Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wedding Gifts Worth The Money: Kitchen Edition


John and I have been married for a little over a year and a half. We had two big arguments during our engagement period. The first was over the date we were going to get married. I cried. He won. I ended up loving the date he chose (01.23.16) but still wonder if my date was better every now and again (04.23.16). The second thing was over what to register for. John wanted to register for anything and everything he has EVER wanted (this includes an electric bug swatter), and I just wanted to register for things we really needed. He wanted to register for expensive stuff (like All-Clad pots/pans and Wusthof knives), and I wanted to register for less expensive stuff. He clearly won this argument too, and I honestly could not be happier. We have a lot of quality pieces that we will be able to use for years to come.

Let's first start with our toaster oven. I am a huge fan of a toaster oven over a regular toaster. This is mainly because my family and I never used a regular toaster. We currently have both. I love our regular toaster, but my favorite is still the toaster oven. You can do so many more things with the toaster oven, and it can fit more bread in it. I don't always like heating up the big oven if I'm the only one eating, so the toaster oven works perfect for that. Plus it has a broiler that I've never used, but my momma told me we wanted a toaster oven with a broiler. So there ya go. I love the look of this toaster oven and how easy it is to use. I also love how easy it is to clean the crumbs out of the bottom. Just pull the tray out and dump.

Next are the All-Clad stainless steel pots and pans. I've never used stainless steel, so I was a little leary about asking for expensive stainless steel pots and pans. What if I melted them? What if I scorched them? We couldn't afford to replace them if that ever happened. I'm happy to report I've done neither of the two. These pots and pans have been amazing! I highly recommend them. Our food always cooks evenly and fast. Since they are not non-stick, we don't have to worry about little black flakes in our food from scratching the bottom of the pan. You can scratch away on these bad boys. It gives them character. They are also dishwasher safe, but we still hand wash all of ours. Make sure to register for the ones that have lids. You don't realize how much you need it until you don't have it. All-Clad is pretty expensive if you buy them as separates, so we registered for a large set that we received from the hostesses of one of our showers! We registered for some other pieces, but this one, this one, and this one are the ones we use the most.

Mixing bowls of my dreams. The stackable-ness of them, the look, the rubber bottoms.. I want them all. We actually received two sets of these mixing bowls, and I waited over a year to return the second set because I love them so much and what if I'm making something and need more mixing bowls? The rubber bottoms really come in handy especially if you are whisking something or trying to mix cookie dough. I don't have to constantly hold the bowl when my forearm is on fire. The three different sizes are perfect for anything, and they are dishwasher safe.

This grill John and I actually bought using gift cards because we didn't register for it. If I knew then what I know now, I would have put it on our registry. We currently don't have a grill at our house, and this has helped us cope so much. We cook all of our burgers, chicken, fish - pretty much anything you can think of that you might need a grill for plus more, like paninis. It's extremely foolproof to use, which I really like. You just tell it what you're cooking, it preheats for that particular item, put item on grill once done preheating, and it tells you when to take it off. The plates and grease trap are all dishwasher safe too.

Who doesn't love a knife that actually cuts shit on the first try. These knives do just that. This three pack contains the perfect size knives for anyone's kitchen. The only downfall is that they are not dishwasher safe.

So what did we learn from all of this? Register for whatever the hell you want to - no matter the cost. You will really be surprised at what all gifts you get that you never thought you would. Dishwasher safe is always best. Quality is key, so you don't have to replace it later on down the road. Register for the large sets and individual pieces (like All-Clad and Wusthof knives) because you can always return it.

Hopefully this post will be helpful. Let me know if you register for any of these items or currently own them. I would love to know how you like them!

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