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The Best Kitchen Supplies


posted: 11/26/21

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These kitchen supplies and kitchen gadgets are what I use every single day to make the recipes you see here. They are tried and tested, making my life so much easier.

image that says simple joy favorite kitchen gear with pictures of kitchen appliances

Small Kitchen Appliances

As much as I don’t love having a million different kitchen appliances, I truly do use all of these and would be lost without them.

This Crock Pot is so loved in my house that I have three! It has never failed me. It is big enough to serve my family of five easily and cooks food perfectly.

picture of a crockpot

I have absolutely fallen in love with my Instant Pot. I use it several times a week to make rice, all the time to make hard boiled eggs, and I love it to whip up fast chicken tacos.

picture of an instant pot

My Kitchen Aid Mixer is the absolute best for making cookies and frosting. But this version also comes with a dough hook that I love for making my pizza dough.

picture of a kitchen aid stand mixer

If a Kitchen Aid Mixer isn’t in your budget, I highly recommend the Kitchen Aid Handheld Mixer.

picture of a kitchen aid hand held mixer

I use my Ninja Blender every single day. I love the blender itself, but I also love that it came with a smaller blender for smoothies (use it literally every day) and a food processor attachment that I use to make my pizza dough and my pie crust.

picture of a ninja blender with other attachments

Finally, my Ninja Coffee Maker is my best friend. Please don’t talk to me in the morning before I have a nice long conversation with my best friend. The version I’m linking to is the updated version of the one I have, which I absolutely love.

picture a ninja coffee maker


These are my very favorite knives. They come extremely sharp, cut perfectly, and are great to sharpen and keep using.

a picture of a set of four knives

If the above knife set is out of your budget, then I recommend getting just this one knife. It is my favorite of the bunch.

picture of a parring knife

If you have little ones who like to help in the kitchen, you can’t beat these kid safe knives. My kiddos love cutting up toppings for tacos and everything else with these. They are surprisingly great – they cut food well and don’t cut my kids at all.

three plastic kitchen knives

Mixing Bowls, Measuring Cups, and Spoons

My very favorite mixing bowls are from Pyrex. I highly recommend buying their full set.

set of three different sized pyrex bowls

I love their big mixing bowl so much that I actually have two. One from the set and one that I bought individually. I love that this one comes with a lid. Perfect for making my Pink Party Punch.

large glass mixing bowl with lid

I also love the glass measuring cups from Pyrex. I love them so much that I have two sets! They have held up incredibly well over the years with the writing on the side staying in tact even though they go through the dishwasher daily.

three different size pyrex measuring cups

I’m obsessed with these Measuring Spoons! I love that they are double sided. And the side that is thinner fits perfectly in spice jars.

set of metal measuring spoons that are double sided

Pots and Pans

You’ll notice that I cook almost all my soups and my delicious pot roast in my dutch oven. It’s just the greatest. It is pricey, but it is one of those things you will use forever.

teal dutch oven with a lid

I also love their skillet! You can see how much I love it in my noodle stir fry recipe. But if you want a less expensive option, I highly recommend the skillet from IKEA. You can see it in dozens of my posts.

picture of le crueset skillet

My very favorite 9 by 13 inch baking pan is this USA pan. I love that it has straight edges, so my sugar cookie bars come out with straight edges. You can really trust anything from this brand – they are a huge favorite among food bloggers.

picture of 9 by 13 metal baking dish

For my casseroles, I love my Staub baking dish so much.

picture of a staub ceramic baking dish

You can’t beat these Nordic Ware baking sheets. They cook my oatmeal raisin cookies to perfection.

two Nordic Ware baking rimmed baking sheets

The only way we cook our pizza is on this Pampered Chef pizza stone. We bought a second one years ago so that we could keep feeding our growing brood. It plus our perfect pizza dough recipe makes pizza night the best.

stoneware circle pizza stone

This grill pan is perfect for grilling indoors all winter long. Now you can make my chicken wraps in the middle of January.

square lodge indoor grill pan with a handle

Random Kitchen Gadgets

If there is one thing I really want you to buy, it is this instant read thermometer. You can have the best meat recipe in the world and cook it a few minutes too long and ruin it. An instant read thermometer fixes that perfectly!

instant read thermometer

I LOVE this cookie scoop. I use it for all of my cookies so that they are all the same size and bake evenly. I even use it to make my meatballs.

metal cookie scoop

This oven thermometer is GREAT. It is the perfect way to tell how hot your oven is running. Many ovens run as much as 25 degrees higher or lower than what you set it for. And this will help you adjust accordingly.

metal oven thermometer

This garlic press is just the best! I love that you flip it around and you can get out all the residual garlic.

picture of a metal garlic press

I can’t tell you how many can openers I went through before I found this. It is the BEST can opener ever. I even randomly send it to friends and family when they tell me how much they hate theirs.

picture of a can opener

This whisk set is awesome. I love that it is rubber, not metal, so if you have non stick pans, you don’t have to worry about scratching them. At the same time, they are very sturdy and hold up to some vigorous whisking.

three metal whisks of different sizes with black silicon whisk part

This teapot makes me so happy. It works with loose tea, and I fill it up and have tea time at my desk in the afternoons. Its absolutely perfect.

glass teapot for loose tea

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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