Say Hello to Our New Kitchen Accessories

It was bound to happen at some point: My trusty bread machine kicked the bucket. It’s a gadget I use at least on a weekly basis, if not two or three times each week to make everything from sandwich bread to hamburger buns. So much so that I can’t remember the last time I had to buy a bread product!

So, when it stopped working, I tried my best to fix it. I took the cover off and tried to figure out what was causing the gears not to turn to rotate the kneading paddle in the bread pan. No luck. Try as I might, I had to admit defeat.

And then? I got shopping.
As I started doing some research, I realized that to get a bread machine capable of the kind of load I’m doing (particularly using 100% whole wheat flour that I mill myself) and that will last more than a year or two doesn’t come cheaply. I finally settled on getting the #1 recommendation: a Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso.

I’m not typically one to buy the top-of-the-line anything, but I also didn’t want to have to be buying a new bread machine every year, which seemed to be the case for a lot of the machines I was reading about in online reviews. If I was going to pour money into this product, I wanted it to last, which would hopefully make it end up being cheaper in the long run. Just like with my hair straightener.

Soon after that we welcomed the new bread machine into our house, another new device made its way into our kitchen; this time one for my husband: a juicer (this one to be exact).

He’s been wanting one for who knows how long, and his wish finally came true! He’s been mixing up some bright and colorful concoctions ever since, sipping on carrot and kale, ginger and Granny Smith apple juice and whipping up some specialties for me and the baby to boot.

I told my husband our kitchen must be the most expensive room in the house. I may not have a flat screen television or a fancy smart phone, but I sure have kitchen gadgets!

(You can check out some of the other items that live in our kitchen in this round-up of my favorite kitchen gadgets.)

What make for your favorite kitchen gadgets? Any new finds lately that you’ve been loving? Share them in the comments!


  1. We just bought a juicer, too! We're waiting for it to arrive. I'd love to hear about some of your favorite concoctions!!

    1. Fun! We have pretty much stuck to one core recipe of granny smith apples, cucumbers, broccoli, lemon and carrot. We also tried making homemade orange juice, but I think the oranges weren't ripe enough yet--it was quite bitter! Hoping to try it again this spring/summer when they might be more in season.

  2. I too, want the kitchen to be the star of the show.

    I'm loving my boiler/tea pot(with hot plate) combo right now. We love hot tea in the evening and that thing has made it so easy to brew tea in a bag and loose leaf tea; and it was a great buy on Amazon.

    1. My husband is really into tea right now, and makes a daily batch, as well! Although he does it with our kettle on the stove. Perfect for these winter days!!

  3. I do a lot of baking, so my KitchenAid mixer is definitely my favorite kitchen gadget. A close second would probably be my food processor. My favorite thing in the world to eat is falafels, and the food processor mashes up the chickpeas and all the other ingredients in no time.

    While it's not a gadget, I received a cast iron tortilla press for Christmas that I am very excited about. Lentil Tacos with fresh corn tortillas is on the menu tonight!!

    1. Mmm! I need to make those lentil tacos again. It's been a month or so since I've cooked any up. I'd love to hear how the tortilla press goes. I tried making tortillas a few times (albeit, without a press), but I could never get it right so I just went back to storebought ones.


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