Ever have those days you feel like you spend most of the day in the kitchen? Cooking and cleaning are two of the most time consuming parts of my day. With a large family I work to keep a kitchen that is functional and minimal but I also want a beautiful space to work in with quality products. I’m here to help you get the farmhouse look you love at prices you can hopefully afford. I have done the shopping for you and guess what? So many of the products that I love come from small shops. How amazing is that? There is just something that I love about getting a product from another small shop that is lovingly made with time and effort. You ready to see some of my favorite finds? Let's go shopping together!
Mason jars, white dishes and cast iron skillets are essentials in my kitchen.
Mason jars make the perfect drinking glasses for our family and they also serve as a way to store leftovers in the fridge. When I cook soups or chili I often make extra for the next day. Simply place the cooled leftovers in a jar, put the lid on and stick in the fridge. The next day it is easy to grab and reheat for another meal. Mason jars seem to be the most non breakable glasses that we have ever used and the price of $9.00 for 12 is quite a deal.
Lodge cast iron is the most used cookware in my kitchen. There are so benefits to using cast iron and they are extremely easy to care for. A well seasoned cast iron skillet is naturally non stick which means no harmful synthetic materials being leaked into your food. We often serve our food still in the skillet at the table and cast iron helps by keeping the food warmer longer than your traditional skillets. Cast iron is long lasting and versatile when it comes to cooking most of the foods we love.
Wooden spoons seem to be a farmhouse style favorite. They are functional and beautiful to leave in a crock on the cabinet. One of my favorite small shops for hand made wooden spoons and cutting boards is We Are Caribou. I have enjoyed having their products in our home and I can honestly say that they are a great quality.
Crocks are another farmhouse kitchen staple for my home. They are used in the kitchen to store my wooden spoons, measuring spoons and sometimes even fresh flowers. We have crocks in our living room cabinet that holds crayons and other school supplies. I love an item that keeps some of supplies hidden and yet pretty. Most of my smaller crocks have come from Cynthia who has a lovely online shop called Harper and Arrow Market. Crocks can also be found at thrift stores and yard sales.
Linen dish towels. I have made the switch to 100% linen in my kitchen and I didn't realize all the wonderful things about a quality linen towel until I started using them. Did you know that linen is up to two to three times stronger than cotton? It is even stronger when wet and yet it softens with repeated washings. Linen is also lint free which is perfect for drying glasses. Linen is also naturally anti bacterial. Hanging on a hook, or placed in a basket, linen is always a lovely choice for the kitchen.
Would you believe that we don't own a dishwasher? Our home had one when we first moved in but I chose to take it out. We wash dishes after every meal in order to help keep the kitchen clean through out the day. I find that the dishes can be hand washed, dried and put away faster than using the dishwasher and it saves electricity. I currently use a wood dish drying rack that I picked up cheap from a local store but I would love to find a better quality, better made drying rack that is made in the USA. Do you know a good source? If so, leave me a comment.
Glass jars and hand written labels have been a favorite in my kitchen. I love having the jars filled with the most used kitchen staples. I can easily see what needs to be purchased and rarely ever run out of anything. These jars do not seal and so that is the only downfall to having them if your a family that wouldn't use the ingredients in them very often. With a large family I don't ever have an issue with food going stale but I have recently decided that I would like to store some less used dry goods in jars. So, I am on the lookout for a great jar that does seal. Leave me a comment if you have a favorite jar that seals!
What are some of your favorite kitchen items that you love using? Are you a supporter of small shops and have one you would love to share? I would love to hear from you!