So lately I’ve been thinking about posting some endorsements for my favorite products. Most of these things I use all the time and every time I do I think, “I wish I could tell everyone about how awesome this is!” So, I went around the house this morning and took pictures of all my favorite things. Yes, I got a little carried away, but, I swear all of this stuff is great!
Grandma Sycamore’s Home-Maid Bread: This bread is really great. I usually get the white bread because I like it best for toast, but there’s a couple other kinds like sunflower seed that are also delicious. This bread goes bad fast, which probably means there aren’t as many preservatives as in other brands, but I just keep mine in the freezer and take out a couple slices at a time.
Challenge Butter Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil: I like using real butter, not margarine and this stuff is great because it’s easy to spread, even when it’s cold. I’ve tried other brands such as Land O’Lakes that look almost identical, but they’re not as good. I always make sure I get this one with the purple lid. It also freezes well.
Scotch Brite Dish Wand: This is so much better than filling up the sink with water every time I need to wash something by hand. Plus you can buy cheap sponge refills so you don’t have to replace the whole thing every time it gets gross. The sponge/scrubber works much better than the ones that just have a brush, especially for plates and such.
Shun Santoku Knife: Not only is this knife very sharp and comfortable to use, it’s also very beautiful. If I could keep just one knife in my drawer, this would be it.
Kleenex Viva Big Roll Choose-A-Size Paper Towels: I love these because they’re super strong and cloth-like. They also have the smaller sheets so you can choose how much you need instead of ripping off a huge sheet every time. I wish they came in a multi-pack but other than that, they’re awesome!
Olive Oil Dispenser: OK I don’t know what this is actually called, but I love this type of bottle with the spout. I keep this next to the stove to quickly swirl oil in the pan and the opening doesn’t get all oily and messy. I’ve also seen people use them for dish soap. I believe I got this one at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Magnetic Spice Tins: Corinne actually put a post on her blog about these the other day, but I’m going to rave about them too because they’re so awesome. I store them on the side of the fridge so they are within easy reach while I’m cooking and they don’t take up any cabinet space. I also think they look really pretty and they keep the spices alphabetized for easy location. I bought mine along with spice labels at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Mini Scoop: This is one of my favorite kitchen things. I don’t know how I ever got along without it. Cookies are so much funner and easier to make, and they all come out the same size. I use this for other random things all the time. I believe this one is a #40 or 1.5 tbsp. size.
Lime Juicer: This thing works so much better than those reamer type juicers. Plus it’s really fast. Don’t get tricked into buying those plastic ones, make sure it’s metal. I bought the one for limes, but I can also use it on lemons so long as I remember to get the small ones. You could probably buy the bigger one that’s for lemons and use it for limes too.
Presto Tilt N’ Drain Griddle: This was my most recent purchase and I love it! I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without one of these babies! This one has an adjustable thermometer. It also has sides that pull out to slightly tilt the griddle so that grease drains out the hole in the front. They can also be pushed in to keep it level for cooking things like french toast and pancakes. This thing is huge and it can fit 9 slices of bread on it at once. It also fits approximately 7-9 slices of bacon. The cord is a tad too short for me, but it works OK. It was only about $35 and well worth every penny.
True Temp Oven Probe Thermometer: I bought this cheap little thing at Target, but it has been very useful. I don’t have to cut open my chicken or meat anymore to see if it’s done. I also use it when I bake bread to make sure the center is cooked all the way. I just stick the probe into the center, close the oven and clip the read-out to the fridge. It can be set for a specific temperature and when it reaches the set point, a buzzer goes off.
Clip On Spoon Holders: I’d been eyeing these things for a while but at $7 each, they were a little pricey for me. I received a gift certificate to Bed Bath and Beyond for Christmas, and used it to buy a couple of these. You just clip them on the edge of your pan and then you can rest your stirring utensil in it so you don’t get the stove all messy. I’ve also clipped mine on the edge of a mixing bowl full of pancake batter to hold my measuring cup so it doesn’t fall in and get all messy. They are definitely worth the $7.
Wow it feels great to finally have all that out in the open. I hope you like some of this stuff as much as I do!