After navigating dozens of different kitchens over the years while cooking for my clients, I’ve learned a thing or two about the tools and gadgets that make the sometimes-daunting task of cooking, feel like second nature. Here are my picks for the best kitchen items ranging from affordable to extravagant. Check back regularly for new items!
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I can’t begin to count how many steaks, tenderloins, roast chickens, cakes, and breads that have been saved by this tool. Using a thermometer takes all of the guess work out of cooking. I particularly like this brand because of its compact design and lack of tangle prone wires.
While crockpots have never appealed to me, this pressure cooker has revolutionized my cooking game. After a busy day of work, you can come home, toss in some beef short ribs, a few veggies, and in an hour, you’ll have the most tender, delicious meat, that tastes like it’s been braising in a Dutch oven all day. I even use it on special occasions and holidays when cooking for a crowd, because of its huge capacity and fool proof efficiency.
While this is a pricier item, I consider it to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. You don’t necessarily need an entire block of high-end chef’s knives to increase efficiency in the kitchen. One quality knife will do just fine so long as you keep it clean and sharp. I recommend a 6” for beginners as its less cumbersome than the 8”.
These wide bottom bowls with lids are essential for food safety and efficiency. Neatly seal marinating meat, store sauces and dressings away for later, vigorously whisk brownie mix without fear of spillage, and even proof sourdough. And let’s not forget about their stack-ability for saving precious cabinet space.
This sleek tool may appear to be your run of the mill citrus zester, but it is so much more. Elevate your recipes by grating garlic into a smooth paste, rather than the sharp angular bits you get from a rough mince. Impress your dining companion with gorgeous curly strands of fresh parmesan cheese atop their pasta. And with the right technique, get every bit of zest from your citrus of choice. No more patchy lemons with chunks of
bitter pith missing.