Between summer camp and entertaining friends, I find that I need to do a kitchen check to make sure I have everything I need as far as summer kitchen gadgets and essentials. Summer is the perfect time to entertain and try out new recipes. Especially if you have a high-quality grill, it’s great to grill hot dogs and burgers and enjoy a happy Sunday or put delicious recipes to the test. Summer meals are some of our favorites and there are so many ways to make outdoor entertaining and seasonal recipes that much easier to create. So without further ado, these are a few kitchen items I’ve been stocking my kitchen with for summer parties!
Firstly, all of these categories are very broad and I think that’s something that is to our advantage because you can pick and choose which items make the most sense for your summer kitchen essentials. From stainless steel knives to a watermelon slicer to gas grills, the easiest way to enjoy this time of year is to keep your time in the kitchen to a minimum. This way, you can actually be out enjoying the day and night with your family and friends.
Recently, we’ve been into having a pizza stone because it’s a fun family activity to do but the outcome is delicious! If you have the space for a pizza oven, outdoor cooking is great in the summer and homemade pizza is our thing! Delicious meals do not need to equal a messy kitchen, there are items that can do the bulk of the work for you so you can create memories!
Secondly, entertaining and cooking require totally different items! For instance, I have been loving ice moulds! But I have one that is shaped to surround a bottle of alcohol, so I can put anything I’d like inside. I’ve been enjoying flowers for holidays but this summer, I’m thinking of doing seashells! It looks pretty and keeps a refreshing beverage nice and chilled. Furthermore, if you have kids, an ice cream maker will be your very best friend this summer! Yes- they are a pain to clean up, but it’s worth the smiles. We like to challenge ourselves to create a new ice cream flavor each weekend in the summer.
Finally, we need a few things to clean up after a long weekend or big night of cooking. Again, I’m all about making things easier! Work smarter, not harder when it comes to cleaning. Personally, I think it’s even better if it’s items that are sustainable or clean. I have kids and I try really hard to have products that are safe and not full of scary chemicals. We all have one product we can’t live without and for me, it’s my vacuum! I think we can all agree that sometimes we cook and entertain and are up so late that we don’t stay up to clean after everything. For the morning after, we have to have items that make the morning as a tired human easier! Cleaning and then making breakfast to begin the cycle all over again of cooking and cleaning.
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