My Kitchen Bucket List: The Top 10 Things I Would Like in My Dream Kitchen

Like you, I too have a Kitchen Bucket List. Here are my top 10 things I would like in my dream kitchen. Please add yours in the comments below. 
I like to do top 10 lists the Dave Letterman way; in reverse order. So, that said:  

#10-Touchless Faucet

Guy Fieri has an actual foot-pedal-operated faucet in his kitchen:

“Nothing’s worse than touching a faucet with some nasty raw chicken on your hands,” Guy says. He installed hospital-style foot pedals so he can operate his sink hands-free. (FoodNetwork.com)

Although that would be cool, I’d settle for a touchless faucet like the Kohler Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet, or even better, the Alexa-controlled Delta Trinsic touchless faucet. “Alexa, ask Delta to warm up water…”

#9-Touchless Wastebasket

Raw chicken on your hands-blech! No salmonella on the trash bin for this guy! There are a few options here. There are lift-top trash cans that have a sensor you wave your hand in front of to open the lid. There are also roll-out trash bins that are power actuated both opening and closing. Press on the front, and voila! out rolls the trash bin. Just a nudge sends it back in. No bacteria, yay!


Insinkerator HC-WAVESN-SS Wave Satin Nickel Instant Hot/Cold Water Dispenser

#8-Instant Hot Water

These aren’t as popular as they once were, but my dream kitchen has one. Instant hot water for tea, hot chocolate, or whatever, mounted at the sink.

Marvel 15″ Ice Maker in Stainless Steel

#7-Under-Counter Ice Maker

We go through a lot of ice in our house; sometimes even emptying the fridge ice maker. An under-counter unit only takes up 15″ of space and can make up to 25 lbs of ice per day. There are other considerations, however, such as plumbing for both feeding the icemaker and for a drain. Talk to your friendly neighborhood plumber before investing in one.

#6-Under-Cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting used to mean a bit, ugly fluorescent fixture hard-wired to a switch. Today, LED lighting can be as small as a strip of Scotch tape, and can be plugged into an outlet that is connected to a switch. There are wireless switches that are also dimmers.

#5-Microwave Drawer

This is interchangeable with #2 in some ways. It is a microwave that installs into a base cabinet, and instead of a swinging door, there is a drawer to put the food in. It is way more convenient lifting a hot bowl of soup out of a drawer than a door-based unit.

#4-Countertop Meat Slicer

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a countertop meat slicer. There’s nothing like fresh sliced roast beef or ham left over from Sunday’s dinner. And thinly sliced turkey breast, oh boy!

#3-Ice Cream Maker

Another thing I’ve wanted since I was a kid is an ice cream maker. The latest models chill the ice cream without the traditional ice and rock salt. And for those (like us) on Keto or Paleo diets, it’s great to make frozen treats!

#2-Speed-Cook Oven

Microwave ovens are great, but there are many things you can’t (or shouldn’t) cook in them, as microwaves cook from the inside out. Some microwaves add convection cooking, which is a heat element with a fan blowing the heated air into the oven, cooking and crisping the exterior of the food while the microwaves cook the interior. A speed cook oven adds a third type of heat, usually halogen light as in GE’s SpeedCook Ovens. This third heat source increases the cooking speed by quite a bit; a 

And, drum roll, please…

#1-Induction Cooktop

My number one item on my Kitchen Bucket List is an induction cooktop. In a nutshell, electromagnets are used to excite the molecules in iron-based cookware to heat the pan (and the food inside it) and not the cooktop itself. As a result, heat is not retained in the cooking surface, making it much safer for little ones. The best part though is that it cooks very, very fast. Like, lighting fast; a pot of water will boil in under five minutes! They are quite pricey, and you do need to have pots and pans with a certain iron content (which can also be expensive), but so worth it!

I hope you have enjoyed this list. Again, please add your favorites in the comments below. Cheers!

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