10 kitchen tools that bring out the chef in all of us
From pressure cookers to knives, you'll be a top chef in no time
Have you taken cooking up as a new hobby? Do you want to refine some of those kitchen skills? Check out these must-haves to take your cooking skills from burnt to brilliant during quarantine time and beyond!
1. Chef’s knife
A proper chef's knife is an essential tool in your kitchen arsenal. A chef's knife chops, slices, minces and dices anything on your chopping block. Stainless-steel knives are a great choice; although they require frequent sharpening, they are less likely to corrode.
Choosing a food processor/blender combo is a great option when you have limited cabinet space because you get the benefits of multiple tools in one. Having the ability to puree, emulsify, chop, blend and even make frozen drinks is a game-changer.
Ramekins are great for food prep, deserts, dips, soups and more. You can even use it to hold all the toppings when serving tacos or chili. Another great use is for individual desserts, like a single-serve soufflé.
Having a meat thermometer is essential in ensuring the meat you cook is safe to eat and not overdone. An excellent thermometer can also be used for candy making, home brewing, coffee and deep-frying oil. Our choice is magnetic for easy storage, and it comes in a variety of colors to match your kitchen!
A mandoline is a great tool to have when you need to cut a lot of items in a short amount of time. We recommend finding a mandoline that comes with its own storage container to make cleanup a breeze. Also, choose a mandoline with multiple plates and settings that will cut and slice at varying thicknesses.
We all know fresh herbs and spices can make your meal, and it is no different for fresh, cracked black pepper. It is essential in adding bold flavor to soups, salads, sides and more. When searching for a pepper grinder, choose units that give you options for varying coarseness.
A Microplane zester is a wonderful tool for adding finishing touches to dishes. Want grated chocolate to garnish your mousse? Want fresh parmesan on your pasta? Fresh nutmeg for your latte? A Microplane helps you add pizzazz to any dish. Always remember, when choosing a Microplane zester, look for one with a comfortable grip and durable blade.
Cast iron skillets are the most durable item to have on hand. A cast-iron skillet heats evenly, is easy to clean, has a long lifespan and can be used in both the stove and oven. Proper care and maintenance for your skillet is essential to prolonging its life. While lightly rusted cast iron skillets can be brought back to working order, severe rust leads to a completely ruined skillet.
A pressure cooker cooks meals at high heats under pressure, bringing out the food's complex flavors. It also creates a fantastic broth or sauce. When looking for a pressure cooker, try to find one that is multi-purpose. That way, you get a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute and warmer all in one. The recipe options are endless!