What are my favorite tools in the kitchen? Well, one thing is for sure, I don't have many of them. I like to keep things simple and not fill my cupboards up with things that I only use a couple of times a year.
Also, big items are not on my list. Think you can get along without that big ole Kitchen Aid? Yes, you can. I actually survived the first 21 years of my marriage without one, and just recently joined the Kitchen Aid club this past year.
So, my favorites.....
First one that came to my mind was my trusty garlic press.
I have a thing for using only fresh garlic, straight off of the bulb.
Even buying the jars of minced garlic is not the same thing - the flavor of garlic begins to decline once you crush it and even more important, the antioxidant properties of garlic are gone a day or so after they are minced.
So stick with the real stuff, straight off of the bulb. And are you hesitant because it makes your hands smell? Next time you mince garlic, get your hands wet and run them up and down your stainless steel faucet, or any other steel item in your kitchen (a pan, maybe). The smell instantly disappears.
The next thing that I really value?
Knives are actually very important to your kitchen. I grew up using Cutco knives and so when My Sweetie and I were married, this was the one thing we splurged on. We only got the four basic knives and they have been amazing.
They are excellent at cutting and the company is a joy to work with. You can send them back anytime to get re-sharpened for free and they replace and fix knives that are damaged. Once we broke the tip off of our butcher knife and they replaced it for free.
This mini microplane grater was the next thing I thought of.
It is perfect for grating nutmeg, chocolate, hard cheese and my favorite? Ginger.
There are a few Asian dishes that call for ginger, and this does it perfectly.
When we moved into our home seventeen years ago, we treated ourselves to four All Clad pans.
I love using them, and in some ways did not realize what I had, until a few years ago I needed a pan to take camping. I went to our local thrift store and bought one for about $9. Everything I ever do in it cooks weird, the heat is all in the sides, and it is a pain in the rear to clean. I still own it, but only for camping and boiling water.
These things conduct heat evenly, are easy to clean and have lasted me this long and are still going strong,
And finally, this gem, my mini food processor.
So this was a wedding present, almost 22 years ago. It is a Sunbeam Oskar which is not an expensive brand or anything, but this thing has hung in there for a long time.
It is good at making pesto, grinding nuts, making bread crumbs, and it is only by God's grace that the thing is still going.
Those were my top five that I thought of. What are some of your favorite kitchen tools?