Best of … basic kitchen tools
Written by: Lindsay Shugerman
Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Good cooking starts with the right tools, so we thought we would gather a sampling of some of the best basic kitchen tools you need to have in your kitchen.
Nothing fancy, nothing extravagent, these are simple tools that will make your kitchen work better.
And when your kitchen works better, your cooking will taste better too. Ready to see what you need to have in your kitchen cabinets and drawers?
Electric Tea Kettle
Faster than a traditional kettle, and it leaves your burners free
For decades, the Brits have known the advantages of electric kettles, like these from The English Tea Store. Now Americans are discovering this handy kitchen tool, too. Not only can you have hot water in a faction of the time it would take in a stove-top tea kettle, it won’t use up precious burner space. That’s big plus at dinner time and holidays.
A kitchen can’t run well without enough mixing bowls
Mixing bowls might not seem like something worth writing about, but having quality bowls in a variety of sizes makes all the difference when you have several dishes to make at once. These solidly made bowls from The Knife Merchant will stand up to mixers, immersion blenders, and even the occasional tumble from the counter top.
Kitchen Herb Scissors
Clip what you need, when you need it
Using a cutting board and knife to cut herbs can get messy. Not only do you have to get a lot of things out for a little part of a recipe, herbs cut with a knife often stick to the board or fly off onto a counter top. Herb scissors like these from Gourmet Seed are one of those basic kitchen tools that keep a small task small, tidy and simple.
The Ultimate Kitchen Thermometer
Some recipes won’t settle for “Close Enough”
When you have to know the exact temperature of the roast, the cooking oil, or the caramel, you need a kitchen thermometer you can trust. This all-in-one digital display food thermometer from The Cooking Enthusiast works for all kinds of foods, saving you kitchen space, and the time you’d spend searching for the right one for each kind of cooking.
Stainless Food Mill
When a food processor is too much
There are times when a food processor is the perfect tool for the job. But when the task is small, or you need to separate out peels or seeds while you puree, this hand-held food mill from Fresh Finds is the right choice. Easy to use and easy to clean up, it’s a must-have basic cooking tool for every kitchen.
All Purpose Whisk
The right whisk for all kinds of kitchen chores
No matter how many electric mixers, blenders and processors you may have, one of the basic kitchen tools every cook needs is a good whisk. This sturdy, large whisk from The Cooking Enthusiast meets that need with style. Made to last, it’s also designed for safe use in nonstick cookware without damaging surfaces.