Kitchen Must Have – Electric Skillet

In the kitchen, one of my “go-to” small appliances is my Presto® Electric Skillet. It’s a really useful appliance that makes frying and cooking up food so much easier. The best part? It comes with a really affordable price tag too! You can grab the same one I own for around $40 on Amazon using this link: Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover


I use my electric skillet most often for frying meatballs and chicken cutlets. Because of its large size, it can hold a full two pounds of meatballs all at once as well or a slew of chicken cutlets. The glass cover allows you to see your food cooking while keeping all of the grease splatter in which is a real saving grace at cleanup time. No more scrubbing the stovetop, backsplash, range hood, etc. after frying. It also has a nice, slick Teflon® coating so food slides out easily and cleanup is a breeze because nothing sticks to it. Even the burnt bits come right out with ease. Another great feature of electric skillets is that they are able hold a nice steady temperature as they cook so food cooks and browns evenly.

Electric skillets are really great when it comes to cooking for a crowd as well! Whip up a big batch of scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and peppers, ground beef for tacos or even the meat for a Philly cheesesteak! The skillet can also be used to make pancakes, frying homemade doughnuts, burgers, sloppy joes, lo mein and even stir-frys! The possibilities are truly endless because you can use the electric skillet to make almost anything you’d make in a traditional pan on the stovetop.

Electric skillets come in all sizes as well from a small square to a large rectangle. I prefer the larger size as it gives me more flexibility when I am cooking. Some of you might be wondering why you’d need an electric skillet if you already have an electric griddle and to that I say, while a griddle is great to have its lack of high sides limits its functionality. If I had to pick only once of these appliances to own, without hesitation, I would choose the skillet. I find it far more useful in the kitchen than my griddle pan.

If you decide to dust off your electric skillet or run out and buy yourself a new one, give some of these delicious recipes a whirl. You won’t be disappointed!

“Saucy” Italian Sausage and Peppers

Italian Meatballs

Boogaloo Wonderland Sandwich

Steve’s “Special Pancakes”

Kitchen Must Have – Vacuum Sealer

If you don’t yet have a vacuum sealer you REALLY need to get one.  It’s truly an indispensable part of my kitchen and I save so much money because I can buy in bulk and everything stays fresh.  FoodSaver has a few different models at all different price points so you should be able to find something that meets your needs.  I just bought myself a brand new vacuum sealer with all of the bells and whistles but for years I’ve been using the most basic model that they have with great success.

My favorite thing to buy in bulk is meat, the prices are so much better and the quality of meat that I can pick up at BJ’s is SO much better than any supermarket.  I usually buy ground beef, chicken, steaks and stew meat in bulk.  Another must have in your kitchen is a scale, you’ll need it to break up these huge packs of meat into specific portions and sizes.  With chicken and ground beef I prefer to make one 1 lb packs since most recipes call for 1 lb servings.  Large steaks I vacuum seal individually and for my stew meat I freeze packs in the exact amount that I need to make a batch of stew.  You can literally keep your meat frozen for MONTHS once it’s vacuumed sealed.  Everything stays super fresh and there is literally not a lick of freezer burn on any piece of meat.

The vacuum sealer is also great for snacks, deli meats, bulk packs of cheese and even fruit.  My sealer has a great feature where you can “pulse seal” so that you don’t crush delicate foods like soft fruits and breads.  They even have resealable bags which comes in handy when you want to seal a food that you use regularly.  There is really nothing you can’t seal with this machine and I think you’ll find that it will quickly become one of the most useful appliances in your kitchen.  I absolutely love mine and sing its praises to everyone!

FoodSaver V4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer & Starter Kit, Black Finish

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