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THE PERFECT BRIDAL SHOWER KITCHENWARE GIFT BASKET

THE PERFECT BRIDAL SHOWER KITCHENWARE GIFT BASKET

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Every household needs the kitchenware essentials. What better time to get or give all new kitchen accessories than at a bridal shower. By making a kitchenware gift basket you are not only giving the bride to be an awesome gift, but every aspect of your gift will also be extremely useful after the wedding when the newlyweds are getting back into the swing of things with everyday life. Here are some must haves for every kitchenware gift basket.

CUTTING BOARD

A really nice quality cutting board is an awesome start to your gift basket. There are so many cute cutting boards that are high quality and will last the new couple a lifetime. Cutting boards are also a great frame for your basket and you will be able to work around it from there.

BUTTER BAY

Everyone needs a butter dish in their home, and now you can get a butter crock that keeps your butter soft and spreadable without going rancid. Not only is the Butter bay an extremely useful accessory but you can get it in a lot of cute colors as well! Before you construct your basket you can always ask the bride to be what her kitchen color scheme is so you can buy a Butter bay to match her colors.

CAN OPENER

For some reason can openers tend to get overlooked, but they are an important kitchen accessory. There are a lot of great modern can openers that will be a nice addition to your gift basket! Oh and don’t forget the color scheme!

MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS

If the new bride and groom are going to learn to cook they are going to need a new set of measuring cups and spoons. You can get stainless steel measuring utensils that are durable and will last for a long time. If you want to go the extra mile you can even get measuring cups that have a non slip silicone handle to make cooking and baking easier with wet hands.

COLANDER

If the bride is a pasta lover getting a nice colander is a must. Make sure to get one that is dishwasher friendly and has nice handles so it makes it easier to strain. This may be a little more difficult to fit into a gift basket so when you are putting everything together be sure to place the colander in a way so that everything else fits!

KITCHEN SHEARS

Some people argue that kitchen shears are the most useful kitchen tool. They are a great addition to your basket and they are probably a kitchen tool that the bride to be does not already have. Kitchen shears are beneficial for a multitude of reasons. They are more or less food scissors and they can make cooking a lot easier.

HAND TOWELS

In order to tie in your basket and make it look finished and neat you can add in a pop of color with some hand towels that match the overarching color scheme. Every kitchen needs towels to clean up the mess afterwards!

OVERALL

This is a thoughtful and useful gift that will help the newlyweds start their life off right, well at least in the kitchen. You can always customize the basket for your bride and make it personal, after all a gift from the heart is what every bride really wants. Make sure you don’t forget to get a basket to put everything in! What other kitchenware products would you include in the perfect kitchenware gift basket?

WHY SOFTENED BUTTER IS BETTER FOR COOKIES

WHY SOFTENED BUTTER IS BETTER FOR COOKIES

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Anyone who has ever made a batch of cookies knows that the recipe usually calls for softened butter. But what does that mean and does the temperature really make a difference? Softened butter is when butter has gradually warmed to room temperature, around 70 degrees. When the butter has warmed correctly it will be soft and easy to press a finger into but won't have any pools of melted, liquid butter. Using your Butter Bay to store your butter will always keep it at the perfect room temperature so you won't have to wait for it to warm before you bake.

The theory behind softened butter is pretty simple. When it is combined with the other ingredients in the mixer you are creaming it instead of just blending or combining it. When you cream butter it allows for small air pockets to be formed within the dough. This helps keep your cookies fluffy and cook evenly. The fat in the butter is also more solid than if it were melted which helps the dough hold it’s shape and it won't flatten as quickly when placed on your cookie sheet. Both of these factors help to make a perfectly textured cookie.

When you use softened butter your cookies will be perfectly fluffy and a consistent round shape. Assuming you have a good cookie recipe your cookies will also be soft and chewy and won’t be greasy since the fat didn’t separate before the butter was mixed in. If you use butter that has been microwaved or melted it will lead to oils being deposited on top of the cookie making them greasy to the touch. They are also likely to be misshapen and have an underdone middle because they aren’t able to cook through as constantly without the air bubbles created by creaming.

Room temperature butter is a key element to cookies that many people overlook. If you want to ensure you have the perfect cookie every time try soft butter and see how much of a difference it makes for yourself!

Bonus Tip: Chill your dough overnight in the fridge to re-harden the butter before cooking. This will give you even fluffier cookies!

USING KITCHENWARE AS DECOR

USING KITCHENWARE AS DECOR

Everyone loves looking on Pinterest at all of the beautiful houses with decorations that look so picture perfect and well placed. Well, in reality, not all of us can afford matching deco to place throughout our house. A great alternative is to decorate with useful household items you already have, specifically cookware and kitchenware! Everyone has pots, pans, spatulas and other cookware that is used daily, so why not keep them in reach and make them part of your home's aesthetic. Here are a few ways to ramp up your kitchen decor using cookware.

 

CENTER PIECES

Flowers and candles make pretty centerpieces, but if you want something that is a little more practical and just as cute, try using a lazy susan. This rotating tray can be home to other useful things such as salt and pepper, spices, your Butter Bay as well. It is a cute centerpiece and makes family breakfast a lot easier.

 

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POTS AND PANS

Rather than shoving all of your pots and pans in a drawer under the counter, getting sturdy hooks and hanging them on the wall can be an awesome way to add a little flare to your kitchen and keep your pots and pans organized. If you have a color scheme for your kitchen you can buy pots and pans to match and carry your color pallet throughout your kitchen and appliances. This will make your whole kitchen setup cohesive and sleek.

 

 

CUTTING BOARD

A cutting board is a simple kitchen necessity used to cut various foods right? Well yes, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Your cutting board can also double as cute piece of wall decoration. Find a cute cutting board and get creative with where you hang your cutting board. If you want it to be more discreet you can hang it on the side of your counter, or if you want it to be a statement piece hang it above the oven! Once again, this tip will not only add a unique piece of useful decor to your home, but it will also clear up some counter space as well.

 

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WINE RACK

If you like to cook with wine or just drink it, getting a cute wine rack can be the best way to add some pizzazz to your home while freeing up some space. There are many different types of wine racks, so depending on how much space you have you can get different shapes and sizes to fit you home and your wine preference.

 

Kitchenware is a necessity in every household, so using it as decoration when it is not being used is nifty and smart. These are only a few ways to decorate your house with kitchen items. What other unique ways can you use kitchenware to spice up your living space? Let us know in the comments!