Wondering what to buy a young couple (or put on a wedding registry list)? Here are 8 super-useful kitchen items that every home needs.
This is me and my husband on our wedding day. Just a couple of kids who thought they needed silver-plated corn cob holders.
And linen napkins that required ironing. And a set of goblets that would look right at home on a Game of Thrones banquet table.
Truth is, we temporarily lost our minds when the salesperson handed over that portable scanner-gun and let us have at it. We were sleeping on two futon mattresses piled on top of each other. We had no business aiming that scanner at anything, except for a real grown-up bed.
I don’t have regrets about my wedding dress (still love it) or groom (still love him). But if I could time travel back to 2002, I’d change our wedding registry list.
So if you’re planning a wedding, put these 8 super-practical kitchen items on your wedding registry checklist (and if you’re a guest, ignore the corn-cob holders on their registry and get something from this list instead!).
1. Five- Quart Dutch Oven: It took me many years to discover this versatile pot, which is ideal for cooking up everything from soup and spaghetti sauce to pot roast and roasted chicken. It’s a kitchen workhorse. On our imaginary wedding registry do-over, I’d ask for a LeCreuset in a beautiful color like Carribean blue or Hibiscus pink.
2. Food Processor: I would be nothing without my 7-cup Cuisinart food processor, which I use to make pesto, hummus, veggie nuggets, energy bites, and other yummy things. I’ve had mine for years and it’s still serving me well.
3. Glass Storage Containers: Yes, kind of boring. But every registry needs some super-affordable items. We use our Pyrex containers every single day.
4. High-Powered Blender: The perfect splurge item for a wedding registry. A few of your friends could go in on it together, and you’ll have smoothies for years to come! You can’t go wrong with a Vitamix.
5. Stemless Wine Glasses: They’re way more practical (and fit more easily in the dishwasher) than stemware. Two sets of these shatter-resistant wine glasses, and you’re set.
7. Nesting Glass Bowls: I remember a friend registering for these and I wondered, what are you going to do with all those bowls? Now that my kitchen is regularly strewn with all manner of bowls, big and small, I get it. I love how these Kangaroo bowls nest because our cabinet space is at a premium.
8. Cast Iron Skillet: I don’t know what took me so long to get one of these. You can make most anything in it and then pass it on to your children and grandchildren. And great-grandchildren! A Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet is a good size for a family of four.
I’d love to hear from you: What’s the strangest thing you registered for–and what would you put on a wedding registry TODAY?
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