As you know, I love to spend time in my kitchen cooking and making new things. So, I though it would be fun to give you a little tour of my favorite kitchen things. Honestly, I like to keep things pretty simple and I tend to enjoy some of the simpler tools. However, I do have 2 big items that are a must in my kitchen, I will introduce you to them first.
1. This is Emma, my Kitchen Aid. Yes, I do like to name some of my favorite kitchen appliances. Maybe that makes me a little strange but that is ok. I can handle being a little strange.
So, it may surprise you to learn I don’t use her to make bread, I do prefer to knead my bread by hand. But I do use my Kitchen Aid to make cakes, and muffins, frosting, whip cream and stiff like that. It is the perfect tool to have my kids baking in the kitchen.
2. This is Beulah, my food processor. As you can tell she is old, hence the name. She is another of my favorites. I use her to puree soups, make pie crusts, make emulsified dressings, chop oatmeal and nuts, and many more delicious things. My kitchen would not function well if it weren’t for her.
3. Meet Chunky, my french oven. She is my secret to a great stew and pot roasts. I love that I can go from stove top to oven with out even thinking twice. She makes a great chili and baked pasta dishes. Really the perfect pot for winter soups as well as a fabulous summer minestrone.
4. This is where my kitchen love affair begins, my cast iron skillet. It cooks up great bacon, omelets, apple dutch cake, upside down caramelized apple cake, crisps, corn bread, pasta bakes, etc. It is even fabulous on a camping trip. This skillet that can be used for just about anything and can go from stove top to oven without a problem.
I must say it is very important to know how to take care of this pan for you to use it with success.
5. This is my bench knife or shall I say pastry scraper. I love that it does not have a sharp edge and I can use it to cut and divide my refrigerated dough. It is also great for scraping your kitchen counter clean after rolling tortillas, cookies or pie crusts. It is even great for scooping up your chopped vegetables to put in you stew or sauté pan.
All in all it makes clean up easier.
6. Here is another simple but handy tool, a pastry blender. If you like to make biscuits or have a recipe where you need to cut in the butter. This would be the tool you need, it will allow you to blend in the butter while it remains as cold as possible for your recipe. No more cutting butter into little cubes and blending with your hands.
7. Here is my trusty old baking sheet. I must say, I recommend getting a restaurant or professional quality baking sheet. The baking is way better than the home brands. I use this for baking cookies, cinnamon rolls, pizza, bread, short bread, even baked bacon, plus many other things. it is a true work horse.
Also, because of the 1″ lip it allows you to bake a pie over it or a quiche and catch any dripping with out spilling on your oven floor.
8. A quality chef’s knife is a must have in a kitchen. This is my 14″ chef’s knife. It makes chopping a breeze. No need to have a chopping gadget when you have a good knife and know how to use it. I can slice, dice and chop everything with it. It’s D-shape blade allow you to rock the knife back and forth making chopping easy.
You will know a good knife because the blade goes into the handle and ends with the handle. To familiarize yourself with the variety of knifes on the market, I recommend going to a good knife shop. Some are made with a heavier metals and others are made of a lighter metal, it is really important to hold the knifes in your hand to find the right knife for you. It is also important to learn about the care of you knife and to learn how to hone it before each use.
9. Yes, another knife. This would be my bread knife. We love bread over here and I really don’t like it when my bread falls apart when I try and slice it. So, a real bread knife is key. It allows your bread to keep it’s integrity during cutting. It is fabulous on slicing garlic bread too. Yum!
10. Last, but not least, my metal spatula or flexible turner. It has a thin flexible spatula that allows you to get right under your baked cookies without breaking them to put on your cooling rack. I even use this with my Un-Fried Baked Chicken.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of my top 10 favorite kitchen items. I hope this helps you if you have been on the fence about a few of the items on my list. Until next time!