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Kitchen Essentials for a Fun Weekend Cook Off

Kitchen Essentials for a Fun Weekend Cook Off

Weekends are best spent with family, catching up on stories and sharing good times over good food. Cooking is a great way to bond with other family members as well. Preparing a meal is an act of service to our loved ones and is often a venue for great conversation, clear communication, and teamwork. As we begin our Saturday, we’ve curated 10 kitchen essentials for a fun weekend cook off with the family. Whether you’re preparing meals indoors or are doing a backyard barbecue, you’ll surely find something useful for food prep and cooking.

Kitchen Essentials for a Fun Weekend Cook Off

1. Orblue Garlic Press and Mincer with Silicone Garlic Rocker and Peeler Kitchen Tool Set

Intimidate the competition during your family cook off with this garlic press that will make food prep so much easier! Say goodbye to garlic fingers with this easy to use, professional-grade garlic mincer with a quick presser hinge mechanism for faster crushing. Infuse more aroma into your secret recipes with this garlic crusher that provides higher surface area than when you chop garlic with your hands. It features an ergonomic handle coupled with loading chamber that lets you load multiple cloves at a time. Saves you so much time and effort! The best part? Its oleophobic coating wards off garlic scent so your hands don’t smell after food prep. Also comes with a garlic peeler and brush for effortless cleaning. Shop at Amazon.


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2. Greater Goods Digital Food Scale Digital Weight, with Grams and Ounces

Competitive cooking, even if it’s with family, requires precise calculation of ingredients to achieve the best taste and texture. This digital food scale will help you achieve the best flavor when you combine the ingredients with precision. It features a straightforward design that’s focused on the essential functions you need to prepare better meals. It has a durable plastic weighing surface and touch sensitive buttons that are all easy to clean and provides quick and accurate weight. It’s also equipped with a high-contrast LCD screen and an auto-shut off and auto calibration function to save energy. Shop at Amazon.

3. Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 10.25” Cast Iron Frying Pan with Genuine Leather Hot Handle Holder

Any great cook won’t go on a culinary adventure without his cast iron. The Lodge brand of cast iron pans ranks as the #1 Best Seller in Skillets and Cookware Holders, making it a viable choice for cooking enthusiasts. This cast iron skillet features 100% vegetable oil seasoning, without synthetic coatings ro chemicals, resulting to great food all the time. It also includes a sleek leather hot handle holder, crafted by legendary ball glove makers Nokona. Each mitt that comes with the cast iron is handcrafted in the U.S. from full-grain leather for a secure grip and no accidents. It protects your hands for up to 600°F. Meet your new favorite cast iron skillet, which you’ll love to pass down to your kids one day. Shop at Amazon.


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4. Instant Pot DUO60 6-Quart Programmable Pressure Cooker

Coming in at #1 on Amazon’s Best Seller list for small kitchen appliances, this Instant Pot has over 31,000 reviews and is loved by many. Perfect for cooking for the family, this Instant Pot combines as much as seven kitchen appliances in one, providing much convenience and cost savings. Your family cook offs will never be the same with this handy kitchen appliance. It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute, yogurt maker, and warmer all in one. It features 14 smart programs that lets you kick back and relax. It’s made of stainless steel and is powered by the latest technology in microprocessing. Shop at Amazon.

5. Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe, Brushed Stainless

Too cold to grill outside? Check out this griddler you can use indoors to make tasty meals for your cook off. The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe features six cooking options in one neat package. It is a contact grill, panini press, full griddle, full grill, half grill, half griddle, and top melt in one. It features a removable, reversible and nonstick grill/griddle plates, as well as a sear function that can sear at 500°F for up to two minutes at a time. You’ll enjoy its adjustable top cover that features 6 presents to top melt and lock for easy, hassle-free storage. It has an integrated drip tray and cleaning and scraping tool that makes clean up a breeze. Shop at Amazon.

Kitchen Essentials for a Fun Weekend Cook Off

6. Hamilton Beach Food Processor & Vegetable Chopper with Bowl Scraper

To make food prep easier, invest in a Hamilton Food Processor, an Amazon bestseller that has over 8,000 reviews. Great for fuss-free food preparation, this food processor saves time when chopping or pureeing thanks to its scraper attachment, a bowl scraper that works while processor is on or off. It has a powerful 450-watt motor with two speeds and a pulse mode, and a 10-cup bowl that’s big enough for food prep for families. It has an S-blade that’s sharp and slick because it’s made of stainless steel, as well as a reversible slicing or shredding disc. Its large feed chute can fit an entire block of cheese, which is great for making dips. Shop at Amazon.

7. HomeHero Stainless Steel Knife Set with Block

A fun weekend cook off will require lots of prep, so make sure you’re equipped with only the best tools. This knife set from HomeHero features 13 professional knives, kitchen scissors, a peeler, a premium quality 2-stage knife sharpener, and a modern knife stand that lets you see inside. This stainless steel knife set is coated with non-stick paint and features ergonomic handles for easy use. Shop at Amazon.

8. HHXRISE Large Organic Bamboo Cutting Board

Pair those set of knives with a truly functional organic bamboo that is BPA-free, antimicrobial, and antibacterial for safe and clean food prep. This bamboo cutting board measures 17 x 12.6 x 0.78 inches to give you lots of space for slicing and chopping. It features a unique design with built-in compartments and juice grooves so you can keep things organized and prevent juice from messing up the counter. Shop at Amazon. Bonus tip: How to Remove Rust from Knives via TipBulletin.


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9. Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup, Red Graphics, Clear

Bring to mind a summer’s day in your grandmother’s kitchen with this Pyrex prepware 2-cup measuring cup. We’ve all grown up with a Pyrex in our home and the brand continues to be the go to for durable prepware. This measuring cup is made of non-porous glass that won’t absorb stains or odors and is see through for easy monitoring. The glass is also pre-heated oven, microwave, fridge and freezer safe, and dishwasher safe, with the topmost quality so you can use it for a lifetime. Shop at Amazon.


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10. Habor Meat Thermometer

A weekend cook off requires a handy meat thermometer because you can use it on virtually any dish. This meat thermometer is equipped with 4-6 Seconds reading out speed that provides accurate and healthy temperature. It can detect the core temperature of meat, which is perfect for use on huge turkey, chicken, beef, bread making, hot water, hot milk, and even bath water. It’s so versatile with its many uses. Shop at Amazon.


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