This past Saturday, in a fit of restlessness, I did the unthinkable. I drove up to LA. I wouldn't normally cross the orange curtain unless it's absolutely unavoidable, but, again, I was bored. And The Husband was watching football. And the store I wanted to visit has only one location near me and that's in Los Angeles.
So, north I traveled. I was going to Kitchen Collection, a store that carries nearly every kitchen doo-hickey and gadget known to man.
I looked at everything from new mixing bowls to salt and pepper shakers, from ramekins to cake decorating kits, from cast iron skillets to tomato slicers.
And after over an hour, I came home with one medium-sized and very basic mixing bowl and a set of round baking cut-outs.
I just couldn't make a decision. If I had an unlimited supply of cash, I would've come home with everything I set eyes on, but... I don't.
So, I wandered slowly through the store, carefully examining each item. I picked up new mixing spoons only to set them down five minutes later after asking myself do I really need these? and deciding that no, I don't. I did the exact same thing with the juicer, the apple slicer, the bundt pan, the spatulas, the single egg skillet (why I want one of these as bad as I do, I have no idea)... all to be put down a few minutes later because I couldn't let myself buy something that I didn't absolutely need.
Internet, help me. What do I need?
What is one item in your kitchen that you absolutely cannot go without???
I'll tell you mine. It's my digital food scale. I bought it two years ago, right after I started Weight Watchers, and I sincerely believe it played the most important role in reaching my goal because Internet? If I had to use and wash one more freaking measuring cup or spoon, I was going to kill someone and then eat a whole pie by myself.
The scale saved me. And since then, I've been using it for everything! Especially for baking. I set my bowl on the scale and turn it on. I weigh my first ingredient (I weigh everything to be precise) and then I zero it out and weigh my next ingredient.
It has incredibly reduced the number of bowls, measuring cups and spoons I use each day and if it ever dies, I will shed a tear as I sprint out the door to buy a new one. I can't live without it.
I need to know. What can't you live without?