If you want to make cooking a lot more fun and efficient you need the right tools. You wouldn't believe how many home cooks I see using steak knives and plates as their prep stations, and metal spoons on non-stick pans. And don't forget the lack of important tools (fine strainer and food processor) that limits their culinary creativity.
It's time to step up your game Home Cooks! Here are a few basic tools that every future family chef needs:
-Wooden spoons/spatulas with long handles (I use these more than any other spoon or spatula because they are great on non-stick surfaces and just feel more authentic).
-A fine strainer as well as a spaghetti strainer (I use this for rinsing small grains like quinoa and rice, to strain nut milks, for getting seeds out of pureed berries, and basically everything that requires a strainer with a small hole)
-A real chef's knife that feels good in your hand and is actually sharp (Get use to this knife, trust me you will thank me. And make sure to regularly sharpen it. For this knife I would go to your local kitchen store and try them out rather than buy online. See how the knife feels in your hand. This knife is a favorite in the kitchen I used to work in and it's only $20 at Kitchen & Co.)
-Wooden cutting board (Not a plate please. I love the bamboo boards. If you are cooking with meat get a plastic or glass one as well and use it just for the meat)
-Food processor (Preferably a regular sized one, but the small ones like this Ninja food processor/blender hybrid would work if that's all your budget can allow. Prep veggies using the shredder, make hummus/salad dressings/sauces/dips/raw desserts, etc.)
-High powered blender (For smoothies, soups, dressings, nut milks, etc. You can also use the Ninja food processor/blender mentioned above. The best ones on the market are Vitamix, but Warner's are good and people like the Ninja brand)
-Liquid measuring cup and dry measuring cups (Yes these are different. The glass cups are for measuring liquids and the little plastic/metal cups are for dry goods. It does make a difference in baking especially.)
If you have any questions about kitchen tools please comment below. I believe the right tools makes cooking so much more enjoyable. Now get in the kitchen and have fun!
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