kitchen must haves

Simple Kitchen Must Haves
I haven’t always loved cooking, but over the last 4 years my appreciation for home-cooked meals and real food ingredients has grown tremendously. Because of this new love, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. And even though I love saving up to buy the latest kitchen gadget, there are a few select items that I just couldn’t live without.

These few items are the tools that I use almost daily. They aren’t fancy, nor do they come with a hefty price tag. They simply do their job and make my life easier and time in the kitchen much more efficient!

My 5 Simple Kitchen Must-Haves

1. Mixing Bowls
I can’t say enough about these mixing bowls. They are made from a high quality stainless steel and have a durable silicone bottom that allows the bowls to grip to your prep surface. They are durable, lightweight and stackable for easy storage!

2. Measuring Spoons
These magnetic measuring spoons are so clever. They not only fix to the metal surfaces in your kitchen, but they are double sided so you can measure both wet and dry ingredients without having to rinse in between! Genius.

3. Mason Jars
Yup. Simple Mason Jars make the list for me. I use them for literally EVERYTHING. I make butter in mason jars, I store food in mason jars, I even bake bread in mason jars (bread-in-jar recipe here)!  Check out this post I put together of 30 great uses for Mason Jars.

4. Chef’s Knife
This knife is constructed of a single forged piece of high carbon, no-stain, rust-resistant steel. It’s perfect for chopping onion, slicing potatoes, and even mashing garlic. It’s my go-to knife for just about everything.

5. Cutting Board
I do almost all of my prep work on one of these glass cutting boards. They are safe, hygienic and made with break resistant glass.

Are you interested in winning some of these items? What about winning $250 worth of amazing Kitchen Must-Haves? Check back here and on the Rethink Simple FB page. Myself, along with 5 of my favorite blogs are working together for a HUGE giveaway coming soon!

What are your favorite kitchen tools/gadgets? Let me know if I am missing out on a great time saver tool in the comments below.


Christmas is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I hate leaving the shopping to the last minute! Below you can find a round up of stocking stuffer ideas for the foodie in your life. Best of all, each item on the list comes in UNDER $10! I personally love them all.
One last thing- while I pride myself in supporting local and keeping my dollars in the community, I can’t deny the occasional online shopping spree, especially to avoid the hectic malls this time of the year. If you sign up for a free 30-day trial with Amazon Prime, you can get FREE 2-day shipping on all of the below items (and also some free streaming of movies and videos which never hurts during the cold weather). Happy Holidays!

Foodie Stocking Stuffers


I love sharing memes on my Rethink Simple Facebook page as I come across them to put a smile on others’ faces. Some of the best ones I have ever found have been directly related to real food, so I thought I would compile them in one place. Be sure to like and share your favorites! And if you have any others that are funny please share the link in the comments below!

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