Handy Cooking Tools

Photo by Lena Robertson

Photo by Lena Robertson

There are so many fancy cooking utensils and items on the market it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What is essential and what can you do without? The answer to these questions is very individual. It depends on multiple factors including your finances, your preferences, how much time you have, how many people you are cooking for, and the food items you use for cooking.

Since I use a lot of fruits and vegetables in my cooking, the two things I personally think are essential:

- A good solid cutting board. My favorite is a thick wooden one.

- A good quality knife or knife set. One of the most frustrating things for me when cooking is having a dull knife. It just makes cutting up fruits and vegetables a lot harder than it has to be. When you don’t have a good quality knife, cutting up softer foods can result in a mushy mess and cutting up harder foods can feel like an all-out-war between you and the food. Another difficulty with dull knives is getting the foods to cut up nice and small. When I cut up onions, garlic, carrots, and celery, for example, I like them to be thinly sliced or cubed. It is a lot easier to be precise and fine with a sharp knife that cuts through food effortlessly. There are plenty of good quality knives on the market. I like to use the Wusthof brand, but find something that works for you. They can be quite pricy compared to other knives so it’s an investment, but one I think is well worth it.

Other kitchen tools that I like to use often:

- A good blender. I use a Vitamix blender, but any blender can work.

- Food processor.

- Whisk, serving utensils, spatula, and grater. I prefer using stainless steel for these.

- Measuring cups and spoons.

- Garlic press. This is one of my favorites because it saves my hands from smelling like garlic the rest of the day and it presses the garlic into very small pieces.

- Pots, pans, and frying pans of varying sizes. I like stainless steel and cast iron ones the best.

- Serving and mixing bowls. I use glass, ceramic, and stainless steel for the most part. Wooden serving bowls are nice too.

So, gather up your cooking gear and let’s start making some delicious recipes!