I love shopping on Amazon. Not only do you have access to just about everything you could want/need, you can earn credit through places like Swagbucks, MyPoints and other reward sites. I’m going to show you some of my favorite things on Amazon. A couple of the items I’m saving for and hope to “purchase” in the near future, while some of the other things I already have and I just love.
1) KitchenAid: I love my KitchenAid. Mine happens to be black, not red and I love the sleekness of it. I’ve owned my KitchenAid for probably at least 10 years now. My dad bought it for me several years before I even got married. His joke was to start buying things as I got older so he wouldn’t go broke for my wedding. lol Anyway, there are some good mixers out there. I know Bosch is one but I don’t have a Bosch to compare. One of the things I simply love about KitchenAid is all the attachments. We have been slowly adding to our collection. Not only are they easy to attach and use with the mixers, they are smaller then having yet another appliance to deal with. I use the shredder attachment to shred cheese, the laundry soap and whatever else needs to be shredded. We also have the the slicer, food grinder, veggie/fruit strainer, pasta roller/cutterand ice cream maker.
2) Gamma Lids: We have several 5 gallon buckets for food storage. We decided to go with Gamma Lids because we had a previously difficult experience with pantry moths. I love the Gamma Lids. They not only create a tight seal, but you don’t have to pry the lids off. Depending on how tight you close them, they are relatively easy unscrewing. I say that because sometimes my husband will tighten them and he is considerably stronger than I am. 🙂 We’ve been using our Gamma Lids since March and we’ve had no bug problems. We are currently using them on beans, rice, quick oats, sugar and flour. Gamma Lids come in many different colors so you could even color code your food storage. 🙂
3) FoodSaver: I used to have an old style FoodSaver and used it for many years. In it’s day, it was nice. I used it quite some time, mainly for veggies and meats. I loved it but sometimes it was a little frustrating getting it to seal just right. That usually was my fault because I stuffed the bag too much which made it hard to seal right. My dad called me up one day and told me he had bought a new one from Costco (though mine still worked, it was quite old. I had had it for 7 years and before that, it was my moms for at least another 5 years or so). Little did I know all the new features on these wonderful machines. I know it only has a 3-Star rating but I have to say I love mine. I haven’t had any problems with it sealing and it seals so much easier than the old one. It also has a setting for more delicate items so they don’t get as crushed.
4) Balls 1/2 gal. Canning Jars: You may already know that Ball makes these jars but I recently discovered them. I picked one up at a local store and realized I have finally found the perfect size jar for storing our granola and other items in. This year has been a bad year for canning (for me) and I have many empty jars taking up precious space so so I’ve been emptying all kinds of half full boxes/containers and putting the contents into my empty jars. The 1/2 gal. jars are great for things like cereals. They’re a tight seal so no bugs. The downside is the glass factor. They would break if the kids dropped them.
5) Excalibur Dehydrator: This is one thing I’m trying to save for. I love the pull-out trays of the Excalibur. I’ve been told they are wonderful for drying herbs, making jerky, fruit leather, etc. You can also get the Excalibur 4-Tray or the Excalibur 5 Tray if you don’t have a large family, they’re a bit cheaper. Have you ever noticed how expensive some dried fruit and herbs can be? If you were to grown your own and dry it, you could save yourself some extra money. Drying is another great way to preserve some foods.
6) Outside Parallel-Style Clothes Dryer: This is another on my “saving for” list. Have you ever thought about the money you’d save from hang your clean wet clothes on a line versus using your dryer? That cost will vary for everyone depending on why kind of dryer you have (electric, gas, propane). We have a gas dryer and our savings wouldn’t be a whole lot because the cost of gas here isn’t really high but still, I’m looking forward to having a clothes line again (we had a make-shift one but it rotted) because every little bit of savings helps, plus, we love the smell of line-dried clothing.