CLK Pantry Essentials - Perfect for Mother & Father's Day!

CLK Pantry Essentials - Perfect for Mother & Father's Day!

I have enjoyed sharing with and recommending to you what ingredients, essentials, and hidden secrets we stock in our own kitchen. Now with Mother's and Father's Day around the corner, I thought I would enjoy some more 'gifty' items we love in our kitchen in case you wish to purchase them for your parents or loved ones on any forthcoming occasion.

I've also added a few spicy and international pantry stables at the end.


On Trend is the salad spinner. I use ours 3-4 times a week. I clean all our veggies and fruit in it and it makes it simple, easy and a joy. We've had ours for so long, I don't think they sell it any longer, so I've put three below to find the one that works best for you!

Farberware Easy to use pro Pump Spinner

OXO Good Grips Large Salad Spinner

Ozeri Italian Made Fresca Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl


Silicone Sponges

I purchased these on a whim as I HATE it when the regular sponges start to smell. These don't smell and do the job perfectly without damaging any pots, plates or pans.

In fact, I took some to my parents who LOVED them so I'm now sharing them with everyone.

Silicone cleaning sponge recommedation by Cottage Lane Kitchen


These tongs are essential both on the stove top and on the grill. I don't know how people cook without them. Enough said.

Kitchen and Grilling Tongs

Kitchen and Grilling Tongs


I must confess - I haven't made rice without a rice cooker in over 30 years. It's just something I grew up using and haven't looked back. It will change your life in so many ways and you can make much more than just rice in it!

Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


Our Kitchen scale gets a workout not only in the kitchen, but for all our parcel shipping needs too! It's a tool that is used daily!

Kitchen Scale

Kitchen Scale recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


We do have a selection of food processors depending on the job.

My husband swears by our very old standard Cuisinart, especially when he makes the most delicious hummus! But it's heavy and sometimes larger than I need, so I'm grateful for our mini ones.

I love this mini food processors for grinding chipoltes in adobe, just dried chillies or a onion. It's super easy to use and clean (essential reasons in my book). I've put two below to find the one that is best for you.

Small Cuisinart

Small Cuisiant Food Processor recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach Small Food Processor recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen

I splurged on getting a Vitamix during the pandemic and haven't looked back. It's easy, simple to clean and so multi-purpose, I couldn't say anything bad about it! If you can, treat yourself or someone you love to this amazing machine!

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen

We only purchase whole black pepper so you have to have a good pepper grinder that lasts! 

Hexclad Black Pepper Grinder:

Hexclad Black Pepper Grinder recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


Grey Large Grinder:

Hexclad Grey Pepper Grinder recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


One day I hope to have this on my table

Salt & Pepper Grinder Set:

Hexclad Salt and Pepper Grinders set recommended by Cottage Lane Kitchen


This is the Coconut Milk that was recommended to purchase when I took some thai cooking classes and it's the only one of two I purchase now.

Chaokoh Coconut Milk

When traveling in Peru, we couldn't get enough of Ajis - and this Aji Amarillo is delicious and takes us back.

Inca's Food Aji Amarillo Paste

The Brand Conimex - I love their condiments

Their products on Amazon are found here

Here are some of my favorites

Sambal Oelek

Sambal Manis

Sambal Brandal



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