Let’s face it. While Lisa loves taking all the time in the world in the kitchen (18-hour sauce, anyone?), not one to loiter, Julie has the need for speed when she’s cooking up a storm. Here, we’re arming you with the tools that’ll help you go Mach 5 (yes, hypersonic fast) without breaking a sweat.
KITCHENAID CORDLESS VARIABLE SPEED HAND BLENDER
Put the power in the palm of your hand with this most-beloved time-saving tool. Not only does this speedy hand blender help you easily do the heavy work (within seconds soups and sauces pureed, dressings emulsified, eggs and cream whipped), but it also helps keeping the kitchen clean – no transferring hot soups to blenders, no extra dishes, no messy spills. It’s no wonder we always have this powerful, easy to clean blender on hand.
STAINLESS STEEL GRATER/ZESTER
Really, who’s got time (or skill) to use the knife to grate things into teeny tiny bits? Not us (by us, we mean Julie), and that’s why our grater/zester gets a major workout, with its tiny, razor-sharp blades, making it quick and effortless to zest citrus, mince garlic and ginger, and grate Parmesan and chocolate.
KITCHENAID MANDOLINE SLICER
When we say, “It’s been a slice,” we mean it. We can be excited about slicing because this mandoline, with its adjustable blades and settings, cuts more than just vegetables: it cuts time. With a flick of the wrist, the sharp blades deliver quick, easy, uniform, and impressive slicing and dicing.
BLENDTEC DESIGNER 675 with TWISTER JAR
We’re in love with this blender. Why? Because it does its job. It blends. Expertly, at that. With this blender, your smoothies will be smooth, your dressings emulsified, and your nut butters creamy – so versatile and powerful, this master mixer is a superb help when it comes to making sure we don’t break a sweat when trying to mix it up.
SILPAT COOKIE MAT
Silpat is our very own kitchen magician. A perfect (and environmentally-sound) replacement for aluminum foil or parchment paper, nothing sticks to these super-durable, reusable, easy to clean mats.
CUISINART EGG CENTRAL EGG COOKER
While cooking eggs isn’t rocket science, getting them done exactly as you want them can be a bit dicey. Until now. Thanks to this two-tiered egg cooker, we can now make up to 10 eggs at once, and get them perfectly cooked (hard, medium or soft) without a second thought. As if controlled cooking isn’t enough, there are also non-stick poaching and omelette trays, so get cracking.
KITCHENAID 14-CUP FOOD PROCESSOR
This heavy-duty, sturdy, and versatile machine takes all the work out of slicing and dicing, chopping and shredding. This workhorse can do everything from chopping vegetables (in seconds!) and making salad dressings, to whipping up homemade breadcrumbs and dough (the dough blade is aces) when making scones, pie crusts, coffee cakes…
KITCHENAID 3.5-CUP MINI CHOPPER
This is one of the most-used tools in our kitchen. Chopping nuts, blending salad dressings, salsas, and small batches of hummus and pesto are done in no time. Simple to use and easy to clean, we can’t recommend this small-but-mighty powerhouse strongly enough.
CUISINART CITRUS JUICER with GLASS CARAFE
What’s our main squeeze? Fresh lemon and lime juice in our cooking, and orange and grapefruit juice in our glasses. That said, we don’t want to go to the gym to build our arm muscles, nor do we want to spend too much time making this happen. Loaded with three pulp settings and a super convenient carafe, we’re loving this efficient and versatile juicer.
Brentwood Indoor Electric S’Mores Maker
Sorry, but we couldn’t resist. Instead of gathering up the kindling and stoking the fire, we can now have our very own year-round, fuss-free, indoor S’mores party with this flame-free maker. So, grab that classic trio (read: marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate) and get toasting.