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What are Your Favorite Cooking Tools?

November 15, 2017
My Top 5 Cooking Tools

The holidays are right around the corner so I thought it might be enlightening to hear from everyone what some of your favorite cooking tools are. I’m sure there are some great things that every cook doesn’t even know he or she needs. Maybe we can all get some great gift ideas.

Good tools can make all the difference in how much you enjoy completing a task. I think a lot of people who don’t like to cook have never had the right tools. So I will get us started off with five of my favorites. The rules of this little adventure do not include appliances. That’s a whole different subject.

  1. If I could only have one knife, it would be my Wusthof Classic 7-Inch Santoku Knife, Hollow Edge. I use it for almost everything. It is especially good for cutting up any kind of vegetable.
  2. Locking Tongs – stainless steel with scalloped heads. You can lock and unlock them with one hand.
  3. A Swiss Peeler, it has a short handle and a blade like a potato peeler. I find it a bit more versatile and easier to use than a standard potato peeler. I use it to peel everything. It’s especially good for butternut squash.
  4. A Berard French Olive Wood Handcrafted Wood Spatula. I bought mine in Paris decades ago. I use it everyday and I think it still looks pretty fantastic. It’s fine for non-stick pans and of course cast iron which can get really hot. I like it better than metal or silicon.
  5. A Mini Measuring Cup. I picked this cute little shot glass up a few years ago on a whim. It measures tablespoons, teaspoons, ounces and milliliters. I find it much handier than measuring spoons. One handy little cup for all those different types of measures. I love it.

Ok, let me hear from you in the comments section below.

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  • V Depew November 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I agree–all of those are fabulous tools! I do love using that little shot glass size measuring cup.To this list I would add the silicone-edged metal spatula that I use constantly. It is long enough to lift, and it slides easily under fish and other items. Lastly, I have a pair of stainless fine tongs that look like giant tweezers. They are great for plucking out small items, like bay leaves from soup pots, and for accurate lifting and moving smaller things in a skillet. I was skeptical when I bought them, but they are super handy. However, I do agree with Fran–my very favorite tools are my kitchen shears! They are little workhorses. Thanks for a great summary!

    • Jeanne November 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      I didn’t know there was such a thing as silicone-edged metal spatula. Maybe I need to add that to my Christmas list.

  • Frances Crowder November 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Kitchen shears will do what any knife won’t. Marshmallows immediately come to mind.
    A metal spatula about 4” x 2 1/4” with sharp edge on end. Cuts, lifts and serves perfect helping size.

    • Jeanne November 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      A spatula with a sharp edge would be really handy. Great size too.

  • Sara November 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I love that measuring shot glass! I’ll need to add that to my ever-growing collection of useful kitchen tools. My top three items (at the moment, anyhow) are a cooling rack for cookies and cake, my Wusthof knives (I seem to be able to use each of them every day), and my silicone spatula- it gets used for everything from eggs to bread dough to sauces. But I really love the look of that olive wood spatula! I haven’t really used wood because I’m not sure how to properly care for it- any advice?

    • Jeanne November 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Just rinse your spatula with hot water and dry it immediately. I use a scrubby for stubborn stuff. Every once in a while moisturize it with some mineral oil. What kind of silicone spatula do you have?

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