Cook like a pro with these kitchen tools and gadgets • EBONY
Have you ever had dinner at your favorite restaurant and thought, “When I get home, I’m going to recreate this!” Only to be disappointed when the dish falls flat when you try it at home, even if you’ve followed the recipe exactly.
Don’t worry, dear love; Take comfort in knowing that you have done the best you can. Honestly, that’s not a bad reflection on your culinary nerve. When things in the kitchen fail, you can probably attribute one to one of two things: incorrect technique or the use of incorrect cooking utensils. We will not cover the technique today, I will save this for a video. But we’ll cover some of the tools and gadgets you should have in your stash in order to run a meal like a pro.
Trinity of Knives (chef’s knife, serrated bread knife and paring knife)
These three knives are the queen, king and bishop of kitchen utensils. The world of the knife is a vast landscape of diversity, but with these three in your butcher’s block, you can accomplish it all.
Portable immersion blender
This gadget is amazing. It’s perfect for making sauces, smoothies, coffee, pasta and more, in no time. The cleaning is minimal and the convenience is simply unmatched.
Food processor or blender
Some pros will advise you to own one or the other, but my advice is to own both. A blender is great for blending or mashing ingredients with lots of liquid, such as smoothies and soups. A food processor is best for chopping and slicing items.
This tool is the backbone of creating an amazing reduction or sauce. It is better to buy it in stainless steel because of its ability to conduct high heat. Your abilities with this tool are determined by its depth. Use shallow pans to fry or braise; deeper for boiling.
Cast iron pan
Not only is it an inexpensive addition to any kitchen toolbox, but it’s perfect for one-pot meals, quick breads, embers and more. There is a learning curve to getting used to handling it, but once you do it will become your favorite.
This is another super versatile tool. It’s great for slow cooking. Use the pot to prepare stews. It is also wonderful for making roasts, embers and for frying,
I hate hand-squeezing oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes. Since most marinades, sauces and savory recipes require a little citric acid, this tool is a must-have time saver.
Microplane / grater
Often neglected in our culinary daily life, this tool is essential for chopping garlic, grating cheeses and general finishes.
Did someone say crème brûlée? A small blowtorch is the perfect tool for toasting marshmallows, flambéing desserts and adding a finishing touch of char to your meats.