t kill me ������
    Mine top 5 kitchen items are my chopping board,blender,scissors, my knives and measuring cups

  • @ 3:53 Actually that particular can opener is a very BAD can opener because it leaves sharp edges creating a risk getting cut when removing the lid. For opening cans what you really want to use is a SAFETY can opener, those leave NO sharp edges eliminating risk of cuts when removing the lid.

    @ 7:49 That is an absolutely USELESS tool because peeling skins off roots, and Apples, and what not is actually doing you a disservice health wise, a lot of nutrients, and fiber are in the skins.

    A Cast Iron pan is useful if you’re living in a place with a Gas Stove, but if you’re living in a place with an Electric Range, then I recommend getting an INDUCTION Burner, and using Magnetic pots and pans (Magnetic is the only thing that will work on Induction Burners). And Induction Burner is much better than a standard electric range because it uses less power making it less costly to operate, and Induction heating technology is much more time efficient than standard electric heating technology, and Induction burner will cook in about half the time of a stand electric range, so it’s even faster than a gas range.

    The range provided by management where I live is a standard electric range, so I have an induction burner, and I keep the circuit switch to the electric range off, and use it as counter space.

    For baking I recommend a counter top convection oven, just like induction burners, they are far less power consuming than an electric range oven, and more time efficient, even more time efficient than a gas oven. Both my personal induction burner, and convection oven are from a company called NuWave. What’s nice about their convection oven is it can also be used for dehydrating so you dry grapes, apples, berries, carrots make them into chips, etc. It’s temperature range is from F110-F350 so at it’s lowest temperature setting it’s perfect temperature range for dehydrating. A range oven does not go that low.

    As far as a pot goes I HIGHLY recommend a pressure cooker, in fact if you’re on a budget, get a pressure cooker BEFORE GETTING ANYTHING ELSE! That is one of the TOP most useful tools one can possibly have in one’s kitchen, because STEAMED food ONE of the healthiest ways to eat. I’m not sure which is healthiest Steamed, or Raw, it’s debatable, because there are advantages to both, but steamed food is very healthy. Actually even baked food can be very healthy, Cliff Bars for example are baked, they are one of the few Vegan Energy bars on the market that that are not price gouging, and they are very nutrient dense, but there are particular health advantages to eating steamed, and raw food, depending on what you’re eating.

    Potatoes for example are more advantages to eat steamed, most fruits are more advantages to eat raw, tomatoes however are very advantageous to eat steamed.

    The best kind of pressure cooker is one that has 2 pressure settings, some only have one. Mine has 2, and I use mine on setting 2, and let the pressure go down naturally.

    @ 9:17 Any pot can be used to boil water for brewing tea, or brewing plant milks, or what have you, a speciality pot like that is not necessary, and can end up being a waste of space to store it.

    @ 9:30 As far as Cutlery goes, the best cutlery set on the market I have found is Miracle Blade, and that is the set I use, all of the knives in that set have ergonomic shaped handles, which makes it less strenuous on your hand and wrist if you have to use it for a long period of time, and some of their knives have knobs on the blade so you can hold the knife by the blade for cutting tasks that call for holing it that way, and yes some do, cutting squashes for example, I have found it much easier to hold the clever knife by the blade using that knob then to use the handle.

    The general purpose knife in the Miracle Blade set is really nice because it’s a very long knife adding extra safety element.

    The Miracle Blade Company provides a lifetime warranty on their cutlery sets, I don’t know how easy or difficult it is to get warranty service from them, thankfully I have never had to call them for warranty service, but if you do decide to get that cutlery set, and if any of your knives ever do go dull on you, hold them to their warranty just as you would any other manufacturer of anything else you own.

    Miracle Blade costs $60.00 for the whole cutlery set, and the bloc, which is really not a bad price by comparison to other cutlery sets I have seen, I have seen cutlery sets at Macy’s for example where one knife costs more than that.

    @SweetPotatoSoul You should do lecture on Tofu versus Tempeh, there’s a lot of debate over which one is healthier.

  • Hi Sisi Yemmie! Love, love your videos, in fact you’re the only food blogger I follow. Where can one get your Food Processor in Nigeria? That beans was really smooth. Pls kindly share. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  • If you read these words and you are facing bad times in your life, I want to tell you that you are not alone.

    No one knows the day and time of the return of the Lord Jesus. Only God knows. At the same time there are many indications that we are near the end of this humanity as we know it.

    The main signal is not pandemics or hurricanes or earthquakes. The main sign of the end times is apostasy, which means the abandonment of FAITH.

    That means that Jesus will soon come to rescue those who have believed in Him by Faith.

    We are in a spiritual war for our souls and the final battles are being fought.


    You don’t have to go to church or follow a pastor or keep the sabbath or pay tithing or being water baptized or speaking in tonges or do anything else.
    JUST  confess yourself a sinner and accept Jesus by Faith as your only Saviour and express your Faith.

    We are saved by GRACE not because we worked for it. It is a gift of God to those that accept.

    It’s just that easy.

    We christians are not better than anyone else but we simply chose to live for Him in our daily lives trusting in His words.

    Start talking to God and studying the Bible.

    Romans 3: 23-26

    23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

    26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

    Ephesians 6:12

    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Romans 10: 9-11

    9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

    Ephesians   2:8-9

    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.


  • Some constructive criticism and what instead to use:
    1. Cast iron skillet not a necessity, in fact, should not use because of oil oxidation, also promotes cancer causing burning of foods (especially bread / “toast”).
    2. Food processor not in the essential list every vegan should have one, doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but with insert for slicing (cucumbers, for example) and dicing / processing (standard blade).
    3. Blender not in the essential list everyone should have one, to make smoothies and can even make your own plant-based milks with it.
    4. Missing cooking pots / tools / appliances: electric bread maker / machine mixing w/o spending on a separate mixer and much easier clean-up (soak, done) to make sweet or savory dough, of course also make various breads; induction cook top (counter-top or if you have lots of money, built-in) w/ timer saves money on your electric or gas bill, most efficient, plus much more convenient and faster; electric rice cooker (better than instant pot IMO) add grain (rice, quinoa,…), add water, start and come back 30 mins later when done, also super easy clean-up; pressure cooker best for beans; pot w/ steaming basket that goes on top and not inside + clear lid w/ steam hole steaming preserves nutrients more than boiling or sauteing and also w/o the added oil, so much healthier all around, plus w/ induction cook top and timer, it’s fire-and-forget until it’s done, also due to no oil super easy to clean up, next to that the basked on top(!) of the pot allows you to steam and boil (pasta noodles, for example) at the same time, saving time and money!
    5. Not for cooking, but still a very effective kitchen item: removable kitchen faucet w/ spray allows to clean very(!) efficiently, don’t even need to use a sponge most of the time if no oil was used (such as for steamer, blender after making smoothies or nut milk).
    6. Electric pizza maker although not an absolute necessity, I love and make pizzas a lot, so for me it pretty much is a necessity.
    7. Air fryer also not an absolute necessity, but great way to be way more efficient in terms of time, money (no pre-heating!) and clean-up, in comparison to using a traditional oven, plus reduction / elimination of oils and save money on baking sheets. I also have an infrared convection cooker, but the air fryer does the same and more, w/ easier clean-up.
    8. Waffle maker also not a necessity, but I highly recommend one, much healthier alternative to burned bread AKA toast, also easier to clean than a toaster.
    9. Box grater is unnecessary and can / usually is difficult to clean, can achieve the same w/ respective “blade” for food processor.

    10. Dutch oven again, unnecessary, rather use induction hot plate + pressure cooker, saves lots of time and money.
    11. Stick blender / hand mixer (mentioned) not a total necessity because that one I don’t use all the time, but still on occasion and then comes in super handy.
    12. Kitchenaid (shown / mentioned) only if you have about $500 or more available to also get the various attachments for making your own pasta noodles, can then use it as a food processor, peeler,… so much you can do with it, but again, only if you have the $$$ for it.

  • My top 5 kitchen equipment are my blender,bowls,knife,chopping board and hand mixer. I love your hair. Could you do an organisational video of how you arrange your kitchen and pantry. Thanks for all you do.

  • Nice. I need a mandolin for making some veggie noodles. And I agree with you on the knife and cutting board. I really like my wood board. It’s also my plate a lot of the time.
    BTW, Dr Bernard doesn’t recommend cast iron, for long term brain health.
    Also if you ever want a knife that’s designed with safety in mind, then the Opinel Le Petit Chef is great. I love that it doesn’t have a point at the tip, so I don’t feel like I’ll accidentally stab myself in the face. lol

  • I did enjoy this upload as always I was thinking if I need a food processor yes I do after watching this video…I do not have a top five but I have to think about that now

  • I came here quick cause I was like Wetin iron dey find for kitchen o ������
    I love my hand mixer, blender, coriander, chopping board
    What I need is this processor oh!

  • Omg loved this video! 100% getting a awesome good quality knife makes life sooooo much easier as a vegan! + tupperware is a life saver for reheating means to and not the cheap stuff good quality items alll the way

  • Thank you so much sisi Yemi, I was just about to ask opinions about what blender is better buying from Nigeria (Jumai)..And can you recommend a good processor? I live in Canada and since we can’t use our Canadian electronic products in Nigeria. Thank you. I am so addicted to watching your channel. God bless ��

  • This is a very good list Yemisi. Thanks for sharing, what your most useful kitchen tools or equipment are. Take care and see you next time, bye! ����

  • Kevin I see that your book tour skipped over my town of Maryland why is that, it would be nice to meet you sometime and cop your book

  • I would never use a plastic chopping board, even if it’s recycled plastic..all those tiny micro plastic particles getting scratched off during chopping and scraping with sharp knives. I really like bamboo chopping boards! They’re more sustainable than wood and don’t really warp when they get wet like most wooden boards.

  • Great video. Just bought the Kitchenaid High Performance Blender from QVC on sale AND Easy Pay..$53/m for 6 months. It’s a great investment, I love it.

  • I would testify that the air fryer is ESSENTIAL! I have one back home, but I didn’t buy one for college because I was concerned that I wouldn’t have the space. I regret that decision. �� The air fryer saves you SO MUCH TIME. I roast veggies in it for 12 minutes, sweet potato fries also take only 12 minutes, and there is no waiting around for it to pre-heat! Especially with being in college I’m missing the convenience of my air fryer, since I’m always crunched for time.��

  • As a guy…I can literally use only a spoon for all my cooking…Talk about improvisation…I am the king of improv….Thanks Sisiyemmie

  • My top 5 is
    Choping board, bowl, mixer, tong and blender.. Thid has been saving my life since 1900����..
    Nice one sisi
    New subby here
    Much love from sandymodest Tv ❤️

  • I was just watching your yam pottage recipe from 2 years ago and I got notified. Lol, about to put the yam inside now and allow it to boil inside the sauce like you said… thanks Sisi Yemmie ��