Making your own meals is a great way to save money, and there are endless varieties of fun gadgets to help make food prep easier and more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, in the past, I have fallen prey to the allure of shiny new kitchen gadgets and “I must have this” thinking. I’ve purchased the item only to have it sit in my drawer or cupboard nearly untouched for years.
Now I keep my kitchen free of clutter (which keeps meal prep time enjoyable), and I try to only keep what I consider “essential tools” on hand.
I’ve found the following 6 kitchen tools extremely helpful and such a good investment for my meal prep.
1. Glass tupperware. So essential for meal prep! I’m a big leftovers person, and I take multiple containers to work each day. I like the glass ones because they’re microwave safe and don’t get stained.
2. Vegetable peeler. This thing works great to peel almost any kind of vegetable! It slips onto my middle finger for an easy grasp. No sore wrists or fingers with this contraption.
3. Big cutting board. I have a few cutting boards of different sizes and materials. I really like this one because of how many vegetables I can fit on it at one time.
4. Ancient slow cooker. I’m pretty sure my dad found my slow cooker at a rummage sale many years ago. It looks like it’s from the 80s, and it’s had a lot of love. But it still works well! This is probably its updated version.
The slow cooker saves time and money. It’s helpful in the summer when I don’t want to turn on the oven and heat up the apartment. Or if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just toss some chicken breasts in it with some seasonings and chicken broth and let it cook for about 6 hours. I have shredded chicken for tons of recipes for the rest of the week.
5. Veggetti. I’m a big zucchini noodles person, and I get a lot of use out of this spiralizer. What a great way to cut back on carbohydrates and bump up your vegetable intake. Try these Thai Chicken Zoodles or Tomato Parm Zoodles.
6. Rubber Spatula. This tool has saved me from wasting a bunch of food over the years. I have a few different kinds of spatulas, but this one seems to glide easily over the surface I’m scraping and leaves no trace of food behind.
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