Hello friends, my name is Christine, and welcome to Frugal Fit Mom! Today we are covering my personal 20 favorite MUST HAVE items for every kitchen.


  1. Wood cutting boards are naturally anti microbial, we did a study at a high end theme park restaurant in worked for and swabbed things wood cutting boards used to cut multiple items rinsed in warm water and allowed to air dry 50% less bacteria then the plastic ones washed in bleach and run through the dishwasher, therefore microscopic cuts that dont always get cleaned. Wood boards are also better for your knives

  2. I have my mothers cook books from the 60s. Those are the best. I use my kitchen shears to break down a whole chicken. The #1 kitchen item I never thought I needed, tongs

  3. OMG! The timing of this couldn’t have been better. I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember immersion blender so I could pick one up. Oh and I agree that lemon squeezer is the best. I’ve stopped buying the little lemon and lime juice things because of that awesome squeezer! Thanks!

  4. I love it when she yells at me, "YOU NEED TO BUY THIS THING." I want her to yell at me with this same energy everyday, tell me to fold my laundry and do the dishes, like YAAAS Christine, I'll do whatever you say, I'm pumped

  5. First of all….How is your hair looking so fresh and lovely?! My last haircut was Valentine's day!! In Connecticut, they moved salons reopening from tomorrow to June 1st or later!!! Aaah!!! Ok, now I'll finish watching beautiful YOU ❤️

  6. I just treated myself (treated? Adulting is sad haha) to new Kitchenaid dry measuring cups and spoons last week and I love them. I've always had ones from the dollar store and while those do the job i've been slowly upgrading my cooking utensils and I have been enjoying cooking more and more as i'm a stay at home mom now.

  7. Christmas 2018 My Grama gifted me a HAND WRITTEN 118 page recipe book full of family recipes. She sent out 7 of them as gifts to grand kids that year. ALL hand written! It is my favorite thing currently and I have sticky notes on my favorite recipes. It has blank pages so I can add to it and pass it on to my daughter. One of the most thoughtful things I have been given.

  8. I received my Better Homes and Garden cookbook in 1969 as a wedding gift. I bought The Joy of Cooking a couple of months later. I call them my bibles even now.

  9. Love love love my Rada vegetable peeler. So much better than anything else! Spatulas– definitely! Especially silicone. The only thing I would add is some good quality large spoons. Not like your large soup/serving type spoons, but nice ones that can get into a nice pot of chili or soup.

  10. This is Mary I have a pastry cutter they used to belong to my mother-in-law that I use in the garden for chopping up dirt clobs and root balls.I know a couple of guys that are going to be watching this of course I have to bake some chocolate chip cookies to bribe them

  11. Great list. For any novice cooks – purchase decent spatulas or they will be destroyed if left in a pan you are stirring. Yes – I learned this the hard way long time ago. Something else you need – a turner for eggs, hamburgers, fish, etc. Also an egg timer and a can opener of some kind. Okay – bet others have ideas too. Ideas for your next installment of kitchen essentials.

  12. Oh Christine! I ❤️❤️❤️ ALL of these! You are on point! Gonna use this checklist for my bachelor son’s new kitchen. Oh, and a coffeemaker (and fav mug… or a wine glass to use during morning or evening cooking sessions! 😉)

  13. On the whisk front- I feel like you need at least two. One balloon whisk like you've got, and one FLAT whisk. It's so much easier for gravy, gets into the nooks and crannies of your pan so NO LUMPS.

  14. I was so scared this was going to be a bunch of amazon gimmicky gadgets or a Babish-style list of every possible thing that you "need" in a kitchen. As usual, you are the real one with the ACTUAL list of basic things you need!

  15. Love the intro and movie quotes. Keep 'em coming!
    I've been hoping you would do a video like this. Can you do a video on how you store your food to make it last? Like that you freeze butter (who knew?!) and how to can things.

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