Rice has always been a staple in our household, we generally have it a couple times a week. Here's where I admit that I am horrible at making rice on the stove; I forget about it, I mismeasure, it boils over and makes a mess... enter the Miracle Exclusives Stainless Steel Rice Cooker. It makes perfect rice every time and is not coated with a gross non-stick surface or made of aluminum, we don't have sticking any worse than we did in our old non-stick model
I bought this popcorn maker for my husband 3 Christmases ago and it's still going strong!
They offer another popcorn maker that also has great reviews that is slightly cheaper and works just the same
Breakfast on the weekends is generally something special since my husband is home to eat with us and while we don't have waffles often (do you know how much butter is in a batch of waffles!?!) when we do we use our Cast Iron Rome Waffle Iron. It is an affordable non non-stick option that takes up very little space in our cupboards AND it makes awesome waffles
This next one is not necessarily a 'must have' for everyone but now that we've had it homemade icecream is certainly a must have for us! And really, who would turn their nose up at homemade icecream? My husband surprised me a few months back with a Cuisinart Icecream/Frozen Yogurt/Sorbet Maker and it's awesome. We have used it to make egg-free icecreams including a chocolate pudding icecream as well as the traditional egg-yolk based kind and all of them have come out well. It only takes 30 minutes to take your custard from liquid to icecream
Even if you live under a rock this next gadget is probably on your wishlist. Who doesn't want one? I always thought they were over rated, just a glorified stand mixer and I hated that mine didn't have a head that lifted up. And anyway, I grew up whipping cream with a hand powered wisk (which may have taken an hour by the way!) so why did I need this thing? Well, let me tell you, one night I had rice in the cooker, dessert in the oven, dinner on the stove and my KitchenAid Stand Mixer was whipping the cream for said dessert all by itself, no supervision or hand cramps needed. Sold!
And to store all of your delicious leftovers? Pyrex Food Storage Containers. I own a cupboard full of it and I would happily take another ton of this stuff, you can never have enough! The lids are BPA free, dishwasher safe and the containers are made of glass that won't retain colors or odors from your food -- so important!! They don't get scratched either like plastic tupperware tends to. I use mine in the fridge, freezer and oven, no problems and cuts down on dishes!
professional stainless steel mandoline slicer. I know, what? Seriously, I thought the same thing when I first opened it but since then I have used it almost every.single.day. No kidding. I slice onions, zucchini and bell peppers perfectly (and quickly!) for pizza... eggplant for eggplant parmesan, potatoes for the oven, cucumbers for our salad and can also grate and slice potatoes into fries. Well worth the money in my opinion!
What do you want for Christmas this year/what have you asked for? What kitchen gadget can you not live without (I'm always looking for new tools!)?