Pssst, can I tell you a secret? I’m a bit of a Scrooge. It’s not Christmas itself, but what it has become that has me turned off by this time if the year. But here I go, making a post to perpetuate the gift-giving frenzy that has us all running around like the proverbial chickens with our heads cut off.
So why am I writing this wish list? Because I actually use this time of the year to take advantage of sales to buy things for my real food kitchen (usually because of gift money from my parents). And I thought you might want to see the gadgets that I wish I had or that I already use to ‘make the magic happen’ in my real food kitchen. (stop laughing, I’m serious). Also, if you are so inclined and plan to get some of these goodies yourself, please use our links. You will be helping the Real Food Freaks pay for another year of hosting and keep us around for a while. I assure you we are not getting rich here.
My List For Santa
Crock Pot - I already have a crock pot, but I have just realized that I have a crack in the pot. So disappointing. The crock pot is such a staple in my house and I definitely need a new one . . . PRONTO. I have read various articles about lead in the crocks, but the most convincing article is that lead is of little to no concern. So this is the crock I choose . . . .
Dehydrator – Yes, the oven works just fine for dehydrating, but I am spending a lot of money on my gas bill! ($300 one month during preservation season). So this is an investment that will pay for itself when my gas bill goes back to normal!
What I Already Have and Love
Stick Blender - Do I need my stick blender? Probably not, but I love how this makes my clean up a lot easier when I make soups and other recipes that require pureeing.
9 – cup Food Processor - Where the stick blender is more of a convenience, my food processor has been my secret weapon. Could I live without it? Yes, but I would likely be spending a lot less time blogging and much more time in the kitchen chopping without it! When my little 4 cup food processor burned out (had it for 14 years) this was the one that I bought to replace it with . . . and.I.love.it!
KitchenAid Pro 6 Qt Mixer - If you are a baker, you know that a good mixer is important. I have had my KitchenAid mixer for 7 years and don’t know how I lived without it in the past . . . . I also use the KA ice cream attachment (next link) to make my homemade ice cream!
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment - All year long, but especially in the summer months, this has become a favorite way to make nutrient dense ice cream from scratch!
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker - I visited a friend over the summer who had one of these. It works great, so if you don’t have a KA mixer, just know that you can buy a separate machine to make your ice cream as well.
Ingredients for Things I Have Made
Vanilla Beans – It takes 6 months to make really good vanilla extract, so it’s a little late to start now for gift giving. But I often buy bulk vanilla beans for my other holiday treats like Adult Butterscotch Custard and Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub.
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