Top Kitchen Essentials for Busy Families

Top Kitchen Essentials for Busy Families

Appliances certainly have their place in the kitchen. However, a well functioning kitchen wouldn’t be complete without top notch essentials – the little things that help you plan your meals, stay organized and make prepping for meals a piece of cake. From the perfect trashcan to the best way to keep your kitchen and life in scheduled working order, we have it all for you today!

TailorMade Whiteboard Calendar

The kitchen is often the “hub” of a house, and as such, moms need to keep it as organized as possible. Meal planning is an excellent way to keep up with grocery inventory and stick to eating home-cooked meals, and you can keep track of your meals (and your activities, too!) with a whiteboard calendar, like this one by TailorMade. TailorMade whiteboards are fully customizable and allow you to choose the background, frame and special touches of your whiteboard.

Featured here is the “Chalkboard” whiteboard with a maple changeable frame, a family photo added (such a personalized touch!) and a tray at the bottom to hold whiteboard pens. With many styles of frame available, you’re sure to find one that will allow your whiteboard to blend in seamlessly with your cabinetry. The changeable frame means that you can swap out the design behind the glass to change things up seasonally or whenever you’d like something different. TailorMade offers satisfaction guaranteed against staining or “ghosting,” unlike other whiteboards, so you can maintain your nonporous whiteboard simply with a wipe and some water! 

A whiteboard calendar will let you keep your meal plan easily accessible to the whole family and you can add items in the “notes” section to grab at the store for future recipes. Who knows, maybe if family members can see what meal is planned for dinner, they may offer to pitch in and help!

Simplehuman Trashcan

The Simplehuman trashcan is a sophisticated option for a modern kitchen. This trashcan is sleek and sturdy with a Fingerprint-proof finish, which resists smudges to keep the stainless steel shiny.  It’s visually appealing as the bag tuck opening tucks away excess bag so it stays neatly out of sight.  It is unique because although 10 gallon capacity, the slimmer than traditional hinge designs allows you to place the can closer to the wall. This trashcan is made to last, as it was specially engineered for the all-steel pedal to endure 150,000 steps, that’s 20 steps a day for 20 years. The lid closes slowly and gently and the mechanism allows for a silent close.

Mastrad Keep Sacks

If you are looking for a unique way to store root vegetables and keep them fresh, then the Mastrad Keep
 may be a good alternative. This special bag is a double draw-string designed hanging sack, which protects vegetables from light and delays the sprouting process.  It’s all cotton and designed perfectly to hold up to 2 pounds of garlic and shallot bulbs.  The sack features a convenient hanging loop so vegetables remain handy and within reach.  It’s easy to keep clean by throwing it in the washing machine.

This is an economical way to store root vegetables, yet keep them conveniently accessible.  The unique
design with drawstrings at the top and bottom mean you can add vegetables and remove them easily-always using the older vegetables first.  The sacks can be purchased to coordinate with your kitchen with three colors, orange, green and purple.

Architec Eco Smart Purelast Measuring Cups

The Architec Eco Smart Purelast Measuring Cups don’t just satisfy your food measuring needs in the kitchen, but they also stay true to the environment. They are made from recycled materials and are of the most advanced and durable natural plastic alternative. The cups are aesthetically pleasing in bright multiple colors that create the set. Aside from being easy on the eye, they are also incredibly functional with 2/3 AND 3/4 cup measurements, which are not always included in measuring cup sets.

Architec Eco Smart PolyPaper Serving Bowl

The Architec modern and fashionably designed serving bowls are made of advanced and durable natural plastic alternative.  You will be doing good for the environment by choosing this eco-friendly bowl for your snacks and prevent harmful chemicals from coming into contact with your food.  The bowl is perfect for holding salads, or popcorn or a multitude of snacks to munch on.  It’s light weight to carry on to the couch and pretty enough to serve to guests.  There are also matching serving spoons available for these bowls.

Architec Bowl


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Architec Spoon Rest

Do you worry about your glass cook top while you are cooking?  You can protect it with an Architec Non-Scratch Spoon Rest.  The base is constructed out of heat-resistant silicone, so it won’t scratch the surface of your cook top and the non-skid base keeps the spoon rest in place.  This modern and minimalist style spoon rest is available in three vibrant colors – blue, red, and yellow, as well as simple black to blend in with a glass cook top.  It’s compact and won’t be an eyesore, yet large enough to accommodate large spoons.  This contemporary alternative to a traditional spoon rest can be easily cleaned by putting it in the dishwasher.

Joseph Joseph Chop2pot™

This award winning chopping board is a must for people looking to make things a little easier in the kitchen. The Chop2pot™ provides a large (chopping area = 36 x 27 cm) cutting surface safe for knife use. Unlike other cutting boards, the Chop2pot™ has what Joseph Joseph refers to as a “living hinge.”  Just squeeze the handle and this durable chopping board’s sides fold up, turning the board into a chute for the food you just chopped. Guide your food straight into the cooking pot without worrying about pieces falling to the floor.

Other features include the soft grip on the handle which allows you to easily squeeze it with one hand.  It also has non-slip feet on the bottom to keep the board secured in place when being used. The Chop2pot™ is dishwasher safe, making clean-up super quick. Coordinate with your kitchen and your style by choosing from the multitude of bright color options. If you are looking for a smaller cutting board, check out the Chop2pot™ Mini.




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Mastrad Magnetic Spice Rack

An option to organize your spices in an innovative way is with the Mastrad Magnetic Spice Rack.  The spice rack includes magnetized stainless steel jars to keep your spices easily accessible, and an acrylic window on top lets you see what’s inside at a glance. A simple twist of the lid makes it easy to shake or pour.  The compact rack is highly practical as it can sit on your kitchen counter or be mounted on the wall and the jars are sealed to preserve the flavor of spices and dried herbs.

Mastrad Egg Shapes  

If you are looking for ways to whip up a fun breakfast for your kids or want to add a little whimsy to your holiday breakfasts, then why not do something creative with your eggs?  The Mastrad Egg Shapers make it easy to make creatively shaped eggs.  The egg shapers can be used directly on the frying pan or baking sheet as they are made of non-stick silicone for quick and easy turning out.  The attached handles make it easy to safely lift the mold from pan or baking sheet.  The egg shapers are versatile and can be used for shaping much more than just eggs, use them for shaping pancakes or serving rice and potatoes by shaping them for a more fun meal presentation.  This set of 4 egg shapers includes a “Jigsaw”, “Heart”, and “Toast and Round” shape.

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Berry Breeze

Keeping your food fresh and your refrigerator full of food smelling clean can be quite a battle at times.  A refrigerator deodorizer may help to keep the odors out, but what about keeping your food fresh?  Berry Breeze helps to make your food last longer and prevent molding as well as eliminate all unwanted odors, tastes and smells from your refrigerator and your food.  It completely sanitizes your fridge by safely and naturally neutralizing undesirable micro-organisms, germs, mold, yeast, fungus, bacteria and viruses.  If you enjoy going to the farmer’s market and stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies, then Berry Breeze will keep everything fresh and help it last longer.

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VMatter Santoku Knife

If you want to cut and chop more like a professional when you are in the kitchen, the Santoku Knife from VMatter is the best you can buy.  This knife will be great to use when you are cooking Asian food, however it’s fine qualities make it versatile for all types of cooking.  It is a modern Asian style chef’s knife with a thin blade and nano-sharp edge. This knife leaves no metal taste in you food because it of its bacteriostatic properties, making it ideal for the Organic, Non-GMO Healthy Kitchen.  The Santoku Knife is a VMatter Professional & Executive Knife made from an amorphous alloy that is both vitreous and metallic. A metal that is vitreous becomes stronger and more elastic than its crystalline counterpart. It retains its edge sharpness longer than steel and it will not rust or become brittle like ceramic. You can select from three versions of this knife.  The top of the line executive knife is crafted with a handmade rare ironwood handle, which prices it slightly higher the two Professional knives, which come in either black or jade handle.

SimpleHuman Dish Rack

Whether you have a dishwasher or wash everything by hand, a dish rack is a necessity for any mom’s kitchen. There are always items that need to be hand washed and dried, and we love that the SimpleHuman Dish Rack has a place for everything you could ever need to hand wash. The beautiful stainless design will allow this piece to blend in nicely with your kitchen decor while corralling all of your clean dishes into one place. With a bamboo knife block and a removeable wine glass rack, this dish rack ensures that your glasses will dry without water spots.

Drying Rack Collage

Thanks to a unique pull-out drainage system, the dish water will drain into the sink instead of onto your counter top, and the stainless steel finish is fingerprint-proof, so it will always serve as a beautiful and purposeful accent to your kitchen.

SimpleHuman Sensor Pump Soap Dispenser and Caddy

It’s no secret that motherhood is messy business, so you shouldn’t make it any grimier by getting germs on a soap dispenser handle. The SimpleHuman Sensor Pump is hands-free and will dispense the perfect amount of soap, lotion or sanitizer automatically when you place your hand under the sensor. The sensor pump features volume control buttons so you can adjust how much or how little is dispensed each time.  The caddy is the perfect size for your kitchen sponge and keeps it out of the sink for easy access.

Soap Dispenser Collage 2

The clear soap chamber is transparent and wide to add soap, making refills a breeze, as it is easy to see how much soap is left and avoid making a mess when adding more. The sleek design and chrome finish make this dispenser as attractive as it is  functional!

Once you start stocking up your kitchen with top kitchen essentials be sure to check out NEST for some delicious recipes.

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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.

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