What This Page Is: A resource for the equipment I have tested and used in my kitchen overtime, and grown to love. I wanted a place where I could share the quality pieces I recommend to people who ask, the simple tools that fill my drawers, and the fun things that have taken my kitchen experience a little further. All while striving to promote a more eco-friendly and toxic-free kitchen environment.
What This Page Is Not: A recommendation of what I think is necessary for a well functioning, happy kitchen. I believe all you really need is a bowl, a pot, a pan, and your hands to accomplish most meals in the kitchen (maybe a spoon and a knife, but you get the gist). Scott and I survived on much less for years before the nature of my job lead me to this collection. Less is more to me in the kitchen, and I only recommend getting what you most absolutely need to accomplish your recipe goals.
I hope this personal kitchen guide inspires and helps anyone considering one of the pieces in my collection below, and as always, feel free to send me specific questions you might have – I’d love to help!
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A flat side for pealing vegetables and fruits, or making large ribbons. A riveted side for quick, fuss free spiralizing into noodles.
Best for thinly slicing fruits and vegetables. Can be used to make ribbons, disks, and sticks.
For quickly making veggie noodles, coring and slicing apples, etc.
Perfectly measured cookies, snack balls, and ice cream. I even use this for dividing batter in cupcake tins too.
Best for zest-ing citrus, and grating garlic and ginger.
From potatoes, to cauliflower and squash, or a quick veggie burger mash.
Used most often for shredding zucchini and carrots for sweet breads or veggie burgers in our home.
I use it once a year during cherry season, and always sing it’s praise (worth it for cherry lovers).
FINE MESH STRAINERS
Small one for straining tea, dusting desserts with cacao powder, and other little uses. Larger ones for everything from draining beans and pasta to straining sauces.
GLASS MEASURING BEAKERS
Can pour piping hot liquid directly into these, also great for liquid measuring in general.
This flat edge, simple spatula can be used for almost everything I make on my stovetop.
It’s size and durability won me over.
I’m biased to Opinel’s simple yet beautiful and functional knives.
SMALL CHOPPING BLOCK
Cheap and small, easy to tuck away, and grabbed for slicing and dicing multiple times a day.
This is so far our favorite method for brewing coffee.
A simple grinder for grinding coffee beans, whole spices, and flax seeds.
BLENDER + PROCESSOR
The only blender I need for the rest of my life. Perfectly smooth smoothies, sauces, soups, puddings, nut/seed butters, and so much more.
This processor has passed my brutal testing for five years. Amazing blades, powerful motor, and great for shredding mass amounts of veggies.
Great for quick pestos, blending soup in the pot, and even making single serve luscious pudding. I love the power and simplicity of this blender.
ICE CREAM MAKER / MIXER
I love my classic Kitchen Aid mixer. It comes in handy for big batches of cookie dough, cake batters, and gives my arm a break kneading dough occasionally too.
This is the primary reason I use my mixer as often as I do, to make ice cream! This bowl attachment sits in the freezer at all times, ready to churn a simple batch of plant based ice cream on a whim.
Wonderful for mini cakes, muffins, scones, and single serving baked treats.
I’m no queen tart maker, but I use various sizes by this brand when I do make them on occasion.
6″ CAKE PANS
My go-tos for stacking tiered cakes.
9″ SPRING FORM
Used for large single-layer cake bakes, cheesecakes, or tall tarts for a crowd.
Used for small single-layer cake bakes, cheesecakes, or tall tarts for 2-4 people.
For making individual desserts.
MINI BUNDT PAN
This one releases the cakes perfectly, and I love it’s fluting.
A fun pan to have on hand to whip up healthy baked donuts on the weekend.
A 9×5 staple for loaves and smaller tray bakes.
MINI LOAF PANS
I love using these for smaller batches of quick bread.
PULLMAN LOAF PAN
When I want the classic square slice in my loaf, I use this.
8X8 BAKING PAN
Used most often for brownies, square cakes, and smaller tray bakes.
9X13 BAKING PAN
Used for larger tray bakes and occasionally roasting.
Perfect for ice pops and ice cream bars.
I have a few different sizes.
Just a classic whisk, slightly smaller and easy to store.
COOKIE CUTTER FOLKS
My favorite for gingerbread folks at Christmas.
I use these for all circle cutting needs outside of biscuits too.
GLASS BOWL SET
Great for prepping a baking/cooking station. A bowl for everything.
CERAMIC BOWL SET
Mixing bowls with pouring spouts.
This is the set of fry pans pictured above that I use daily, they are absolute magic and perfect for small and medium size dishes. Greenpan is non-toxic and non-stick.
This is the complete set of the frying pan line I use here, I don’t have it yet but it is on my wish list for the future. A wonderful option for those of you looking for an entire set of toxic free cookware.
LE CREUSET + STEAMERS
This is a staple item that sits on our cooktop always. Usually with a steamer insert inside, but also used for small batches of oatmeal, sauces, soups, etc.
We have two of these, one for this pot and one for another to use for everything from cooking vegetables or reheating beans and grains. It is our preferred method of cooking.
CAST IRONS + PRESSURE COOKER
Another item that never leaves my stovetop. I cook all of my beans and grains from scratch using this device, and love the high quality of this Kuhn Rikon pot. It’s incredibly safe and easy to use.
DUTCH OVENS + CASSEROLES
This pot I use for weeknight dinners, seeing as I’m cooking for two. Such as for baking savory cobblers in after simmering the filling on the stove.
5.5 QT STAUB DUCH OVEN
Larger gatherings, or one-pot-wonders that will leave leftovers for the week, suit this size well. Pasta dishes, soups, stews, etc. Wonderful for baking a loaf of bread in too
No parchment lining needed, or oiling of the dish, just transfer your baking batter (or layer a savory casserole) and pop it in the oven. Heavy duty and toxic free.
LE CREUSET RECTAGULAR BAKING DISH
Same as with the oval dish above, but a bit larger and suited for bars and brownies. Toxic free, high quality baking.
See mini Staub cocottes (pictured above) here.
STAINLESS STEEL COOKWARE
A wonderful set of heavy bottom, stainless steel cookware. Pros at distributing heat, and a piece for every cooking need.
ECO FRIENDLY STORAGE
Great for large quantities of vegetables, I use mine for fresh broccoli florets each week.
GLASSLOCK VARIETY PACK
For all of your refrigerator storage needs, there is a size for everything. I buy extra of this size specifically for freezing beans and grains that I cook in large batches. Or you can browse all of their sizes here.
These are some of my favorites and come in a variety of sizes/shapes. From sauces, dips, overnight oats, leftover grains, and dried goods, I love these cute jars.
LE PARFAIT JARS
Great for storing all sorts of goodies, also in various sizes. I use mine for flours and single ingredients so they are easy to get to with a flip of the latch.
I have these in almost every size and shape. They pair well with my favorite lids below.
Made from recycled materials and incredibly high quality – these lids are as functional as they are beautiful.
Reusable/washable silicon baggies. These are huge favorites in our home. The small size is great for avocado halves!
EVERYDAY DISHES CABINET
It should have been a sign when we chose yellow, turquoise, and peach for our wedding colors five and a half years ago that those same tones would grace every inch of our future home. Of all the pieces that have floated in and out of our cabinets, these have been the ones that stuck, and we are rather smitten with each piece (and use them all weekly). I hesitate to say we are “completely settled” knowing I’ll jinx my contentment, so before I do, onto the people and places that connected us to them – and happy nesting/collecting from me to you.
Basics: our white plates and low bowls have mostly come from West Elm, with a few random pieces originating from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. Most of our traditional coffee mugs have come from The Created Co. and Almond Surfboards.
Ceramics: Without a doubt, Wolf Ceramics is a new favorite and we hope to use her beautiful bowls, small dishes, and mugs forever. I also love my pink stripe mug from ML Pottery and my blue crater lake mug from Manzama Wares. I have a few small bowls made by Felt + Fat and One and Many, and plates from Barombi Studios and Suite One Studio. Then my cherished plate and bowl from Herriott Grace from a splurge a while back. Our local shop here, Heritage Mercantile, is where I find some other unique pieces.
Funky: My swirled marble bowls are an old purchase from Urban Outfitters (as are a few other pieces). A few decorated mugs from Anthropologie. Striped bowls from a small shop that brings in pieces from the owner’s travels here locally, and angular bowls from Convivial.
Measure/Store: I have a few different glass measuring cups, one from West Elm, but several from Schoolhouse Electric. Also a little pouring glass from Heritage Mercantile. I love my mason jars for storing sauces and drinks and things in, especially now with my new slew of Intelligent Lids (they are the best).