05.10.07

Top 5 kitchen tools that bring me joy

Posted in equipment, food at 11:56 pm by wingerz

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I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, and there are certain tools that make me quite happy every time I get to use them. There are others, too, of course, but these are my favorites.

1. A sharp knife: Cuts through everything effortlessly with no slipping or struggling (or putting your fingers in imminent danger).
2. Heavy pans: Cooking with the cast iron pan or dutch oven makes the meal feel more substantial. And the heat retention makes for a great surface upon which to sear meat. I’ve made a lot of wonderful stews and braises in our dutch oven.
3. Kitchen scale: Takes a lot of the trouble out of measuring sugar (7 oz/cup) and flour (5 oz/cup) for baking. Without this, measuring flour can be especially tricky since its volume can change depending on how settled it is.
4. Bread maker: Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh bread? It still feels novel when we bake our own loaves, and there’s nothing like biting into a warm piece of bread. Garlic Parmesan, jalapeƱo cheddar, cinnamon swirl…
5. Garlic press: Minces garlic without making a fragrant mess of your knife, cutting board, and fingers.

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but this motivated me to finally do it.

31 Comments »

  1. joy said,

    May 11, 2007 at 12:24 am

    i definitely agree with you on #1-3! i also loooove my stand mixer (makes beating egg whites and whipping cream so easy) and food processor (which completely transforms the previously laborious process of cutting butter into flour).

  2. jsu said,

    May 11, 2007 at 12:47 am

    oh no! i forgot two!!! the mini offset metal spatula. essential for frosting cakes. and the serrated bread knife — a long, flexible one.

  3. phoenix said,

    May 11, 2007 at 5:00 am

    I’m also with you on #1-3. However, instead of a garlic press, I just use the side of that sharp knife to bang my garlic silly. Happiness-inducing AND stress-relieving. Bread-makers make me happy too. In someone’s else kitchen though. I don’t have the space.

  4. wingerz said,

    May 11, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Hmm, maybe next time I’m not in a hurry I will go back to doing it that way since it’s more fun.

  5. Rob said,

    May 11, 2007 at 10:35 am

    I definitely, definitely agree with #2. One of my buddies gave me a Japanese chef knife as a wedding present. I already had two nice chef knives (Wustof and Cutco) as well as a nice Santoku. However, the new one is, by far, the best knife I’ve ever owned. It’s smaller, but a little heavier, perfectly balanced, and cuts through pretty much anything like warm butter. I wish I knew the brand, but even the doc is all in Japanese.

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