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I'll share a few of my "can't live without" items. Fagor electric pressure cooker. So wonderful to be able to start something cooking and know it is going to turn off at the proper time. Can be used as slow cooker or rice cooker also. One hour to cook garbanzos ! So much better than canned. Large high quality nonstick electric skillet. Use it every day. Mastercook recipe software. Very reasonably priced and makes it easy to collect recipes on the web and organize them and print. Silicone baking mat - Make our own corn chips using corn tortillas sprayed with lime juice (using a Misto) and sprinkled with Twangerz Chili-Lime-Salt. They brown better on the silicone mat than just a cookie sheet. Yummy!!

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Thank you so much for that list. We also use an Electric Pressure Cooker all the time now. We purchased two of them actually, one for either end of our Kitchen Counter. The one we purchased is the Instant-Pot:
http://www.drcarney.com/help/information/kitchen-tools/cooking-devices/instant-pot-programmable-pressure-cooker

Before the Electric Pressure Cooker we had three favorite cooking devices. They are still great devices but now we use them a LOT less since the pressure cooker just about does everything that they did. Here are the three devices we now neglect but still recommend:

Miracle Rice Cooker:
http://www.drcarney.com/help/information/kitchen-tools/cooking-devices/miracle-rice-cooker
We like this unit because it has a stainless steel insert and because it is super simple to operate. Basically it has a setting for On when it finishes it changes to Warm. That is it!

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker:
http://www.drcarney.com/help/information/kitchen-tools/cooking-devices/cuisinart-stainless-steel-slow-cooker
We read the reviews on this unit years ago and discovered people were complaining because they were burning their meat in this slow cooker. Well, we were trying to find a slow cooker hot enough to cook beans. Knowing that it would burn meat seemed like it must get very hot. And, it does! Makes perfect beans. Actually they come out nicer (creamier/smoother) than using the slow cooking setting on the Instant-Pot.

Stainless Steel 8-Quart Dutch Oven:
http://www.drcarney.com/help/information/kitchen-tools/cooking-devices/stainless-steel-8-quart-dutch-oven
This still gets used sometimes where we put in root veggies into the oven on a timer that turns on at 3:00 AM for 3 hours covered at 300 degrees. We always add a couple tablespoons of water. It does wonderful beets, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, potatoes, etc... This pan also doubles as a stir 'fry' pan although we do not fry with oil. We saute instead on a very high heat with as little water as possible to keep the veggies from burning. Another advantage to this pot is that is is Stainless Steel so it can become hot on an Induction Stove top that uses magnets to heat the steel.

I am looking forward to hearing what other tools people are recommending!
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We really enjoy using our Cuisinart 9-cup Food Processor. It actually gets used more than our VitaMix. Bean dips for baked corn tortillas or burritos, hummus, salsa, and guacamole are some of our favorite ways to use it. It also comes with an attachment that slices potatoes thinly. The price fluctuates on Amazon. I just bought one for my daughter, it had gone down to $113.00.

http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-2009CHB-Processor-Brushed-Stainless/dp/B001413A0Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&;qid=1409086035&sr=8-1&keywords=cuisinart+9+cup+food+processor
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We have one of those as Cuisinart food processors as well, although our is largr. We use it often!

For blending on a smaller budget we recommend on Oster:
http://www.drcarney.com/help/information/kitchen-tools/preparation-devices/oster-professional-blender
They have a strong steel shaft which makes them very powerful!
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I use my Nutri-bullet every day. You should buy the Pro version. It has replaced my food processor and takes the place of a Vitamix. It is easier to clean and takes up no space on the counter.

I am a big fan of the slow cookers especially for making dried beans. I do think next time mine dies, I may replace it with the multipurpose slow cooker/ rice cooker/ pressure cooker I saw at target a few months back.

I use my Kurrig regularly for hot water
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Thanks Steve for adding your comments here. That Nutri-bullet looks very reasonable. It is certainly a powerful machine. And, I like the lower price! :-)
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I am a kitchen gadget junkie, but the ones I would not want to live without is my Cuisinart pressure cooker, Vitamix and my dehydrator. I also love to sprout and grow micro-greens so I can add my Fresh-Life automatic sprouter and my micro-green trays. ;)
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Thank you for posting about the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker. I was not aware they made one so appreciate knowing that. I guess it must be a competitor to the Instant-pot. We also use our dehydrator to make travel food!

You mentioned Sprouting and also Micro-greens. I am not sure if you would like to share your wisdom on these but if so we have two options:
1) Post a New Topic in this Discussion Forum
2) Post Blogs on the subject in the Blogs section.
And, actually best yet would be to do both. If you are interested in sharing, go for it. We will be very grateful for the information.
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OK. So, I couldn't help myself. I decided to create a new thread about Sprouts and another one about Micro-greens. Please share your knowledge and questions in these two new discussions! ;)
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My favorite cooking equipment - in order of utility:

1) My Wife ;)
2) Vitamix
3) Zojirushi Rice Cooker
4) InstantPot
5) Crockpot
6 Calaphon Cookware
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Nice list Arlen,
I am not sure how Fran will feel about being 'equipment' but I guess since she is your 'favorite' then it may be OK. :-)
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I LOVE my Instant Pot. When I got my Vitamix I didn't think I would ever get a kitchen gadget I would like better. I was wrong. If my house were on fire I would grab my Instant Pot on the way out the door. I have two liners so I can be loading one while the other one is cooking. I have friends who have two Instant Pots, if I had more counter space I would have a second one!

Vitamix - for all the obvious reasons.

Breville immersion blender with food processor attachment. Handy for quick blend jobs, or partially pureeing soup.

Kuhn Rikon Swiss Pull Chop - Great for those times you just want to chop one onion or a small amount of something that's not worth getting the food processor out. Will even finely chop or mince in a quick minute.

Ceramic non-stick pans, small fry, med fry and wok. I have Moneta brand and they are awesome.

Cutco knives, best knives I have ever owned.
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Vikki,

We think very much alike. We own TWO instant pots with FOUR liners. We could almost live without anything except the Instant-Pots for food preparation. The other cooking tool we use a LOT is a very large stainless steel dutch oven.

Sean
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  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

  • Cuisinart Pressure Cooker w/stainless steel liner

  • VitaMix

  • Cuisinart 14 cup Food Processor

  • Tribest Personal Blender (used with Mason jars as the containers)

  • Zojirushi 10 cup Rice Cooker

  • Large Tramontina Ceramic Skillet (Made in USA)

  • Mason Jars ... LOTS of Mason Jars!

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