9 must-have kitchen tools
There is a kitchen gadget for every imaginable task out there. There is even one for the not imaginable 😉. It can be overwhelming and expensive to know which tools you really need. To help, we have provided a list of 9 must-have kitchen tools to complete your kitchen to take the guess work out of which tools can really ease your cooking.
Over time we have found that the most time-consuming work in the kitchen are, prep time, cutting the ingredients, and having them all in hand and ready to go as well as the time it takes for them to cook through. Therefore we came up with the ultimate list of 9 must-have small kitchen tools that will ease your cooking, save time, and effort (we will add our list of essential larger kitchen tools in another blog post).
1. Kitchen Scale
Dump the measuring cups, increase accuracy, and speed up the cleaning process. The scale does not need cleaning (besides a quick wipe down after putting an item on it), therefore it is an amazing tool. Just lay the whole vegetable on the scale or place your ingredients in the bowl you were already using for mixing. A simple digital kitchen scale that does everything you need sells for $10-$15.
If you don’t have one yet, put it on the list! The downward motion of the Y-peeler is more convenient and faster than the sideway motion and let’s not forget a safer way to peel all your vegetables by positioning your hand further away from the blade. My two-year-old has mastered the simple “technique” of the Y-peeler. You can get a Y-peeler with a good quality blade and a solid easy to grip handle for less than $10.
A good set of knives can be expensive, but if you take care of them can last a long time and are worth the investment. A large knife (Chef’s knife), a small knife (Pairing knife), and a tomato knife will let you cut everything in the most effective way.
4. Tomato knife
While it has only one main purpose, cutting and slicing tomatoes, it is worth investing in a tomato knife (unless you don’t eat tomatoes). Its serrated edge cuts cleanly through the skin without crushing the soft interior, speeding up the cutting process significantly and keeping slices intact.
There are so many types of graters? Which one to choose? To get the basics covered, get a box grater. It has different sizes of holes on each side. The larger and medium holes are for shredding soft cheese and vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, or zucchini squash for hash browns or fritters. The smaller holes turn hard cheeses into perfectly small crumbs. The single sharp edge can be used for slicing smaller amounts of vegetables.
To make sure it’s most convenient and safe to use, look for one with a comfortable handle and rubber on the bottom. If you like to use freshly grated cheese for your pasta dishes or tacos – you will love this tool. A rotary grater is worth the investment. It makes grating cheese a no-mess exercise that can be done directly at the table. If you get one that disassembles completely, you can let the dishwasher do the cleaning.
6. Garlic Press
A garlic press rapidly chops garlic into tiny pieces without an accident in-site. It’s safer than mincing on your own and quite a bit faster. It helps you get your garlic small, without an accident in sight.
7. Wooden Cook Spoon
While regular cooking utensils do the stirring job well, at least once we all have burned a finger on a metal spoon that was sitting in the hot pot. Trust me when I say a small investment into a wooden cook spoon is absolutely worth it. They are great for kids who are helping in the kitchen as well.
8. Thin-edged spatula
Get yourself a really good, thin-edged spatula. This will make an impact on whether your fish fillet looks like a restaurant-grade dish or let’s be honest, a mess 😬. The spatula does not need to be a fancy one. Just be sure it’s a thin edge so you can get underneath the fillet fully to flip it in one piece, rather than it breaking apart.
Finally, something to get your delicious food onto your plate: a ladle. There is not too much to be said about the ladle, except that you need one if you don’t want to start scooping rice, soup, or anything else tablespoon by tablespoon.
Time to start upgrading your kitchen with tools that help to process ingredients, easier and faster than ever. We are curious: Do you have all that equipment in your kitchen? Will you get an additional tool now? Do you have another small kitchen tool that you always use, that you think should make it on our list? Let us know in the comments below.
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