Every cook has their arsenal of tools that they just can’t live without. I know I do. While everyone’s arsenal of kitchen tools may not contain the same items, there are some that are definite essentials.
Top Essential 6 Kitchen Tools
While it’s perfect for finely grating and zesting, a microplane is my go-to when a recipe calls for minced garlic.
One of the essential kitchen tools for slicing, mandolin gives you paper thin vegetables every time. Slice root vegetables, drizzle with olive oil, and bake until golden and crisp for a guilt-free chip.
A good, sharp knife is the most important kitchen tools to have on hand — one that feels comfortable in your hand, and not too big or small. And keeping it sharp is essential. A dull blade can make a simple slicing task incredibly tiring. And a dull blade can also cause an injury in the kitchen, something that should always be avoided.
Egg whites and heavy cream can be whisked to firm peaks by hand, but a hand mixer is one of those essential kitchen tools that will save you both the time and strenuous arm workout.
A vegetable peeler is the ideal tool for peeling potatoes, carrots, and apples. But it is also one of those multi-tasking kitchen tools that’s great for making beautiful ribbons out of asparagus, zucchini, and other narrow vegetables that can be used for salads, sautés, and pasta dishes.
Measuring Spoons & Cups
If you bake, measuring spoons and cups are a must for both dry and wet ingredients. The science of baking means the need for exact and accurate measurements, otherwise you run the risk of sunken cakes, brick muffins, and dry bread. Definitely not award winning sandwich material.
So whether you’re slicing, dicing, whipping, chopping, or mincing, having the right kitchen tools on hand makes the process of cooking for your family more efficient and less daunting. New tools and gadgets can be inspiring and motivating, which can help you create new recipes and hit dishes to ease every taste.