The other day I was thinking about all the things in my kitchen (gadgets, products, etc.) that I really love. We're all friends here, right? and I thought, hey, maybe y'all would like to know about some of this stuff too. Cause that's what friends do, they share the good stuff. So that's what I'm gonna do.
I guess I should also point out that none of the following companies have compensated me in any way. These companies do not know of me or of The Country Cook. These are just my opinions of products I use and enjoy.
I'm just a little fish in a big ole pond y'all.
|My Lodge Cast Iron 15" Skillet. This is my kitchen workhorse. It handles|
so much of my cooking and it cooks so evenly. Great investment.
|I use Red Pack crushed tomatoes for lots of meals. This one with Basil, Garlic & Oregano is great as a pizza sauce or dipping sauce for cheese sticks or in lasagna or on spaghetti. If you like your pizza sauce a bit thicker, just put this in a sauce pan on the stove on medium heat for about an a hour or so to let it reduce and thicken. Seriously good.|
|I may be just a bit addicted to these Nature Valley Bars right now. I keep one in my purse all the time.|
|Luzianne makes a great pitcher of sweet tea. Nuff said.|
|From scratch is almost always best when it comes to pancakes and waffles. But, when you're in a pinch or you have run out of eggs, use this Hungry Jack mix. |
This is a great tasting pancake mix and they turn out perfect every time and you only need water.
I even use it to make Coffee Cake!
|I almost never have buttermilk in my fridge when I need it. You can make buttermilk by adding lemon or vinegar to regular milk but I just don't think the consistency is the same. I always have this Saco cultured buttermilk in the fridge and it is the best buttermilk substitute I have found. Foods turn out perfect as if I had used actual buttermilk. You can usually find it near the dry milk products in the baking aisle.|
|I use this Lawry's lemon pepper seasoning all the time. It just adds a great accent flavor to so much; from Chicken Philly Sandwiches or Pan Fried Pork Chops. It's not as lemony as you might think.|
|Best $5 I ever spent. This spring-release cookie scoop makes baking so much easier, whether I'm making Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Balls or Oreo Cookie Balls. It just makes the process so much faster. Love it.|
|Y'all, I just cannot say enough good stuff about this Vietnamese Cinnamon. It is so different from your everyday Cinnamon. Now, I am most definitely not an ingredient snob. I usually buy generic or store brand for nearly everything. But this stuff, it is heaven. Once you open it, you smell the difference. It smells amazing and it takes all of my baked goods to a whole 'nother level. |
Also, McCormick now makes a cinnamon called Saigon Cinnamon. I've tried it and it is comparable to the King Arthur brand - very nice!
|These Santitas tortilla chips are probably the best tasting store brand chips I have found and they are cheap (which I like even better). I warm them up for a few seconds in the microwave - yum!|
|For the gravy-impaired cook. No more lumps in your gravy with this stuff. Also, add this Wondra flour into soups and stews anytime during the cooking process (just bring it up to a boil after adding) and it thickens easily and without flour lumps. And, if you're making pancakes from scratch, use this flour instead. It makes for a very soft pancake. You can usually find this in the baking aisle near the regular flour.|
|This is hard to see but it is my little OXO measuring cup. I can measure up to 4 tablespoons in it or up to 1/4 cup. It's great and I have less chance of spilling stuff like I sometimes do with my measuring spoons. Handy little thing.|
|The instructions recommend using it on steak (which is very tasty) but this stuff is amazing with chicken - I mean amazing. We are hooked.|
|Isn't this Baker's Joy spray one of the best inventions for bakers? |
No more greasing and flouring a pan (unless you really want to).
Just spray this stuff on there. I love it and use it a lot.
|You can get steamed and delicious veggies in about 5 minutes with these Ziploc Zip 'n Steam bags. |
I got these for about 2 bucks at Big Lots.
Less dishes and less mess = WINNING! Whoever invented these is a genius.
What are some of your favorite products? I'd love to know!