Can you believe it’s almost time to start thinking about holiday cooking already? It seems like just two months ago I was taking down the Christmas lights from the front porch! Oh, wait, it was. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people, that forgets random Christmas stuff for like 7 months. Anyway, here we are in October already! Halloween is flying up on us. Once that hits, there’s no break between holidays before the new year!
I love kitchen gadgets. I get it from my grandmother. She was the kitchen gadget queen! When BuyDig told me to pick out a few things for review and for this giveaway, I immediately went to the kitchen section to poke around. I came up with a few must-have kitchen items that I think will help make all my holiday baking so much easier. As most of you know, the holidays are the only time I really do any sort of cooking or baking!
Holiday Cooking Kitchen Gear You Seriously Need
Whether you’re a novice chef like me or a total pro, you definitely need a good set of knives. These Cuisinart Knives with stainless steel blades aren’t just fantastic at cutting everything under the sun, they’re now the absolute prettiest thing in my kitchen. I actually look for opportunities to slice and dice! My favorite is the little orange one. I believe it’s called a paring knife. I do not know how to “pare” things, but I use it every single day for slicing up fruits and veggies for my guinea pigs. I also used it for slicing up apples to make nummy apples & peanut butter! This set comes with:
- 8″ Chef Knife
- 8″ Slicing Knife
- 8″ Serrated Bread Knife
- 7″ Santoku Knife
- 6.5″ Utility Knife
- 3.5″ Paring Knife
They each have their own blade cover, so I don’t slice my fingers off when reaching into the drawer for them. The non-stock color coating isn’t just super beautiful, it helps you remember which knife you used for which purpose, so you avoid cross-contamination. These are a MUST for Thanksgiving!
I’ve been wanting a stick blender for a while now. I make a ton of cookies during the holidays and the big mixer is just too much for me to deal with. I don’t understand all the buttons. When I saw the Cuisinart CSB-80, I was drawn to all the extra features that came with it. I was originally looking at a plain stick blender that basically just blended, but this one had attachments and choppers and cups and oh-my-goodness stuff galore! Plus it has a powerful 400-watt motor.
This beauty doesn’t just blend, it’s whisks and chops! It takes the place of my mom’s big mixer with the confusing buttons AND the handheld mixer that I keep losing the beaters too AND the chopper.
It comes with:
- Stainless steel blending shaft
- New, large 4-cup food processor attachment with feed tube
- Chopper Blade
- Slicing/Shredding disc
- Chef’s whisk attachment
- 16-oz. mixing cup
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
The AirFryer is another item that’s been high on my kitchen gadget wish-list for a while now. I love the idea of eating fried foods without the fried calories. I also love anything that cuts back on the work I have to do to get real food on the table. Example: Jake and I both love sweet potato fries, but I don’t really love the whole process of emptying the random trays out of the oven, preheating, baking, cleaning it all up, etc. With the AirFryer, I can dump the fries into the try, turn a knob to set the heat, a knob to set the timer and actually have my fries in like 10 minutes. Plus they taste better!
The Philips AirFryer isn’t just for making french fries! You can make all sorts of things in it! I’m still experimenting. I wanted to make fried apple chips, but I didn’t quite master those yet. I did, however, make the perfect grilled cheese! Seriously, it was amazing! Crisp bread on the outside, melted cheese on the inside. It took about two minutes to prep and 6 minutes in the AirFryer. I was free to do other things while my lunch was cooking! I can see using this during the holidays for all sorts of appetizers! You can even bake in it, although I haven’t tried that yet.
To make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich: just butter all sides of two slices of bread, place a slice of cheese in between the two slices, lay it flat in the basket of the fryer, then turn it to 390 degrees for 6 minutes.
With these three fabulous kitchen gadgets from BuyDig, I’ll be able to whip up more delicious cookies and baked goods, save oodles of time making dinners and appetizers, and precisely slice, dice and chop until my heart’s content!
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