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Make an endless array of family favorite recipes without hours of prep time with these must have kitchen tools for busy Moms!
Must-Have Kitchen Tools That Make Meal Planning Easier
Meal planning and meal prepping is a no-brainer for many of us. It isn’t just a trend, it’s really a revolution of efficiency and proven to help save your sanity. But you can meal prep more efficient when you have the proper and best kitchen tools for meal prep.
And some of us may be stuck or maybe a little confused about all these newer kitchen gadgets and tools? I was once too. Then I got down to the simplicity of what I really needed and used, as opposed to all trends. Absolutely, I would love an instapot, but I soon realized I already had each component. So I wasn’t ready to just dump all my loved on kitchen tools.
If you are looking to pare down your gadgets, it makes sense to find a kitchen appliance that incorporates all your needs. But I wasn’t ready to do this.
Planning and prepping your meals ahead of time can help you to save both time and money. However, preparing your meals in advance can be a little time-consuming if you don’t have the right tools for the job. That’s why you will find a list here of must-have kitchen tools that will make your meal prep easier and faster. After all, eating well at home is important.
Let’s get started creating a more useful kitchen.
If your meals involve lots of salads and fresh vegetables, then a mandolin slicer can help you to save lots of time and make your meal prep easier. Mandolins can be used to slice potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and more. Most mandolins will allow you to adjust the thickness of the slices that you will end up with.
Zipping your vegetables across the mandolin is generally faster than having to take a knife to all of them, and your slices will be consistent in size.
Slow Cooker or Instant Pot
Slow cookers and Instant pots are great kitchen tools that can help make your meal prep easier. Is there anything better than walking in the door after a long day of work and school to the smell of an amazing home-cooked meal? That’s what you can expect from your slow cooker, and if you don’t want to have to wait on your dinner, you might consider purchasing an Instant Pot for dinner on the table in no time.
Most Instant Pots have multiple functions, including the ability to function as a slow cooker.
Meal Prep Containers
Meal prep containers are another excellent kitchen tool to help you make meal prep easier. Once your meals are made, you will need a way to safely store and organize them in the refrigerator or freezer and meal prep containers are designed to do just that! You can find meal prep containers in both BPA-free plastic, or if you prefer glass.
Baggie Stand holders
Baggie stands are something I never knew I needed until I used them. I saw one of my peer bloggers talking about them and it really peeked my interest. These are the extra hands you need without having to grab a family member to help. Having them makes my life so much easier when I meal prep!! Ever have a biggie fall over while pouring liquid in?
Reusable Storage Bags
I use a TON of baggies in meal prep!! And let me just say the ones you use for one time use will not cut it. I have had more than my fair share of freezer spills and poked holes that I made it my mission to find a better solution. These reusable bags eliminate the overwhelming amount of plastic being thrown away, but also the overwhelming amount of baggies I’m buying every month!
Quality Knife Set
For your meal prep to be as efficient and easy as possible, then you have to have the most important kitchen tool…a good set of quality knives. You don’t have to spend a fortune on knives to get a quality set that will serve you for years to come. At a minimum, your knife set should include a chef’s knife, paring knife, boning knife, and a bread knife, and many sets come with quite a few more than that.
If your family enjoys soups, stews, or sauces, then Souper Cubes are a kitchen tool that you need to make your meal prep easier. These silicone molds allow you to easily freeze your soups and sauces into usable portions for when you need them in the future. The cubes come in a variety of sizes so that you can freeze a single size portion or enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Silicone-tipped tongs are another kitchen tool that can help to make our meal prep easier than ever. You can use tongs to toss a salad, turn the meat in your nonstick skillet, and you can even use the end of the tongs to juice a lemon or lime directly into your dish. Don’t you just love it when your kitchen tools have more than one use?
A food processor is a kitchen tool that can help to make you much more efficient with your meal prep. Food processors come in a variety of sizes so they can accommodate any size family, and they can make so many of your everyday kitchen tasks easier. You can use your food processor to chop, dice, puree, blend, and in some cases, even knead the dough for pizza or bread.
I hope our list made it easier for you to pair down some unnecessary kitchen tools. Being a busy mom, you need all the extra little time saving kitchen tools you can get. If you don’t already have these kitchen tools at home, then consider purchasing some of them to help make your meal prep easier than ever.