Kitchen Tools

Kitchen Tools

Kitchen Tools

Useful,  multipurpose utensils that make cooking enjoyable.  Earlier in life, my kitchen consisted of a dull knife, one wooden spoon and a metal bowl.  I still cooked with adventure, but everything was twice as hard and successful results were not guaranteed!  These are everyday tools and I promise they will make your life easier.

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Tongs

Tongs

If you want to up-level your kitchen “cred,” buy a pair of tongs. They make you seem like you really know what you are doing in the kitchen, and they can flip, toss, turn, and scrape.

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Flat Wooden Spatula

Flat Wooden Spatula

The ultimate multitasker, this utensil is a tried-and-true friend in the kitchen. Round spoons can’t get into the corners of a saucepan and metal spatulas are rough on cookware.

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Silicone Spoon Spatula

Silicone Spoon Spatula

This tool is a s useful for sauteing vegetables as it is for stirring morning oatmeal.

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Measuring Cups

Measuring Cups

You should have two sets of measuring cups, one for dry ingredients and one for liquids.

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Measuring Spoons

Measuring Spoons

Metal measuring spoons are stronger than plastic and last longer.

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Mesh Strainer

Mesh Strainer

Put the strainer in the sink when you scrub vegetables and wash fruit. A medium strainer works well for many tasks.

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Vegetable Peeler

Vegetable Peeler

Look for a peeler with a good grip and a blade opening at least 3 inches wide.

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Kitchen Shears

Kitchen Shears

Once you start using kitchen shears, you will find thousands of tasks for them. Keep a dedicated kitchen pair away from art projects, which will dull the blade.

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Flexible Cutting Boards

Flexible Cutting Boards

You can pick up a flexible board and scrape the cut ingredients directly into the pot. Look for a color-coordinated set of cutting boards to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

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Whisk

Whisk

When it comes to buying a whisk, don’t skimp on quality. A strong stainless-steel whisk with a solid round handle will make for easy work.

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Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven

Heavy cast-iron posts with an enamel coating have excellent heat conduction. Start with a 5-quart pot, which is small enough to make dinner, but big enough to squeeze in a whole chicken.

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Mixing Bowls

Mixing Bowls

Look for bowls that have a rubber bottom edge to reduce the slip factor. They should be deep enough for splatter control and wider enough to allow for whisking.

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8

8″ Chefs Knife

There is no single tool for cooking that you will rely on more than a sharp chef’s knife.

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Paring Knife

Paring Knife

The pointed tip of a paring knife gets into tight spaces a larger chef’s knife cannot touch. It’s perfect for slicing smaller fruits and vegetables.

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6

6″ Serrated Knife

A serrated knife blade cuts through tomatoes like a charm and does double duty on bread and tough-skinned vegetables like squash.

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Grater

Grater

A stainless-steel grater does more than grate cheese. It can grate onions, carrots, and chocolate too.

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10-12

10-12″ Skillet

The all purpose pan. Skillets have slanted edges and are always measured in inches across the top. Invest in quality.

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8-12 quart stockpot

8-12 quart stockpot

There are a lot of things you can prepare with a sturdy stockpot: soups, pastas, and corn on the cob just to name a few.

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2 quart saute pan

2 quart saute pan

Use this versatile pan to reheat rice, warm broth and even melt butter for popcorn. I recommend an ovenproof, nonstick stanless-steel pot with a long handle and a tight fitting lid.

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Food Processor

Food Processor

A food processor can make quick work of tough, hard foods like nuts and seeds and can quickly grind onions and garlic.

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