Charm City Cook: Kitchen Helpers

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This post is super duper basic. I want to know what tools you need in your kitchen. Everyone has tools that he or she uses all the time and would be lost without. I taught a cooking class at a friend’s house recently and left my favorite spatula behind – you would have thought I’d left my dog there – I missed it so much! Yes, it’s probably weird that I have a favorite spatula.Here are some of my faves – a few of them are things I really didn’t know existed until I really started cooking so much these last few years (the silicone pie crust thing rules).  To say that I can’t live without these things is a bit dramatic, but they do make my life a whole lot easier!

Microplane grater – i use it to grate cheese, zest lemons, mince garlic, onions, chocolate and more

Silicone pie crust shield – no more wrangling foil – ever!

Accusharp knife sharpener – a great little tool if you don’t want to invest in a Chef’s ChoiceOXO angled measuring cups – so easy to use – no more ‘eye balling’ your measurements

Victorinox chef’s knife – amazing quality for the price

Henckels paring knives – great quality and the colors make them easy to spy in kitchen drawers

Cuisinart immersion blender – great for soups, salad dressings

Melamine mixing bowls – great because they have no-slip bottoms and spouts

Pyrex pie plates pie plates – recommended by America’s Test Kitchens – pie cooks very evenly

Salt and pepper mills – using sea salt and peppercorns gives much fresher flavor

Williams-Sonoma silicone spatulas – I have three and use them constantly, love my wooden spoons, too.

Martha Stewart Dutch oven – very heavy when full, but you can make nice big batches of soups

And…my mom’s old cast iron skillet and many other great pots and pans.

This list is just a starting point…there are so many other helpful kitchen tools out there. For example, I love my food processor, cutting boards, kitchen scale…the list could go on and on. And on.

What are some of your faves?

Are there some that you’ve bought and been so excited about and then just don’t like or never use?

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Amy Langrehr

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  1. My Kitchen Aid stand mixer! Once you’ve blown out a couple of hand mixers, only a tank will do. A digital timer that does seconds, for pizzelles. Commercial-grade (but *not* nonstick) cookie sheets that won’t buckle. Parchment paper. And stacking cooling racks, because I have a teeny kitchen!

  2. Agree…a favorite is definitely the silicone spatulas! Don’t know how we flipped anything before these were in our kitchen! Also, I treaure and love using my grandmother’s porcelain rolling pin.!

  3. I love my KitchenAid stand mixer, after blowing out 2 hand mixers. Commercial-grade cookie sheets (not nonstick) that don’t buckle are the best; parchment paper; and a digital timer that does seconds, for pizzelles.

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