1. Magic Bullet – $49.99 (But totally worth it!)
I use my magic bullet for everything from smoothies to pesto sauces to banana ice cream! It is small and easy to store and clean. You blend your drink directly in a mug, which makes it portable and a great “on the go” option. I actually had one of these in my college dorm room! I kept frozen fruit in my mini fridge and could whip up a breakfast smoothie in seconds!
2. Garlic Press – $9.26
A garlic press is a necessity. Before I had one, I spent so much time trying to chop garlic into tiny bits but would eventually get lazy and give up. Can you say HUGE pieces of garlic throughout my food?! YUCK! A garlic press is super simple to use. You just peel the clove, pop it in, and press down. VOILA! Perfectly minced garlic!
3. Grill Pan – $15.49
Living in Boston, weather affects what I choose to eat for dinner. Grilling is really only an option a few months out of the year, and even then there is ALWAYS a chance of rain and thunderstorms. For my 22nd birthday, my brother and sister bought me a grill pan. MIND BLOWN! I was suddenly able to grill vegetables, chicken, and burgers right in the comfort of my apartment! It allows me to use little to no oil (SCORE!) and my food comes out with those super yummy looking grill lines (DOUBLE SCORE!). It is a must have for anyone that doesn’t have perfect weather year-round (Dempsey, you don’t need one…)
4. Brown Paper Bag – $0.15
Yes, a brown paper bag is a great kitchen appliance. You may think it is only goes as far as being a lunch bag, but it is actually super versatile! It is perfect for making homemade microwave popcorn, steaming veggies in the oven, and even helping to ripen avocados.
5. Mini Food Processor – $39.95
This is the “luxury” product of this list. For the majority of my cooking, I was able to get by using the magic bullet and my mom’s old food chopper. However, I have found that a food processor has tremendously increased the quality of my cooking and broadened the range of what I am capable of creating. You don’t need a huge, fancy, expensive food processor. A small, portable one is perfect. It really is worth it. Trust me. Think about all the Avocado Chocolate Mouse and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus you could make!