Welcome to our newest series. In “Friday Favorites,” our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between.
In my dream world, I’m a mix of Gordon Ramsay, Rachael Ray, and Emeril Lagasse (with a fun dash of Guy Fieri thrown in). In reality, I’m kind of like Lucy in the old “I Love Lucy” shows! But, I do have some absolute favorite tools for the kitchen, and I wanted to share them with you today!
Pampered Chef Mix 'n Chop
This mix ‘n chop is the bomb! I love this thing and use it all the time. It’s perfect for breaking up ground beef as it browns, but you can use it on chicken too. Once the chicken is pretty tender, this mix ‘n chop will do exactly as it sounds – it will chop it right up for you! You don’t have to have strong hands either. It is super sturdy, and you can pop it in the dishwasher. I have bought one for my adult kids too!
My mom gave me one of these little guys, and it is amazing! It’s hard to tell what it does, but I’m telling you, it’s a lifesaver. You know how hard it can be to open a jar of salsa, pickles, or olives? Just put this jar key on the lid – the little tongue goes under the edge of the jar top – and voila! It pops the seal easily, and you can open that jar right up! Brilliant!!
Last but not least – my Instant Pot. I love this thing! It has truly been a game-changer for us in making dinner. I probably use it 4-5 times a week! It’s super easy to use; we’ve even made hard-boiled eggs in it. And it cleans up great! Definitely, the best kitchen buy we’ve made in a long time!
Oh, and a little tip: if your Instant Pot seal doesn’t seem to be sealed as well (like I said, we use ours all the time!), stick the top in the fridge for maybe 10 minutes. Then try to use it – it will seal perfectly!