Kitchen Supplies: Finding the Best Tools for the Job
Whether you are an aspiring chef or just want to step up your home cooking game, there are a few kitchen surplus that are a must. We will go over a few of the basic must haves for your kitchens, however, as a precaution, always ensure that you grease interceptors are properly installed to reduce the amount of FOG in wastewater.
While I am not a professional chef, I am a self-proclaimed kitchen master and to me, one of the most important tool is your set of knives. I know that you want to run out and buy one of the large fancy sets of knives but in the end you really need 3 well-made knives.
A small and a large chef’s knife and a good paring knife. I personally use a five inch and an eight inch santoku instead of chef knives but that’s just because they have a better feel to me but for beginners I would highly recommend atleast one chef’s knife. While online research is great for comparing knives and getting the best deal. You should never buy a knife that you haven’t held before. Your knives should feel natural in your hand that should be well balanced and have a good weight for you. Lastly, your knives should be at its sharpest at all times this make food prep so much easier and decrease the likelihood that you knife will slip out of what you are trying to cut hurting yourself.
Now that you have your knives situated the kitchen tools to consider is your cookware. There are a lot of beginner set out there and they may suit your needs but I have to realize that I don’t use all the pots and pans in the set that I bought. I find that I do most of my cooking with a combination of my large and small ceramic nonstick pans they really are the bulk of my used cookware one thing to remember is do not use metal utensils with them. Also you should have a large stainless steel skillet with a lid, a small and large saucepans, and a stockpot. This should get you through most of your cookware needs. Something to remember not all cookware is meant for all stove top make sure that the cookware you choose is design for your range type.
Now what if you are not cooking not you’re baking, you will need to make sure that you have the right bakeware for the job. So a lot of my baking dishes are Pyrex just for the fact that they are a lot easier to clean then metal bakeware and most of them come with a lid so that I can use it as a storage dish for left overs. Now if you prefer metal bakeware there is nothing wrong with that. You should have an 8×8 and a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, a roasting pan with a rack backing sheet and of course a pizza pan or a pizza stone if you would like to get fancy with it.
Let’s takes a second to discuss measuring cups and spoons. While, I have no real recondition on what type to get I will recommend two sets so that way you have one measuring cup and set of spoons for dry ingredients and another for wet ones. This will help cut down on prep time and make it easier to add ingredients without have to wash and dry them each time.
Now that we went over some of the finer points of your kitchen tools remember this isn’t all that you need for your kitchen you will need stuff like utensils, cutting boards (Which we will discuss on the next page), prep bowls, and etc. These are just some of the main things to consider these are the tools that can make or break your meal.