Written by Chris –
Whether you are setting up your very first kitchen or have mastered the art of cooking, certain tools and gadgets are essential.
- You don’t necessarily need a big block of knives. But I’d recommend having a good sharp Chef’s and a bread knife at minimum.
- Every kitchen needs a cutting board whether it be wood (I like Boos brand) or plastic.
- A digital instant-read thermometer that can be used for checking doneness of meat and poultry, as well as for use with deep frying and candy making, is essential.
- I love my microplane zester, this is another must. You can add instant flavor with a little grated citrus or even spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.).
- To measure the correct amount of flour or cheese or to make sure that pieces of meat, poultry, and fish are the specified size, use a food scale.
- Kitchen shears are perfect for cutting small amounts of herbs, chopping canned tomatoes directly in the can and trimming fat from meat and skin from poultry. When pinched for time, I even cut my kids cooked meat with kitchen shears. It’s much faster than using a knife.
- Stainless steel measuring cups are used for measuring ingredients like flour, sugar, grains and cereals. Liquid glass measuring cups, sized from 1 cup to 4 cups, used for measuring wet ingredients. Both are must haves. As are measuring spoons. These items ensure that your recipes come out just right. Use them for your baking recipes, at minimum.
- Whisks in assorted sizes are ideal for beating eggs and egg whites, blending salad dressings, and dissolving solids in liquids. They are available both in stainless steel and nylon; the nylon ones won’t harm nonstick surfaces. I’d recommend having both.
- A peeler removes the skin from both vegetables and fruits. It’s also handy for making chocolate curls!
- A cookie scoop makes the most uniform cookies every single time. You can also use it to make melon balls.
What kitchen tool or gadget are you most passionate about?