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Best Kitchen Tools for Foodies — from a Bunch of Bloggers Who Love to Cook!

Bloggers favorite kitchen tools

Every year, bloggers share their “gift guides” for Christmas shopping, and every year I feel like I’m in junior high.

Why junior high?

That was when I tried to be cool by buying the “in” trendy clothing, but apparently I was always a few months too late. No matter what I did, I wasn’t up to snuff.

That’s how gift guides feel to me because I’m just NOT a shopper! It seemed like I was just re-sharing my same old kitchen favs each year, since I’m not really a “new and trendy” sort of gal but more of a “I know what works and I’m sticking with it!” traditionalist. 🙂

This year, I got smarter. I figured I’d ask OTHER people what THEIR favorite kitchen gadgets were and share that list with you, in case you’re looking for the perfect kitchen tool for the foodie on your list (or are like me and need some fresh ideas for your own list).

This way, we get all the practical stuff from people who really cook every day. I asked as many blogger colleagues I could think of, and even those who should be way too busy to be answering emails sent back their thoughts! 😀

My Top New Kitchen Item You Might Want for Christmas This Year

Ironically, I realized that I have picked up a few new kitchen toys this year too, with my fav being:

easy spiralizer for your veggies

You can’t buy the cute boy, but you can get our favorite spiralizer to make beets fun like his mustache, plus zoodles, sweet potato “fries” or noodles, and more. This brand is so much better than the Oxo that I had at first!! And they have a tiny one that you use like a pencil sharpener that would make a good stocking stuffer (below). It’s easy to use and clean.

mini spiralizer - tiny to store, easy to wash!

A Few Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

One of the things I loved best about seeing all these tools are that I have never used many of them!! It’s good to see what others use DAILY that I don’t even know about. But I pulled a couple little items that I totally love too that would make great stocking stuffers for the foodie in your life. Do you agree?

citrus juicer lemon squeezer


Lemon Squeezer

Katie Wells of Wellness Mama uses her lemon juicer often and writes about the benefits of drinking lemon water. Having a tool like this will make it easier to use citrus daily, which is great for your health.

crinkle cutter


Crinkle Cutter

Amy Roskelley over at Super Healthy Kids says, “This crinkle cutter is an easy way to make your kids veggies just a little bit more fun and it doesn’t take up too much space in a kitchen drawer! We use it for cucumbers, potatoes, and even carrots.

This tool makes it so easy for young children to cut soft foods like cheese, as demonstrated in the knife skills lesson in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. (All our recommendations for kids can be found on our comprehensive Kids Cooking Resources page that we created for our members!)

silicone spatulas


Silicone Spatulas

Ricki Heller says this about her silicone spatulas, “They are sturdy enough to mix cookie dough, but flexible and soft enough to fold in aquafaba. I also use them to saute and mix stews, sauces, etc–and they don’t soak in the pasta sauce colors the way wooden spoons or other non-metal utensils do. Plus, they’re safe for non-stick surfaces.”

Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs especially likes small ones like these (but I love that she also teaches us to spend bigger bucks on quality supplies like her ultimate fav tool, coming up below!).

Big list of the coolest kitchen gadgets! Famous bloggers think these gadgets are the best kitchen tools around.


Ground Beef Chopper

Erin of 5 Dollar Dinners also recommends this tool for breaking up ground beef while it’s cooking. You’ll see us use a tool similar to this in my cooking lessons for kids online. When we travel and don’t have one for ground beef, I feel like I’m an animal with hooves trying to use a pencil. It will change your life!

Blendtec from Amazon

Big Items Foodie Bloggers Use Daily in Their Kitchens

From appliances that cost hundreds of dollars to the humble cast iron skillet, these tools deserve a place on your counter or at the front of your easiest-access cupboard. I own and adore almost all of these items, but there are two that I don’t even have! (Can you guess which two?)

High Powered Blender

Tsh Oxenreider at The Art of Simple, Kiran Dodeja Smith at Easy Real Food, Laura Coppinger at Heavenly Homemakers, Erin Odom at The Humbled Homemaker, Wardee Harmon at Traditional Cooking School, Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs, and Stephanie Langford of Ultimate Bundles all have a high powered blender such as a BlendTec or Vitamix on their list of favorite kitchen appliances.

Tsh says, “I didn’t know the wonderful world I was missing until I got a real, grownup blender that works magic.” and Erin says, “There is no question about it. I use it multiple times every day!

The Blender Girl, Tess Masters, says that the KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender is now the most powerful blender on the market.


Instant Pot

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Kiran also ranks her Instant Pot high on her list (and so do I!!). When talking about her high powered blender and her Instant Pot she says, “These have both been such worthwhile investments!!”

If you’re considering getting an Instant Pot but are on the fence, read my pros and cons that might help you make your decision. I’ve also determined the only Instant Pot accessories you need and where to not waste your money.

You’re Just *7 Days* Away From Easier Meals with Your Instant Pot

Whether you have a few fav meals in your Instant Pot or still aren’t using it regularly yet, I can show you the secrets to SAVE time (and money) with my favorite appliance!

May I send you my best hacks to maximize my fav appliance so you can spend more time with your family AND nourish them well?

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Stainless Steel Electric Frying Pan

Best kitchen tools for your Christmas wish list.

Kelly the Kitchen Kop loves her Stainless Steel Electric Frying Pan. She says, “This sucker is just what a busy Mom needs so you can throw meals together faster than if you had to use two pans or make several batches. It’s super easy to clean, too!


Real foodie Christmas wish list items!

A Really Good Knife

A good sharp knife is a workhorse in a real food kitchen, along with a good cutting board (my mom got me that one years ago for Christmas and I am still grateful!).

Wardee Harmon at Traditional Cooking School highly recommends this vegetable knife from Cutco. Here are some other similar knives, if you don’t want to spring for Cutco yet.

Donielle Baker’s of Natural Fertility and Wellness thinks a 5-6 inch knife is the perfect size, and this Santoku knife is her favorite one.

If you need a recommendation for a good knife for a kid to use, I have a big resource list of products we use and love in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. (Tip: Keep goggles in your knife drawer for the onion cutting without tears, especially for kids!)

cuisinart food processor


Food Processor

Wardee‘s Cuisinart 11-cup food processor ranks high on her list of favorite kitchen appliances.

Ricki Heller, author of the best-selling Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free likes the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor in particular and says, “It’s a biggie, but it always gets the job done, from making nut butter ultra-smooth, to mixing tough grain-free bread dough, to mixing up my dogs’ raw veggies (I actually have two separate ones–one for us, one for the dogs!!).”

kitchenaid mixer


KitchenAid Mixer

Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs recommends getting a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. and she doesn’t mess around, offering 30 ways to USE a stand mixer so you’re not left wondering!! (Impressive!)

Christmas wish list for the real foodie



Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs also uses her electric griddle often. She says to look for one with a removable cooking surface because it makes it much easier to clean. And personally, I still use my cast iron griddle multiple times a day. The only time it leaves our stovetop is when we’re making gluten-free flatbread or homemade pizza on it! I might have to chat with Tiffany about this… 😉 


cast iron skillet


15” Cast Iron Pan

Stephanie Langford of Ultimate Bundles says, “I love that it goes on the stovetop and oven, and I can put double and triple batch recipes in it.This 15″ skillet is big enough to cook for a family.

It’s easier than you think it may be to season and care for cast iron cookware.

Christmas wish list for the real foodie


Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Braising Pan

Jennifer McGruther Nourished Kitchen names her Le Creuset braising pan as a staple in her kitchen.

crock pot slow cooker


8-Quart Crockpot Slow Cooker

Stephanie Langford of Ultimate Bundles says, “I like the simple manual knob instead of the digital touch screens because it’s more reliable, less likely to break.

ginger grater tool

Back to Smaller Kitchen Toys for the Wish List (so Unique!)

This is where I’m getting a lesson right along with you all. I’ve never ever heard of a lot of these fun kitchen gadgets, and yet some may sneak onto my own Christmas wish list this year. What fun to see what people who cook daily really USE daily and couldn’t do without!

KitchenIQ Ginger Grater Tool

Tess also likes KitchenIQ’s ginger grater, which is unique among ginger grating tools.

If you don’t use fresh ginger very often, you should definitely learn about how good it is for you…and then buy some next time you’re perusing the produce section.

Big list of the coolest kitchen gadgets for Christmas gifts!


Dreamfarm Mini Supoon

The Blender Girl Tess loves this silicone jar scraping spoon because it gets every last morsel of food out of her blender container and nut butter out of jars.

immersion hand blender


Immersion Blender

Here’s how this tool can help make life easier for Jessica Fisher of Fish Mama (and I’m with her on this one – I may have grabbed a second one on Amazon Prime day in July as a Christmas gift for myself because mine is 14 years old!!!).

meal prep boxes


Meal Prep Boxes

Jessica of Fish Mama also uses meal prep boxes like these to portion out food and make grabbing packed lunches easy on the way out the door.

Here are some other great lunch packing tools and tricks.

pizza screen


Pizza Screens

I had to look this one up when Jessica’s email came in – what are pizza screens? I wondered. But they’re on Fish Mama’s list of favorite kitchen tools, and I’ve decided I need to get over to her family’s house for a weekly pizza night someday! (If only we weren’t many states apart…)

mason jars


Mason Jars

Wardee Harmon at Traditional Cooking School couldn’t do without her glass canning jars. Be sure to grab plastic lids too, because for daily storage, the two-part lids are annoying. I have a whole shelf of jars in my kitchen too!!

bag stands


Bag Stands

Erin Chase of 5 Dollar Dinners uses these handy bag stands to hold up zipper bags while filling them with meals intended for the freezer. What funny looking things! But if you’re into once-a-month cooking, they’re vital. Even just for storing summer veggies or freezing occasional extra meals like I do with my 3 freezers, these wouldn’t take up much space!

bread machine


Bread Machine

Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom uses her bread machine to make homemade bread for her family. This brand is top of the line, and here are some other more affordable options if you’re just getting started making your own bread. (Check Craigslist and rummage sales too though – seems like bread makers are an unfortunate item that everyone thinks they’ll use and then nobody ever does – which is good for us to get them for $10!!!)

cookie scoop


Cookie Scoop

Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs recommends having a cookie scoop like this one.

milk frother


Milk Frother

Crystal of Money Saving Mom tells all about her experience with her milk frother on her blog. Less expensive than hitting a fancy coffee shop every day yet still get that “pamper yourself” fun in your morning coffee. Crystal has had a huge turnaround in her health in the past year or two, so even though she’s known for saving money, she’s also got good info on saving your health!

tea maker


Breville Tea One-Touch Tea Maker

Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen writes about her experience with this particular tea maker on her blog.

citrus zester


KitchenIQ Citrus Zester

The Blender Girl Tess Masters likes this one because it catches the zest on the back. This pea pesto recipe is a delicious way to use that zest.

Big list of the coolest kitchen gadgets! Famous bloggers think these gadgets are the best kitchen tools around.



Wardee Harmon at Traditional Cooking School uses cheesecloth for all sorts of things in her Traditional Cooking School classes. Cheesecloth is really useful for straining the whey out of homemade yogurt

Bloggers favorite kitchen tools

So fun, right?

Maybe next year I’ll ask them all about their biggest fail/regret purchase of their kitchen lives. I know I have some!!

Now I’d love to hear from you, too – what’s on your list this year? What have you tried out in the last year that you love (or hate)? 

I’m well known for honest, thorough product reviews…

reviewed and recommended

…and you can always tell a real family has run these products through the gauntlet.

When I review a type of item, I try to review a LOT of different brands! From over a dozen reusable sandwich bags to over 120 natural mineral sunscreens, I’m your girl for straight-up info about natural, real foodie items you’re considering buying.

Click here to see more product reviews and you’ll also love my resources page, with REAL products that have passed my rigorous testing enough to be “regulars” in the Kimball household, plus some other comprehensive reviews. Updated at least once a year to boot the losers and add new gems!

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11 thoughts on “Best Kitchen Tools for Foodies — from a Bunch of Bloggers Who Love to Cook!”

  1. These tools are amazing and useful for all. Every kitchen needs such tools. Thank you for sharing this post.

  2. These tools is amazing and useful for all.every kitchen needs such a tools. Thank you for sharing this post.

  3. All the product you featured at this blog are really great!
    May I ask do you have products made of wood?

  4. Arush Sharma

    It’s insane that America has not “discovered” this indispensable item. I moved to England for a year, in 2003, at the age of 40. Until that time, I had never seen or thought about an electric, cordless kettle. Since that time, I swear I will never be without one. Oh… I’ve seen them in my peripheral vision, at Wal-Mart. But for some reason, there is zero advertising of this appliance! After using one in the UK for a year

  5. I love these ideas! I couldn’t live without my digital kitchen scale – I use it almost daily! And a good garlic press is good to have on hand as well!

  6. Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker

    In addition to our Blendtec, we use our toaster oven and ceramic griddle a TON! I couldn’t live without either of these.

  7. Couldnt do everything i do without my thermomix tm5. I have had it almost a year now and wouldnt want to bake without it as i need to mass produce to keep up. Especially bread products like spelt pretzels which are an easy go to lunch or snack around here. Chopping veges is a breeze and i find i need only a few staples now and i can make most typical items very quickly and easily as i need them which will save storage space when we travel.

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