The powerful ice-crushing Ninja NJ600, which features a 72-ounce, BPA free pitcher, is a first step to having a kitchen that works for you and not against you, but what other staples should be on your kitchen counter or in your cupboards and drawers to keep your family eating healthy? Let’s take a look some of the items that should be in your kitchen in addition to your Ninja.
In the Cupboards
Nobody likes to start cooking up a meal, only to realize that there are key ingredients missing and the only option is to stop and run out to the supermarket. To prevent this from happening to you, it’s a smart idea to keep important ingredients in your cupboard that you will use time and time again – and even better if you can get them in bulk for a bargain.
For starters, you will want to stock up on these basic spices: bay leaves, black peppercorns, cayenne pepper, chili powder, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, cream of tarter, ground cumin, curry powder, ground ginger, kosher salt, pepper, while nutmeg, dried oregano, paprika, dried rosemary, dried thyme, sesame seeds and vanilla extract.
Aside from stocking up on spices, a kitchen is not complete without olive oil, vegetable oil, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, canned chicken stock or broth, as well as beef stock or broth, along with various types of pasta and rice.
Since you can use your Ninja NJ600 Blender to whip of fresh vegetable soup and fruit smoothies, you will want to keep on hand potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, and any other of your favorite veggies, along with fresh fruit, including strawberries and bananas.
In the Fridge
In your refrigerator, you will also want to keep a few essential ingredients that you can use with your blender, including eggs, milk, butter, ketchup, yellow mustard, mayonnaise and parmesan cheese.
To keep your kitchen sparkling, you will want to have in your cabinet, a bottle of white vinegar. Using white vinegar is not only a green way to clean, but it gets the job done, simply and easily. All you need to do is mix it with water in a spray bottle and clean away with a rag. You can pour it in your blender with some water to make your Ninja shine like new.
While your Ninja NJ600 can do a lot of work for you in the kitchen, there are a few additional cooking tools that will help make your life in the kitchen a bit easier and then there are those that you absolutely don’t need — a list of those can be found on CNN.com here.
Items that you should have include, a strainer, a wooden spoon, a thermometer, a peeler, kitchen shears, measuring cups and spoons, a few sharp knives, a mixing bowl, a can opener, cheese grater, and a skillet and pan.