If you cook on a regular basis, then you are probably well aware that there are some tools you just can’t live without. From your favorite spatula to a particular pan or a bowl, there are items that just make your life so much easier. Here is a list of some of the tools that are essential in my everyday work in the kitchen – if you don’t have any of these they may be worth looking into!
Cast Iron Skillet
If you could only have one pan in your arsenal, this would be my recommendation. Cast iron, when properly maintained, is a natural non-stick pan. That means no teflon to leach into your food. They’re also excellent for high temperature cooking, as they have quite a bit of mass and can stand up to the heat draw required to put a nice sear on a thick piece of meat. Better yet, they can go right in the oven so they double as a pan for baking, broiling, and roasting.
Silicone Coated Whisk
If you use teflon coated non-stick pans anywhere in your kitchen, then a silicone coated whisk is an absolute must. A metal whisk can knock off pieces of that teflon coating, however small they may be, and they’ll end up in your food and ultimately in your stomach. We don’t want that, right? Well, the answer is simple – get a silicone coated whisk. They won’t damage your non-stick pans and they can be used in other cookware just the same.
If you have a lot of cutting to do, such as mincing a bunch of herbs, shredding a bag of carrots or cabbage, or even grating a block of cheese, a food processor is a tool that will save you a ton of time, and potentially some cuts and scrapes! The cleanup of the food processor can sometimes be a pain, but if you have a lot of cutting to do it’s often worth it overall. You can simply wipe away the large debris and put the components in the dishwasher.
This is probably the simplest tool that has made the biggest impact on my kitchen work. You can get them for $5 or less, and they are perfect for squeezing citrus when you only have a handful or so to get the juice out of. They keep the seeds behind, getting rid of the constant headache of fishing them out if you were to do it by hand. Better yet, they can also go right in the dishwasher for quick and efficient cleaning.
This is basically the staple of the kitchen. You absolutely need a go-to knife. You’ll quickly see that people will try to sell you on incredibly expensive knives, and truth be told they are entirely unnecessary. For about $20 you can get a basic chef’s knife, and if you get a sharpening block with it and learn how to sharpen your knife it will be in good shape for years to come.
So, these are my favorite kitchen products. What are yours? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!