20 ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOLS
I know a lot of people grew up having their mothers cook everything for them and they never participated in the cooking process. That was not my experience. I was the gatherer, stirrer, measurer for my mom from an early age.
After seeing a lot of my friends kitchens lately I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the 20 Most Essential Kitchen Tools that will make you look like you know what you are doing in the kitchen. Even if you don't know what you are doing you will help people that visit that do know what to do with these things. If you are single and meet the person of your dreams and they like to cook and eat good food then this list is for you. If you are moving into a new place and don't know what to buy then take this list with you to the store and buy some of these things as much as you can afford.
If you have decided to start a new diet and you have to cook your food instead of microwaving something from a box then this list will get you started in whatever you need to do.
This list goes from the inexpensive basic tools to some high end super tools. None of these are useless gadgets and they are all plucked right out of my kitchen and they are tools I use all the time. Ok you are saying I cook a lot, well I live alone and don't cook everyday but when I do I can count on these tools to help me do the job more efficiently and a whole lot easier.
Here's my 20 Most Essential Kitchen Tools list:
A wooden cutting board is essential for cutting your food and not ruining your knives. You can also roll pastry and other things on the board.
Wusthoff knife which is one of the top names in Knives. Buy the best you can afford and sharpen them often. If you get some great knives they should last you a very long time and make cutting things a breeze. Let the tools do the work. I wish I could afford to buy a couple of really high quality knives. Stay away from the million tool butcher block unless you know you are going to use everyone of those knives. Just buy the best of what you will use.
Le Creuset and they are pretty expensive but you can find similar things for a bit less. But it's a great investment. I don't even know when my mother bought it but all I can tell you is that it's been in my family for many, many years.
Anyone that is clueless in the kitchen might think this is a shop tool or a spa tool. Nope it's a great tool called a Microplane or rasp. You can use it to grate fresh Parmesan Cheese, or chocolate for your coffee or cocoa or you can zest your lemons to add flavour to all kinds of sweet and savoury dishes.
This is the mother of all kitchen tools. The designer and chef favourite KitchenAid Stand Mixer. If you ever watch cooking shows on the Food Network or design shows that showcase kitchens on HGTV then you will probably see one of these babies on a kitchen counter. They come in so many amazing colors now but this is the classic silver one that I picked up at my local Canadian Tire. They start at about $299 but they have different sizes and different motors and also all kinds of attachments that either come with it or that you can purchase separately. If you can only get one kitchen appliance then get this one. You can get attachments to make pasta, grind meat, make ice cream and there are a bunch more.
A paring knife is a little tool that is essential for peeling things like apples or cutting small things. You can use them to cut your strawberries or to cut your tomatoes. Fancy professional chefs can do all kinds of magical things with this little knife. This one is a Wustoff one again. Great sturdy handle and solid knife.
I have gotten compliments on this fancy little Trivet. It's made in Portugal and I picked it up at Homesense. I have a few different Trivet or (pot holders). I even have a hand painted ceramic tile that I got at a craft fair in Peterborough. They can be made of silicone, cork, ceramic or metal. The point is where are you going to put that hot pot when it comes out of the oven? Want to put it on your dining room table right from the oven, then this is a little thing that will be an important tool.
A metal spatula is great for flipping pancakes, omelettes, burgers etc. This one is a huge metal one. You can get some nice silicone ones that won't scratch your pots. Another favourite tool is the angled spatula the is used for fish because it has slits in it to drain off the fat before you remove it from a pan and the angle makes it easy to get under the food to pick it up.
As you can see I am not recommending standard sets of pots, knives or kitchen gadgets but more of a what you need to do the job right tool list.
I hope this is helpful for some of you. Let me know if it is. Probably a lot of you reading this might thing it's a no brainer but after what I have seen in my friends kitchens I realize that some people don't know these things so this is for them.
All of these tools came out of my kitchen and the opinions of these tools are my own.