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A Dozen Great Kitchen Tools!


Here are my favorite dozen kitchen gadgets with their approximate prices… It’s a great shopping list for gifts for your favorite cooks or for yourself. In parentheses, I have noted where I got mine, but search Amazon, check out your local cooking stores and you should be able to find everything at a good price. These make great gifts for yourself or other cooks! Have fun!

Pastry Scraper

 

1. A pastry scraper can be used for more than just cleaning the bench (counter). It’s also great for picking up vegetables from the cutting board and transferring them into a pot or bowl. Price: $10.00 (Williams Sonoma)

 

Mandolin

Mandolin

2. A mandolin is essential for a really professional presentation. You can use the type pictured or visit a Japanese grocery store to find a small, plastic, dishwasher safe one. Both are efficient, easy to carry around and to use. Use it for making very thin slices and perfect matchsticks for salads and other dishes. Price: Pictured: $90 at restaurant supply stores, Japanese: $23.00 (One World Market in Novi)

Julienne Tool

Julienne Tool

3. A julienne tool quickly cuts a vegetable or fruit into perfect small strips. It’s great when you want to cut just a few or want to carry it somewhere else because it’s as small as a potato peeler and easy to clean. It’s also safer than a mandolin. I use both for different occasions. Price: $10.00 (Williams Sonoma)

 

Flat Whisk

Flat Whisk

4. A flat whisk has a flat, circular head that allows you to whisk in a frying or other low sided pan. This is absolutely great for making gravies and sauces in a frying pan because it won’t splash.  Remember that whisking means a back and forth motion, whereas stirring is moving your tool around in a circle. Price: $14.00 (Check out Amazon or take a trip to Germany! J )

 

Heat Resistant Spatula

Heat Resistant Spatula

5. A heat resistant spatula by Rubbermaid can be used in hot pans for sautéing and stirring. It’s wonderful to use because you can also scrape down the sides of the pan. BUT NOTE: All heat proof spatulas have red handles but not all spatulas with red handles are heat proof due to the kitchen color explosion! To find real heat proof spatulas and other fabulous chef’s tools, visit http://www.jbprince.com. Price: $16 – $20. (JB Prince)

Meat Thermometer

Meat Thermometer

6. A remote meat thermometer allows you to keep an eye on the temperature of the meat in your oven while doing something else – even in another room or directly outside in the garden! Simply sync up the remote piece with its base and hook it on your belt. Price: $50. (Williams Sonoma)

 

Collapsible Strainer

Collapsible Strainer

7. A collapsible strainer is the latest, greatest tool. Why didn’t I think of this? Made of a combination of stainless steel and rubber, it collapses after use to save space in a cupboard or drawer or hang on the wall. They even come in cool colors. I chose red! Price: $12 – $30. (Williams Sonoma)

 

Immersion Blender

Immersion Blender

8. An immersion blender is an indispensable tool for people who like to make soups and purées. You don’t have to transfer hot liquid into a blender or kitchen processor. Instead, you can put the rod of the immersion blender right in the cooking pan to blend. Don’t skimp on this one though. Get one that is sturdy or it won’t last long. Price: $100. (Lowe’s Hardware Store)

Omelet Pan

Omelet Pan

9. Non-stick omelet pans. I always keep four around! They are great for omelets and individual portions of chicken, fish, meat and other things so you can keep an eye on each one. NOTE: Throw away scratched non-stick pans because the coating will flake and that is clearly not good for you. That’s why the heat proof spatulas are so great! Price: $15. (Gordon Foods)

 

Steamer Basket

Steamer Basket

 

10. A steamer basket turns any sauce pan with a lid into a steamer! Price: $10. (Amazon)

 

 

 

11-rings

Ring Molds

 

 

11. Stainless steel ring molds in different sizes to build beautiful stacked salads and vegetables. Price: $8. (J.B. Prince)

 

 

Food Scale

Food Scale

 

12. . Food Scale. The key here is to make sure that it’s easy to change from metric to American measurements. A food scale is essential in measuring exact ingredients! Price: $25 – $50.    (Williams Sonoma)

 

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Comments on: "A Dozen Great Kitchen Tools!" (1)

  1. Terylpetrie Petrie said:

    Great article Thanks!

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