There are so many different kitchen tools that even a professional chef will use but a few of them on a regular basis. The truth is, some kitchen equipment is indispensable and others simply aren’t.
Here are six kitchen tools that anyone who cooks really can’t live without:
1. Cutting Boards
Novice and amateur chefs alike should have a selection of dedicated cutting boards for slicing and dicing meats, vegetables and members of the allium family. Though people worry that wooden cutting boards harbor bacteria, they actually don’t if they are cleaned every time they’re used. They keep countertops clean and keep the germs hiding in the countertops from getting into the food. Replace them if they show too many dings and scratches.
2. Kitchen Utensils
This doesn’t mean each and every kitchen utensil known to humankind. A person can have too many large serving spoons. But the utensils that must be in every cook’s repertoire are:
- Mixing spoons
- Offset spatulas, which are unequaled in smoothing frosting over cakes or pizza sauce over pizzas
- Fish spatulas, which lift fish and other tricky items out of the pan with very little left behind
- Microplane zesters
3. Mixing Bowls
Mixing bowls come in many sizes and are called upon to do more things that the cook might imagine. A good idea is to buy a set of nesting bowls made of stainless steel and a set of nesting bowls made out of tempered glass. At least one bowl made of copper is also a good idea.
4. Sauce Pans
Sauce pans can have straight or round sides and should come with their own covers. It’s best to buy a set that holds pans in the sizes of 1 quart, 2 1/2 quarts, 3 quarts and 4 quarts.
5. Measuring Tools
Sometimes the cook can eyeball the ingredients in a recipe, but sometimes that can end in a meal that’s less than optimal especially when it comes to baking. Invest in liquid measuring cups with spouts and readable lines, a set of dry measuring cups and a set of measuring spoons. Both spoons and cups should be able to be leveled off easily.
Cooks have spent inordinate amounts of money on cutlery, most of which goes unused. Though no one wants to by suspiciously inexpensive stuff, the only cutlery that’s really needed are:
- Chef’s Knife
- Paring Knife
- Kitchen shears
- Steak knives
How does your kitchen tools rank in comparison to this list? If you’re still missing these basics, online retails like Dean Supply can save you money.