Essential Kitchen Tools (Part II)
For citrus zest and emergency cheese grater.
For emergency tasks, quick herb mincing, etc.
For the best way to grate most soft cheeses.
Serrated Bread Knife
The best knife to cut fresh bread.
Pepin used a paring knife, for everyone else get a vegetable peeler.
Instant Read Thermometer
You’ll throw this out after becoming a competent cook, but you should have one in your kitchen for the early years.
You’ll use this every day and there’ a big difference with freshly ground pepper (same difference with freshly ground coffee). I own a French made, Prefex,
that’s compact and very functional.
If you eat tons of greens then you need to dry most of them before cooking or consuming, the salad spinner is a revolutionary product and you should have one.
You should have about three of these for draining pasta, cleaning vegetables, etc.
This will cause some debate, but I could not live without our small toaster oven. I used out tiny DeLonghi toaster oven
to broil thin white flesh fish and salmon, heat up pizza, toast bread, etc. The device cooks food in no time and unlike a microwave it perfectly toasts and browns food for tremendous flavor. The device also does not use as much energy as our larger Wolf or Cadco ovens.
CuisinArt Food Processor and Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
OK, I’m going to start off by saying that both my grandmother and mother never used or owned the above tools and they both made/make fantastic food. In fact, I remember trying to convince my grandmother to let us buy her a large stand mixer so that her weekly bread making would be a little easier for her (she of course said no).
Krups Hot Water Kettle
Boiling water takes time, not a whole lot of time, but just enough minutes to annoy me at certain key moments (for example, waiting for boiling water in the early morning for your French Press Pot
). We picked up a Krups electric kettle
two years ago and it’s been a terrific, time saving, device. We use our kettle for tea, coffee, pasta water, etc. Plus, it actually saves energy when you consider that the device boils water faster than our fancy Wolf, 18,000 BTU, gas stove.