Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tip Tuesday: 25 Basic Kitchen Tools You Should Have

Today for Tip Tuesday I am going old school and hitting the basics of fundamental cooking by reviewing the 25 basic kitchen tools that every cook should have. Whether you are a stay at home mom, chef or fresh out of college, these are tools that you should have in your kitchen for a successful cooking experience.

Buying all of these items at once can be expensive, but there are ways to find these items at reasonable prices. I find a lot of my cooking tools and gadgets at Homegoods/TJ Maxx/Marshall's as they have deep discounts on name brand items or I resort to Amazon. I will also ask for things for Christmas or my birthday since I enjoy cooking and use these items almost daily. You know when you're an adult when...😂😂😂

Let's get to it! The 25 basic kitchen tools every cook should have:

1. George Foreman - boy do I love my George Foreman. Beats pan frying and it's the lazy person's way of grilling. The one I have has removable grilling plates which makes clean up a breeze. You can grill chicken in 10 minutes and it comes out perfect.

2. Blender - Blenders are handy for a lot of different things like smoothies, soups, salsas and anything else that needs to be blended up. If you don't have a food processor, a blender is a good replacement.

3. Immersion Blender - I have one of these and I use it for soups instead of my blender because of the hot liquid splash factor. I really don't like getting burned. I will also use it for caulimash because it's a lot easier to do this way rather than putting in a blender.

4. Hand mixer - these are great especially for baking so you're not having to beat your arm up hand mixing things. It's also a great replacement if you don't have an immersion blender for soups and mashed potatoes.

5. Kettle - I love using my kettle to boil water quicker than waiting for the stove top to boil it. I also use it for my morning tea.

6. Set of measuring spoons & cups - it's always a good thing to measure what you're putting into recipes if you're not comfortable eye balling ingredients. It's also crucial in baking as eye balling it can ruin your baked goods.

7. Food Processor - these are great for coarsely or finely chopping items such as graham crackers for crusts or veggies for salsas.

8. Good set of knives and sharpener - it's really important to have a good set of sharp knives as you can easily hurt yourself by cutting with a dull knife. Sounds backwards, but it happens all of the time. Plus, it's never fun cutting things when you have a crappy knife.

9. Set of pots and pans - how else are you going to cook your food?! I recommend starting with a stock pot, large sautee pan, small sautee pan, sauce pan and dutch oven.

10. Mixing bowls - these are great to have especially when you've cut veggies and need a placeholder before you start cooking. You use them in baking for liquid and dry mixtures. I have quite a few and utilize them to the fullest extent.

11. Cutting boards - I have plastic and wooden cutting boards because it's good to have a variety. I use the wooden ones to cut veggies, fruits, cheeses, etc. on. The plastic ones are used for meats as they are not porous and don't absorb the nasty meat juice.

12. Cooking utensils - what else are you going to use to cook your food? These bad boys help make your life easier when you have them. I recommend: spatula, wooden spoons, spoon, slotted spoon, masher, wisk, ladle, tongs, pizza cutter, food peeler

13. Colander - these are great for when you cook pasta or steam veggies to drain the hot water. I also use them to wash fruits/veggies in.

14. Garlic press - literally one of my favorite kitchen tools. Put a couple of garlic cloves and BAM - you've got minced garlic in 2 seconds.

15. Citrus juicer - this is the best way to get every ounce of juice from citrus fruits. I rarely use my hands to squeeze the juice out. Plus it keeps your hands dry.

16. Food storage - I have a combination of Pyrex and plastic tupperware. My favorite is the Pyrex because you can nuke food and it doesn't get all crusty inside like the plastic tupperware does. It's a little more expensive than the plastic ones but totally worth it.

17. Can opener - the easiest way to open canned goods. I love the electric ones or you can give your arm a workout with the manual one.

18. Cheese grater - this guy has multi uses. I rarely use it to grate cheese. Mostly grating the rind from citrus fruits or grating veggies like zucchini and carrots.

19. Timer - if your oven or microwave doesn't have one, get one immediately. The easiest way to eff up a meal is walking away and forgetting about it. Putting a timer on helps with that. Especially if you're forgetful like me or get easily distracted. Squirrel!

20. Corkscrew - a requirement for opening bottles of vino.

21. Pot holders - best way to not get burned by your pots. Also serve as a barrier between your hot pot and whatever surface it's on.

22. Oven mitt - or oven gloves as I call them. I like these in addition to pot holders as they protect your whole hand when getting things out of the oven or picking a pot off of the stove. Or if you live in Arizona in the summer, driving gloves. 🔥🔥🔥

23. Baking pans - these come in handy when you bake one pan meals or bake cookies. I recommend having a few different sizes.

24. Kitchen shears - I have a pair just for the kitchen to cut whatever. I've been known to cut veggies, meats and other things with shears. Don't under estimate the power of a kitchen shear!

25. Bottle opener - how else are you going to open that frosty beverage whilst cooking?

Well there you have it - my list of 25 basic kitchen tools every cook should have. Did I miss anything? Is there something else you would've added?