Tools in My Kitchen

The things I think every cook should have in their kitchen (click on the pictures to check it out on Amazon):

A dutch or french oven to go from stove-top to oven.  I currently own Le Creuset that I got as a gift, so I would recommend putting them on, say, a wedding registry.  In the meantime, the one pictured is a much more affordable option.

An immersion blender that is great for blending directly into the pot (soups, mashed potatoes), and also for single-serving smoothies.

A good cast-iron skillet will last you a lifetime if you take care of it, and can also go from stove-top to oven. Cast-iron ensures a high, evenly-distributed heat, perfect for searing protein.

A good food processor will make short work of chopping, slicing, and shredding (like for these).

Chef’s knives are invaluable in the kitchen. Choose one good one over a whole block of knives you don’t know what to do with.

A scooper is such a simple yet effective tool for transferring those chopped veggies from your cutting board to the pot, without having to dull your knife (please don’t use the blade side of your knife to shuffle things!).

This spiralizer is compact and lightweight and great for turning veggies into a pasta alternative. Comes with three blades for three different types of pasta!

A great blender, like this Vitamix, which is allegedly supposed to be worth the price, although any good blender will work for most applications.

A meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking meat. Many a turkey burger has been saved from dryness because I was able to take its temperature.

Microplanes are inexpensive but super useful tools for grating ginger, zesting citrus, or grating hard cheese. PROTIP: if you put fresh ginger in the freezer, it makes zesting so much neater!

This vegetable scrubber isn’t absolutely necessary, but I do have to say that I feel like my vegetables have been cleaner since I’ve been using it. Plus, sponges are nasty things, so it’s nice to know that I might not be inadvertently putting more gunk on them!

Pyrex storage bowls are great for packing your lunches or otherwise keeping your food fresh in the fridge!  We all know about how putting plastic containers in the microwave is bad, and these glass ones have none of those problems. Plus they totally work in the oven in a pinch!

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