There’s a gadget for every thinkable kitchen task these days, and in my opinion most of them aren’t worth the money or the precious storage space they take up. However, there are a few kitchen accessories and appliances you will use time and time again that are worth every penny.
#1 Le Creuset or Staub Dutch Oven
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This enameled cast iron classic is a kitchen workhorse that can be used on the stove top, in the oven, or even on your backyard grill. Even heat distribution and a non-stick surface make it perfect for making soups and stews, braised dishes, or even baking bread and cakes. These pots aren’t cheap but with proper care it will literally last you a lifetime.
#2 8” Wusthof Classic Cook’s Knife
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Mundane kitchen tasks like chopping onions and mincing garlic feel effortless when you use a high-quality chef’s knife. The Wusthof 8” Classic Cook’s Knife is just the right size for most of your cutting needs; its high carbon, stainless steel blade holds a sharp edge for an impressively long time.
#3 ThermoWorks Thermapen Instant-Read Thermometer
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It may cost $96, but with this top of the line instant read thermometer you’ll never have to cut into your steak again to see if it’s done. The thin probe gives you an accurate reading in three seconds without poking a huge hole in the meat (and when precious juices to leak out). With this thermometer your steaks will be perfectly medium-rare every single time.
#4 KitchenAid Stand Mixer
If you enjoy any kind of baking or making bread and dough from scratch, the KitchenAid stand mixer is an investment worth making. With a flat beater, dough hook, and wire whisk, you’ll find yourself using it time and time again. It comes in a variety of sizes and beautiful colors so it looks great sitting on the kitchen counter.
#5 John Boos Cutting Board
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These wood cutting boards are both durable and beautiful. The natural wood material reduces wear on your knives and if cared for properly will last a lifetime. They’re also a great cover-up for less than beautiful kitchen countertops!