This year you have most likely found yourself in the kitchen more than you expected. You may be going and getting take out for a few meals here and there, but if you have spent most of your time making your own meals, you have probably discovered where your kitchen seems to be lacking. And with the holidays approaching, you will be there more as you prepare treats and meals for your family! Don’t get stuck in a predicament in which you are in need of an essential and you have no time to go out and get it! Get these must-haves ASAP that way you are ready to create a cooking masterpiece at a moment’s notice!

1. Blender

A blender is a kitchen gadget that can be used for so many things. It is extremely versatile and will be a staple in your kitchen. The Magic Bullet is high-quality and affordable. Plus, it comes with so many pieces to it that you will have options when it comes to what you end up using it for. Whether you are chopping, mixing, or blending, The Magic Bullet is ready to get the job done! It is also easy to clean, as it is dishwasher safe. Talk about hassle-free!

2. Meat tenderizer

If you don’t have a meat tenderizer yet, look no further for an affordable, reliable, effective option! OXO’s meat tenderizer is the perfect tenderizer to add to your collection. It has a textured size which is ideal for tougher cuts of meat and a flat side that is perfect for chicken or finer cuts. It is made of solid aluminum making it sturdy and durable! Oh, oh! And the handle is non-slip, so even when your hands are wet, you will have a firm grip on it. This will be a solid piece that will last. But, just in case you are unsatisfied for some reason, OXO guarantees that you will love it, or you will get a replacement or your money back. Talk about amazing customer service!

3. Recipe book stand

If you are tired of having to bend open your book to stay on the recipe page, or ruining your recipe cards by setting them in something on the counter, you have to get your hands on a recipe stand. Etsy has so many different recipe book stands, but we think it is a good idea to get one with the kitchen conversions behind where you hold the book. It will be there easily for when you are cooking or baking and you forget a conversion, and don’t want to get your phone gunky from your hands. It will keep conversions handy, helps to make sure your books are held properly, and secures your recipe cards from the puddles of doom!

4. Oil and vinegar

A cooking must-have is a good set of oil and vinegar. It is easy to get lost trying to find a set that is delicious, good for you, and comes from a company that cares about their products. Enter Brightland. Brightland has delicious olive oils and vinegars to be used in all of your cooking and they are a company that stands for authenticity, quality, and traceability (all products are grown and created in California). With their products you will never be consuming anything that is rotten, over processed, or fraudulent. That means you can really feel good about what you are putting on your plate and in your body.

5. Spice subscription box

Ready to move on from your tired spice rack? Yeah, us too. We love to have a good standby rack, but it can sometimes use a little spicing up! (See what we did there?) A spice subscription box from The Spicery will help you to try new things, and be adventurous in the kitchen! Each month you will receive a spice that they have developed in their kitchen. They grind their own spices and they are freshly blended. They then measure them out and ship them to your mailbox! What a great way to taste the world without even leaving your home.

Though we think these are all great must-haves, it is ultimately up to you to decide what to add to your kitchen! We hope that whatever makes the cut, that you enjoy what you are able to create with them!