I feel like you already know that I spend a ton of time in the kitchen. Whether it be cooking, baking, socializing, or snacking on something I’ve made, you know where to find me. The kitchen is the heart of our home. Sloane is already getting into spending tons of time in her kitchen helper as my sous chef. She can crack eggs (with a little help), and she is the master stirrer. But her biggest talent is snacking on the food we are trying to prepare.
Given the amount of time I spend in the kitchen and the amount of traffic our kitchen sees (or saw pre-COVID, anyways), there were some non-negotiable items that I knew I needed in there. So today is dedicated to my splurge-worthy kitchen must-haves.
These splurge-worthy kitchen must-haves range from practical kitchen items to aesthetically pleasing, eye-catching/show-stopping pieces.
There are far more than three in my life, so I’m sure that there will be more of these posts coming your way, and who knows, maybe even my affordable kitchen must-haves will make an appearance on Thursday’s Three.
But let’s not lose focus here, today is all about my splurge-worthy kitchen must-haves, and here they are:
Le Creuset – Dutch Oven
Okay, my number one splurge-worthy kitchen must-have is a Le Creuset dutch oven. I pined after one of these for YEARS… I’m talking 10+ years.
I wanted a high-quality one so badly.
We I kindly received our first one as a wedding gift. Now I am lucky enough to have this circle one as well as an oval one.
I use mine (either circle or oval one) close to four times a week. There are so many amazing recipes you can make in these. Their versatility is endless, from the stovetop to the oven to the fridge. Very easily cleaned – make sure you fully let it cool before attempting anything – something I struggle with as I’m a “clean as you go” person. But, I saw my good friend’s mom crack hers by trying to wash it too soon. She had had it since her wedding as well … 35 years prior. The cracking of it broke my heart as there was obviously a ton of sentiment involved with it, but also, it’s not an inexpensive item to break.
So, if you can wait fully to let these pots cool, I know these are timeless items that will last forever.
Sharp, High-Quality Knives
Another practical splurge-worthy kitchen must-have is a good, sharp knife.
I am obsessed with my Shun knives. Like OBSESSED. They cut through everything like it’s a soft piece of butter. It glides perfectly. I won’t pretend they don’t need to be sharpened (like SO badly), but when they are sharp, they are the most glorious knives. Even now, they are still better than most other knives out there.
These knives contribute to why I love being home so much. I struggle when I go away because I obviously love to cook (and love cooking in the comfort of my own kitchen), but also because I have incredibly beautiful and very sharp knives.
Dull knives cause more accidents than sharp ones (don’t quote me on it, this one is based on personal experience).
Beverage Dispenser + Base
Neither McGregor nor I enjoy cold water – we are both room temperature people. Plus, our fridge doesn’t have a water filtration system.
So we started with a Brita water filter on the counter and subsequently moved it to live in the sink. Well, that was annoying because how does one rinse/wash dishes? So we graduated to these other little carafe type things. Loved them; they were so cute. But I was continually filling up water throughout the day plus they looked very randomly placed.
I was sent this by a girlfriend who was buying it for herself (and subsequently didn’t end up buying it LOL) and instantly knew it needed to live on our counter. It pretties up the counter and certainly looks better than a Brita or two carafes randomly sitting on the counter. Obsessed.