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Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

By September 29, 2015May 2nd, 2021Cooking Tips and Videos


Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

Want to enjoy cooking a little more or save time? I suggest to invest in a few items.

Buy picking up a few kitchen gadgets, you will save you time and money in the long run. Cooking at home is so much cheaper than going out to eat. Packing lunches for my family has not only kept us keto, it also helped us save money.

If it were up to my husband we would have every kitchen gadget made, but I enjoy simplicity and I do not enjoy clutter. Here are my top 10 kitchen gadgets!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

1. Slow Cooker

How often I use it: once a week, but I love to cook if you are someone who doesn’t have time this is a great tool that can be used daily.

Price: $45-$120

Recipes: slow cooker sloppy joes, crock pot chicken, or tons of ideas in The Art of Healthy Eating Slow Cooker Cookbook!

Click HERE to find my favorite one on sale!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

2. Veggetti Pro Table-Top Spiralizer

How often I use it: twice a week.

Price: Under $25

Recipes: To make zucchini noodles and broccoli noodles.

Click HERE to find it on sale now!

 Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

3. Stand Mixer

My mother-in-law bought my first stand mixer about 10 years ago and I have been hooked ever since. I didn’t think I would use it as much as I do! I absolutely adore my stand mixer!

How often I use it: twice a week

Price: $150-$500

Recipes: Keto Buns for hamburgers, whipping whites, making “healthified” cheesecakes, to fine the Protein Sparing Bread!

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Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

4. Quality Blender (Blendtec or Vitamix)

How often I use it: Daily

Price: 150-$700

Recipes: makes great breakfast shakes and purees salad dressings

Click HERE to find the blender I have.

Click HERE to find Vitamix and other top blenders with a variety of prices.

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

5. Immersion blender

How often I use it: once every 2 weeks

Price: Under $30

Recipes: soups and shakes

Click HERE to find a great one for a great price!

6. Large cast iron skillet with deep edges

How often I use it: Daily

Price: Under $20 (buy at Thrift store for $2)

Recipes: BEST for deep frying. I once had a Fry Daddy but with a good thermometer, nothing fries food as well as cast iron. It holds heat. I use it for frying eggs daily!

Click HERE to find a Cast Iron Skillet for $15.

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

7. Quality Knife Plus a Serrated Knife

How often I use it: Daily

Price: $100-$300

Recipes: keto bread, chopping veggies, tomatoes,  a good sharp knife makes prepping food so much more enjoyable!

Click HERE to find awesome knives with a variety of price points.

Click HERE for a Serrated knife to cut Keto Bread!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

8. Ice Cream Maker

How often I use it: weekly

Price: $45-$100

Recipes: “healthified” ice creams

Click HERE to get the ice cream maker on sale. When mine broke (because of over-use) they sent me a NEW one for FREE! Love Cuisinart! 

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets


9. Toaster Oven

How often I use it: twice a week

Price: if you invest in a toaster oven get a quality one that goes up to 400 degrees. $100-$299

Recipes: I love this for reheating leftovers! This is awesome for someone making single servings and who doesn’t want to heat up the whole kitchen during the heat of the summer. Reheating just about every recipe.

Click HERE to find mine on sale now!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

10. Smoker! It is the best cooking vessel we own!

How often I use it: once a week

Price $100-150

Recipes: smoked ribs, smoked salmon, smoked cauliflower steaks…

Click HERE to find the Traeger grill I love and use often! If you prefer the smaller Traeger grill, click HERE to find. 

Click HERE to find other smaller smokers on sale!


1. A whip cream canister

How often I use it: twice a week

Price $20-99

Recipes: frozen fat bombs, garnish for desserts

CLICK HERE to find the Whip Cream Canister! 

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

2. Radio/Music

If you watch my videos we added beautiful Italian music. Creating a peaceful environment is something I do whenever I cook. During the holidays you will hear holiday music throughout the house, on a warm summer day the breeze streams through the windows with sounds of Caribbean music or Bob Marley.

How often I use it: Daily

Price: $25- $$$

3. Snow Cone Maker 

How often I use it: twice a week

Price $20-99

Recipes: “healthified” snow cone

Click HERE to find on sale!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

4. Tortilla Press

Price: $23-40

Recipes: to make my “healthified” tortillas and “healthified” pizza crusts!

Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets


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Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Gary says:

    I agree there isn’t anything better than a good smoker!

  • Darlene says:

    A general question; is there a supplement you recommend for dogs with arthritis, other than the glucosamine that vets suggest? Thank you!

    • Laurie says:

      You can check at Springtimeince.com they have wonderful supplement for Dogs arthritis. Check it out.

    • Gary says:

      bone broth, just like you!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Never glucosamine. “Glucos”amine is sugar.

      I would feed them beef heart like we do with our dog.

    • JuliaH says:

      Great Lakes grass fed gelatin (the green can doesn’t gel) you can add some to their food or get the version that gels and make treats-just mix with water. (warning- the treats smell terrible but dogs seriously love them).

    • Annette says:

      try addin a drop or two of concentrace minerals to their water every day. also magnesium is good for pets. not use of the dosage. someone in a group told us but not having a need at the time i did not write down the amount.

  • Jane Ann says:

    Wonderful list! I still have a few to purchase. Brilliant idea to use the whipped cream canister for fat bombs. Does it clog up? Also, I have 10 lbs to lose and am still having BP issues. I’m not in full ketosis, (but thanks to your great keto calculator, I can fix that). Will ketosis help my BP?

  • Terry Sz says:

    Another gadget I can’t do without is a microplane. I use it for more than lemon zest. Grating garlic, fresh nutmeg, fresh ginger, chocolate, etc.

    Regarding glucosamine for dogs, my vet said just to get the same thing we take so I get Costco’s Kirkland brand (around $20) for a lot less money than what a past vet sold it for.

  • janet says:

    thanks for the update maria…

  • Zenea says:

    Good old Hemp Oil from Nutiva is great for animals and people with arthritis.

  • Jane Ann says:

    You’re awesome Maria! I’m so thankful to have found you!

  • Jennifer O'Riordan says:

    A gadget I have come to love and rely on is my tortilla press. I bought one to make Maria’s recipe for tortillas and now use it constantly to make crackers. Saves so much time over having to roll them out and bake them. I press them thin between sheets of coconut oiled parchment paper in the tortilla press and pop them in the microwave. I can also use it to make wraps, of course, but I love the flax/egg white/parmesan crackers the best.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Oh!!!! Great idea!

    • Mary says:

      Where is this cracker recipe? Is it on Maria’s blog? I can’t find it. Sounds wonderful!

      • Maria Emmerich says:

        What cracker recipe?

        • Jennifer O'Riordan says:

          I have adapted cracker recipes to the point where I make mine out of whatever I happen to have on hand. I think the original recipe came from one of the Low Carbing Among Friends books. I use the dry container for my VitaMix to make flour out of nuts, and if I have a little left over, that goes into the crackers. I like to use ground flax seeds and ground sunflower seeds. I mix those with finely grated parmesan cheese (I just guess at the amount now after making them so many times. I moisten the seed flour/cheese mixture with egg white until it forms a stiff dough, then pinch of pieces and roll into balls, pop into the tortilla press between sheets of parchment paper torn to be about the size of the press. I spray the parchment with a little coconut oil, press the balls into thin circles and pop them, paper and all, into the microwave for 90 seconds or so. Peel off the paper after cooling them a little and store the crackers in a container. Sometimes I sprinkle sea salt on the crackers. I have also used various seasonings and dried minced onion to get different flavors. I imagine almost any low carb cracker recipe would work.

        • Jennifer O'Riordan says:

          I think Maria’s rosemary cracker recipe would work well, but I like a firm thin cracker best, so I use egg white instead of water to hold the dough together.

  • Sue says:

    Jennifer, which tortilla press do you have? I need to get one ‘cuz mine turn out so misshapen, it’s sad.
    Maria, do you ever use a microwave, or is that a “bad” gadget?

  • Does a smoker have to be used outdoors?

  • Jenn says:

    Thank you for another great article! I was wondering what do you recommend for a 14 year old athlete who has both a dairy and egg white allergy in order to eat healthified?

  • Marthe Biroli says:

    Hi Maria,
    Just to let you know that I received your book “keto advanced”,(in Canada) and I love it. I am learning a lot and plan to start to eat your way to heal my body very soon! I’m diabetic, have High cholesterol, High pressure, weigh 210 pounds for 1,63 meters Height. Could you guide me by kindly tell me where to start?
    Thinking you in advance!

  • Thanks for putting me back on your mailing list. I have not heard from you in over six months.

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