Tuesday, May 4, 2010

OUT OF MY KITCHEN AND INTO YOURS

I'm gathering info for a post about kitchen tools. I'm really attached to my microplane zester, paring knife, mortar and pestle, Silpats, cast iron pans, wine opener, silicone brushes, and old Bonne Maman jars. What are your favorites? Please share by commenting below. Thank you.

29 comments:

  1. Love, love, love our Scanpan!

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  2. Cuisinart, microplane grater, stainless steel bowls, Bennington pie plate and silcone spatulas - can't have too many!

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  3. I love, love, love ramekins. I also like my lemon and lime juicer and metal tongs. Plastic tongs suck.

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  4. Can't go a day without my mandoline and my microplace grater! I agree on the metal tongs too!

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  5. I love my MAC santoku knife. I love parchemnt paper. I use my Kitchen aid mixer lots too.

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  6. Oh, I almost forgot, I love to use an ice cream scoop for cookies dough. Then they are all exactly the same size and bake evenly.

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  7. Tongs, microplane(r), scissors, salt bowl (I'm including this as a tool), Ceramic knife or my Japanese butcher knife.

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  8. microplane, global knife, lemon juicer, garlic press. but what if you could only name one thing?

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  9. one thing? like if you're stranded on a desert island? mortar and pestle for sure. although you could just use a rock to smash things.

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  10. I love my citrus zester. I have an antique fork from a carving set that has a hinged shield...beautiful. And my Cuisinart has made so many things possible even though I have carpal tunnel syndrome!

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  11. my favorite....mmm..wine opener ;D
    just kidding....mortar and pestle, vegetable peeler and all kinds of wooden spoons and spatulas :)

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  12. One olivewood spoon, with 15 years of "seasoning". One pink mixing bowl that belonged to my grandma.
    One clunky German 10" chef knife. Other than those, it's all optional. :)

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  13. Love love love my zyliss zester! Kitchen-aid standing mixer, cast iron omelet pan, and Le Creuset dutch oven are other favorites.

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  14. margi and michaelMay 12, 2010 at 7:08 AM

    On a dessert island (one of my favorite things to ponder) a very very sharp and excellent knife. Packing to bring to SF: microplane, lemon juicer, iron skillet, many knives (& sharpening stone), salad spinner.

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  15. I am far from a cook which might be apparent from my answer...an apple corer. It is a absolute must for someone with kids.

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  16. A good chef's knife and mezzuluna (for parsley specifically), microplane, cutting boards, juice squeezers and tongs!

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  17. I just got an immersion blender in December, and I use it a few times a week--especially now that I'm making baby food. I could not live without my large wooden cutting board.

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  18. ps. I found you from ohdeedoh and love your blog! I'm cooking with two also, and find your experiences very familiar. I never used to swear before I cooked with kids.

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  19. thanks to everyone for listing all your favorite kitchen tools. amazing how so many of us have the same favorites.

    and becca, i laughed out loud when i read your comment. so much swearing is going on around here. ah well, they have to learn it from someone...

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  20. I couldn't live without my 6" serated utility knife (Global is my favorite but it's really the size~I use it for everything).

    I just came across your blog and am so glad I did. I, too, happen to have a little sous chef and another one who still spends most of his time in the kitchen on me, but he's learning. :)

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  21. hi

    i just came across your blog via oh dee doh. i live in berkeley too, with two kids and a foodie husband. personally i'm inept in the kitchen, but i think your blog might help!

    one kitchen tool we love is a turkey baster (if that is considered a tool). we use to make alphabet pancakes (amongst other things) for the kids to work on their alphabet. works like a charm!

    love this blog, keep it coming!

    -jackie

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  22. p.s. here is a link to the alphabet pancakes...
    http://www.rookiemoms.com/teach-your-toddler-the-abcs-before-8-am/

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  23. jackie, i love the idea of using a turkey baster for alphabet pancakes. my son asked for lego-shaped pancakes the other day. luckily my husband was in charge that morning. i don't own a turkey baster, i always use a big spoon to baste. i think i need to invest in a baster. i'll check out the post. thanks.

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  24. I've been following your blog for about a year now, friend had linked to a discussion on cookbooks a while back. Much as when I was little, you've got your kids in the kitchen with you learning how to cook and training their palates. These days so many 20-somethings have no idea how to boil water I cringe everytime I see the take-out generation getting married!

    As to gadgets - I felt the best test would be what is in my dishwasher right now because I use them all the time:

    Multiple scrapers & spatulas in multiple widths and sizes, bamboo spoons, metal tongs (one set with silicon tips for non-stick pans), nylon cooking fork, multiple pairs of kitchen scissors, assorted paring knives, my favorite cheese grater.

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  25. Wine crank, FOR SURE, spiggots on my oils and vinegars, a salt pig (Emile Henry), metal tongs (two for good measure), round stainless spatula thing with holes in it (perfect for doing poached eggs), and a really excellent knife. Like your Bonne Maman (spelling?) jars... are those from jams?

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  26. Years ago I bought a set of stainless steel pots and pans from Target, with copper bottoms, and I love them. A good quality knife is key, as are my tongs and at least one bamboo mixing spoon. And I have this set of small plastic prep bowls with lids that are extremely handy.

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  27. I love old Bonne Maman jars too! We carry around cheerios and crackers for the little one and people always comment on what a cute container it is :)

    I love my Santoku knife, kitchen scissors, and parchment paper. I like the idea of my Silpat but it has a funny smell.

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  28. oxo veggie peeler, which does perfect shaved reggiano. also wire cheese slicer -- I use 'em every day and I've blown through four of 'em.

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  29. three years later...did u do a favorites entry? i need a mortar and pestle....do u have a rec? i love bonne maman jars so much....the best thing that happened to me this xmas was a friend returned the canning jar that i brought dressing to her in....i thought she had chucked it like she did everything else!!
    thank you

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